Saturday, May 8, 2010

First 5K completed!!!

Well...we did it. Matt & I finished our first 5K this morning. WOW! I actually surprised myself...I ran most of it! I have to admit...I was a nervous wreak last night.  My stomach was in knots. Once we got started was easier than I expected. The rush of being around everyone helped push me thru each mile. My time was 33 minutes & Matt's was 26:44. I was happy with that time. My goal was to not be last...which I was far from that...& to be under 35 minutes. As I sit here and type this...I really can't believe I accomplished this.'s huge for me. It is something I have always wanted to do...but told myself I couldn't. Let me tell you...if this short legged pudgy girl can do it...anyone can.

I want to share this with you...last night while my stomach was upset...I was visiting my porcelain friend...:) I have a Beth Moore book that I read when I visit there. the title is "Believing God." It just takes a couple of minutes to read...but it's a daily dose of how we must believe God & his word. I was praying that God would get me thru the race & give me the courage to do it. And I pulled out this book & turned to May 8th...this is what it said...
Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses 
so that Christ's power may reside in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Every now & then I ask those gathered in an audience how many have gotten through something that they believed beforehand they couldn't bear. Hands never fail to raise all over the auditorium. Living through something we were sure we couldn't endure gives us a small glimpse of our inner man's immortality and is clear evidence that the "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" promise works for us, too. None of us particularly like the face-it-until-you-get-over-it approach to fear banishment, but it can certainly be effective. Yes, you can make it, God & you. 

God's love & power amazes me, He gave me that scripture specifically last night. I instantly knew he was going to get me thru this race. I knew I could do it with confidence & boast about his power that resides in me. I know God love can get us thru anything...when we think we can't...He can. 
My sweet hubby & I...he cheered me on at the end...:)
Cari & Selah Aberle, Dawn Hamilton, Andrea Sokol & I
Andrea & I were best friends in HS & it's been a blessing to be able to spend time with her again. She & I ran thru the finish line together...that meant a lot to me! 

Anyway...that's it! Done! No more Couch Potato for me! Thanks so much for all your love & encouragement! I appreciate it! I think I might do another soon...yep!


  1. Running races is so addicting! I love the adrenaline rush! Soon you will have a drawer full of race day t-shirts. I am super proud of you my dear cousin! Hugs from me. XOXO--Laura

  2. Oh how wonderful that with God's help you accomplished what you thought to be impossible. I love that!! I wish I could have been there cheering you on too!! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!

  3. My goal is to run a 5K this year...thanks for the inspiration : )
    Jody Sansone

  4. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SOOOO proud of you! I started running last year and stopped when it got too cold (I know, I'm a complete loser). This makes me want to try again. Once I got through the part where I always felt I was dying it got to be addicting. ;)

  5. Seriously... you did AWESOME!! And you were even encouraging others around you while you were running! (which is totally YOU)
    Anyway, GREAT JOB!!!!!!

  6. Congrats!! I know the feeling of thinking it is like trying to tackle the world and then you do it! I ran my first 5K 9 months after Molly was born, and all my running partners backed out the night before and I was scared to do it by myself!! It's such a great accomplishment, congrats! Happy Mother's Day!

  7. Yeah! So awesome. What a huge accomplishment and great memories with Matt. So happy for you, friend..Congrats! :)

  8. Way to go Steph! "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3 This verse carried me through high school track (which was one of the physically toughest things I have ever done!).

  9. Sooooo happy and sooo proud of you! What an accomplishment Steph! I know this is just the beginning of new things for you! You, your honey and the Lord....Wow ~ what a team!!

    Love ya

  10. Way to go! What a great, great accomplishment.


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