I have LOVED being in Phoenix this week. Not only for the beautiful warm sunshine while it's been really cold and snowy back in Spokane, but because I've been with two of the greatest friends ever and I completed the Phoenix Rock and Roll Half Marathon.
My finishing time for the race was 4:13. It was REALLY slow for me as I just couldn't push myself past mile 5 and my right leg was being a tad difficult -- I was keeping hydrated and making sure my electrolytes were up, but when I wanted to move, I felt like I was stumbling! I had a guardian angel come alongside me at mile 6 and she stayed with me until the end. She's a coach for MS Rockstars, from Los Angeles, and she was such an encouragement. (MS Rockstars is with the National MS Society and the group I raised funds to help find a cure for MS. There were 60 of us for the first time event ever for the NMSS and I'm proud to be a ROCKSTAR!)
This is the coolest thing. Bill, a dear friend from FL, pointed out the significance of 4:13! Philippians 4:13 says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" I was wow'ed when he pointed it out to me A great reminder!
Coffee, friends, sunshine and finishing a race....it's been a wonderful time and I'm energized to go home and start training for the Windermere Marathon in May! I'm betting that part of my winter and spring training will begin soon by shoveling snow. Or maybe, I'll just make a snowangel and have a little bit of fun first!