Laurie sent me an email the day before the race, encouraging me, which I thought was so nice. She always told me to fix my mind on something. So I ran for so many people... ...my mother who would be so proud of me I can hear her yelling for me... ...my dad who is recovering from a pretty serious surgery... ...my youngest sister who has struggled with a disability and is helping him now.... ...my sister who will be taking radiation soon... ...all my family, who I love dearly. I could hear my kids say "Mom, you can do this!" I know they were proud. I would text my miles to all my family and some friends along the way. I did not stop. My last mile I had to pray. I felt like slowing down a little and when I did I felt a little dizzy and talked myself out of passing out. The mind is a wonderful thing. All I wanted to see is Ben's face at the end of this run, because he is the consistent and stable one who is always there at the end of the day. I feel like a true athlete now. I put my mind to it, and I did it. I thought of and now appreciate all the years of hard work that young athletes dedicate themselves to who compete for the olympics.
In preparation for the bridge, I loaded up with wheat pasta and protein about three days prior. I actually spent the night with my friends in Mt. Pleasant. Pam made wheat pasta with veggies...since she knows I don't eat hamburger meat. It was delicious! We had fun the night before playing cards and sipping a little homemade wine. I stayed up too late, but somehow I felt rested. I had to put on about 4 pounds since the challenge however, split between muscle and that pasta. I also have a little swelling, so give me a little break. I am not unhappy about that because I needed the fuel and calories to do the bridge run. I have a goal to lose 10 pounds over the next 6 weeks. So I am sorry friends, I will still be at the gym for a busy workout routine. I promise that in May, I will have a little more time to play with you.
Stay tuned. I will be posting more photos I have collected along the way. (I have some nice ones from Silva's Zumba class, which I was so happy to be able to attend on Thursday nights now. I am sorry that I won't be blogging every day now, but please check back in a few days.