Then four weeks ago today, I broke my marathon PR by over 16 minutes at the Sugarloaf Marathon, finishing in 4:25:14. I felt SO strong from the moment I started until I crossed the finish line. I have never felt more confident in my abilities as a runner, and more importantly, have never had so much fun running 26.2.
|Cheesy grin? Check!|
|On top of the world after 26.2 x 3!|
Then, flash forward a week after Vermont City. Based on some overly-optimistic planning, I had registered for two races this weekend - a hilly 10K for my running club's Grand Prix series on Saturday and a local 5K on Sunday. Once again, I was nervous about running on tired legs on tough courses with some really talented runners. I resigned myself to taking it easy and just getting it done.
First, Saturday came with the Middleboro YMCA Tispaquin Run. It was crazy hot and humid, and I could feel the fatigue from Vermont in my legs throughout the hilly course. I was nervous about the 10K distance, having never quite mastered pacing in between a 5K race pace and the half marathon distance. So when I finished and realized that I had PR'd my 10K by 8 minutes, finishing in 56:23, I was nothing short of ecstatic.
And then to cap off these totally unreal 4 weeks, I achieved my third PR today at the McGuiggan's Pub 5K in Whitman. My finish time was 24:52, for a 7:56/mile pace. Now, if you had told me a few months ago that I would EVER be running sub-8's, I would have thought you were crazy. Honestly, even prior to today, looking back at my paces, I wouldn't have thought it was possible. So when I realized that I had won first in my age group, I was pretty much over the moon.
|Matching trophies with my running buddy - so proud!|
But even more, I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude for my running club. The Colonial Road Runners has become so much more than a club to me - they have become my support system, my running family, and some of the most amazing friends I could ever ask for. My running friends inspire me every day to continue pushing forward and setting new, seemingly impossible goals for myself. I continue to learn every day from the wealth of expertise that this group of incredibly accomplished and experienced runners provides. I am constantly challenged to push myself to keep up with some seriously fast folks. And just as importantly, they make running SO much fun. I have never smiled so much and felt as good as I do when I'm surrounded by these amazing runners. They have taught me to change my default from "there's no way I could ever do that," to "I'd really like to try that." They have me setting goals for myself that I am starting to believe I can really accomplish.
|Colonials represent at the Middleboro YMCA Tispaquin 10K!|