When I wrote my first blog post on January 6th, 2013, I stated some information about who I was, what I was about, and what I was planning on doing over the course of the next year.
In those initial purpose and goal statements, running a Boston Qualifying race time was never an initial goal. I ran more races than I ever had before, I raised money for a cause important to my heart. I even started breaking my own personal best times and realized I could become a contender in my own right. I went and achieved all my original goals. The thought of Boston came after I completed the Walt Disney Full Marathon in January in 3:50:52. It was a late-in-the-game goal. I figured I might as well try.
As you know from my post yesterday, I didn’t achieve that goal. But, as you also know from that post, I am not going to let it get me down and ruin me. I think back to everything I have been able to complete and achieve this past year and it makes me smile. It makes me happy. And being happy is the most important thing to me right now.
Tonight, I head out California where I will be participating in something else that wasn’t in the original plan. I am participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and partaking in the “Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.” Not as daunting as the “Dopey Challenge“, but still challenge enough, I will run 19.3 miles over the course of two days: A 10km on Saturday (with my best friend Ali-her first 10km ever!), and a half marathon on Sunday. Upon completion, I will not only receive the gorgeous Dumbo Double Dare medal, but I will also be the proud owner of the Disney Coast 2 Coast medal. I will have completed two RunDisney events of a half marathon or longer on both coasts in one calendar year.
I didn’t plan on this when I first started my blog. But, plans change. The Boston challenge was a stressful, demanding one. I could have really let that get me down after not getting in at both Calgary Full Marathon in June and in Edmonton Marathon this past Sunday. But I didn’t. And now come the exciting change, that helps me bring this back to what it was all about. It says so right at the top of my page:
Running, Disney World & Dad….How do they connect together? Follow my journey this year to find out.
It has now been well over a year since I first started that journey. If you have been following me since then, I think you may better realize how they all connect. I know I have a deeper understanding myself. I am looking forward to doing this race weekend in Disneyland not only for myself, for my best friend, for my family members, but most importantly, for my dad. If he could see me smiling running through Disneyland, that would be more important to him, even now as I near the age of 30, than me making Boston.
I love you Dad. Je me souviens.