Today is a celebration.

on March 6, 2011 in Get Fit with 6 comments by

I’m not a runner.

You know this.

I am slow. It makes me sad and frustrated. I’ve always been slow, even on my best soccer day. I’m not in tip-top shape. I haven’t enjoyed training. I don’t love to exercise.

[Amendment. Exercises I do love: playing soccer, Zumba classes, and water aerobics.]


Today is a celebration. The Seaside Half Marathon, for me, is a celebration.

I am celebrating a working body and a willing heart. I am celebrating feet that can move. I am celebrating the fact that I am single and I can pop down to the beach for the weekend with five of my girlfriends. I am celebrating warm weather and beach smells. I am celebrating a flexible job and a generous boss. I am celebrating health and sunshine and friendship and three hours alone on a flat race course.

For 13.1 hard miles, I will celebrate life.

It won’t be easy. It won’t be short. My friends will finish in around 2 hrs and 15 minutes. I will not. In fact, the race is from 7a-10a and then the roads open again. So it looks like I’ll be finishing with some grandmas and a bunch of fancy SUVs.

But even in the worst moments, I want to celebrate. Today I consider myself very lucky to get to be a part of this race. I’m not saying I’ll ever move for 13.1 miles on my feet ever again [I probably won’t and don’t let me], but for today, it’s gonna be great.

Keep up with me on twitter (@annieblogs) and this is where I will announce my survival/victory/injuries/puking.

I hope you have a great Sunday too. 🙂

What are you celebrating today?


  1. posted on Mar 06, 2011 at 7:44 AM  |  reply

    In this moment, right now…I’m celebrating YOU! I’m not a runner, either…I feel like lead moving through mud when I try, so EVERY person who runs a 5K or half marathon or more, I marvel at. I applaud your spirit and delight in the things that companion this milestone in your life. You remind me it’s not about being first it’s about finishing the journey; heck, STARTING it!

    Anyways, yes, this morning I celebrate the life around me and the Life within me. All are beautiful.

    Praying for you….


  2. posted on Mar 06, 2011 at 10:33 AM  |  reply

    I’m not a runner, either. But I’m training for a 5K, so I am just in AWE of you and your 13.1!

  3. posted on Mar 06, 2011 at 12:01 PM  |  reply

    You did it!!!! I knew you could 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about it, and can we please get a shot of the Vera swag?

    I’m celebrating the lazy down time that comes along with being under the weather. But truthfully, I’ll celebrate even more when it’s gone and I can start training for the Nashville half. It’s flat, right? 😉

  4. posted on Mar 06, 2011 at 4:02 PM  |  reply

    Woo Hoo! What a wonderful celebration of life. You are awesome Annie! 🙂

  5. posted on Mar 06, 2011 at 5:43 PM  |  reply

    Go Annie!! I am not a runner myself and am in awe of you! And what’s not to love about Vera?! I love reading your blog- and your SUSIE articles! You are wonderful!! Hope your race went great! Blessings to you!!

  6. posted on Mar 07, 2011 at 4:46 PM  |  reply

    I love this Annie. Very inspiring!

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