I think that I have secondary runner’s high from the Boston Marathon last week and the London Marathon this past weekend. When you can’t run, you think about running and you reminisce about running.
When you can’t run, you also remember ever run you’ve ever taken as the best run ever. But we all know that’s not always true. Then, I saw this on Angela’s blog and Amanda’s blog and it got me thinking. What are my top 5 running moments?
1. Chicago Marathon, 2001
You never forget your first. I can’t remember how or why Ed and I decided to train for a marathon. We both ran but never ran more than 6 miles. Being two very goal-oriented people, it seemed like a good goal. Could we actually do it? I remember that it was a perfect fall day – crisp and cool in the low 40s. Even though it was hard, I remember smiling for most of it. OK, maybe not the last 6 miles or so. One runner had a shirt on that said something like “Gotta beat Oprah!” and listed her time. I saw that and thought, “Me too. Gotta beat Oprah.” and that gave me the extra push I needed to finish.
2. Philly Half Marathon, 2014
I’ve talked a lot about this race but this was one of my best races. I felt strong and in control during the entire race. But the best part about this race? It was an incredible way to cap off my year of running – a year that helped me rediscover my confidence as a runner. While I just missed my A-goal, it was a 7-minute PR.
3. Reach the Beach Relay, 2014
How could Reach the Beach not be on my list? 200 miles from the mountains of New Hampshire to the beach. This, ironically, was the experience that helped me rekindle my love for running. I think that it’s funny that I loved this experience so much. I am a solo runner. I hate running in a group. Yet, I loved that the relay made running a team effort. Maybe I’m just more of a team player?
4. NYC Triathlon, 2005
While running is only one part of the triathlon, it was my favorite part of the race. Even though I felt like I was going to die during that hot and humid July day after swimming 0.9 miles and biking 25 miles. Even though the 10K course takes you from the boat basin area of 72nd Street on the West Side into Central Park and then a loop around the park that includes the Harlem Hills. I’m not sure how it’s possible but it was my fastest 10K time (at the time).
5. Reindeer Run, 2014
While I didn’t participate in this run, it was my son’s first race. I was so proud of him for going out there and running his heart out. Even though it wasn’t the best race experience, he walked away with a new appreciation and greater like of running. I don’t want to say love of running because I don’t want to jinx it! I can’t wait to run with him.
What’s your favorite running moment?
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