<– So this came in the mail this weekend. Needless to say, I was shocked. And, very flattered, but mostly shocked. Anyone who’s been reading along knows what a hugely disappointing race I had that day. At first, I thought maybe I had won it because only two women (someone else and myself) were the only “competitive walkers” in that age group & I had won it by default. (husband was actually mad that I jumped to this conclusion. So to appease him and my own curiosity I looked up the results.)
There were 6 of us in that category. I won my 2nd place title fair and square. Which then automatically made me think if I had felt great that day and not been throwing up an hour before the race or had a massive migraine that 1st place title would have been mine. It wouldn’t be my 1st “1st place” award for my age group as a walker, but it would have been nice. I will gladly and very graciously accept this award!
Again, I am very humbled by this entire experience. And I must say, the last 5K of this award belongs to my husband. He is the one who walked the last 3 miles with me and brought me some soda to give me enough energy to carry on. Not sure I would have made it past mile 23 without him. So, congrats husband. You placed 2nd in the female competitive walkers division (not being sarcastic, really, he deserves a big chunk of this one).
It just goes to show that you really can accomplish anything you put your mind to. This race was not “pretty” by any means. But I was determined to finish. I had made a promise to myself and I was not relinquishing. The only way I was not going to finish it, was if an ambulance had to carry me away.
So I encourage all of you to find a goal to reach for and not stop until you’re there. Of course, let people help you if you need it. But just go do it!