|Team Taylor at the 2014 Amarillo Race for the Cure|
|June hugs before the race! She's still sleepy here, after a long night of fun with her Uncles.|
I ran first, the 5K competitive race. Since it usually takes me 3 miles just to warm up, I decided it would be best if I arrived an hour early so I could hopefully start the process before the race. I completed some high knees, butt kicks, lateral shuffles, and strides. Then I jogged around the block. Already I could feel my muscles limber up in anticipation of the approaching event. Erika recommended I listen to a proven speed-encouraging songs, so I selected my go-to tempo run playlist and had it start at the faster songs. Warmed up and ready, I approached the finish line and the race began. I felt great the entire run! I could've even gone faster, or run father! Since I've been purely training for a half-marathon, I started this race on the slower side until about mile 1 when I realized I could just be in my "end of race kick" the whole time. So, I picked up the pace and finished with a new 5K personal record of 28:28! I'm so happy with a 9 minutes per mile pace! Along with this achievement, my favorite part was seeing June cheering me on near the finish line with my brothers and my father.
|Racing to the finish|
|June and Grandpa|
We each participated in our own race, remembering those people who's influence made such an impact on each of our lives. Their love and their lives will shine as a beacon of light for all their posterity. Every stride we took was a testament to the lives and strength and courage of these incredible people.
|June loves her balloon!|