Hello blog world! Man I’ve been seriously slacking on my posts lately! So what’s happened since my last post? Well let’s see…I’m a year older as of 2 weeks ago, and I finished my second marathon. Now I’m busy getting ready for Christmas that completely snuck up on me this year!
Ok, so back to that marathon thing… When I ran the CIM last year (my first marathon) it was 21 degrees at start time (burrr), but I’m happy to report that start time this year was a toasty 48 degrees! It made for a much better start and run overall I must say. The first time around I finished at 6:06:28 after a hamstring cramp at mile 17 and hobbling the rest of the way in. This year…no cramping! I came across the finish line with a monster PR of 21 minutes with an official time of 5:45:43.
I’m so happy to see the improvements my body has made over the past year. It’s hard to compare this race to that race, but one thing I love about running the same race each year is being able to actually compare and judge my progress on the same course. It’s also nice to see the strength in my legs help me recover quicker this year, so I’m happy to know all my hard work over the past 12 months really paid off.
This was my running partner’s first marathon, so I had a blast being able to run with her. She asked me about a year and a half ago to take her out on a run to help her get back into shape. That very first run she couldn’t even make it through a mile, so being able to watch her improve from there has been the best part. I’ve always wanted to be able to inspire others, and I feel truly honored that she trusted me enough to listen to my advice and training guidance to help her accomplish such a huge goal. Not much can compare to crossing that marathon finish line for the first time, but getting to do it a second time with someone I’ve seen get stronger and more confident every day was pretty dang close!
Here are a few pics from race day…
One thing I was really disappointed about with the Nike Women’s Half in SF earlier this year was not being able to snap a pic with my name on the window in Union Square because it was so busy. I was really excited the CIM decided to do their own little version of that this year, and I had to have a pic of my name up there with all the others!
I love the smile on her face! So proud to have been apart of her journey, and so grateful my brother was at the finish line to catch the best part of any race…the finish line hug. Because sweaty hugs are the best kind 🙂
It’s safe to say that even over a week later I’m still rocking a pretty mean runner’s high. I felt overwhelmed with my accomplishment the first time around, but the second time was even better being able to see so much improvement in myself over the year.
My 2014 racing season has officially come to an end, but I’m already planning ahead for 2015. My goal for next year is to back off the racing schedule a little bit and focus on particular races and getting faster. Next up on the agenda is the Shamrock’n Half here in Sacramento coming up in March. I know the course well, so I KNOW I can finally take down that half marathon PR that’s been standing for too long! I also already have the San Francisco Marathon on the 2015 schedule, and I’ve heard I’m going to be running the CIM again as well. So after a week off from running, workouts, and healthy eating I’m officially back to training next Monday!
After all that 2014 brought I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds for me. So until next time….! 🙂