Tomorrow I’m running my first half marathon.
I actually never thought I’d run a race longer than a 10k because just thinking about running for 13 miles is exhausting (oh the power of peer pressure – coughLaurencoughcough). But here I am, the day before, getting nervous and excited and anxious about it. And, if I’m honest, I might be looking forward to it a little bit.
The Shamrock 8k, Virginia Beach, VA, 2007-ish(?)
I don’t enjoy running. I’ve never experienced the so-called “runner’s high” nor do I think I ever will. But I do it because I want to be healthy… and eat whatever I want. Training for this wasn’t easy. First of all, I’m lazy. Second, I’m a world class procrastinator. Third, running in Scottish weather sucks. These three things don’t make for smooth and easy training. But, I did it. Not that I did it very well; I probably ran twice a week and strength trained a handful of times and haven’t really changed my eating habits. So this run is going to hurt. Real bad.
The Nation’s Triathlon, Washington D.C., 2008
Despite being negative and hesitant about this for 90% of the time, I’m not scared of it anymore. Up until three weeks ago I was offering my place to someone who had missed out on registering. But, I knew that if I gave it up I’d feel like a coward. And I was more scared of disappointing my friends who were going through the same training. So, I ran my long run that weekend and carried on with the (bad) training.
I’m not saying that I love running now, but it’s not so much an activity I loathe any more. And I might, might, be a little proud of myself for finishing this (and by “a little” I for sure mean “a hella lot”). But I’m still going to be really really REALLY glad when this is all over!
The Skirtchaser, Austin, TX, 2009
Before I end this, I want to give a quick shout out to everyone who volunteered their time to help make this race weekend possible. Thank you. I know I speak for all of us masochistic runners when I say that your selfless services do not go unnoticed. Because of the hundreds of volunteers giving up their time to make this event happen thousands and thousands of pounds will be raised in honor of charities, hospitals, cancer research, and non-profit organizations. Runners, like my inspiring friend Trisha, wouldn’t have this platform to promote awareness for mental health and raise money for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (<– she’s less than a hundred pounds shy of her goal!! You can read her amazing story here). Volunteers are the best!
And for those of you who ran today, great job! I’m jealous that your’e finished and now get to enjoy the rest of this three-day weekend!
So, if you find yourself on Regent road at 8am or in the Musselburgh area between 10:30am and 11am (or anywhere where the race is), please look for me and cheer me on. I’ll be the slow one.