Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Road to Marathon Begins With One Step

I am officially a member of a Team in Training! I went to the Kick Off Party yesterday, and I am pumped! Talk about inspiration!!! Today, I went for my "official" first training run. I laced up my Mizunos with my neon green emergency band tied on. Garmi had a difficult time finding the satellite, so I started the timer and my iPod and took off. I had a destination in mind, and when I got there my plan was to catch the satellite and determine how far I went by then. My run was going to take me approximately a mile and a half, up hill. I got to that point and felt great so I kept going. I figured why stop now! So I went for another 15 minutes. When I turned around Garmi found a satellite, so I reset everything. When all was said and done, I was out for over an hour and did 5.2 miles! For that entire time I was able to take myself out of my current situation (which is that Eric is now deployed) and spend that hour thinking about those that are going to inspire me while I run 26.2 miles in June. I thought about those that are still with us, and those that have earned their angel wings.

One step, that is how it begins. One foot in front of the other, that is how to get through the hard times. My run today was full of hills, the up and downs. Running is going to get me through Eric being gone. Like this journey of him being gone, like my run there will be hills. There will ups- there will be days when I feel good and invincible. There will downs- when I feel like my world is crashing down around me. Team in Training is preparing me to run this marathon, and help others fight their journey that is including their own ups and downs.