Some races are about speed or setting a new PR. Some races are about reminding yourself you can do hard things. Lenexa’s Freedom Run on July 4th was the latter. I totally jinxed myself by saying last month that I’d been fortunate so far not to run a race sick yet. I was coming off a nasty cough going into the race and got only about 4 hours of sleep the night before, but I felt decent enough to run so I drug myself of bed.
When I looked at the sun rising behind the American flag, I just felt grateful to be there and happy to be in a country I feel blessed to live free in.
I spent the race thinking about how far I’ve come. I’ve gone from not being able to run a mile, to consistently running 5Ks and shaving 7 minutes off my time. I feel blessed that my health has improved enough to allow me to run. The biggest struggle of the day was getting out of bed, but as soon as I started running, I was ready.
The course was fairly flat and I loved that they had sprinklers pointing over the course at several points to beat the humidity. I think I’ll be trying to do this one again next year. Races are one of my favorite ways to start out a holiday.
I’ve got three runs planned this week and I’m ready to hit it hard!
Have you recently tackled a big fitness goal or obstacle?
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