Sunday, April 20, 2008
Today was the day. The day where I gave myself a challenging goal that I wanted to someday accomplish. My goal was to run in a marathon. I ran a 5k (3.1) miles, and I am extremely proud of myself for doing so since I have been working so hard to maintain my weight and to get conditioned to run longer distances rather than sprinting.
Last night, the nerves began to kick in. I constantly thought to myself, "Would if I have to walk?" "What will people think of me wearing a knee brace?" You get the idea. Pointless and random thoughts were storming through my mind.
I left early this morning so I could arrive with plenty of time just in case I forgot anything or needed to do something that would cost me some time. As a matter of fact, something did happen. I ripped off my tag on my bib number (which I apparently am not supposed to do), and I had to go get a new number. I'm so glad one of the marathon directors noticed me out of 2,000+ runners and helped me get a new number. All I can say is that the good Lord was watching out for me on that one! I did this marathon for myself and for Him who's helped me, and continues to help me, get through so many challenging moments in my life. Overall, the 5k went rather well. I estimated that if I did my usual pace of 12 min/mile then I would be done in 36 minutes without walking. I also assumed with the worse case scenario being me walking the whole time at 15 min/mile, I would be done in 45 minutes. My final time was 39 minutes! I am extremely happy with that time, and that only means that I can continue to work hard to try for a better time next year!