Why this race for March? First and foremost, it's local and by that, I mean that the RD is Tom Clifford, a fine runner in his own right and the owner of Without Limits, which does individual and group coaching for runners, triathletes, and youth runners. It's also a run that many of the WRRC folks run and it has a 1-mile timed fun run, which the Pumpkin Noodle was adamant about running.
So, this week, in addition to my regular training, I will be adding the 13.1 miles of this race to the mix. My paranoia? Getting injured. Thus, I will be running comfortably, no time goal in mind, but just to enjoy it, be with my running friends and complete another race start-to-finish.
|Because who doesn't sit on the stairs for a photo right after a 10-miler?|
I received this email from one of my No Boundaries athletes: "Felicia, I have a deep respect for all who have served in the military. My favorite uncle was a decorated US Army Major (Green Beret), and he is buried at Arlington. This poster hung in his study, and it is symbolic of his toughness, which I think you share. (Yea, I know the Marines are tougher than the average Army guy, but there are indeed some badasses in the army too.)"
The athlete's words were generous, although I in no way claim to hold the above level of badassery. And in truth, for the personal success he achieved through the 10-week training program, he did all the work, pushed himself, and stayed on task - I just told him how far he had to go and shoved him out the door to do it.
As a friend recently told me, and I echo this sentiment, "I am just trying to do my part in this world, and hope it makes the world better." Boom.