Sunday, October 19, 2008

Our Day....

I ran the 1/2 marathon. I'm alive. It was challenging. It was fun. It was painful. I might do it again. But not anytime soon.

Details: I got a stomach bug the night before the race. My bowels were in an uproar right before the race and I have been sick all week. Put the heavy flow day of my period on top of that. Fatigue, bleeding, GI issues....just my luck. NO blooming restrooms the entire race! I had to deal with issues around mile 3 but had no way of doing it. The bushes never looked so tempting. I made it, albeit grumpy and a little bit worse for wear.

On the other hand, when things started to get painful and I wanted to be done around mile 6 or 7 I felt the strength of the prayers kick in that were said on my behalf. I knew my mom was praying, my husband, and a few of my friends. I KNOW that got me through in one piece.

I ran with and for my dear friend Liz. ("With" as in we ran in the same race--I was eating her dust from moment one). Lizzie, thanks for inspiring me and helping me through with a good training program and your prayers. I'm so proud of you!

My mom wrote me the sweetest poem--I will treasure it up in my heart:


Finally came the day of the run,
I thought it would just be for fun.

But deeper than this I see,
Rewards came forth just for me.

A tee shirt (which I can finally wear!)
Also a medal which will grace the pair.

The puppet who comes to life
Will remind me of my personal strife.

The prayers in my behalf
Became for me a staff.

Oh, what an "Achievement Day"
I share with Him who is my ray.

Thank you Mom.


Leslie said...

Congratulations! I know I couldn't run that far. Hope everything else is going well for you.

Alison said...

Way to go! That is awesome!! I thought about it once...then thought I better start with a 5K...still have to try that :) Hope all is well :)

camille said...

I'm so excited for you....I know that feeling of accomplishment and then the "I'm not sure I'd do it again" thoughts. I'm actually looking forward to having these babies so I CAN run again....oh wait, it would just be nice to be able to bend over!!!! You rock, Marg!

Brenda said...

Amazing job on the 1/2 marathon! Brenda and I laughed out loud reading your entries--female issues, bum cheeks, Cameron getting on the bus. Great stuff!