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!