Despite all that's going on I am still finding moments for life and commitments I have made and following through with them. This past Sunday was an event I had committed to back in the spring by registering for the Army Run 1/2 Marathon! I had every excuse in the book to drop out, to sell my race bib this year.
I used the heat as an excuse not to get out and run often and far enough (wasn't it stinkin' hot this year?). Then almost 3 weeks prior to Race Day life was turned upside down with Mum's hospitalization. I didn't let any of those excuses hold me back or stop me ... I spent the week leading up to race day freaking out, worried about how prepared I wasn't and so on. As Nike says: "Just Do It" and that's what I intended to do. My goal was just to cross the finish line, I didn't care how I did it, or how long it would take!
This is what Freakin' Dark O'Clock looks like
Can't you tell I LOVE mornings?
Witness our nervous smiles?
Marline and I in our Army Run swat. Black = 1/2 marathon, White = 5K
Injured Soldiers getting ready to start the 5K race
5K Runners waiting to start
Getting a high-five from Marline at the 18K mark
My initial goal was to run as long as I could, I figured somewhere between 5-8K the do the rest of the distance at a run/walk (10 min/1 min). I even surprised myself and RAN THE FIRST 14 KM! Well over half of the distance!
Mark who had already run the 1/2 Marathon talking me through the last 2K to the finish line
Receiving my medal from a Canadian Soldier
Nice touch! Dog tags for medals!
Looking amazingly fresh and happy after finishing my FIRST Half Marathon
Cooling down afterwards and using my cool silver blankie as a super-hero cape! I felt like a super-hero!
I went from this fat, unhealthy 200+ pound girl in 2007 who the only time you would of seen her running was out of a burning building, to running a 1/2 Marathon 21.1 K!!!
You can do truly amazing things when you're stubborn!