Eddie Would Go

 

I’m nervous, a tad scared, anxious, but very excited!
It has been waaaay too long since I have run a race– and tomorrow I break that streak.

I’m headed to Logan, Utah to run the Top of Utah 1/2 marathon!  (JoBecka will be there too, but she will be showered and fed before I even finish I am sure.) I am looking forward to a nice downhill, canyon run.  It has been a hot summer to train and running in a canyon (none of those around here!) sounds like heaven.  Except for the running part.

Here’s the best part though- I get to run with 6 ladies!  I have never had a running group before and this has made all the difference for me.  Having a support group to sweat with, laugh with, get up at the crack of dawn with, plan with, and run with has made this journey just what I needed.  (Being post pardum can make you needy).

My husband shared a story with us early on in our training to motivate us.  It’s about Eddie Aikau. He was a well known Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer.  He was the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu. (Only my favorite beach in Hawaii with lots of college memories for me there.) He saved many lives and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf.  He died trying to save some team makes that got caught in a swell in the ocean. They have a surfing contest each year if the surf gets at least 20 feet (it’s only been held 8 times).  The catch phrase started from that, “Eddie would go.” We used that many mornings as we were too tired, too sore, or too hot.  “Eddie would go” moved us to this 13.1 miles.  It means, “You can do hard things!” So we had some shirts made up to remind us of that.  They say, “eddie would go” on the front, and, “so would i” on the back.

So I’m going.  For the first time in a long time.  I’ll let you know how it goes.