Yesterday was the St. Luke’s Half Marathon- a race that is near and dear to my heart. Not only is the race super close to my house and goes through my favorite park, but it is also the first half marathon race that I ever ran (4 years ago).
This year I decided to run the race with my friend, June, from church. June was diagnosed with MS 8 years ago. It was truly an inspiration to run the race alongside her; to encourage one another, and to be able witness her incredible strength. Even when her body started to turn numb, June kept running. As she ran, she recited my favorite verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. June is the essence of strength, faith, and determination from the Lord. When we crossed the finish line together, we were both weepy. It was an awesome race!!
Since I had 18 miles on the books yesterday, I went through the finish line and then back out to finish up my run. I ran the last 5 miles at a pretty good pace, and it was fun to go back out to encourage other runners as they were nearing the finish line and to thank the volunteers for their hard work.