So this is it! The last post before race day. I have had butterflies all week and I am just ready to get out there and Giv’r!
Last weekend’s practice run was awful. I was in extreme pain from my knees and hips almost the entire run. I completed it – but I didn’t enjoy it. I’m hoping that the rest, ice, baths, physio, tape, adrenaline and Advil will relieve enough of that discomfort to let me enjoy the day. Forecast is for rain, cloud and 10-17 degree weather – I’m ok with that. Heat is not my friend so I’d rather run in the rain.
I’ve spent this past week thinking about this journey. 11 weeks ago we met at Point Pleasant Park and ran 1:1 minute intervals in circles around the container terminal….I did it but at the time I couldn’t fathom how I would ever be able to run 10k. Our first hills night – 10x 30 seconds of running, 30 seconds walking up and down Citadel Hill. I couldn’t finish them. That could have been (and under normal circumstances) would have been the only reason I needed to disappear from this group and say “maybe next year”. But then something amazing happened – Leanne Huck happened. She encouraged me to the end of hills night and then offered for her and Jeanette to stay with me to finish the intervals I couldn’t do. It was at that moment I realized that I was not alone on this journey. That there were people around me who would drag me up that damn hill to see me succeed.
Over the next 10 weeks it happened time and again – coaches, mentors, sponsors, pod mates, Team Myles friends – who would run with me, even at the expense of their own time, and eventually as I got faster – push me on to run ahead and do my best. Not once did I feel like I was alone and never again after that first hills night did I think I couldn’t do it.
This experience has changed my life. I love running! (that was for you Jill) and I will keep running after the Blue Nose. Anyone who has even considered trying this – please do yourself a favour and sign up! Trust me – no prior running experience required! Team Myles will change your life – I know it has mine.
To my team mates – see you at the starting line! I’ll be the one smiling from ear to ear and bawling my eyes out!