About a year ago, my friend Kristine, who was fairly recent to running, was talking about a 10k race that she had completed in some massive heat. She did well in the race, but felt that she wanted to break the one hour mark. She mentioned that she was contemplating marking this time goal with a *special* race. The race she had in mind was the Marine Corps 10k, as part of their Marathon weekend in October. "Are you going with a group?" I asked. "So far it's just me," she said. "Well, count me in!" I said, and I also promised I could keep her on pace for under 60 minutes.
I was so excited. We signed up for the race, made our travel plans, (Toronto to Washington DC in a weekend requires a teeny bit of planning) and kept on running. When it came to departure day, I picked Kristine up at her school (she is a teacher too). Her colleagues were excited for her. They were so supportive and genuinely interested in her big race. I could not wait to help her smash that time goal!
|"We came all the way from Canada, will you pose for a picture?"|
As we rounded the corner (and up a hill) to the finish, we gave it everything. Her time was 56:37. I had tears in my eyes as we came across the line. I was so proud of Kristine. It was such a great experience, to take part in someone's goals.
I will leave you with a couple of photos from race day...they aren't the highest of quality as they were taken with my Blackberry. The sentiment is there, though. It was a great weekend, and I came back more pumped than ever to go for my personal goals!
|Kristine before sunrise at the race start area|
I am off to the track for Intervals tonight...hopefully things go well!! Enjoy the sunshine!