This past Saturday I participated in my first 10k! Four friends and I did the Remember the Ten 10k in Stillwater, OK! For those of you who have never been to Stillwater, it is a pretty small town. The 10k felt like it looped over and over again; it made it super tough to keep going, but we did it. I stuck with one of my best friends (and a soon to be OSU alumni), Emily Ronck, for the whole 10k. She is an extremely fast walker. Whenever I would slow my pace, she’d keep going and I would have to push it to catch back up. The whole time Ronck and I just kept telling ourselves “We just have to finish!” Eventually, we did finish and crossing that finish line was an amazing feeling. Even though my time was beyond horrible, I am so happy that I finished. We even got medals at the end, so that was a plus! While the 10k was tough at times, it was a great “pre-race” before my half marathon this weekend.
This morning I was lying in bed trying to fall back asleep and it hit me. This Sunday I’ll be participating in a half marathon. 13.1 miles. Am I crazy?! I am so excited and a little anxious, but I know it’ll be worth it. Five and a half years ago I couldn’t walk up a staircase without stopping to catch my breath…now I’m doing a half marathon. I am beyond blessed to have had such a successful transplant and to continue to stay healthy. There will always be bumps in the road for me and my health, but I know that I can get through it. I am even more blessed to have amazing parents who always support me when I participate in crazy things such as rappelling down a building and doing a half marathon. I also have a supportive older brother who has always encouraged me to keep going, even when times are tough. I am well aware that the half marathon is going to be a challenge for me, but I will finish. I will cross that finish line and give my mom a hug and be beyond thankful that I made it 13.1 miles. On Sunday, I’ll cross bucket list item 24 off my list.