After running 25+ races this year, and had some very monumental events. I am sure everyone has their guess on what is my favorite race experience in 2011. My selection will most likely, surprise most, if not all.
There is a saying that during every dark cloud - there is a silver lining.
On December 4th, as I laid on the cement floor at RnRLV - I had my silver lining in the midst of my tragedy.
I looked up and saw a man walking towards me with a Finisher Medal on.
I had no strength to outwardly smile, but I was smiling inside
I said to him, "look at you, with that Finisher Medal"
That man was my husband.
His journey began after I finished my first Half in 2010.
We were standing around waiting for my Finisher Medal to be engraved.
Right beside us was a morbidly, obese women - sitting on the ground (eating a hamburger lol). She was so obese her stomach was touching the ground between her legs.
My husband was stunned. Why? This woman had a Finisher Medal on.
He said, "okay, if that woman can do it! So can I!"
I said, "honey, you don't know where she is in her fitness journey. She might of lost 150 lbs to be here"
He said, "I know this - but I have no excuse - I will do it next year"
As I did my best to coach him throughout the year, I was often very worried if he could do this distance.
In the Summer, he made the decision to run/walk the Half and do it in less than 3 hours.
He trained well for that big day (night). He ran/walked smart. Here is his course picture:
He finished in 2:50:19
There is a silver lining to everything: My husband finished his first Half Marathon and I was able to see that Finisher Medal around his neck (sorry, we never did get a picture with his medal).
His finish is my favorite racing moment of 2011
What is your favorite race day moment of 2011?
(c) C. Ragsdale 2011-12
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Running Coach, Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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