Happy 4th of July my friends!! How wonderful to live in this GREAT country. I'm feeling blessed today.
We got up early, my 3 kids and I - (Brent and my oldest are in Utah). And we went to the city center to do the CAT walk/run 5k!! My daughter was running it with me while my other daughter and son were saving spots along the parade route with friends.
I drove with my friend and her daughters and hooked up with Joy and her daughter there too! We had a fun little group!
|Joy and Margene|
The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful sunny morning. After our little aerobic warm up, the race started. Immediately I was separated from everyone in my group - because of the crowd and since we all were at different paces. But I started my pace and just kept it. I didn't think to bring my ipod and without having a partner right beside me, I knew I was in for some mind-games! About one third the way in, I thought of my parents... and in my mind I dedicated this run to them. I was also running for my sister who is a cancer survivor. It became an endearing and emotional run right away.
Then I thought of Brent and imagined him running next to me. I sang the words to "Whole Wide World" that I have posted in a previous post... I stared at the road ahead of me and tried my best not to think about how much longer I had. The last stretch, I lengthened my stride and was really feeling it. There were parade spectators who seemed to cheer the people in front of me and the people coming after me. I felt very solo and wished I knew someone along the route I could wave to and who could give me a cheer. But I imagined it in my head. I pushed it, hoping to match or beat my record from the Starlight run of 42 minutes.
When I came up to the finish - it said 34 minutes 14 seconds!!!
I crossed alone with no one waiting for me or with me or any cheering... but I felt like I just won the lottery! It felt awesome!
Soon Joy's daughter, and then Joy came running across. She ran the whole way too! What a rockstar!! And then my daughter and her friends! So Awesome! Here I am with my daughter after our run.
Last year this was my FIRST 5K and I just walked it. I remember it being quite hard to just walk it and I did it in about an hour. Now I'm here a year later and I ran it in 34 minutes! I feel so thankful that I could do this!! Below is a pic with my friend and I from last year and then this year!
What a difference a year makes. How many years of my life went by and I did NOTHING to improve myself. How many years did I feel tied up in doubt and self loathing. I hope to celebrate every single day of my life and every single blessing I have! I don't want to waste a single day anymore!
I hope you have a FABULOUS day, my friends and do something to celebrate YOUR life and the lives of those you love! You are worth it! Life is good!!