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How far is 13.1 miles?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I started my half marathon adventures just over 1 year ago. My very first half marthon I was dead a LONG amount. The only people still at the finish line was my family and a race director. I was in tears at the end of this race. I finished out of shear determination. My legs were jello, my heart and spirit ached for the loss of my eldest daughter who I was walking in memory of, and I felt very alone as nearly the entire race every one went faster than me.

But I did not quit. Over the last year I kept taking steps, kept adding races, kept working through the depression, kept trying. Most races I ran with my heart much more than legs. I ran for me, I ran for my daughter who no longer could, I ran for my other children so that they see a healthy mom in all facets - spiritually, physically, emotionally; for my husband - most importantly for me.

I had victories and learned that it is okay to be slow - just go. I learned that I am in this for no one but me. I learned that the people at the back of the pack have some great stories. I learned that we all cross the same finish line eventually. I learned that being a fat athlete is nothing to be ashamed of....I am out there.

I began this year with a half marathon....and finished 2012 today with one last half marathon -

So how far is 13.1 miles?

It is measured in steps - LOTS

It is measured in medals - (from this year alone)

It is measured in weight - 24 Pounds gone.


But most importantly for me - 13.1 miles is the distance between life and death.

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    Great blog! I, too, will be participating in the St. Pete's RnR this year. Hope you enjoy it a lot.
    1859 days ago
    You are such an inspiration and we are all proud of the accomplishments you have made in all areas of your life!!
    1868 days ago
  • MOM23JS
    You have come a long way BABY and I always marvel at the back of the packers and I am awed by their stories!!! GREAT job!!
    1871 days ago
    Excellent! You go!!!!
    1873 days ago
  • -PAULA
    Beautiful blog, thanks for sharing!
    1873 days ago
    WOW! Congratulations on your accomplishment! I am inspired by your perseverance! Keep up the great work!
    1873 days ago
  • JEWELLE217
    Congratulations! What magnificant victories you have won!

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your daughter. emoticon I'm sure she has been on your shoulder through each and every race!

    Happy New Year!
    1873 days ago
    Good for you! I have a magnet on my frig that I got at a race expo that says, "It doesn't matter how fast you go, it just matters that you go!"

    I identify with the concern about being heavy and out there at a race. But I have promised to never refer to myself as a fat athlete. I am an athlete, period!

    So best wishes for your continued athletic successes and please accept my condolences on the loss of your daughter. I send you love and peaceful healing thoughts.
    1874 days ago
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