The County Marathon

12 Nov

For the past few months, Stephen and I had been training for our first Full and Half marathons (respectively). We started out feeling extremely motivated but then as the summer’s end neared and the days became heavy and humid, we both found ourselves struggling to run. ย By the time that the weather cooled we were forcing ourselves to train. What kept us training was that we weren’t running for ourselves – we were running in honour of Lauren and the CLSC Lac-Saint-Louis & Pierrefonds foundation.

We ran on October 6th 2013 in the Picton County Marathon.

Stephen and I woke that morning to a dark sky and rain – perfect conditions for a Marathon ๐Ÿ™‚ I snuggled in bed for an extra hour with our Lauren while Stephen headed to the marathon starting line. By the time his sister Marlena and I were headed to the race with our friends Jonathan and Kelly, Stephen had just begun his run.

It was raining but it seemed to be letting up, it actually stopped for a short while when we were getting ready for our half marathon to start. As if the rain was on a timer, it picked up just as the half marathon began, within an hour it was raining so hard that I had to swipe water off of my eyes to see. Nonetheless it was a really beautiful run. I remember at one point in the race watching a single red maple leaf twirl down slowly in the air before me, finally landing and the shiny wet asphalt and thinking to myself how it was like something in a movie. (side note: Isn’t it strange how we often equate things of beauty to a movie or painting – real life is spectacular!)

The course had us running through an amazingly beautiful area, we ran past a beach area, woods, cute towns. It was so lovely and scenic that even in a downpour it could be appreciated.

The first few kilometres passed well, I jogged a slow and steady pace out of fear that I would burn out early. Just before reaching my seventh kilometre I noticed a friendly face next to me. Stephen had caught up to me, I was so excited! We held hands for a moment, then I wished him luck for his finish. I watched him run ahead for a few seconds, at which point I decided to pick up my pace so that I ย could catch up to him and give him a kiss for good luck. The next five km were easy as Stephen was still in view ahead of me, it felt motivating to see him. By the twelfth kilometre he was too far ahead to see.

The rest of the race went by pretty well. At my seventeenth km I tried to take a break and walk for a few minutes – this was a brutal mistake. The second I slowed down my muscles started to scream, muscles I didn’t even know I had pulled and tightened. So after about twenty seconds I realized that I would have to continue to jog it out or I wouldn’t be able to finish.

In the end, Stephen and I both finished our races with huge smiles. We couldn’t wait to get home and see our real champion of the day – Lauren!

It was a wonderful experience, and we were so moved by all of the support that we received. We broke our goal of raising $2,500 and came in over $3,200 for the amazing CLSC Lac St Louis and Pierrefonds foundation, with funds going to palliative care. This money will go to help our family as well as others struggling with terrible circumstances in our area. We have been so appreciative and thankful for their help and are excited to be able to raise money for them.

We will be submitting a list of donors to the CLSC this month, and thank you again for your encouragement and support!

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Holding the real champion of the day! Lauren was so happy that Daddy and Mommy did such a great job in finishing the race.

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15 Responses to “The County Marathon”

  1. Silvana November 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

    Beautiful blog !!!! Thank you for sharing …….. God bless Lauren ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lillain November 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM #

    Congratulations to you and Stephen

    You both are an inspiration to many. God bless Lauren xx

    • lifewithlol November 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

      Thanks Lillian ๐Ÿ™‚ She is my inspiration

  3. myerbury November 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    You guys Rock!

  4. Music Folio November 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM #

    We are so proud of you both … I hope that we can finally meet up the next time we are in Montreal … it is inspiring to see you guys in action in what you do for Lauren and we are looking fwd to seeing/hugging her on our next visit …

    xoxoxo

    Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 04:21:17 +0000 To: musicfolio@hotmail.com

    • lifewithlol November 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

      I do to! So sad that we missed you the last time. Lauren would have loved to see her cousins. Hugs

  5. Duanelle Hook November 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    I’m proud if you both for running in the race. And for all the love that shows in all of your pictures and post. Lauren is lucky to have you all as parents. God bless you.

  6. Meri Fowler November 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM #

    I admire your courage and commitment! How wonderful both of you are to run such a long way to help others!

  7. lindsey November 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

    I worked one of the water stations and I wasn’t sure if that was you or not. I have been following your journey for a year and a bit and I have to tell you that you both are amazing. Congrats on the completion

    • lifewithlol November 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM #

      Oh how cool is that! You are awesome for standing in that rain all day and making sure that we were hydrated! I really felt for you guys! Thank you for you support and for letting us know that you were there too ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care

  8. AC November 19, 2013 at 5:29 PM #

    I pray for a miracle for your beautiful family. I pray to St. Joseph, and I pray to Saint Brother Andre from Saint. Joseph’s Oratory. I do believe in miracles and pray that you have a very long life with your daughter. God bless you and your family!!!! You are often in my prayers.

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