On Saturday, we headed to Fort Worth to meet our friends, Gary and Shirley. They came to cheer me on, how sweet was that! We went out for some carb loading that evening then turned in early.
I laid out all my race gear that night so I would be ready first thing in the morning.
It seems the older I get, the more "gear" I need. There is a lot of taping, compression and extras going in to preparing for the race. Hmmmm.
After a restful night, it was race day!! I was actually really ready for it. Most of my race days are filled with a little anxiety but this time I was really calm. No nervousness or anxiety like normal. I just knew I was going to have a great run.
We made our way to LaGrave Field, the sight of the race. It was a crisp morning but I couldn't have asked for better weather. It was like all the stars aligned for this race to be perfect.
The husband, Gary and Shirley managed to make their way to various spots along the race. I was so grateful our friends had came to be with the husband while I was racing. They managed to get him up and down the course (they were very familiar with the area). I loved hearing them cheer me on. It was like having your own paparazzi. I would come around a bend and there the husband would stand yelling my name.
I had fun throughout the race. The guys in front of me in this picture remarked how awesome the husband was to be there. One said his wife was still in bed, 3 hours away. They didn't have anyone but themselves at the race. Yes, I am truly blessed.
An even bigger bonus was the hug the hubby gave me. He was so incredibly proud of me. Just as proud as I have been of him throughout this year's journey. My partner in life has been so strong and I only hoped to reflect that strength in my race. He is my inspiration.
Our, after I got off the ground, post race picture. ;)
He was wearing his MMRF supporter shirt under his denim shirt. He was the best supporter a girl could ask for!
My medal, which is also a belt buckle. How cool is that!
We ended up raising $2165 for multiple myeloma research!! Yes, we have the most awesome family and friends!
So what's next? Well, I will be running the Miracle Match Half Marathon at the end of January. It benefits the bone marrow registry which is a life saver to many that have blood cancer. My training continues!!