|This means it's official.|
The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half, to be exact.
I'm actually more excited about this than I should be, because a few of my good college friends will be running it too.
This was not my original running goal. You probably remember that one - the far-fetched marathon goal I had back in January. Then it didn't seem so far-fetched. Now it does, just a little. I've gotten past my shin splints (mostly - some days my legs still feel funny) and I can run more than a mile without breathing hard or feeling like I might fall down. I'm learning. I have goals. I'm getting better.
But really, it's like that old Beatles song (or Joe Cocker, if you prefer) says: I get by with a little help from my friends.
Think about it. Where would you be without your friends? They might not always agree with every choice you make, but they sure as hell support you when you need it most.
A friend of mine (who will be running with me in Vegas) knows that I've been trying to run. He's been running a little longer than I have, so he's actually good at it and he's offered to travel to half marathons with me.
He's a little more tech savvy than I am, and he tracks his runs using his iPhone and then he imports it into RunKeeper (which I use by the way, and I love). While I love my [smart]phone, it doesn't have the apps that an iPhone does, so I had to resort to a Garmin. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my Garmin. I love all the data it collects and it even has a heart rate monitor. However, it gets to be a little much to have my Garmin and my iPod out with me on a run. It's amazing my left arm doesn't drag behind me since it's weighted down with all this technology.
Today, I got a package in the mail, from my friend. He had been taunting me with a surprise for about a week and a half, and I had no idea what he would be sending. When I opened it, here's what I found:
|Why yes, that is an iPhone with a fancy post-it note on the front.|
Because he knew that I was actually serious about running, he sent me his old iPhone to use to keep track of my runs! I can use the GPS functionality and listen to podcasts he suggested that will help with pacing (and maybe even add some music from my iTunes?). The end of his note on the phone says, "look forward to seeing you in Vegas."
Where would I be without my friends? It seems like no matter where we are, geographically or in life, it's our friends and our relationships that can pull us through. Friends are there when you need them, not because they have to be, but because they know.
So what races are you planning for the rest of this year? Will you be doing any of them with your friends? Have you done a race with friends? I would love to hear about it!