It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I’m getting ready for my third year of the Berwick Run for the Diamonds. I was looking forward to trying for the course record this year (50:54 for 9miles) but the weather may not agree with me. It’s supposed to snow anywhere from 4-8 inches over the next 24 hours and I’m not sure if that will allow for a record setting day. But no matter the weather, I’m still excited for the one race every year that my entire family is able to make it out to cheer and support! Having a race on a holiday is genius! No one has work so getting out to participate in an event is as easy as it will ever be!
Now that I’ve set the scene for present day, let’s take a moment to reflect on a race from the past. My first half-marathon…Big Sur!
I traveled out to Monterey, California for the beautiful beaches, the perfect weather, and the longest race of my life. All three of those things did not disappoint. I had a blast the day before the race with my Oiselle teammate Megan Rolland and her family, visiting a Monarch Butterfly sanctuary and strolling along the shoreline checking out the sunbathing seals. It was so nice that I probably should have planned to spend a few more days just to vacation!
It’s a beautiful place to run and the race was put together by people who you could tell take a lot of pride in running a professional and quality race. My experience in the race itself was pretty good. If I’m being honest, I would have liked to have run a bit quicker but for my first half, I’ll take 1:14.29 and a second place finish.
I was surprised by the feeling in my legs at about 9miles. It was one I had never felt before. My legs got tired when the rest of me was still feeling pretty good. It was a difficult feeling of not being able to move my legs any faster, strictly because my legs did not agree. Usually fatigue sets in at one part of my body, every race is different (legs, lungs, arms, core), and moves to affect the rest of me. Thirteen point one miles gave me a brand new running experience and sitting back and reflecting on that is actually very exciting! What other crazy new things can running provide when I thought I had understood it entirely after eleven years of training and racing?!
We’ll see! I’m sure tomorrow will be a completely new experience in a race I’ve run twice before!