Wow! What a race... First place woman and a new PR of 1:17:25. Still speechless from the experience and so many incredible lessons I took with me along the way. I've learned to never assume anything going into a race and though I knew I wanted to win today I had no idea which female competitors would actually show up.
.. The truth if that it's been a crazy busy week, I landed on Israel on Tuesday, and haven't had a moment to breathe. I have a cold, was cooking for Shabbat guests yesterday and still haven't finished 😜 last night I took all my kids to Dizengoff center while my husband tried to pick up a shirt from @nike in Hertzeliya and it wasn't exactly the calm pre-race taper I had before my marathon. The shirt ended up being see through.. this morning I realized my watch hadnt charged and I was running late to the start line. But when the gun went off I told myself, I'm just going to relax, do the best I can today and not worry about a thing.
I watched two Kenyan women take off and I told myself to stick to my pace. I knew I didn't want to start too fast and I held back and 'stayed in my lane' just focusing on my race. I can't control who shows up, and so while I didn't think I stood a chance, I just stuck to my pace of a 3:40/km average. Pretty soon, I had caught up to one of my competitors and could tell she was breathing hard. She dropped her pace but I continued to push on. ..
The second half of the race was harrrd... But I kept singing Hashem Melech and thought, 'God you are in the driver's seat, and my feet are just moving at your command'. Then I heard the shouts and cheers of my fellow runners, who were running the other direction and I felt so much love, encouragement and support I began to believe it might be possible to win. There is nothing like the power of a group, when others believe in us and cheer us on.
With their calls ringing in my ears, I continued to push forward and with just three km to go I found myself behind the first woman. I'm not giving up I told myself and dug deep, found the strength within and the Divine assistance from above and crossed the finishline in my goal time and first place. Never ever give up on yourself 💖