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Here is my recap of my very first ever half-marathon!! Woohoo!!! ūüôā

Here we are before the race: Amanda, Debora, Pam, Julie, Teri, Kim, Patty, and Emmi!! Brrrrr . . .

It’s funny how I seem to have no problem getting up early for a run.¬† I know to make my run go smoother I have a little routine of a cup of coffee, bathroom time (TMI), and then my scrambled eggs and a bowl of oatmeal.¬† Then I’m ready to head out the door.¬† It was early on Sunday morning, 4:25 to be exact when I exited my house, met up with everyone and headed to Sacramento, as we live in the foothills.

I tend to get really anxious before a long run, usually thinking of everything that could go wrong Рstomach issues, bathroom issues, cramping, hydration, falling, what type of carbs to use, etc.  This day, I must admit I was pretty calm, for me.  I knew I had plenty of training runs under my belt.  I had learned what worked for me and what was a digestive disaster.

My plan was to run the race in 2 hours and 15 minutes.  I thought this might be possible with my times from my training runs, but I would be happy with 2 hours and 30 minutes.  Actually, I would be happy just finishing my first race with a smile on my face.

Pam, Debora, and I got in our places at the 2:15 marker.  It was pretty amazing starting a race, starting to run with thousands of people surrounding me Рfront, back, sides.  I must admit it was almost overwhelming to me.  I believe there were 5,400 people racing that day.  Wow!!!! I stayed with Pam and Debora for a while, but it was hard to run together, the three of us, with all the people surrounding us.  I ended up just squeezing here and there around this person or that person.  I realized it was going to be hard to keep together so I just ran my race.  Everyone else ran their race.

I tried to take in everything I could –¬† the people,¬†¬†the scenery, the energy surrounding me.

The race started in a park, went through neighborhoods, through parts of downtown Sacramento to Old Town Sacramento, on bicycle trails by the river, back through neighborhoods, back to the park . . .

Loved these signs – especially as the numbers got bigger!!!

It was interesting running with so many people at one time Рnever done that before.  I talked out loud once in a while, just trying to make conversation, not many responded.  I just smiled.  It was beautiful seeing all these people moving, doing good things for their bodies.  I loved running through neighborhoods and seeing families out in front of their houses sipping their warm coffee and cheering us on with their kids.  Made me smile BIG!!! I loved running by the river, through the park, through downtown . . .

I also loved seeing only 1/2 mile to go!! Woohoo!!

I had planned my water/electrolyte mix and gels so that I wouldn’t have to stop at any of the water/drink stations.¬† I felt energized throughout the run.¬† The only thing that seemed to bother me were my hip flexors, they were screaming.¬† That’s when I really had to dig deep mentally – “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

As I was running that last 1/2 mile, I became very emotional . . .

РI was so thankful to have a healed foot and the strength to run 13.1 miles.

–¬†I was thankful Pam, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer, went through chemo and radiation and is cancer free now, had regained her strength and was running this race.

–¬†I had run the race praying for¬†the¬†Davis family,¬†whose husband/father¬†is fighting the¬†battle of his life right now with cancer.¬† Praying for complete healing and strength for this family and trusting a good and faithful God, who can do all things.

– I became overwhelmed with God’s goodness and His faithfulness in my life . . . so thankful!!!¬†

I crossed the finish line in 2:15:43 . . . I made my goal.  I cried with tears of joy, thankfulness, gratitude . . .

We all finished!! We all have our race stories!! We are all grateful!!

It was a good day – a good run!! I’m sure just the first of many to come!!

I am forever thankful and grateful to know and be known by such a great, gracious and faithful God!!!

Patty ūüôā

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This post is different than originally planned. I didn’t have time to post yesterday what was on my mind. It had to do with a new running skirt and running faster . .¬† but life, with great sorrow at one end and great joy at¬†the other,¬†now take precedence in my mind.

Yesterday – I was reminiscing about what helped make me run faster (the fastest ever in my entire life).

Was it the new running skirt?

Was it the fresh air and the bright blue sky?

Was it the variety of people out doing good things for their bodies?

Was it being lost in prayer for those losing loved ones?

Was it praying for those needing a miraculous healing from cancer?

Was it praying for families to stay strong and stay together?

Was it praying that I can live this day and every day for you, Lord?

 

Whatever the cause of my running  faster was . . .

 I am thankful to a Great God who knows the beginning , the middle, and the end

–¬† I am thankful for¬†a God who is always good and always faithful.

Р I am thankful that He never leaves me or forsakes me.

 I am thankful that He has given me a fighting spirit to pray!!

That was yesterday.

Early this morning – one of my prayers was answered – a loved one was privileged to go home and be with the Lord, such a reunion, such a peace – praying for his dear wife, family, and friends left behind.

Early this same morning – a new life was brought into this world, a beautiful healthy baby boy to a loving, caring family. Such joy, such excitement.

Two events; ordained by a loving, caring, always good and faithful God.

He knows the plans that He has for each one of us and He knows the time of birth and the time of death. There are no surprises to Him, after all, He is the creator of the universe and His ways are not our ways. He can be trusted. I am so thankful that He has it  He is in control of all.

As to running . . . I’m thankful for this¬†gift of running God has given me.¬† I love the time spent running with Him in His creation, praying – fighting on behalf of others and myself, and learning to listen and hear the heart of God.

One more 3 mile run on Wednesday and a 2 mile walk on Thursday then the big half-marathon on Sunday of 13.1 miles!!!

Filled with sadness and yet a joy that is only found in the Lord,

Patty ūüôā

 

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