If you missed Part One, you can read it here.
If you missed Part Two, you can read it here.
Happiness. Once I got over the horror of seeing all the men scattering to pee, I was able to be in the moment and just be happy. I was actually doing this. Running in a huge Disney Race. Something so many people wanted to do, but couldn’t for whatever reason. I found my stride, focused and pushed forward. Every so often I took a moment and scanned the crowd for Dan. Because I’m slow and he’s quick, I was able to see him several times during the race! I can’t begin to describe what a great feeling it is to see someone you love cheering you on. There’s just a little push you feel in your heart to continue on.
Tears. Yes, I realize tears aren’t an emotion, but I’m not sure what word best describes what I felt over and over and over again while running this race.
I will never forget the person who gave me two thumbs up at the 4-mile mark. Tears came and I got another push to keep moving forward.
Or the person who cheered for me and told me I was doing a great job as she ran with me for a while. More tears and yet another push.
The person who told me to stay strong. A few more tears and another push.
The moment I rounded the corner and began mile six. It was in that moment that I shed the most tears. Because that moment is when I saw just how many people were still behind me. It was then that I knew for sure I would not get swept. That I would absolutely finish this race. It was the final push I needed to run harder, run faster and finish what I had started so many months ago.
Joy. Crossing that finish line and receiving my medal? Pure joy.
Pride. Yes, I am most definitely proud of myself. I worked hard to run this race. I overcame surgery & setbacks in recovery, injury, and life to train for this race.
But just as important, I felt great pride because I ran this race to support Team Up! with Autism Speaks. With the help of family and friends I raised $775.00, which not only goes to support Autism Speaks, but also allowed me to be one of the top fundraisers during Marathon Weekend! If you donated, thank you, thank you, thank you! Your generosity will help countless families as they navigate the waters of autism.