Please don’t fire me from my daytime job, I really do like it. But you can fire me as a blogger. Recently I really, really suck. Sorry! If you follow me on instagram, you can tell I’m pretty good at that but really I am connected to the computer all day at work and really the last thing I have been wanting to do when I get home is type more. Tonight however I felt like I should check in.
What have you been up to recently?
I have been training for my fifth marathon, Chicago 2015. I’m pretty excited and scared but very excited that this weekend will be my last 20 miler and then the tapering will begin, well there won’t be anymore 20 milers!
This past weekend I ran a half marathon in Vermont and it was one of the best race experiences I have ever had. I love how relaxed I have become before races. I only had one moment where I got anxious and wasn’t very nice to my other half but I apologized immediately. Hey that is progress. Races are stressful. I use to be so stressed out before a race I began to wonder if it was really worth it. Now the races that stress me out are marathons and really it’s about whether I can hit my goals (which recently have not happened but that is a learning experience too, right).
Anyway, back to the half marathon race from this weekend. I found this one by mistake or really I should say by procrastination. I wanted to sign up for a half and it had to be on the weekend of 9/12 because it fit into my training plan. However by the time I went to register for the race I had chosen, it was sold out! I was devastated. I had my mind set on this specific race, it was going to be my race. The medal was cool and this was the right time and the right place but it didn’t happen. So I went exploring… internet exploring and found the Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon in Shelburn Vermont which happens to be really close to our oldest daughter. So I signed up. We could spend the morning at the race and then the weekend with our daughter.
The race was fabulous. They limit the amount of people to 300 and I had not been in a half marathon this small ever so I was unsure what to expect. But it was wonderful. The views were incredible and the support from the race organizers was great. The best moment came at the end of the race when there was one person left on the course and the race organizer gathered everyone who was there at the finish line and we cheered her on to the finish. What a great moment! I just kept thinking what a great way to finish a race and she is a half marathoner just like the rest of us who finished before her. I have only watched the end of one other race and it was for a friend of mine. There was no one around and the organizers had started taking down the finish line. This did not happen here! Here they cared about each person on the course. Wonderful. I would highly recommend this race company (RaceVermont) if you live in the New England area.
Here are some pics from this weekend, enjoy! I will try not to be a stranger and hang out here a little more often.
A beautiful view along the course.
The shore of Lake Champlain
I always struggle with getting my bib on straight!
Going out from the beach and the gentleman next to me was the oldest runner on the course. Still competing at 75. Awesome.
Beautiful Lake Champlain in the background.
Met this wonderful runner named Michele. It was her first half and she won her age group (45-49). I came in 3rd (40-44) which was a huge surprise too. Also think we make 40’s look good!!!