Monday, October 12, 2015

B.A.A. Half Marathon 2015

Yesterday, I ran the B.A.A. Half Marathon for the second time. Last year, I ran it as part of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, which is when you run the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. Yesterday'a race was way more fun than last year's race. I got to run it with Rachelle and Riley. Rachelle was running to beat some personal records and Riley was running it a week after running a full marathon.

All three of us started the race together. Eventually, Riley went ahead and did her own thing. Rachelle and I went on to beat her best 5k, 10k and half marathon times! It's was a great display of determination all around. 

An oldie but goodie of the three of us running the Triple Threat Half Marathon. (Left to Right: Rachelle, myself and Riley)
Some cool highlights from the race though are the scenery, the volunteers and the Franklin Park Zoo. The scenery for  race is amazing. You almost forget your running in such a big city. The volunteers were amazing. There was one particular volunteer around mile 10 who was so energetic she helped motivate all the runners when they needed it most. Lastly, running the zoo is always a highlight. We ran past zebras, wildebeests and warthogs to name a few. There are so many benefits to running this race. 

Whether it was overcoming calf cramps towards the end of the race or pushing through tired legs from long races so close together. We all made it across the finish line.  In running whether your first, last or dnf(did not finish), you had the courage to start.  That's what really counts! 

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