Started off the morning with a TON of cold cold rain...isn't it almost June??
Then our [free] 10k ended up starting almost 30 minutes late. Yikes.
I forgot my camera, so thanks to Julia for the pic!
Can anyone can please find Mr. D a [full-time, anything related to sports] job here ASAP so I don't have to move and find new running buddies???
Speaking of Mr. D, special thanks go out to him for watching Baby D this morning (like he does 5 days a week, six if you include my long runs on Saturday) and then taking him to my race to cheer me across the finish line, even though he was sick! I really could not do this whole running mom thing without him. He is and has always been my #1 support, even if it means Kix for dinner and a month of dust accumulation on our floors (don't worry, I finally cleaned house today)... because sometimes me getting a workout [or nap] in seems to trump everything else. :) I love you, honey!! You really are the greatest.
Mile 3 was the roughest because I dropped my phone, was having a cough attack and had the most hillwork. Other than that I felt good (I kept reminding myself I had a half marathon in 10 days so I wouldn't do anything stupid like break a leg!), I mean really good.
The three things that motivated me the most in this race were  thinking about how big/miserable I felt at this time last year and how many minutes (hours, weeks, months) I had spent praying to once again feel that runner's high feeling again, and I had it!  the cutest Rachelle running the last mile with me, snapping pictures and just being her sweet little self and chatting with me... priceless, my dear!! Thank you so much!!! and  knowing that hubs and Baby D would be eagerly waiting to see me cross the finish line!
Mager and her hubby and thinking I was going to DIE afterwards) Either I never hit my potential back in the day, or I am back and better than ever!! I like to think it's more the latter. And maybe pushing a jogging stroller is making me stronger? Who knows.
How appropriate is this quote from John Bingham:
"Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself."
This morning was truly wonderful, especially running through the cemetery and thinking about the first time I went to Washington DC and went through the war memorials. Freedom is never free and I am so grateful for those people who have fought and continue to fight for me so that I can do silly things that make me happy like run a race with my friends and blog about it.