road to the half marathon: race day is here!

This past week I have had the amazing pleasure of hanging out and working out with an amazing group of our ambassadors at the Ambassador Summit. I could not have imagined a better way to spend the week before race day.

half marathon training with lululemon ambassadorsSweaty and happy after a 12k run around Vancouver!

We created and shared our goals with each other, we woke up every morning at 6am to run 6 miles, got our butts kicked with circuit training, and found our OMs with yoga all week long. What I really realized at the end of this week, besides the fact that I am beyond lucky to work with and know these rock stars, they are the running group I have needed all along.

training for marathon with lululemon ambassadorsWe always remembered to celebrate our workouts together!

As some of you may have noticed by following this blog series, I kind of have a story about myself that I am not a good runner. Along the way you all have been so inspiring and have been my peers that held me accountable to my training and have helped me to realize that there is no such thing as a bad runner. In my long runs I have honestly thought of all of your encouragement and have never second guessed my strength or ability.

marathon running crewThese friends are going in the gel pocket of my Run:Empower Crops on Sunday for sure...

It wasn't until I signed myself up for a 12k run with the ambassadors on Wednesday morning that my fear of being a bad runner resurfaced. Needless to say lacing my sneakers up and sizing up the crowd at 6:15am I felt a bit uncomfortable and wondering if I had made the wrong decision. But, I swallowed my fear, which was actually just a huge moment of ego that did not want to be embarrassed, and hit the pavement with the most ridiculously fit running group I have ever seen.

running group of lululemon ambassadorsFlexing our muscles after our run, can you find me in tang light?

I was indeed the slowest runner in the pack. My running time was even beaten by a fellow lululemon lady who is pregnant, and rocking it! But, as soon as my feet hit the ground running, I realized that the group around me was empowering me and not turning around to point at the slow girl in the back of the bus. At the end the only thing that mattered was that I shared a beautiful run with wonderful people, and we were united by our joy of movement and not our speeds. A lesson I will definitely take with me on race day this Sunday.

On August 15 I will run the America's Finest City half marathon without a single negative thought, and will finish in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Can't wait to feel the energy of our ambassadors and all of you on Sunday! Namaste.

P.S. Do you have any race day tips for tomorrow's big race?

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my sister told me this before my first half marathon “you have done all the training, tomorrow, you’re body will take care of you, all you have to do is go out there, soak up the race day energy, and have fun” you’ll hit 2:15 no problem!

Comment by Bridget — August 14, 2010 @ 9:22 am

Whitney, our thoughts will be with you cheering you on from Van. Its an amazing accomplishment. Pause for a moment at the end and recognize yourself for the commitment and effort.

Comment by Sarah Williams — August 14, 2010 @ 9:38 am

Whit, I loved our slow runs together in Vancity during the cool global sporting event… And those hill sprints at the SSC! Rock that half, ladyface. Much love!

Comment by Liz! — August 14, 2010 @ 9:43 am

Good luck!

Comment by Alana — August 14, 2010 @ 9:51 am

love love love it Whit! good luck running today after your long week, crazy girl :)

Comment by Alexis — August 14, 2010 @ 10:03 am

You’ll do great! Training is the hard part–race day ROCKS! Enjoy every mile, and remember to smile at the finish!

Comment by Kate — August 14, 2010 @ 10:17 am

Thank you so much for sharing this! I ran a 10 K last fall, and I believed I was NOT a runner. I wasn’t the fastest (not even by a long shot), with the best form, but I had a great time doing it, and am signed up to do it again.
Good luck! Have a great time.

Comment by Regan — August 14, 2010 @ 10:22 am

Smile every time you see a kid cheering. It’ll give you the energy needed & put life in perspective. Have fun and good luck!

Comment by Kat — August 14, 2010 @ 10:28 am

You’ve already done the training which is by far the toughest part. Remember to look around and soak up the event, wave at your supporters, smile at your fellow runners! It’s such a positive and fun time! Enjoy, enjoy.

Comment by Melissa — August 14, 2010 @ 10:44 am

Relax, hydrate and eat well today and enjoy every moment of the race tomorrow!

Comment by Keri @ Iron Mountain Movement — August 14, 2010 @ 11:25 am

It has been so much fun to follow you on your journey to this race. I can’t wait to hear all about it next week. Good luck, I know you will rock it!

Comment by Paula — August 14, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

Good luck Whitney!! i know that you’ll do amazing!

Comment by denae — August 14, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

Good luck tomorrow, you’ll be fine! Have fun! :)

Comment by Amanda — August 14, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

You can do it! Go out there and have fun and smile! You’ll do great!

Comment by em — August 14, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

Get it, Girl! Can’t wait to hear how it goes :)

Comment by Carolyn — August 14, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

Congrats on your running achievement– as someone trying to run I find it discouraging that you refer to your goals and times as ‘slow’…there are many runners out there with much slower times and much less encouragement. So, if you are the last of the pack…where does that leave the slower ones still..

Comment by Sue — August 14, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

Go Whitney Go!!!!!!!!!! You’re going to rock tomorrow!

Comment by lesia d. — August 14, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

GO WHITNEY GO! So proud of you! Happy we had a chance to run together wednesday – it was so fun! Keep those positive thoughts flowing and appreciate your body for the amazing things it can do! Cant wait to hear all bout the race!

Comment by caroline — August 15, 2010 @ 9:28 am

that comment about creating a story- you just enlightened me! I do it all the time. New goal, no judgement about running. Thanks and congrats on finishing :)

Comment by callah — August 18, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

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