Success and Failure

I have to make a confession. I’m signed up to run the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon this Sunday, and I’m scared. I’m afraid of failure…and the pain. Let’s face it, I’m a big baby. Why did I sign up for this thing again? I should have learned from last year’s go at it (note to self: destroy that photo–I look like a total dweeb).

Well, I knew I needed something to strive for when it came to exercising. Remember, one of my goals for 2010 was to exercise five times a week for a month. And I’m glad to say I accomplished that goal this last month–though, I was rather lenient with my definition of “exercise.” I certainly wasn’t in the gym everyday…or running as much as I should have–which is exactly why I’m kind of dreading the half-marathon. I don’t think I’m ready. Plus, goal number five was to run the half-marathon at a 9 minute mile pace or faster.

What?? What was I thinking when I made that goal??

So, I need some motivation and inspiration to get me excited about the race. I’m afraid the typical running bib and nondescript finisher’s medal isn’t going to do it for me.
running bib for pittsburgh half-marathon

running medal for pittsburgh marathon and half-marathon in 2009

Do you know what does inspire me? Secretariat. Winning the 1973 Belmont Stakes. I get chills every time I watch the video on youtube (and no, Jay, I do not watch it everyday!). I think it’s one of the most exciting sport clips you can see–even when you already know the outcome. And while I don’t have any illusions that I could be the human equivalent of Secretariat (I’ll be doing well just to stumble across the finish line), I’ll try to muster some of his enthusiasm for the race when I’m on mile 12 and wishing I could just curl up on the side of the road in the fetal position. (Don’t laugh! I’m going to need every inspiring thought I can get!)

I’ll let you know how it goes…

Nicole - I wish I could remember one of the cheesy phrases we used to say in track to inspire you in your race, but thankfully our high school days are long past us- and I don’t.

Cheers for that and good luck in your race.

You’re Mary. You’re going to rock it!

p.s. I’m going to run another half next spring. Make plans to join me!

Nancy - Mary, darlin’,I love you so much!! I wish we could be there to cheer you on and celebrate with you at the finish line. We will definitely be thinking about you. And the Secretariat video……incredible.

Laura - Girl – you’re going to do AWESOME. Just enjoy the crowds and your feet hitting the pavement. Do you listen to music while you run – that often takes the edge of any fear or lack-of-motivation I’m having when I run. Let me know if you need any music suggestions – I go thru quite a variety (praise & worship, top 40, country, etc.)

And, I’m going to have to check out that book “Born to Run” that Irene suggested!

Irene Smith - Hi there! I just finished reading “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougal. I have been running for years, but this book really re-motivated and re-energized me. After reading the book, I changed my form a bit, I started running just for the fun of it, and I feel better than ever! I highly recommend it!

And good luck! I have run the 10K that (used to?) take place with the Pittsburgh marathon, but never attempted anything longer. I’m impressed!

Milla - OK so I definitely just watched that with tears in my eyes the whole time. Wow… magnificent animal is right. Amazing.

You’re going to do AWESOME. Please have Jay take another photo like last year’s! I love it!

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