Sunday, March 28

Countdown


It's almost here! One week from today, my half marathon will already be over. I began running in earnest in September, worked up to 3 miles, then 5 and then started a training schedule in January to get me ready for the half marathon.

So far, I have done long runs every weekend, my longest being 12 miles. I thought it was gonna kill me, but I survived, and I'm sure I will be fine on race day. The jitters have definitely set in and I am worrying about everything from whether I'll get a good night's sleep the night before to whether I'll have to stop and use the bathroom halfway through ;/ Most people probably don't need to fret the way I do, but I can conjure up a myriad of things to worry about.

When I chose this race, I decided to join the official fundraising effort for World Vision. There is no minimum requirement for an amount to raise, but I decided to try for $1000. I truly didn't think I would come close to raising $1000 but I am thrilled to report that I have raised $940 as of this morning! I even qualified for the Orange Laces Club - I will be given a pair of neon orange shoe laces to wear on race day if I want (anyone who raised $800 or more qualifies).

I am most excited about having my family on the sidelines to cheer me on. I have walked in 2 half marathons and run a 5K but I've never had anybody there to watch. I am so thankful to my hubby for picking up the slack in our household through these months when I've been preoccupied with training and/or exhausted, and I'm blessed that he thinks it is important to come along to see me accomplish this goal I have set for myself.

My one goal is not a time limit...I simply want to be able to run the whole course without needing to stop to walk. If my times from some of my longer runs are any indication, I won't be fast. But I just want to keep moving at a pace that is faster than I can walk!

I'll report back in when I'm finished!

PS--If you decide you'd like to help boost me to the last few dollars of my fundraising goal, click the link to my personal fund raising page and you can donate on line.

6 of Your THINKS:

Nicki said...

You will be fine, Jennifer. You have trained and are totally ready for this half. Remember to hydrate well. I managed to drink at all the drink stops on mine - every mile and a half - and not have to stop to go to the bathroom.

Good luck!!

Suzy said...

You are ready and you'll do great!! I can't wait to read your race report next week. Enjoy the race and having family around.

Suzy said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Stephen Ley said...

Congrats on this worthy undertaking! Hope to see some pics.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Your goal is a great one - not timed, but to run the whole way. I hope you're allowing yourself walks at the water stops, though. ; ) Have a great race!

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