as you all know, i completed the c'ville women's 4 miler this past weekend. it was an incredible experience, one i will NEVER forget. my son said i "looked" like an athlete with my race gear on..lol. the fitness level of the participants ranged from highly athletic to "Lord, help me make it through this." I would say i fall someone in the middle. the weather was beautiful and the crowd of supporters seemed to be endless. the residents who live along garth road were standing at the end of their driveways clapping and cheering you on. and even though i was walking alone, i never felt alone. i met a new mom who was carrying her baby while walking. the race was her way of getting back into shape. i met a grandma who was an avid walker for years, but due to knee problems; hadnt been able to actively walk. i also met breast cancer survivors and those walking in memory of someone who had lost the battle. the last mile of the race is very emotional and you try not to cry so you can see to cross the finish line. its called the memory mile and it honors those who have passed away. there are posters hanging along the fence with the names of mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, friends. it is a true reminder of why you participate. not to compete, but to remember.
as i crossed the finish line (1 hour and 23 mins) i felt such a feeling of accomplishment! i felt like i stepped out of the old and into the new. it's like i said good bye to the old char. the char who didnt like working out (not that i love it now..lol) or didnt care what she ate. last year around this sametime, i wasnt even thinking about doing anything like this. but now, i am training for the next race on t-giving day....AMAZING!
thanks to everyone for your love and support. i carried it with me during the race.
all of me,