HERE IT IS! I made it into the 2015 Boston Marathon. WOW! So excited, blessed and overwhelmed.
Feels super great to reach this GOAL.
Back in 2005 I qualified to run in my very first Boston Marathon. That qualification would begin a love of marathon running like I had never experienced.
I ran my first Boston Marathon in April of 2006. I requalified for the next 4 years allowing me to run the Boston Marathon is 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
In 2011 I would set the goal to be back at Boston in April 2015. See in 2011 I decided to have another baby. What we did realize it that God would make us learn patience and trust in him for the next 3 years.
In November 2011 we got the news we were finally pregnant. I had our son Rane Kyse Richards on July 27, 2012. Six (6)weeks later I started a journey that I thought would never become reality.
I began my training for Boston 2015. The journey was HARD and stressful at time. I will never forget that first mile I ran. I looked over at my husband who was pushing our beautiful baby boy and said I don’t think I will ever run a marathon again.
Well 2 years later here I am, BOSTON QUALIFIED Athlete! WOW! AWESOME! AMAZING! GOD IS SO GOOD to me.
I received the news as I sat on our family boat in the beautiful Suwannee River. Surrounded by my loving family and the beauty of God’s creations. I could not have asked for a better setting or better day.
I find myself looking back at the email over and over. I guess I feel like this is a dream of sorts. See, when you set a huge GOAL like this. There is this little part of you that has the doubt.
I can honestly say that I GIVE GOD all the glory. He has carried me through the training, and the 9 marathons I have run so far this year, and I know he will continue to carry me through these hard months of final training for BOSTON 2015.
Marquette Marathon, 3:39:23 my BQ!
AS I sit here typing there are many Team Squeakers for Boston trying to get into this prestigious event. I pray that they each get their chance to run with me in April 2015.