Had a special running partner today....
Sunday, April 29, 2012
So a little background....I got sucked into running the Pittsburgh Marathon as a relay team on May 6th.. (: which coincidentally happens to fall on my 17th wedding anniversary :) ...with my crazy Marathon runner friend Connie and her just as nuts brother and two of our other friends who like me are less runner and more casual walkers.
Over the last 6 weeks...as weather permits I have taken to the local track or my small town and ran/walked practice races...I set a goal for myself that I would like to hit my leg which is 3.5 miles at 49 minutes...you may be avid runners and think this is nothing...but to me with arthritis in my knees since 16 it is a very very big deal.
My best time prior today was 52 minutes....that was 3 weeks ago...and I haven't ran once outside in those three weeks...due to weather...being sick and having a flair up of pain in my knees.... it all just seem to all work against me....I have done some treadmill work and pushed my self on the Elliptical....but this was the first time back at the track.
So today I headed up to the track to do my final practice run before the race....I set my Endomodo app and thought I had my play list on WORKOUT...but as soon as I started I realized in was on my SLOWSONG playlist...well I didn't want to deal with messing around with it as I was already starting to run/walk... so I let it play.
The first mile was going really good...I hit 13:13 and was totally shocked when the app told me I was on pace for a 47 minute finish...so I started to really push myself even with SLOW and sappy songs cheering me along and then the pain started....first in my right knee then... then my right lower back...I had a second of doubt as I was hitting the middle of my second mile .... and then Hallelujah by the Canadian Tenors...started to play and a strong wind hit my back that sent shivers down my spine and tears down my cheek....and I started to thank God for letting me get this far in my journey....for giving me the strength to fight every day the food addiction and the strength to do things I thought impossible...and you know what....that .25mile was the easiest I have every had in my life...I felt no pain...no stress...just me and my Lord...out for a run...at the end of the .25 mile ....I said to him...thank you for wrapping me in your arms today Lord...now go take care of someone who really needs it....my God has a sense of humor and we laugh with each other quite often.
I just wanted to share this special moment I had today....it something I will never forget!
Whatever your beliefs ....we can all find that reason to push past the hard things in life....my happens to be my faith...which helped me surpass my best run ever today and log in a time of 47:14! ...2 plus minutes less than my original goal.