This week’s topic for the Friday Five from the DC Trifecta (Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney) was so hard for me! Five favorite race memories??? I’ve had so many race experiences and most of them have been really awesome for one reason or another. I think I would have had an easier time picking my five least favorite race experiences LOL.
Here they are in no particular order:
1st International Race : Achill Island Half Marathon.
I hope this is the first of many international race experiences. We had a super fun trip as a family and we never would have gone to this part of Ireland if I hadn’t been racing. The race itself was challenging, but beautiful and extremely well organized.
Fun race with great friends : ZOOMA Annapolis
While I struggled during the race (it was hilly and warm and my body was ready for a break), I had an amazing time at this event. From the dinner out with the other ambassadors to hanging with them until way past my bedtime to spending time after the race enjoying the after party, it was one of the best race events ever!
1st Marathon : Marine Corps Marathon 2008
The race that started this blog. This was such an amazing experience for me. MCM is incredibly well organized and the course is awesome. I was able to see my family at mile 3, the weather was perfect, and Dude! I completed a marathon!
Girl’s Weekend Half Marathon : Flying Pirate Half Marathon
I met these three ladies through blogging. If I never gain another thing from blogging, these friendships make the 6 years of writing worth it. We had so much fun together. I will be seeing Kim again in less than two weeks and if I run Richmond, I’ll be seeing the others soon as well.
2nd Marathon – Bob Potts Marathon 2010
This marathon was so different from Marine Corps. It was only about 400 people and it was an out and back on a flat “rails to trails” trail. It was warm and sunny and I fell apart completely at the end. But my boys ran me into the finish and it was the best experience ever.
What makes a favorite race memory for you? I was oddly surprised that when I was thinking about this and jotting down races, not a single PR (well, Bob Potts was a PR but that’s not why it came to mind) race made the list. My favorite memories are about the people, not how well I run a race.