1. Iron Girl 2006- My first triathlon. I decided to train for this 12 weeks before, on a whim, after reading about tri races in Shape magazine. I was just a year over my ACL surgery and never been a runner or a biker. It was an amazing experience and definitely ignited my passion for fitness and running. I went on to do the race 5 years in a row. It was also the first race I did with my friend, Lori. We met a few weeks before the race and she is now one of my best friends.
2. Zooma Annapolis 2011– My first half marathon. Never in a million years would I have thought that I could have done a half marathon. Only crazy people did those right? Flash forward a few years and I have now done numerous half races and love them! My friend, Lori, from above her first half marathon too!
3. Foam Fest July 2014–This was more of a mud fest than a foam fest. I am not really a getting dirty while running girl-surprise huh? This was a little out of my comfort zone but to do it with 3 of my MRTT friends and my son was a blast. We were laughing, falling, getting dirty, and falling some more the whole time. Great memories with great friends.
4. Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon November 2013– Why? It was Vegas! It was both my husband’s and my birthday weekend and it was a great way to celebrate it. Running at night on the Las Vegas strip is quite the experience. The crowd support was great and the music was energizing. Having 2 MRTT friends (Cam & Laura) running along side me made it all the better. Our famous photo has now been spotted in their marketing materials and we consider ourselves the official babes of Las Vegas half-LOL!
5. Rock n Roll USA DC March 2014– I actually didn’t run this race because I was injured with a stress fracture. I was working the race as part of my ambassadorship with RnR. Tons of my MRTT group (over 150 mamas) were running it. I was devastated as I had worked so hard to market this race and all of my friends were running it. My close friend, Alex (Lexie Loves to Run) was running her first full marathon. I had watched her train and was so proud of her for attaining her goal. I was working at the finish line waiting for her to cross. I knew she was having a tough time at the end based on the updates I had gotten. When I saw her turn the corner for the final chute, it was one of the most emotional moments. I almost felt like I had run with her. I was so proud of her and honored to be the one that put the finisher’s medal around her neck. Both of us in tears. This is one of my most favorite race memories ever. Can’t wait to see her cross again next year!
Notice a theme here? My most precious race memories have nothing to do with finish times or PR’s. All of my favorite races were one’s that I did with my friends. I’m so lucky to have such a great group of running buddies whom I consider my true friends. Looking forward to many more.
What’s your favorite race memory?