Saturday, March 05, 2011

she believed she could

(found from the fun etsy shop, valentinadesign.
& used with permission)

before the sun comes up, dan & i are headed out this morning
driving down to seaside for a quick little trip to the gulf coast
for the vera bradley sponsored seaside half marathon!

for those of you who have already heard me talk about this ad nauseum
i's almost over. i promise.

13.1 miles.
people do it all the time.
i'm about as fired up excited as i can be.
i think as with the completion of any goal, the joy of just being able to say
i dreamed, i planned, i worked
& yes, i did it....
is a huge milestone

i've always been a runner
but running 2-3 miles a day isn't enough to prepare for a half .
back in january on those bitter cold mornings,
i began to wonder if i'd really be able to wrap this up.
i usually run with my favorite companion, brinkley
but have had to leave him at home for much of my training.
his vet warned me that long distance for a big dog such as he
combined with the fact that goldens are prone to hip dysplasia, etc
it would be in his best interest to keep his runs right at 3 milers.

i have several close friends who run their own half's
& have been a constant source of encouragement
& a wealth of information.
linda paul, kathy parker, cathy henry, & amy pauls
ya'll are awesome &
thank you thank you for all the love.
i promise i'll stop posting my run distances on facebook now!

two uber generous friends showed up at my back door with a ginormous
good luck basket.
& yes,
i cried.

not being one for personal car graffiti,
i will definitely slap that pink 13.1 on the back of my car come sunday morning!

i picked up a few goodies for my girls
( i didn't photograph all the health food but the fridge is full too)

praying they have a safe weekend
at all their destinations while we're gone.
& also praying for a little miracle,
the latest weather channel forcast is pretty bleak.
80% chance of severe thunderstorms.
oh my.

i'll be back next week to share all about it!
& then i promise i'll hush about running.
until the next one anyway~

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the
mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give
up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the
mind is not tired."
- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian


The Avery House said...

Good luck Paige! I know you are going to ROCK the 13.1! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Cheryl said...

Good luck Paige. Make wonderful memories!!

Love Being A Nonny said...

Paige, Good for you!! I cannot wait to see and hear all about it. Praying for a day without storms!

By the way, what a wonderful, thoughtful basket from your friends. WOW! You are blessed!!

Now, Run Paige. Run!

Sheri said...

Good luck Paige - I know you will do great. How sweet of your friends to give you such a cool basket. Have fun with your husband this weekend. Will say a little prayer for you right now. Be blessed and Run!

ALELY said...

oh good luck! a 1/2 is on my bucket list too but right now the goal is to do 2 10k's before i try and conquer a 1/2!

bring it girl and have fun! can't wait to hear all about it. i'm really needing some inspiration!


I love love love thoughtful friends. Remembering that sweet basket, may get you through any rough patch in your run.

Enjoy the moments. . . all 13.1 miles of them. Wow.


patricia e said...

What a journey! I like when you said, "i dreamed, i planned, i worked & yes, i did it..." Good luck - run with that passion of all that you've accomplished.

Heather said...

can't wait to hear all about it!!
you will have a wonderful time. and what better place than the most beautiful place in the world.

soak in every second.


Julie said...

Woo hoo! Go Paige! You can do it! :) What sweet friends to bless you with that basket and encourage you. I'll be praying for good weather. xo

Ellie said...

YOU GO GIRL! You have inspired me - I'm planning to start training to run one myself now :)

I am looking forward to hearing all about it! oh and praying for no rain!

xo ellie

3 Peanuts said...

Good luck Paige. I know you can do it!!!! You will RCK it!!! Thinking of you and praying for your strength and endurance. Think of al us bloggers cheeering you on at the finish line!!!!


Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Get em, Tiger!!

And I love that you bought Hope Floats for the girlies. That one really should've been on my 90's movie list. :)

melissa said...

You GO girl!! So looking forward to hearing about the big event. Love that pink 13.1 sticker .. well deserved!!

Privet and Holly said...

Got my weekends
mixed up ~ it's
THIS one ~ good luck
Paige!!! I am so
wanting a trip to
Seaside, right about
now....And how fun
it would be to cheer
on a friend at a half
xx Suzanne

Maggie said...

Go Girl!!! Can't wait to see some pictures!!!!!!!

Biz said...

You are going to rock this!
I'm not a runner, but I have huge admiration for those who are!
Your setting a great example for your girls and I'm sure they are super proud of you!!

Hillcrest Acres said...

GOOD LUCK PAIGE!! I hope the rain holds off until after the race.

Love Being A Nonny said...

mentioned YOU on my blog post today!

Anonymous said...

You can do it, and you're going to love it!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I'll be thinking of you! Best of luck!

I was looking at your training log! IMPRESSIVE.


Katiebee said...

Good for you Paige! Cheering you on!!!!!! and what sweet friends bringing you that great basket of goodies~

go paige go!


Simply Jen said...
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Simply Jen said...

Have a GREAT time! The race is the icing on the cake! Enjoy your strength, commitment, ups and's all part of this amazing goal!
You go girl!
I'll be thinking of you!

Jen xo

may the force be with you said...

have i ever told you that i ran a 5k last may?
I know you'll kick ass.....

grateful girl said...

I found your blog about a month ago and have been following it...I even posted you as one of my favorite blogs on my new blog! Just wanted to say good luck...from someone who hates walking to the mailbox! You inspire!

Kelli said...

I can't wait to hear all of the details...each one. I don't bore at all hearing about your running...I'm excited for you. This is such a nice basket that your friends gave you...I would have cried too. Enjoy your time at one of the most beautiful places around. Now only if you could run with your camera :)

Courtney Walsh said...

Waahooo!!! Go Paige! :)

I'm so excited and amazingly proud of you! :) Kick that 13.1 where it counts!

Between You and Me said...

praying for you...can't wait to hear all about it....oh, how I pray there is a picture of you crossing the finish line.

LOVE that quote at the end of this mind is strong, but my back is weak...praying God brings healing so I can join you and complete another 1/2 marathon!

Jodi said...

Good Luck Paige!!!! I know that you will do great! I am a beginner runner and can't even imagine 13.1! You GO GIRL!!! :)

Can't wait to hear all about it!!! :)


Sharla said...

Good luck Paige! Hearing about your commitment and how it is a new adventure for you is the motivation I need to get started!

Christina said...

i am thinking of you. i know you rocked that run!

Farmgirl Paints said...

you can do it girl. what an amazing accomplishment! you will feel like a complete rock star when it's over:)

Elise said...

Awww...I saw one of my friends, Cathy Henry!! Love her!!
Love that print, also!! Need to get one to remind me of all I CAN do.

Amy R. said...

Just found your blog from Houzz and it's such a small world! I know Cathy Henry from way back and it was so funny to see her picture pop up. Congrats on your half! That is a great feeling isn't it?
I am a new follower...