First, my six word race recap:
Perfect weather, perfect race, perfect day. :)
This Swirlgear top is seriously my new favorite running shirt.
It was PERFECT!
Chicago Marathon last year, I loved completely different atmosphere of this race so much too. I grinned like a crazy person when I passed two older men playing the banjo and washboard at mile 8 or so, and every time I saw a glimpse of beautiful Lake Michigan I about lost my mind. It was just pure, perfect running joy.
Mom & Dad = Best Race Cheerleaders and Photographers EVER. The end.
A few miles later, I saw something up ahead that I'd NEVER in a million years expected to encounter in a marathon--the 5 hour pace group! I took a deep breath and told myself that I was going to pass them and STAY ahead of them! Guess what? I did! When I realized the 5 hour pace group wasn't even in my rear view mirror anymore, realized that I was still feeling SO STRONG, and realized that I was going to finish under five hours, I about cried. Words cannot even describe,
The real race started for me around mile 20. At that point my goal went from sub-5 to "get my average pace under 11min/mi." I dug deep and focused on speeding up with every mile. I got comments from volunteers and spectators that I looked way too fresh and strong for having run 20 miles!! As the miles ticked by, I pushed myself harder than ever. The race was starting to take it toll by this point. My feet hurt, I was tired, but I still felt completely unstoppable. (And I felt NOTHING like I did in Chicago!) I knew that there were no proverbial "walls" in my path--no one was going to stop me. I was going to do something I never thought I could. I mean seriously, guys, I ran my first 5K in like 36 minutes. I don't even know myself anymore!
While we didn't run together, I was blessed to spend this race weekend with my boyfriend who also ran the race! Loved sharing this experience!
My amazing friend Katy came up to Milwaukee to cheer!
How did I get so lucky to have such great friends??
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: anything truly is possible if you want it and work for it. As the band The Weepies says, "All it takes is a little faith and a lot of heart."
Tell me about a run or other experience that made you feel completely ALIVE!!!