#running4brave: Ready to Race

#running4brave Training Blog This Is My Brave What to share as this “First Half Marathon Journey” comes to an end? Honestly, I am sad. Sad that this physical (and often very mental) challenge is almost over – and yet, I haven’t even completed the last challenge of actually running 13.1 miles. The idea of this partnership between “This Is My Brave”  and myself was a total “God Moment.” The Lord knew the good that could come from this.

I shared my story and my own mental health struggles with a group of people I may not have had the opporotunity to share with thanks to social networking. I established friendships and deepened other friendships simply due to our love of running or desire to help raise awareness about mental health…and yes, there were many friendships started because of our love for both running and mental health awareness! I ran many miles with people I had not spent more than 5 minutes with prior to our training runs together where we talked about every topic imaginable!

Annie's mileage total

 

There were days I did not want to run simply out of pure selfishness but then I rememberd the support of people backing me and this effort and I simply could not sit and not press on with my training plan.

Many have heard of “Postpartum Depression” (PPD), which I struggled with after our twins were born but come to find out there is also something called “Post Race Blues.” The race hasn’t even happened and I am already feeling the blues.

After 12 weeks of focusing on April 12th, 2015, the day is almost here. I have run 163 miles during that time. I have run in all sorts of weather ailments, by myself, with friends, in our Nation’s Capital, as well as up and down my own neighborhood. I have used more doTerra Deep Blue essential oil rub and ice packs than I ever have and all of this I am truly going to miss.

I stayed true to my personal promise to not sign up for any races until after this race. Unless things end up totally different than I expect come race day, another half marathon is in my future hopefully this Fall. With that being said, I will never run a “first half marathon” again. The first time I ran 8 miles was amazing and quickly followed up by 9 miles and then two 10 mile runs in the last half of my training. But when I cross the finish line on Sunday, it will be the first time I have run for 13.1 miles in my life. Running and completing a half-marathon is on my bucket list and up until even 6 months ago, I didn’t think it would happen in the near future, if at all. I am still nixing the idea of a full marathon but I should be careful...I thought a half would be a stretch and now it's almost in the books! ☺ But a full is A LOT of running and training!

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So, as I embark on the end of fun 12-week journey and step up to the line at 7am on Sunday in Ashburn, VA to complete this journey, I am going to enjoy the experience and take it all in. I will say thank you to those who are volunteering along the way to keep my hydrated and safe. I will be hugging my family and friends who came to cheer me on and enjoy the scenery that is the beautiful county of Loudoun. As I approach the track where we run the last part of the course, I will know that I am stronger than I ever realized and have a world of people behind me supporting me along the way no matter what the circumstance may be.

Thank you for helping me be BRAVE!

Annie#running4brave This Is My Brave fundraiser

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The Loudoun Half Marathon & 8k is THIS SUNDAY in Ashburn starting at Stone Bridge High School {43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147} if you're able to come out an cheer for Annie and Team #running4brave! And you can still donate to our #running4brave fundraiser as we'll be keeping it open through the end of May - Mental Health Awareness Month. Thank you for all your support!