Me: “I’m waking up in the morning to do a short run if it’s not raining.”
Kat: “Do the mile run!! I think doing a race could give you confidence and motivation again.”
So I ran the John Anderson College Ave Mile and I did gain motivation and confidence.
There wasn’t a moment prior to the race that I thought about actually running it. I didn’t have my inhaler, I was wearing a short sleeve GOTR shirt and I’ve been battling an injury.
Then Kat told me she didn’t want me to run with her and she wanted me to actually try. I would be lying if I said the mile was easy because I hit half a mile and already was winded and having difficulty breathing without my inhaler. But seeing all of the kids and a group up ahead, I attempted to make my way up to them and try to motivate them along the way and use them for motivation as well. I found a little girl to run the rest of the way with and she outkicked me in the end. It was such a great race to watch after I finished as the Mizzou Cross Country and Track team volunteered their time to run with the little kids. I was glad Kat convinced me to do this race.
I was also extremely shocked with my time. Like I said, after half a mile, I lost my momentum and just started to shut down and run with the kids. I expected a 7:45 finish time because I thought I slowed down a lot.
I crossed the line with 7:00 on the clock and a chip time of 6:54. What?! That’s where the confidence and motivation returned. If I can run a 6:54 mile without my inhaler and messed up tendons in my foot and on cold legs, then just think of what I can do when I’m healthy and trained.
If you are close with me or follow me, you’ll know that this year was spent to training and running half marathons. I have ran 2 so far this year and have 2 left. One is coming up this Saturday but I will most likely be walking a bunch of it because of my tendon issue.
I am being optimistic in thinking I can run the whole Rock N Roll St. Louis Half marathon in October. Then after that is straight 5k training. I’ll dedicate 2015 to 5k’s and will attempt to finally break that 20 minute barrier I never could in undergrad.
Be sure to continue to follow my running journey and if you are feeling generous, please donate to the Girls on the Run charity I am raising money for. Thanks!
I know I’m a bit late but I finally have time to write about this.
Claire Squires was just a 30 year old who had a passion to raise money for the Samaritans charity. She has been raising money in the past for this cause as her brother died from a drug overdose when he was only 25.
Claire was raising money for the charity for her London marathon. She raised about 500 pounds going into the race. As she neared the finish, Claire was unable to make it to the line and instead was rushed to the hospital where she died. She had an irregular heart beat and knew about it but it did not stop her from doing what she loved and raising money for a cause. It truly shows what having a passion can do where you truly die doing something you love.
After this event, donations came pouring in and now have reached 905,817 pounds! If you would like to donate you can visit here or click the picture below
So go and donate if you can! 😀