The Finish Line

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” 
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian 

What an appropriate quote to kick off my race weekend, right?!

It’s here!! I’ve officially packed my bag and will be driving to Virginia tomorrow after work to kick off race weekend. I’m a whole mixture of emotions right now and it hasn’t really even fully hit me yet. I don’t know that it will really kick in until I do my Friday morning shake out run with CCFA Team Carolinas. Either way — I’m totally pumped.

Tomorrow morning I plan on waking up a little earlier than usual to get my very last short 2 mile training run in before school. I can’t believe I’m finishing up my training cycle tomorrow! It honestly feels like just yesterday that I embarked on this journey and signed up to raise money for CCFA. I remember the instant regret and “oh-my-god-i’m-SO-not-a-runner” after I submitted my registration.

But guess what? I haven’t looked back once.

I have fallen in love with running over the last 4 months. I went from someone who could barely run a mile with going into a full out wheezing attack to someone that is about to run 13 point freaking 1 miles this Saturday. I love going out there and getting in miles before most people are even awake. I love the feeling I get a few miles in that makes me feel invincible. I LOVE the feeling after I finish a run {good or bad} and knowing that I’m one step closer to my goals. Most importantly, I love that I’m finally doing something good for myself and my body. I was going through pictures from college the other night and was just blown away with the difference between 2 years ago and today. I’m so glad that I’ve finally found my passions in keeping myself healthy.

The finish line is calling my name. I am so antsy to get out there and leave everything I’ve got on the roads of Virginia. Being my very first big race, I didn’t want to set any serious goals. I have no idea what to expect, and am not going to pretend like I have a clue. However, my general goal is to finish the race under 2:30. I think this is a good starting time for where I am right now. You better believe I am already planning some PRs in the near future, though! :)

And to end the post with one more motivational quote:

I’ll be back soon…tomorrow is Thursday and it’s about to get thankful, people!

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6 responses to “The Finish Line

  1. Kayla – I am very proud of you. You have challenged yourself, raised money for a worthy cause close to your heat and found yourself in the process. You are a beautiful girl, inside and out. Enjoy your weekend!

    Love,

    Niki

  2. Wow I can’t believe it’s almost here!! Good luck with everything!! I’m excited for you! And I hope we can train together for another one in the near future.

  3. Wow Kayla, amazing! I can’t believe it’s here. I know your going to do great. I have been following your blog and have been inspired to start my own. I have also started to get into the gym seriously with a trainer to loose the baby weight I have been carrying around for three years now. You are so inspiring. Please keep it up. Have a great weekend! Christine

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