One of the things I noticed is that running attracts people of all types- and I LOVE that. It doesn't matter what size or shape you are, this sport allows you to free yourself mentally and physically. Also, I realized that pace doesn't always matter. As much as I love to run 8-minute miles and compete against my own personal records, sometimes it's more important to enjoy the journey, rather than pushing yourself to beat a record. You define running- it doesn't have to define you.
I value the fact that people of all kinds can find common ground because of this sport. It was so nice to meet tons of people from all over the country before and during the race- I can't wait for my next half marathon in April with my little sister from Chi Omega.
Here are some photos of race day:
Pre-race... hello sleepy heads! Yes it's still dark!
*The cool thing about this race is that they allow you to wear extra layers until you get warm and then you can throw your extra clothes to the side of the course. Then, the race coordinators donate all the clothing to various shelters and such! So great!
Post-race! He did it :) Although he only ran 3 times before! There were so many yummy freebies afterwards.
A little motivation... free beer at the end!
I feel like I could write so much more, but right now the Bachelor & wine are calling my name. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.