May 31, 2012

So call me, maybe. Or just call me crazy.

In less than 24-hours I will be heading to San Diego.  I've gotten myself involved with this crazy bucket item thing called a Half Marathon.  And I've been training since February for it.  As in, I lace up my kicks and put on a sort-of-stylish running top and some shorts that promise not to chaff the absolute shit out of my thighs and hit the pavement.  iPod always in tow. 


And I'm ready for all 13.1 miles of this race.  
I've done my fundraising to help combat blood cancers.  
I've done my training.  
I've carbo-loaded this week.  
I've hydrated this week.  

But, I am deathly afraid of massive crowds.  And this is just a snip-it of what where I will find myself in the midst in come 5:30 AM on Sunday, June 3.  Except that I will be somewhere in the far yonder probably shedding a tear of anxiety and sitting somewhere near the outskirts of the crowd until my corral is up and we hit the pavement.  

It's going to be like the biggest game of Where's Waldo I've ever been in.  I don't much care for sporting arenas and concerts because of the massive amounts of people.  It's like my brain goes on sensory overload and I start to panic.  

But come hell or high water, I'm doing this bad boy.  
I'm going to own that 13.1 mileage.  
I'm the boss.  
And I commend those folks who are running all 26.2 of it.  

A little poem I concocted for this special occasion...

May the day's temperature be perfect.
May my shoes, knees, legs and lungs hold up.
May the watering stations be plentiful.
May the ritas be flowing that night.

I cannot forget who I am running for.  Anyone effected by cancer.  I happen to be running in memory of this crazy cat who lost her battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  

 Kelli, you were crazy IRL and I miss you something awful.  Thanks for teaching me how to tackle life and make the most of the time we're given.
 For my brother, Josh.
Diagnosed:  Melanoma

 For my one of my dearest and closets friends, Amee.
Diagnosed:  Brain Cancer

 For one of my sorority sisters and an all-around genuine gal, Ashely.
Diagnosed:  Breast Cancer

To one of my newest friends, Tot.
Diagnosed: Breast Cancer

These next 13.1 miles I will run are brought to you on my behalf by Team in Training.
 


5 comments:

  1. Rock on...in more ways that one! You are awesome and amazing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b77cc7oZOg

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  2. Hope you did great!!! Just did my first one a few weeks ago, it's such a great feeling to be able to accomplish something like that!!!

    Sara

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  3. That is just so cool! I lost my grandpa and 2 of my great-grandparents to cancer. My cousin who is 13 has a tumor by his spine, and I appreciate that you support these people as much as I do! I hope all went well!

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  4. I got so emotional seeing the photos of everyone dear to you that you ran for who battles cancer. How amazing to honour your friend's memory with this accomplishment. You are so inspirational!!! I'm so proud of you for being able to say you conquered that 13.1 miles. I would love to be able to say that! The most I can do is a 10K and that was challenging enough as it is, I can't imagine a half marathon. Can't wait to read the follow up post!

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