Sunday, January 20, 2008


Yes ma'am I did!
I finished my very first 5K race. My chip time (we wore an electronic chip on our shoe for timing) was 43:51:50 and I finished 406 out of 493 runners.
I'm not sure I really need to interpret the picture here, but just in case somebody can't tell - what you are seeing here is extreme joy from my very soul! Keith took this picture as I came across the finish line. I am still in a little bit of shock that I actually did this.
It was kind of funny starting out. I had my iPod ready to go with my Praise Playlist on shuffle. The first song that came up was Dive by Steven Curtis Chapman. I started running along the sidewalk right next to the lake and almost started laughing in happiness at the lyrics:

My heart is racing and my knees are weak
As I walk to the edge I know there is no turning back
Once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice
That’s telling me it’s time to take the leap of faith

So here I go
I’m diving in,
I’m going deep in over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush, lost in the flow, in over my head, I want to go
The river’s deep, the river’s wide, the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim, I’m diving in

Is that not awesome? I tell anybody that stands still long enough that I give the glory for this accomplishment totally to the grace of God and here He is telling me to take a leap of faith and start running! I absolutely loved that. :)
The biggest problem I had during the race was the extreme cold. It was indeed the 27 degrees that had been forecast when we were running and I had a headband over my ears and another one that I put up over my mouth to try and warm the air up a little bit before I breathed it in.
I'm not going to kid you - by the end I was getting quite tired. But don't you know about the time I was so tired I look up and my trainer had finished her race and had come back to run me across the finish line! Happiness!
And yes I was tired. In fact, I went to bed at 7:00 again last night. :)
Today is good though and I love thinking back and knowing that I did it.
And I might even do it again! ;)


Anonymous said...

Iam so proud of you! This is an awesome accomplishment Elizabeth and the look on your face shows it! Way to go girl!

Dawn D

Le Bleu Bonnet Boutique said...

WAY TO GO!!! YOU DID IT!!! YOU DID IT!!! I love,love the picture.

Anonymous said...

WOW! That is totally wonderful!!! I'm so proud for you!

You're getting me inspired to get out and move around more! ; )

Unknown said...

congrats! WTG! i need to train to do something like that!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your awesome accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Way to go! What a long way you have come since that night I first met you, arm in a sling...
High Five!

Anonymous said...

Remember how you laughed at the girl who suggested bungee jumping? You might not be too far from that...........ahem. Congrats, proud of you! Miss seeing you, too.

Knitting Rose said...

kudos darling - kudos!
I am so impressed and proud of you. You inspire me.

Enid said...

That is just aaaawsome Elizabeth! I love that song and it show how God was in all this! I am so glad you did it and I had been reading about your loss self I have lost 20 and I start walking just few weeks ago and it feel good.