Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I am still basking in the joy of Eugene trip. I originally signed up in early January not knowing that my feet would not be willing or able to run for many months. By February when I still wasn't able to run I came to terms that Eugene wouldn't be in the plan for me. As I am getting the message loud and clear that this thing called "life" is His plan not mine. Time marched on and God blessed me with opportunities to participate in Run Across America and brought some wonderful people into my life through that experience. Yet, something was still tugging at me to go to Eugene. So LAST minute I jumped in the car and began the LONG (and I mean LONG) drive to Eugene. No expectations.I can't really explain the conversations or the feelings I experience while running except to say that Eugene was THICK with GOD. I began the race with Mere who had her plan to start conservative and then pick it up. We stayed together the first 5 miles off and on and then we would be both be on our own as we completed our amazing journey to the finish line. I felt good and really don't recall much about how my feet actually felt. I just remember feeling strong and loved by God. It is a beautiful course with plush greenery everywhere as well as water. The sounds, the path, the people...LOVED it all. I didn't pay much attention to my watch until the last 3 miles. I was perplexed that I was actually able to "walk" out the door and run 13.1 miles without training?? Who knew? By mile 12 and 13 I was tired and my feet began to throb a bit but I decided to push and pick up the pace the last mile. I was actually feeling a bit sad that this experiecne was coming to an end. Running onto the U of O (boo Ducks) track for the finish was super cool! I felt fast and I could feel the track texture under my feet. I was tired and couldn't see the clock but knew that this race felt amazing! Things I loved about this weekend: * Little shops and food everywhere * My bedmate Marnee who made me laugh * Mere's laugh and smile * Singing in the car praising God * Crying with friends * Great course with beautiful scenery * Crazy bike girl at grocery store * Sitting in the sun * Sharing life with others * Watching Mere finish her marathon * Wearing compression socks and sandles with Marnee * Sporting Bling around town * Comfortable tech shirt * Marnee's mad driving skillz * Feeling Strong * Meeting Other Runners/Bloggers * Frozen Yogurt * Twisted Bras * Business Socks * Rocking Road trip * Mere's sweet children * Seeing my niece and family Mere and Marnee both had amazing experienes as well. Check it out! I have a feeling I am not done with Eugene.