Happy Back to the Future Day & Why I Miss August

In honor of Back to the Future Day, or just because I needed an excuse to incorporate this important historical day into a blog post, I thought it would be fun to take my own little trip back in time. Like all the way back to August because August was a good month for me and I’m not even talking about the nearly perfect summery weather that is now way long gone over here in the future. I’m talking about the fact it was a great month for me and my running goals, which started on the very first day of the month when I ran the Beach to Beacon 10K for the very first time and met one of my biggest running idols. It was such a truly unforgettable experience that I’ll treasure always. From the amazing crowds of people lining the streets, to sharing the pavement with some of the fastest runners in the world, it was definitely a day that I’ll hold dear for many years to come. I got to see and hug good friends, make a couple of new ones, and have several race photos to remind me of how hard I worked and how awesome I looked doing it. By awesome I mean that I probably looked like I was dying most of the time, just to clarify. Which reminds me, it’s not cool to “joke” with the medical people that you need them on the course if you really don’t need them on the course. Lesson learned.

Bug Run 5K 2015


Another reason I’m taking a trip down memory lane is because August was also the month that I achieved one of my biggest running goals to date and I can still remember how incredible it felt. Well over a year ago I decided to work on my overall fitness and set a goal to run a 5K in under 30 minutes. It was challenging and I hit a lot of frustrating speed bumps along the way, but I never gave up and when I stepped up to the starting line of a local 5k on the morning of August 15th I felt more ready than ever to finally see the result on the clock that I had worked so hard to accomplish. With my family there to cheer me on I ran my best 5k ever and my time was most definitely under 30 minutes. I remember feeling goosebumps over my entire body and tears in my eyes as I raced toward the finish line watching the clock and knowing that all my hard work and determination had finally paid off. I certainly wasn’t the fastest person there that day, but I definitely felt like a winner because I earned that time all on my own (well, maybe I had a little help from my awesome playlist) and the fact my family was there to share it with me is my favorite memory of all. Well that and maybe the pancake breakfast the local rotary club served us after the race. Because I love and appreciate my family, but hello, pancakes!

I can honestly say that no other Saturday has topped that awesome one in the middle of August, but that’s okay because I’m setting a new goal and I hope plan to crush it next summer.

P.S. September wasn’t nearly as awesome as August because I sprained my ankle and haven’t been able to run ever since, which is frustrating and takes a toll on my mental health, but I’m grateful to at least be walking again because I NEED to run again soon before somebody else gets hurt.




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