Anybody that knows me well knows that I’m extremely sentimental and love taking lots of photos to capture every major event. Every month or so I love spending time looking back at old photos and reliving all of the wonderful things that I’ve gotten to experience throughout my life. So when I found out that this week’s Friday Five theme with the DC Trifecta is Race Memories, I was extremely excited and immediately turned to reliving my races through photos and all of the recaps that I’ve written here on the blog.
So what are my top five race memories? It was difficult to narrow the list down to just five, but in almost no particular order (my number 1 is definitely at the top of my list!), I present you with my top five race memories!
How many people can say that they’ve gotten to run on an airport runway? I’m so excited to run on the Dulles Airport runway again next month, and for double the distance this time since a 10k option was added this year!
One of the many great things about blogging is being able to interact with so many other bloggers and being able to support one another online. Prior to Disney World Marathon Weekend, I hadn’t met any bloggers in person, so you can imagine how excited I was to meet both Heather from Through Heather’s Looking Glass and Kimberley from Maker Mother Marathon Runner in the middle of my first runDisney race!
Okay, so I volunteered at this race and didn’t run it, but that doesn’t mean that this race doesn’t hold any less meaning in my heart. Volunteering at the finish line and congratulating the wounded warriors as they completed the race was an experience that I’ll never forget. Their enthusiasm and joy for racing was evident, and gave me the encouragement that I needed as a newer runner to be able to go out and conquer whatever I put my mind to.
You may recall that I ran this race just two weeks after spending the night in the hospital due to my TIA earlier this year. To date, this race was the most mentally and physically challenging race that I’ve completed. If it weren’t for Preston and my friend Kristen texting me during the second half of the race and providing me with the support I needed, I’m not sure that I would have made it to the finish line.
For those of you who have been reading for awhile now, my number one race memory should be of no surprise. I will never forget crossing the finish line of my first half marathon with Preston by my side.
The past year and a half of running has been filled with so many great memories, and I cannot wait to see what race memories lie ahead!
QOTD: What is your favorite race memory?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!