We’re down to the wire. Only 24 hours left to the Nashville Half Marathon, and I didn’t sleep a wink last night. You’d think we were headed to the Olympics.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, we will line up with 30,000 other runners to jog, walk, crawl or drag ourselves to the finish line. Our first glitch has already occurred.
We got dumped from my son’s luxury hotel and got moved to some “No tell Motel.” They had overbooked and prefer paying customers I guess. My biggest fear is bringing home a couple of hundred bedbugs.
My little ragtag team began training on January 4. Our journey has taken us well over 700 miles including some side trips. Along the way, we boosted and sale of Johnson and Johnson Band-aids to record levels. Yesterday we did the longest run to date – 12.4 miles. We limped in on a prayer and a song, and only one of us passed out. Me.
But we’ve come a long way. We laughed about our first five mile run back in February when we gasped for breath and took an Advil at every other corner. We also got to know each other intimately, and resolved all the world’s problems as we pounded the pavement.
Since we’re all single, we’ve discussed the men in our lives ad nauseam. We’ve discovered men come and go, but the road is always the same and way more reliable.
I must come clean, however. People ask if we are really running all that distance. I like to call it “slogging” – somewhere between a fast stroll and a slow jog. It could go either way depending on the weather.
I got a little peeved when someone suggested we are desperately trying to hang onto our youth. Good Lord, no. That train left the station years ago. We’re doing it for more important reasons. It’s about passion and self-discipline. It’s about reaching deep inside and finding something to take us to greater heights. It’s about dreaming big and exploring possibilities we never imagined.
Now, the fun part begins. We plan to carb-load today on our way to Nasvhille That means pasta. We’ll stop off in Corinth for a slug burger – but that’s a story for later.
Be watching for us on the news as we cross the finish line and receive our trophies.