I wanted it badly and I’ve been working to get it – and yesterday, I did! A nice, new, shiny Personal Best to feel good about.
1:33 – down from my last half marathon time of 1:37.
And it’s these three I’ve got to thank for it.
Kevin – I do not exaggerate when I say, he’s the the best coach I’ve ever had in any sport. I don’t need to elaborate on why, because it’s just an is.
Michael – he got me through the last three miles (5km’s), shaved off an extra two minutes from my finish line time and distracted me enough to stop me from crying.
Karyn, who has run along side of me since Chad was in the hospital for his bone marrow transplant – all the way to the last three miles of yesterdays race. She’s kept me on pace on our runs, and in my life.
(Please note: while we would like to think we looked this happy at the end of the race as we did here in the first mile, we did not. At all.)
I can get all emotional when I yammer on about what running has done for me, but I think Lisa captured it best in our interview last week.
“…for a brief moment, when you are breathing so hard, focused on completing the workout, only honesty can come out.”
(And thanks Lisa, for getting me to articulate what is more than just “another morning run.” )