Friday, November 16, 2007

9.3...only 4 more to go :)

If you had asked me two weeks ago if I was a runner, I would have emphatically said NO! It's never been second nature for me to run, always a forced weight burner. I have never enjoyed running, nor have I ever enjoyed the time it takes. Today, I have a new perspective. In an hour and a half, I completed 9.3 miles. Woo hoo!! As most of you know, I have been inspired by an amazing friend to complete a 1/2 marathon. I still kind of laugh when I type that, because I just never thought it would be possible for me. Steph has accomplished so much...and she makes it all seem so easy. I have been struggling with "finding" myself here in Belgium. I'm usually alone, and for the most part out of the loop with all things "Liege," but I found that my perfect quiet time, for myself and in prayer, was running! I run along the Rhein river, I run through the city, I've found great restaurants, perfect shops, fun sculptures, great Euro hairstyles, all the while running my heart out and most of the time talking to myself or praying! It's such a release. Everything you want to achieve takes practice, and I can finally say that I'm a runner. That is until Paula Radcliffe comes on at the end of my workout (the Nike+ software) and says "Congratulations, that was your longest workout to date!" That should make me excited...but she kinda makes me want to puke :) (If you don't know who she is, look her up--you'll feel the same way I do) Please keep me in your prayers for the next few months...I have four more miles to reach the 1/2 marathon distance, but I'm confident I can do it. Then comes the Berlin 25K, and the Scotland marathon in the Fall. Anyone want to run with me?

1 comment:

  1. You go girl! I think I might possiblk be in Europe this summer. I'll keep you posted. If I make it that way I'll have to swing by and see you.

    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving...