Part 1 of this "series" is here! Because post 1 was turning into an extremely long one I decided to break it into two posts.
5. Never underestimate the power of the starting line. The closer the time got, the more nervous I was. Why? I had trained for this- however, the race was different than my training- and I think, deep down, I knew that. The race was the real deal- that starting line was a difference maker. I was going from a "runner" to a half marathoner with one step. Everyone has a starting line for "something" in their life. That start line is the beginning of their journey- thankfully I never had anyone telling me that I could not do it!
8. Hills- oh those Hills. There were 4 of them and they weren't fun. One of them is a notorious one on the route and I ended buying a t-shirt that says It's not just a hill, it's a rite of passage. LOL It was a doozy (in my opinion) but I can say that I did them all. Not all running, some of it was walking. It really is a metaphor for life though- we have the hills- some will be steeper than others. However, the only way to get better on the hills is to practice them- to deal with them- to face them head on and not shrink back in fear. (and for some those hills were no big deal)
and that is the end of post number 2- post number 3 will go up soon!