The Road: 11/9/11: Cheering Section

Posted: November 9, 2011 in The Road

Last night, I had a great 5k walk around Cranes Roost with Jenn. There was a little jogging thrown in too. I was pretty quiet just trying to hush the inner voices in my head that have been shouting at me lately. Having Jenn there and completing a 5k on a weeknight after work helped me get rid of the negative, depressing voices that have been plaguing me lately. I found myself happy and thinking more clearly after we finished. I’ve got a lot of negative voices in my head about my upcoming half marathon in 2012. I’d love to have important people around me that day but…

Who Will Be There?

As I get ready for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, I often wonder which faces will be smiling at me when I cross the finish line. Whose voices will carry past the negative voices in my head during that final moment of delirium to cheer me on and congratulate me as I accomplish something I’ve never done before? Who would brave a crowd of thousands in the early morning to support me as part of my own, personal cheering section?

The truth is that I’m really not sure… I believe my father and sister will probably be there. I wouldn’t want my four-year old to be there. As much as her face would comfort me, there are going to be way too many people around. I am 100% certain that James will be beside me until we cross the finish line. The only time I know he’ll leave my side is when the sag wagon comes to pick me up. He said he’s sprinting ahead if I can’t finish in time.

Another thing I always wonder is how will I feel at the end? Will I be proud and energized enough to receive my medal and spend the day in one of the Disney parks with my family? Will I be exhausted and disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish it this time? Will I feel like Rocky at the top of the steps? Will I feel like the man of steel?

Will I feel like a badass? I’d love to cross that line and see familiar faces smiling and cheering for me. Nothing comforts me amidst my inner turmoil like a group of my closest friends and family around me believing in me.

So…I ask…who will be in my cheering section on January 7th 2012? Will it be you?

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Comments
  1. Heather says:

    You know if there’s any possible way, we will be there. Of course, that means we need to move like next week, but… 😉

    xoxoxo if we’re not there in person, we’re cheering you on from our hearts. Always.

  2. Marrisa says:

    I will definitely try to make it. I would love to be a part of your celebration! I admire your courage and determination. Not many people possess those qualities. I’m ALWAYS rooting for you Pat!!

  3. James says:

    You know where Lori and I will be!

  4. Kenneth Holliday says:

    I really hope to be in Orlando for (at the very least) that day. If I’m there I will do my best to be at the finish line when you cross.

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