Happy St Patty’s Day!!
We started our family journey early this morning making it up to St Leo’s Catholic Church and School by about 7:30am. Just a swarm of green everywhere! Lol We ran into several of our group members from Transformation Nation Triad, listed to someone play a bagpipe….
And they’re off!!!
The first few people to cross the finish line for the fun run were little…seriously like 2nd or 3rd graders! It was so awesome to see these kids just come running down the hill toward the finish line as hard as they could! I hope these kids keep this up and never quit!! No more couch potatoes!! 😉
Ian and the boys were rounding up the finish as we began lining up for the 5k which made it a little difficult for them to get to the finish line. I was a little bummed that they didn’t get to quite experience how cool it is to have people you’ve never met cheer you on that last little bit of the race. But I made sure to cheer loud enough so at least they knew that I was excited and proud of them for finishing! 😉 They finished in under 30 minutes…I think right around 25 minutes 50 seconds or something like that.
Then it was time for the 5k. 🙂 I went in wanting to shave a couple of minutes off my time from the last one I did 3 years ago and I knew that with the hills on this course I was going to have to really kick it up a notch….especially when I had to walk. It wasn’t easy by any means but I did make sure that I enjoyed the process while I was at it. 🙂
There were many cool things/people along the way that inspired me to keep moving. There were several people pushing themselves or getting pushed in wheelchairs, people in their 80s that just kept kickin their heels up and moving forward, families that spanned 2 and 3 generations. Even pets! It was an honor to be around so many amazing people! It truly was! 🙂 And such a motivator, too!! I may have allergy/exercise-induced asthma and I may have to carry my inhaler with me the entire route, but I’m moving and that’s what’s most important. (And finishing of course…lol)
I am so proud of Ian and the boys and I for finishing what we had set out to do early this morning. I can’t speak for all four of us necessarily, but at least for myself, I have gained a deeper understanding of myself….understanding, appreciation, and respect. These “I can’t, I won’t, and I didn’t” words that come out of my mouth (or any variation of the sort….including “I’m so fat and disgusting”) no longer have a place in my vocabulary. “I can! I will! And I DID!” are much more appropriate. I am beautiful because I’m strong and fearless….not because of any number on a scale or the inside of a shirt or pair of jeans. I have an incredible family who supports me and gives me opportunity to support them. I am beyond blessed and extremely thankful. 🙂
Oh….and I finished 45:40….that’s a whole 4 minutes and 12 seconds off my last 5k from 3 years ago. 😉
Mission (more than) accomplished!