This weekend was one of the most mentally and physically exhausting yet exhilarating experience I’ve had in my lifetime. I’ve been training for this moment for a while and I’ve finally conquered it. I completed the St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis, TN at the age of 40. Consider that another check off the 40 bucket list. I never would have imagined my life as a runner and I absolutely love it! The first thing I thought about after I crossed the finish line was ok so when is the next one!
I’m so glad I decided 4 years ago to make a change in regards to my health. If you would have told me 4 years ago I would be running a half marathon or getting up at 3:45am several mornings to go run, I would say you were lying lol. But I’m so glad that I did.
I want to thank my running crews (BGR, BMR Memphis & Team Determined) for their support and encouraging words. We are not just runners, but a true family of friends who so happeningly run. I’ve met some amazing people within these groups who share the same common goal.
Before my race, I dedicated some of my miles to the people who meant a lot to me in helping me accomplish my goal. Mile #1 was for those who say they couldn’t. Mile #8 I was pulling on the strength of my AKA sorors. Mile #11 was for my BGR sole sister Michelle who helped me push past 10 and said I could. Mile #12 was for TeamKayla and my sole brother Chris Hope who gives HOPE and so much of himself to St. Jude and to others. And the most important mile…Mile #13 was given unto God who made all of this possible because He ran with me and carried me to the end. And for the .1…it was for ME. For having the faith of a mustard seed to go on this journey of good health, hope and healing. I was ready to do this. #13.1
I just wanted to say thank you to those who donated towards my campaign, my sideline cheerleaders, sister and niece who ran a stretch of mile 12 with me and my FBF’s who always left me with an encouraging word. I truly appreciated it throughout the year while I was on my running journey. I’m sure I will be a celebrating the first of many more halves to come. It’s official…I am a half marathoner!