May 7th at 5:20 AM…
The alarm sounded. So it was, time to get up, time to lace up, time to race.
But we weren’t feeling it. Matt wasn’t. I wasn’t. Maddie wasn’t. We wanted to stay in bed. We wanted to continue sleeping. Mentally we weren’t there. Blame it on the cold weather, blame it on the chance of rain, blame it on the life happenings at the moment.
We wanted to give up,
but we didn’t. We laced up and headed to the starting line.
We stood in the starting corral and we waited and we waited and we waited. Talking was at a minimal. But our mind was speaking, sending us bad vibes even though there was an occasional smile here and an occasional smile there. Snap that selfie. Make it look good for the camera. Our minds told us give in. You can turn around now, if you want.
We wanted to give in,
but we didn’t.
Then we heard those magic words…RUNNERS TAKE YOUR MARK!
We were off, off running through the streets of Pittsburgh.
Matt racing in his 8th marathon (26.2 miles),
me racing in my 10th half marathon (13.1 miles),
Maddie racing in her 6th half marathon (13.1 miles)!
We cruised down the streets, up the streets, over the bridges, around the stadiums and there were spectators everywhere! And they were cheering!
Cheering for us! All of us who decided…
not to give up,
not to give in,
but to give it our all!
On May 7th we had three choices: to give up, to give in, or to give it our all. And give it our all we did! When crossing the finish line we were in a state of dismay, but smiles were on our faces. For we knew that when we crossed the finish line, it was so much more than just that. It was the training we completed, the challenges we overcame, and the choices we made.
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