March 2, 2011

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 :)












3 comments:

  1. Congratulations Nery!!!
    ~Jael~

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  2. OMG! Congrats Nery! I remember when I ran my first half marathon... the runners high afterwords was amazing (minus how incredibly sore I was)!

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  3. I am so envious! I have to give you mad credit!

    I started this week a Couch Potato to 5K 9 week program. Well, it is going to take me at least 10 weeks to do it, if not longer. The first week you run for 60 seconds and then walk for 90 seconds, alternating for 20 minutes. I barely could run the 60 full seconds and it took me about 200 seconds to get to the point I could push through another 60 running. But I'm here. And I'm doing what I can for now.

    You look to be right at my size, and your weight goes right about mine as well. I remember saying today on the track that running wasn't meant for 250 pound women. I'm so happy I saw this post today of all days.

    I really needed to see someone like myself actually making it happen. Great job! And keep it up! Weather you realize it or not you just gave me a little more strength and determination to keep pushing harder. Thank you so much for that!

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