And, I'm going to take it upon myself to officially change our blog tagline from "Let us school you bitches on running..." to... "Schooling bitches on running since July 2007." Sweet, huh?
As an anniversary celebration... we've decided to take you through some of the good times and some of the bad times....
And let's be honest here, folks... who doesn't love a list?
Amy's 5 Worst Running Moments, ever:
1. Falling on the trail at Percy Warner Park (July 2007):
So, yes, not only did I fall on the trail and scrape my knee and shoulder... I also got completely covered in dirt. Who knew that dirt would stick to your sweaty body? The fun part, about this? I still had about 3 miles to make it back to my car. I scared about 3 children and 2 adults in those last 3 miles. I'm probably known as the legendary dirt and blood monster there, now. Be afraid. Be very afraid. (Also, don't be jealous of my awesome running style, you know you love you some pink and purple together.)
2. Falling on the sidewalk. Hard. In front of lots of cars (Jan 2008):
3. The Music City Half Marathon (Oct 2007): This was the hottest, poorest equipped race that I've ran. It's not the race directors fault, because it was October. I mean, its not supposed to be 95 degrees at 8am in October. But... it was. I thought that I would probably die before I crossed the finish line. By about mile 10, I was practically praying to die so that I didn't have to run 3 more miles. Luckily, I didn't die, but I did have one of those seriously scary black out moments immediately after the race. Good times. Right now you're thinking... well... at least you got a cool half marathon t-shirt out of it, right?
Wrong. So, not only was this my worst race experience, it was also my ugliest t-shirt. Fantastic.
4. Memphis Marathon, mile 17 (Dec 2007): This was the first time I'd thrown up in the middle of a race. Throwing up in the middle of a race is one thing. Throwing up and THEN realizing that you've still got 9 miles left to run... is quite another.
Okay, so, I kind of had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with a 5th bad moment. I mean, don't get me wrong... I've had PLENTY of crappy runs. But, nothing super, super terrible. Plus.. April got a water bottle!!!! I mean, come on... I didn't get a water bottle!
Amy's 5 1/2 Best Running Moments:
FINALLY! After dozens of races... I placed in my age division! 2nd place! And April placed, too! We rocked that 8 miler. And then we bought matching sweatshirts. Awesome.
4. Running a Race for the First time with my Mom (August 2007): We've since ran a few races together, but it was special for me to get to run a race with my mom. I mean, how many people get to do that? Sure, she always shows me up by placing in her age division, but I don't mind... I'm proud of her.
4 1/2. Placing 1st in my age division in a race (April 2008):
5. Running 2 miles the first time (Jan 2006). I started running at the end of 2005. The goal was to train for and run the Country Music Half Marathon in April of 2006. I had to start with walking/running and I'll never forget the first time I ran 2 miles solid with no walk breaks. That was the moment that I knew I could run a half marathon. Sure, I'd need to train to be able to run an additional 11.1 miles, but I knew I could and would do it. And that moment has changed my life.
So, a special thanks to the running blogging community out there that reads our blog and comments! You motivate us to keep on plugging away and hopefully we motivate you (and maybe even entertain or inform you sometimes), too!
Happy Blogiversary, TWENTY SIX POINT TWO.