I just came back from what was basically a weekend-long runnerâ€™s sleepover at Boston College for the inaugural Runnerâ€™s World Heartbreak Hill Half-Marathon and Festival.
And it was amazing.
Running has changed my life in so many ways, and it fills my heart with all the warm and fuzzies to spend the weekend with other people who feel the same way.
I was inspired by everyone I met and talked to, but especially:
ZOMG SHALANE FLANAGAN. I MET SHALANE FLANAGAN. Her talk was great, and Iâ€™ll go more into depth on it soon, but suffice to say, I hung off of every word she said and tried not to go up to her and totally fangirl her and OMG I HAD TO STOP WATCHING THE BOSTON MARATHON WHEN YOU GOT PASSED BECAUSE I COULDNâ€™T HANDLE IT. Sheâ€™s an elite athlete, and she came to this race to share her experiences with us normal runners, and run the races with us, letting others win.
P.S. You canâ€™t see the secret back row, but Iâ€™m totally doing a sorority squat so you can see them. I wasnâ€™t even in a sorority.Â
Sarah Reinertsen. I was lucky enough to meet her and run with her a few years ago.Â (And she totally remembered me and waved to me when she started speaking the other day!) Sarah lost her leg as a child, but hasnâ€™t let that stop her. Sheâ€™s competed in marathons, Ironmans and works closely with the Challenged Athletes Foundation to help make prosthetic devices more accessible. Her â€œrunning legâ€ costs $36,000, and none of that is covered by insurance, despite the fact that, you know, preventative health is cheaper in the long run.
Iâ€™m inspired by Caitlin, who busted out the Five and Dime (5K + 10K on Saturday) 15 weeks pregnant.
And Iâ€™m inspired by all of YOU! I met so many readers this weekend, and Iâ€™m proud of you all, too, for getting out there and chasing your goalsâ€”especially on this hot weekend on a super-hilly course. (A little foreshadowing hereâ€¦)
Why do you love to run / the running community?Â
Runnerâ€™s World provided me with bibs for the races, lodging and some meals. All leg fatigue is my own.