I'm still in shock! I was chosen out of 1,800 applicants to be one of nine finalists in the Women's Running Cover Model Contest! Help me win this contest by going to http://womensrunning.competitor.com/cover-model-contest and voting for me, Rachel B! You can vote daily until July 2nd. Share with everyone and spread the word to help me become the September 2014 Women's Running Cover Model! I appreciate all the support I've already received and will receive in this. This contest entailed writing about the time I found my strong. That moment for me was my first race ever, and here is my write-up:
"I didn't think the word "strong" applied to me until I participated
in the military heavy division of the Bataan Memorial Death March
Marathon. The race covered 26.2 miles in full military battle dress
uniform while carrying a rucksack with about 40 pounds of weight.
I wasn't nearly prepared enough, but I was determined to see the
marathon through, especially after I had the opportunity to shake hands
with actual Bataan Death March survivors. Their courageous story put my
discomfort in proper perspective and sustained me during my own
physical challenge in honor of their sacrifice.
Toward the end of the race, my feet were covered in blisters, my
hips ached from the weight of my ruck, and my endurance was waning from
the previous miles uphill in sand, but with the help of my teammates I
pushed through the pain and the fatigue to victoriously cross the finish
line. I was utterly spent and just about cried from relief as I peeled
off my rucksack and received my finisher medal. Nonetheless, I’ve never
felt more elated! That day, I found my strong and discovered I can
indeed achieve great things."