Today I had the opportunity to run in The Perfect 10 Miler (such a great message celebrating Women – “a chance to celebrate who you are inside and out – raising awareness of a positive self-image!”) first ever Bosom Buddy Relay! Each runner runs 5 miles – either first leg or second leg. I had originally signed up for the 10 miles but with my new job – I knew early on that I just wasn’t going to get all the training in that I needed. Through a friend I was able to find a buddy – we met for the first time this morning. She opted to go first – and it was probably better – she is a little bit faster than me.
And then it was hurry up and wait for the tracker hand-off (due to traffic in the park needed to be there around 6:30 am – I live about 5 minutes from the park – so much for being able to get to a race a little later). I think in the end there were about 50+ of us in the hand-off area. We warmed up as a group and then the anticipation of looking for our runner. It had been raining earlier in the morning but around the start of the race it had stopped – but then when I started – it started raining – a light rain and it stopped before I got to my first mile marker. All in all it was a great day for a race (except the music in my app stopped playing so I heard one song and ran the 5 miles without music – a first for me). With all the waiting I did like the fact that when I started running – it wasn’t part of a large pack – I could run my race. I finished my 5.04 miles in 1:09:14 or a 13:43 minute pace (better than any of my training paces)!! As a team we came in for our 10 miles at 2:09:09 or a 12:55 minute pace! It was so great having my My BP Sisters cheering me on right before that final .4 and at the finish line (and I came in sprinting)! It was also great cheering on some of my fellow sisters. What an accomplishment by ALL!!!
So back to the title of this post – Am I a Runner? And I think I may have to start saying I am – I realized today that I have completed Cupid’s Chase (Feb15 – a 5K), The Philly Love Run (Mar15 – 13.1), Hair of the Dog (May15 – 5K) and The Perfect10Miler (Oct15 – Bosom Buddy 5 Mile Relay) (and the year isn’t over yet!!!). The first words out of my mouth was – ‘Holy Crap!’ This girl who has been proud to say she is a NON-Runner – may have to admit I am a runner. I am not a fan of training, I’m anxious the night before and anxious the day of the race – but once I start I do enjoy it (I think). Although I do prefer running in cooler temps (the Hair of the Dog almost turned me off running – it was too humid).
I’ll leave you with this quote from The Perfect 10 Miler – “I Try and Fail, But Never Fail to Try. And That is Why I’m a PERFECT 10!”