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April 22, 2011

Day 8 of the 30 day challenge is to talk about a time in your life when you were most satisfied. There is definitely one day that stands above the rest. It was November 16, 2008 and it was the day I ran my first marathon.

I trained long and hard. I followed a 17 week training program and I followed it exactly. I did everything I was supposed to do and followed all the rules. I wanted to run a marathon and I wanted it bad. I was determined and I let my determination push me on my long 18. 20. and 22 mile training runs. Keep in mind that I live in Texas and the majority of my training took place over the late summer where it was still 100+ degrees every day. I didn’t care. I had one goal. I wanted to finish this marathon in under 4:00 hours. I thought of nothing else and I willed it.

And I did it. I ran the best race I was capable that day and I crossed the finish line in 3:50:05. I was thrilled. I cried. I was satisfied.

I had done it. I set a goal. I worked hard for that goal. And I smashed that goal. That day I was probably the most satisfied I had ever been (with myself) in my life! It directly proved me to what hard work can do!

What is one moment in your life where you were the most satisfied?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 7:00 am

    My first marathon was the same. Such a great day!

  2. April 22, 2011 7:05 am

    Woo hoo! Such a great feeling! I think that smashing race goals is one of the most satisfying feelings that there is.

  3. Paula permalink
    April 22, 2011 7:49 am

    What an inspiring story Kelly!!

  4. April 22, 2011 8:29 am

    Kelly that is awesome!

    I know it sounds silly, but a moment when I felt very satisfied was last year when I threw Jason a bday party for his 30th birthday. I am super shy and have a hard time with parties, but I did it anyway because I knew Jason would love it and he did! It made me feel good about myself, which sounds lame writing it out, but if you knew how much I beat myself up you might be impressed!

    • April 22, 2011 9:11 am

      That is great Holly!!! It is your moment and that is all that matters!!

  5. April 22, 2011 8:29 am

    LOVE that picture of you hugging Keith!! So cute 🙂

  6. April 22, 2011 8:50 am

    You are awesome! I’m thinking about signing up for my first half and I know that a full is on my list next! I have only run a 5K and 10K so far, but finishing any race is such an amazing feeling! 😀

  7. April 22, 2011 8:54 am

    That is such an awesome story! I’m going to start training for my first marathon at the very end of June and I hope that my training can go just as well as yours did.

  8. April 22, 2011 8:54 am

    Wow! Way to not only finish your first marathon but totally dominate your goal, too! I got teary when I finished my half.

  9. April 22, 2011 9:03 am

    How did you like the San Antonio Rock n Roll race? I’ve thought about doing it.

    • April 22, 2011 9:10 am

      It is really a good race. The course is pretty flat (few rolling hills but nothing insane) I have run the half several times since the marathon and it is fun. Very well organized and good crowds.

    • April 22, 2011 11:14 pm

      DO IT THIS YEAR!!!!!! I’m walking the half 🙂

  10. Kalli permalink
    April 22, 2011 10:07 am

    oh i love this! congrats on running such a great race and yes you should be proud for sure………have a great weekend kelly!

  11. April 22, 2011 10:54 am

    You are amazing. Congrats, and you deserve to be so proud!

    I was most satisfied with myself on Wed this week. Though it still hasn’t really sunk in. Its starting to though. 🙂

  12. April 22, 2011 10:55 am

    Awesome. I think I was most satisfied with myself when I finally quit my job, packed up, and moved to VA.

  13. April 22, 2011 11:34 am

    Holy goodness, that is awesome! You SHOULD be proud of yourself, beating your goal like that is incredible. 🙂

  14. April 22, 2011 12:26 pm

    I remember that race and that day. You did everything right, followed the plan, attacked it…you were/(ARE) a rockstar!! Love you!!

  15. April 22, 2011 2:00 pm

    Wow, what an inspiring story. I will come to this post when I need running motivation

  16. April 22, 2011 5:13 pm

    Ok, I had no idea you were blogging again! How did I miss this!!!? I’m so excited to see you back in action! 🙂

  17. April 22, 2011 11:15 pm

    3 satisfying times for me have happened this year: 1) When i graduate from LPN School in January. 2) When i crossed the finish line when i completed my first half-marathon that i walked!!!!!
    3) When i found out that i passed my nursing boards!


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