To some, that’s not a lot of mileage.  To me, it’s quite an achievement.  I’ve never considered myself a runner.  I didn’t have any reason to run in highschool any more than a mile.  I’ve run several 5k’s in the last 4 years, but I never had the desire nor did I think I was capable of running any farther.

So, this summer, I ran more consistently than ever before and kept adding a little bit of mileage at a time.  In August, I ran a miserable 5k.  It was 90 degrees, no shade, and almost all up hill.  Surviving that convinced me that a flat, fall 10k would be totally doable.  So, I signed up and kept increasing my mileage.

In September, my parents went out of the country for 3 weeks so I no longer had a sitter for Reid while I ran.  I dusted off the jogging stroller and hit the flat riverfront trail.  I was so leery at how he would do sitting for 45 minutes at a time, but he did great.  I guess being outdoors was enough for him.  So, except for 2 runs with sweet friends, Reid was my running buddy for the last 2 months.

Last Friday, I ran 6 miles and my knees started hurting at about mile 1.5 and kept getting worse.  By the time I got to mile 5, I was running in the grass to help ease the impact.  I made it, but not without a lot of pain.  I took the whole week off with hopes of having a decent 10k, but I was honestly dreading today’s run.  I could tell my knees were still tired, and could just imagine how much they were going to hurt.

This morning, I taped up my knees, loaded up on Ibuprofen, and prayed God would strengthen my knees for the 6.2 miles.  He did!  I had absolutely zero pain in my right knee, and a very tolerable amount in my left.  I had set my goal this morning at not having to walk due to pain and finishing in under an hour.

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The weather was absolutely gorgeous for a fall run… not too hot and not too cold.  I spent most of my run praying for those I know who are not able to run long distances for a variety of reasons whether it be special hearts or cancer.  When the pain in my left knee started creeping in, I started thanking Him for the health He has given me. When you look for perspective, things don’t usually seem nearly as bad.  He is so good to me.

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When I got close to the finish line, I could see that I had run much faster than I had hoped.  I far surpassed my goal and came in at 56:41!  10K… I did it!!!

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