A little birdie suggested I might want to do the Columbus 10k after my successful 10k race at Cleveland. Sounded like a great plan except it was the week after Blossom. Coach suggested we hold off for another 10k later in the summer and that was that. Or so I thought :)
One of the gals I met at the Kent Tune Up Indoor Meet is sponsored by Infinite Running and she knew I was interested in the event and asked if I would like to be on their team this week. A bit shocked that they would ask me to be on the team (these girls are smoking fast!), I never the less talked to coach about it and let him know that I thought this was a great opportunity for me. This race will be like Cleveland in that it is going to draw some of the best females in the state, and that can only help me to push myself and hopefully pull myself closer to my ultimate goals.
So here I am shacked up in a hotel in Columbus watching some serious thunderstorms roll by and getting excited to go out to dinner with some phenomenal runners and race with them tomorrow. It hit me at some point on Thursday that this is kind of a big deal, so while I am ultimately racing for myself I can't lie and say that I don't feel a bit of pressure to perform better than I ever have before :) I'm a far cry from where I started last year at this time and it is a bit unbelievable to me that things are actually coming together so nicely. It's one thing to set these pie in the sky goals, it's another to start inching closer and closer to them. Sometimes I get so focused on the process I forget to sit down and savor the accomplishments I have already made.
So here's hoping tomorrow is another exceptional race and another step closer to those pie in the sky goals of mine :) But in the mean time, wow is it great to see all the hard work paying off, and I am so stoked with my progress. Hoping some of these super fast ladies mojo will rub off on me and I can keep setting that bar higher and higher!
None of this would be possible without the unwavering support I have had from friends and family. It is overwhelming how many loving and giving people I have in my life that make it possible for me to come back day after day and give it everything I have. I don't know how I got so lucky, but just know I do not take it for granted, and I am so so so grateful for everything I have!