eve of my first marathon

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It hasn’t quite felt like there has been an approaching marathon much less that it was race week until Thursday.  I awoke at 5:30 am to fit in my last run of 2 miles before we hopped on a plane, the three of us, headed for Dallas.

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I have laid out all my race day essentials from what I will be wearing to my nutrition.  As each day has brought me closer, excitement, nervousness and a bit of fear has set in.  To finally run 26.2 miles, to finally experience all its pain and glory!  Of course now that I sit on the eve of my first marathon, I wonder.  I wonder if tomorrow will be full of excruciating, horrifying pain but I have to focus on the good, the joy of running and this journey.

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I am extremely thankful for those of you who have taken the time to wish me luck, pray for me, think of me tomorrow as I run and encourage me.  There are a few comments that have stuck with me this week; one’s I have run through my mind more than once and am sure will come up again tomorrow: quitting is not an option and to run with excellence.

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It seems fitting to FINALLY announce the winner to Lopez Lomong’s book “Running for my Life“.  Sorry it’s taken so long; sometimes life just happens.  So without further ado and with the help from the huzband, we threw all your names & extra entries into a bowl (we are old school).  The name randomly drawn out was….

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Hooray!!  Congratulations!!  I am so excited and hope you enjoy Lopez’s book as much as I did!!  I had every intention to take a picture of the whole drawing process, or at least a picture of the winning paper…but somehow both the pictures and the paper seemed to have escaped me.  Escaped meaning I forgot to take pictures and I lost the piece of paper.  Leah, let’s make sure to connect over the next few days so I can get your address and mail you your next great read!

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Tomorrow I will be a runner that goes all the way, 26.2 miles.  I’m gonna run like I stole something!  =)

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9 HOURS TO THE DALLAS MARATHON

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