14 August 2006

13.1

This past weekend I ran (okay, jogged) in the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon. Big surprise... I didn't win this race either. In fact, as shocking as you may find it, I didn't even come close!!

When I rolled over at 4 on Saturday morning, to see what that @#%* noise coming from my dresser was (my alarm clock), it took EVERYTHING in me to get out of bed. On less than four hours of sleep, with a knee on which I could barely walk only two days prior, with the prospect of driving the hour to Idaho Springs alone and then the reality of running another 2+ hours solo, I guess you could say I was a little less than eager to run this race.

But I did.

My Father was faithful and met me once again; I actually enjoyed myself. I soaked in the picturesque views and breathed in piercingly clean mountain air all morning. I made a friend (a fellow Westminster runner) with whom I chatted and ran miles 5 through 9. My family - my biggest fans - beamed and cheered me on as I approached the end of the race, and if you look closely,
you will notice that I not only finished, but I did so with a smile on my face.

Never have the words of the Apostle Paul been more true for me - on every front - than now.

" Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. [Brothers and Sisters], I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
- Phil 3:12-14.

I've reached the split. 13.1 miles to go.

5 comments:

Ame said...

Gosh you're brave, i couldn't run that way..
i'm soooooooo lazy!!!
My compliments on your courage!

Folayo said...

Congratulations!!! 13.1 miles is about 13 miles longer than I run...kudos. ;)

Leah said...

u r awesome!

im not much of a long distance runner... i so much admire those who can bust out more than 10 miles!

abi rules dot com

Niki said...

I'm with Leah! You rule!!! Way to go do the hard stuff. You're an inspiration!

dama karen said...

Abi, you continue to amaze me. What a beautiful smile at the end of the race. Congratulations, and way to go, girl!!!!