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Recap – Inaugural Petersburg Half Marathon

History meets Half Marathon.

Saturday, April 18, 2015, I participated in the Inaugural Petersburg Half Marathon in Petersburg Virginia.  I have been excited about this race since it was first announced.  Petersburg itself has a lot of historical significance and the theme of the race was based upon that.  A good portion of the movie “Lincoln” was actually filmed in Petersburg.

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The race course ran not only through historic downtown but also the beautiful and hilly (wink, wink) Petersburg National Battlefield.  As an added bonus the course also featured Battlefield re-enactment inside the historic park.

Pre race "selfie" with my friends and some of the re-inactment crew  and yes my friends photobomb very well :)

Pre race “selfie” with my friends and some of the re-inactment crew

 

I was very pleased that the sponsors of the race had done an excellent job relaying information via their Facebook page since the announcement of the race.  Info was easy to access, they responded quickly to questions and keep all the racers well informed.  Inaugural races can sometime be a little un-nerving because you don’t know what to expect.  I did not feel that way with this race.

The course itself was a challenge compared to the flat races I am used to in Virginia Beach, and admittedly I was a bit nervous about the course.  The only other “hilly” race I have ever done was back in November in CT at the Manchester Road Race which features one very L…O…N…G hill.  And Petersburg was hilly, not super tall hills but there were plenty of rolling hills along the course.

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The hills helped me prove to myself that I am much more capable than I have led myself to believe.  The week before I had a rather not-so-hot race at the Dismal Swamp Stomp, a flat-out and back half.  I started out too fast and had a hard last 5 miles.  Not a great feeling heading in to a more challenging course.  My goal for Petersburg was to finish well.  I did that and more.  I not only finished well but only 4 minutes slower than on the totally flat course the week before.  #winning

Here are a few pics from the race course as it traveled through Petersburg National Park and beyond.

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Post race featured a large finishers medal for the Half Marathoners, pizza, drinks and music.

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All in all the race was well planned, challenging and fun.  The sponsors have been wonderful about taking feedback from the runners and next years race is already open for registration.  The sponsors have also promised more entertainment as far as the amount of participants in the Battle re-enactment and possibly even cannon fire!

 

 

 

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Motivational Monday – Thank you Morgan

This is going to be a little bit of a different Motivational Monday post for me.  I hope you will read it, take it to heart and let your kids and families know how very much you love them.

Last week a friend whom I graduated from high school with lost her young daughter in a terrible car accident.  I never meet her daughter in person, but watched her grow up throughout the years in Facebook posts and pictures.  Morgan was a beautiful vibrate young lady, with her Mother’s winning smile that could light up a room…even through pictures.  A daughter, sister, dancer and friend to all who loved her.

An unimaginable tragedy, yes.  A parent’s worst nightmare, yes.  It shakes the “normal” order of life and breaks the hearts of not only those who loved her, but all of us who have kids of their own.  It’s one of those things in life we will never be able to explain, ignore or wish away.  A time to pray for the family and for us to turn to and to trust in God the Father.

But what would be worse would be to let her death stay just that a tragedy.  Instead I will use her memory to take a look at my own life and my children.  To surrender myself and everything I love to the sweet mercy of the Almighty.  Am I sure my children and family know how much I love them?  Do they know above all things in life they are my treasures?  If not I better get it right and fast.

Morgan although I didn’t know you personally I thank you for reminding me about putting my life in perspective that the most important thing in life aren’t things.  I know you rest in the kingdom of our Father and I can’t with to meet you there someday.   You shall not be remembered by me for the loss but for the smiles you shared, the love you brought to your Mother and family and this important reminder to me.

So I beg each of you to take the time to step away from the things in life that consume us so much more than they should.  All the “small stuff” that we sweat over.  All the time that could be spent on the most important things in our lives, our kids and our families.

Psalm 46 (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I found this quote on-line by Tony Dungy who had also tragically lost his son back in 2005.  I thought it was a perfect for today’s Motivational Monday.  I hope you have a blessed week.  Make sure you take time for the ones you love, especially your children.

MMMorgan

 

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