This put a lump in my throat and a smile on my face. Enjoy. Be inspired.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
If any of you have followed my blog, you will have noticed that I've been absent from my post for quite a long time.
I am now at that two-weeks to marathon time, and having a bit of a panic. When I signed up for the Portland Marathon, I didn't have a full time teaching position and had a whole bunch of time to train.
Since I signed up, I got a new job. Hallelujah! We sold our house. Hallelujah! And then…I simultaneously moved a home and a classroom, cleaned, painted, and nested both home and classroom, and then started teaching an eager little bunch of five-year-olds! Again, can I get a Hallelujah up in here! This is all tremendously great news, but it put a serious kibosh on my training.
So – the run is in two weeks and I’ve had a lot of soul searching, and sole searching to do. I don’t feel ready at all, but I feel obligated. I said I would do something, and people donated to my cause – the Children’s Cancer Association – in good faith that I would do what I said I would do. Now I’m sitting in a big old bunch of dilemma.
I talked to the folks at CCA – and they are thrilled with me already – I have raised the most money for this event of anyone participating. So that’s good. They told me I could do whatever I felt necessary. I could run, walk or drag myself as far as possible. OR I could decide mid-run to take the turnoff for the half marathon. OR I could be happy with my fundraising and not do the run.
That last one doesn’t sit well with me because I have a conscience. The reality is I may very well end up doing a half marathon instead of the full, but I also know what a stubborn person I can be when I have made up my mind to do something. So…I may very well walk and drag myself to the finish of 26.2 miles. I won’t know til I get there. It will be a surprise to even me. I know I’m leaning toward pushing through no matter what.
I have signed up for a fun run next Saturday at Portland International Raceway. The Happiest 5-K On The Planet! We will be in town helping our daughter move, so I thought – what the heck. I need some fun, and color in my life! J