Today was race #3 in my 14 in 2014 Race Challenge. One step closer to completion!
This morning I ran the Arbor Day 10k at the Morton Arboretum. I loved attending a local race. I rolled out of bed, fed pup, grabbed some coffee and left for the race 45 minutes before the start. What an easy race morning…I’m going to get spoiled.
I’m a member of the Arboretum, and it’s one of my all-time favorite places to run. The paths are beautiful and well maintained, the foliage smells incredible and the Arboretum houses some of the only hills I’ve found in the western suburbs (great for training!).
I ran hard today and finished in 1:02:30 and was 12th of 24 in my age group. I’m not a fast runner, but I’ve been trying to work on my speed and was able to sustain a 10 minute/mile pace. It felt great to get out there and push myself! My calves were really tight the first two miles, but after that the run went beautifully.
During the run I concentrated on my form, especially when tackling the rolling course. I kept my cadence high, my shoulders relaxed and remembered to use my arms. This really helped me in the final two miles when I was tempted to walk the hills. But I reminded myself to just concentrate on what was immediately ahead of me…it worked!
At the 6 mile mark I saw the sweetest thing…and it reminded me how much I love that this sport brings people together. A mother was running just ahead of me, and after the final mile marker her little daughter ran from the sidelines (where dad and brother were cheering) and joined her mom for the final .2 of the race. The mom didn’t see her daughter leave the roadside, and the daughter surprised mom by running her hardest to catch up and then took mom’s hand in her own. At that moment the mother and daughter shared one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever seen on a racecourse. They looked at each other and ran hand-in-hand towards the finish line.
It was important to me today to represent the spirit of runners. With the 2014 Boston Marathon this month, I’m reminded that we’re all one running community…we’re part of the same family. As Laura Ingalls was quoted in this KY3 article, “To me, as a runner and coach and as a Bostonian, you picked the wrong people.” Runners are strong. Runners are resilient. Runners are determined. We are Boston Strong, and today I hope I represented the running community well.
When I came home this is what I found waiting for me. I feel like the luckiest girl around!