I take off and my feet pound the pavement, one after the other.
I hear the familiar music in my ears and say “run, Elaine, just run.”
I go and I go, feeling my breath and the air in my lungs.
I feel the sweat begin to bead on my forehead.
My ankle aches with each stride but not bad enough to make me stop.
I am strong.
I can do this.
And then I remember how there was a time when I could NOT do this.
When running even ONE minute was an absurd thought in my head.
I would most certainly never make it to an entire mile!
How could I?
“I am NOT a runner”, I would think to myself.
But I changed my mind.
Somewhere, along the way I changed it.
I changed my heart and soul too
Well, I AM a Runner and I CAN and WILL do this.
But not without you all pushing me and supporting me.
So MUCH of this running journey is mental and your supportive words in the past have helped me more than you all know.
So, I’m asking you now to add a comment to this post if you want to run along with me.
Pick a number from 1 to 13 and tell me which mile you want me to dedicate to you and your support for me. And of course there can be multiple people on the same mile. I hope everyone reading this will choose one. If you don’t want to comment but we are friends on FB, you can tell me there as well!
I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of my family and friends and that also means you all.
Sunday, December 4th is the race. I’m resting somewhat this week but preparing mentally and I want to know who is “going” with me.
I can’t wait to have you along with me. 😀
And thank you, THANK YOU all so much for helping me run the race.
*this post was inspired by my friend Katie who recently ran her first 5K, thanks Katie. 🙂
Also, Sharing My Awesome with my friend Jen at Momma Made it Look Easy!