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[Comments] (3) Citius. Altius. Fortius.: ***I completed my first half marathon today. I accomplished my goals which were to finish in under 2 hours and to not injure myself (minus a few blisters...I can live with that). It was awesome. I felt great and it was a good run. Aaron's cousin, Kelly, is my inspiration. The girl didn't feel well and she completed it in like an hour and 43mins. She's so awesome, and I am glad she drove down here from Houston to run with me, even though it was just the first half mile that we ran together. Also, my brother Joe ran in it. When I passed him in between mile 5 and 6 I think it was, he was like oh no, are you going to beat me? I was like, I sure hope so! I've been training for this since April! I am so glad my mom came out to support me too. It was great to see her and Louise with Gunnar cheering me on. Aaron caught me at two places other than the finish line, and I loved that. David and Ashley came out with Lily for the finish and I can't find any pics of them. What was I thinking not snaping shots after running 13.1 miles? Aaron did great taking pics though and he got some of lots of friends. Matt Smith in our ward ran the 5k, his wife Nancy ran the half as did Nicole. Yvonne K, Ashley Z, and Margaret S ran the 5k too. It was great to see so many familiar faces. With my time being 1hr 58mins 32secs (chip time), 118 place overall, 36 female, 6th in my age group, I'd say I am pretty pleased.

UPDATE:

It's now the day after and our company has left. Aaron's super fun, awesome cousin Kelly came down from Houston to run the race with me. She is the most amazing athlete, she puts all efforts to shame. It was so fun to hang out with her though, we need to do it more often. After the race and relaxation, we got a babysitter and went out to dinner with Kelly and Jake, and Jake and Erin. When I married Aaron I didn't really know that I had also married into such great family. Seriously, the SIL's and cousins that come from it are a dream. We went to Saltgrass Steak House. There is nothing like a big hunk of meat after a long run, that's what I say anyway. Then we walked to Borders and hung out while some looked around at books. Jake and Erin left and took the kids home and we went out for Cold Stone. I think I am going to have to get my favorite flavor (cake batter and brownie) every other time because sadly, I am getting a little tired of it. Kelly, Jake, and the girls left early this morning, and Aaron and I decided it was too short. We will have to get together more often.

Citius. Altius. Fortius. I read this article a couple months ago in the BYU magazine while the Summer Olympics were going on. It really inspired me while training for my half: "The three-part Olympic motto calls athletes to swifter, higher, and stronger feats. But what may be most significant about these Latin terms is what they don't say. The terms use the suffix ius, which means "more", not issimus, which mean "most"..."Better" leaves room for growth. It inspires improvement. It opens the door to the possibility that an athlete can be a little faster, a little higher, a little stronger."

I loved this article. It was so inspiring. I tend to be a perfectionist and I don't really want to try things unless I know I can do them perfect. Setting out at the beginning of this year with small goals, I had no idea that this one goal of completing a half marathon would be so achievable. Who knew I would be able to combine the words "marathon" and "fun" in the same sentence, let alone "love". It's true though, I ran a half marathon and I loved it. It was fun training for it. I had fun doing it. It is the best high. I am just really grateful that I was able to accomplish this goal and for my health in general. I feel really blessed, and it is easy to beat myself up about this like "I wish I could run like cousin Kelly who runs 10k's in a 6:55min/mile pace or a half in a 7:45min/mile pace." Or whoever in the race that smokes me and gets unbelievable times. It is easy to have the attitude that it is never enough, and I have to be the best to really feel good about myself, but it's simply not true. As long as it is my personal best, and that I get "more" swifter, higher, stronger, and that it is a personal growth, then it doesn't matter how I compare to others. I can be thrilled with just competing against myself and beating my own times.

I loved what Susie had to say a few days ago:

"We each do the best we can. My best may not be as good as your best, but it's my best. The fact is that we know when we are doing our best and when we are not. If we are not doing our best, it leaves us with a gnawing hunger and frustration. But when we do our level best, we experience a peace." - Marjorie Hinckley

And I liked this because in life in general I can't be the best and I can't want to do it all. I will never be happy if I set myself up like that. I can only work with what I am blessed with, and not other's strengths and talents. I don't have to have the cutest, most well-behaved kids, and know how to do all the handy work and crafts and have an awesome garden and clean house every time someone comes over and make the best meals for my family and perform service all the time. I can't do that, and it's okay. It's OK to be just me.

Sooo, hopefully, if all goes well, in Feb I will be able to say that I had "fun" running in the "marathon" and mean it. I am just happy that I now feel that goal is totally achievable. Ft Worth Cowtown Marathon Feb 09 or bust!


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