One year ago my family buried my little brother Trevor on a beautiful fall afternoon on October 31st 2009. Trevor is buried in my grandparents and Mothers hometown Eureka. It is the most beautiful and peaceful place I can think of. That day, week, and month was definetely the hardest time of my life. When I reflect on the day of Trevor's funeral I am overwhelmed by the amount of support my family had. I have such an amazing extended family that came from long distances in the drop of a hat to support and comfort my family. I feel so blessed to have such a strong and united family that would do anything for me.
So I DID IT!!! I ran a half marathon. It was challenging and it pushed me beyond my comfort zone. I was forced to dig deep within myself and rely on my emotions to carry me through to the end. My adrenaline carried my through the first 6 miles, and after the adrenaline high wore off I thought about Trevor. I reflected on the beautiful scenic Provo canyon and cool fall breeze and thought about how happy and proud of me my little brother must have been. Thinking of Trevor pushed me to do better than I ever thought I was physically or mentally capable of. As I approached the last mile a song came on my I-pod that reminds me of Trevor. Running into the crowd of people at the end tears came flowing from my eyes. I was overwhelmed with emotion and so proud of myself for sticking to my goals and pushing myself to the finish. My goal was to finish the half marathon in 1 hour 50 minutes and I finished in 1 hour 36 minutes and 20 seconds. I averaged a 7 minute 21 second mile pace. I am still in awe of how well I ran this race and know that my brother must have helped carry me to the finish.
My friend Julia ran the race with me as well of course. I am so glad I have her to run with because otherwise I know I would not have gone this far this quick with my running. Julia's goal was to finish the race in 2 hours 30 minutes and she finished in 2 hours 10 minutes. I cannot believe how well she did and I am so proud of her for pushing herself so hard and smoking her goal time.
Every single person that finished the half marathon accomplished a personal goal. Running really isn't about winning it is about pushing yourself and having the courage to pursue a dream.
YEAH BABY!!! Seriously still in awe that we did so well. I am seriously so proud of both of us. It feels so rewarding to push yourself harder than you ever thought possible. Working hard in life is so worth it.
Me and my littlest fan James. I was so excited that my family and Brian were there to support me at the race. It means so much to me to see people supporting my dreams.