First, here's a few pictures from Colin's race this morning. The boy is so photogenic it's ridiculous!
You can never have too much fun at a race.
Hence, the cow!
Today we are the cheerleaders.
But tomorrow... We run. Although this is our first Half Marathon Event, we have been diligently training for months. We have run many 10 and 12 mile runs the past 2 months. I know we're ready. I know the run tomorrow is no different than any other Friday down at the river, but it is so much more than that.
I got hooked on the races as a spectator 4 years ago. My family went to cheer my younger sister on in the marathon. We had sooooo much fun with our signs and cheering "total strangers" on all day. You could see how hard they were working as they passed by. You could appreciate everything they were doing, and we were in awe!!! We had a blast and couldn't stay away the next year.
So I guess it was no big surprise that I chose running as my life-saving exercise. 4 years ago, I would never have guessed that I would ever be out there... let alone with one of my boys running with me.
The atmosphere surrounding Race Day is like Mardi Gras (only sober). Spectators are everywhere cheering for you. Bands are set up all along the course playing everything from gospel to rock to the blues. There will even be a few choirs along the way. It really is something you just have to see! OH, and my family. Tomorrow, Cameron and I will be running. The grandmothers, sisters, and a few nephews, Husbands, and other son will be scattered all along the course whooping and hollering for us! I tell you it's addicting.
So tomorrow is just any other long run, and yet it's so much more. I can't wait to share pics with y'all. It may be a day or so before I'm back on, but know that Sunday morning while you're drinking coffee and praising the Lord I'll be running my heart out on a beautiful Spring morning and wishing I could bottle that feeling up and share it.
Thanks for listening, SparkFriends. This journey wouldn't have been the same without you all there.
FYI- I get to do plenty of "praising" on my long runs. Usually about 3/4 through a long run, it hits me how long I'm running and how well my body is doing.... I start saying "Thank you, Lord" for everything I can think of at that point!
He has been so good to me!