Silver Lining: the race day!

July 28, 2013

the race day!



Yesterday, Sam, Jason and I ran a local race. It was a 5k, which is a distance some of you are probably laughing out loud at right now, but hey, it was a good place for our family to start. We woke up early, put on our running shoes, and I pulled my hair back into my trusty nub ponytail ;) After some pacing around at the starting line, we were off!

Sam beat me, of course, but I was proud that I came in only two minutes behind him, and a few minutes under my goal time too. Jason was mostly happy that he got a gatorade at the end :)








^^ I somehow got second in my age group?  ^^

And now, if you'll indulge me with this paragraph: During the race, I kept thinking about when I ran this same race two years ago. Back then, running was a desperate way for me to deal with my grief. I'd run and run until I couldn't run anymore and then limp home crying from the heartache my mom's death left. Now, I run for exercise and fulfillment, not an escape route. I realize it's only 3.1 miles, but every mile that my stubbornly iron-deficient body will let me go feels like a mini miracle. Last time I ran this race, I had a family who couldn't come and a boyfriend who didn't. Now, I have my own little family who not only came to watch, but ran with me. I've heard the scripture "the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away." Mostly, He gives. I'm blessed.

15 comments:

  1. I love this! You three are so much fun. Only 2 minutes behind Sam is awesome! I did a 10k with David a couple years ago, and I was um...40 minutes behind him. haaha good work!

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  2. i love you and your perspective :)
    way to go.

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  3. That's at Timpview HS, right? I recognize the brick....

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  4. y'all are adorable. way to go. (I'm also lol-ing at my sister's comment...)

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  5. I am proud of you, girl (or is that old lady due to the age-group thing?)

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  6. I really love that last paragraph. You are seriously awesome. Also I love the "trusty nub ponytail" thing haha. I'm very familiar with that! Also also my husband and I were in Washington D.C. with Keaton and Sarah so there you go haha :) You and your little family are so cute!

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  7. This is a lovely post! I love what you said about blessings from the Lord :) Well done on you and your family for achieving this race!

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  8. This was a beautiful post Brooke- you are right, the Lord gives and he takes away, but thankfully He is a generous Lord who likes to give us good gifts :)

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  9. Awesome! Way to go. A 5k is a long run for many people including myself but I love the challenge. It's so cool that you guys all ran it together.

    Stopping by for the first time!

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  10. Wahoo! You are amazing!

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  11. Way to be! It makes me so happy to see you guys so happy :)

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  12. I am still impressed - no matter what distance! So fun that you could all run together and way to go on 2nd place! I am such a slow runner!

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  13. you are so cute, you go girl!

    K

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  14. I love those last five sentences. They definitely apply to sooo many situations :)

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