After one hundred days, it all comes down to this moment.
Action 500 – Get Ready To Run The Marathon.
As I type this, I’m sitting in my car at the Pasadena City College (in VIP Parking!). In just over one hour, I’ll step across the start line and begin the marathon. I’m excited, nervous, and a little bit anxious.
This has been an amazing journey already. I’ll blog about it more after the race, because I really want to capture this experience. All of these actions have had a big impact on me, and I want to use all of this as I go forward to my next challenge.
For now, though, my eyes are on 26.2 miles of the beautiful city of Pasadena.
It’s run time!
Have you seen this going around?
You Have 1,440 Minutes Every Day – Take 20 to Workout.
I call BS. Sure, it may only take twenty minutes to get a quick workout or run a couple of miles, but that’s not all the time required. If you work out at a gym or run somewhere away from your home, there’s travel time there and back. If you work out during the workday, there’s time to change clothes before and then shower and change back after. Saying it only takes twenty minutes seems stupid to me.
Action 497 – Admit That It Takes Time.
Let me be absolutely clear. It IS worth whatever time it takes. I get up at 4:30am to be at the gym by 5am, work out for an hour, get showered, dressed, and make it to the office by 7am. Working out or running first thing in the morning makes my whole day better, so I am happy to give up the time for it.
It takes time. And it isn’t easy. But it’s worth it.
But for those just starting out, understand that the “only 20 minutes” thing isn’t the whole story. Don’t feel bad if you struggle with adding exercise into your routine and find it tough to find the time. It WILL be tough. But it’s worth it. So stick with it, keep experimenting with different times and different workouts. Find what works for you. And soon, it will start to feel automatic.
When I’m in, I’m in. And this weekend is no exception. I was planning to get up to the fitness expo just before it closes on Friday at 7pm, but I’m changing that plan a bit.
Action 482 – Enjoy The Entire Experience.
I’m going to work early morning Friday, then leave from here and head up to Pasadena by 10am or so. I want to get to the expo, meet the race director, claim my Bib No. 1775, and then wander up and down every single row. I want to meet the different vendors, chat with other runners, and gather all the swag and free samples I can.
These expos are celebrations of runners and running, and this time, I will not just dash in, grab my bib and t-shirt, and then dash back out.
Bring on the free stuff!
(Image courtesy of RockandRoll Seattle.)
I’m down to the last few days before I run the marathon, and that raises the stakes on each of the last actions. I’m confident that the past 90+ days have been good for me, and I want to finish strong.
Action 477 – Make Them All Count.
This week, I won’t be introducing anything new. I’ll stick to foods I know and eat regularly, so I won’t have any worries about nutrition. Physically, I’m planning a short run on Tuesday and Thursday, and I may run again on Friday if I feel like it. I want to feel loose and ready to run on Sunday.
I have been hyper-focused on this marathon for more than three months. Mentally, I think the next few days will seem a bit of a blur. But emotionally, I think I will be a bit overwhelmed by the time Sunday gets here. It’s a lot to process, all that has led me to this point.
Spiritually, I feel like I am in a good place. With the help of very generous friends, I have managed to turn this all-about-me marathon project into a chance to make a real difference for other people. That feels pretty great.
All that said, I will not coast this week. I will work just as hard as I have all the weeks before. I will be ready.
It was a fantastic weekend, and I’m leaving Austin grateful for having come. Uncles and Aunts, cousins, my mother and my grandfather… so much family in the same place at the same time. It was amazing. But being away from home, work and my routine was a pretty big shake-up. It was tough to stay focused on my plan while hanging out and having fun with family. Still, there is a definite upside.
Action 476 – Return Recharged.
And I am. With only a few days to go, I’m back and ready to see this through. And I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow morning’s run.
(Image courtesy of habitsofsmartpeople.com)
After more than ninety days, it’s really sinking in. I’m running the Pasadena Marathon in less than a week. It’s no longer something that is happening in a while. It’s happening at the end of this week. THIS WEEK! After Monday, then Tuesday, etc. I can now say this, next Sunday, I’m running!
Action 472 – Tick Off The Days.
This time next week, I’ll be done. I’ll be wearing my finisher’s medal and celebrating the end of my 100 day, 26.2 mile journey. I’m down to the last week of the calendar and now, I’m ticking off the last few days.
Hurry up, Sunday!
Not a surprise to anyone that knows me, but I’m pretty comfortable meeting new people. And yesterday, it paid off.
Action 464 – Fly The Friendly Skies.
I was on a Southwest flight to Austin, Texas, and I chose the very last aisle seat. I figured, I checked a bag, so there’s no rush to deplane, right?
I noticed one of the flight attendants in a heated conversation with one of the passengers. From what I could hear, the attendant was insisting that the passenger couldn’t leave her bag in the aisle during take-off. Simple, right?
By the time the attendant made her way to the back of the plane, she was obviously frustrated. She looked at me and I said, quietly, “people are idiots, aren’t they?”
And just like that, she and I were besties. We spent the next two hours laughing at the stupid people… and I spent the next two hours enjoying free cocktails.
And since I had WiFi on the plane, I took the opportunity to update my Facebook status.
Life is fun. And sometimes, it’s surprising, too.