The first half I took on was the Marine Corps Historic Half on May 20th. I ran this one last year and had a good time. This year I LOVED it! I just had fun and felt very strong nearly the entire race. I PR'ed (or PBR'ed - personal best race - as my brother, the beer lover, would say) with a 2:29 and was thrilled to get in under my goal time.
|Homestretch of the Marine Corps Historic Half|
My dear friend Jody and I trained for this race together. She is faster than me but we trudged through our training runs side by side with strollers and kids. Jody, one badass mother runner, too had an awesome race, cruising through the finish at 2:03. a couple minutes short of her time goal, but awesome nonetheless. I mean, who pushes a stroller for 8 miles up and down hills and will runner slower just to hang with her friend? Only a badass mother runner!
It was during the training for the Historic Half that I learned my thyroid cancer had returned after a 6 year hiatus. Boo. Jody spent many miles listening to my fears, concerns, and giving voice to my irrational thoughts. One of those irrational thoughts was to sign up for another half. Not usually a bad idea, but doing it 13 days after the Historic Half? Why the hell not!
|Two happy BAMRs - Historic Half- I do love the port-a-potty scenery|
The next 13.1 I took on was the ZOOMA Annapolis Half on June 2nd. (Jody was smart and took on the 10k.) I wanted to do this particular race because the authors of my favorite running book (Run Life a Mother) were going to be there. For the 13 days in between the races, I wondered whether running both so close together was such a good idea. I PR'ed (or PBR'ed - personal best race - as my brother says) at the HH and thought I probably could PR again since Annapolis is a less strenuous course. Sure it has lots of rolling hills, but those were
Jody and I drove up to Annapolis the day before so we could get our bibs and visit the expo...and meet Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. We brought our books for them to sign and while they were signing them I threw out the idea of one and/or both of them hitting the pavement with me. At first it was a no, then a let me think about it. I then threw out my cancer card, I was willing to use all my tricks!
Dimity accepted with a condition of taking some video and being able to write a blog about my story. I was delighted that not only would she be accompanying me on the course (without properly training, but that's the kind of BAMR Dimity is!) but she felt my story was worth putting out there.
|Dimity bringing me home at ZOOMA Annapolis Half|
I could go on about how great it was to have a cheerleader every step of the way and how easy conversation came with my new friend, but you really should hop over and read what Dimity wrote at Another Mother Runner. I am very touched and humbled by her thoughts and the comments left by others. If I am able to encourage even one Survivor to get up, get moving, and be strong then the all pain and soreness I felt after the second race was worth it!