The days leading up to my big day, I was anticipating it with a healthy respect...that kinda verged a little on dread. It wasn't so much the thought of being older as it was the thought of saying goodbye to my 20s...I hate goodbyes.
I wanted to celebrate in a big way...a day I would remember for the rest of my life...celebrate in a way that was me. So, months in advance, I looked up races that were going to be held right on my 30th birthday...exactly how I wanted to ring in my thirties.
I ended up settling on The Illinois Marathon. So, Friday afternoon, my family and I packed up and made the trek to Champaign-Urbana to check in to a hotel. I was so happy to be able to get away with them...and even happier to wake up on my birthday with all of them sleeping around me.
My husband is not a morning person. He is a talker, but not when he first wakes up...so it meant so much to me that he got up and spent time with me before I had to leave for my race.
I left my babies sleeping, kissed my husband goodbye, and snuck quietly out of the room to catch the shuttle to the starting line.
I had a great race. I won't go in to a mile by mile play by play that might bore you to death...I'll save that for my running blog. But, I will say that it was a different kind of run for me. I don't like racing alone. I had only done it once prior to this race and it was awful. I was nervous about this race and running 13.1 miles without a running buddy beside me. This race, I proved to myself that it's not so bad and I can do it. I can run my own race, motivate myself when I feel like walking, and have fun in a sea full of strangers. It was my two hours of worship,prayer, and thanksgiving. I crossed the finish line at the 50 yard line of Memorial Stadium and fought back tears of joy and thankfulness. After getting my medal and a bottle of water, I stood there looking around and taking it all in.
I met my family and made the quick drive back to the hotel to get showered. Dan caught me crying in the bathroom and asked what was wrong. Even though it was only 10:30 in the morning, my birthday was all I wanted it to be...with the exception of Jimmy Johns and cake (which came later).
Tonight, I am just simply thankful.
Bring on my thirties!