Today I fly out and head to DC. I am both excited and nervous, which is half of the fun of a marathon. I also get to see my best friend! I can’t wait. Ok, now down to the reason for this post. I mentioned in my last post that I would be creating a list of the 26 things I am most grateful for, one for each mile. I have come up with my list and I am excited about it. These are not in any order of importance.
I am grateful for…
Mile 1 – Running and all of it’s challenges
Mile 2 – Kanon
Mile 3 – My high school friends and My college friends
Mile 4 – My Boos
Mile 5 – My family
Mile 6 – All of the hard times I have experienced (they made me)
Mile 7 – God
Mile 8 – My self-doubt
Mile 9 – My confidence
Mile 10 – Music and books
Mile 11 – The ability to see beauty
Mile 12 – The friends who have stuck by me and never judged me
Mile 13 – Amy
Mile 14 – The children I get to introduce Art to
Mile 15 – God making me a lesbian (and sexy)
Mile 16 – Laughter and Tears
Mile 17 – Sarra
Mile 18 – This moment
Mile 19 – Beating The Bridge!
Mile 20 – Fear (overcoming it and embracing it)
Mile 21 - Gina
Mile 22 – Understanding that I can do anything
Mile 23 – The runners beside me
Mile 24 – Sami, Fletch, and Andrew
Mile 25 – Overcoming depression and anxiety
Mile 26 – This being the Last MILE
.2 – for the people who fought for this country and gave me the freedom to run this race
There is my list. When you run a race like this it is easy to only think about yourself and how you feel. The race can become all about you, the miles behind, and the miles ahead. I probably will not be able to not think about that, but I don’t want to take this experience or adventure for granted. I am grateful for the life I have led so far and the life I am going to lead. I don’t know if I will ever have another opportunity to do another marathon, so I want this one to mean something.
I have set up an instagram account (kcannon6017) and you can follow me through out the weekend. I will be posting pictures the whole weekend. I also will post after the marathon to let everyone know how I did. Thanks for all of the support. See you on the other side of the BRIDGE.