Yes, you read it correctly! I walked a 10K in 1 hour and 48 minutes! I was not the last one to finish, and I am SO proud of myself. God has yet again given me the strength to keep going and keep getting healthier! I signed up for Run the Reagan several weeks ago. I have been walking around Stone Mountain so I figured, hey, that’s 5 miles up and down hills, I can definitely do 6.3 on an open parkway! And I did.
At first I was a bit intimidated because EVERYONE was running. But after they got ahead of us, the walkers were left. I kept thinking I’d come in last…but I didn’t! I was 8th from the bottom. I honestly don’t know why I keep being so amazed. I know God can do anything, but the fact that I can do anything with him behind me is now becoming SO obvious. It’s amazing! I don’t know how to say it any clearer…absolutely amazing!
Everything just worked out perfectly! It was overcast, cool, but not cold. It drizzed on us for about 1/3 of the time, but didn’t pour. Everyone was so nice. I found it especially nice that many of the 1/2 marathoneers would tell you things like “good job, keeping going!” or give you a thumbs up as they passed by you. Overall it was a really good experience, so good that I am now considering doing the Publix 5K at the ING Marathon on March 28th. They don’t have a 10K and I think the 1/2 Marathon is for “real” runners. It’s really exhilarating to do all of these things that I never, ever thought about doing before. They weren’t even in my realm of consciousness…at all! Now, I’m LOOKING for things to do: hikes in the mountains with my husband, 10Ks, 5Ks. I’m sure there are things out there for me to do that I have never even heard of. And I can’t wait.
This has truly opened up new doors for me and I can’t wait to go through them and see what’s on the other side!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13