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?