Sunday, November 10th . . . . a fantastic day for a half-marathon!!
The temps had been running cooler in the mornings, but this day was a bit warmer, actually warm enough to toss the arm sleeves aside and run in my short sleeve top and skirt. Loved it!!
This was a nice FLAT course. I don’t believe I have run on anything this flat for 13.1 miles. Debora and I had a great start, middle, and end to this run – not getting a PR but close, we were only 4 seconds behind our best time. We were happy with that. This is definitely a race I will run again. It was a smaller race. It was flat, I think I’ve mentioned that :). It was beautiful. People were very friendly. The only thing I would change is the starting time. The race didn’t start until 9:00, hence, it was a warmer start. I like to just get up in the morning and get to it, as I don’t eat before my runs/races.
We got to run through many vineyards . . . fall colors . . . and flat
Debora and I crossing the finish line – together!!!
This picture means so much to me!! So many thoughts cross my mind when I remember that moment and what it meant. More on that in a future blog.
At the end of every race I have run with Debora, when she sees that finish line she takes off in a sprint. Of course, this means I have to start sprinting to the end, too, right?!!! It amazes me how Debora can just take off with such energy at the end of a race . . . I tried to keep up with her, but I am just not as fast as she is in this whole sprinting thing . . . so, as we are sprinting in and I’m falling behind, she refuses to cross the finish line without me . . . she turns . . . slows . . . grabs my hand . . . and we cross the finish line together . . . holding hands!!!! That, my friends, is a true running friend. Thank you, Debora!!!
The half-marathon was a nice little break between my long runs in prep for the CIM. On Saturday, November 16th, I ran 17 miles with Jenna, Emily was sick. It was a great run. Then my final long run was on Saturday, November 23, I ran 20 miles with Emily, Jenna was sick. I missed my girls when they were sick, but it was also a nice time to just catch up with each individually. I love that we can run together and share together – what a gift it has been to share running with them. I’m thankful that I can run and we can do this together. It is a gift. I am blessed beyond my dreams with these girls.
These past two weeks I have been tapering my runs. This is not easy for me, as I love long runs!! This final week, before the CIM, I ran 4 miles today, and I will run 3 on Wednesday, and 2 on Friday. I will rest as much as possible on Saturday and run 26.2 miles on Sunday!!!
I am excited.
I am scared.
I am thankful.
I am anxious.
I am . . . . . trusting a great God, who has brought me to this point in my life, has given me the strength to train, to endure, to love the long run . . . He will never leave me or forsake me . . . When I am weak, He is strong . . . the joy of the Lord is my strength . . . I can do all things through Christ . . .
If you’ve been reading my previous blogs, you will know that I chose the CIM as my way of celebrating a new season in my life . . . because new seasons are to be celebrated and what better way to celebrate than to run a marathon . . . right?!!!! Well . . . it sounded good at the time . . . and actually, still does!!!
Here’s to . . . taper weeks . . . and running friends . . . and beautiful daughters who bless me beyond words . . . and a patient husband who rides his bike on cold cold mornings as I run my long runs . . . and a faithful God who has been with me every step of the way!!
PS . . . My goals for the CIM are . . . 1) Finish the race . . . 2) Enjoy the race . . . 3) Smile – a lot!!!