Are There Really ONLY TWO DAYS Until Pittsburgh?

Countdown to Pittsburgh = 2 Days. In a little less than 48 hours I will be running this:
Please do your best to ignore MOUNT Washington somewhere around Mile 7
I’ve never been more scared for a race (although I might have said that before my first half, at least my husband seems to think I did).
I don’t even know what to wear anymore! I think I want to change my outfit and I have to pack and make sure I have all of my running gear! I’ve never made sure to pack my running gear before – I have never run this far away for any more than a 5k!?! Ack! And my stomach is queasy – must be the nerves – my throat is slightly sore – pray to the Heavens that I am NOT getting sick! I need to remember my camera and my cell phone charger and my laptop – right?!
Calming down, in major freak-out mode here!
The support and encouragement I have received from my running buddies has been amazing! Today I do also feel a tinge of excitement. I expect Pittsburgh to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions for me. The tidbits of encouragement and advice you have been sending to me this week have been wonderful – THANK YOU!
Here is just a little of what has been keeping me going:
“You will do great! You have trained hard for this & you’ll have friends & family supporting you.” Laurel, MIT Lucky 13ish (she’s fast!) who is running the half on Sunday
“I just wanted to let you know I will be thinking of you and your journey at your first marathon. I wanted to make sure you lube the following put a ton of lube on these areas:
Boobs
nipples ( I would even wear nipple guards)
under your arm pits
your thighs
between your butt cheeks
toes
and right where you sports bra is around your chest upper and lower.
You have big boobs like me and let me tell you after so long the bra does start to move and cause friction EVERYWHERE! Be prepared to go through every emotion you have. For some reason I went through it all Excitement, I almost started crying at one point because I got to thinking about way to many things. You are going to want to stop but you just keep trucking and look toward that finish line! I know you will be awesome. Be prepared for every single one of those emotions to hit all at once, once you cross the finish line and they put that medal around your neck. This is your first marathon so always expect the unexpected.” –Adrianne, my friend (Thanks for the tips, girl!)
Me, Bart and my Mom
“I will be thinking about you in the marathon. Start out slowly and enjoy the day. Your Mom will be looking down at you with a very proud smile.” – Bart Yasso, um, only my RUNNING HERO!
“Sara, wishing you great weather and a terrific run this weekend in Pittsburgh. You can do it and your mom’s spirit will be the angel on your shoulder running with you the whole way! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.” – Karen, a family friend
“Every day can be a bad day. But every day can be a good day. Suck it up Wyen and RUN! Make it a GREAT day!” – Wendy, my training partner for most of this MIT season, hero and my friend.
“You rock! Remember to savor the experience because there will be many more marathons in your future, but there is only ever one first marathon!” – Heather, MIT running buddy
“Good luck. I will be thinking of you Sat. I cant wait to hear about your stories. You inspire me.” – Darlene, MIT Lucky 13 
“Good luck in Pitt my friend! This will be epic and you my dear will be AWESOME! I cant wait to read your blog!” – Shana, my friend
I am so excited for you! You are going to be awesome tomorrow. Simply fantastic. You can so do this. Have fun and good luck!!” – Keri, MIT Lucky 13
You’re getting so close to your Marathon! I’ll be rooting for you from afar like a crazy girl. :)” –Jen, my blogland buddy
I could go ON and ON……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you guys!
2 days and counting…During the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 15th, I will be thinking of:
Mile 21: YASSO did it!
“Never limit where running can take you.” My mom and I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Yasso earlier this spring and hear him speak. It was unbelievable. He came to run with MIT and even though I was sick that weekend and could not run, meeting Bart is one of the coolest people I have ever met! At Mile 21, I will be thinking about all of the amazing things he has achieved through this sport that we share. I am humbled by his sheer determination to run and overcome the biggest and baddest of obstacles – Death Valley in the middle of summer, a charging Rhino is India, the onset of Lyme disease in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere of Mt. Kilimanjaro, drug and alcohol addiction, bicycling across the U.S. alone, and training ex-cons to run their first relay. Talk about not limiting yourself! 
 
Bart was a hero to my mother too. We had plans to look for him in Pittsburgh on Sunday (he will be there)! I told him when I met him I would keep an eye out towards the finish line. Bart was even kind enough to remember me and send a message, “Sara, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember meeting her at Fleet Feet. I’m sure yesterday [Cap City] was a tough day for you. We never got to run together in Columbus. I hope our paths cross and we can go for a run together someday. Bart” How cool would that be?!? I hope to run with you too, Bart, but don’t worry, you’ll be running Mile 21 with me in spirit!
Mile 22: Terri did it!
“Human beings can accomplish anything they put their minds to. All they need to get started is someone to show them it’s possible.” Mr. Terry Hitchcock – another running hero of me and my family and the star of his own personal story My Run. At 57 years old Terry Hitchcock was left to raise three small children on his own after losing his wife to breast cancer. Not long after his wife’s passing, Terry also lost his job and soon found out how difficult raising a family alone could be. He decided, against all odds, to raise awareness for single-parent households and the struggles that are faced each and every day, by running 75 consecutive marathons in 75 days on an over 2,000 mile cross country trek. If Terry can do it, I can do it. I don’t have a single right to complain about even one single mile in Pittsburgh.
Terry reminds us of the obstacles we face every day – the marathons of life – and that we can overcome them with determination, self-confidence, belief in the extraordinary, and the will to succeed. Right now I am running more than one Marathon in the race of life. Since my mother’s passing, Terry’s story means more than it ever did before.
Mile 23: Don’t Stop Believing
“Hold on to the feelin’?” I will not give up. I will not give up. I will not give up. I will cross the Finish Line! What are 3.2 more miles? Just about a 5K! Why stop now? You’re practically there!
Mile 24: Pain is Temporary
 This moment, however you are feeling, is only temporary. Savor the moment. The pain you feel now, will only be secondary to the big finish. 
Mile 25: ONE MORE MILE
Literally this time. The God-honest truth, for real. Just one more mile to go! Don’t give up NOW! If you run just one more mile, you will be done!
Mile 26: Finishing is Forever
(See Mile 24). You will not regret this – you know this to be true. Running has changed your life. Cherish this moment. Remember it always; you only get one first marathon! Your family and friends will be there to cheer you on!
You went from never even exercising to running a marathon – time to celebrate!!
Until the next mile marker, 

Comments

  1. Good luck this weekend Sara! When you finish, take the time to enjoy your accomplishment. You have earned that medal and I know that you will wear it proudly! Run far, run hard, run fun! 😉

  2. Good luck Sara!! When you cross the finish line, it will be a moment you will remember forever so cherish it. I can’t wait to read your race report 🙂

  3. I have been reading your blog for a while (my BFF Jenn Murray shared it with me). You are such an inspiration!!! I am so excited for you to achieve this amazing goal and I know it will be so very hard – physically and mentally. I will be cheering for you from afar and I can’t wait to read all about it!!
    Sara W.

  4. Dear Sara,

    I found your blog recently on one of the Cap City Half facebook page comments. I’ve read a few of your posts, and just want to let you know that you truly inspire me. The Cap City was my first half marathon, and running has changed my life since I started about 6 months ago. I can only imagine how absolutely amazing you will feel during, and after, your first marathon. Have an amazing time this weekend!

  5. Tears in my eyes for your journey, the inspiration you are, I will be thinking of you all weekend GO SARA!! I’m so excited and proud of you. xo

  6. Just started following and caught up on the last 6 or so posts and am sitting here in a pile of wet tissues. You are a strong woman! The tragedy with your mom didn’t make an excuse for you to give up, but rather inspiration to keep going! Run, run, run. The marathon will be painful at times, it is unavoidable. Stay positive, keep pushing, and then enjoy the triumph!

  7. I hope you have a wonderful race day. I’ll be thinking of you & sending you strong thoughts to make it through the day, mile by mile! Go SARA!

  8. I am so excited for you! I know I’m posting this way too late (blasted lack of commenting on the iPhone), but I am so incredibly proud of you and I know your mom is too. I’m so glad you are my friend!

  9. I hope you have a wonderful race day. I’ll be thinking of you & sending you strong thoughts to make it through the day, mile by mile! Go SARA!

  10. Just started following and caught up on the last 6 or so posts and am sitting here in a pile of wet tissues. You are a strong woman! The tragedy with your mom didn’t make an excuse for you to give up, but rather inspiration to keep going! Run, run, run. The marathon will be painful at times, it is unavoidable. Stay positive, keep pushing, and then enjoy the triumph!

  11. Dear Sara,

    I found your blog recently on one of the Cap City Half facebook page comments. I’ve read a few of your posts, and just want to let you know that you truly inspire me. The Cap City was my first half marathon, and running has changed my life since I started about 6 months ago. I can only imagine how absolutely amazing you will feel during, and after, your first marathon. Have an amazing time this weekend!

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