It started two nights ago when I went with my running buddy to her sisters house to stay the night so we could have an early start to our race. We had picked up our race bag and shirts and came back and played games and watched an episode of "The Office" where they do a Fun Run - so funny. I had all my stuff layed out and ready to go. I had Joy's rock she gave me "Because of you... I can do hard things" and kept it in my pocket the whole time.
|4am - heading out to catch the shuttle to the starting line|
It was mostly downhill with some uphills here and there. And to be honest, I was getting some good aches and pains which tempted me to walk - but I didn't give in. Around the 10 mile mark, I suddenly saw my GIRLS and HUSBAND on the road CHEERING ME ON!! My girls were holding up a sign that said "Go Mom" "We love you". It really gave me the boost I needed. I was so surprised and happy to see them and so was my buddy!!
Those last 3 miles were the most challenging for me and also the most meaningful! I thought about my parents and the thought came specifically to my mind about how proud my mom would be of me. I thought of the things my mother struggled with and how she might feel watching me run. It brought tears to my eyes. I felt SO THANKFUL that I COULD run! I will never forget how I used to feel and how grateful I am for how the Lord has blessed me. I felt thankful for my family and thankful for my running buddy who has become a dear friend. We ran for a mile or so in silence and I then hit play on my Ipod and "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross began playing. That was the song that took me into the finish line! We ran it in 2 hours and 46 minutes. BOOYA!!
My hubs and girls were there to greet us and it was an amazing feeling to realize that I ran that without stopping! It was pretty surreal feeling. We got to enjoy a free breakfast from Magelby's right there and also a Free Massage.... which felt SO good for my aching calves.
Now I am tired beyond words... I really need to get better sleep at night and I still have a lot of goals and things I need and want to be doing. But it does feel wonderful to have accomplished this! Brent gave me the biggest hug and it feels good to have him feel so proud of me. He more than anyone knows where I have come from and he's loved me through everything. I feel so thankful for a supportive and loving husband! And now I must go to bed. God bless you in your pursuits!
Never give up!
Life is GOOOOD.