Here is my Detroit Free Press Marathon race summary in 3 photos:
1. Two thumbs up early in the race means I’m feeling good…or maybe I’m just doing my best to fake it for the camera! Honestly, I felt pretty good til about mile 8 coming out of the tunnel. It was at this point I was beginning to wonder if I could hold my desired pace. The tunnel was sooo melty hot!
2. No faking this one. I’m in pain. My feet have failed me. Maybe too many miles on a dirt track vs. the road in …training – I’m not sure. All I know is the wheels are falling off, goal time is out the window, and I’m in survival mode. This is where the mind games really come into play. I think about WHY I’m running and suck it up cuz there are millions of people who don’t have access to clean water. The least I can do is run for a few hours to help them.
3. In the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, “It is finished!” I can’t describe to you the pain and relief and mix of emotions for finishing the marathon. It is at the same time the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve done. I could not have done this without a REASON, a PURPOSE to run. More than the bling and t-shirt, I ran for clean water in Africa for Hope Water Project raising over $2k to date which means clean water for 80+ people forever! Thanks for your support and encouragement. #runwithpurpose #teamquadzilla