Well last night I didn't get anything. Neither the food nor the drink machine tempted me. It wasn't that I fought a battle and won; the battle, no the war, has already been won! Woo! I didn't even have to fight. I just stood (or sat) in the victory that was already mine. How peaceful!
I still owe y'all the rest of the race report. I've been so swamped lately with my mom's injury and hospitalization and taking care of Brianne, my dad, and all the household stuff for them. Since I'm on here anyway, I might as well do it now.
We started running the race and got into a decent pace. People were passing us, but that was okay. I WAS RUNNING THE RACE!!! A little bit after the 1-mile mark I saw the first person I recognized since starting. He was holding up his phone to take a picture of me and I hollered, "I'm doing it!" I was almost giddy! Soon after that I saw my daughter who took a few pictures and encouraged me to keep going. That made me happy too! Then we didn't see anyone we knew until the very end.
We continued on the course, which we knew very well from all our practice runs. As we neared the end I started hearing music and seeing people I recognized. Melisa and I had worked some on having a strong finish, but it's very difficult to push at the end when you're so tired. Seeing people I knew, though, and hearing them cheer for me, FOR ME!!, energized me! Two friends who had already finished came back and ran across the finish line with us. That was fun! I picked up my pace and practically sprinted to the finish! I posted a few days before the race some tips for spectators. One of them mentioned being specific in your cheering. "Yep, it is nice to hear “ohgoodjob” but lemme tell you it is so much more fun to hear “OH HERE SHE COMES, JEN JEN JEN, OVER HERE! WAHOO!!!! KEEP RUNNING, OH MY GOSH YOU ARE DOING IT! WAHOOOOOOOO!!! JEN KEEP RUNNING!!! I LOVE YOU!” No lie. Go all out. Your 30 seconds of screaming will carry me an entire mile. I will float on your cheers, puff my chest out and let your cheers be my fuel."
I found out how true that is! Seeing and hearing my friends cheering FOR ME gave me energy I never knew I had! Thank you to everyone who was part of that!
Here are some more pictures:
Before leaving for the race. I'm so nervous I'm already sweating!
Close up of the shirt I wrote on. Thank you, Kendall! I wrote on the purple one too and took it along to change into afterward because I knew I'd be sweaty, but there was such a strong breeze I didn't have to.
I'm running so fast you can't even see me!
Here we come!
There we go!
My dad and me after the race.
Gotta get to work now. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for and encouraged me. Keep it up! I'm still running! This was only the first of many(?) more races to come!