My first 15K was quite an experience! I’ll admit, when asked by my girlfriend to join her in this race, I wasn’t really paying attention to the details. “Sure!” was my response. I saw it as an opportunity to get back into running after an injury I had been nursing for a couple of months. Excited about the invitation; I recruited my daughter’s friend. Working up to the race was great. I mapped out my runs in the neighborhood and created a running schedule for the next 2 weeks until race day.
Race day was perfect in weather. It rained the day before, but it was cool at the start of the day. About those details, they became clear on the day of the race. Actually, as we were pulling in to the gravel road, my hero-husband asked, “Are you sure this is a road race?” I thought it was. It didn’t even occur to me that I had signed up for “The Crucible.” I knew that it was a 15K and trained for it. I knew that it was through “Miles for Marines.” But it took my hero-husband to make it clear. I signed up for a trail run mostly uphill. A bit anxious, but excited. Looking forward to the journey in store for me.
I was grateful for my friend, if it wasn’t for her I would have gone on the rabbit trails off the race trail because the signs weren’t always there or clear. She was my GPS. The great thing about the race was the blossoming friendship whose lives intertwined on the trails of “The Crucible.” The cheers met us from racers who passed us on the way and waited for us at the finish line. The cheers that were sweeter were the ones coming from our family and friends. We celebrated the proud moment for my recruit; 117 minutes! Together we witnessed my son, daughter, and their friend in the “Mile for a Marine” and the quick sprint to the finish line to joyful arms chanting, “You Did It!”
I’ve got the fever; it was contagious. With one invitation, and now another, my friend and I will work towards my 1st ½ Marathon and her 2nd. This will be my next “crucible” to work towards and I’m excited about the journey!
I share with you because one day I hope to run a marathon and hear the words, “You Did It!” And you can too!