This post is all mushy and grateful and important to me – and I totally understand if you have to go and do something more interesting.
I’ll give you some fun first though:
1. Mr The Rake just put his hand out to show affection and I managed to punch myself in the face. Fail.
2. I did my #wickedwallies for the Girls Gone Sporty challenge and this was the photo:
3. We got some photos back from Prom!
In fact, if you like, here are a few blog friends that have made me really, really happy over the last few days:
- Jenelle at Mummy Loves to Run
- Amy at Thoroughly Nourished Life (yes, royal Amy!)
- Liz at Liz for a Day
- Cait at the Arty Runner Chick
- Amalia at Live Travel Eat and Run (the blog where I last guest posted!)
- Abby from Back at Square 0
- Jenna at Who Doesn’t Want a Daily Smile?
- Mindy at Road Runner Girl
These fabulous ladies have been an incredible support and I adore them. When you have time, check them out.
Ok, so you know I’m writing mega epic thesis at the moment, but I stop at night time (when I can!) and take some time out. Blog post time is possibly my favourite time of the day. And it’s a BIG week, so I’m feeling particularly reflective.
Getting to Sunday
Over the last year, so much has happened. I decided to run this marathon back in October 2011. It’s been a year of preparation and crazy, and for the first time in a long time I found my mind wandering back today.
I am so incredibly grateful for all the things I’ve learned, the people I’ve met, and the big changes that this has meant for my life.
Start with the basics, right?
The training itself has been a huge learning curve. I had to learn to run. From 5km at a time, I somehow built my way to 18km. And then discovered that that pain in my shins actually mattered…
And so began all the injuries
Between them, these are the bits of my anatomy I had to strenghten:
And there was a healthy dose of hypochondria in here as well.
In fact, looking back, I can see a bit of stubborn in there too. When I had to stop running, I didn’t do the sensible thing and go back to the couch.
Instead, I took up water running, changed my interval training (when I could use my legs again!) and found out that when someone is on your side and wants to help you meet your goal, that’s the person who should be treating you.
I did half of my long runs on the elliptical when I couldn’t run more than 5km without pain, and somehow, I got enough fitness to run the beast.
I even got in a couple of races on the way…
I have met the most incredible people through the blog – people I didn’t know this time last year.
On Saturday, I am catching up with some people I’ve never met before who are also running the marathon. One in particular has been a real source of support and encouragement.
The bloggers and tweeps who egg me on are incredible. They know who they are, and I love them.
My family have been amazing, and Mr The Rake is always there to pick up the pieces. Including over the last week when marathon-honours-business-law comp-travelling all got a bit too much (thanks love!).
These people have helped me to hit my target for the Butterfly Foundation! As of today, we’re at $2,095. The Butterfly Foundation assists those with eating disorders – plenty of information here.
On that note, I have learned an awful lot about my body, and how to better respect it.
Once upon a time, my dinner was a chicken salad, and lunch was the same, just smaller.
Today, I was shocked to realise that I’ve become totally ok with eating Subway (shock horror take away) in BREAD. On the same day as I ate a burrito, with CHEESE.
AND I followed it up with ricotta cheesecake. Even though it’s a taper week!
It’s been amazing. I can’t quite believe how much has changed, and how much I’ve learned.
Blisters, early nights, marathon tantrums, injuries, icy early morning runs and money spent on rehab are all worth it. Regardless of Sunday’s result.
What can you do today that you couldn’t do a year ago?
What are you feeling good about today? (Go check out Mental Monday too, of course!)