Saturday, December 8, 2012

I used to be the fat girl...


... that was always chosen last in sports, but today I ran a half marathon!
I am so immensely proud of myself. I was inspired to try the half by my best friend and her husband who have recently taken up running and really enjoy it. I had run a 5km fun run before, in fact it was on the day I found out I was pregnant with Joa. But never in all my wildest dreams did I think I would ever have it in me to run 13 miles!
 These are the shoes that carried me all that way. My 2 little brothers bought them for me (we joke, a shoe each) for my Birthday. I had a dream that I might try and run the Clonakilty Half Marathon and so I started training. Everyday I went out I made a point of looking at my shoes and saying to myself, one day I will be looking at these shoes running the half. I didn't get to train as much as I had hoped to what with the separation, but I did enough.

So today I went for it, I did it, I loved it and I am so proud of myself.

 I'm not sure if I will do this sort of long running again, but I know that I have found a freedom and meditation in running that has helped carry me through the last few months. Having the goal of the half marathon has given me enforced 'me' time; alone and doing something for me and my body and health and I know it has been of benefit.
It was a perfect day, the weather clear blue skies, no wind. The course was breath taking and the atmosphere just gorgeous. I think I did it in under 3 hours but I forgot to check as I was pretty emotional by the time I got the finish line. 
Unfortunately I returned to a rather poorly house:
Joa and Rebe's chicken pox are horrible and Rebe in particular is finding coping with it difficult. But we got through the afternoon with a DVD some stories and a pizza thrown into the oven. Now I am off for a long bath and a really good sleep (I hope)

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  1. Well done, that is a major achievement. Hope your babies get well soon.

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    1. thanks Joanna, for me it really was :-) The kids are struggling today, but I know they will all get better soon x

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  2. Well done you, super! Get well soon little spotty loves x

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  3. Wow! Go, Laura! You are amazing. (:

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  4. Ooh well done hun. That is a heck of afeat :D

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    1. thank you, am a very proud lady :-)

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  5. You have done so well! You must be so proud of yourself. Get well soon Rebe and Joa.xx

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    1. Hi Debbie, I am very proud! I hope Rebe and Joa feel better soon too, poor Rebe has just had enough at this stage :-(

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  6. Laura, I am so proud of you. Proud of your physical, mental, and spiritual strength. Proud that you are able to live a very intentional life you are creating not only for yourself but your precious chicken pox little ones. Hugs and kisses as well as high fives for your whole family.

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  7. Laura, I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HUGS!

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  8. Yay Laura! That is terrific! Big hugs and high fives from my corner of the globe! And hugs to those poxy babies- being itchy is no fun!

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    1. thanks Taisa, no they are definitely NOT enjoying themselves!

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