Running is about more than just running.
Fitness Friday #95!
Celebrate fitness. Celebrate good health. Celebrate friends. Celebrate your passion.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
2013 Cincinnati Flying Pig
Weather – Perfect 60 degree temps and the rain held off until after I crossed the finish line!
Distance: Half Marathon [a 2013 Goal Race!]
For a race recap I would typically describe the race day with details about before the race, the race and post- race. While all that is great, this year the Flying Pig taught me that sometimes running is about more than just running.
My thoughts of the friendships that form from a common bond. A love of running!
I have had so many wonderful opportunities to meet and run with some amazing people. People that without running I probably would have never met. Meeting runners in person for the first time often feels like you’ve known them forever.
This year, at the Flying Pig, I met Christine who has been my online running coach for about a year. Sidenote: She has an uncanny knack for knowing just what to say and when you need to hear it. We met at the Expo first then a enjoyed a great lunch. Getting to know each other felt more like friends catching up. I was hesitant when she said she wanted to run the race together. Less than a week ago I ran my longest distance ever and I knew I could finish today’s race but it definitely wasn’t going to be a PR. It was quite possible that this would be my slowest half ever. I didn’t want to hold Christine back with a slow pace. Her reply? “It will give us a chance to talk.” It’s true…
Sometimes running isn’t about the pace, distance, winning or medals. It’s about the joy of running friends. It’s about enjoying the experience of running.
During the entire race I never once felt like I was holding Christine back. We found a comfortable pace and talked for 13+ miles. By mile 2 we had an ultra relay team put together for a future race. Sometime before the half way point we planned 3 possible races in VA to meet again.
My thoughts of running friends started when Christine asked, What is your race goal? My thoughts quickly went to things like your weekly mileage is higher than ever, you just ran a 32 mile trail race the weekend before, The Pig is hilly and the course is tough. My answer? To enjoy the opportunity to run with a friend and simply to enjoy the experience of the event. I didn’t worry about time or pace. I listened to my body and let it tell me what I needed to do. It was without a doubt an amazing day!Don’t get me wrong. I will continue to have race goals. I will continue to push my limits. And I will continue to strive for a faster pace and longer distances. But, what I will no longer do is discount the satisfaction of running a race just for the sake of being with friends and enjoying the run.
I also got to meet Christine’s running group and her fiancé, Mike (the man behind the camera). More great people that I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to meet.
Who else have I had the wonderful opportunity to meet?
The mecca of running friends, The Runner’s World Half and Festival.
Katie from Katie Runs This.
The amazing group of Fitfluential Ambassadors.
The amazing Amanda, a.k.a. Miss Zippy.
Jenelle, the voice behind Mile Twenty Eight.
Harold of A Veteran Runnah.
Chelsea, Tina and Jennifer at the 2011 Air Force Marathon.
Have you ever run a race or a training run that turned out to be about more than just running? Do you plan meet-ups at races?