Thanks BGR! All Access - Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon

By: Margo Murphy, Esq., BGR! All Access Member

The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon was my first official half marathon. When I found out I had won a free entry from Black Girls Run’s All Access, I was thrilled. But then panic set in. Would I be ready in time? 

I happened to be training for the Niagara Half Marathon when I received the entry, so I was physically prepared for the race.  I decided early on that my goal would be to finish, and I would worry about my speed in future races. 

Race day was gorgeous. The weather was in the 50s and there wasn’t a drop of rain in sight, despite the 100% chance of rain forecast throughout the week leading up to the race. I started my journey with Katina, who had also won an entry through BGR All Access. We eventually settled into our respective paces and separated ways. 

Those 13.1 miles were a journey of emotions. Some miles were easy and very enjoyable. Others, like the hill that spanned the length of mile 5, made me doubt my ability to even finish. I had to stop and walk a few times, but I remembered one of the mottos that the BGR ladies taught me: “My race, my pace”. As long as I finished, I would be satisfied. 

I met a number of ladies from BGR along the course, and more past the finish line. They kept me going with cheers and words of encouragement. They made a tremendous difference at those points where I was starting to falter. BGR has become a second family to me, and has provided me with some amazing opportunities. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

 

 

 




JayEll Alexander
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6 Responses

ahmed
ahmed

June 17, 2016

Great story I hope this will help others to achieve their goals :)

By the way I have something to share with u :)
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ahmed
ahmed

June 17, 2016

Great story I hope this will help others to achieve their goals :)

By the way I have something to share with u :)
Do you know the MYTHS of GYM? If not then check them out! http://skinstylefitness.blogspot.com/2016/06/5-top-gym-myths-you-dont-know.html?m=0

Tiki
Tiki

May 26, 2016

Perfecto!!!!!!!! Way to go Margo. Now, go knock out Niagara Half with flyin’ colors!!!! Pink and Black of course. ;-)

Deidre WILLIAMS
Deidre WILLIAMS

May 25, 2016

Awesome! !!

Darlene
Darlene

May 25, 2016

Great job Margo, you are truly an inspiration.

Iris Owens
Iris Owens

May 25, 2016

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing your story, hopefully it will inspire others to get on the pavement. :-)

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