Last year, I was running my first ever race. This year, I ran my 3rd 10K and my 5th race.
I had a lot of excuses when I woke up this morning that I wanted to use:
- I worked last night
- I didn't get to bed until midnight
- I was up two times with the kids
- I have a blister on my right heel
- I am tired
- I would have rather been in bed
- I haven't run 6.2 miles in a while
Getting there was pretty much everything. Once I was there at the race, I was glad I got my butt out of bed. I wasn't too motivated at the beginning of the race, but once the gun went off and I ran the first mile, my determined side started to come out. I was gonna finish this race and I was going to beat my two previous times of 1:06 and 1:03...I was going to beat the cute little girl in the green shirt too. :-) And I did just that!
I thought about a lot in the hour that it was just me and Forrest (my ipod). I did a lot of praying, thinking, reflecting, and thanking my God for all he has blessed me with. I prayed for many of you reading and dedicated my miles to you.
Mile one was for Dan and that God would be right on time with a job for him. I prayed for his test coming up in two weeks. I asked for that job for him.
Mile two was thanking God for my parents and in-laws...my husband and I have been truly blessed by the parents that God has given us.
Mile three was for a little boy, B that I am praying is ours one day.
Mile four was for a few of my friends and I spent it praying for things going on in their lives.
Mile five was for my kids. I am blessed to have them!
Mile six was for the parents of Joey, Olivia, Gabriel...babies that have gone to heaven and are whole and happy.
The last quarter of a mile was for me...all me. I kicked it up a notch and felt all I had take me to the finish line.
My watch said 60.23. My official time was 1.01.001. I shaved 5 minutes off my time from last year on the same course. I was happy. The 10K is my favorite race.
Next 10K will be under 1 hour.