Sunday, December 13, 2015

I'm So Excited: Countdown to Bermuda

This morning on Facebook, Bermuda Marathon Weekend shared posts and pictures that gave me goosebumps and got me so excited for what is happening one month from tomorrow as we board our Delta flight to return to that magical and mystical Island off the coast of the Eastern United States.

The timing was Divine! Team McManus ran 11.5 miles yesterday and coincidentally talked about our itinerary while in Bermuda. Two more long runs and then taper time. You may laugh but I have my list of what we need to remember to pack with ***PASSPORTS*** at the top of the list.

You see packing for a runcation is very different than packing for your average trip. You need to make sure you have all the bases covered with running clothes for all kinds of weather and make sure you have everything necessary to ensure success on race day. I have sorted out what non-running clothes I am going to bring from my Spring/Summer wardrobe and feel the excitement build. I see myself walking down Front Street (photo compliments of Bermuda Marathon Weekend):

and around the City returning to our favorite dining spots and shopping to bring back treasures, tokens of deepest gratitude to dear friends.

We arrive on Thursday. We'll head to our beloved Rosedon Hotel and have lunch and relax by the pool. I have already made our reservations for The Pickled Onion.

On Friday we are going to go shopping and then take our complimentary taxi ride to the beach. Bermuda Marathon Weekend posted this photo this morning along with the caption, "When it's time to unwind, nothing is quite as hypnotizing as watching the ocean kiss the shore in beautiful Bermuda":

Friday evening we dine at Little Venice and I just sent an email making our reservation:

We'll head to Front Street after dinner to meet up with Clarence "Stoker" Smith and his wife after the Front Street Mile.

Saturday is rest day but we'll keep loose in the pool.

Dinner reservations have been made at the Hog Penny:

We won't be drinking before race day but we will enjoy the ambiance and great food at the pub that inspired Cheers in Boston.

And then Sunday --- what I have been working so hard for during these past 9 months - our victory lap. We will have an amazing breakfast at the Rosedon, lace up our running shoes, put on our bibs and head to Front Street for the start of the 2016 Bermuda Marathon and Half Marathon.

Out of all the posts that Bermuda Marathon Weekend posted on Facebook this morning, this one is still giving me goosebumps - A picture taken at Devil's Hole. About 5 miles and change into the Bermuda Marathon & Half Marathon. ~:

I am going to enjoy every moment and every mile of the 13.1 miles of the Bermuda Half Marathon. It's going to be amazing and a testament to what happens when you set your sights on a goal and combine it with intention and action every step of the way to create the outcome you desire. This time one year ago I was upstairs on bed rest unable to put any weight on my left leg. I was scared and I believed that my running days were over. I'd briefly forgotten all that I know and believe to be true and what I set out to do after receiving the diagnosis of post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease. Sunday evening we will celebrate as I proudly wear my bling around Hamilton and we dine at La Trattoria.

My heart overflows with gratitude to Dr. Ryan Means for reminding me of what I know is true and for partnering with me to go from a survivor of paralytic polio and violence to a woman transformed - strong, confident, an endurance runner again and one who is so excited to board that plane one month from tomorrow for Bermuda going the distance. Counting down the days. Continuing to work out and maintain and build on all the gains I have made during these past 9 months and getting ready to toe the line on January 17, 2016 at the start of the Bermuda Half Marathon! Yes I am so excited!

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