This is it, you guys! This is what I've spent the past twelve weeks working towards. This is why I've been waking up at 5:30 am multiple times a week and why I've been foregoing sleep and social engagements. For three months I've been pounding the pavement and now all that stands between me and the finish line is a mere 13.1 miles.
When I started training back in late February I was, admittedly, a little hesitant about this process. My 2014 Cleveland Half Marathon experience did not go well at all. In fact, when I found out I was going to be running this race as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador, I honestly didn't know which distance to pick and almost ran the 10K again. I decided, though, that I needed to run the half just to prove that I can. I needed to prove, to myself, that my first half was not a fluke.
Then, a few weeks ago, I was out running and I had a moment where I couldn't believe I ever thought about not running the half marathon. Like, it was crazy to me that I had even entertained the thought of running the 10K. Here I was given this opportunity -- this gift, really -- to run as an Ambassador, to represent this city, to represent slow runners and I almost let it go because I was too scared to tackle those 13.1 miles again.
And in that moment I realized how fucking excited I am to run another half-marathon.
Who saw that one coming, amirite?
I am, however, a little bit nervous about the weather forecast. It's gonna be a hot and humid one on Sunday. Oof. This has been my motto for this entire week:
Seriously. My huge waterbottle has been getting lots and lots of refills on a daily basis.
That being said, I firmly believe that I have an opportunity to PR this weekend which is incredible for so many reasons, the least of which is that I'm, like, 30 pounds heavier now than I was at my first half. The Hermes 10 Miler made it more of a reality and with the heat it might not be as big of a PR as I would have liked, but a faster time is a faster time.
If I do PR I'm going to buy myself the Champion Charm bracelet from Alex and Ani. It will look absolutely fabulous with the Phoenix one I got at Christmas.
This is it, you guys. THIS IS IT! Tonight I'm headed downtown for a cocktail reception where I'll finally get to meet the other #CLEMarathon Ambassadors and then of course have to figure out when to go to the Expo to pick up my packet and scope out the vendors.
For everyone running a Cleveland race this weekend, be it the 5K, 10K, half or full, good luck and see you on the other side of the finish line!
Love from the ashes,