Sunday, March 03, 2013

Training and running with just doesn't get any better than that.

Unless you add two Personal Records for me and my longtime friend and virtual training partner at my new "challenge distance" of half-marathon! emoticon

So here's the story...

Short version: She runs her first HM in Nov 2012 to challenge herself, reconnects with old running buddy who throws down new challenge to beat 2:00 TOGETHER. They train together (virtually) for 3 months, then race and PR together. And yes, we beat the goal! emoticon

Long version: I've blogged previously about my first Half Marathon, and it still makes me smile as I recall the rush it gave me. When I shamelessly bragged about my accomplishment, my longtime friend and running buddy from 20 years ago contacted me. He is an accomplished runner/triathlete and he informed me that his HM PR was *two seconds* faster than my time and--jokingly--that I was endangering our friendship by threatening to break 2 hours before he did.

There was no answer to that except to challenge him to beat that time WITH me emoticon

So we made our plans, chose our race and shared our training trials and tribulations. Along the way, we supported each other, commiserated aches and pains and encouraged the hard work. Like running always does, it brought us together.

On the week before the race, both couples joined together for the event. Lo and behold, we discovered--while attending a fun run with our running group--that his wife was able to run also! This after 3+ years of avoiding running due to a "career ending" injury. So in addition to camraderie, running brings rejuvenation!

Here's me at the warmup...all jitters and doubts:

Lining up with my "local" running buddy...besides running with DH, I am privileged to have TWO buddies who can share HM's with...

The race was tough but we stuck to our plan and ran together to keep each other on-track.

I freaked out 3 times when my Garmin (falsely) indicated I was 30 seconds off our pace, but he calibrated against his watch and kept me from running my legs off. Between 9 and 11 miles I was starting to lose hope but he stuck with me. After mile 12 I could feel the end (although by then I had stopped checking pace or my progress to goal time) but I dug deep and finished strong:

In the process we inspired about 6-8 others to join the race, to amazing result:
* Both of our spouses ran the 5k with their college-age son
* My friend's wife got Age Group first in 5k (the one who "couldn't run")
* Their nephew signed up for the 5k, actually ran 10k to meet his 2013 goal
* Another friend joined to run his first HM
* That friend's two daughters got AG 2nd and 3rd running the 5k
So running inspires and enhances community!

And then there's us:
* My Friend: 1:59:03 (beat previous PR of 2:05:07)
* Me: 1:58:42 (beat previous PR of 2:05:09)

I'm elated, thrilled and grateful to my buddy and to our friends and family who offer encouragement and support along the way. Running is AWESOME!
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  • CHARITY1973
    Lovely race report! Makes me remember why I sign up for these events. I'm in mid taper terror dreading the 22k's of mountain I'm going to run on Sunday. Estimates are 3:30 to 4hrs of running! But you have reminded me why I do it and what we all get out of joining together to run around in Mother Nature. It pushes us to our 'raw self' which is a place that is friggin' hard to get to many other ways. Touching the edge of endurance gets addictive!

    Well done on under 2hrs. I'm hoping my next road HM will be under 2 as well. It's a great result!

    3014 days ago
    I missed this during my absence. Congratulations! That's a GREAT PR!
    3022 days ago
    Wow, what a great blog....congrats on your finish! You stuck to your plan and met your goal. And it is fun when you can challenge yourself to do more and have a friendly competition along the way. A virtual buddy is a neat idea.

    Big congrats on your PR!!!
    3023 days ago
    Great run, great write up and photos too!

    That is so cool that you were able to run with your friend most of the way and keep pushing each other! Endurance running is such a great way to challenge yourself, and dig deep inside to find out what you are really capable of!

    Way to go!
    3024 days ago
    Great story!!! Cutting 6 and a half minutes off your previous PR and going under 2 hours, that is a huge accomplishment. What a memorable race, especially since it brought so many friends and family together. Two thumbs up! emoticon emoticon

    Now, what do you do for an encore? emoticon
    3027 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2013 2:15:20 AM
    Wow! This has me in tears. Running and racing are such powerful, positive forces. It feels that much better to share it with friends and family. What a great story you have with your friend. And I love that you beat him! ;)
    3029 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8113065
    Great story and outstanding results. Congrats to everyone!!
    3029 days ago
    emoticon to your PR and to inspiring others to join the race!
    It is great you reconnected with an old friend and did the training and the race together.
    Must have been fun!
    3029 days ago
    Great job for both of you! That's a substantial improvement. Congratulations!
    3029 days ago
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