Ok, I know I’ve been totally slacking in the blog department for a few months. For the most part it’s been the off season and things haven’t been that exciting. I did go to Martha’s Vineyard for a race and, shortly after, California where I got a serious dose of spring fever during morning runs in 50 degree weather. But all in all it’s been mostly routine gym sessions and maintenance-distance runs with a few yoga and barre classes mixed in between.
But off-season no more! I’m struggling starting to transition back into training for my first half marathon of the year, the Boston’s Run to Remember held in Boston during Memorial Day weekend. I ran it for the first time last year and it quickly became my favorite half marathon for many reasons. I’ve never run the same half marathon more than once (except for that one time the Allstate Boston 13.1 half marathon fit perfectly into marathon training), so that should say something.
Last year’s Run to Remember race was so well organized and was so meaningful. Not only does the race honor Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers, but also last year’s race was additionally meaningful given the events that had taken place just over a month prior. Sean Collier had registered for the Run to Remember last year, and race officials made sure it did not go unnoticed. Each runner was given a special bib dedicated to him and there was a tribute at the start of the race. The kind of stuff that gives you goose bumps and reminds you why you run, and value the fact that you are able to run.
If you’re in the Boston area on Memorial Day weekend, I highly recommend taking part in this race. Not only is the race well-managed and run along a great course, but the additional meaning behind the purpose of this race makes it worth it in itself.