Guest Post- One Week til Race Day!

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Hello everyone, hope you’re all having an awesome day and looking forward to a beautiful holiday weekend.  I know I am!  Can you believe the race is just a little over a week away?!? I’m so excited to be there and share in this experience with so many people who also are running for such a great cause! I was very happy to see that the race organizers have people who go out and pray over the course, for every runner’s safety and well being. Very thoughtful of everyone involved.

I really wish I was updating everyone by saying that I’m up to 3 miles now, or super close and preparing to get it all put together for the race on the 7th. Unfortunately, as you know, I hurt my calf a couple weeks ago. I am just now getting back to 100%, and running for any distance was tough and painful. Now, this last week was full of sickness for me and my family.  Sick me, mommy, brother, and now sissy!  Can we catch a break!?!?I know, it sounds like I’m full of excuses, but it’s the truth!  I’m pretty bummed about not being able to run the whole thing, which was my goal from the beginning.

After thinking about it all one EARLY morning, around 3:30 when my sick son and I woke up, I realized that even though I will not be able to run the whole race, I shouldn’t be down about it.  7 months ago, when I was nearly 400 pounds, I couldn’t do anything. Now, I’m running, playing in a rec. basketball league, boot camp workouts 3 times a week, and enjoying EVERY SINGLE MINUTE!!  So yeah, I might not be able to run THIS one all the way, but I’ve laid the foundation to be able to do many more races, or whatever I want to.

Don’t let anyone (especially yourself) tell you that you can’t.  If I can do it, anybody can. I still have a LONG way to go before I am where I want to be, but I’m on my way and I WILL get there!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Joel

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