As I mentioned in an earlier post - the training for the marathon is back on! I registered for the Top of Utah Marathon with two of my friends. They are incredible. We will all run the full marathon and they will take turns being my guide. Natalie will join for the last stint and give us a boost and be my guide. So cool. I returned from vacation not in shape, but recognize this is such an opportunity to be able to run a marathon with some great friends. Our long run yesterday was 15 miles. The longest I have ever run is 4 - 1/2 marathons, 13.1 so this is new terrain!
I went into the store to buy some new running shoes. When he found out I was preparing for a marathon he said -- Good Luck. You are going to discover things about yourself in new ways. I'm excited and a little nervous :).
How does a runner, who is blind, run? I prefer to use a tether, which is a 12-inch rope with a loop that my partner puts around their arm and then I hold on to the other end. By holding on to this, I can feel their movement and follow their lead. My friend, Shannon, made it and I love it. I also wear a vest that indicates - blind athlete. I was just reading a quote that exercise helps us clean out the cobwebs in our brain ... can't remember it completely, obviously there are still cobwebs, but I do love how I find clarity in a situation when I am running.