I ran/walked/staggered through a half-marathon over the weekend. At mile 11, I honestly thought I would have to crawl over the finish line. One of the race photographers happened to catch me at that point. I look pained and exhausted to my core. And, no, I am not posting that picture :). Only the happy starting shot!
I got over the line because of three things.
- I knew my husband and kids were waiting for me. Miraculously, my beloved texted me right at my lowest point, cheering me on over that line.
- I am proud and stubborn and there was no way I wasn’t going to finish.
- Images of women in labor who walk to the nearest clinic as far (if not further) than I just ran, burned through my mind. I could not fathom doing what I’d done whilst birthing a child.
Re-motivated and deeply humbled by the strength of my sisters in the developing world, I crossed the finish line. I was slow (oh, so slow). But I completed the race. My body is sore. But my mind is invigorated. And my heart is full.
As many of you know, I was running to fundraise for Every Mother Counts, an organization founded by Christy Turlington for advocacy and support of maternal health around the world. You helped me raise over $3,200! And this wonderful team of women you see here all shared and donated and ran their hearts out! They were amazing, especially my fabulous niece Sienna, who sat on a red eye on her birthday to be with me for this race.
Donations are open until this Saturday. For anyone feeling inspired, whip out your credit card and give here. No amount is too small or too big. $25 buys a bed frame for a birthing clinic. $60 buys books for a trainee midwife. $5 is helpful too! Think how many of those we already funded with this run! Blessings and gratitude to you all.
Have you faced something that seemed impossible and then been able to do it with a little support from those around you?
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