If you’ve learned anything about me over the last few years it should be abundantly clear that I HATE RUNNING!!!! No really for real. The thought of pounding it miles over and over again is ridiculous to me… You may have seen posts of me running with clients or even completing 2 5ks but those were done because my clients need me. If their goal is to run a 5k and need that motivation next to them guess what..I’m gonna suck it up and do it..
With that being said, a 5k is the longest I’ve ever ran and that has been forever ago. That didn’t stop me from stepping in with a days notice for a friend that needed me to run a my first half marathon for her this past weekend.
Yea you read that correctly ONE DAYS NOTICE!
DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home!!
During that day I went through many emotional phases excitement, gratefulness, hesitation, freaking out, anxiety, tried to put it off to someone else, preparation, and then anxiousness.
EXCITEMENT- “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it I’m really gonna do this! I’m gonna run a half marathon” ( alright let’s be honest running isn’t what I do…I jog)
HESITATION- “umm I don’t know if i can do this! Will my body make it? How will I stay focused? What if I can’t finish?”
GRATEFULNESS- I couldn’t believe my friend believed in me so much to think I could just go out and do the darn thing. Her words gave me strength! THANKS JULIA!!!
I even tried to get her to give it to someone else. She told me there wasn’t anyone else..But deep down I really wanted to do it so I was easily swayed.. I just wanted to see if I could.
That night I did a bit if prepping:
- Drank lots of water
- Set out my outfit
- Ate a banana
- Cut my toe nails
- Packed my bag
- Put my bib on
And finally took a sleep aide to make me fall asleep or I would’ve been up all night fiddling with things..
And that alarm was going off at 4 a.m. for me to make it to the shuttle by 5.
Be sure to check out Part 2 Race Day for all the details of my big day.