I made the decision to do it and I did.
I ran my race yesterday! It was exhilarating and challenging all at the same time. I didn’t get much sleep at all Friday night and I woke up with a case of race day jitters yesterday. As I ran I kept thinking, I’m doing it, I’m doing it!
The last quarter mile was ridiculous AND emotional. Ridiculously emotional! The course was quite hilly. We hadn’t trained much on hills like those, but I had tried the course twice with friends before race day. Still somehow, yesterday was different. Maybe it was the extra 160+ people, maybe it was nerves, but it was different. At one point I turned around to see if there were any people behind me. Of course there were but I felt like I was fading and fast!
People passed me but I kept moving because I had to run my race–not theirs. I had to do what I could do and that was all. Like I said in a previous post, I was only competing against myself and I couldn’t let myself down. The first mile went by pretty fast. I ran it in 12 minutes. Mile #2 was challenging because it was uphill then leveled out. Mile #3 played mind games on me.
Before race day, I rearranged songs on my music playlist so that the first song set the tone for why I was doing this (You Paid It All.) The next ten songs would help me keep a steadier pace (gospel hip hop songs.) I also included Hall of Fame by The Script. I love that song because it is so encouraging. I inserted it near the end to help me if I felt like stopping and walking the rest of the way. The last song was to give me encouragement before the steep hill that would lead to the finish line (Finish Strong.) I knew that I averaged about 45 minutes for 3.11 miles and I set the playlist accordingly. If I heard Finish Strong and I wasn’t near the finish line, it would help me get my legs in gear to get on up that hill. Below is my awesome playlist. (If you’ve ever run behind me, this may answer your question as to why sometimes I speed up like someone lit a fire under me!)
You Paid It All – Wess Morgan
Gimme Dat! – The Ambassador
Get Loose – 116 Clique
He Did That – KJ-52
No More – 116 Clique
Work – Tedashii
Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like) – Grits
Don’t Waste Your Life – Lecrae
Go Buck – Flame
Hall of Fame – The Script
Hardcore – The Ambassador
Finish Strong – Jonathan Nelson (you have to listen to this one because it uses the analogy of running.)
Finish Strong started on cue as I approached the hill. Panic set in because the song is around 4 minutes long and from the bottom, it looked as though it would take 4 minutes or more to reach the top. It looked like it would go on f-o-r-e-v-e-r!
I ran then walked, ran then walked until I saw someone I knew. It was my friend, Mike, coming down the hill toward me. It was like a vision–maybe how Peter felt when he saw Jesus walking on the water toward him? 🙂 Mike had already finished his race but came back to look for me and to encourage me up the hill. It was rough but I felt so good because he came back to literally help a sista from a lowly place!
When we got to the top of hill, the Finish Line was still a few yards away and Mike dropped off and my coach, Tori, took his place and ran with me! It was awesome! I ran on, tears and all, across the Finish Line in 47 minutes.
What was that thing you said you wanted to try but it seemed too big? In January of this year, I could barely run for one minute, but yesterday I accomplished my goal of completing a 5K and I’m not done. I ran my first 5K on June 22, 2013 at age 44. I am still a bit overweight (but not much longer) and have patellar tendonitis in both knees, but I did it.
I did it. I ran for God!
What’s your excuse?
See previous Run For God posts: