Saturday, April 6, 2013

I did it!

I am not a runner.  But back in December, my friend Juli talked me into training and running a half-marathon. It's something I've always wanted to do.  I don't know why.  Probably just to see if I could.  When I started the training program and had a one mile run for our first group run, I could barely do it.  It takes dedication.  I have a respect for runners now that I never had before.  You have to get up early.  You have to run in snow, ice, sleet, when it's raining, and when all you want to do is sleep in.  I suffered a few injuries along the way.  I got shin splints.  I hurt my knee and the doctor told me I probably shouldn't do it.  But I did it anyway.  I stuck it out.  I trained.  I slowly gained endurance and today, I ran a half marathon.  And finished!  13.1 miles.  I still can't believe it.  People were posted all along the course cheering us on.  Around mile 7 I thought I was dying.  And mile 12, where there was a hill that felt steeper than Mt. Everest, I really thought I was dead.  But I kept going, pushed through it, and I did it.  Crossing that finish line was so exciting!  Even better was seeing Shaun, the girls, and my parents at the finish line cheering for me.  I'm so proud I did this.  It's something I'll never forget! 

I don't know if I'll ever do another one.  But I'll never forget this one!  Thanks to my friends who ran with me and supported me during our training runs.  There were times I didn't want to keep going and I literally couldn't have done it without them.  Love you girls!

P.S.  I have never been so sore in my life!

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