to  me….

Before B & A Marathon 2010 I was a mommy of two.

I was training hard to achieve my goal of going sub 3:30 in the marathon. It was not easy. I had to do most of my training on the treadmill, but I was more than determined to realize my dreams.

I was training for National Marathon but as fate would have it I got offered a job with the race as the Director of Volunteers and had to change my race plans. With little to no time to find another marathon I discovered a small marathon not far from my home. It was sold out.

I wrote and begged the race director to let me in. I explained my situation – I tried to drop that I was a Saucony athlete – anything to get me in the race. She didn’t go for it. I kept bothering her in hopes that she would get sick of me and let me in. Nothing.

I started to feel bad at how much I was begging the race director. I decided that maybe this wasn’t my season for a marathon. Maybe I was supposed to put this dream on the backburner for another dream of working for a large marathon.

I almost gave up but decided to give it one last ditch effort. I wrote her again.

She wrote back and said that a woman had just written her and was unable to run the race. She was down on her luck and REALLY needed the money she had spent on the race entry. This race does not give refunds but for some reason I’ll never know the race director said it was okay for me to pay this woman for her entry to the race.

I was elated and asked if she could switch the entry into my name. She remarked that she was very busy and that she would try to get to it but that she might have to do it race day.

I was scared but I wrote her back and said – I’m going to try to WIN this race so I really need the entry in my name. She agreed.

When I said that I wanted to WIN – I said it because I wanted the entry to be in my name – I had NO idea that winning a marathon would ever be a possibility in my life.

Fast forward to a couple of days before the race and I am chatting with Eric [hubby]. He jokes that IF I run under 3:30 we can have a 3rd baby. I LAUGH.

Who says I want a third baby?

He laughs.

Post race he admits he NEVER thought there was any way I would go under 3:30 in the marathon – so he said that statement thinking that a 3rd baby would never happen.

Fast forward to race day.

The race was an out and back with early starters. The half marathon taking off at the same time as the marathon. It was very hard to know what place you were in. Late in the race I thought I could possibly be the top female and started to ask volunteers at aid stations if there were any girls ahead of me. Every single volunteer said YES in an apoligetic voice.

What I would later find out was that every woman ahead of me had started an hour before me. I was in first.

I would only know I was in first place for 15 seconds of the entire marathon. When I looked toward the finish line and saw them raising a banner for me to break – I broke. I started to cry.

I finished and looked at my watch in unbelief and sobbed. A woman I did not know, but who I will never forget, hugged me.

Not only did I win the marathon [my first win of any kind], but I went under 3:30 by myself. I had no one cheering me on. I knew no one at the race. I finished and there was no one there to greet me or tell me great job. I loved it. For a couple of minutes I was the only person in the world who knew my time. It was a little secret I held on to.

no one knows my *secret* yet - SMILING SO BIG

When they announced the award for first female the race director giggled and smiled as she handed me my award. Who says their goal is to win a marathon and then literally wins the marathon? It was surreal. Even to this day I can not believe it happened.

The win and my PR is not what makes this race so special.

A couple of weeks post marathon I wasn’t recovering like I felt like I should.

I was tired. I was sore. I was very unmotivated.

I decided to take a pregnancy test to rule out the fact that I was insane.

What I saw was something I did not expect.

It was positive.

I couldn’t believe it.

When I plugged in all the pertinent information into the due date calculator online a date jumped out at me.

Date of implantation: [This is the day that the fertilized egg made it’s way up – not the same thing is conception – I was busy running a marathon – wink wink]

March 7th, 2010

I ran the fastest marathon of my life on the same day that my 3rd baby was making his way into my life and I didn’t even know it.

 

Colton River Beal is my marathon trophy. He is a blessing. I could not imagine my life with out him and know that EVERY SINGLE DAY my life is better because he is in it.

 

God’s plans for my life are ALWAYS better than mine.

If you want to read my race recap from 2010 CLICK HERE.

Comments

  1. That is one of the best stories I’ve ever read. :)
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  2. That is an excellent story! Hope the power of that propels you to a new PR this weekend. Good luck!

    • Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

      Thank you thank you thank you!!! I’m excited/nervous – ready for it to be Sunday afternoon already :)

  3. How amazing! What an awesome story! Can’t wait to have something like that to tell one of my kids! ;)
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  4. Good luck! I will be thinking about you!
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  5. My hubby and I have been trying to decide whether or not we want to have a third or if we are done… and after reading this blog and the emotions it gave me- I think I finally have my answer… There is no way I am done… Thanks! Beautiful post!

  6. Ah, this post made me cry!
    I can’t wait to finally meet you this weekend! <3
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  7. I got chills reading this story – what am amazing celebration of life both in winning a marathon and expanding your family! Best of luck this weekend (although I know you don’t need any luck :) )! I know all of your hard work will pay off. So proud of my awesome coach!!

  8. This gave me goosebumps! What an awesome story, thank you for sharing your family and life with us! :)
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  9. That is the sweetest story I’ve read in awhile. You are AMAZING for winning that marathon and for making 3 beautiful babies :)

  10. Awe. Loved this story!!!
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  11. Your posts never disappoint. I have said this hundred times.. your probably sick of hearing this, but you are such an inspiration. You are great story teller, runner, momma and wife. Good luck this weekend
    Ms. Dorothy.. knock em dead speedy lady.
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  12. Loved reading your post. What an amazing story :)

  13. Half the time we cannot even fathom His plans — they are just too good b/c He is so good!

  14. ~Wow~ That is so cool! Aren’t the Lords plans truly humbling? There is no such thing as a coincidence in this world; only the predetermined existence of your child in the Fathers mind! Wow! Congrats on your double win!
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  15. Im crying. What an amazing story. Love it. I’ll be cheering for you on Sunday:)

  16. Lovely post Dorothy, enjoy reading your blog so much and this post was extra special.

    All the best for Sunday #dreambigrunlong

  17. Amazing story! You always inspire me to keep running and keep reaching for my marathon goals even if they seem so crazy to me. I wish you all the best on Sunday and hope everything comes to fruition and all your hard work pays off!
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  18. Simply amazing!
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  19. That was one of the coolest running stories I have read, it gave me chills!! How amazing and how many thing that God had to make work out for it to even be possible. What a special race – have a great time!!
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  20. That’s just awesome in so many ways imaginable!!
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  21. Again I must say that I love so much how you understand how the Lord blesses you and gives you help when you need it and that you understand his plans are always greater than we could ever imagine.

    I also absolutely love that you told the race director “I’m going to win this race.” and you did. That is so awesome. I dream of being able to do that. Go get em this weekend.

  22. love, love, love this story!!
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  23. My secret dream is to win a race. Your story made me tear up. Seriously, woman, that’s AMAZING. YES God’s plans always are best! :)
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    • Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

      Make your secret dream come true! It’s only crazy if you look at the big picture :) take it one day at a time and make it happen :) xoxoxo

  24. Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful story. It’s so great to hear about positive things!! And yes, God is smarter than I am as well….

    • Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

      Isn’t it funny how we wish we were the smartest and in control but he ALWAYS shows us otherwise….

  25. Love this Post!! And you may not believe it but something very similar happened to me! My first 1/2 marathon in 2010 was a week or two after I conceived my baby girl who just turned 1 on 2/25 this year. My husband and I were not planning on getting pregnant, in fact I had made the statement a couple times that I didn’t even think I wanted to have kids (long story about that) but God knows best :) Didn’t figure out I was prego till 7 weeks later when I gained 10 lbs and was still running 20+ miles a week and watching calories and I had some prego symptons. My baby girl is the one of the best gifts ever!! :) She already is walking and she likes to jump a lot, pretty sure she is going to be a runner ;)
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    • Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

      Love it! The picture of the two of you on your blog is adorable. You are both so pretty :)

  26. I read your blog everyday, but don’t ever comment.
    Anyway, I loved this story! As a runner trying for number three, it’s nice to read stories like yours. You are an inspiration!

    Good luck this weekend! So excited to read about your race!

    • Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

      Thank you Cailin and thanks for commenting :) Hope #3 makes it into your life VERY soon!

  27. @ Jennifer Adams:
    I’d like a better outline sometimes. I feel so in the dark!! And there are those times I think “Really?? Are you SURE??” but yes, He is. And no, I’m not the smart one. I do believe denying that a little isn’t so bad…

  28. megan heidt says:

    What a sweet post! :)

  29. I’m glad you wrote this post. It’s an amazing story and this race truly holds a place in your heart.

  30. Wonderful story!

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