As I mentioned yesterday, I ran the Hospital Hill 10K today.
The 10K race went very well! I ran it in 59:02 which is 10 minutes faster than last year. 🙂
Check that out! I got 14th in the 40-44 division of females (and there were 157 total). I got 153rd out of 1022 women total. That is kinda cool, huh?
There was TONS of rain. They even delayed the start by about 30 minutes because of the rain and lightening. Then when they did start, they did not use the wave start mostly so they could just get everyone started since the weather would threaten throughout the race. There was actually a stall in the rain at the start, but around mile 1.5, it started coming down pretty good. I shed the trash-bag-poncho around the end of the first mile because I realized it just didn’t matter if I got poured on or not and I didn’t want that thing around me the whole race.
I pray the rosary when I run these races. I start with the Joyful Mysteries and make my way through. Today I made it through all five Joyful Mysteries, all five Luminous Mysteries and three of the Sorrowful Mysteries before I closed it out and finished the last mile. I try to pray for others while I pray the rosary and come up with intentions that usually line up with whatever mystery I am on. so for today, here were my intentions:
- The Annunciation — mothers who have just recently found out they are pregnant (i.e., a woman at work just found out she will be a grandma!) and also those who are waiting for the blessing of a baby and may be struggling with Infertility or sub-fertility.
- The Visitation — those I know who are about to have a baby (my youngest sister, whose due date was earlier this week, etc)
- The Nativity of our Lord — those I know who just had a baby (a friend — Lauren; a bloggy-friend, Dwija 🙂 )
- The Presentation of our Lord — Those who are newly baptized (baby or not)
- The Finding of Jesus in the TEmple — this one I pray for the parents of 12-year-olds. Typically we hear that Jesus was 12 at the time when he departed from his parents and was found after three days search, teaching in the Temple. I think parents of 12-year-olds will understand why I pray for them. 🙂
- The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan — on this one, I prayed for an increase in obedience, in general. Not sure why, but that popped into my head/heart.
- The Miracle at the Canaan Wedding Feast — I prayed for newly engaged and newly married couples
- The proclamation of the coming of the Kingdom — I prayed for strength to continue to guide my children in the CAtholic faith
- The Transfiguration — there was a big hill, I don’t remember adding an intention here
- The Last Supper — I prayed for our newly ordained priests of the diocese
- The Agony in the Garden — gotta be honest here, I prayed about my very sore muscle that really started hurting during sprints Tuesday and was really hurting right as I was praying this mystery
- The Scourging at the Pillar and The Crowning with Thorns — on these I simply prayed knowing the pain I was feeling was nothing compared to what Jesus did for you and for me.
|In 2014, I was happy to finish 9 min faster than the previous year|
I think I look like I have more confidence. I mean, in last year’s photo, I kind of half-heartedly “flex” my “guns” and look like I think it’s silly. But in this year’s photo, I hold them up there like…”Yeah, look at my ‘guns’!” I have more muscle definition, The higher level of fitness helps with the confidence, too. I wouldn’t wear tanks last year because I was embarrassed at my arm/shoulder fat/flab. I think my smile even shows the increase in confidence that I have.
|Top is 2014; bottom is 2013
I guess the point is: I can see where I’ve been and where I am now.
And I am going to keep crossfitting and I am going to keep running and I really can’t wait to see where I end up in the future.