I Did It!

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 8:29 AM

I did it! I ran my first race! Saturday was the 10th annual Jordanelle Triathlon in Francis, Utah. There were over 1,000 athletes competing in the different divisions. It was hot and sunny and exciting. The night before the race, I only got about 2 hours of sleep, but despite the lack of rest, I felt pretty good. I was on a relay team consisting of two other incredible women. Christy Horton, almost 40 and a mother of 4! And Susan Hale, mother of 5 children and my domestic idol. (An incredible friend who was there every step of the way with me through Lucy's tragedy and even picked out where Lucy, Vic, and I were to be buried. Talk about a friend!) Just as Christy was getting in the water to begin her half mile swim, I turned to Susan and said, "Do you think we have a chance to place and win a medal??" She smiled and calmly said, "Sure. Maybe." Frankly, I was just happy to be out of bed and actually competing for fun in my first race. I didn't really care what the results were, but when I saw how fast Christy could swim, I started to get a little excited. (I am extremely competitive, but have calmed down a bit since Lucy passed away). Well...to make a long story short--WE GOT FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!! GOLD MEDAL! I couldn't believe it!



Crossing the finish line was exhilarating. My sister Amy, her son Jack, my husband Vic, and his best friend Mike Hatch, and my kind of sister-in-law Kelly Larson, were there cheering me on. I felt amazing. I could have kept going. I found Vic right away and threw my arms around his neck. We cried together. "I did it for Lucy", I told him. "I'm so proud of you", was his response. At that point, I had no idea that we had gotten the gold medal, and didn't find out until hours later when I was already home and showered. Luckily, Christy and Susan stuck around for the medals ceremony. Darn it, I missed my chance to be Shawn Johnson for a few minutes.



The entire time I ran I was singing "Lucy's Song" in my head over and over. When Lucy was about 6 months old Vic and I wrote a cute little melody with some simple lyrics to sing to her. We would sing it to try and calm her down, or make her laugh, put her to sleep, or just anytime we felt like it. We sang it with tears in our eyes to her several times in the hospital while she was on life support. It's what carried me through the miles and kept me going at an 8 minute pace:

You're my little fishy, wiggling on a hook
And to fall in love with you it only takes one look

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy girl
Oh, how I love you
Lucy, Lucy, Isabella
And you love me too

You're my little beauty bug, flying 'round the room
You grow and grow and right before our eyes you start to bloom

chorus

You're my little angel face, smiling all the time
You love to laugh and learn and play, I'm happy that you're mine

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy girl
Oh, how I love you
Lucy, Lucy, Isabella
And you love me too.

I wore my gold medal to Primary yesterday and told the kids the story of my triumph. I could hardly talk through my tears. I told them that with God on your side, anything is possible. You may not always win the gold medal, you may not be the fastest or smartest or most beautiful, but in the end, when all is said and done, if you have endured well and stayed faithful,God will award you the gold medal of eternal life and more joy than we can comprehend. I gave each of them their "team medal"- an "I am a Child of God" sticker.



What a wonderful, powerful, fulfilling experience. Now, onto my next race--a half marathon!

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  1. way to go molly! you rock! which half marathon are you doing? i can't wait to hear about it.

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  2. Molly,
    I hope you don't mind-I can't seem to keep my comments quiet. I feel as if I really know you, by reading your blog. I have to say, my tears were flowing once again at your tremendous accomplishment! Way to go! I'm glad Lucy's song helped you get through and you were triumphant, all the better. Good luck on your half marathon.

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  3. Hey Molly - AWESOME! Way to go! I wish I would've been there to cheer you on. I was actually in Logan for the Top of Utah half marathon. Be careful with triathons - they can be addicting! :)

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  4. You are amazing!!!! Congrats on winning the gold. I am so happy for you!!

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  5. First place??!! Way to go! You totally rock! I'm so proud of you. Susan didn't even breathe a word of it to me at church yesterday. I hope I get inspired to pull my nose out of my books and hit the trails. P.S. I never tire of hearing how cute my kids are.

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  6. I want to do the Half Marathon with you! Good job Molly.

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  7. Congratulations!! You continue to be an inspiration to me and many others. I love how you showed your Primary kids your medal and taught them the "real" lesson!

    From a stranger, with love, who is inspired by you every day of my life

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  8. 8 minutes! crazy! well i won't offer to do a race with you, because you will kick my butt! great job!

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  9. hello. you do not know me, i found your blog through blog stalking a friends,friends,friends blog. way to go!!!! Congratulations!!! Lucy was watching over you and cheering you on in heaven. May god bless you! my blog is durham17.blogspot.com thinking of you, Ashlee

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  10. That is quite the accomplishment! GOLD! You deserve it for the 8 minute pace...I got tired just reading about it!

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  11. I have been singing Lucy's song in my head a lot this past week. We are so proud of you- amazing job on the tri!

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  12. Molly,
    You are so incredible! You amaze me everyday with your strength and faith. I love reading your blogs they are amazing!! I hear you are making a trip to Boise in the near future, I hope to see you soon!

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  13. Molly, I keep coming back to your blog and checking on how You and Vic are doing. Your strength amazes me, the things you write are beautiful, you have such a way with words. I don't even know if you remember me from school but I just wanted to let you know that I think and pray for you often. Congratulations on the Gold Medal!! You can check out my blog through Janeese's, would love to chat with you again..Susie (Elliott) Lage

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  14. Congratulations! Just thinking about it makes me tired.

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  15. Way to go Molly! You rock girl, without sounding condescending, I am proud of you, you are truly inspiring.

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  16. Molly, I am so incredibly proud of you. Way to go Lucy for inspiring your mama so much!

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  17. That's so exciting. I just did my first 5k a week ago. I can't imagine how exciting it must have been to win. I didn't even win a medal but was just so excited to have accomplished it (nowhere near an 8 minute mile though). WAY TO GO!

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  18. congrats! what a great accomplishment!!! so cool too, with all the olympic awards...you are a CHAMPION! :)

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  19. That is so awesome! Congrats! You are an amazing woman.

    April
    (Friend of Brooke's)

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  20. LOOK AT YOU MOLLY!!! Wow, you have had your triumph this very week. How timely for your gold medal to come in right after your last post. You are such an inspiration in every possible way. And you are SMOKIN' fast with that pace. Gosh. Who knew? So happy for you, girl!

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  21. Molly, I am so proud of you too! I have tears in my eyes after reading this triumph of yours. You are amazing! I am so happy you are surrounded by such wonderful friends because you are such a wonderful friend too. I am just so excited for you. Congratulations! I love you Miss Molly!

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  22. Those Primary kids will never forget your story! You have just changed so many little lives! Congratulations on doing something so incredible. Maybe I'll be able to do that one day....maybe.....

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  23. Wow. That is pretty amazing, I think, that you won! Because...its your first race, and...well. It's just wonderful! I love to see that smile on your face...I notice when I walk a song is usually repeating over and over in my head too. Usually simple children's songs. I love Lucy's!

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  24. I am so inexpressibly proud of you! Good job smolls!

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  25. Congratualtions on your run. It feels so good to move doesn't it. I am proud of you and the other Moms.You have created a good memory. Marlene

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  26. I found your blog through my friend. I just have to tell you how sorry I am to hear about your dear Lucy. Even though our situations are not the same, I do share with you the pain of losing a child. My daughter, Mae, had passed away at 5 months old. How terrible it is to loss a child....no one can really understand. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I know you don't know me, but if you need anything, let me know. I can be a good sounding board. Take care of yourself.

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  27. Congratulations, Molly. You deserve a gold medal in more ways than winning a race. You are a winner. Keep running.
    John

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  28. Holy cow Molly! That is SWEET! Way to go! From a person who gets out of breath just running from the car to the house to get something I forgot, I am totally in awe and just a little jealous.

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  29. Congratulations Molly!! That is fantastic!!

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  30. holy cray, Molly, an 8 mile pace. That's fantastic. I can barely do that for a 1/2 miles. Your the woman!

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  31. good job, you don't know me, i found you through some blog stalking. you inspire me everyday. this is a great accomplishment, lucy would be proud of you. you make me want to be a better mom, to hug my girls tighter and live in every moment. you make me want to be a better wife, to have a better marriage. i am committed to being closer to the gospel principles because i want my family to be eternal too. your in my thoughts and prayers often. i'll keep checking in, if thats ok, to see how you are doing and to be inspired. thanks.

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  32. You are so amazing!! Good job girl!!

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  33. Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. I'm glad to be blogging buddies, too. You really inspire me in every way. When I was visiting with my uncle, he was telling me about how impressed he has been with you and your attitude. He was very impressed you wanted to remain in Primary. He had lots of good to say about you, Vic, and of course, the beautiful Lucy. I would love to visit with you next time I am in PC. And if you ever get down this way to Kaysville- I'd love to meet up with you here. My thoughts and prayers are still with you.

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  34. Molly, I found you from stephanie's blog(a comment you made)I love your inspiring posts. You help me to be a better mom and person. Thank you for reminding me that life really is about ENDURANCE!! By the way, I noticed from one of your pictures, Christy Horton. She was a leader when I was in Young Womens many years ago. She took us to Country concerts, and we had so much fun. I just love her to death. Tell her Marianne Noel (now Lorz) says "Hi" if you get the chance. Thanks again for your inspiration!!

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  35. Hooray, hooray, hooray! Congratulations on every aspect of this race - physical, mental, emotional. What a feat. Good luck training for the half marathon! So happy for you, big hugs. (And that painting of Christ on the water you posted last week is my absolute favorite. I looked all over for a print before I found out that the Church owns the rights to it, but it resides with Sotheby's, and there are no prints of it. Sigh. Some day, I hope to have a copy hanging on my wall. :)

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  36. ROCK ON !!! I love that feeling too. You have hundreds of people supporting your accomplishments and trails, know I am too.

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