It’s a big weekend here in Atlanta! The GA Publix Marathon and 1/2 Marathon are this weekend (formerly part of the ING series). I haven’t run a 1/2 in Atlanta since November of 2009 and it still doesn’t really feel like I am running one this weekend. Maybe its because it’s home, maybe because I have just gotten used to racing, maybe it’s because I have just been so busy and Big Sur has been my “real” focus. Regardless, I am really excited for several reasons.
I “get” running. Two years ago, I was clueless. I didn’t even know what a Corral meant, much less a chip time or why I needed four safety pins. I truly remember wondering why they handed me four safety pins at packet pickup two years ago. I got to the start line and literally just took off. Hoping to have a good time but not really understanding how to pace myself. I was so excited to look up at mile 7 where my sister was going to be and seeing my Dad there cheering me on as a surprise; I literally teared up! I remember the aches and pains that came on around mile 10. I thought I was going to die at mile 10-we were passing where I lived and I thought about just stopping. I wondered what the hell I had gotten myself into and why do people do this for fun (that all obviously changed after crossing the finish line and receiving a shiny piece of bling). Things have definitely changed. The ING 1/2 led me to a whole new life. A passion. And I will hopefully end up running at least 8 races this year.
I have a running “family” now. I am part of a running community. I have gotten to know so many different people that all love what I love. I volunteered at the expo today and I saw tons of familiar faces-my regular peeps from Big Peach, other runners, and of course, my favorite part of my running family-TNT. I will be meeting up with DailyMilers for pasta at lunch tomorrow and Half Fanatics before the race for a group picture, and hopefully Jill.
My favorite charity will be there! Since this is a local race, there will be a TON of purple on the course because we have a big team from TNT. We have over 200 participants (that raised $250,000) and who knows how many alumni running, so I know this will be lots of fun. And…I get to run with a lot of the Big Sur team and wear my TNT tutu. :):) WOOT!
New Runners trying out the sport. My good friend Kristin is running her first 1/2 marathon!! I have mentioned her on here before and I can’t believe it’s already time for her to run her big race. She is tied into my #3 reason for being excited because not only is it her first race, it is her first event with TNT. And being the rockstar that Kristin is, she is a top 10 fundraiser and won a free night at the Ritz Hotel Downtown and invited me to stay with her. I will be attending the Inspiration Pasta Dinner with her and getting up with her on race day. I can’t wait to cheer her on as she crosses the finish line. It is such a good feeling!!
It’s gonna be a fun weekend. Anyone else racing?
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