One of those wonderful things is this:
The Oakland Half Marathon is in just nine hours! And I am running it! And I can't sleep! I feel like a kid who's about to go to DisneyWorld! I feel totally prepared... I've been training like a madwoman, my running clothes are ready, my bib is pinned to my shirt, my breakfast is ready to go, I've packed my post-run change of clothes and I created a special half marathon playlist on my iPod. Now all I have to do is run 13.1 miles. Piece of cake.
I started seriously training for this run back in November, after I did a 10k. I felt so strong and accomplished and good after that run that I decided to try for this one. Tomorrow's run through Oakland is truly special to me. I have a huge soft spot for underdogs and Oakland is nothing if not an underdog. It's San Francisco's dirtier, harder-working sister -- pretty enough, but prone to poor choices and constantly outshone by the flawless Big Sister SF.
It's hard to compete with the Oz that is San Francisco -- I love that city more than vanilla ice cream drizzled with olive oil and dusted with chunks of sea salt from Boot & Shoe Service (which I've never actually ordered but I have a rich fantasy life with that menu item). I think I (gasp) even love SF more than I love Paris. But Oakland, sweet Oakland -- this city with a not-so-great reputation has my heart. From its precious rose garden to its fabulous farmer's market... this city is like a big hug. No question -- SF is breathtaking... but Oakland breathes. Oakland is alive in ways San Francisco just isn't.
So, this run I am doing is a big deal -- tracing the streets of this city that is so, so special to me. This is only the second year for this run. Last year, I desperately wanted to participate as a way to support the city. I'd done long run/walk races before -- but at an out-of-shape 256 pounds, I was in no physical condition. Still, I thought in the back of my mind, "Next year." I don't know if I believed it then, but I re-joined Weight Watchers a couple of months later and here I am -- down more than 85 pounds and preparing to participate.
So, I went on my last pre-marathon run today... going at about a 9:30 mile for 3 miles. This is my cute new gym outfit.
I also went to my hairdresser in SF and got these cute little French braids so I don't have to mess with my hair tomorrow.
Now, all that's left to do is RUN. (and of course, post a new blog).
Wish me luck!