01 October 2014 is here. This is the penultimate month before I turn 50 at the end of November. My birthday bash is all planned:
- accommodation booked? yes
- flights booked? yes
- sparkly dress bought? yes
- birthday sash, badge and tiara bought? yes
- birthday dinner organised? yes
- and several other details planned? yes
I’m so excited to be turning 50! Each decade, I truly do swear keeps getting better and better.
Bring on the growing old disgracefully!
How was the start of this second last month before my 50th celebrated? A good question! It was celebrated by Pauly, Louise and I registering for our first marathon. We are now officially registered to run 42.2kms on Sunday January 11 2015, at 6am to be exact. We will be lining up at the start line of the Cadbury Marathon.
After reading The Winsome Run’s report on her first marathon I am totally inspired! She had the most amazing run at the Loch Ness Marathon AND she is a Tasmanian girl living in Scotland. The best thing I took away from her race report is that she was really happy with how it all turned out. How sweet is that? To run a first marathon and come away so positive. Yes, she has totally inspired me.
The focus for the next six weeks must turn to running up that mountain, all 21.4kms of 1250m climb in altitude. The difference between last year and this year is that it’s no longer an unknown. Last year the time limit terrified me. TERRIFIED! But this year I am certain that I can do it. The training now focuses on hills, hills, inclines, ups and hills. Hills are my friends! I love hills! Hillitude? I have it! To anyone else training for this event, above all believe you can do it! Run hill repeats regularly and do an undulating longer run each week slowly increasing the distance. If I can the P2P you can too!
But today, 01 October I’m feeling grateful. Grateful that I can register and train for marathon number one. This post is dedicated to my beauitufl friend Catherine who lost her fight against breast cancer and will never get to blow out candles on a 50th birthday cake. It’s also dedicated to my beautiful friend Craig who lost his battle with mental health just a year ago. Birthdays are a privilege.
Turning 50? Growing old disgracefully? Embracing all the good things that life has to offer? Yes please, that sounds awesome.
Happy running 🙂
PS Huey, Dewey and Louie are going to be at the start of a marathon!!!!!! OMG!!!!! And let’s not forget about the very lovely Miss Melee who is coming down to run for chocolate too! Sweet!