I ran a pretty good 7:15-mile pace. Slowed down once I hit the winds, but my goals for this year is to do what my boyfriend gets me to do at the end of a long run… HIT THE GAS. These past few months I have really been able to focus on running the last few miles of a race, at a much faster speed than in the middle when I have been known to keep a steady rhythm, slower than the first 4 miles. The mentality and I definitely did a little bit of a speed up today but like I said, today was not about time, it was about enjoyment and getting out there.
I may have lost everything I have every owned, my home where I grew up and the photographs the define those memories, but what I realized at the end of the day, was how much I appreciate being able to do all of this. The training, the racing, having goals. Yes, I lost my gear, but it made the moment of getting them back and getting out there on the road and in the pool that much more enjoyable and appreciative. I love this sport and its so great to have a support group of friends and family there for me, to help replace those items that I missed dearly and cheer me on when the going gets tough.