I ran the Monument 10K in Richmond the morning before my grandfather passed away. I have run a few races before but it was with friends and more for fun or to support them. This was for me and I loved it. There were almost 40,000 people running this race . As I ran waves of emotions overcame me, the smells of the 30 somethings grilling out in front of their homes on Monument Avenue, the music from the live bands in the median, the kind people handing out water and offering a sweet smile, the sun shining on my face, the strangers rooting me on as I ran by, and my husband waiting for me at the finish line. I trained for this with a great group of women at the YMCA for several months but nothing could have prepared me for the sense of accomplishment I felt afterwards.
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.