I Got Soul, But I’m Not a Soldier (Two Days)

In 48 hours, I will have finished my first half marathon… I can’t believe I’m saying that (well, writing it) without freaking out!

And I can’t believe it’s here already! But seriously – where did the time go? When people ask me how long I’ve been training, I almost say “3 months,” but I have to catch myself. I’ve actually been training for 6 months. Have I really been running for half a year now? Does this mean I actually kept a New Year’s resolution?!

The best part is that I no longer feel like I’m about to fall apart at any given moment. In fact, I feel the best I’ve felt in a long time – probably since my 7K in March. My legs feel strong and virtually pain-free, and my last two runs were smooth, relatively easy and even relatively enjoyable. HUGE sigh of relief.

I’ve been finalizing my race day gear this past week. Here is what I’ll be wearing on Sunday:

Team in Training tank, Brooks Glycerin shoes, SPIbelt, iPhone case, awesome Nike visor

And look who made it onto the back of the Team in Training tank…

I’ve also been perfecting my run playlist for race day. Here are my favorites:

  • “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers *
  • “Some Nights” by Fun.
  • “Starships” by Nicki Minaj
  • “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros
  • “Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons
  • “Roll Away Your Stone” by Mumford & Sons
  • “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris
  • “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machines
  • “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machines

I starred the first song by the Killers because it is one of my favorite songs of all time and, in my opinion, the ultimate power song. There are two lines in particular that I love and that repeat throughout the song: “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” and “If you can hold on, hold on.” I think these two lines really epitomize my training journey. It’s been physically and mentally challenging – sometimes painful even – and the only thing that keeps me going at times is pure stubbornness. But I have a lot of determination, and even though I may not be an athlete, I have to think of myself as a runner.

So tomorrow is packet pick-up, followed by a spaghetti dinner sponsored by Team in Training (bring on the carbs!), and then it’s race day. But Team Devon is READY and excited. Our families, friends and coworkers will be there to support us, and we are going to rock it. But it’s a good thing we all work desk jobs, because we may not be able to move Monday morning (at least I won’t).

I’m ready for my medal, my free beer and the big cupcake I promised myself. :) Let’s do it!

— Amanda

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