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Meeting a goal

Otherwise titled:

Running, running, running...

Last week, I ran two 5Ks.  Mother's Day was my first one ever.  I didn't know what to expect, and finished with a time of 40:59.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and Keith and the kids were there to support me.  Being that it was my first time, and it was on a course I was not familiar with, I didn't know that the trail was supposed to be marked, you weren't supposed to pour your own water (they had a shortage of volunteers), and there was no clear marking at mile 2, so it was hard to gauge how much time was left.  The nice thing was that as I came back to the track to the finish line, I heard some kids yelling, "Mommy!"  And there were my sweet kids waving at me.  My only goal at this one was to finish.  (And not be last.)

At Saturday's race, I finished at 38:45.  It was at a zoo that we have a membership at.  We go often enough, so I know my way around.  I was able to visualize the course in my head, everything was clearly marked, and despite the fact that it was cold and rainy (the kids stayed home this time), I enjoyed the run.  It might have had something to do with the zoo being a place where we have made so many happy memories as a family.  That definitely helped me smile while running (advice from a great mommy friend!)  I didn't have a goal this time - I knew I could do it.  It was more of a fun run than anything.

I've said this before:  I've never considered myself a runner.  But I did it! And I'm proud of myself. 

This picture has nothing to do with running.
But it makes me happy.


Unknown said…
Congrats. You're an inspiration
Jennie said…
I've never really considered myself a runner either, but have been trying to get there since having my last baby. I'm so out of shape and goal is to run a marathon someday. So thanks for the inspiration!

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