Throwback Thursday

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I’ve always been a fan of nostalgia, so Throwback Thursday is a welcome distraction from my normal schedule of running and changing diapers. In honor of this day, I’ve decided to come up with a list of things that I call my all-time most memorable running moments:

1. My first 400 meter hurdles race. I ran about 200 meters of this race, then ducked under a hurdle and fell to the ground. I don’t think any of my coaches would have predicted that I would even last the season.

2. My last race as a collegiate athlete. I ran the 5,000 at ECAC’s indoor at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. I was not expected to do well because I had been having a terrible indoor season, but after a few laps I decided to go for the win and never looked back. I was only a few seconds away from qualifying for NCAA’s (where I had finished 6th the previous year), so I took my last victory lap as a collegiate athlete bawling my eyes out. 

3. My first high school state cross country meet.  This was my first year running cross country and my team won the state championship. I’ll never forget this race for many reasons, one of which was the short appearance of my hurdles coach who jumped out at me yelling “Eye of the Tiger! Eye of the Tiger” during the race. I’m not sure if he was trying to scare me, but he did, and I definitely ran faster because of it.

4. My 5000 meter PR at the Cardinal Invite (at Stanford University). I actually don’t remember a lot of this race, but I do remember coming through the 3k faster than my PR and then slowly dying. This was the only the second time I had ever run the 5000 outdoors and I knew it would be my last for awhile so I wanted to make it count. It was the most painful race I ever ran, and I was super sore the next day. Of course my coach didn’t want to waste the opportunity to go sight-seeing so I spent all of the next day hobbling around Chinatown and Ghiradelli Square cursing him under my breath.

5. The time my sister and I ran the Boston Marathon. Of course, this hasn’t happened yet but it will in a few short weeks and it’s definitely making the top five.

Do you have any memorable runs or races?

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday

  1. I am so freaking excited for #5! I cried reading it and can’t stop smiling every time I think about it!!

    I think my most memorable race was my first ever BQ at the Norfolk Freedom Marathon! Everything fell into place that day and I finished feeling like I could just keep going. It was perfect!

  2. So interesting to read.

    I always enjoy reading about your running because you are so darn fast and smart with your training. I swear I could pick your brain apart asking about every race.

    My most memorable race might be college cross country when I set a PR in the 6k after cross training due to injury for 2 months. I think also winning the Plattsburgh half marathon in 2012 was pretty good too.

    • You’re sweet, Hollie. I’m not always smart with my training, but I’m making an effort to become more consistent. Those sound like pretty memorable races! The 6k is one of my favorite races.

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