My first race of the year was the Princess Half Marathon and it was my fifth consecutive year of running this race. As my first half in 2011, it is a very special race for me and this year, Christine and my sister Alison were both there to enjoy the race weekend. My goal was to run under two hours and to get a new PR would be even better. Yes, it did happen and I was thrilled to find out that I placed in my age group, another goal for the race. Christine PR'd her 10k as part of the Glass Slipper Challenge and my sister smoked her age group for a win by over 13 minutes in the half marathon!
After training really hard during the month of March and completing several long runs in the 22-23 mile range, it was time to taper for my little race in April. After running the B.A.A. 5k with Christine and Adam on Saturday, Alison and I rode the bus on Monday morning from Boston to Hopkinton to run the Boston Marathon, This was a dream that was finally realized and while it wasn't the race I planned, it was an experience I will always remember and my sister was by my side every step of the way.
|Crossing the finish line with Alison|
The month of May started with a Mother's Day trip to California to run the Tinkerbell Challenge. My goal for these races was to earn an age group prize in both races and hopefully run a PR in the 10k race. My prior 10k PR was over two years old and since I run this distance infrequently, I thought this was the time to test myself. With perfect weather and good corral placement, my PR goal was met by nearly a minute and a couple age group prizes for each race were earned. It helped alot to have Christine run the half with me after we both raced the 10k fairly hard on Saturday with the half on Sunday.
At the end of May, I ran my last race for the month and that was the Wilma Dash 5k with many of the girls in my running group. Our group had the most participants and we were rewarded with a party at the local brewery! And many of us earned a podium finish and an age group medal. It was crazy hot that night so there were no PR's, but the girls had a ton of fun and it will be repeated next year!
|Yes, we were dressed in a sea of pink!|
June was a tough month with a nagging calf injury and not much running. The best run in June was the "Runaway Bride" run in Virginia Beach the day of Christine and Adam's wedding. This was made extra special with 5 girls who ran with the bride and me leading the way on a bike since I wasn't able to run!
Overall, this has been a great year and hopefully the second half will continue to be productive and fun. Has 2015 been a good running year for you?