|This is me at my thinnest.|
"The miracle truly isn't that you are going to finish, but that you had the courage to start-not just the courage to start the race, but the courage to start this odyssey of training and self-discovery. You've had the courage to find out whether you are who you think you are." ~John Bingham
|This photo captures one of the best moments of my life with my dad.|
The quote above is what happened to me with my first half marathon in Seattle. When I first started running, I was trying to fill a void. Unhealthy at first, I lost a lot of weight and was at the thinnest I had ever been in my life. It may sound crazy but my life changed with each step in that race. No longer was I filling a void, I was discovering myself. Crossing the finish line as a person that could trust myself and recognize that no matter how bad it can get-my mental toughness and endurance will pull me through.
Seattle Half-Marathon (11/26/2006)
Finish time: 2:11:32
Average Mile: 10:02
|Lance running with me for a short distance. :-) I love this picture.|
|Lance and I dated in high school. He found me online.|
What happens when you find inner happiness? Love runs right into you. My second half-marathon was run in my hometown of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.
Home, the place where I found the love of my life. We had just reconnected, he had asked me out on a date two months prior to this race. The month of May was a big month for the both of us, not only did I run this race but I graduated from the University of Idaho and landed my first job in Arizona. Lance finished his apprenticeship with IBEW (and followed me down south).
Coeur d' Alene Half-Marathon (5/27/2007)
Finish time: 2:14:49
Average mile: 10:17
" The most difficult part of the training program is getting to the starting line. You must confront so many obstacles. There are so many places for things to go wrong, so many times when you can give up and quit, that, if you are there when the gun goes off, you are already a different person than when you took your first training run." ~John Bingham
|Mom and I at Komen Race for the Cure.|
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
So next posting will be the result of my third attempt at 13.1 miles.