We’re 20 days away from the big race, the ING NYC Marathon, and this weekend I ran my last (successful) 20 miler. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me talk about this one race. Every time I post something on Facebook or Twitter about how many miles I ran, I’m pretty sure someone is rolling their eyes as much as I roll my eyes after reading someone’s political rant status update. So we’re even.
This post isn’t so much about the run itself, but rather why this particular run was better than all the others. A big big big THANKS to my friends Lisa at Early Morning Run and my Cherbrale (and her boyfriend Nick who was there in spirit) for meeting me at different points along the 20 miles and not letting me walk. Having to meet them at certain points by a certain time helped me stay on track and finish under four hours. It meant a lot that these folks would spend part of their weekend, outdoors on the coldest day yet in NYC, running with me.
It’s always nice to know that friends and family support you. I know mine support me and my goals 100% but many of them have never seen me run a race. Remember those days when your mom and dad came to your recital or game? You didn’t make a deal about them being there, but you definitely noticed when they were not. There’s something about the human spirit that is contagious. Isn’t that why we cheer for our favorite baseball team? We, the spectators, believe and know that our spirit and encouragement can sometimes lift the team out of the pits. We have faith when the athletes themselves don’t.
There are runners around you, or just people in general, who need your support and faith. Will you cheer for them?
FITNESS Mind, Body, Spirit Games – 4 Miles – September 15
The FITNESS Mind, Body, Spirit Games 4 mile race didn’t go as planned this weekend. My hamstrings were extremely tight from my workout with Justin and I felt like I was going to vomit. I’m pretty sure the nachos I had the night prior didn’t help. It was good reminder that food is fuel and if you put junk into your body, it won’t run as well.
While my time wasn’t what I was going for, I still set a personal best for a 4 mile race. Can’t be too mad at that!
NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan
The Fifth Avenue mile is my favorite race of the year…because it’s a mile. For some reason though, it’s the hardest as well. Maybe because everyone is running at their fastest pace and one feels like she’s going to vomit? I was determined to beat my time from last year , but alas, it didn’t work out. I missed it by FIVE seconds. There’s always next year.
On another note, this race reminded me that Lisa at Early Morning Run and I have been friends for a long time. She’s the reason I started running and I appreciate all that she’s done to influence my life in such a positive way. Check us out just one year ago! I hope you have a friend in your life who encourages you to be fit and healthy, but also pushes you to be a better you.
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