The First DetermiNation Pub Run and I’m Running the SF Marathon!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m involved in the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation program.

I walked over from my office and met up with the crew at The Point in Faneuil Hall. I normally avoid bars in Faneuil Hall at all costs, but since this was a school night and we were heading out for a run, I made an exception. We all introduced one another and then set off for our 5 mile run!

Here is part of the crew in a cute, pre-sweaty picture (don’t mind the Bud Light Court Street sign)

We set out for a route running through downtown and doing a big loop into the Seaport District of Boston. I had a great time chatting with fellow committee members and other newbies that were joining us for the first time. We all started in a pack together, and then slowly clumped together in groups of 2-3 each. I ran with two girls from the North End Running Club, Amber and Monica. Amber was exceptionally speedy, so at times I felt like I was sprinting at max pace to keep up with her! One small downside was since this was our first run we missed a turn which ended up shaving .7 off of our run. No one really seemed to mind the shortened distance and everyone agreed they were fine with running 4.25 vs 5.0. We all finished and cheered, such a great first group run!

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Worth the Hurt!

Remember that time I swore I wouldn’t run a Marathon in 2011? Or that time I said I was doing everything in my power to resist running a marathon? I was doing a great job, until Aron over at Runner’s Rambles posted a San Francisco Marathon Entry Give Away. I hesitated for a moment, and the cupid on my shoulder was telling me “No, no! Don’t do it” and the endorphin loving masochist in me said “go, go! Sign up!” So I guess it’s no shocker who won that battle, because I entered. Not once, but twice. I guess I really can’t help myself!

I’ve never been to San Francisco, let alone any part of California, so visions of a wonderful race weekend danced through my head. I’ve always wanted to go, and have SF built up as my “dream stateside vacation”.  I never really win anything, but I had a sneaky feeling that my luck might just turn around and I would win this give away.

This morning I received an email from Aron telling me to check out her blog and my heart started racing “could it be?!” I read her post on the changes to the Boston registration and qualifying standards and then I noticed at the bottom of her post that she said I HAD WON!! AHHH!

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