Spring is definitely in the air! It would have been nice if it was even remotely in the air yesterday for the Shamrock Run. Despite it's absence, over 3500 showed up to run that hilly 4 miles with a temperature in the low 30's. It really is inspiring to be out there running around with people of all ages, shapes and sizes on a not so pretty March day. There are some pretty serious runners that finish the 4 miles in 20 minutes or so (I can't even imagine!) but there are a ton of people like myself who just do it for fun and to get a little exercise.
Mind Games , in which I explain my method of tricking myself into running by signing up for races that I should probably be able to complete when the day comes. It works for me. I've been hitting the streets as much as possible (weather permitting, I'm not a die hard) and I think it paid off. My time improved a tad this year but I felt SO much better during and after the race compared to last year. Don't get me wrong, I could think of nothing other than getting to the finish through the whole thing but I remembered along the way how I felt last year in some of those same spots. I remembered how pissed I was when I saw the 2 mile mark. Last year I thought "Are you bleep-ing kidding me??? Half way???". This year I was like "Oh nice, I'm half way there!".