I am stuffed with gut friendly Pumpkin Pie—it is great!
This morning I woke up at 5:15am to make myself some of these Berry Topped Pancakes. I ate about 2/3 of this…I was too full.
I drove through the fog to the race this morning, 5km Turkey Trot. Look at this gorgeous morning.
My sister’s boyfriend, Alex and I got ready for the big race.
I was inspired to wear a little note for all behind me.
We were off. It was drizzling down, freezing cold, my hands were numb–and my body LOVED it. I told myself that I had to leave everything on the pavement…I didn’t want anything left with me.
I just went, I ran, I ran hard. I came up to the 1 mile marker and looked down at my watch
WHAT?!?!?! an 8:38 mile. Are you freaking kidding me!!!! I pretty much had to hold back tears. Here I am 100lbs lighter, with stomach issues this whole year, hating running…and now pulling an 8:38 mile! I almost started bawling, but I just kept running.
Mile 2: 8:40.
It wasn’t that bad. However, I knew that I had to reserve some energy but I didn’t want to get behind. I want to blast this race. There was a girl who passed me and then I caught up with her. I looked down and she had a Garmin on her arm (I thought of Caitlin). We chatted for a bit and I asked her what pace she was running. She goes ‘8:51’. I am running a 8:51 pace? What? AWESOME!
Mile 3: 9:20
I slowed down quite a bit on this last mile. There was a point when I could feel myself slowing down. I said to myself..’Michelle, do not hold yourself back!’ So I gunned it.
I crossed the finish line with this on my watch
I did it. Under 27 minutes! WOO HOO!!!!!!!! I am so proud of myself! I am so thankful that I am running. I am so thankful that I can say that I am a RUNNER!
There are moments in all of our lives when we reach beyond what we ever thought we could do. Today was one of those days!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
What have you done that has surprised you?