These feet have taken me farther than I ever imagined possible. I haven't shared much about it here, but they've carried me 26.2 miles across a marathon finish line... four times. It's hard to think that my last race was exactly two years ago this weekend. Lately it feels like it's been so much longer than that.
January 2009: Stopping to smile near Mile 22.
A lot has changed in my life since that last race. Marriage, first-time homeownership and a career move can take a lot out of a person. Sadly, it's not what's been taken out of me that has kept me off the running path. It's more like, what I've been putting into me.
In the past year and a half, I've put on some weight. It's most noticeable in my face, especially when you compare current photos to those taken on our wedding day. Ugh. The problem worsened this August when I injured my foot during the first training run for this year's marathon. Until just a few weeks ago, I wasn't able to run more than a mile or so, due to the piercing pain in my heel and Achilles. Since I've finally been able to get back out on the path, I can feel the difference made by the extra pounds that I now carry. It's so much harder!
August 2010: Chubby-cheeked on the first day of training
Well, we all have to start somewhere. So early tomorrow morning, I'll lace up my Mizunos and head toward Watson Island for the Tropical 5K. While it's not the marathon that I started training for five months ago, it'll still be a challenge. This is my start. These are the first steps I'll take on the road toward regaining my fitness.
I'm a little nervous and a lot excited about this weekend. You see, I'm not the only one who has a race coming up. On Sunday, Kevin will
run rock the ING Miami Marathon! It'll be his eighth. Just as he'll be cheering for me tomorrow, you can be sure that I'm going to be getting loud for him on Sunday!
Here's a little video clip from the end of my last race. I've watched it a few times over the past week, just to psych myself up for tomorrow and the journey that will follow. Hopefully, on those crummy days when I just don't think I can, I'll remember these moments. Because I have... and I will again someday!
I'll be back soon to let you know how it all went! I hope that you have an AWESOME weekend!!! :o)
UPDATE: We did it!!! Read all about it here.