Hey blog world! It’s been awhile, but I wanted to pop in and update you on a couple of half marathons I ran in October. This “racing” season for me has not been about actually racing. Instead, it has been about running, loving the runs that I do, and not getting injured or overdoing it too much so that I am ready and fresh to start training for Boston in January. Oh, that’s right, I haven’t officially blogged about this, but I was accepted into the 2016 Boston Marathon. Seriously, every time I say it, I get so excited. Chills, even. I just can’t wait.
Okay, first up this month was the Grand Rapids Half Marathon. I didn’t specifically train for this, but was offered a free entry, and had two friends who were running the full marathon; their first one! So, I decided to do it as a training run for the Philly Rock’N’Roll in two weeks. It was a perfect morning – sunny, cool, and calm winds. I ran the first 8 or so miles with my friends, until the half and the full course split. It was perfect. I so enjoyed catching up with these two special ladies who I don’t see nearly as often as I would like. The first 8 miles we averaged about an 8:35 to 8:40 pace, and the last four miles I turned on the speed and averaged about a 7:20 pace. My finish time was just under 1:50.
And then this past weekend I flew to Philadelphia and met up with my sister. And we ran a half marathon together. In costume. It was so much fun, and I think I need to run every race with a cape from here on out. We dressed as Elsa and Anna (because my sister’s name is actually Elsa…so it was a no brainer). We absolutely loved hearing little girls squeal as we went by “Look mom, it’s Elsa and Anna”. So cute! We finished in 1:48:XX (Look at me, not even caring about my finish time. This is a BIG deal for this competitive lady, you guys!!!). Again, the racing conditions were perfect, the company was great, and I accomplished my goal. I LOVED running this race, and my fall season of running was so much fun. Now to rest up for a few weeks and then start marathon training! Yay!
I hope your October was spectacular. Hope to be back again soon!