Monday, April 2, 2012

courage to start...faith to finish

one of my aspirations for 2012 was to complete my first 1/2 marathon
slowly but surely, i have been increasing my distance over the past few months
since my first race

it hasn't been an easy road
especially for an amateur runner like me
running takes dedication, hard work and a lot of time
i have been plagued with injuries and countless sore muscles
and to be honest, there have been countless mornings
when all i have wanted  to do was turn off my alarm and snuggle back under the covers instead of  getting out into the cold and running

but over the weekend, my sister, running buddy and i
laced up our running shoes and did the birch bay road race


that's us! my running buddy and i were 3K away from the finish line when this pic was taken
(we did the 15K while my sister did the 30K)

near the end of the race--a fellow runner in front of me removed her jacket
to reveal an inspirational saying on the back
"courage to start... faith to finish"

it was just that little bit of oomph that i needed to ignore my aching muscles,
the rain and cold wind
and finish the race with a smile on my face

happy monday friends!

9 comments:

JanM ♥ said...

Congrats! :) I have just started running again and I'm hoping that my right knee won't start acting up.

xo,
janmloves.blogspot.com

christine said...

That's awesome!!! I'm so inspired when I see people doing their first race whether it's a 5k, half, or full marathon. It takes a lot of training, aches, and perseverance to get that done. I'm so impressed. Makes me want to try to do it....one day. Great job Jozen!

Christine
delachic

Jean said...

i just started running again today! felt so good! maybe one day.. i can ran a 5k.... maybe.

Elisse said...

Congrats on fulfilling your goal! There is no feeling like the adrenaline rush of crossing a finish line, and I can only imagine how overwhelming that sense of accomplishment must have felt.

Your hard work has clearly paid off, and I hope it inspires you to achieve more than you initially set out to do!

Eleni said...

Congratulations, what an achievement!

simplyvonne said...

now that's pretty neat! congrats! I would love to do half marathon one day but it's so hard to do even just 10k! hehe

flora said...

congratulations! what a great achievement for you!

GingerBabyMama said...

Great job Jozen! Running a half marathon is an amazing goal - I know you can do it!
I just ran my first 10k in about 10years (http://gingerbabymama.blogspot.ca/2012/03/bucket-list-item-run-10km-check.html)
Good luck!
Rachel

Alely said...

congratulations on your finish! what a great quote! funny how little things can really make a difference and can help us find the inner strength in us to finish well. a little shout out, a clap, a sign, a quote on a strangers back! awesome!