You are all in for a treat. My much funnier younger sister agreed to guest blog for me today and hopefully in the future as she also chases PRs. She’s a new runner, so her perspective is really fun and she has a much more exciting life. Hope you enjoy “meeting” her.
I think I can officially be declared crazy. As my friends and roommates were running from bar to bar for St. Paddy’s day, I was running from mile to mile at the New Bedford Half Marathon. On Sunday I finished my third half marathon in six months – something I never thought I would say.
Let me back track to say that I am Sarah’s sister (yes biological, yes younger). She’s also the reason that I have gone crazy and become a “runner”. I still do not consider myself a runner, mostly because the runners that I know are highly accomplished and impressive. I am however, very proud of how far I have come in the running world. I no longer dread running, in fact I look forward to it. This weekend I crossed the finish line with my best friend from high school and felt great the whole race. Around mile nine we started laughing because a decade ago you couldn’t have paid us to run two miles let alone thirteen. It was also around mile nine that I realized it was not going to be my last half marathon. I felt so good yesterday throughout the race that I know I can chase down a PR in the near future.
New Bedford was a great course, mostly flat with two major hills (one which really wasn’t that big except it popped up at mile twelve and looked like a mountain to my tired eyes and legs). The fans that lined the roads for the whole course were by far the best part. They were loud, energetic, and well spread out throughout the course. I will definitely return to New Bedford in the future and next time I vow to wear sunscreen.