Four days to go! Four days and four sleeps until the Run Melbourne Half Marathon. This time last year Pauly and I were set to run our very first half marathon. So much has happened in the space of year! From our first to our second to our third and here we are about to run our fourth official half marathon. Oh my goodness. Never ever doubt yourself, just don’t do it! If I can work my way to this point ANYONE can! Chip away at your running goals no matter how big they seem right now. Before you know it you’ll be looking back over your shoulder at dreams come true.
My work day today was mostly about supporting some new volunteer literacy tutors at their induction session – they are all about to jump through the hoops of studying and qualifying to be adult literacy tutors. I’m always so humbled by the wonderful people who give up their time to volunteer in this way. At morning tea time one of the volunteers asked me when my next run is. So of course I told them all about Run Melbourne (any excuse to talk about running and I’m in). The looks of amazement in the eyes of those I was talking to was huge. They think I am amazing that I could run THAT FAR! What 21kms??? they asked. Don’t forget the .1 I said (hehe).
But it wasn’t that long ago that running all the way from our house to the letter box seemed like an unconquerable distance. It felt like pie in the sky. Wishful thinking. Something that I will try and achieve, but possible? Nah, not really. I’m more likely to fly to the moon than RUN to the letter box. That’s a long way. That’s 1.2km for goodness sake! But I did. I did run all the way to the letter box. Then I ran up a mountain in November last year. If I can do these things anyone can. Just don’t give up, keep training, chip away at your goals.
Four days to go! Do I think I can meet the expectations of my running friends and run this event in 2:00:00? Honestly I don’t know. But I am going to try, just knowing that my beautiful running friends believe that I can is enough for me to give it my all.
The course is two laps. At this point in time I am seriously trying to get my head around running with thousands of people. I can’t. The most runners I’ve run in an event with is just under 5000 but this is 25,000! My head just can’t take those numbers in.
With four days to go I’m feeling excited and nervous. I know I have enough runs in my training bank to get me to the end of the race. I’m going to trust my training and enjoy the amazing experience of running in an enormous HUGE running event for the first time.
Happy running 🙂