Not sure if this is common with other runners or not, but I have a tendency to remember with quite clarity specific races. This generally pertains to the ones that maybe ended in a personal hardship, celebrated a specific anniversary or was a personal victory of some sorts. Yesterday’s race was actually a combination of reasons that I’ll always remember. If you have been reading the blog for the last couple of weeks I’ve hinted that I was running a half marathon – specifically the Peoria Heights Half Marathon. The goal this year was to get more halfs in and that meant starting earlier in the race season. Typically the half target is early September. This year the target was May, but found out two weeks ago that the Heights race was on (was given indications last year it was off due to the sponsor moving out of that city). Went ahead and signed up figuring I could use it as an easy training run and wouldn’t have to bring my own fluids. I was already at 12 miles having kept the training up through the Winter months – one more mile (point one) shouldn’t be that hard
Well, I can say with great pride the medal is now mine.
From a swag perspective, this one featured one of the nicest medals I have received and definitely the best shirt. Kudos to the River City Race Management Team (Shazam Racing) for putting on another great race. If you recall, they also ran the Screaming Pumpkin Race (link here) which also had awesome medals. We were unable to locate an ambulance, which is a little troublesome on its own, but we decided to take the traditional post race picture on a nearby wall – the best part being I was able to SIT.
Hit the jump to read all about what it took to claim this medal!