March 28, 2011

My Life Since the Half Marathon...

Wow, I can't believe its been SO long since I last posted. I could've sworn its been 2 weeks tops, but no it has been 26 days! Normally, after a long absence there is not much to report. That however, is not the case this time around. I have so much to share with you guys, there's been struggles, achievements, recipes and even GREAT news that I need to share! I'm going to try to break each of those down into different posts. They each deserve their individual attention. In the mean time, I am alive and feeling GREAT.

Keep an eye out for posts to follow.

March 2, 2011

What did you do Wednesdays!

This one will be nice and simple this week:

  • I completed a half marathon.
It's going to be tough for me to top that! :)

What have you done to make you feel PROUD?

*Take part in the Wednesday posts, here are the directions:*
1. Watch The Biggest Loser Tuesday nights.
2. Post comments on my blog/FaceBook about what you did on Wednesday (or over the last week) that has made you proud of yourself. (Bloggers feel free to use the idea as well and link up).
It could be ONE thing or a number of things.

I freaking did it!

(Started writing on Monday 2/28/2011)
On Sunday I attempted was my attempt at my first half marathon and......

                   I freaking did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still can't believe it and I think I may still be high on endorphins! I did not complete it in the time that I was hoping but at the end of the day I still completed a half marathon. I ran and walked for 13.1 miles. I completed what many have never attempted. I DID IT, and I have the shirts and beautiful medal to prove it :)

I must say, Disney's Princess Half Marathon is truly a wonderful event. It was so well organized, it was fun and it was certainly difficult. I wish I could describe exactly how I felt...even now I'm still not certain. I think I might actually still be high on my endorphins LOL. One thing is for sure, I have never, ever felt so empowered in my entire life! What is even more amazing to me is that during the entire race, I had such a clear mind. I was focused, and I was determined to finish and I did. I never once (ok maybe once) doubted myself. I just kept moving forward and didn't look back. Every ounce of sweat, tears and PAIN was all worth it the minute I crossed that finish line and saw everyone who was there to support me and getting the texts from my brother and my sister-in-law that came in literally the second I finished. My Brother quickly reminded me to let this experience serve as inspiration for the future and a lesson to never doubt myself again. I am very fortunate to have such an incredible support system that helped me get through this race (and anything I do). I am truly grateful to have such wonderful and caring people in my life.

On a side note: before the race there was a fellow princess who had this written on the back of her shirt:
"And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." Hebrews 12:1"

I quickly shared my new found knowledge with my Husband and I knew I was standing behind her for a reason. I needed to read that at that precise moment. It filled me with confidence and I carried that confidence for the entire race. God works in mysterious way and He was definitely at work at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday making sure that I listened to what he had to say.

As memorable as Sunday was, some of it feels like a blur. I can't believe it came and it went. Yet, things will ever be the same. This one day, has forever changed me. I finally saw in myself what my husband, my family and my friends have seen in me this entire time. I am strong, I am determined, and I'm certainly not a quitter. I can do anything I set my mind to. I'm here to tell you that if I can do this there is no reason why you can't accomplish your own goals. If there's something you want, something you really want go out there and get it! Stop the excuses, get off your ass, put in the work and GO GET IT, because if I can (and I CAN) anybody can.

Now on a softer note, enjoy some of my favorite pictures from Sunday :)