I am so happy to say that I DID IT and what an amazing experience it was. It was a small marathon--something like 450 runners. Quite a bit different than Chicago which has like 37,000 runners--and 17,000 of those are female runners.
Before I share with you the details of the race, I just want to tell you that it was a miracle, that I was even able to race. I did something to my knee on Friday morning and could not even walk. It was horrible, so the fact that I could run on Saturday was truly a miracle for which I am very grateful.
Here is the start of the race--I'm near the end of the pack.
- I had talked about my posture before, but I REALLY, REALLY need to work on it. I noticed I put my head down a lot and that gave me a pain in the neck ; )
- Don't do the last marathon of the season--if something happens you really have no other option!!!
- Do a half before just to get ready
- Do hill training to improve endurance--even if there are no hills during your race
- Work on improving my speed--or should I say, getting some speed!!!!
- Save something for the end, so crossing the finish line includes a smile and they don't ask: "Are you okay????"
I am reminded of something Elder Neil Anderson said at General Conference 6 months ago that "Our journey of discipleship is not a dash around the track, nor is it fully comparable to a lengthy marathon. In truth it is a lifelong migration toward a more celestial world." I think of how many times through the marathon I thought and even said, "You can do this." I love the idea of likening the training for the marathon to spiritual preparation for this journey through life. There are things we need to do to keep us fit and ready.
Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive through this journey.