Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hobbler Half Marathon

I never thought I'd ever be able to run 13 miles at one time...and I did it. Here are some insights and lessons learned:

1. I had prayed for Heavenly Father to help me through the race and let me feel strength from Him. At the beginning of the 6th mile, when I had been running on my own for awhile spread out from other runners, a tall, friendly man running the opposite direction (not in the race) raised his fist in the air and with a big smile yelled, "Good job! You're doing great!" I smiled and got teary-eyed because Heavenly father had answered my prayer through that man. He answers prayers in whatever situation.

2. Our bodies are capable of doing so much more than we THINK they can. Our minds stop us rather than our physical capacity. In other words, it's not that our bodies can't take a little uncomfortableness or pain--because they can. We tell ourselves that we can't. And we shouldn't. And only in pushing ourselves and challenging our bodies do we grow in our capacities.

3. My goal was to finish in 2 hours and 30 minutes. The last two miles were hard for me because I had to go to the bathroom really bad, so I felt slow and just told myself, "I'm going slow, so maybe my time will be 3 hours...who cares...I just need to finish at this point." As I crossed the finish line I was surprised to see that I had finished in 2 hours and 23 minutes. So often times, we are doing better than we think we are! And we are greater than we think we are.

4. My two best friends, Christy and Kristie came to see me after the race and it meant a lot to me. Christy also dropped me off at 5:30 am before the race because I had to catch the bus up to the start line by 6 am. One of the greatest ways to show sincere love to someone is by supporting them in their endeavors and cheering them on in their activities. I am grateful for Mom and Dad and all the friends and family that have ever supported me at my recitals and competitions and whatever I do.

Next goal: Marathon

Fourth of July, Frei Family, Falls...of Idaho

My friend Ken Frei invited Christy and I to stay at his house in Idaho Falls for the Fourth of July weekend. He really wanted us to experience the Idaho Falls fireworks show which he called "the best west of the Mississippi." He was right.

Side note: Being in Idaho Falls brought back sweet memories of going there at the end of sophomore year, with Malorie Murray, Alyssa Pearson, Shelby Smith, and Shawney, to surprise our roommate that was getting married in the Idaho Falls temple. So on this recent trip with Ken, Christy, and Stephen, we passed the hotel that I had stayed in 3 years ago.