Little Rock Marathon

I have been a runner for most of my life.  It’s a part of my daily routine.   So, when I first heard about the Little Rock Marathon back in 2005, I asked myself that ever important question, “Why can’t I run a marathon?”

So I started training.  Following the schedule downloadable from their website, I began the five month process, running a long run each week to prepare for the big day.  The runs started out fairly easy, six to eight miles at a time.   My dogs Ruby…..

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…and Scout were always willing to join me!

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In spite of the support of my four legged companions, when the long runs began to stretch into the double digits, things got pretty real.  I had aches and pains that I had never before experienced.  There were weeks when I thought that taking on this challenge was very foolish.

Actually, around the first of January, I was just about ready to call it quits.  That is, until, Sabrina’s kindergarten teacher showed me a picture which described her New Year’s Resolution for 2006.

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The stick lady in the front with the black hair is me.

Strengthened by her resolve and tremendous faith in me, I gutted out the process.  My family and friends were present to help celebrate my accomplishment.  My finishing time wasn’t exactly where I wanted it (4 hours 9 minutes), but I did beat Governor Huckabee!(Yes Mike Huckabee could actually run marathons at one point in his life!)

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The Little Rock Marathon is less than a week away, and Sabrina and I will be clipping along with thousands of other runners early Sunday morning, participating in the half marathon.  It’s a great event with a fun atmosphere, an event that makes all the hard work worthwhile!

 

 

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