Sunday, 23 September 2012


Wow, what a wonderful race! I seriously had a great time. There's not a moment in the race where I thought about quitting. I didn't even stop to walk one single time throughout the race. I also didn't suffer as much as I thought I would. The only time where things were really hard were at the 20th km when we had to run up a big hill. Otherwise, I had such a good time that during the race, I didn't even notice the time passing by. But when things did start to get harder like when running up hills, I just thought about Olivier. What I was going throught at that moment could never be any worst than what he has been through in his entire life. And I know that he would like to be in my shoes if he could. What I was doing was nothing compared to him and what he had ever been through. Just thinking about that was enough for me to go on even stronger. There was also a point in the race where my iPod played Fix You, by Cold Play at the exact moment when we had to go up a big hill. It's so amazing how this song is so powerful and helps me go through so much every time. It made me think so much about Olivier, too. All in all, I'm just happy I didn't have to suffer as much as I thought I would. It was just so fun. It was even better that I met my goal of running under 2 hours! I ran in exactly 1:58:04.7. For someone who didn't complete more than 1/3 of the program, went through a hip injury, an ankle being twisted at soccer and only running 12km at the most, I should surely be proud of myself! My favourite part of the race was at the beginning on the starting line on the bridge. I thought it was such a good way to start a 1/2 Marathon and I was so happy to be there with my parents. Speaking of which, my parents also had a lot of fun. So did my aunt and uncle! The day was even better since everyone had a good race. I even remember having enough juice left to even sprint for the last 200 m! I really hope most of my other races will be as easy and enjoyable as this one. What made it enjoyable was the temperature. It was never too hot, or too cold. It was great not having to worry about the temperature because I know I have a lot of trouble running in the heat. Now, I can only think of one thing. When's going to be my next 1/2 Marathon? I honestly can't wait to run another one! It would be great if I could run another one so I could raise even more money! But even if I don't, I know that 1070$ isn't so bad for someone who wanted at least 500$. Even if 1070$ doesn't change a lot in Olivier's life, just knowing that it made a little difference is satisfying. I also don't just want to become someone who just gave money to him for a project. I want to be someone who talks to him and his family every once in a while to get to know them better and to get updates on how they're doing because I really do care about him! I know that if I were him, I'd like someone to do the same for me. For now, all I know is that I have met all of my goals for my project so far. That just makes my day! We'll just have to see what comes next. Now it's time to turn the page.
                                                                  At the finishing line!


  1. Tellement fière de toi ma grande! Une vraie Championne sur toute la ligne! Je t'aime! xxx

  2. Bravo Laurence. Quelle belle course et quel grand coeur tu as.

  3. Bravo Laurence! Je suis tellement fière de toi et je suis d'accord avec ta mère, tu es un vraie Championne! C'est normal que tu cours si vite et que tu as un si bon cardio...tu as tellement un grand coeur!! :) Je t'aime Laurence et ce fut un grand honneur de témoigner ta réussite! xo