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March 15, 2013

The Big 10

This is not about college football.

3 years ago, I read an article in Fitness Magazine titled, "Yes, You CAN Run a Half-Marathon." I followed the training plan to a T and toed the line of my first Half in May of 2010.

#1 - Katie Lynch Heartbreak Hill Half
I wore a brand new shirt, a brand new fuel belt and tried brand new gels. I also pinned my bib to my boobs, instead of my stomach. Newbie much?

Tomorrow, I will toe the line of my 10th half marathon. I couldn't think of a better way to run my 10th than to just go out and have fun. I won't be trying to PR. I won't be stressing about pace. Instead, I'll be focusing on Ally and how she's feeling and pacing her, instead. I've learned a thing or two in 10 half-marathons and made some amazing friends along the way. Here's a look back at those races.

#2 - The Diva's Half
#3 - NYC Half (first sub-2)
#4 Great's Great Gallop...and a new PR 
#5 Staten Island (worst race ever)

#6 Philly (current PR)

#7 Cowtown
#8 Philly Rock 'n' Roll

#9 MDI
My running journey has brought me to the start of 9 half marathons, 5 full marathons and numerous other races. I've changed a lot as a runner and learned quite a lot along the way, but I still consider myself a new runner. Maybe I'm not making 100 mistakes on race morning since I'm a little bit more seasoned but the feeling I get every time I hit the pavement for one of those oh-so-perfect runs, is enough to make me feel like I'm running for the first time, every time.

Here's to my 10th half-marathon and to many, many more. 

7 comments:

  1. YAY! Congrats! I'm so excited for you to run your 10th and with a friend :) It's so fun to look back at all your races and see your accomplishments! I'm proud of you, Christy! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Yay! I'm running my 10th half marathon this weekend too! Good luck and have fun this weekend! :)

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  3. Congrats! I'm just starting the training for my first but it's great to see that people like them enough to get up to 10!

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  4. Congrats on number 10! And what a great goal to be able to pace a friend to a PR! Have fun with it! What a big racing weekend it is. I'm so excited to be running a half this weekend as well. I think it's 9 or 10 for me; I need to count. I am running for a PR, though. I did one for fun a couple of weeks ago and am ready to bust out a solid number. Have fun!!

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  5. You are my running sage! Good luck tomorrow! I am sure you will be an awesome pacer!

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  6. Congrats you are doing great!
    I am training for my 6th full marathon.

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  7. You are truly my inspiration!! I love the running plan you've shared with me, and while I haven't been able to follow it to a T, it's definitely helped me and will continue to help me. Maybe I will one day say I've ran 10 half-marathons!! Keep up the amazing work, Christy!!

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