The weather was perfect in El Paso Texas! 67 degrees but the sun was going to start shinning hard soon. Fall? We still don’t know what that is. The trees were still green and gorgeous.

I tried not to start out too fast with mile 1. I was feeling pretty good. I was just enjoying the scenery for the first 3 miles.

When I thought I was about to cross the finish line, I went a little bit faster but it turned out I still had a little more than half a mile to go. I’m not kidding; I really just wanted to stop and walk. I told myself, “No way, you are so much stronger than you think you are!! You’ve ran more than this! Don’t you dare give up!”  I slowed down a little but when I finally saw the finish line approaching I sprinted so that I could beat my goal time of 57 minutes. I did it! My final time was 56:42.9!

I was so happy for just meeting my own goal and getting a PR, I couldn’t contain myself!! This was probably one of the happiest moments of my life. It was not about comparing myself to other runners. I will always be competing with myself.

Here are my times:

Mile 1: 9:01 min/mi

Mile 2: 9:09 min/mi

Mile 3: 9:10 min/mi

Mile 4: 9:14 min/mi

Mile 5: 8:59 min/mi

Mile 6: 8:37 min/mi

We had to wait a while for the place results but they had such an array of snacks and even burgers for the participants. But it started to get pretty hot out. Even the organizers were trying to hurry things up because they knew everyone was starting to get a little uncomfortable. I knew I placed when I heard the time of the 3rd place winner in my age group. (20-29)

But are you kidding me?!!! FIRST PLACE!! I was in complete disbelief. If anyone would have told me I not only would have lost so much weight but run these races and actually place in every single one, I would have smacked them or something.

It just shows that as moms, YOU or I can do anything we set our minds to. We are not just moms. Our head keeps us from pushing hard to make our dreams come true. We question ourselves way too much. The answer should always be Yes I can do this and I will do it so damn well! Nobody can stop you except yourself, and don’t you dare let that happen. You are so much stronger than that!

Forrest N Leamon was a DEA special agent who lost his life on October 26, 2009 when the U.S. military helicopter he was in crashed while returning from a mission in Afghanistan. He was 37 years old. Profits from the race benefit Survivors Benefit Fund.