Jul 17, 2012

FORUDAD

This past February I was really looking forward to running the Surf City Marathon. I felt that I had trained properly and that there was a good chance that I could pull off a sub four finish (3:59:59 was all I was hoping for.) Then the whole injury thing happened and all bets were off! The Surf City marathon folks were nice enough to allow me to defer my registration to 2013 and I finally registered today.
I guess I will be running a marathon in February, 2013 if everything falls into place. This marathon will be a little different because I will be running it in honor of my Dad who is battling cancer. Although he is still here with me, I want to dedicate this race to him and allow his courage and strength to carry me through those last 6 miles where I always seem to fall apart. I hate those last six miles and wish a marathon was only 20 miles! Don't you?

I usually put my first name on my race bib when personalization is an option but this race bib will be different. My bib will read "FORUDAD." My goal will once again be to break four hours, even if it's 3:59:59. If I succeed I will have accomplished something more meaningful than any other race I have ever ran before. This race is perfect for me since I have plenty of time to train and slowly build myself up to the proper mileage.

THIS ONE'S FOR YOU DAD! HANG IN THERE AND I WILL BE RUNNING MY HEART OUT FOR YOU! I KNOW THE PAIN OF A MARATHON IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT YOU FIGHT EVERY SINGLE DAY OF YOUR LIFE!

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  1. Love this. Maybe those last 6 miles will be a breeze :-)

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    1. Thank you Marissa! I sure hope so!!

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  2. You can do it -- you WILL do it, and it will be because of stubborn passion if nothing else:)

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    1. Thanks Jenn! If I think of my Dad I think it will be that much easier!

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  3. Aw, with great motivation like that, there's no way you're not going to make it. Looking forward to hearing how your training goes! (Have you picked out a training plan yet?) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Beth. I almost feel like I have to. I haven't figured out the secret to tackling those last 6 miles yet and maybe it's my Dad! I am probably going to follow the same training plan that I was following before my injury. It is a 16 week plan and it was coming along pretty good until I hurt my hamstring.

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  4. What a great way to honor your dad, Sandy.....and I think you're going to have a GREAT run that day!!!!

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    1. Thank you Bill. I am going to run my hardest!

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  5. this got me teary eyes....you will do great
    I loved that race last year and I am going to be back in 2013

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    1. I am going to do my best. It will be an emotional one for me!

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  6. I LOVE this. And I'm also running the Surf City full (it's my first!)... I look forward to seeing you out there and cheering on both you AND your dad!

    Megan

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    1. Thanks Megan! You are too sweet! You are going to do really well!! Have fun. I have heard that the course is great!

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  7. I KNOW you can break four hours easily! That you will do it for your dad will mean you will do it in style. I'm glad you signed up!! I knew you wanted to. :^)

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    1. Thank You Terzah! I just have to do it for my Dad. Even if I don't I will run my hardest!

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