Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St Patricks Day Race



This weekend, my beautiful bestie Karissa and I got up bright and early to run the St. Patricks Day Run in Boise. I ran the 5 mile race, and was pretty nervous because I haven't ran 5 miles since our 10k last summer. I was so happy Karissa agreed to run the race too, even though she did the 5k, and we didn't run the actual race together, it helps so much to have a running buddy with you on race day. 

Racing keeps me motivated when I don't feel like running. I am someone who thrives on having a goal to work towards, and knowing I have a race coming up keeps me running and pushing myself. I haven't had a PR since before I got diagnosed with autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis, but that is okay. My body might never be as fast or as strong or as fit as it was before I was sick, but the fact that I am still running is a miracle to me. I am so thankful I am physically able to run, especially after months of hardly being able to walk without pain.

My garmin told me I ran the 5 miles in 52:33 and I am really excited about that number even if it isn't a "personal record".  Saturday I was reminded that I can do hard things. Saturday I was reminded of the thrill of accomplishing goals. Saturday I was reminded that good friends are few and far between and life & running is simply more enjoyable with them. Saturday I was reminded that running makes me feel alive.

And because I like to challenge myself, I registered for the Great Potato Half Marathon on May 17th. So thats whats next for me. My fourth half marathon ever, but my first half marathon post Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis. Saturday morning long runs, Gu-chomps, and ice baths, here I come. Its training time. I am going to share more about my training plan over the next couple of weeks, but I couldn't wait to share with you what is in store for me running wise! 


8 comments:

  1. A half marathon?? Wow! That'll be a challenge, but you definitely seem up for it!

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  2. You go girl! I really need to sign up for a 5k or 10k sometime before my half-marathon, just to get back in the mindset of racing! Eek, I don't know what I've gotten myself into haha!

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  3. LOOK AT YOU, GIRLIE! GO GET EM! And a half?! WOOOO!! Rock it, girl! xx

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  4. Get it, girl! I'm so proud of you. I need to get my tennis shoes out and get back to running--it's been a hot minute though, so I can probably only run a block! You're an inspiration, ma'am. Happy Tues!

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  5. This is so exciting + inspiring! I'm running about 5mi at the end of the month, also for a St. Paddy's day-themed race (the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago), and I hope I can say the same thing as you afterwards! Having buddies has been a huge help in terms of inspiration and accountability.

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  6. Congrats on your 5 miles. I will be doing a 5k next month.

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  7. I'm doing a half in July, and I'm really nervous!! And that's a really good time for a 5 miler :)

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  8. i pray for healing for your body, and i hope you keep enjoying running!

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