Hey y'all...I'm alive and well.
I know it's been a long time since I blogged but I have been busy hustling and bustling about. The pain I have lived with for so very long is all but gone and it has left me feeling young and active again. I've been running, cleaning, making home made makeup products and keeping up with my other daily activities; all of this with little to no pain. Hurray!
Okay, okay I'll get on with my 13.1 journey...
My race was on a Sunday so Saturday evening I collected and readied all my running necessities so that kept me busy...for like 15 minutes. I wasn't really all that nervous because I knew I had trained well (except for those 4 weeks I took off at the tail end of training due to pain) and I could just believe that I had done enough. I rested Saturday night and had a good visit with my mom and family then went to bed early to ensure a good nights rest.
I had to wake up way to early. It was still very dark when I arrived at the Fair Grounds to take my seat on one of the many buses lined up waiting to take us all to the start line 2 towns away. After arriving I made my way over to the port-a-potties and didn't even have to wait in line. Then I headed over to the food and coffee table to partake of one strong cup of coffee and a banana piece. While I was waiting for the start of the race I met some lovely young (they were all in their 20's) ladies who welcomed me into their group and chatted me up. None of us raced together but I finished ahead of some of them.
Honestly this was an easy and well organized race. There were volunteers all along the way as well as tables with water, pretzels, gummy bears at miles 2,4,6 and 8. At mile 11 there was the table of temptation with doughnut holes, beer and wine...I did take a doughnut hole but not the alcohol...I prefer O.J. and vodka. After downing the yummy doughnut hole I felt reinvigorated and made good time to the finish line in 2:31. My whole family was there at the finish to cheer me on as I received my finishers medal.
To be very candid I did better than I thought I would. I made sure to drink my Gatorade concoction along the way and eat my lara bar for energy. I took some gummy bears from a sweet little volunteer at mile 8. All along the way volunteers were stationed and they would cheer you on as you passed by clapping and yelling out "You can do it" as well as dancing and just having fun. It really did make a huge difference to me because at some of those miles I was tired and needed a little encouragement to keep going. Luckily I did not have too much pain.
When I was finished and had some water and a muffin I realized just how much I had accomplished and it felt amazing. My legs were hurting extremely bad due to my sciatica but after my son drove me home they felt 90% better. My husband took the whole family out to breakfast to celebrate and I ordered hot chocolate with whipped cream to drink and fish and chips to eat. I enjoyed every bite of my meal and didn't even care how many calories was in it.
I would definitely run another 13.1...someday, but not any time soon. It's nice to just enjoy running and not have a race looming ahead in the distance...for now! The last few weeks have been spent running by time, not miles and enjoying the feeling of accomplishment.
In other news...
My oldest son G moved out yesterday to begin his new life with his girlfriend in Klamath Falls. He arrived safely and is happy to be reunited with his love. He has an interview for a job tomorrow and another possible job working for one of the vendors from our store here in Grants Pass. I know that he will do great on his own, I have faith in him.
I may have finally found my new church family and I'm excited to meet new people and form some new relationships with a home group. This has been on my mind ever since I left my old home group about 3 years ago. I have been to two different churches but neither one suited me. This church I found a week before my half marathon and they made me feel welcome the minute I walked in and sat down. I missed the Sunday of my race and last week as well but managed to get there today for the traditional service. I was the only one under 45...everyone there had to have been at least 65-75 but I loved it. It was like being in a room full of grandparents. What could be better than that?
Anyhoodles, I am sorry I've neglected my blog but life has been busy for me. Now that the kids are back in school and I'm working Monday thru Thursday fixing lunch for the high school kids that come into our small store, I have to fit my running and cleaning into the days hours and unfortunately my blog has suffered. I hope that y'all are doing well and are healthy and happy.
Anyone race lately and want to tell me all about it? The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with His everlasting favor and give you peace.
Blessings and hugs,
"Limitations only exist if you let them"
Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.
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