On of my favorite fitness bloggers – heck, one of my favorite people of all time – Christine, wrote a post detailing her Top 5 Running Moments. Her post made me smile as it made me look back at my 22+ years of running and some of my favorite moments. And since Grandma’s Marathon is about 48 hours away and I’m freaking out about my taper and having all of my doubts – this was fun to keep my mind busy and to go back and look at the happy times of actually finishing some races and smiling. It helped me remember that the race is the party and just to chill the heck out right now.
1. Running my first race ever. I ran a Corporate Challenge 5K in 1993. I had been running for about six months and had never even thought about running in a race – but my company found out that I at least could run(also I was about 25 years old and could do just about anything), and so I became our running representative that morning. I showed up in my white Reebok tennis shoes, cotton t-shirt and khaki pleated shorts(NOT EVEN KIDDING!). As someone who had just taken up running I had no idea what running gear was or even the proper shoes that I needed. But I still came in third out of the 60ish competitors. The next day I went out and bought some actual running shoes, a tank top and sport shorts. I was hooked.
2. My first marathon. Fast forward two years from my first race and the next thing I know I’m training for a marathon. I ran the Twin Cities Marathon in 1995(wow – 20 years ago!). My gun time finish was 4:03 – there were no chip times back then. I crossed the starting line though about six minutes after the gun – so I was crazy proud to finish my first marathon in under four hours. However, I’m not sure why I tucked in my running shirt. I guess that was the style in 1995? Also, I still own and run in that shirt!
3. Running the Edmund Fitzgerald 100k Ultra relay in 1995. This was probably the most amazing experience ever- and why I would LOVE to do a Ragnar sometime. Me and four guys from my work(old guys – like late 30s and early 40s…) took to the North Shore of Minnesota well before sunrise to have some fun. And when I say “have some fun” I mean run…not frolic on the rocky beaches with a six pack of beer. Although, I’ve done that too. I think they asked me to join as they wanted to have a coed team – but I ended up picking up an extra leg of the race for us and we really kicked some butt and had so much fun.(Wish I had pictures).
4. Running with my daughter during her first 5k. We had run some “fun runs” as a family – Color Runs and runs for charity where much of the run we would walk just for the finish. But last Thanksgiving, my daughter and I ran the Turkey Trot 5K as a run where she really pushed herself for a good finish time. It was so much fun running together and that experience gave her the confidence to sign-up for the school track team this Spring where she had many first place finishes in her 400 and 200m runs! I love watching her grow in her own running career and chasing her own goals. Proud running mama here.
5. My #5 has to be achieving my #BQ(Boston Marathon) qualifying time last October at the Twin Cities Marathon. I trained hard last summer and everything just came together to make this huge goal of mine a priority. Sometimes I joke that I knew if I just maintained my speed that eventually the Boston qualifying time for my age would intersect with my training – but I won’t diminish the work I put into that race last Fall. I cannot wait to run Boston in 2016 because I worked my butt off to get there!
What is your own favorite running moment?