It's too late to turn back now

I picked up my race kit for the half marathon today:

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It's too late to turn back now. Yesterday I went for a short little run - a jaunt really... you know, just to test the old legs out, and it was a bit discouraging how slow and tired I felt. I can't believe I have to run 21.1 on these gams in just over 24 hours.

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what's made matters worst on my nerves is the fact that i've spent the past few days helping man the iRun booth at the Ottawa Race Weekend Expo. don't get me wrong i love talking to all the people and meeting new runners but there's a certain energy of nerves and anticipation at a race expo, and when i see everyone walking around with their race kits and in their fancy running shoes and tight pants - it really just washes waves of anxiety over me.

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outside the ottawa convention centre yesterday morning ^^

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the line-up of people waiting to pick up their race kits before the expo opened yesterday morning ^^

it's not like i have any real reason to be nervous... except i just know, it's gonna hurt a lot. i have a streak of competitively in me, and it's like, impossible for me to just lay off and hold back. so you know, the less I train, (as has been the case the past four months) the more it's gonna hurt. errg. damn those excuses in March... and April. *sigh*

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the past few days have been insanely busy but the expo is such a neat experience! i've never participated in something like it before - and what's even cooler is I'm probably at the coolest booth in the room. it's easy to hand out free stuff and listen to "why people love to run."

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wall of "iRun" statements! so neat! ^^

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i mean, runners really do make the best community - i've met some pretty interesting people from all over. check out this guy's dedication to the sport:

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ok well i'm off to the expo again fro the morning and then to spectate the 10 km race - mike's running tonight! he made a nice little "carbo load" dinner last night in preparation:

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you know what's better then running or racing or being competitive?

a spaghetti dinner with these guys on a friday night:

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ps. there's also nothing like a grainy iPHONE picture to capture (any) moment.