it's that time again, time for the cooper river bridge run. it's my 4th year and this year, for me, it wasn't about beating previous years' time, it was about proving to myself that i can complete the race, running the entire time (except for only 2 mins on the bridge because people kept stopping right in front of me and getting in my way). i beat the part of my brain that tried to tell me to stop, and i pushed my body just enough to keep me going til the end.
this was the first year that i ran the majority of the race with my best friends beside me, Crystal was with me during the first 2.5 miles, and candi with me the last 2.5 miles. i had just over a mile that i ran alone and those were the moments of the race that, in retrospect, that i needed to myself to prove to myself that i could do these things and reflect on the years of running and the changes i've been through in my life that began with the first bridge run. i really think the past few months of yoga classes has really taught me how to take the negative thoughts out of my head and just let my breathing and focus on what my body can handle really helped me to finish this race (rather comfortably in a physical sense... granted, my legs were ready to fall off at mile 6, but i made it, and it was beautiful)
i love the impact running has made on my life, and that my love for running has motivated others to do the same.