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.
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…