This post has been a long time coming! Remember when I told you about this way back when I decided to do it? Well, now that it has happened, and I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment. Some people sign up to run a 5k, and it is no big deal. For me, it was a very big deal. I hadn’t attempted anything like this in a long time; and to say it was successful would be an understatement.
You guys, to get totally vulnerable with you for a moment, I truly did not believe I could do this. I attempted to put my doubt aside, but it kept rising up as I was training. I felt overwhelmed and like it should not be as hard for me as it was. I worked so hard through the process, and when the day finally came, I knew if I set my mind to, I had the ability to accomplish my goal of running the whole race. However, what I want to highlight to you is that it was as much a mental battle as a physical battle. I had to push through the mental to get to the physical success!
The color gave me something to smile about as I ran, but it was my supportive friends that made all the difference. I needed their encouraging words as I pushed myself to the rainbow of a finish line! Each time I hit a new kilometer and another color was thrown at me, I could not help but realize that the color to me represented God’s blessings being poured out onto me – overflowing and joy producing! I was blown away by the experience. Not to over spiritualize, but it honestly changed me. It produced in me a personal faith that transformed my spirit. I know it’s silly to run 3 miles and feel like you can do anything, but it was more a lesson about dedication and perseverance than anything else. I had to prove to myself I had it in me.
None of this took away from letting the experience wash over me. This was one of the most fun events I have ever participated in! The feeling at the end, the photographic proof, the life giving experience, and the people I ran with are literally seared in my mind forever. Like… Forever!
I want to tell you I am committing to a 10k next, but I have not made up my mind 100%. I can tell you that this was not my last race. I will absolutely try and make this a yearly event, and will probably run more than just this one. I loved it, and I didn’t expect that J
Have a wonderful and colorful weekend friends!