For most of my young life I was a successful athlete. I competed in Volleyball, Basketball and Track & Field- Shot Put and Discus. By the grace of God, amazingly supportive parents and my skills with a round orange ball, I was blessed with a Full-ride college scholarship to play basketball. I balanced school and a demanding basketball schedule, talk about a crash course in time management. My career ended with a knee injury that would not go away and required clean up surgery. When my athletic career abruptly ended I soon found I did not have an identity without sports. Who is Melanie without a score card? No Stats, no grades, no expectations to live up to, just me. For a few years I STOPPED playing sports and working-out because I was rebelling....I wanted to know what life felt like as ME.
Married my sole-mate and together we produced 2 adorable boys. Eventually I realized that I longed to fill the athletic void, a way to burn off my excess energy, and to work toward goals just for me. Insert running!!! So I would like to report that after my 1/2 Marathon I am athlete again. This time I am an athlete with an identity. Running is secondary to my LIFE and I am proud of it... Below are my STATS from the race, pretty darn good for a Rookie....FYI I also have a healthy sense of pride in accomplishment :)
Time: 1:43:39 Pace: 7:54
Division (Female 25-29): 10/80
*Would have taken 7th for men my age...LOL
Gender: 27 / 530
Place Overall: 118 / 878
She speaks...I probably should just leave you with still photos...but who can resist a DORKY post-race video.. I REALLY REALLY had to RUN to the bathroom.. WARNING I am loud, turn down your volume..