|You can take my medal, but leave me my complimentary snacks and swag.|
I live for those five minutes before each race, when the sun is just beginning to rise and I'm jumping in place trying to stay warm. I love reading the signs that fans make for their loved ones—signs that inspire me, make me laugh and push me to keep my legs moving when I'm feeling sluggish. I love passing people (rarely happens). I love being passed (always happens). Most of all, I love the buzz that comes from preparing for and running in a race—it's a feeling that doesn't wear off when your legs cramp or your ankles buckle from stiffness. It's a buzz that keeps you going even when the last race you ran was one of your worst.
It's why, coming off my slowest half-marathon yet, I still want to tie up my shoes and get ready for another next race.
I'm easing up on the mileage this time, and just signed up for a 10K in Creve Coeur on June 7. I consider 10Ks to be the perfect length for a race—they offer enough mileage for both beginning and seasoned runners to feel accomplished when they cross that finish line. I've never competed in the summer, and am looking forward to the challenge of the wet heat of Saint Louis (at least I'm telling myself that). I'm also excited about what this race means for the community of Creve Coeur. Though I'm not a Creve Coeur resident, I still nerd out when an event engages a community and provides funding for future city-wide events.
Most importantly, I want YOU to join me on June 7 for the Heart to Heart run! Seriously. I'm giving away a free entry for the Heart to Heart 5K or 10K (your preference) and want to see you there.
Want to enter? Just comment on this blog post with your fitness goals for this year and how I can reach you if you win (leave a Twitter handle, email address, etc.). Everyone is eligible to enter—shoot, if you don't live in St. Louis and can't visit for the race I still want to hear about your fitness goals.
The race entry giveaway ends Monday, April 21 and I will contact the winner on Tuesday, April 22.