Race Shout Outs and Last Post as a Non-Marathon Finisher

Sending Fast Thoughts To:

Fellow Chicago Runners: Brandi, Scott, and Lisa.  We are going to dominate this city!

Hyedi is running her first marathon at the Twin Cities Marathon.  We’ve been pretty much doing the same workout every weekend…we even got sick at the same time! And I think she is just as excited as I am to not have taper anxiety!

Jon, Ellie, and some other 2FNers are running their first half marathon at the BAA half (the 13.1 version of the Boston Marathon).  It has been awesome watching this group progress from 5-K’s to half marathons over the last year.  I’m very excited for them!

Good luck to you all and everyone else racing! (This was written a few days ago late at night, so I apologize if I missed you!).  

Well, folks, next time we talk, I will have (hopefully) crossed the finish line to my first marathon!

What a crazy journey the last 4 months have been.  Ups, downs, happy times (hearing my Garmin beep at 20 miles and realizing that I JUST DID THAT) and sad times (we won’t dwell on those too much). After a great run, I’d feel so accomplished only to have my confidence completely shattered the next day after a really bad run.

Training for a marathon is no joke.  It was far more physically AND emotionally taxing than I ever imagined.

It shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone that I’m likely still stressing about everything.  I have a big goal I want to meet, and I’ve really talked it up so much that I will feel a bit foolish if I don’t come in anywhere near it. But, life will go on and there will be other marathons if I don’t BQ (maybe….).  This doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try my darndest.   I promise that I will remember to enjoy the experience!

There isn’t anything left to be said that I haven’t babbled about already over the last 4 months.  I’ve worked hard for this, and truthfully, I have never been more proud of myself.  I am doing something on Sunday that up until a few weeks ago was beyond my wildest imagination.  I never knew that running a marathon would be a dream of mine, and now I can’t imagine a life without it.

And you guys have been with me every step of the way.  The running community is so awesome, and I can’t imagine that this would have been as much (dare I say) fun? without my internet friends (and real friends!) and your encouragement.  I’ve enjoyed following your journeys and I’m excited to see everyone conquer goals and cross finish lines!  You’ve helped me in my quest more than you’ll ever know!

So, enjoy your weekends, enjoy your long runs, race hard, and enjoy the fruits of your labor however you feel appropriate (I know for most of you, this means a big fatty meal and a tasty beer…I know I fit into this group).

Catch you on the other side of 26.2!

19 thoughts on “Race Shout Outs and Last Post as a Non-Marathon Finisher

  1. !!! I don’t want to say “good luck” I’ve never been a believer of luck, plus, it’s not about luck. you’ve trained hard. You’ve endured a lot….so this sunday, I’ll say “Run hard!! You’ll do great!”

  2. Good luck and persevere this weekend Amy!!!! Hope you get your BQ too. I’ve never cyber-met anyone more dedicated and focused on their goal than you. Safe travels to Chicago too 🙂

  3. What a perfect entry! Congrats on all of the progress you have made so far and a pre-congrats for becoming a marathoner! You can bet that I’ll be doing a little victory dance for you when I get notified that you cross the finish line. (even though that will likely be while I’m still running 🙂 )

  4. Been thinking about you this week, and so excited for you. You’ve put so much into your training. You are going to do great!! Can’t wait to hear about it. Would it be weird for me having never met you to sign up to receive your times??? Don’t really care, think I will anyway!!

  5. So I’ve totally been thinking about you all day and decided to check out how your race went. CONGRATS on your BQ for your first marathon!! What an amazing accomplishment!!! I hope you are eating lots of delicious food and drinking delicious beverages after your awesome race!!

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