Sunday, October 21, 2012

A New PR!

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I ran a successful marathon today!  A sub-4 marathon was not in the cards for me, but I am still happy with my time, as it is close to a 19 minute PR.  I'll take that.  It was sort of a tale of two races - 23 miles, and the final 3.2.  The prayer bracelet proved to be a great strategy, though.  I prayed for marriages, both new and seasoned, babies, a friend who is trying to have a baby, nephews, a niece, and faux nephews and nieces.  I prayed that single friends would meet their husbands soon.  I spent the final 5 miles praying for an aunt who has cancer, as well as the sister and mom of two friends that are battling cancer, too.  I said Hail Mary's and Our Fathers and thought to myself (and said out loud a couple of times) - this is so hard.  But I made it through, with a bright, shiny PR (and very sore, beat up legs/feet).'

Thank you to all of my virtual cheerleaders out there!  I thought of you all when I would step on each timing pad, knowing you were getting texts and emails updating you on my status.  It meant a lot that so many were thinking of me, both near and far.

I will share more details in a post tomorrow, with splits and reflections!  Today is about celebrating and basking in the wonder of what my body can accomplish.  I ran 26.2 miles in just over 4 hours and 3 minutes.  That is pretty dang amazing.

26 comments:

Sue @ SimonsSistaSaw said...

Well done! It's been great to follow along with your training and to see you achieve this. Whilst not your goal time, it was oh so close. Here's hoping your prayers are answered as well.

Marisa A. said...

That is SO amazing! Congrats again I can't wait to read your recap!

abbi said...

Congrats!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...
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Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

That IS pretty dang amazing! I am so proud of you and doing this with you today was so much fun! I am so glad you decided to run Des Moines and could not be prouder of my hometown and of YOU today! You did such an amazing job and are, as always, such an inspiration to me!

Way to go on your shiny new PR! You worked hard for this!

Raquelita said...

You are amazing, Lisa! Congratulations on running a great race! I can't wait to hear more details.

J said...

Congrats!!! SO happy for you Lisa! You kicked butt and did awesome!

Melissa said...

You freaking rock, girl!! Great job :D

Journey Authentically said...

It definitely IS amazing! Great job :) Hope you are busy relaxing and recovering right about now!!

Stevie said...

Amazing!!! What an incredible accomplishment. Congratulations!

Leigh said...

Congratulations Lisa! You are amazing! :)

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Yayyy!!!!! I'm so proud of you and amazed! You really made my Sunday morning so much better because instead of just doing report cards I was doing report cards and getting updates from you!

You really kicked the butt of this marathon, who gets a NINETEEN MINUTE PR? That's crazy! Anyway, you are awesome, that is all!

Jamie and Missy said...

Well done, Lisa!!

Jeanie said...

Congratulations! That's just the best! I am very, very proud of you!

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

SO happy for you, Lisa! You totally deserve this. And I love that you dedicate miles to different people. Sure makes them even that much more memorable and meaningful.

Abby said...

I am so happy and proud of you!!! Your prayers and miles were felt by this world! What a great idea!!! Praying you get good rest and a great recovery! Please drink those fluids!

AshleyD said...

Lisa, that is amazing! I feel so proud, even though it sounds silly because I only read your training recaps each week, but this is such a huge accomplishment! Congratulations!

Marlys said...

We were with your Aunt yesterday while your were running the race and she said she was in tears when she received your note that you were praying for her during your last difficult miles! Her race has been unbelievable but her dertermination and attitude just keep her going! I know your prayers helped her in ways you don't even know!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

A huge congrats on completing another marathon with such a big PR. That's so exciting and worthy of cheering from near and far! Also? You prayed for over 4 hours and it wasn't all about yourself. That's kind of incredible and further shows how kind and compassionate you are.

Amber said...

I'm SO PROUD OF YOU! You trained hard for this and the reward is your shiny new PR and your sore legs today!! Hope you're basking in it :)

Becky said...

SOOO proud of you!!! And how amazing that you had a prayer bracelet!

J and A said...

Good work!!! You are incredible. Congrats.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Great job! Seriously, it's such an amazing accomplishment! I am glad you had a good time and that it went well for you! I am going to check out the recap now!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

A HUGE congratulations to you!!!

I'm proud of you :-)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

(((((())))) you are amazing!

Nora said...

Don't know how I missed this post until now! I love the praying strategy; such a sweet idea and those who were prayed for are so lucky to have you as a friend. I remember as I was falling asleep on Saturday night I said a prayer for you to make sure you were watched over during your race and that you had the success you were hoping for, and woke up thinking of you, too. You're such an amazing woman, Lisa!