"Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.”
Here's the whole story. The main reason I was looking to register for a marathon in February is because I have agreed to be part of a book project profiling first time marathoners. It's a great project and I love the idea of being one of the chosen runners. However, as with any project, there is a deadline. Thus, the decision to try and run in February.
The reason I started running in the first place was to improve my lung capacity and thus, my general health and quality of life. I was trying to wean myself off prednisone and I wanted to do everything I could think of to one day be completely prednisone-free. It's working! Although, I sometimes have to take prednisone for a week or two, I am officially weaned off prednisone and my adrenal glands have started working on their own again (no small feat). As wonderful as that is, that's not all I got from running. As is often the case, there was a ripple effect and my husband (Uber H), started running with me. After 30 years of marriage it was amazing to find something that we share a passion for. It has brought us closer than we had been in a while and given us even more to look forward to together. Then my brother and sister-in-law joined us on this journey, and friends, and my SIL's brother...and the ripple continues to extend beyond my own circle.
So, the idea of running my marathon out in Florida, perhaps in the heat, by myself, or in Hyannis in the cold and again, by myself, seemed anti-climactic. My family has been there with me through this whole journey, from my first minute of running non-stop to my first full month off prednisone to my first half-marathon to my first 4 consecutive months off prednisone to now. I want them there with me to celebrate my big goal of running a full marathon. What should I do...
I slept on it and decided to go with my gut and listen to my heart. This is an important milestone in my life and I want to experience it with my family. Believe me, I did not take this decision lightly, because I knew that Melinda (the author of the book I mentioned above) could have chosen someone else, but she has chosen me. Still, no other decision felt right. If that meant that I could not be part of the book, then I would have to accept that. However, I am very happy to report that with Melinda's blessing (thanks again for understanding), I have decided to register for the...
Ottawa Race Weekend on May 29th, 2011!
Where family and friends will join us as "Les Lacets Rouge".
Where my Super SIL will be running the marathon with me :)
Being surrounded by family and friends for this big day feels so right. Add to that the fact that I can take my time, heal properly and prepare fully, increasing my chances of success. I'm ready to take it nice and easy as I help my body prepare for my Victory Lap!
Thanks again for all your support!