There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. –Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante
My training, fundraising, and half-marathon have come to an end. I have learned so much from this experience and I can honestly tell you that every minute of my hard work was completely worth it. I am feeling quite lost right now that this is all over!
Things I have learned from this journey:
1. My body is capable of doing things I never thought possible.
2. Training for a big race makes all the difference. As opposed to not training, or training half-way.
3. Support comes in many forms… some people are there for you in every way, some come through in one way, and some people not at all.
4. People really do “shart” themselves during races. No, I did not. But I did witness a woman in white sweatpants who must have had this unfortunate experience.
5. Losing toenails is a badge of honor. Or that’s what I tell myself.
6. Seeing a cancer survivor on mile 10 of the race can make me bawl, as well as put a new bounce in my steps that can carry me to the finish.
7. People you have never met in real life can become some of your best friends. When you do meet in real life, it will be like you have known each other forever.
8. Don’t drink a full bottle of water right before the race start time.
9. Race porta-potties are NAAAAASTY!
10. Pre-race poops are a significant event and you must cheer for your teammates as they try to have theirs.
11. Puffy paint is not a good idea for race singlets.
12. Cambered freeways do not make a good running surface. Especially for miles and miles.
13. I am almost a real runner when I am going downhill.
14. Skull candy earbuds don’t work in my ears. Or maybe I just don’t get how they are supposed to work?
15. Music can make or break you.
16. Fish tacos are one of my favorite things EVER. So are blue-cheese nachos.
17. Hope that you get through training and race day with no injuries, but expect that you will get them.
18. I will get my heavy, gushy period right before race day.
19. The support of camaraderie of Team in Training is unlike anything else. Seriously.
20. Tattoos on the lower, inner ankle/foot hurt like fuck. Not joking. I thought Kirsten was just being a wuss. Then it was my turn.
21. Race medals are awesome and I totally think I could become addicted to getting them.
22. My thunder thighs will never be okay to run in shorts. CHUB.RUB.
23. Buy a giant bottle of ibuprofen before starting training for any long race.
24. People who run full marathons are INSANE! But I may try it out myself one day. I’m crazy like that.
25. Coach Joe and Julie rock.
26. My running has inspired my children to become more active and healthy.
27. I felt love from all over the world on race day. It made all the difference to be able to look at Twitter and see everyone rooting me on as I was climbing those hills! (thank you.)
28. Finishing is everything. How fast you finish is not.
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead