First off, in my deliriousness I was shouting to the world that I ran this half marathon in 2 hours and 46 minutes (Ha, I wish). I didn’t have my glasses on, was still rocking my running shades, and was so eager to see all of my family that I got a little carried away with reading my final tracking. Good thing they were tracking me, because the official time was 2 hours, 55 minutes, and 52 seconds. For my first half marathon – I’m going to say that’s a pretty decent time.
Today was a monumental moment in my life with this half marathon. During the training runs, I discovered parts of myself that I had never thought were inside of me. I’m a fighter. I’m determined. I could actually do this.
It’s was never about being the fastest – it was about finishing. I’m a slow runner and I’m fine with that. I’m out there, doing something that I’ve grown to really appreciate and enjoy.
This was my moment to prove to myself that I can conquer anything that I set my mind to. There were times during the training runs when I didn’t think I would make. I hated running at times. I doubted myself and my ability. Each step closer to the race, I gained more confidence in the strides I was making and grew fonder of the escape of just pounding the pavement.
This morning when I woke up and started my drive down to Fair Park, I was nervous – at times, I was even sick to my stomach. Throughout it all, I had a constant flood of encouragement flooding my phone via text messages and Facebook posts. This wasn’t just about me anymore, it was bigger than me. To be surrounded by so many people who truly want to see you accomplish a goal so big is encouraging and scary.
Throughout the run, whenever I would snap a photo for Facebook – you all were still there. Rooting for me with every stride and mile. I honestly couldn’t thank you all enough.
So I did it. Dallas Rock N Roll Half Marathon has been conquered. I’m sore. I’m alive. I finished.
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph