I've been looking forward to the Frederick Running Festival for a year now. I volunteered as a Course Marshal last year, and I had so much fun cheering for all the runners, and my friends that were running it! I thought to myself "you can do that"! I had only run 5 miles by that point in May 2011. Well, a full year later, and 3 other Half Marathons under my belt, Frederick would be my 4th. Frederick is home turf and I knew the course, as I had probably run every inch of it over the year! I was so excited for this weekend. Well, then a few months back, my running buddy convinced me to join her for the "Nut Job". This is where you run the Twilight 5K the night before the Half Marathon. As I don't like to run back-to-back days, I hesitated, but figured "why not?"!! My game plan - run the 5K very, very easy. I was joking to the ladies as we started out for the 5K that I was shooting for a PW (personal worst) on the 5K because I refused to get hurt before the Half. Even running my super easy pace, I still came in 7 seconds under my very first 5K time. It just made me realize my training has really paid off over a year's time! And the best part of the Run Mama Run ladies sticking together for the 5K was we helped push a friend into a PR (personal record) for her 5K.
|RMR Ladies that ran the Twilight 5K (I'm 2nd on the right)|
We met up, took fun pictures of the group, and were interviewed by the Frederick News Post (click here for the article) because our shirts tweaked their curiosity of what our group was all about. Our shirts have "Run Mama Run" on the front and our slogan on the back of "Run when you can, Walk if you have to, Crawl if you must, Just don't give up"! Then that time came. It was time to line up at the Start. A few of us started in the same pace corral, and we all hugged and wished each other luck as we started the 13.1 mile journey through Frederick!
|Seriously the most awesome, strong, inspiring women you could ever meet!!|
This Half for me was almost split perfect....meaning I hit almost every mile at or just under a 10 min/mile pace. I was happy with how it was going. I didn't go out fast, and I saved my energy for what I knew was a tough back half of the course. Glad I did as the back half was tough after you've already gone 7+ miles. Once I hit East Street for the last time, I knew it was almost over. I just had to push it and leave it all on the road. But I knew what was coming.....Highland Hill at mile 12.5. Crap.....I was cruising in at a dangerous 9:10-9:30 pace coming to the hill, but just told myself that Highland was my ^@#$! (fill in bad words here), and that I WOULD NOT WALK. It was the end. I was almost done. No freaking way was that hill getting me. Then there was this lady on the hill. I seriously thought it was my own Mom from the distance (it wasn't but looked so much like her), but she was jumping up and down, screaming "You can do this - You're halfway up this hill, Go Go Go"! I thanked her for being the cheerleader I needed just at that moment! I hit the top of the hill, turned into the Fairgrounds, saw another friend cheering for me. Awesome!!! Gave a high five and gave the last of my energy to the track (praying I wouldn't twist my ankle). As I took the last corner, 3 Run Mama run ladies were there cheering me on! What an awesome feeling to have your friends there ! I crossed the finish line proud and knew I had met my goal for this race!!
|RMR Ladies cheering me in the last stretch!|
|I'm a Nut Job :) Conquered the 5K & Half Marathon!|
|Photo courtesy of Bill Green (FNP) - Two awesome friend show the true spirit of RMR!!|
|Michael and I coming into the Finish for the Kids Run ;)|