I started the month of March with two Half-marathons on the books…one week after another…for some, this may be no big feat but for me (a.k.a. the girl who hid inside from the cold nasty Missouri weather all winter but also refused to run on the treadmill) this was HUGE!! Up until the beginning of March, I had only ran a handful of 5K’s on the old dreadmill in the basement. All that training I had planned for my two March races went to the wayside. I stressed about it for a bit (okay…a few weeks but that’s normal for me) and then finally decided to just take it as it came. I decided that I had no goal in mind for either race except to just finish. I have only ran one other Half-marathon (you can read about it here and here) and I got hurt so I wasn’t looking to push myself too much. I really did not want to injure myself right before all the great weather arrives.
I ran my second ever Half-Marathon on March 15th and I rocked it! I ran in the Irish Upon a Star Virtual Half-Marathon hosted by the IR4 community. They are an amazing group by the way! If you want to learn more about our great little family, check out this post about my IR4 buddy Riley! She is an amazing little sweetheart! See for yourself 🙂
For this run, I decided to join my running pal Stephanie for part of her scheduled 18-miler that she was running that same day. Win-Win for both of us!! It was nice to have someone to keep each other company…although we both had to finish our runs separately since I wasn’t going as far. It was a great route that was mostly flat. Our run went pretty easy and before I knew it, I was setting a PR! I smashed this run with a 2:32:01 and I was ecstatic!!!! Check out Riley & I’s medals!!
I also happened upon ONE of the 250 cakes that are part of the STL250 celebration! If you aren’t sure what that is exactly….? Well here is the dirt on it! 2014 is a big year for St. Louis! It’s the 250th birthday!! Read about these amazing birthday cakes here!
Fast forward another week and I found myself getting ready for my long-awaited and much-anticipated Relay & Run for 21 Half-marathon! I have been looking forward to this race since I signed up! I could not wait to run in honor of my IR4 buddy Riley! My only goal on this race was to make her proud 🙂
This race was a little different from any that I’ve run because it as a point to point race that took us from Downtown Clayton to Westport Plaza! Wanna see what that actually looks like on a map?! It looks like a huge distance to go…LOL.
It took us through some amazing neighborhoods and we able to enjoy the views and scenery as well as the rolling hills which we loved to hate 🙂 Although we have had a few nice days here and there lately, the day of the race was windy and cold to say the least. Thankfully, we were able to hang out in a little coffee shop at the starting line to keep warm. We were also able to snap this “before” picture of us getting ready to rock this race.
I ran the Relay & Run for 21 with two amazing women (both named Stephanie…plus read one Stephanie’s account of our race on her blog here) who told me before we left for the race that this day was all about me getting a PR. I knew that the course was hilly…very hilly!! I was not thinking that a PR was anywhere in my future that day! However, they pushed me to the very end and I thank them tremendously because….I crushed that race with a 2:25:24 (elapsed time). I can tell you how that felt…I truly felt at times that I wanted to give up…that I couldn’t do it…the hills were killer…I thought of Riley many times during this challenging race and I know that her bright smile got me up many of those hills that I encountered.
After running these last two races (#2 & #3 Half-Marathon), I’ve come to the conclusion that, like most, I’m addicted to the Half-Marathon!! I can’t wait for the next one which will hopefully be during my birthday weekend!!!! Of course, that means I need to start training for that….NOW!!! Yikes! It will be here before ya know it!