It was a very educational journey. I learned a lot about myself. It made me stonger…both physically and mentally. It tested my level of determination. It made me believe in myself.
The few days leading into the Brewers Race day, life threw a slight curveball (no pun intended) my way. One of my kids generously brought home a cold virus from school. 😀 Unfortunately, I fell victim to it. I felt stuffy and miserable for two days. With only one day left before Race day, it was time to take matters into my hands!
I used all the home remedies possible to beat the cold:
- Fresh fruit juice loaded with Vitamin C
- Lots of Ginger Green tea
- Black pepper concoction
- Eucalyptus steam treatment
Luckily, the strategy paid off!
When I woke up on Race day I didn’t feel quite as miserable but I knew I would have to be extra cautious and pace myself.
The nerves prior to start time was probably the worst of it. This was the first time in my life that I was talking to myself saying,”You can do this!” I said these words many times on the route. Along with Imagine Dragons, U2, those words got me through!
When I was approaching Mile 12, I knew that I would see my family soon and my pace for that mile went up by one and a half minutes! I knew the end was near…I was going to make it!
The smiles from my family and the hugs and praises were actually more rewarding than the physical act of crossing the Finish line. 😀
It was a good day!