Life in an Instant: I DID IT!!!

I know Life in an Instant didn’t publish on Sunday, but I have a good reason … Saturday morning I woke up at 4:45 am, laced up my sneakers and took a 40 minute bus ride to Bastrop, Texas to complete my very first half marathon, Zooma Texas.

It was still dark as our bus made its way up and down the narrow winding roads I would soon be climbing with my own two feet. I must admit, I was overly apprehensive. I doubted my ability and forgot all of the many, many miles my sneakers had racked up leading up to this very moment.

There wasn’t much time to doubt myself, the sun was rising and racers were being called to the starting line. I gave my sister in law one last hug and she was gone, up to the front of the line where faster runners belonged. Suddenly, I was all alone. The countdown began and we were off.
away we go I had spent months carefully selecting each song that would escort me on my journey, but someone had other plans for me. A different playlist sounded in my ears and the notes and words could not have been more perfectly selected for my journey. I didn’t even make it across the starting line before my eyes were filling with tears.

I turn the music up, I got my records on
I shut the world outside until the lights come on
Maybe the streets alight, maybe the trees are gone
I feel my heart start beating to my favorite song

The songs kept coming just like that, as if they had been perfectly orchestrated for what and how I was feeling, so uplifting.uphill battle I had done my research, I knew the obstacles that lay in front of me. The 2.5 mile mountain that started the run, the next 5 miles of up & downs. I was more than intimidated, yet somehow my feet found the way.

The miles ticked by. The first 8 came much faster than I thought they would … but those last 5.1, well they seemed to take forever. Lucky for me, I had a support network cheering me on. Messages from my husband, tweets from my friends and this adorable fella rooting me on
That last show of support came in my darkest hour of the run and gave me the strength I needed to dig deep and push through till the end. Thanks Tricia! You guys were a lifesaver.
mile 12 ... almost there!! I dedicated the last three miles of the run to my kiddos, spending a whole mile focusing on each of them helped take my mind off of the fatigue I was feeling. This shot was right after I got Tricia’s tweet and found a second wind, I powered it out and as I came along that last half mile stretch the racers who had already finished started cheering me on. As I rounded the last curve and saw the 13 mile marker, my sister in law was there waiting for me (LOVE YOU MEGAN — FOREVER AND EVER). Somehow I found the power to sprint to her, we high fived and I ran across that finish line.
post race reward The post race rewards were breathtaking, I highly recommend you check out the Lost Pines Resort if you’re ever near Austin or Bastrop, Texas. I know my family will be taking a trip there as soon as I can arrange one! I’m ready to experience all that I’ve seen firsthand with the ones I love now, lazy river and all.
1/2 marathon after partywe did it!!!!
I still can’t believe what we accomplished, to think when we toyed around with the idea in November I wasn’t even able to run a mile. We “trained together” via text and email — she lives in California. We cheered each other on during long runs and kept up with one another on dailymile. We were dedicated and found a way to make it happen.

It truly is amazing what your body can do if you can get your mind to be quiet long enough to let it!  I’ve wanted to tell you all for so long now, but didn’t want to let anyone down. Now that I’ve achieved my goal, I have a few notes and lessons learned I’d like to share with you.  If you have any specific questions you’d like me to answer or just want to leave a kind word, I sure would appreciate it.

So tell me, what did you do this week?

Life in an Instant
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Stacy

Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

Comments

  1. Laurie says

    Hey Stacy! Long time no talk! Great job on your run. The pictures are beautiful, I bet you feel so fulfilled. Keep in touch!

  2. says

    You did it!!! Congratulations!!! I’m glad the pic of my little monster helped. :) I’ve been talking about doing the Couch to 5K for about 5 months now. You’ve inspired me to get off my hiney and just do it!

    (((((HUGS)))))

  3. Carla says

    Yippee!!! You rock! I am so inspired. I need to at least take the jogging stroller out a little more regularly! What you have accomplished is amazing. My moment is not nearly as monumental, but I did manage to grow carrots after three failed attempts :)

  4. says

    Stacy!! Congrats. Wowsers. Half Marathon. Go you! You look terrific by the by. Your story inspires me today. Business has been kicking me in the — and I’m really happy to get out of town for a couple days this weekend. Going to bust out my camera and do some personal photography. Need. to. refresh. xo

  5. Katie C says

    From one runner to another–congrats!! I had a lot of friends running Zooma, and they all told me how warm it was, so way to go for you for sticking with it. I’m running the Austin 10/20 on April 15. You should try that one too–it is flat and relatively fast, so they say, and only 10 miles. Next half, go for 3M. It will be cooler, which will make your race more enjoyable, and you’ll like the fun, fast course. What’s next . . . a marathon? ;)

  6. says

    So proud of you! I’ve always said I wanted to train for a marathon, and I never make the time. I’ve heard of the Lost Pines Resort. We plan to make a trip to central Texas this summer, Again, congratulations on your accomplishment. You should be very proud!!!

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