If you recall, I was all stressed about running for time vs. running for fun for the Shamrock Half Marathon. After being unable to train due to surgery, I was frustrated and assumed I’d have a rough time running another 13.1.
I quickly remembered the reason I adore the Shamrock is because of how amazingly FUN it is. The after party is the best of any I’ve attended, and it’s almost impossible to not have a blast.
So I compromised and combined the two. I knew I’d have fun. So, I told myself if I was feeling up to it, I’d try my best and run the race to the best of my ability. My only rule for myself was “no expectations.” I wouldn’t beat myself up if I didn’t finish the way I’d hoped.
I mean… we obviously took ourselves very seriously when selecting our race outfits, as usual.
And when you finish exactly 1 minute and 2 seconds later than your PR, just blame the tutu.
Or the melanoma and the lack of training… but it’s funnier to blame the tutu.
Like I said, my only promise to myself was “no expectations.” So I’m taking it.
And while we wait for these awesome official race photos from the Brightroom team, I’ll grace you with my own of pre-race and afterparty.
On race days, I’m a morning person (and all other days of the year…. all bets are off).
Thankfully, the weather was about 20 degrees warmer than last year’s Shamrock. We got to the start line a good 10 minutes ahead of gun time, stretched, and were good to go.
At 7 a.m. sharp, we were ready to Shamrock ‘n’ Roll.
And by around 8:43, we made the day about beer and tutus pictures.
Psst… the tuts are from the children’s section at Target. NBD.
AND LOOK WHO LOLed HER WAY OVER TO ME?
Hollie and literally ran smack into each other on the bike path. VA Beach is a sickeningly small world.
They played Journey.
And a ball was had by all.
Shamrock Half Marathon 2012: 1:43:58.
Although there was no PR, I’d say my fifth half marathon was a mission: accomplished.