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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The First Half

FOUR more days.
4 days until I run my very 1st Half Marathon.
And I'm a bundle of nerves.

I'm not worried about the race against others, 
for I only race against myself.

And that's where the problem lies.

I have a goal time set in my mind that I want to run that 21km in. 
And I don't want to fail.
I want to make that goal.
And if I don't...
Regardless of crossing the finish line or not...I'll feel unfinished.

Ridiculous?
Probably just one more thing I need to truly work on.
Another mind battle.....
~~~


In honor of this upcoming first Half Marathon Milestone, 
(and because I needed a new pair), 
I bought myself these:

(Before you look, you may want to don a pair of shades....really.)



Not sure they'll make me run faster or not.
But I'm thinking that every time I catch a glimpse of them, they'll inspire me to pick up the pace:)
~~~~~

{On this "Goal" note;
I have signed up for a 170km / 2 day Bike Tour in June in order to help raise awareness and funds for the Canadian MS Society. Click on the link  (top right corner) and it will take you to my Homepage~~where you can sign on to help me in my goal for MS research. 
Or if you feel so inclined, sign up to bike with me!}


47 comments:

Julie said...

Those are sure some pretty shoes. I KNOW you are going to do great!!!

Hi Kooky said...

Oh you can do it! And your shoes are FABULOUS. Good luck! Can't wait to hear about your finish. :)

Out on the prairie said...

My daughter chose some with a pinker hue. Hope you can get these broke in before the run.The goal is to complete the run, the time is a time to beat someday.

Miz.November said...

We are all cheering for you!!! I know you are gonna do great. And those flashy shoes are gonna carry you through.

Saz said...

Oooh, have fun with the marathon! Hope you enjoy it. I do love those trainers! Very nice. (:

Debbie said...

oooohhhh i LOVE the shoes, they are nothing short of AWESOME. you should take a look at howaboutorange, a blog i follow and LOVE. she is very creative and happens to LOVE the color orange!!

i think you may remember how close ms is to my heart, it is lovely of you to support this wonderful charity. thank you!!! xo

becky said...

Dawn,
GOOD LUCK on your 1/2- but by all means, have FUN!!! Geesh, you put a lot of pressure on yourself time wise, but I do understand wanting to reach your own personal best. I did a 1/2 years ago, but my only goal was to see if I could actually complete the thing. I did, but I think there was a "race walker" that was faster than me! (No joke!)
ps- i really dig those shoes!!!
:)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I am willing to bet that you meet your goal...exceed it even. And if you don't, there's always next time. How exciting! I can't wait to hear how it turns out. Wish I could be at the finish line to cheer you on! GO DAWN!!!! :)

bon bon said...

best of luck, dawn! be sure to break in those pumpkin-colored babies before hand!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

YAY!!!! Wish I could run it with you. Although in those orange shoes, you'd definitely smoke me! Good luck - you're going to do great!

texwisgirl said...

yikes! those are brighty non-whiteys! :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I thank you for running for MS! Love the shoes too

Hope said...

the best to you Dawn!

I'm sure the shoes will do the trick!

GardenofDaisies said...

I can't see to type, but good luck with your half marathon! :-) Actually those are pretty cool shoes.

Cat said...

you will do great!
on my first 1/2 I did not set a goal, but was happy with my result and now doing my second I just want to beat my first time.....
those shoes are rocken" by the way!!!

love and light
will be thinking about you this weekend...mine is in 6 weeks

Clint said...

Good for you! Just do your best and ENJOY the event. Those shoes are surely worth several minutes...

Deb said...

awesome shoes...I know you will do great Dawn....you just can't help it with those shoes..

Allison said...

Oh, I am in AWE! Go to it!!

MDScaper said...

Good luck Dawn with the half marathon. I think that it's good to have a goal as long as it's reasonable. With my Mountains of Misery ride that's coming up in 10 days the only goal that I have set is to FINISH!!! If I were closer I would definitely sign up to ride with you on the MS ride.

Jack said...

Good luck, Dawn. Those shoes look great. They will make all the difference in you reaching your goal! Now you gotta show us the rest of the outfit.

Buttons said...

Dawn Your shoes are awesome nothing says keep going then a beautiful bright orange shoe. I admire you I admire all runners it is a competition against yourself more than anything, it takes a lot of stamina and confidence to beat yourself and I know you will do it. You will do great I know it. B

Farmchick said...

Awesome shoes! I know you will do a great job! Have faith!

Jacob said...

You're going to do fine. Relax.

Lois Anne bought a pair of racing shoes very similar to these only hers were red! She didn't start running until she was 58. I think I told you she's won a number of races, has done several 1/2 marathons and 2 full marathons (NY and Disney)...she still holds the 5K record for her age group in the state of Florida.

She doesn't race anymore, but runs several times a week. It makes her high. I ride along with my bike and I can tell when she hits the place where she's gliding along ... it's pretty cool.

So, to repeat, you'll do fine.

Jacob said...

Oops! I forgot. Yes, those flowers are real. You'll find them all over our Stone Creek community, and in many other places in central Florida, including The Villages. I'll be posting more shots of similar flowers soon on our Stone Creek blog.

Janie said...

Good luck! Those fancy shoes will surely give your feet wings.

Farm Girl said...

I know for sure you will burn up the race in those very awesome shoes!

Nancy said...

Gosh, I know just how you feel...
I really wanted to mow the whole lawn today, but ran out of gas and now I'm destroyed. ;)

Haha! Oh, go on with your persnickety self. You'll do great no matter what.

Rural Revival said...

Your determination comes through pretty well Dawn, I don't doubt your ability for a second. : )

And gosh, a half marathon...I've never surpassed 7K. Knock'em dead!

And the male twin would LOVE those shoes...he has a thing for orange!

~Andrea~

Mike said...

Good luck racing this weekend! You'll do great. The shoes will make you faster for sure :-).

Trisha said...

Awesome color!! You go Dawn!! Your such an inspiration :D

sassyshoediary said...

You're going to do great! Your positivity will get you through! I love your shoes!

Randy said...

Wow those are great. I have faith that you will do well. Just run and enjoy.

wayne15575 said...

The nice thing about your new shoes is, you could run in the dark and people could still see you.

just kidding. You'll do just fine. I'm proud you're going to at least try....You go girl

Rick said...

There must be some Dutch blood in you Dawn - nice colour ;-)

Good luck on the 1/2. If you want to add a little more pressure for motivation, go ahead and tell us your time goal. before the 1/2 !

blessedmom's simple home said...

Impressive...both the running a half marathon and those shoes :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

John McElveen said...

RIDICULOUS?

To NOT Care- To NOT WANT to meet your goal(s), to NOT run for Charity--now

THAT WOULD BE RIDICULOUS!


Are those Jimmy Choo Choose? LOVE them!ORANGE you glad they had that color????

You my Dear- ARE SPECIAL and a Blessing to us All!

J

Samantha said...

Go, Dawn!
Thank you for running for MS.
LOVE the shoes.

Alan O'Riordan said...

Ha! You sound just like my mountain biking friends. So much male testosterone flying around whenever we go out for a ride. I'm sure you'll nail it, Dawn. Good luck!

Heidi said...

Hi Dawn,
Your new shoes are fabulous, LOVE the color!...Your first half Marathon, wow, I wish you success and that you reach the goal you set for yourself. There is no way that you can fail!!!...Take care!...I checked out your Mom's blog, as wonderful as her daughter!...GOOD LUCK!!! :)

Hilary said...

Wishing you the very best, Dawn. With those orange tootsies.. how can you not make great time? :)

beth said...

gosh...i wish you so much luck and am a bit jealous that you can run that far.....i love the new shoes !

Gary said...

THEY'RE MADE OUT OF PUMKINS, RIGHT? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Jacob said...

Three days now, right? Like I said, you'll do fine!

Re your comment about the Glenview Golf Course...no, that's in The Villages. We live in Stone Creek and I play the Stone Creek course most of the time...which you can see many pictures of on Stone Creek (http://stonecreekfl.blogspot.com)...

Are you running 10 miles per day now?

heyBJK said...

I wish you the best with your Half Marathon! I'm sure you'll do very well!

heather said...

yay on your first half!!! make sure those shoes are broken in! and just go have FUN! be proud of yourself whether you make your time goal or not. i know, easier said than done.

dard said...

dawn your shoes was so beautiful.. dawn good luck.. to you..
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Joe said...

I know I'm late :( but I hope you did well!!