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"Lord, I don't ask that I should win, but please, please don't let me finish behind Akabusi."

Innocent Egbunike's prayer at the 1988 Olympics

Laura on track

I having completed my “first” half marathon in the city of Rosario…I say “first”, as some will know that I have ran a couple of half marathons before, but not with the same preparation and dedication, always preferring to keep things short and painful on the track!

Laura with the trophy


Last year Fabio and I had planned to make Rosario my debut over the distance, as I am expected to go to the event with my club FC Max, as I have done almost every year since 2011, but always to run the shorter, complimentary 5km distance. This will definitely go down as one of my most memorable races, firstly in terms of what we overcame just to get me onto the start line: a long drawn out injury and a patch of heavy instability about the future. As for the race itself, it was one of those days where I ran smartly, timing the pace to perfection, I felt good, the weather was on my side and Fabio was even able to ride a bike at a safe distance to watch the race and cheer me on inconspicuously.

The podium awaits Laura!


Celebrating with Fabio

With all this in favour, I ran a time much quicker than I was expecting and managed to move from about 7th to 2nd female over the course of the 21km circuit; the only one that got away on the day was Rio Olympian and my Pan American “training partner” Rosa Godoy To make the podium in such an important opened doors for various interviews, photos and messages on social media, great opportunities to testify about who God is and what He has done in our lives.


Finishing




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