It’s taken me a while to share my thoughts, and I know this will not come close to conveying my feelings, but... The original plan was for my daughter and her friend to run their first half marathon together, and I’d tag along, because after all, it was going to be @chipgaines
’s first marathon, we’d visit the Silos, Magnolia Table, and hopefully see @chipgaines
in person!! So as I thought about the trip - a dangerous thing - the idea of walking the 5k emerged. After all, what was I going to do while I waited for them at the finish line?! About 6 years ago I had huffed and puffed through a 5k in 1 1/2 hrs. Maybe I could do it again. So I tried my ❤️ phone app and went on a fast walk close to my house. I did my 3.1 mi in 1 hr. 10 min and didn’t die!😁 With 30 days before the race, I decided to register for the 5k.
But... here it goes... only AFTER I had registered did I realize there was a 1hr time limit!
For many, this race was/would be a piece of cake. For me it was an opportunity:
• to share an amazing experience with my daughter • to prove to myself that I can still set goals and feel a sense of accomplishment, even in small baby steps • to go (a little bit 😉) beyond my comfort zone - that’s where growth happens
• to have faith: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
• to put into practice how my husband lived his life - do not waste opportunities - live life to the fullest
• to realize that although my current life situation does not look anything like we planned (now a widow), I can continue (most days) to live a life that has meaning, purpose, fun, and not take for granted!
PS I was able to finish the 5k under 1 hour! My daughter and friend finished their half marathon strong. I got to meet & walk beside @jimmydon522
And we saw the family, including @joannagaines
waiting as @chipgaines
crossed the finish line with his daughter - how emotional!! #lifeisajourney #blessed #silodistrictmarathon #wacotexas #yougotthis #ilovebeingmom #5k #halfmarathon #bravelikegabe #livelifetothefullest #icandoallthings #planetfitness #jimmydon