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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Teton Dam marathon!!!

Wow! I did it! All my hard work paid off! It was truly an amazing experience. I can't wait to do it again. The finish line was an emotional thing for both Alex and I. Man i have the best husband in the world! Alex got a little teary eyed because he has watched me prepare so much for this. He also knows that i'm not a natural runner by any means. We reminisced yesterday about how i could barely run a mile at the beginning of the year and how my face would be bright red when i was done. ha ha! But Alex has been such a wonderful support this past 3 months of training. He really has cheered me on the whole time! I'm so grateful for him.

I was emotional at the finish line because i feel like all the difficulties about my recent tumor surgery, health conditions due to my thyroid, and my whole infertility trial didn't get the best of me. I almost felt like at the finish line that was the end of it all. It was over. I remember when i came home from my mission, my sister Corky ran up to me screaming and almost knocked me down. Corky just ended a 15 year marriage where she had been the brunt of much abuse. The divorce was difficult and dealing with her own scares and medical conditions, as well as the new forming emotional scars of her children, it was all a little too much for her to handle. She said that when she saw me it was like a feeling came over her of 'it's over'! It was all coming to an end. I now know slightly what she felt like.

It is far from the end, but at least hope is attained with that chapter closing. I can move onto the next chapter knowing that i can beat it. It will not get the best of me. I still get annoyed as i listen to girls moan and complain about how 'hard' it is to be pregnant, and poor them. It's hard because i would take their 'poor' trial over not being able to have children any day. But i'm learning to be more sensitive to the people who surround me. We never know what others are going through. Our small complaints would more than likely be overshadowed by their sorrows and broken heart.

My body is still trying to balance out. My hair falls out so much that in a month their will be nothing left. But i have my health. I'm so tired that sometimes after work all i can do is crash and force myself to get up and make something of my life. But what is the use in complaining?Or giving into the tiredness. Really, nothing good can come from it. So, i take every day one day at a time. I don't allow myself to think of how tired i am because i don't want to give my body an excuse to be lazy. In a lesson a couple weeks ago it was said that it doesn't matter what trials we go through, what matters is how we react to our trials. That is the true judge of character. I fail a lot but i hope i can overcome these ever so small tests that have been placed in front of me.

But back to the marathon! It was great to have the whole family up here for a small little reunion. My brother Kip ran the half. My sister Corky and my mom and dad ran the 5k. My sister Angee did the 10k, and my niece Becka ran the marathon with me.

We also had our best friends the Dials waiting at the finish line for me. Carson had just ran the relay version of the marathon with Craigos, his work.

I just love how my friends and family were cheering me on! You guys are the best! Thanks a ton!!!!


Blogger Alicia said...

Good for you for sticking to running and seeing this through. I think it's awesome. I'm so sorry for your trials. I'm not saying I relate, because all my trials are different, but hearing your suffering makes me sad. I hope that maybe I have been a positive influence and not a hinderance. I think you are right about not being able to judge others because it's so true, we have absolutely no idea what goes on in their lives/minds/marraiges/etc or how they are able(or not able) to handle things. Thanks so much for being a great example of a righteous, spiritual woman. I know I look to you in many ways of how I can better myself.If you ever need anything(a good chat, dinner, cookies...), really seriously let me know.

June 17, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Nelson's said...

lindsey(hope im spelling that right, you are amazing. I hope I can run a marathon some day, and despite all that you go through Im amazed at how amazing you are, you are smart and sweet and a great example to me.

June 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Parker Family said...

Ha ha, remind me never again to write a blog post when i'm super emotional. THanks so much guys. I really do have a great life and hardly any trials. i hate using the word trial because i feel like i've had such a great/easy life and trials are for those with really hard lives. I really do feel truly blessed. That's why i love that poem i wrote in the last post. I feel guilty now for complaining about my so called hard life. ha ha, it really is so wonderful! But it's great to have friends that care! thanks guys!

And Alicia! How in the world could you possibly have ever been an hinderance?!? You are amazing! If i ever leave my house for anything other than a run i'll stop by sometime and just catch up with ya.

June 17, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

=) I would love that.

June 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Rob and Elyse said...

haha I found you!!

June 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Parker Family said...

Elyse that almost sounds like a threat of some kind. ha ha

June 21, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

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