Saturday, February 6, 2010

Almost There

It's finally the weekend! In around 24 hours, I will be running my first marathon.

My. First. Marathon.

I'm so EXCITED!!! and nervous... but mostly excited. Well, maybe 50/50.

At this point, everything that needs to be taken care of has been taken care of. Bags are packed. Equipment has been readied. Body has been fueled and trained. The only thing I need to do is focus. I have to get a good night's sleep tonight, but I'll probably just lie in bed worried/anxious/excited about the race.

As far as race day goes, so you all know that I finished the race, I will probably post something really quickly after the race to let you all know that I finished the race. A full race report will be up whenever I get finished with it, either late Sunday or sometime Monday. There is no tracking thing that other races use so no automatic updates. I've toyed with the idea of mobile blogging, just something like "Mile 10" or "Mile 15" to let you know where I'm at. But the only sure thing is that after the race, probably soon after, I'll let you know that I did the deed.

I say it so matter-of-factly, that I'll finish the race and everything but it will be a tremendous challenge. I know it will be. It will be the hardest thing I'll do in my life.

But that's why I'm excited. I want to challenge myself. I want to test myself like I've never tested myself before.

I'm ready. Oh yeah, I'm ready.

Let's do this.

Let's run a marathon.

31 comments:

Julie Schuler said...

I'm here via 5th sister. Wow! What an incredible story. Have a great marathon!

Christine said...

Wahoooo! YOU GO!! What an insperation you are. Stoping over from 5th Sister. Best of luck to you.

5thsister said...

I am all nervous and excited for you! I bet Tiffany and the girls are too!

Angela said...

You're going to do awesome! Just making it this far is so cool!

I'm hoping it's warm where you are running. Brrrr... a February marathon, lol

Mr. Stupid said...

I just stopped by from 5thsister's blog. I am sure you are going to do wonderfully. If somebody has so much of determination, I am sure this is going to be a piece of cake with extra frosting.

All the very best to you and a big smiley face :)

Brian Miller said...

dropping over from 5th sister...what an amazing story you have...have fun out there running the marathon, you are already a winner.

Jephy's Mom said...

Good Luck LB. You can do it!!!!! Enjoy your day tomorrow. We'll be waiting for the running recap. Just think, tomorrow you will officially be a marathoner.

Lisa said...

Good luck tomorrow! You WILL finish!

You won't get a good night's sleep tonight, so don't stress about it. No one ever does. Your body will function on the sleep you got last night.

Have a great time!!!

otin said...

Good luck man! you have already won the race as far as I am concerned!

Kerrie T. said...

WOOHOO!

If you can't sleep tonight try saying/doing: "Breathe in 1-2-3, breathe out 1-2-3." That worked for me. :)

thamesarino said...

Wow! Luis it IS exciting!!
I will be thinking of you tomorrow and can't wait to hear how it went for you!!
Good luck, not that you need it, this is the culmination of sooo much training and work.
so I guess instead I'll say YOU CAN DO IT!! : )

jrbaker24 said...

You will be AWESOME LB!!!!!! Can't wait to red your marathon log and see the medal!! Be strong!

Marianne said...

LB, good luck tomorrow! When running a marathon--especially when you get to like around mile 16 or so, just start visualizing yourself finishing the run! And it is a run, not a race. You only have yourself to compete with. 5th Sister is proud of your accomplishments, but so are all of your AR friends who have followed your travels and family. Good luck! Marianne

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

WOOT WOOT!! Go, Luis, go!! I'm so excited for you, not nervous at all ;)

Morgan said...

This morning while I was out on my long run I thought about you and how excited you must be! You are going to rock this LB!!!

Eden House Updates said...

Go luis you can do it from a person who is obese as well I know you can do it. I have 5 st to get to be a good weight for my height and no way could I conte,plate a marathon so good for you.

Willoughby said...

I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to hear all the race details and see which victory pose you've chosen! I hope Mrs. LB is able to get a good picture.

Have the time of your life!

thrasherswife said...

Praying for this awful rain to stop!!

Mark said...

I'll be looking for your "I finished!" post. I know you'll do great.

Corrie Howe said...

Good luck! I know you can do it. My cousin started her marathon career at 40 years old. Now she's in her 50s and runs several a year including half marathons.

anne said...

i am doing a stop the rain dance for you. good luck and have fun luis.

Midday Escapades said...

Hi, Luis. I'm visiting from Polly's 5th Sister blog. Congrats on your incredible journey and best of luck in running your first marathon! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Lynn

Thom said...

I come over from 5th sister and YOU GO BOY!!! What a remarkable story. You are going to do just awesome!!! I'll be rooting for you. You are a great inspiration and the winner already :) READY! SET! GOOOOO!!!!

ChristineM said...

Good luck, LB! We'll be thinking of you here in Massachusetts tomorrow! Enjoy the day tomorrow - your journey has been an amazing one as well as an inspirational one. I'm so happy for you!

BigShotsMom said...

LB - we're all (from AR RE) excited and rooting for you. Next thing you know you'll be doing Boston and NYC. I hope your weather cooperates.

AJ said...

visiting from 5th Sister!
Great job! Go run that marathon!

Lisa said...

Go L.B. Just another Sunday and another long run.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

Tricia said...

Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. Youre going to ROCK IT!

Manderz said...

Good luck!!! I cant wait to hear all about it

Zoƫ said...

OH MY GOSH!! YOU ARE SO GOING TO BE A ROCKSTAR! And I don't normally type in ALL CAPS, so that means I really MEAN it! :)
Have fun, and enjoy the race! You will be fantastic.

Ms Bibi said...

I came here from Polly the 5th sister.

What a great accomplishment, you should be so proud.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU!