Playing catch-up

Ok, first off I have to say it hasn’t been as long since my last post as I thought, but I’m still a little embarrassed by the gap in posting. Totally not my plan. Don’t let that fool you into thinking I haven’t been running, though 😉 Looks like I’ve got some catching up to do! So without further delay, here’s what has been going on in my corner of the world…

Let’s jump back to April 30th when I ran the Pro Football Hall of Fame half marathon with a dear friend of mine. This was her first half so I ran the entire distance with her. Although it was my slowest half (I finished in 2:55:51) it was better far one of the most rewarding races I’ve ever run! There is nothing better than seeing someone accomplish their goal and knowing you were part of it.

Jumping forward to Mother’s Day weekend, I got to run my first ever Mother’s Day run! Working in the restaurant industry this is usually one of the busiest weekends of the year and I usually work the whole thing. This year was different. I was able to get Saturday off so I signed up last minute to the Mother of all Races 10k. It was a beautiful run done half on city streets, half on the towpath trail in Canal Fulton. I ended up setting a new PR of 57:20 (good enough for 4th in my age group) and earned double bling when I paired this race with FitFam’s Miles for Moms 10k. The bling for this race was extra special because it was handmade by the local high school’s ceramics class. Very cool!

Flash forward to Memorial Day weekend. I got to run the Pvt. Heath Warner Memorial Run to Remember 4 miler. It’s run in honor of a local soldier who was killed in action. I love this race both for the course and the cause. I try to run this one without headphones or other distractions so as I run each mile I can really focus on the meaning of the race and holiday weekend. To Remember those who willingly made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. I ran a strong race and finished in 36:11, which netted me 2nd in my age group. 

Next up, another last minute race. Restaurant life usually involves no Friday nights off for me. Well, when I checked my schedule last week what did I see? A Friday off! Not just any Friday, the Friday of the Shearer’s Chip Chase 5k 🙂 Now this race has special meaning for me. My very first race ever was a little hometown 2 mile race. My sister’s friend had talked me into running with her. I never thought I would be much of a racer, but after that one 2 mile run I never looked back. Flash forward 23 years and this is the reincarnation of that race. Talk about memories and all the feels while running a race!! Running by houses of people I knew, business we shopped when I was a kid, the factory my dad worked at, my old high school. I felt like I was flying…and I was. I ran to a 26:26 finish, a new PR, and first in my age group! 

That almost catches me up, so for now I’m going to leave you with a few more pictures from the Chip Chase and a promise of another post soon about my most recent half marathon. Happy running everyone!

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