I can still remember the morning like it was yesterday. I did not register for the race, so I got up early so I could be there to register before. I was tired and scared because it was raining. I remember thinking I could not run in the rain. It seems so silly now. I had run the path before and there was hills. My goal was simple, just run the whole way.
The race hooked me. I loved the feeling of support on the course. I love the the cheering from everyone as you came up on the finish line. What an amazing feeling. I came in 4th in my age group which was quite an accomplishment for me.
I am excited because tomorrow is that race, the very first experience on a course. This year I signed up. This year I am prepared. This year is a completely different experience. I met a wonderful woman who encouraged me before the race, I guess she could see my nerves. After she told me how well I did. I hope that she is there tomorrow, I would love to see her again, and talk to her again.
I can remember thinking as I finished; I was signed up for the Cleveland Marathon 5K, I wanted to run the day of the Marathon. At that point I had decided to run a 10K at the marathon, which was 2 weeks away. I walked into the expo, what an amazing place. I remember looking around at all of the booths, and the runners. I was amazed at everything I saw. I marched up and changed from a 5k to a 10k. The best decision I made.
After finishing the 10k last year, I knew that I wanted to run the marathon this year. I signed up before July, and I put the wheels in motion. That set the course of my running over the next year. I have run so many amazing races. I have met the most supportive running friends. I am so blessed to come as far as I have come. Now in 15 days I will run across the Cleveland Marathon finish line again - but this time not as a 10K finisher, but as a Marathoner! What an amazing year.
Now on to the fun April in review. I ran 117 miles, 3 short of last month. Yea I was tempted to get out there and run the 3 today but it is taper time, so I will be smart.
This month I have run two 20 mile runs, both had 10 miles divided up before and after a 10 mile race. Both of these were tough runs, but I learned so much about myself during the runs.
I also accomplished two 1/2 marathons. Both of these I finished within .10 seconds of each other, I call that consistency! These runs I felt strong and prepared for. I enjoyed them so much.
April was full of ups and downs, mostly physically and mentally. Nothing that I regret because I have come out so much stronger for it. I am a new runner - 1 year old today, I have so much to learn. I have accomplished more in one year than I ever thought would be possible.
Now time to enjoy taper, mentally prepare and come out strong for the Marathon! I am so excited to cross that Cleveland finish line, and this time I will be running 20 more miles than last year! I can say that is an amazing accomplishment.