With this thought I found it appropriate to honor Throwback Thursday with the races that lead me to where I am today. For those who are new around here my running journey began a little over a year and a half ago, you can catch up on that here. During my last semester of grad school I found running as an escape during one of the busiest times of my life.
Since then I've ran a handful of races, signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, hurt my hip, cancelled the Princess Half, ran my first post-injury mile, and signed up yet again to complete a half marathon.
Get to the Green 5k, Columbia SC // March 2012
This was my first race ever! When a group of friends from grad school said they were going to run it I decided to finally try and meet a goal I'd had forever to run a 5k. I set out to train (aka start running) and got up to 3.1 a month before the race. I was so proud to come in under my goal of 35 minutes even with a surprise hill I didn't know I was going to encounter.
HCA VA 8k, Richmond VA // November 2012
I thought a 10k would be the next step but with a popular 8k in town I went that route. This was my first dose of running in the cold. I thought I was going to die during my first training run where the temperature had dropped below 50*. It was even pretty chilly the day of the race, and at this point I had already hurt my hip but again came in under my goal of an hour at 51 minutes.
Carytown 10k, Richmond VA // May 2013
I had hopes of running the ridiculously popular Monument Ave. 10k but wanted to take my re-introduction to running easy so I didn't hurt myself again. This Cinco de Mayo race fit the bill! I went into this race with no goals or expectations of time, but mainly to just finish. I finished strong without stopping at 1:05 and was so proud that I actually emailed my PT after the race to show him my progress.
On Friday afternoon I'll leave work a bit early to head west to Lynchburg for The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler. I'm going with my friend Diana who I ran the 8k with, although when I say "ran with" I really mean that we drove there and back. I run in Diana's dust but I'm OK with that and proud of her speed!
I'm excited and nervous at the same time and just keep thinking of my running reward which is going to be a trip to the J.Crew Clearance Store. Who wouldn't run for that? I'm sure you'll see some updates on Saturday after the race, and I'll be sure to provide a recap next week. Wish me luck!