Saturday, October 29, 2005

Thank You

It's been an amazing six months.

No matter what happens tomorrow, I hope I can allow myself to remember all those Saturday morning training runs, to remember how fantastic it felt to run long during the height of summer, and to rejoice that I actually completed this program, raised money for such a worthy cause, and learned a few life lessons along the way.

Of course, I want to finish tomorrow, and I want to finish strong, and I don't see any reason why I wouldn't be able to, unless I do something stupid, like eat or drink the wrong thing, not find the right metro stop, miss meeting up with my group, wear the wrong clothes, screw up my leg between now and tomorrow, or go out too fast or too slow. (I'm sure there are a few other little things that could go wrong, too, I'm just not obsessing about them at the moment.)

Bottom line: I loved training for this marathon. Even when it was an angst-filled pity party, I loved it. I have nothing but good memories of running along the National Mall, watching the sun rise over the Washington Monument, using the pit stop at Thompson's boat house, running past the Kennedy Center, watching the crew kids practice on the Potomac, running past the White House, having a freezing cold towel slapped around my neck by a thoughtful volunteer—right when I needed it!— and running along the Capital Crescent Trail, which is a ridiculously long way from where we start. I loved the heat. I loved being drenched in sweat from head to foot. I loved the ice baths afterward (did not!). I loved the fact that I did it.

So I hope that no matter how I do tomorrow, these are the memories that will stay with me, along with this blog and the amazing support you've given me and the friends I've made here. I'm constantly saying things like, "My friend, a. maria, just ran the S.F. marathon, and she ..." blah blah blah. Yeah, I call you my friends. And some of you, I don't even know your first names!! (My friend 21st C. Mom!!)

And (so this is going to start to sound like my Oscar-acceptance speech, but tough luck) my off-line friends as well. Thanks to all of you who not only donated money, but have been a constant source of encouragement, and advice, especially in my many moments of doubt. Special thanks to my work colleagues for putting up with my nonstop blathering about running, and then putting up with my many absences as I took off time for physical therapy and related appointments. You know who you are.

And many many thanks to those of you who helped me raise $1,900 ($200 over my goal!) with your incredibly generous donations for Whitman-Walker Clinic, (one of whom I have only met in cyberspace!):

Gary K.
Ed S.
Gregory C.
Andrea S.
Eileen M.
Virginia E.
Catherine G.
Judy C.
Hope B.
Hunter M.
Sanjay P.
Deirdre M.
Dw D.
Sangeeta A.
Doris U.
Rosy M.
Angela L.
Mary Ann Z.
Rhea B.
Drew L.
John M.
Jennifer L.
Winona M.
Ron S.
David K.
Shaiy K.
Renee D.
Rosy M. (yeah, twice!)
Lauren C.
Jess T.
Robert J.
Lara C.

And on that note, I've got to get my a** in gear and get ready for a marathon.

See ya at the finish!


21st Century Mom said...

Yeah Jeanne!

All you have to do is mind to your hydration today (lots of water and some gatorade or whatever sports drink you like), eat well and get to bed early. The rest will fall into place and you will have a great marathon!

If you had an email link you would have my name :-) I only share it with the very most special internet friends.

Go, Go, Go! Can hardly wait to hear your run report!

Wil said...

GO JEANE! You're going to be awesome! I can't wait to hear about how you do! Stay tough - you've earned an awesome day!

Sarah said...

All the best! We'll be cheering from cyber-space :-) Run strong!

Liz said...

Kick butt tomorrow...can't wait to read the after action report!

Lara said...

Oh man, my heart is all big and swelled up for you just thinking about it all! I'm sending you a big race day smooch and I can not wait to hear all about it!!

You are a rock-n-roll show!! Have a blast!

Danny said...

Go Jeanne!!!!

We're all cheering for you tomorrow!

tarheeltri said...

Good luck! You're going to love the race, I did it in 1998. Go get 'em!

O said...

Go Jeanne!!!

a.maria said...

just got the first're looking good!! keep it up!


Stephanie said...

I'm thinking about you RIGHT now! Go!!

21st Century Mom said...

OMG - I'm tracking you right now - you are doing great!! Go, go, go!!

and by the way, we both have a same favorite book - "A Fine Balance". I loved that book.

Your left coast sister

Anonymous said...

You're halfway there!!!!!! Go Jeanne!! Gogogogogogo!!!!!!

Danny said...

This internet thing is amazing....

Congratulations!! You finished!! Yeaahhh!!!!!

David said...

Outstanding performance. You are so Hoo-rah strong, running the Marine Corps Marathon.

21st Century Mom said...

Yeah for Jeanne!! You finished and you did really well. Congratulations. Now you have to tell us how it was from your perspective.