I feel so awesome!!! Sore. But awesome. Today, one of my kids asked me, “Why people are so crazy to run THAT far. Like, what’s the point?” I have the perfect answer. I run because I can. I never in a million years thought that I would enjoy it. Thrive on it. Need it. I run because it makes me happy. Literally. I push myself to do things like running 13.1 miles because it’s so awesome to see what my body can do. I can run 5 miles. I can effortlessly (almost) run 2 miles in 22 minutes. I did that yesterday. Seriously. I. can. run. And I love it.
Yesterday, I met a guy on the shuttle home who was 76 years old! Yes, 76! He said that he didn’t start running until he was 50! He ran the half marathon in two hours and five minutes. Like… what?!?! That’s crazy swift.
The break down:
My goal was to run the whole way… and to finish the race (but that’s kind of a given). I also wanted to start off in the back of the pack. I wanted to run my own race. I needed to run my own race. As my sister-friend, Priscilla, said, this race was God confirming that I had what I needed within me. He’d already placed it there.
Mile 1 (13:10) This isn’t so bad. I think I can do this.
Mile 2 (12:22) …
Mile 3 (12:50) I think I’m hungry. How is that possible?
5k time–>(35:17) Not bad. Not bad at all.
Mile 4 (11:09) I wonder if that was my fastest 5k. I hope so. That would be awesome.
Mile 5 (11:07) I’m glad they gave us GU. They taste like butt but they do the trick. I’m kinda getting tired. I’m thirsty. Holy smokes! I’m doing this! Thank you, Jesus!
Mile 6 (11:53) I have way more miles to go. I may have to walk some. No… I think I can just slow down a little so that I can make my goal of running the whole time.
10k time–> (1:12:28)
Mile 7 (12:38) I passed someone who had been running the whole time and I smiled. “You’re doing a great job!, ” I said, “We’re halfway to the finish!” I’m HALFWAY TO THE FINISH!!!!!!!
Mile 8 (12:44) It was right around here that I started melting down. My legs were getting heavy. Really heavy. I had to concentrate on picking up one foot and then the other like my big brother told me. I read my sister-friend, Liel’s morning text message: “Good morning sunshine! Here’s my prayer for you: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young (wo)men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).
It was at this point that I also called my brother for some encouragement. It was so cool to hear him and my sis in law and my nephews cheering for me. I needed all that I could get.
Mile 9 (14:11) ThankYouJesusThankYouJesusThankYouJesus.
Mile 10 (13:35) There was a HUUUUUUUGGGEEEE hill somewhere around here. I thought it was gonna be all downhill and it was not. That’s okay. I came up with a strategy: run down the hill and speed walk up the hill. Now that I see the numbers, I don’t think I was speed walking! Hahaha!
Mile 11 (13:29) Almost finished! I also picked up a mate around this point. There was a guy that I kept passing but he started to walk. I needed him to run! So I encouraged him to keep going, “I’m trying to keep up with you! Come onnnnnnnn!!!!” And he actually came with me.
Mile 12 (15:08) Here is where there was a girl who looked to be younger than me but she’d run out of steam. She would jog for a couple of steps and then stop. I encouraged her to run with my mate and me. She stayed with us, too! At the finish line, it was the three of us.
Mile 13 (12:31) I wanted to run the entire last mile but I didn’t make myself do it. I thought I had enough power to get me through but it felt soooooo long. I walked some. I walked more than I should’ve.
Mile 14 (11:38 min./mile pace) Run it in!!!
Now that it’s all said and done, I think I really want to do the Tucson Half Marathon in 2014. I will have the same goal of running the whole time but I will also add in another goal: to beat my time from this year by at least 10 minutes. I think I can do that. With God’s help.