Wow what a great week it has been! I started out running what I call my “redemption race” last Sunday at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Half Marathon. Just two weeks before this race, I had a really bad half in Orange Beach, Kaiser Realty Half Marathon (see older post). I was very hesitant about signing up for Gulf Coast, but I am so glad I did. My husband and two out of my three children kindly drove me down to Gulfport. Just having them there gave me comfort. My finish time at Kaiser was 2:46:40 and my finish time at Gulf Coast was 2:26:28! That’s a twenty minute difference! I was ecstatic. At mile 11 this photo was captured of me worshiping the Lord. I was so thankful and overwhelmed by His goodness.
I was so thankful my family was there waiting on my at the finish line.
I am a fitness instructor 3 days a week and Monday I taught yoga! I usually teach cardio and strength, but I was so tired from the race, I sent my ladies a group text and asked if it would be alright to do yoga for one day. They said sure! I was in heaven. I love yoga and needed to stretch.
On Tuesday, my class was cancelled due to bad weather and I continued to rest Wednesday and Thursday.
By Friday, I was ready to put in some miles so my friend Katherine met me in town and ran two miles with me. I ran two more on my own at 10:14 and 10:23 pace! I have slowed down so much due to heart rate training, it was nice to see the number 10 again! 4 miles at 10:41 pace for Friday!
I am thankful to end 2016 on a happy running note. It’s been a long, hard journey for me with all of my heart and health issues this year. I am excited to see what 2017 brings! Next up is WDW Dopey Challenge! What about you? What’s next on your race calendar??
I am linking up this post with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap!