In the matter of hours I will be entering the point of no return…
…tomorrow…Friday, April 18 registration opens for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. This is a goal I set for myself back in August and now tomorrow, it begins to become more and more of a reality. And as I sit here I am feeling a little nervous about it because after I register…and I am officially in…there’s no turning back unless I want to throw away $95 (registration fee). I shouldn’t be nervous, but I am.
I think part of my nervousness comes from the fact that I have had to deal with two separate running injuries this year. Back in January I developed shin splints from building up my mileage too fast. I had to rest about 2 weeks before starting over and slowly building my mileage base back up. Then back at the beginning of March I suffered a pulled groin muscle. And let me tell you…that was not fun at all. This set me back about 3 three weeks (currently I am in my second week of running since recovering from that injury). Now, in the back of my mind, I am wondering what is next. I can’t afford any more set backs the closer I get to the race date (Sunday, Oct. 5).
But I still believe I can do this. Some people think I am crazy, and maybe I am, but for some strange reason I have always wanted to be able to call myself a marathon runner. No…I didn’t fall on my head or anything, but to be able to complete one of the ultimate tests of human endurance is something I want to achieve. I know it is going to be difficult and there will be times when I will feel like quitting, but I think that will make achieving this goal all the more satisfying.
So when tomorrow morning rolls around, I will be on-line registering for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (not that I am worried about chickening out if I wait)…crossing the point of no return. But even though I am still a little nervous about hitting that registration button, I am also excited. I’m excited because I will be one small step closer to completing a goal I have always wanted to complete.
[And having the "point of no return" hanging over my head will definitely help with the motivation]
So…here I go…nerves and all.