2019 Women’s Heart and Sole 5 Miler

I haven’t posted in awhile, and I have definitely done some running and racing I’m proud of. I suppose when it comes to the blog, my priorities have been elsewhere for a while. David and I are trying to make more of an effort to keep it up now. So I’m beginning with probably my favorite race I do all year. This year was my 7th time running the Women’s Heart and Sole 5 mile run. I have posted about this race before here.

It’s become a sacred tradition I share with both Emma, and my soul sister Dara (Let’s be real–and Cocky). These are the last 3 years (not in chronological order). This year my BFF, Kristin, joined the fun and it just felt perfect. A women’s family running party. That’s the vibe. Very upbeat and encouraging, with tons of spectator support.

Last year finishing in 56:10:Running with Emma at 8 months old. Her first time racing in the stroller: Look closely and you’ll see Emma running across the finish line with me this year:

The last two years I’ve encouraged coworkers to join me and I’ve loved seeing people both years step out of their comfort zones to walk the event. That is what it’s all about for me. Women empowering women.

The last two years the route has changed. I know I won’t be popular for saying this, but I miss Gervais. I miss the challenge of that long hill. It was a feat to conquer, and I weirdly like that. I also miss the long downhill finish.

This year between the wedding and a very busy husband who has been working two jobs and directing the brand new Harbison 100, I have barely run. My last “real” run was on the eve of my wedding, just an easy 3 miler. All of that to say, I had no idea what to expect of myself in this race. I didn’t even set a goal beyond finishing with a smile, which is always my goal. My finish time was 55:22. I’m pretty proud to have run it faster than last year! And this was with a brief stop to remove a layer, and stopping to get Emma and slowing to her pace to cross the finish. No goal will ever overshadow my wanting to make memories with my daughter.

I have 5 weeks until Downhill at Dawn and I feel a lot more confident after yesterday.

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