Monday, March 21, 2011

55 days!!??!!

My very first half marathon is in 55 days!!??!!  I am not sure what possessed me to actually count the days before the race, but I did.  Every time that I think of Saturday, May 14, I have so many emotions - I am excited, scared, proud, etc.  The next 55 days cannot come fast enough and cannot be far enough away at the same time. 

Yesterday, Sarah and I volunteered for the Tobacco Road Marathon.  Sarah's cousin, Brandy, was running this race as her first half and we thought it would be a great experience for us and a bonus if we got to see her.  After waking up at the ungodly hour of 4:45 a.m., we made our way to Cary/Apex to be at our station by 6 a.m.  We were posted at mile 3 - the half marathoners were directed to turn right onto the trail and the marathoners were directed to turn left onto the trail.  Sarah and I spent the entire time cheering for the ~4,400 runners.  It was a great feeling!  We saw Brandy and I saw a girl from my gym.  I have mentioned the girl from my gym to Sarah several times before.  She runs very long distances on the treadmill and I don't know how she does it.  I am hoping to get the nerve to talk to her the next time I see her at the gym.

After the last of the half marathoners and marathoners went through our area, Sarah and I got in the car and went on a wild goose chase to find a spot to watch and cheer some more.  We followed some cars and ended up around the 11.5 mile mark.  We did our best to cheer on all the runners and many of them thanked us for being there.  YAY for supporting others!  Some of my favorite Sarah-isms:
  • "You're earning those pancakes!"
  • "...Kicking ass and takin' names..."
  • "You are awesome.  Everyone else is at home in bed and you are running a half marathon!"
  • "...CBS Sunday morning hasn't even come on and you have run 3 miles..."
I really enjoyed cheering the runners on yesterday.  I am hoping that we will be met with the same enthusiasm in Jacksonville!


  1. Awesome that you guys were out there cheering them on. It makes a world of difference when you are out on that long run. You will be great in 55 days, no worries!

  2. Great job on volunteering ... Ya'll make all the difference in races!

  3. Very exciting that you're doing a half marathon! I would be so nervous, I've never ran more than 3.1 miles at once!

    GOOD LUCK! You'll do great :)

    PS Thanks for following my blog!!

  4. So awesome that you helped support the race by volunteering.

  5. I bet those runners TOTALLY appreciated your encouraging words and support. And hey - 55 days!? So awesome that you are training for a half.