Had you told me 5 years ago that I would be running at all, much less a marathon I would have called you crazy, now I am the crazy one and I take that as a compliment. :) I started my journey 4 years ago when my sister talked me into a local 5k (The Vike Hike @ Carl Albert State College). I signed up as a runner in the moment, knowing I could run at least some of it. Little did I know how much time, effort and money I would put into it during the years to follow. I had (or so I thought) no desire to ever run 26.2 miles, that was just insane. A year passed and I completed running the whole 5k for the 1st time. The next year I would make my PR for a 5k. That's when I decided I may want to go a little further. I signed up, trained and ran my 1st 10K in October 2012. I thought, "oh, this is a good distance," so decided to try to get that distance under and hour (which I did in 2013). I continued watching all my friends complete half & full marathons, still thinking they had to be crazy. In conversation with one of my favorite runners she gave me the courage to complete my first half marathon. I didn't want to spend the money on travel, race, etc without knowing how I would do. So I signed up for one that was close to home. I completed the River Valley Run 1/2 marathon on Novemeber 3, 2013 in 2 hours 17 minutes. When I finished that race I was angry (at myself) for having to walk. I had trained for this race and ran 13-14 miles without stopping twice in my training. Why did I walk?! I needed that humbling experience in the race when I hit "the wall" to make me step back and re-focus on the reasons I run. I run for time with God, quite time, to be a good example to my family & friends, for my health, for those who can't, for the sanctity and beauty of all God has created, for those who call me crazy, to encourage maybe just one person, because I have been blessed with this ability and i can.... I could go on and on. Even after this race it never crossed my mind that months later I would be signing up for the full. I have always loved watching my friends run the OKC Memorial race, I love it's cause and years ago remember watching our state do what it does best, show love in times of tragedy. I decided a month ago that I wanted to do this race so I signed up for the 1/2. Then I got to thinking of all the people affected by this tragedy and what they still go through every year in April. The impact that this person meant for evil and how God has turned it around into something good. Something we can take pleasure in being a part of and our families can remember for generations. All those in the world who would give anything to walk again and I want to complain about my time in a race? SO, here I am today changing my 1/2 to a full and scheduled to complete probably the hardest thing I have ever done (physically, mentally & emotionally) in my life! On April 27, 2014, God willing, I will run to remember, I will leave everything I have in me on the streets of downtown OKC because that is what all those that were there on those days following the bombing have done. I will feel more connected to this cause that ever as I pray for and honor them and if I have to crawl across the finish line I will finish my race for these reasons.
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