Last night I did not want to. This would be my 4th marathon distance and although physically ready, emotionally I was not ready. There has been a lot to manage the last few weeks and I felt like I just wanted to have a sleep in and harvest tomatoes today.
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So last night I got some priceless and compassionate coaching from @samanthagash she said "Your goal tomorrow is to show up. Just turn up at the start line."
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This morning I turned up with my family in tow for support. My daughter said " Mummy we want to support you. Support is one of our family values this year." She is right.
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To run 42.2km in 32 degrees is not easy.
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I got to the last aid station thinking I had 8.5km to go but I had 2.5km to go. I could not believe it! I said to the volunteers "But so many of the people that passed me at the start are behind me, I thought I had another loop to do. "No he said, you can obviously pace yourself well and you can handle the heat. You are well ahead of the others.
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That blew me away, even though I always run my own race, it blew me away.
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Today I beat my personal marathon time by 21 minutes!! I am getting older and faster! .
Lessons I was reminded of today:
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1. Show up - You never know what might happen.
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2. A little dance when things get tough always helps.
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3. Call on your people. The ones that believe when you don't.

Thank you @mathieudorerun for getting me this far. Now for the big one!
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Tomorrow I will have a sleep in and harvest tomatoes. 🙏🏿
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  • keminekvapilLast night I did not want to. This would be my 4th marathon distance and although physically ready, emotionally I was not ready. There has been a lot to manage the last few weeks and I felt like I just wanted to have a sleep in and harvest tomatoes today.
    .
    So last night I got some priceless and compassionate coaching from @samanthagash she said "Your goal tomorrow is to show up. Just turn up at the start line."
    .
    This morning I turned up with my family in tow for support. My daughter said " Mummy we want to support you. Support is one of our family values this year." She is right.
    .
    To run 42.2km in 32 degrees is not easy.
    .
    I got to the last aid station thinking I had 8.5km to go but I had 2.5km to go. I could not believe it! I said to the volunteers "But so many of the people that passed me at the start are behind me, I thought I had another loop to do. "No he said, you can obviously pace yourself well and you can handle the heat. You are well ahead of the others.
    .
    That blew me away, even though I always run my own race, it blew me away.
    .
    Today I beat my personal marathon time by 21 minutes!! I am getting older and faster! .
    Lessons I was reminded of today:
    .
    1. Show up - You never know what might happen.
    .
    2. A little dance when things get tough always helps.
    .
    3. Call on your people. The ones that believe when you don't.

    Thank you @mathieudorerun for getting me this far. Now for the big one!
    .
    Tomorrow I will have a sleep in and harvest tomatoes. 🙏🏿

  • kalila_bearInspirational !!!!
  • citizencacaoCongrats Wonder Woman - what a day!
  • rigbetteThe greatest post anyone could read today. Well done! Incredibly inspirational 😍
  • miamuse_officialAmazing Kemi! I love this. 💃🏿
  • jolippold@keminekvapil you are a phenomenal woman, phenomenally. X⚡️⚡️⚡️🚀X
  • conscience_collectiveCongratulations Kemi x
  • thestoryofvintageLove the lessons - esp #1. And congrats of the personal best.
  • sharonvandermeerYou are incredible!
  • jacqsonsquare#super⭐️ 👏🏼😘
  • debra_ojumuCongratulations. You are an inspiration and I am SO proud of you 💕
  • uneventrailYou are awesome!
  • kymearseWow congratulations, talking the talk are definitely walking the walk too or should I say running the run 🏆
  • marissa_You are amazing 💛
  • kate.bellevilleI adore your passion, go girl x
  • travelplaylivemagazineWoohoo @keminekvapil that's awesome! Amazing what we can do just showing up 😉🙌🏼
  • smallleathergoodLove the fact you're sitting on the 1st Podium. I'd say you came first that day.♥️
  • janickejohansenCongrats
  • dmtalbotYESSSSSSSS! 🙌 Go Kemi!!!!! What a force to be reckoned with 💪👏👏👏 Congratulations and job well done 😘
  • kingidollWonderful message and well done ❤
  • scotty_mcgrawWell done to you! 👍Big heart 💚
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