Runners World Half Marathon Fear and Excitement

by Elena on October 17, 2012 in Fitness,Inspiration

Getting excited (and also a bit anxious) before a big endurance event that you have trained for is normal.  But what about an event that although you have trained, is not going to represent your peak performance? An event that was last minute and that you are going into with incredibly low expectations? The feeling of nervous energy, anticipation, a certain knot in your stomach…is still there.

In my case, I am four days away from the Runners World Half Marathon in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. But even better than the actual half marathon itself?  The Runners World Editors and staff, the Olympians, the inspiring feet whose running has been transformative…..they will be there, in person, sharing inspiration and thoughts during workshops and sessions.

Here is the thing. I know that inspiration and motivation do not work through osmosis. You have to make it your own, believe, and commit…I know all that. But as I go into this half marathon, planning to do a mix of walking and running (possibly more walking than running), I know that I am taking my first big step back into a life where running is part of my daily diet. But…there is something to be said for being inspired by those around you. The stories and the experiences, the knowledge and the tips. And also? By accomplishing the goals that you set for yourself.

The truth is that I am actually a bit scared or anxious.  And by a bit, I mean a lot.

Preparing for the Runners World Half Marathon  | Ciao Mom

One of the first events will be an “easy” three mile run as a group on Friday with Burt Yasso from Runners World and the other FitFluential Ambassadors that will be there. Here is the thing. I have not run a straight three miles yet without doing some walking. I remember what it feels like to be the last and slowest person in the group. I don’t enjoy feeling like I am holding other people back. But there is no way that I am going to let that stop me from running that morning and pushing myself.  Because I have gotten stronger. I have made progress.

Then of course there is the half marathon itself. After running (walk-running) ten miles on Sunday, my body was (still is) SORE. My hipflexors remind me that they are unhappy every single day and everything feels tight. My feet played their now regular game of going numb on me…and overall, my overweight body is a running disaster. But….I am still going to cross that finish line. Happy and smiling (even if it hurts) because this is just the beginning.

The beginning of larger goals. Goals of running with princesses, and hopefully running an inaugural NIKE DC half marathon. Goals that include a possible marathon in 2013. Goals that are real, and attainable….but goals that mean I have to start somewhere, even if that somewhere is walking or slow or in pain.

So for now, I will do laundry and pack, create a new music playlist, and and get ready to drive north to Pennsylvania with one focus: Living.Doing.Growing. Channeling my fear. Channeling my focus and intentions. This race will not be one for the record books, but the weekend and the experience will be one for the life-book.

Ciao Mom


I will be participating in the inaugural Runners World Half Marathon as a FitFluential Ambassador. My race related expenses will be provided by Runners World. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie October 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I”m so glad you made this post! It’s good to know we’re not alone! And kudos to you for taking on the half marathon, I’m doing the 5k and that’s a big deal for me!

Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life October 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m going to be at Runners World too. I’ll be doing the 5k and like you, I am full of excitement and fear, but the whole point is to live the experience and learn from it. Good luck!

hchybinski October 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

You are gonna ROCK it girl!!
Somedays I think I want to be a runner. . .but then. . .maybe not. . .


Harold October 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

Elena – You will do fine, once the race starts you will have fun and all the activities leading up to race will be great too :-)

Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama October 18, 2012 at 9:22 am

Live it. Do it. Grow from it because I KNOW you can! You are such a huge inspiration to me and make me put one foot in front of another to keep plugging away as I work towards incorporating runs into my mornings to have a healthier lifestyle. Thank you for being a friend and an inspiration! xo

Corey Feldman October 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I’m jealous. Hurt my hip and have been stuck to short distances and infrequent runs

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife October 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

have a great time at the run! I wish I could be there! good luck! (:

Galit Breen October 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Way to go, woman! So ridiculously proud of you, and behind you all the way! xo

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