The past few months have been a freaking rollercoaster of emotions, but the past two weeks have been all on the up! Two weeks ago, I accepted an offer for a new job that I start tomorrow, Ashley came back for a visit, my mom and I saw Newsies and then I followed the star of Bethlehem to the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival. (Disclosure: My travel, lodging, some meals, my race entries and some awesome swag were provided by Runner’s World. All opinions and sore abs from laughing are my own.)
I smiled when I finished the three races. (Yup, 3. 5K, 10K and a half-marathon. And a three-mile shakeout on Friday and 6 miles before the half today.)
I cried when Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray spoke, about the Boston Marathon bombings and a touching story about a disabled woman who ran her own version of the Boston Marathon a few years ago.
I nearly cried during the half today at my fatigued legs and lack of mental resolve, but then I pulled myself together.
Photo credit: Jocelyn
I met former pro swimmer Summer Sanders, who may be the most down-to-earth famous person I’ve ever met. I walked up to her and went to shake her hand before this picture, and she gave me a hug instead.
We are new BFFs.
Katy was the best roomie a girl could ask for; we laughed our heads off and had serious talk late into the night, and there are few people I know with a heart as big as hers.
We visited the Runner’s World headquarters and hung out in Bart Yasso and David Willey’s offices.
And, in 31 miles and nonstop talk about running this weekend, I solidified my love for the sport and the people it attracts.
Every single person I interacted with this weekend was so inspirational. We all run for different reasons, and we all have obstacles that can stand in the way of our training, but we just keep going out there and fighting for it.
AND NOW I’M IN TAPER TOWN. I came home from the weekend to find this gift from my sweet friend Lacey.
Just two more weeks until the New York City Marathon, and the hay is in the barn, and it’s time to rest up these legs.
And not a moment too soon. My calves are crying mercy.
I’ll be posting more about the weekend over the next week or so, but I wanted to get up a taste of this wonderful weekend.
Thank you so much to Runner’s World for inviting me and making this all possible!
Why do you run? Why do you love running? Would you ever do back-to-back-to-back races??