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Half Marathon Monday: It’s Finally Here

Boston StrongImage via Dear World

Today is a monumental day in the running world. The Boston Marathon has always been a highly esteemed race, with runners from all over the world chasing a qualifying time, but this year carries even more weight. April 15 was the first anniversary of the tragedy that took place at last year’s Boston Marathon. Today is the day that thousands of runners, like my friend Cassie, will reclaim the course and Keep Running. I shared one tribute video last week but think the Dear World Project is equally impactful. My heart is with Boston today.

In less than one week, I’ll be running my first half marathon. I’ve been tapering for the last week and have had the time to reflect on my first training experience. A half marathon is much more than running 13.1 miles on race day. For me, it’s been having the guts to register and to stop defining myself using the word “not.” It’s been turning to friends and family for donations to support a cause that’s affected my family. It’s been pushing through runs on snow-covered sidewalks during the polar vortex. It’s been waking up to train as the sun is rising in Central Park and heading to the West Side Highway to run commute home as the sun is setting. I’ve had so many people tell me how incredible it is that I’m running a half marathon, especially for charity, and that they would never be able to do it. I remind them that I never ran more than four consecutive miles before registering for this race. I’ve said it dozens of times over the last four months, and I’ll say it again:

Anyone Can Run

I am incredibly excited for this weekend. I’m taking my first vacation day this year to head down on Friday morning and will be returning on Monday night. I’m expecting it to be a weekend of love and celebration. My parents are meeting me in DC to experience my first race with me. There’s no way I could cross the finish line wearing a Team in Training singlet without my dad, a lymphoma survivor, watching me do it. The highlights of Friday and Saturday will be visiting the Expotique and attending the Team in Training dinner. After the race, I’m sure we’ll do some sightseeing on Sunday and Monday. I also plan to see many friends that I graduated from college with, as well as some of my New York City friends who are running the race. I can’t promise that I won’t be shedding tears of joy all weekend, but I can promise to take an overwhelming number of pictures. Get excited for race recaps next week.


Distance Run in April: 65 miles

This Week’s Plan of Attack

Monday – Rest Day
Tuesday
 – Run 3-4 miles
Wednesday
 – Yoga @ Yoga Vida
Thursday
 – Run 3 miles
Friday
 – Rest Day
Saturday
 – Run 2 miles
Sunday – Run 13.1 miles

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2 Comments

  • Reply s

    have a wonderful race! :)

    April 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm
    • Reply Evann Clingan

      Thank you! I appreciate it. Check back next week for a recap.

      April 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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