Boston Strong

I had the most inspirational start to my week. I was fortunate to get to watch my friend kick the Boston Marathon’s butt! I flew up to Boston on Sunday night after spending Easter with my family. After a  little bit of a hectic plane departure (sitting on the tarmac for over an hour waiting to get off), I got to my friend Katelyn’s apartment.

 

We got up early the next day to drive her into the city and see her off to the buses for the start line of the race. Our goal was to make it to as many spots along the route (hoping for three) to see her go by. We made it to two spots and the finish line to cheer her on! I was so happy to have friends in Boston to help get us around. It would have been really confusing otherwise!

Katelyn is one of the people who sets amazing goals and actually reaches them. Each time we saw her throughout the day, she was smiling and so positive. It was so great to be there to cheer her on. She is someone that I wish I could be more like. I love her to death and am so lucky to have her in my life.

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The most amazing site was the finish line. People were trucking along to get to the finish. Some people were hurting and others were flying by. Runners pulled out their phones to take pictures and videos of the finish line. The crowds were going crazy. It was such an amazing experience and I am so glad I got to experience my first Boston Marathon.

I flew out early the next morning. I was so inspired by this day that I spent all my time looking up marathon information- what marathons were in my area coming up and how to qualify for Boston. We’ll see if this bucket list dream can get pushed up the list!

The Bridge Run

My mom and I had the best time in Charleston this weekend. It was full of so much sunshine, love, laughter, and fun! We got into Charleston late on Friday night, and we went straight to our hotel in preparation for the Bridge Run. This was a run across the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, which we Β learned is the longest cable bridge in the US!


Our alarm clock rang at 5:30am, which was extremely unwelcome after we stayed up until 12:30am watching the Mississippi State vs UConn women’s basketball game. Thankfully, our hotel had water and fruit out before we left at 6:00am. Β We got on a school bus to take us from Downtown Charleston over to Mount Pleasant where the race started. We got up and moving a little early. We had to wait at the start line for a little over an hour in the chilly morning air.

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The great thing about this race was the atmosphere. Everyone was so happy and positive and most of all excited to be out there and running the race. Once the race got started, everyone was moving really fast. The race started out kind of flat leading up to the bridge. This bridge definitely didn’t look like much of a hill until you got there and started going up, and up, and up. The top was a false flat. The views were beautiful looking out over the bridge. It was hard not to stop and just look over the edge.

Then, we all got to head downhill for a long while and everyone began to pick up their pace. As we turned down King Street, everyone get speeding up. The crowds were great and helped me to keep moving to the finish, even though my legs were starting to get tired. My favorite part of the crowd was passing by Lululemon where there was a bunch of people out spinning with great music! It really helped me to push through the last little bit.Β Once at the finish, I waited for my mom by the Krispie Kream truck. She saw them setting these out in the morning before we left and that’s what she was most looking forward too. We hung around the finish line festival eating food and relaxing in the sunshine!


We were both really happy with out times. I was especially happy since I haven’t run since November when I ran the Bay Bridge Run.I know biking is great exercise, but you really use different muscles, very evident in how sore my legs have been these last two days. My mom was really sick and unable to workout for almost two weeks, plus she has a bruised heel, which hurts her to walk on a daily basis. It was a fantastic run and a great experience. We already have plans to come back down next year and bring along my sister for the race!


After the race, we had the whole day to explore this magical city!

Beat the Bridge

This weekend my mom, Paige, Aunt Tracey, and two cousins, Katie and Tavia, took the challenge to run across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It is a 10K run starting on the western shore of Maryland and cross the bridge to the eastern shore. The hardest part is the beginning where you head up over the bridge for two miles straight. It isn’t super steep, but you don’t stop going up hill. The best part is the three mile down hill after hitting the top. There was also a huge crowd cheering us on the whole way across the bridge. Continue reading “Beat the Bridge”