Monday, November 4, 2013
I finished with a time of 1:13:30, which was my best time ever! I placed 253rd...which doesn't bother me at all. My goal was to run the whole way, and finish at or under 1:15. When I crossed the finish line, the announcer read out my name and I went over to kiss my kids and hubby, full of joy. Andrew said, "Mommy, you won!" Indeed.
It was just two years ago that I started walking an hour twice a week. Eighteen months ago, I decided I wanted to go faster, to run, something I never thought I would have a desire to do. A year ago, I was able to go five miles in an hour for the first time. One month ago, I attempted to go six instead of five miles. Two days ago, I ran a 10K race (and for a good cause, too). Now I feel like I want to do a 10K everyday I go out for a run!
At forty plus years old, I am seeing that with commitment and perseverance, I can accomplish things I didn't know were possible for me before. It feels wonderful not only for myself, but to be running (and painting) as a positive example for my kids. I wonder what else I can do?!
So, with feelings of both pride and gratitude, I am posting a rare photo of myself today, post race, big smile.