ROC Half Marathon Recap

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Hey all! As you know, I ran the Rochester Half Marathon on Sunday. It was awesome! The course was challenging – several tough hills, but beautiful sights and a mix of trails and roads. It was the perfect day weather-wise: the sun was out, there was a light breeze, and it was cool. There was a drum circle at Mile 5 (amazing), spirit-filled water stations, spectators decked out in Bills gear. Awesome race all around! B and I ran together as Team Booyah. Let me tell you – running alongside your best friend > running alone (way less boring). This was our third race together, and it feels pretty stellar to finish a race and accomplish something momentous (such as running a half marathon) next to your sister from another mister! Girl power!

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I’d also like to say this. When I told my Boston friends that I was running alongside my best friend for this race, a majority of the responses I got were “ugh, I hate doing that!” and while that may be my feeling the majority of the time (I’m a highly competitive lone wolf; I’ve promised my brother-in-law/friends that I’d run with them and then leave then in the dust and totally peace out unintentionally, when my competitive nature gets the best of me) there are times when sticking it out with someone you love and care about is more important. B set this trend first. When I was one of the last people out of the water during my first sprint triathlon in 2012, B was there, standing on the shore, cheering me on and waiting for me in her super cool orange swim cap before heading to the next portion of the race. When she was riding a super fast road bike and could smoke me on my non-fancy but perfectly functional bike (hybrid tires/mountain bike frame) during the cycling portion of the race, she waited for me to catch up. When I couldn’t run and had to walk during the 5K running final leg of the race, she walked right by my side, and told me not to feel bad. She encouraged me to keep going when I wanted to quit – and she was the sole reason why I didn’t quit. And, she ran right next to me all the way up to crossing the finish line at the end of the race. (If you want to read more about my first race experience, check out my post Guys, it’s my Raceaversary!). That’s what you do for friends. You encourage them when they think they can’t, when it feels everything is working against you, when you’re having a sh*tty running day, when you are exhausted and want to give up. That’s when you need your best friend by your side, telling you that you’re strong, not to quit, not to give up, that you can do it. And they will be right by your side to the bitter end. Sometimes it’s easier, in both life and races, to leave your friends/family behind so you can get ahead. But it’s not always the right thing to do.

There will be plenty more races for me to try and PR. In fact, I have two more this fall, and the next one is 26 days away. But, there is only one B (and she is WICKED special: she’s the one who will listen to your life drama for the upteenth time, stick by your side through the worst of the worst, the only person you want to talk to when you’re having a sh*t day, can communicate only using eyebrows, the one you remember all the good stories with and laugh until you bust a gut and/or pee your pants kinda friend). And she’s more important to me than numbers on a board. I’m proud to accomplish something I never thought I’d be able to do next to my best friend. You’re the friendship love of my life, B! I’m glad the stars aligned and we crossed paths in Organic Chemistry Lab a million years ago.

So, the race was tough and challenging. But I was next to my best friend, and that made it okay. πŸ™‚ And we ate an amazing breakfast afterwards at Jines on Park Ave in Rochester. Hello, pumpkin pancakes (not vegan – I cheated).

IMG_3806And then I watched the Buffalo Bills unfortunately lose to the Pats (not nice comment redacted, so please don’t give me any football hate! I’m already surrounded by Pats fans, I can’t take anymore πŸ˜‰ ) . 😦 WOMP! But I had an awesome local hard cider, the Flower City Blonde by Blue Toad Hard Cider, Zubaz pants (#BillsMafia) and CEP compression socks, so all was well.

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Flower City Blonde hard cider: A crisp and fruity cider, using a blend of the finest local Golden Delicious, Empire and Crispin apples. A light cider that is pale straw-colored and clean-tasting.

How was everyone’s weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments. (I’m still catching up on responding to all of your wonderful comments from last week, but I promise I will respond to your comment today or tomorrow!)Β 

Happy first day of fall, everyone! I have lots of good recipes coming this week, so stay tuned. πŸ˜‰

With warmth,

L

xox ❀

10 thoughts on “ROC Half Marathon Recap

  1. Reading your post reminded me of the two races (among many) that I have done with my sister. We did the Adirondack Marathon in 2011 and while my sister trained by the book (every single week), I maxed out at about 12 miles during training (and did way too many other things like kickboxing, spin, etc.) I figured I would just “wing it” at the marathon. My only real objective during that race was to beat my sister’s time. I did in fact beat her (by like 30 minutes) but I wished I had crossed that finish line with her. I did get this opportunity when we did our next triathlon (in which she could have SMOKED me in the swim and the bike) but she waited for me and we crossed that finish line holding hands. The marathon was memorable but the triathlon meant more to me. Congratulations WEGMANS! Next up, TOUGH MUDDER!

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  2. What an inspiring post. You and B are an awesome duo. That hard cider looks so crisp and delicious, mmmmmm…. Look forward to your food posts. Go Bills!

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  3. I’ve now read this 3 times and every time I do it makes me tear up! You are the best! I felt so guilty for basically the whole race and really wanted you to go ahead of me and run at your speed. I knew how hard you’ve been training, but it meant a LOT to me to get to finish with you. Having you by my side every time I saw a hill was the best push/motivation I could have ever had. Every time I let out a VERY audible euuuughghghghg and you kept saying “you can do it, you got this” and it helped push me through. I would NOT have been able to finish that race with out you. I just couldn’t get in my groove with my pace, I mentally was being negative nancy and I just felt slooow and untrained. (you know b/c i was πŸ™‚ ) Once I crossed the finish line (the real one, not the one with the inflatables, b/c they had to torture me like that) I felt great! Well….great mentally πŸ™‚ It’s so awesome running and getting to experience (even the bad races) races with you. You are the best for staying with me and encouraging me through when all I wanted to do was die slash lay down on the pavement and let everyone just run by me.

    Also the AMAZING breakfast, bills game ( it was still fun to me), hard cidar, half time walk was just what I needed after that kind of race.

    Can’t wait to run another race with you, you know but this time get my ass in gear and traaaaain. Even if that means laps in the lab πŸ˜‰

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  4. Looks like a cool race! Double yes for pumpkin pancakes and hard cider πŸ™‚ I’m with you on running alongside a friend… I’d much rather do that than run alone!

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  5. Congratulations on the race!!!!! How special to share with your BFF! And yuuummm so jeals of the Jines after the race. I’ll be in roc for my BFFs baby shower next weekend, and I may or may not be making a mandatory stop there!!

    Congrats again!!! 😊

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