Thursday, April 18, 2013
This is my favorite race. This race and I have a history (was once the very last person to cross the finish line, etc., etc.). To read more about that... www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
After successfully running this race the past two years, and hitting a PR last year, this year I almost didn't run it. After running my first half marathon in January, I took some time off. Too much time off. So when I started running again, 2 weeks before this race, and couldn't run 2 miles without being sore, I was concerned. Plus I was going on a business trip early the next morning, and I felt compelled to just sit this one out.
I didn't. Couldn't. This was my race. So I decided I would do my best and really just enjoy the day. The weather was great, mid-50s, so I joined the other 33,000 runners to kick off the racing season.
I had such a great time! I felt healthy, and knew I was doing something good for my body, and also my confidence as a runner. I could do this. And you know what? I finished less than a minute past my PR time, which I didn't think was possible given my non-existent training for this race. It reminds me how far I've come, and how fit I am now. I am so proud of myself for running and pushing forward.
I celebrated after the race with a customary beer, and cheered those who weren't there, such as my dad, my sister and my friend Jenn - all who have ran it in the past with me.
2013 (pic on top) and previous yrs. below: