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OKC Memorial Half-Marathon

Monday, May 02, 2011

I am still unable to capture in words all that this race held for me in terms of spirit, emotion, challenge, and pure experience. So until the words are in place, I'll just share a few pictures.

I'll set the tone by saying the conditions were more brutal than any that were anticipated. It was 40 degrees made frigid by 30 plus mph winds straight from the north, lightning, pouring rain save for about 10 min. of my race, and some even had hail to contend with...luckily I missed that. Even with all of that, the level of excitement, joy, and just pure pleasure to be in the midst of and participating in such an amazing, spirit filled event exceeded anything I have ever felt. I am left with a case of post-race blues today wishing I could do it all over again, just the same, every day. Over 25,000 participants ran, walked, or wheelchaired their personal distances in unison to remember lives cut short and lives forever changed and left behind by the tragic events of April 19, 1995. Though we were thoroughly soaked and chilled to the bone, there was certainly no dampening of spirits or determination in any way. It was completely to the contrary and an awe inspiring privilege to have witnessed and participated in.

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us," Ephesians 3:20

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  • no profile photo CD1527838
    Congratulations on completing your race, and can I just ask, how the heck you can look THAT good after running a half marathon in the rain??? You're smokin' hot! emoticon

    You rock Laura, I am so proud of you!!! *hugs* ~Jenn
    3545 days ago
    WOOOO HOOOOO!!!! Laura, I am SO SO proud of you!!! Look at you, what an inspiration you are....terrible weather, but you hung in there and did it!!!! YOU DID IT!!!! And you look AMAZING!!!! 100+ gone and still going....YOU ROCK!!!
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    3547 days ago
  • BRANDY1116
    AMAZING!!!!! Wow girl u did it!! And you look wonderful too!! ONce again u inspire the crap outta me!! I was feeling a lil blah but reading this and seeing ur pics just pumped me right up! What a great experince!!! WAy to goooooo!!!!! So proud of u!
    3548 days ago
    Let me just say - You look freakin' amazing! Gorgeous, woman! And you look so proud!!
    I'm so proud of you and in awe at what a trooper you are. You're a great example for those of us who are working hard at this and need some inspiration. :o) What was your finishing time?
    3548 days ago
    Wow great job! My niece was there and I am still waiting for pictures. A friend said,like you described, how bad the weather was and I think it is amazing so many people still went out and did their thing. The smile on your face is priceless.
    3548 days ago
    Wow, weather looks awful, but you looked great!
    3548 days ago
    What do they say? A picture is worth a thousand words! You look so strong and happy. So very happy for you and you accomplishment!
    3548 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7808335
    Beautiful story in the pictures! See you there next year!
    3548 days ago
  • ROSET491
    That smile on your face tells it all! Great accomplishment!!
    3548 days ago
    That is simply awesome!!! Job well done!!!
    3548 days ago
    Way to go Laura you look amazing. Keep up your hardwork and dedication. So proud of you for taking on such a huge job and accomplishing your goals. Have a great day.

    3548 days ago
    What a tremendous experience. Yay for you for not giving up and seeing it all the way there. Now you know how wise you were during your training to listen to your body. You are making it stronger and more capable. Woohoo!
    3548 days ago
    Why didn't I know you were doing the half marathon???? I was THERE!! I was on the Marathon route at 13, 17 and 20 miles!! A friend of mine was doing the Marathon. The weather was miserable... but it was still amazing to cheer on all the participants. What an amazing day and CONGRATULATIONS!! You are no longer a runner- you are a half marathoner!! WOOT!!
    3548 days ago
    Wonderful!! Great reason to run even if the weather wasn't so wonderful :). Love the pics!
    3548 days ago
    Way to go! The brutal conditions make your finish all the more commendable! How many people have even started out on that kind of race, much less finished. Congratulations!
    3548 days ago
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