This past weekend I hit the road with 650 fellow runners to celebrate the 4 mile road race Running of the “Green” Island & had a blast!
I waited too long to sign up for the run last year and ended up not being able to pin on a bib number, so I ran the 4 miles at home with my crazy socks and all…but I don’t think the neighbors appreciated my fashion sense like other runners may have.
So this year, as luck would have it, friends of ours took on the daunting task of Race Directors –(and did a FANTASTIC JOB)- so we had a heads up for the date this go around. We signed up early and good thing!
It sold out AGAIN
After running that god-awful winter marathon a few weeks ago, I have really wussed out in the “I don’t mind the weather department.”
I’m so over the cold and the wind that makes it
That I mind. Yes, I mind A LOT. On those days, I opt not to run outside and do a cross-training day instead. It doesn’t help either that last week was absolutely beautiful…mid-40’s, sunny….ahhh…perfect running weather and I got completely spoiled.
This past week I ran very little- Got a walk in on Monday, then a quick run on Wednesday. Friday I decided to do a bit of speed work and ran a 5k. I felt good and ready for Saturday’s race. Seeing the forecast as being COLD, I decided to go into the run with the mindset of just having fun. No pressure, just get out with my running buddies and enjoy all the crazy costumes and waves of green.
I was pleasantly surprised when I clocked the fastest mile I’ve done in a while-adding a spring to my step and by the time I reached the 5k mark, I was running 3 minutes faster than my normal 5k time- this added a smile on my face! I forged ahead looking for my “carrot person”; this is someone that is ahead by just enough that it makes me want to work to catch them. I found two…a lass that had crazy socks like me and a lad that I deemed the “leprechaun guy”- not that he was dressed like one- although there was a fully bearded, green top-hat fella that I saw at the start-no, this guy had a green and orange shirt which reminded me of a leprechaun for whatever reason.
We ran “cat & mouse” style for the second half of the race; I would catch & pass him and then he would do the same. We went back and forth all the way to the finish and after the crossing the timing mat, gave each other a fist bump and a “great race! Thanks for pushing me!”
The crowds where great and big kudos go out to the volunteers for standing out in the cold, making sure we all went in the right direction and kept us safe from impatient traffic! It was awesome to see fellow marathon training buddies cheering on the sidelines- a great motivator for finishing strong!
And a special shout to hubs who PR’d his 4 mile time! He’s so fast!! 🙂
It feels great to be on the road again!
How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?