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Dallas Rock N Roll Half Marathon – Conquered

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My family braved the cold weather to support me! I’m beyond blessed to have them in my life.

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.

My amazing running buddies who pushed me during all the training runs. I couldn't ask for a better group of women to experience this accomplishment with!

My amazing running buddies who pushed me during all the training runs. I couldn’t ask for a better group of women to experience this accomplishment with!

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

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6 Comments

  • Reply Heather Briney

    So proud of you for your accomplishment!
    I was rooting for you once I got up this morning, and prayed for you last night that it would be a good run.

    March 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    • Reply Sevi

      Thank you Heather! That means a lot that you were in my corner!

      March 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    Soooo proud of you Sevi!!! I knew you could do it!!!

    March 25, 2013 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Gifts of Life & Love | Ware is the Vodka?!?

    […] yesterday about celebrating new life, but I had the pleasure of celebrating new love! Remember that half marathon that I ran with my dear friend and co-worker Melissa – well she got married yesterday evening […]

    May 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Debra @A Frugal Friend

    I’m so impressed……I’m still at 5K, but working towards this one day maybe?? 😉

    June 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm
    • Reply Sevi

      I started with a 5K and moved on up! It’s all about pacing yourself and realizing that you don’t have to run the entire time! 😉

      June 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm

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