What a weekend! By now, most of you probably know that I ran the Boston Run to Remember half marathon this weekend. What an emotional and amazing experience. The tribute to our fallen law enforcement officers and a special tribute to Officer Collier in addition to the crowd, the overwhelming "Boston strong" presence, and personally the fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association caused most to get at least a little bit choked up. It was, by far, the best race I've ever run.
I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend. Let us all be so grateful for those that serve our country.
Kicking off Weekend Sunshine with one of my all time favorites. This song came on right as mile 9 started and I immediately got a little kick in my step and picked up my pace. I am not kidding.
Ready to go... ALZ Singlet, bib, kicks, & Boston strong head band.
On the right, Seaport Blvd... American flags & downtown Boston.
On the left, I was waiting to go... it was only 41 degrees at the starting line!
And, on the back of every runner's shirt, we wore a special bib with Officer Sean Collier's badge number. He was going to run the race on Sunday.
The only picture I took during the run (my phone is my music). There were at least 25 or 30 cruisers lined up with at least 30 officers to give us high 5's right near MIT.
Here I am after I finished. Came in at 1:56:29. I ended up getting my personal best and took 4 minutes off my original PR. If you asked me a month ago if I thought I would accomplish that, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. I think there were numerous reasons that I felt so good (adrenaline), but, I must say that cross-training (boxing classes) and knowing that I was running FOR something instead of for myself is what helped me do it. Who's running with me next year?
Last but definitely not least, my niece, Ella turned 7 YEARS OLD today. Where does the time go!? Here she is in the Memorial Day Parade with her Daisy troop. All seven years of her.
Happy Birthday, Ella... you are the sweetest, smartest girl I know. Love you very much.
I hope you all had a great weekend despite the rain. Let me know how you spent it! Have a great week! xo