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Inspired Living

FIT Project (Miami Edition)

Sarah Stanley

FIT Project Miami Edition Race Date: Dec. 11, 2011

HERE IT IS! The last race of 2011 and the last race (No. 18) in the 2011 Rock n' Roll Marathon series! Hallelujah! I can't believe I survived this year!

I flew into Ft. Lauderdale and I was getting off the plane a flight attendant - Jim - was getting on. Now this may not seem like a big deal, but I flew here a few weeks ago and Jim was on my flight to Denver! Travel/fly much Sarah?! Needless to say, we were both in shock!

A friend picked me up and we headed down to South Beach. I was digging the warm, humid weather.

Saturday, I took a yoga class and walked around the town a bit. Oh and picked up my final race bib of the year. WOOHOO!

If you've been following my traveling/racing adventures you know that I haven't spent much time home, let alone having time to do normal things like getting my hair cut. My last haircut was back in June when I was traveling in Vancouver, B.C. Yeah, past time for one! So I researched a reasonable hair studio and got a haircut Saturday evening before having dinner with the other runners that also ran all 18 RnR races. What was special is that I was the only female to run them all :).

After dinner I crashed. Race morning cometh!

Sunday morning dawned and I was excited for the 13.1 mile victory lap. The sunrise was beautiful and reminded me that God will never leave me nor forsake me. I met up with my friends and before we knew it, we were running! The weather was humid (hey, it's  Miami after all!) and sunny, then turned to rain and wind at around mile 9 for me.

The course was fairly scenic which I like. There were some hills via bridges and the wind made them challenging (but fun). I have to say I felt pretty strong. I always put my whole heart, mind and soul into whatever I do and every race I run. Today was no exception.

As I was running, I was thinking back over the past year and everything I have been through, overcome and achieved. More about 2011 this weekend.

Soon enough, I was hearing the sounds of the finish line and I ran to it. 1:54:41. Good enough for 30 in my age group (out of 397). As I crossed the finish line, I thought I might become emotional with the accomplishment I just achieved. But I didn't. I simply got my medal, wandered through the crowd and walked back to hotel. No fanfare. No celebration. Just quietly ran and finished.

I had a photo shoot to get to! I quickly got a shower and then did my hair and makeup. The shoot was a ton of fun and it was a nice way to conclude a very epic year! And then after the shoot I took a glorious nap. Yessssss.

That evening I went out to dinner with other running friends and we talked about the past year. Good memories.

I headed back to FLL on Monday where I ended up spending the night at Midway in Chicago on the floor and made a friend Nancy. All the flights were full to Denver, so had to wait for the Tuesday 6 a.m. flight out. Needless to say we didn't get a whole lot of sleep. And we both crashed on the flight to Denver.

Another flight down. Home. Mission accomplished. Thank you Jesus. To God be the Glory. Amen and amen.

peace, sweat, love: life