There is a tree in our town park, that one day was barren.
It was blooming the next,
And shedding it's flowers the day after.
I needed to capture it then,
Before the spring was gone and the summer upon us.
It was green the very next day.
I've was coerced into signing up for this half marathon, and I was not excited about any of it.
Except perhaps it being over.
But I will tell you, this experience has been amazing.
Learning that I am strong, finding out that I can run, and even enjoy exercise.
For a non-runner, we couldn't have picked a better race.
15,000 women running through the parks and streets of our nations beautiful capital.
It was a happy, colorful, encouraging race with bands and fans all long the route.
And I'm so proud to have been apart of it, and my little team.
Thanks to all the encouragement from my teammates throughout the training and race day.
I am particularly grateful to my regular running partner Jill. We ran the whole 13.1 miles together, she pulled me when I was lagging at mile 6, and I pulled her, quite literally through the finish.
What a wonderful way to celebrate friendship, and health.
We stopped off at the Hirshhorn after we had recovered from the race.
Dan and I and my brother-in-law Andrew rented bikes to ride around DC and it was half way enjoyable, until I realized I just ran a half marathon, and why, oh why did I find it necessary to go for a bike ride? But the Hirshhorn was a real delight for me, and the guys really loved it too. It was such a nice respite from all the hype of the day. We went next door to the Air and Space Museum, where I promptly found a seat and stared blankly while I waited. I was so done.