I was looking forward to a weekend on the Cape since I booked my hotel room. My news about work was not going to stop me from running and I was going to be a good mood! My running buddy, Nilesh said to me on Friday “Free your mind.” and that’s just what I did.
I went down to Hyannis with my Run Club buddy, Anna, and we had a great Saturday going shopping and out to dinner. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Hyannis and it was a short drive to the start. If we ever run the race again, I’ll make sure to book the hotel room earlier so that we can stay at the main hotel. We parked about 10 minutes from the start and finish, which meant for a very cold walk back to the car after the race!
My goal for the race was 1:45 since I am coming off a marathon and I did not know if I could clear my mind to run an anxiety attack-free race. It was a very windy day so it was very cold at the beginning of the race, but I quickly warmed up within the first few miles. I was surprised by how good my legs felt so I ran as hard as I could. The course was challenging, but I loved the rolling hills. It would have been better without the wind though.
As I was a few hundred feet from the finish, my other Run Club buddy, Alex, scared the crap out of me as he jumped out of no where and cheered me on. It was a good boost and I was able to sprint up the hill to the finish. I wore my Timex for the race and tried to do splits on my own, but I lost track of the mile markers after mile 6 so I stopped looking at my watch. When I stopped my watch at the finish, I was pleasantly surprised to see 1:42! Official results are not up yet so I do not know my exact time, but it was under my goal time so I was pretty happy with my time. I was also able to run without thinking about work or my uncertain future! Now I just need to channel that same focus on April 16 and I’ll be all set. =)
There were a few DFMC teammates also running the 1/2 marathon today, but I did not see them so I hope everyone had a great race! See you soon at a training run!
Fundraising Update! Thank you to those who have already donated to my run! It means a lot to me!! I am almost to $2K!
If you haven’t donated yet, you can donate here www.runDFMC.org/2012/bettyy
Honor Roll of Donors:
-My old running buddy, April
-My Run Club buddy, Patrick
-My brother in law’s cousin, Corey Chin
-My sister’s bridesmaid, Ketty Lieu
-My BOMF buddies, Mary Martini & Joslynn Lee
-Stuy buddy, Mogan Shieh
-Mrs. Chin’s daughter, Patti Liang
-Mrs. Chin’s son, Wayman Chin
-My SLP co-worker, Katrina Bernstein
-My OT classmate, Sue Boyle
-My aunt and uncle from HK, Ann and Benny Chan
-BMC Resident, Rajni Tanden
-My nieces, Jo Jo and Val
-My realtor, Ryan Persac
-My Aussie friend, Matt Ho
-My high school co-captain, Tiffany Choi
-My uncle, Davy
-One of my best friends from high school, Carolyn Chan
-My buddy Laura’s husband, Christopher Liston
-My running buddy, Glen Graubart
-My aunt, Chris
-My Boston running buddy, Jan Nygren