It was the race I wasn’t supposed to run.
After last years JMR I swore off running it again in 2016. I said “I was done running long distances” I really should learn to keep my mouth shut. I am pretty sure I will never be done running long distances, I just can’t seem to quit.
So I signed up on New Years Eve and ended up training about half as much as I normally would to run a race. With about 10 days until the race and a sponsored entry Russ joined the fun too. Boy was I SO glad that I had already signed up to do the race this year and would now be running Russ’ first half with him.
It started the same way it does every year.
And 161 balloons released followed by 161 seconds of silence for the 161 lives lost on May 22nd, 2011. Every year I stand there and think of just how beautiful this moment is. This truly is a day to run & remember.
Think of this photo as a game of Where’s Waldo and see if you can find us :).
Before I knew it, we were off! I think it went something like this. run, run, run, run RUN! The course for 2016 was a brand new and oh goodness was it the best JMR course so far. It was fantastic. It wasn’t “flat as a pancake” but it was the perfect course through Joplin and followed roads that I run on a usual basis. I felt pretty at home on the course.
Through the heart of down town.
Smiling for the cameras.
And we even held hands for a minute walking up this hill.
Sneaky Anna caught a photo and I am so glad she did.
The weather was perfect, the hydration stations were incredible, my feet were EXHAUSTED and Anna endured what we will forever call “The epic side cramp of 2016” but we did it, we finished.
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I couldn’t possibly be any happier with our results and this guy for running it with pretty much no training. I set out just wanting to finish the race and put up a pretty respectable time for me. Russ was a little disheartened to have lost to me by 5 seconds, but then he gloated that he ran his first half faster than I ran mine.
So thankful to have had this experience with two of my favorite people EVER!
And to have yet another race in the books with this lady. They are getting almost to many to number now.
So that leaves me with the question I always am thinking about this time of the year.
For the very first times I’m not quite sure how to answer that.
But I am pretty sure I can say one thing…
It will likely involve running
See you next year Joplin Memorial Run!