Written by Green Fellow Flower, Jennifer Gard, Rockford, MI
I was fortunate to discover Fellow Flowers in August 2012. I can honestly say that it has taken my running to another level!
My Declare It Day (DID) 2014 goals were:
1. Run with a friend and first time marathon runner for a sub 4:00 hour marathon time—achieved!
2. Run a half marathon in 1:45, which scared me more than any other running goal I’d ever said out loud! This was a more personal goal for me.
Accepting the Challenge, With Courage
I got through the marathon in May to achieve goal number one and felt good about goal number two, although I knew it’d be a challenge. I had some great training runs and in the last couple of weeks leading up to the half marathon (which was in September) I had an amazing 10 mile training run with a 7:45 pace. I was so excited and pumped! It definitely was a morale booster. The weekend of the race I was a nervous wreck. When I say things out loud, I want to achieve them so bad!
I chose the Green Flower—Courage! In the half marathon, I was running with another friend of mine and we agreed we could split up if need be. I started out strong, running on pace for the first 10-11 miles, then I slowed way down and “hit a wall.” The “I can’t do this” voices in my head came rushing at me and as the 1:45 pacers ran passed me. I felt defeated and deflated; it just sucked! I crossed the finish line at 1:46.