Last Sunday I ran the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon in Clearwater with my friend Gretchen.
I have no pictures……running with a camera is not advisable! I do have some pictures on my phone, but….well….they’re still on my phone!
The course was beautiful! I love running by the water, and this course had lots of it for me to see. However, running by the water meant that I had to run over bridges. Big bridges. Four – yes 4 – times. OMG. My legs! It got hot, too, and that slowed me down a bit.
Gretchen took off from me around mile 3. She was trying to beat a certain time, and there was no way I would have gotten near that! lol Well, if I had a skateboard or a bike, then I could have done it.
I love watching people run. I love the look of enjoyment, determination, and satisfaction I see on their faces. This race was especially fun, since it was a race only for women. This was easy to figure out, since back at the race tents there were port-a-potties that were, in my opinion, pretty darn clean, and a table filled with t.p., hand sanitizer, and tampons! Way to go, Athleta!
The hills were hard, but nothing is impossible, right?! I listened to podcasts for the majority of the race, and finally turned on some music about mile 10. As I came over the last hill, the theme from Rocky came on. (You know you’re singing it in your head now). I knew I wouldn’t PR, but I was hoping to beat 2:56.
I crossed the finish line in 2:51!!!! Oh yeah!
Another fun race that I hope to do again!
Yesterday I did a local 5K here in Altamonte Springs. In fact, it was within walking distance of where we live. Fun!
Alex and the girls walked over there to see me off, and my friend Angi came, too! (I love seeing people I know at the finish line or on the course!) I attempted for a 5k PR, but missed it by about 22 seconds. Maybe next time!
The only race I have on the calendar right now is a virtual summer race that we’re going to do in July. I have signed up for the 10k. I thought about doing the half marathon, but it’s too damn hot in the summer here!
I love running. Don’t always love it while I’m doing it, but I love it. It keeps me sane, brings me joy, keeps me healthy, and about a million other things. Running rocks.
The running community rocks even more.