In 2012, I quit my job, cashed in my retirement, gave most of my possessions away, and moved .... for what I thought was my happily ever after. Eight months later, my fairy tale vanished.
I came back to my hometown. No job. No money. No stuff. No man. I spent two weeks crying in my mom's guest room while constantly being told it was time in my life for me to do something for myself for a change.
My family blessed me with furniture. The Lord blessed me with a job. My friends blessed me with love and support. I found an apartment and started my life over...again. I started pondering the advice I had been given...do something for myself. I didn't know how to do that.
I wasn't sure what to do for me or where to start. I knew I wanted to try something new. I knew I needed to be in better physical conditioning. I knew sitting in an apartment wasn't the life I wanted. And it hit me.
I'll try running. I downloaded an app on my phone, laced up my shoes, and walked out my front door. Walking was the biggest part of my first run but I did manage a few bursts at a slow jog. I made it back home...exhausted and elated
One night in February 2014, a good friend called to check on me. I had always admired her...she was a runner. I told her I was attempting to run. She wanted ME to do the Russvegas Half with her. While I had no idea what it would be like to complete 13 miles in one day, I signed up.
The day of the half, I felt confident for about 6 minutes. I lost sight of my friends within the first quarter mile. It was up to me now. It was hard and people were passing me. Why am I doing this? But every so often, there were people along the route with signs or clapping...cheering...for us...for me. How awesome is that?
At mile 6, I was having serious doubts. My foot I had minor surgery on 5 years earlier was screaming. My lungs hurt. My mouth was dry. I had blisters. Then right there in the middle of the intersection was a band. Mustang Sally was blaring. These people were out here for us...why? The band was singing even when no one was passing by. It gave me a boost. No quitting. I'm doing this.
As I approached the finish, three hours after starting, tears welled up in my eyes... Then I heard, "There's G!!!" My son, daughter in law, and grand baby were cheering me on. Then I heard, "Michelle Holley! You're my hero!" from a high school friend who was watching the finishers. People were proud of me...I did it!
And I'll do it again...for me. However, focusing solely on myself isn't easy for me for this reason, I am thrilled to be participating this year as an ACH Angel. As an Angel, I am challenged to raise my entrance fee for the Russvegas Half this year.
So....I'm asking for your help. My goal is $300. The monies raised benefit the Arkansas Children's Hospital and your donation is tax deductible. Any amount you can contribute is greatly appreciated....not just by me....but by all those who benefit from the services of Arkansas Children's Hospital. Thank you so much!!!
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