Saturday, June 11, 2011

My secret's out!


It's only a few hours removed,
and I'm writing this post with tears welling in my eyes almost in disbelief that it happened.

I can't believe it happened.

But I have the sore feet and sweaty clothes crumpled in a pile on the floor to prove it.

And now I have pictures. (Thanks Bob!)

Two words enter my mind:

Gratitude and pride.

Respectfully.

See my 101 List off to the right?

There's a "secret goal" at the bottom.

Why was it secret? 

Because I wanted to give myself an "out."
It was my "escape hatch."

I wanted to do it, it's been in my mind for 3 years now...but I was still doubting myself.

Even after months of training, I was doubting myself even yesterday when I wrote this post.

So...what's awesome is that God put some people in my life that I could trust.

Willing to support me more than I was willing to support myself at times.

People I'm so grateful for.

Let me tell you, my support system is amazing.

Amazing.

So....what did I do today?

Check it out:



Yes, that's me.  With a race bib on.

In lycra running pants.

With my adrenal issues, gluten issues, flat feet, thyroid issues, out of shape,
overweight (but down 40 pounds)
 me.

And I did it in spite of all that.

I ran, I walked, I power walked, I jogged, I ran some more.


 I had two of the most AMAZING people flanking me the whole way.

the.whole.way.

When I hit a wall, when I had a charlie horse (or 3), when I wanted to give up...

they pulled my head back in the game.

I can never thank them enough.


Thank you, Melody and Steve!!!

And I had the most amazing people on the sidelines cheering me on.

And LOTS of love via texts....

Family, friends....my heart is so full today.




And I'm proud.

Because other than the mental checks, it was my two feet that brought me through that course today.

I did this!

Me and my (flat) feet.

And the most amazing people giving some wind in my sails.


So...while I was tired and I still am.  And my feet will probably be screaming for the next week or so, I have a feeling this is only the beginning.  The sense of accomplishment...its addicting.

Bring on the training!

You know....next week.

15 comments:

mrsmarkdave said...

Way to go, Sandy!!!!! That is fabulous. Congratulations. I just can't tell you how wonderful I think this is!!!!

Joy and Randy said...

SOOOOOO proud of you!! Running is still on my list of "maybe someday". Good Job!

Mama M. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Wish I could high five you and hug you in person, but a virtual one will have to suffice! So proud of you Sandy...you are amazing!!

Kate said...

Sandy! I have tears in my eyes and my heart is so full reading your post. I am SO SO SO proud of you!!! I wish I had the right words to convey just how proud I am.
You inspire me. Shine on, girl.

Love,
Kate

PS: I see you also cleaned out your sock drawer. More tears ;-)

Sandra's Fiberworks said...

From one Sandy to another: Good for you, girl!

S.I.F. said...

WooHoo!! That is so incredibly exciting! And you SHOULD be proud! I'm proud of you too!

swalkerparamedicranger said...

You go girl! Savor that sense of accomplishment! You deserve it!

Debbie(single;complicated) said...

GOOD for you! That is inspiring!!!

Kathy said...

I am SOOO proud of you Sandy!! You are such an inspiration to me in so many ways, so thankful to have you in my life!! Love ya!!!

Sarah said...

So proud of you Sandy! Making goals (and then actually following through on them) is not one of my strong points, but you are inspiring! Take good care of those feet this week!

Raechel said...

Hey girl!
Following the link from your comment on my blog this morning. From one runner to another - GOOD FOR YOU!!! What a huge victory - something to be humbled by and proud of all at once!

Keep up the great work!

Raechel

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Raechel said...

Yes, I evidently left 17 comments on your blog. Ugh - sorry!!!