There were also runners who were very inspirational. I remember as I was running I saw a Korean man run past me, he had no arms, but he was doing so well. I immediately looked at my arms and realized that it is a privilege to have our arms and our legs. He was using what God gave him soo well! It was incredibly inspirational for me.
I became completely exhausted close to the half marathon. I was seriously considering a half and stopping with that. I thought “Yeah, a half is ok.” But then I knew id have to explain that to those I said I was running the full marathon, also once I crossed the half there were bananas and water. Once I ate the bananas and drank the water, I was full of more energy and I encouraged myself saying, “I feel good” “Now the marathon starts!” Forgetting what was behind and pretending that I just started a half marathon right there was extremely helpful for me. That was when I started passing people (from that time MANY MANY people were passing me because I was in the front with a lot a good runners, that was apart of the discouraging part, but my own encouragement was so helpful)
Another encouraging thing were the people on the side, when I was low on energy I saw the crowd of young people on the side cheering..when I ran next to them to give them a high five, they cheered so loudly! That was greatly encouraging to me and I think to them too. I see that when you seek encouragement, encourage and cheer on others.
I want to say thank you so much to Ryan, Emily, Mike, Ian, Denise, and Jessisca for coming and supporting. If it wasn't for them who knows if I would have finished the entire marathon! Jessica incredibly surprised me. She washed my feet. Both of my feet she washed. She walked with me though I was walking so slowly. I was privileged to be the first friend she knew that finished a marathon. Ryan gave me a huge hug and Mike was with me in the beginning and prayed with me before the race. I saw Denise and Ian at the finish and Jessica had made me a sign cheering me on! I was so thankful for my friends. So thankful for them.
Like I said I never thought I would finish another marathon. After running my first marathon last year. I couldn't even run a mile. I cried because it was so devastating to me. I prayed that I would be able to run again. Slowly especially when summer began I was able to run more distance again..soon 8 miles, soon 10. I was so encouraged. And this year in Korea I had been able to run everyday, I can count on my two hands how many days I had missed running this year. I’m very thankful for that. I'm expecting great, great things for the year 2012!