Colfax Half and Colorado Sprint
I'm so thankful for the donations and support I've received from friends and family, but I want to state that my goal was modest. It costs about $2,500 to send one camper to the mountains, and I hope to get as close to that amount as possible by the end of the year. So to all of my other friends, please consider donating! Any amount helps, and I'm serious about that. The 6 dollars you may spend on Froyo or a Chipotle burrito would be greatly appreciated! No amount is too small. Thank you everyone for supporting me in my races and for being so kind. Without further ado, here's a brief race recap of the Colfax Half Marathon and Colorado Sprint Triathlon.
May 17th was the day of the Colfax Half Marathon, and Epic Experience had a big team running the 5k, Half Marathon, and Marathon for them. My mom ran the half with her good friends Nan, Mary, and Dodie. She loses her breath sometimes, but she's a champ and ran the entire 13.1 miles! How many lung cancer patients can say that?! Every day I'm proud and inspired by her actions, but today, she really kept me going through my own race. As for me, I ran with my best friend from the CSU Triathlon Team, Stephanie. We were shooting for a personal record in the half marathon distance, and I knew Steph would drag me to a fast time regardless. (She has a tendency to drag me past my comfort zone :) ). I kept up with her until mile 9, where she decided to pick up the pace, and I let her go, since my legs were dying to slow down a bit. Stephanie ran a great race, and even with losing her at mile 9, I was less than a minute off my previous PR and was very happy with my results! Everyone had a great race, and we raised a ton of awareness for Epic.
as long as I could. I killed it on the bike (thanks to an amazing tailwind on the backside of the course), and held my spot as second girl in my age group until the start of the run, where a Navy girl passed me. I knew I had a shot at the podium (which almost never happens), so I kept pushing to hold my spot. I was hurting, and I wanted to walk for just a moment after pushing so hard on the swim and bike, but I kept running (slowly) because I knew I was racing for Epic, and I wasn't about to take my opportunity to race as hard as I could for granted. This race had a slip and slide at the end of the finish line, but I was so tired that I just slowly shuffled past it and fell into the pool at the end to cool off. Upon finishing, I was greeted by my parents and sister, telling me I had gotten 3rd in my age group. Yay!! I was glowing with excitement. In addition, Brian had placed first in his age group and
The next month hopefully includes one or two more races, but I want to emphasize again how thankful I am for the support everyone has given me! I'm trying my best to raise awareness and funds for this amazing cause by racing hard and not taking my life for granted. It means so much that so many of you have followed my blog and have donated generously. Thanks for reading, and happy racing!