Training for a race kinda sucks… until you show up on D-Day with 17,000 other people and realize you’re ready to go. Even though I’ve run many organized races, I often wonder why people, including myself, keep spending money to run when they could just do it for free. THIS IS WHY: There’s just something about the crowds, the anticipation, the collective anxiety, and the thought that no matter how slow I go or how fast you go… or how fat or skinny or old or young we are… we’re all in this together. On this day, we’re all runners. We’re all athletes. We prepared for this, and now it’s time make ourselves proud. Well worth the $35 fee, right? That, and the free snack buffet at the finish line.
On Thanksgiving morning, it was about 20 degrees, and I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t give a shit. My boyfriend Eddy and I bundled up and promised to stay together on the course. Although there are ZERO pictures of us actually running, we finished! We didn’t break any records, but our time was respectable: 1:11:20.
And I’m so proud of Eddy. As I mentioned before, he’s more of a sprinter… so long distance running, for him, was a challenge. And guess what. He didn’t stop once! Well, he did stop ONCE, but it was for maybe 10 seconds as we were going up a massive hill. I’m not counting it.
Here’s my final tally for training. I stuck to the chart (and even did some extra) during the last half, and it showed! I’ve done two races with Hal Higdon’s programs at this point, one for the marathon and the other for this 10K. I can’t say enough good things about them. No matter your fitness level, he has something that fits. Check out his site!
Now on to a new physical challenge. Any suggestions?