Today was a rest day from running, but a day full of information and preparation. I received an email from CGI Racing with all the Race Day information for Race Weekend April 21-22nd. The first exciting part was the Bib#s were posted!! So of course, I logged in and typed as fast as I could to find my number. Diane Robertson is Rutgers Unite Half Marathon 2012 runner #3006! KEWL! What a great number. My lucky number is 6. I was born on the 6th day of year 1966. So 6 has always been a positive energy number for me. So when I got my Bib# — the positive energy just kept coming toward me like a magnet.
Beyond that, I learned how and where to pick up my packet on Saturday. They’ve set up an Athlete’s Village with all kinds of Expositions on Saturday. I’m going to go and check it out. Ya know…..pretend like I’m an athlete. HA! Why not!
I feel so lucky for all the positive supportive people who have come out and lifted me up during this entire process. Today at work, so many people wished me well, and encouraged me for Sunday. Brendan sent me the Irish Blessing “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back.” That made me feel soooo full of the spirit, and I KNOW those words will carry me for miles on Sunday.
I had my last “booster shot” from Marathon Brian. He was full of advice about running in the rain (Yup — it’s looking like this is going to be a very wet Half Marathon.) But Marathon Brian had advice about using Anti Glide and preventing chaffing. And you can Ba-Lieve! I’m going to follow THAT advice. We talked about what to wear in the rain, how to keep my feet as dry as possible, and he told me some stories about his rain experiences. I feel pretty comfortable. I’d much rather be running in a bit of a chill, even if that means rain — than have it be a hot hot day. I’m not going to let anything bother me. Hell, I’ve run through the Snow, bitter cold, I’ve run on Christmas and New Year’s Days….I’m ready to rumble, whatever comes.
Peter is planning to come with me on Sunday, so he’s reviewed all the maps they’ve offered for Family. We’ve got maps, parking directions, shuttle bus instructions, This is an incredibly organized event, and I’m grateful for all the information. Come Sunday morning, I might be so nervous that I’ll barely manager to microwave my oatmeal, and not pin my bob on upside down. So I’ll be leaning on Peter to get me to the Starting Line and Point me in the right direction. LOL
So today felt like the Word that surrounded me was Luck. LOL, so of course, I had to look it up. To the Dictionary –>
Luck: Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
Hmm, reading that and looking back at all the work I put into the past 18 weeks……I’m having second thoughts. As I settle in and take a second attempt at labeling the overwhelming good feelings I’ve been bathing in today — I think rather than luck, the word is Blessing or Fortune. I am so blessed, and fortunate to have such genuine and warm friends and family who have stood by me in this journey, and lifted me spiritually so I could keep taking baby steps forward toward my goals. No one but myself could take me on this journey. No one but myself could physically take the steps and walk the path…..but Never, Not in a Million Years, could I have made it this far — without the good fortune of a life filled with these wonderful people at home, at work, at Weight Watchers, and online. Thank you for picking me up and telling me I was doing well, even when I wasn’t. You told me exactly what I needed to hear . With your help, I’ve learned a valuable lesson.
And this lesson is my Positive Affirmation for today:
I am all that I allow myself to be.
Ciao for now……Diane