I don't think I will finish today.
My ankle hurts.
"God please heal my ankle!"
I keep running. The pace isn't to fast. I keep my legs under me.
The pain subsided.
Maybe I can go faster!
I increased the speed. I started passing people. Oh what joy! What exhilartion!
It looked like I was going to make it after all.
I passed one racer after another.
I check my watch. Kenzie has got to be coming soon. She has to be heading back already.
Wait.....is that her?
I see the runner's stride. Not perfectly straight, more like a swimmer pushing the pavement back.
I move towards the middle of the road.
I scream "Go Kenzie! Go Kenzie!!"
She's coming closer.
I reach out my hand.
We touch hands.
And keep going.
I prayed out loud. "God please let her finish second girl! Please let her break a record! Please let her finish strong!"
Now for Kevin and Caleb. I scan the increasing crowd of runners coming toward me. I find my head swimming as my eyes are scanning the runners for them.
Wait..is that them?
Yes! They are side by side, neck and neck. A pack of runners behind them, looking as if they were leading a charge.
"Go Caleb! Go Kevin!"
Now to keep going. That half way point is coming up soon......just keep going! Just keep going!
Whew I passed the turn around. Ugh..its harder now. The wind is in my face now.
I must keep going.
I must keep going.
Wait! There's Corrie!
She looks suprised that I am so far ahead.
I keep moving.
Need more water!
Theres the water stop....grab two cups. One for my head, the other for my mouth.
I feel so much better.
Mile 9 only 4 more to go!
I can't let that tatooed man beat me.
Now where is my family? They said they were gonna be here.
Why do women have to wear spandex shorts?
Green Spandex Shorts!
I am not gonna let a girl with a green behind beat me.
Almost there. Hurry up finish line! Where are you?
Aah.....I am almost there. My knee is on fire.
Yay! I see the finish line.
Yes I can!
I pick up speed. Pumping my arms and legs. Running faster and faster.
I sprint toward the finish line.
I hear, "WAY TO FINISH STRONG!"
I hear my family...there they are.....I knew that they would show up!
I feel on top of the world. I can do this. I can do this!
The finish line is only a little bit farther....a little farther...
I passed it!
I stop by my friend and her family. Bending over I pant, trying to get breath.
My body feels worn out but I feel good inside.
I did it!
I finished the race!
I didn't stop. I kept going and I finished!
PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! :D