In less than 24 hours, I will line up at the start line in corral 9 of the San Diego marathon. I am so excited. I am excited that I completed 82 out of 84 training runs for this marathon. I am excited that my dear friend, with whom I worked in New York during another life 13 years ago, is here with me to run this race. I am excited that my training inspired my husband, who wasn’t exercising and has never been a runner, to start running regularly. I am excited that at 39, I feel like I am in the best health and shape of my life. I am excited to be a role model for my children, ages 6 and 8, who will be cheering for me on the course saying, “That’s my mom!” I am excited to experience the camaraderie of running 26.2 miles with 30,000 other runners through San Diego. I am excited that tomorrow morning, I will finish this journey and goal…Off the bucket list you go, marathon! I am excited!!