Yesterday I was able to run the Austin Half Marathon. It was the 5th consecutive year that I have completed it, and it was the race I asked my surgeon about when I found out I needed surgery. I ran it with one of my running partners, and as much as I was excited for it I was nervous that I would have to stop for pain. The week leading up to the race was stressful as I was ill and I was feeling nervous since the hip has been acting up but I had just met with my surgeon and he gave me the ok to run. A couple of days before the race, one of my favorite bloggers, Kristen Armstrong, wrote about how pain is a luxury. She was writing about those that can't be active would give anything to complete a run or ride a bike. That reminder was repeated to me later when a good friend of mine in my running group emailed me to encourage me to enjoy the race and not focus on the time. She reminded me that it was a blessing for me be able to run and that it was a celebration of everything that I had been through this past fall. Those reminders were on the forefront of my mind with every step that I took.