Timing is everything. Figuratively and literally. In running and in life. The time must be right. Well, let me tell you something. The time is right. The time is right now!
The time has come. It’s time for me to run a race.
A half marathon, to be exact. Go big or go home, right?
Back in February, my best friend Barbie called me up shortly after I announced my fitness goal for 2015. She said, “Let’s sign up for the Go! St. Louis half marathon!” Say what?!? I hadn’t even run once in three years at this point. She’s always full of crazy ideas. In 2006 when we were both away at our perspective colleges and I was feeling homesick, she suggested we both sign up for the Go! half marathon. Barbie has always been a runner competing in cross country and track throughout high school. Me? Not so much. Running was what I did during sports, not as a sport. But, since I trusted my best friend and figured I had nothing to lose, I said, “Why not?” and signed up.
I knew nothing about running back then. The longest I trained was six miles, and that was long for me. I remember calling Barbie after almost every run and telling her how many miles I completed. She was proud regardless if it was one or five. She stayed with me that whole race (including the many walking breaks I requested/needed), and even convinced me to sign up again the following year. We made it a tradition to run that race every year, and it’s happened more times than not.
Fast forward to this year. First time running in over three years. I’ve been (mostly) loving it, and have run a total of six times. And, you bet, they’re all documented!
Well, just the other week a company I love reached out for a partnership for the Go! St. Louis Fitness Weekend. When I explained that I was already registered for the half marathon, they offered a sponsorship.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is sponsoring my comeback half marathon! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I was ecstatic before, and now I can hardly contain myself! Why Chipotle? Well, Chipotle has an appreciation for living an active lifestyle, just as they have an appreciation for fueling up with food made from great ingredients. So, it makes sense, and it’s perfect timing!
Everyone loves Chipotle. I have never met anyone who doesn’t like it. In fact, my little brother Justin is so obsessed with Chipotle and eats it so often that he e-mailed them requesting they create a breakfast menu featuring eggs, so he can not only eat Chipotle for lunch and dinner, but breakfast, too. The love is real.
Back to running.
What’s my goal for this half marathon? Since my training has been so sporadic (running once a week while training for a distance race is less than ideal), my goal is simply to cross the finish line. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I want to get close to the two-hour mark, but when I achieved that in the past, I had put in long hours of hard work and many, many miles. My very first half marathon was two hours forty-something minutes, so I’d definitely like to beat that… by a lot.
Truly, my goal is to cross the finish line. I’m sure I’ll have to take walking breaks, but that would be amazing if I didn’t or if they were minimal. Mostly, I’d like to enjoy racing again; it’s something I’ve missed and craved for so long.
In just a few days, it’ll be time to wake up before the sun, tie my shoes, drive downtown, find my spot among thousands of other runners, feed off their energy, dig in deep, and go! All with this girl by my side…
You better believe we’ll be
stuffing our faces refueling with Chipotle right after.
It’s a crazy idea, but I’m up for the challenge, and excited to race!
What races are you signed up for this spring?