Philipians 4:13 has been personified! Just a year ago there was no way that I would have guessed that I could finish a half marathon, but yesterday I did. There is no doubt in my mind the real power behind this accomplishment, it's God. I'm not sure what the purpose is, maybe just to make me a stronger person, but I'm thrilled with the result.
The weather was perfect: low 50's and overcast. The rain held off until I was driving home. I felt great the whole time. I started off slow (that's really my only speed) and just focused on getting to mile 2. The course was interesting, we ran on a jogging trail along side the Red River. We ran through two tunnels, over bridges, under bridges, a loop by a boat launch, and then out and back along the trail. After mile 2, I thought about getting to mile 5. After mile 5, I focused on getting to the turn-around point. Once we turned around I just took it mile by mile. At about mile 9, I started to feel really good and sped up a little. I kept that good feeling all the way to the finish line and beyond.
My watch time was 2:28. Official times are not posted yet. My primary goal was just to finish, my secondary goal was to come in under 2:30. I am so thankful to be able to run. I appreciate my husband for always watching our son when I run and for being so supportive. This is the end of my first real triathlon season and I consider it a success. The next two weeks will be for relaxing and then work begins for next year.