Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 NYRR Colon Cancer Challenge 4M

Photo taken by M.
Check out that post-run glow! On Sunday, I ran another 4 mile race towards my 9+1, but this time I raced. Not only have I been training hard for my two half marathons this month, but I was running this race for someone very near to my heart: Mima.

When I saw the listing for this race, I knew I had to sign up. Unfortunately, when I was only four years old, my grandma (mom's mom) passed away of Colon Cancer. Even though I was so little, I still have fond memories of her and knew that she loved me with all of her heart.

Now back to the race, I went into it thinking: run hard. Run this for her. Run this for me. And push yourself. Well, I did just that. My splits were a little all over the place - 8:17, 7:55, 8:25, and 7:32 - but I'm going to blame those on the hills. Right? Right. In the end, I broke my personal record!!! There's something so thrilling about going out on a race to PR, and then actually doing it. So my final time was 32:17! Can you tell I'm overjoyed?

I ran my first 4 miler in February, and this one was my third and best so far. Maybe it was the warmer weather, maybe it was knowing that the love of my life was waiting for me at the end, maybe it was because I was running for someone I love and miss, but no matter what the reason, it was a great race.

Have you ever ran a race for a cause that was near to your heart?
When you set out to run and PR, do you?
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19 comments:

Ashley @ The Sweet Life said...

Way to go!! It's so exciting to hear that you broke your PR! I'm sure the next one will be even better!

Hilliary@Brunch and Cupcakes said...

Way to go! Congrats on breaking your PR! That is amazing!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Amanda! That is SO awesome! 32:17?! GET. IT. GIRL!

Seriously - I admire your running skills lol

Happy Wednesday :)
xo

Lauren said...

great time girl!!! you have been KILLING it lately with running (while i have been SLACKING).

Natalie said...

That is awesome...and you look fantastic after your run!

Krista said...

I do run for health...but I am NO runner. So proud of you! Toying with the idea of maybe doing a race one day, but I would seriously need to train first like you do :)

Viviana said...

This inspires me and makes me want to run! I run on my own, but have never ran a marathon or half or any kind whatsoever. Maybe I should!
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sherri lynn said...

Way to go!!! You look so happy and proud in this picture - I love it!

amy b.s. said...

awesome! congratulations on your personal record!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

That is so great Amanda! Good for you my dear, what an inspiration you are to all of us! Congratulations on getting your best time. I'm sure your grandma would be proud of you :)

xoxo,
Joelle

poptartyogini said...

Look at you speed demon. Nice work. I'm sure your hard work paid off and that your grandma gave you wings.

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

There are a number of people close to me that have been affected by colon cancer. That's wonderful of you to race for a this cause. You look great post race!

Elle Sees said...

This is amazing! You rock!

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Molly Jac said...

CONGRATS on the personal record!Yahooooo!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

Oh Amanda, congrats friend!!!!!

Look at you finishing up so strong with that 7:32 last mile :)

That means that next time you're totally going to beat your time!

I would LOVE to run a race with you!! I want to come up to NYC and find a race to do with you, it annoys me that they all sell out SO quickly....

And oh my goodness, that would be AWESOME if you got an entry for 2012, that would be your first marathon and what a crazy experience to have for your first, I'm jealous!! Can't wait to hear if it works out.

Shauna said...

I'm training for my first half marathon in June! But I'm definitely stuck more around the 5K length! Good luck in your runs!

Megan said...

Great job!! You really are glowing!

Christin said...

Just now catching up on blogs...I'm SO proud of and happy for you! YOu're going to leave me in the dust in Nashville! LOL Congratulations, friend!!!