Long before I started running, my best friend was doing her first marathon and asked if I’d like to travel to London to watch her run. I wasn’t interested, the train ticket was expensive and I wasn’t sure why anyone would stand and watch people run. I was bored just thinking about it. Fast forward a couple of years and I find myself on the start line of Great North Run. I’m so nervous I could puke. I’d never done anything like this before in my life and had only entered the ballot after losing a bet. I’d given up smoking after realising my lungs were holding me back. I’d thrown out a JustGiving page to see if I’d get a couple of quid and ended up with £3000. I couldn’t believe that people were wishing me good luck and giving money to a charity who helped my dad when he was dying. I couldn’t believe that 50,000 people had each gone through their own journey and for their own reasons to get to that start line and that thousands more would line the streets to cheer on strangers and hand out jelly babies. I’d never experienced being part of something where I was accepted and applauded, not because of what time I could get or what I looked like, but because I bothered to put the work in and turned up. This post is true, if you’re losing faith in humanity then go and watch a marathon, because it’s amazing what humans can do. If you’re wondering, yes I’m still kicking myself for not supporting my friend when she asked me, but she knows I didn’t get it then and we’ve done a few races together (she wins every time), plus if there’s a race on and I’m not running, I’m the fog horn with a homemade sign who waits for the last runner to pass.
King Neptune Challenge completed✔️ Back to back races this weekend and although I was hoping for two perfect days in a row to run, the circumstances were a little different today compared to yesterday. I enjoyed the half marathon course as it was mapped throughout parts of Atlantic City, but chilly temps mixed with strong wind gusts (20 mph+) and the lack of rest I had from working last night to running this morning posed as my challenges. A four minute difference from yesterday’s 10k to today’s 10k split speaks volumes. It was two years ago when I first ran the AC Race Series, which drove my desire to run races and challenge myself with what I thought I wasn’t capable of accomplishing. Each race I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and will continue to do so, learning about my strengths and weaknesses and challenging my limits. Nothing gets easier, I just get stronger. 🏃🏻♀️💪🏼🏃🏻♀️💪🏼🏃🏻♀️💪🏼 10/22/16 - 10/21/18; 52 races: 5K x 14 7K x 1 8K x 3 10K x 8 11K x 1 12K x 1 15K x 2 5 Miler x 1 10 Miler x 4 Half Marathon x 16 Marathon x 1 #runningmotivation#13point1#runnerscommunity#sundayrunday#liveloverun#findyourhappypace#shebelievedshecouldsoshedid#running#pinkwarrior#achalfmarathon#runnergirl#bebetterthanyouwereyesterday#runac#kingneptunechallenge#forrestgumpismyhero
So lucky I had my teammate/husband next to me the whole time. I couldn’t have done it without you babe! Thank u for all your support, for pushing me and always believing in me. You are the best husband. I am your biggest fan and you are mine❤️ I love you! #13point1#team#thecromers#venturahalfmarathon
There’s a medal in this picture somewhere for half marathon #19 of 60 by 60 done in 2:34:54 (11:49/mile), almost 5 mins faster than last year. But unlike last year, I didn’t do the grand slam this time (4 races in 3 days). . . My goal for this race was to run all the major hills in miles 3, 5 and 7. Ran them all, then walked before running again. . . It was 42F this morning and with strong headwinds it was brrrry chilly. Glad I had 3 layers of long sleeves on. . . Lessons learned: . . 1️⃣ Always bring your own fuel (which I do). They usually give away gels at 8/9th mile but there was nothing except for water and Gatorade this year. . . 2️⃣ Listen to the playlist you prepared for the race. I ended up listening to slow music during the last 3 miles when I should be hearing motivating music . . Thank you to all the volunteers who endured the weather to keep us safe and healthy, especially to @cinawarrior35 who made sure everyone survived the 7th mile hill. . . Congratulations to all who finished especially to @jenellioo who PR’d and @teestorm10 for finishing the grand slam. . . Next: half marathon #20 next weekend.