Posted by: Kimberly Dredger | July 10, 2010

Expo Day

So exciting!  Lots of people, lots of things to do and see and lots of blue sky.  For those of you who don’t know Montana, and who don’t know the Missoula Marathon, this one little town, nestled in the mountains, has managed to put on what Runner’s World Magazine readers voted as the BEST OVERALL MARATHON IN THE COUNTRY! And part of the reason for that is the incredible beauty of the area itself.  

Tomorrow is the Big Day!  Yikes!  And so, because I really can’t focus at all well at the moment, this will be a short post.  I want to, once again, go to my mentors, John “the Penguin” Bingham and Jenny Hadfield, to give some thought on this last day:
“Whatever it  took to get to the starting line, leave it all behind you once the gun goes off.  There’s no place out on the course for negative messages, no room in your mind for discouraging thoughts, no place in your race for old tapes of everything you used to be or never were.  Once you’re on the course, you are a long-distance athlete- nothing more, but nothing less.
     You are entitled to the cheers from the crowd.  …  There is no correlation between the time it takes you to finish and the joy that you will experience.  There is no quid pro quo between speed and satisfaction.
     …You’ve learned how to create yourself,  to reinvent yourself, to congratulate yourself, and to celebrate yourself.  Those lessons don’t have to stop just because you’ve completed your training.
     The finish line is not the end.  The finish line is the beginning.  Standing at the starting line gives you permission to hope.  Taking the time to train, putting in the mileage, making the changes in your life, and taking the risks has given you consent to hope for the best in yourself.  The miracle is not that you finished, bu that you had the courage to start.”
Marathoning for Mortals  John “the Penguin” Bingham and Jenny Hadfield, Rodale Books

Yes, Race Day is upon us.  I’ve trained well, and I’m content to face tomorrow.  I look forward to viewing the world from the other side of the Finish Line, and being able to call myself a Marathoner.  Bring it on.

7/10 – Weight 171 pounds, down from 211 when I started this project.

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Responses

  1. My Darling Little Sister

    How proud I am to call myself Kimberly’s Brother.

    Your lovin Brother Bill

  2. I will be there in spirit for the entire race, and really wish I could be there in body as well

    You go, girl!

  3. Race Day 4:20 AM in Montana. Kimberly and all the others are lined up at the Start.

    She’s in shape, hardened for this adventure. Her heart is pounding, she’s excited.

    She will do well in this adventure, for herself and for Spinal Research in honor of Bob Heinle.

    What a wonderful woman this is. I am so lucky to have her as a sister.

  4. Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!

  5. All my online friends are cheering too!

    http://siliconinvestor.advfn.com/readmsg.aspx?msgid=26675852

  6. Kimberly,
    Wishing you the best!!! I’m sorry I can’t be there to watch you finish. Having a very bad allergy season and only go out (well medicated) to watch Aidan’s baseball games.

    Still have a check for you and your project!


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