“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.” ~Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland
On Sunday, Terri and I (both runners of only 15 months) will be standing on the starting line of the Louisiana Marathon, about to run 26.2 miles for the first time in our lives. Oh My Goodness!
We will leave tomorrow morning to drive to Baton Rouge to spend the night. The race begins at 7am. We have several friends running the half-marathon, including 2 friends running the half as first-timers. Good Luck, Marcia and Renee. You are now pros at the half. I know both of you will PR! Good Luck, Tori and Sharon as first-timers! You girls will be awesome! Good Luck, Terri! You have been my running partner and friend through this journey. We have experienced the rain, wind, cold, and heat. I could not have come this far without you by my side. You will rock this! You are strong!
“Today was not about times, it was about getting in there, enjoying the race, and enjoying the atmosphere.” [on winning NY marathon] ~Paula Radcliffe
For our first marathon we will take the above approach. We will get in there and get the experience. We will run and enjoy the inaugural Louisiana Marathon. I know that sounds relaxed . . . calm . . . unperturbed, but I am really nervous . . . jumpy . . . restless.
Thankfully my parents and the hubs have been very supportive this week. My parents surprised Terri and I with flamingoes in my front yard as inspiration for our final taper runs this week. My parents have always been encouraging supporters for all of my endeavors. Once again, they have been there for me. Thanks, Mom and Dad! (My dog Winky is also one of our supporters. Hey, I’ll take whatever backing I can get.)