Today I'm linking up with Marcia, Patty and Erica for Tuesdays on the Run. Today's topic is Favourite Medals. I've raced so much I have a ton of medals. It's a little crazy really. And I can confidently say that many of them have a lot of great significance to me. But for the sake of keeping things short and sweet, I'm going to list my top 5 in chronological order.
1) Boston 2003. This was my first Boston Marathon and my third marathon. It was probably one of the worst races of my life. It was super hot, I was over trained and I went out way too fast at the start. But I didn't know any better. I finished but not without a lot of tears and a lot of walking. If there's one thing I took away from this race it's that I'm mentally a lot stronger than I give myself credit for.
2) Ironman Lake Placid: 2006. This was my first Ironman. It was such an amazing day. I raced with G and a couple of friends. Both my family and G's family came to cheer us on as well as a bunch of our friends. I couldn't have asked for a more memorable day.
3) Boston 2013. This race will go down in history as one of the most tragic events in sporting history. I will never forget it not only for that but because it was an absolutely perfect day for me race wise. I set my current marathon P.R and had the best race of my life. It was perfectly executed from start to finish. I went from celebrating to mourning in the span of a couple of hours. And what a difference 10 years makes in terms of the bling issued!
4) Scotiabank Half Marathon 2013: This was my second big A race of 2013. My goal was to break 1:30. My training went so well, I knew I could do it, the question would be by how much. I went on to run a 1:27:11 which netted me 3rd place Masters female and 21st female overall. This was a HUGE deal because it was the biggest race I had made the podium on. Again, it was another race that was almost perfectly executed. And I think I was smiling the entire time, haha.
5) IM Luxembourg 70.3: This was to be mine and G's 10th wedding anniversary race. Because that's what we like to do. 5 weeks out from the race, he had a bike crash and separated his shoulder so he couldn't race. I toyed with the idea of not racing, right up to just before race day. But, I had trained hard and it was going to be my first half Ironman in almost 10 years so I wanted to see what I was capable of. I knew G would be out on the course cheering me on. I went on to have an absolutely amazing race. I loved every second of it. Racing in Europe is such an incredible experience. I squeaked into the top 10 in a really competitive European field, which completely surprised me. It was the perfect way to start our European vacation. The only thing better would have been to have G out on the course as well but I know we'll venture over to Europe to race again at some point.
Do you have a favourite race medal? What is it and why is it your favourite?
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