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.
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.
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)
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.
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.