tomorrow...

The running chart I made and have been following the past couple months! can't believe tomorrow it will be complete!
 
I am trying not to freak out. I am rushing with excitement, and fear all at the same time. I am just so dang anxious. Tomorrow, along with a huge group of family and friends, I will be running 26.2 miles

I am ready to cross this experience off my bucket list. All the months of preparation to accomplish this goal. Running a marathon is only partially about the physical endurance, there comes a point where your body is well conditioned, and it becomes a mental game. Mental conditioning.

I have done a half marathon before this, and crossing the finish line I didn't expect to feel what I did. It is actually a very emotional and almost spiritual experience. I know that sounds crazy, but if you ever done something like this, you know what I am talking about. Pushing yourself, and gaining control of your mind, it is the best feeling of self accomplishment.

I have never felt more in control of my thoughts and it has been such a growing experience I never expected to have doing this. I know I can do it, but I am so scared. It doesn't help that I did something to my knee last week, I am trying to not let it worry me too much and just focus on finishing and not about a time. I don't want my knee problem to get me down about the race. Here is to a grand day of accomplishment (&sore legs) for many people tomorrow :) Wish us luck!

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46 comments

  1. GOOD LUCK Alycia!! You will do amazing! Enjoy the experience and never look back! Can't wait to hear how it goes ;)

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  2. Good luck!! Where are you running? I have a friend running a marathon tomorrow too!

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  3. good luckkkk!!!! i ran cross country in high school and have done two half marathons, so I get what you mean about it being an emotional experience. i've never done a full one but am in complete awe of anyone who has! you're amazing and you are going to kick some major butt!! xo

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  4. You absolutely rock! I haven't kept up with endurance running in a few years and have contemplated getting back into it but I have the hardest time getting over my mental blocks! My thoughts and prayers are with you, and no matter what happens on race day, you have already accomplished an amazing feat!

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  5. Good Luck! You will do great :)I've done a mini but never a full marathon, way to go girl!

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  6. GOOD LUCK!! I know the feeling- when I did a half I felt the same way!! Crazy!

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  7. Go go go! I almost died running a 10 miler in college and haven't attempted more than that since. You have all my admiration. You can do it!

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  8. I recently ran a 4 mile race, I couldn't imagine doing a full marathon. You go girl -- I'm sure you'll rock it!

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  9. OMG. RUNNING A MARATHON1?!?!?!!? WOWW!!!! you are going to kick butt!!!!

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  10. good luck! and remember to have fun!

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  11. You can do it! I'm already impressed. I don't think I could run even a 5k. Ha my friend is a marathon runner and she agrees it is so much of a mental game. Have to fill your mind with positive thoughts! You'll do great and we are all supporting you in HHS blog world!

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  12. Good luck chicky!! You will do GREAT!

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  13. Dear Alycia,

    although I don't know you personally....I'm so extremely excited for you!! Running a marathon is not an easy task, but remember this....it's all mental!! Every step is exercising the BRAIN not the body. Your body will be fine. it knows what it's doing. Your knee will be fine. I read an article before my first marathon that stated that injury before a race is mearly the mind over thinking how the body feels....it's just nerves. stay confident and you will step over that finish line with pride!! Can't wait to hear the re cap! Way to go girl. Congratulations in advance for even taking the steps to start the training and setting the goal!! That right there is amazing! Again Good Luck.
    MIND OVER BODY!

    much love and support,

    Leslee

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  14. Good luck! That knee better behave! I'll be praying for ya!

    ps... you are way inspirational.

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  15. Good luck tomorrow! I hope your knee doesn't bother you!

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  16. good luck! remember mind over matter and i hope the knee is ok.

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  17. EEEEK how exciting!!!! :) You are going to ROCK IT, girl!! I just started a couch to 5k training program, and am so far loving it. I can't even imagine being able to do 26.2 miles, though! That is AWESOME!

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  18. that is SO awesome!! Congrats!! I can't wait to start training for one...someday :)

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  19. Good luck Alycia!! I just signed up for my first ever run next weekend..a 5K, which is like nothing compared to a marathon, but it's a start! :) I hope you do great! Congrats for making it this far already! So awesome!

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  20. st. george?! i have a friend running it too! what an amazing accomplishment. good luck! you'll do so great!!!

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  21. You are going to do so great! What an accomplishment! And all of the hard work you've put in- wow!

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  22. Good luck! You will do great!

    xo
    Amy
    itwasloveat.blogspot.com

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  23. You are a far better woman than. I'm saving up my running skills for the zombie apocalypse! Lol.. Good luck:)

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  24. Go Alycia Go!!!! Think that while you are running :) you can do it!
    ok, maybe i should go for a run too! tomorrow...lol
    cheers,
    Meg

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  25. Good luck! I ran mine at the beginning of September. One of the hardest things I've ever done! Mile 20-24 are the hardest part ever! I hope you have fun running!

    Bethany Small

    www.thesmallwall.com

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  26. You got this girl!! Good luck and have fun!

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  27. This is awesome!! Good luck--show that marathon who is boss :)

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  28. Wow, a marathon is such an amazing thing to do! Good luck and sending some positive energy your way! x

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Good luck with the marathon; I can't wait to read all about your experience! A marathon is on my bucket list, I just haven't worked up the nerve to sign up for one yet. Someday though!

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  30. good luck! you got this!! what an amazing accomplishment in life. you should be proud.

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  31. You will do great out there tomorrow! Congratulations on finally being able to see all of your hard work pay off!

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  32. You Go Girl! Good Luck! You're amazing!

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  33. No kidding! That is a HUGE accomplishment! I can't even imagine. I've done a few half marathons, but never ever a full. That definitely takes a lot more mental endurance I'd guess. Well good luck! I'm sure with all your training and your friends and family running along with you, you'll do great!!

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  34. Awesome! Good luck and enjoy your success

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  35. By the time you read this you'll probably be done with the marathon, so CONGRATULATIONS!

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  36. Wow! I definitely admire you for this, I'm so happy for you! It's something I don't think I could ever do, but it really is amazing what we can accomplish when we put our minds to it. :)

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  37. i also recently started to run :) i think i also have to make myself such a chart,it's a nice motivation :)

    sammie
    from
    www.fashionbarbecue.com

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  38. Wow, I wish you the best of luck! I'm sure you'll have an amazing experience.

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  39. Hope you did great & had a blast! xo

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  40. Congratulations on completing your first full marathon! That is so awesome. I keep saying how I'm not sure I'd ever be able to do that, but you almost have me convinced by saying it's also a big mental challenge and not just training your body. It's awesome that you got to do that with family members! What a memory.

    Congrats again!

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  41. Hope you had a wonderful experience, I'm sure you did great!

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