This past Sunday I had the awesome experience of running the Cowtown Half marathon! Not only did I get to run it, I ran it with one of my best girl friends, Amanda Brewer. She is such a talented runner and she opted to run it by my side and I’m so grateful to her for sticking by me when she could have gone ahead! We had such a great race and honestly ran faster than I thought we would have run given my training of late with my acute kidney failure and lack of speed training. I am so thankful to Muscle Milk for their sponsorship and for the ability to represent Team Maddie and raise awareness for organ donorship.READ MORE
*** WARNING – extremely long post (probably full of grammar and spelling errors). I could have broken it into separate posts but it’s done now. ***
“This is not a PR course. Go out there and take it all in and enjoy it!” I had continually heard that in all of my NYC Marathon prep, even before getting injured. So this recap is not the usual, “I had the race of my life,” or “I did way better than expected,” recap. It is an honest retelling of my NYC weekend and my emotions and experience given the cards I was dealt leading up to the race. And what an experience it was! I honestly anticipated a Chicago Marathon type atmosphere, but really wasn’t prepared for what I’d encounter. The hype, the people, the crowds and the emotions! This trip was truly a once in a lifetime destination race and even though I wasn’t able to “race” it, just running it was such a gift.
*** Big thanks to Jodi Friedman, friend and fellow Seawheeze runner who gave me many of the pictures in this post. Follow her on IG @Liquify_me if you love fitness and Lululemon!***
I mentioned I would recap this race and I’ve been slow going. But here it is!
Last Saturday, I ran the Seawheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver. It was my second time to run this race (I did it in 2014) and this year did not disappoint. Dustin was supposed to have run with me but due to his foot injury that has him out of running for the rest of the year, he just went in the support role. We also met up with friends, Travis and Stephanie Hollman. READ MORE
For some racing is about the your time. And trust me, for the 10+ years I’ve been running road races, that’s what I’ve focused on. Which is probably why, when I don’t PR or hit my goal or expectation, I’m met with a feeling of disappointment.
Sunday wasn’t like that. And I didn’t PR. Not even close. Dustin and I ran 1:54:17. I actually smoked that time when I ran a half 16 weeks pregnant. So for me (not speaking relative to other peoples’ pace), it wasn’t about time this weekend. Racing this weekend was about being mentally strong and enjoying the race!