Happy Friday, friends! I wrote about my performance at Rehoboth earlier this week (read it here if you like sadder stories). It didn’t go as I’d hoped or planned as far as the race goes, but I don’t regret a thing. I spent some time with a truly amazing runners and even more amazing people. I shared a house with runners from various walks (or runs) of life. Lots of the runners that I spent time with go way back and have met up on multiple occasions for a combination of running and celebrating. It was my first time, but they treated me like one of their own.
Rehoboth was really a great time. The packet pickup was easy. The race was well-organized. The course was flat, fast and fun. There are lots of places where you’re running without much spectator noise, but that’s ok. Where there were spectators, they were fun and enthusiastic. The post-race festivities were AMAZING. They had REAL FOOD and great beer (thank you, Dogfish Head). All of the runners are crammed into a big tent, so you couldn’t help but get to know everyone. They had music blasting and those with any legs left could dance.
You even get free pics! Most major races want to take a week’s pay for pictures, so that’s a huge perk. My pics are all sad and in fact I’m not even running in a single one of them. I guess they weren’t taken during my 1:34 first half but during my 2:05 second half. The pics kind of tell the story.
I love my shirt and I love my medal. For a short time I usually hate having reminders of races associated with not meeting my goals, but my Rehoboth stuff is just a reminder that goals aren’t everything. We set new goals. If we achieved our goals every single time, they wouldn’t be special. They wouldn’t bring the kind of joy that can make a person scream out or even cry. What fun is that?
As of right now, I’m not going to Boston. I’ll admit, there’s some void that I feel as a runner until I can finally get that Boston Qualifier. I’ll try again. For now, I’m just looking forward to running just to run again. I want to run what I want, when I want and how fast I want. No commitments. I’m going to spend the next couple of months on strength and flexibility with no structured training as a runner. I will run with friends. I will get coffee afterward.
Thanks again for all of your supporting words of encouragement throughout my training and through my tough times. It all means a lot to me.