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It had been a full five years since the last time I felt the adrenaline from the start of a race, or the intensity of hearing a runner's footsteps come up just behind mine. I had forgotten the feeling, but something motivated me. I enlisted for the Monument Avenue 10k. I then began what would amount to as the most pathetic training attempt in the history of running. After a measily 3 workouts, I decided to take a break 2 weeks before the race to not irritate my tendonitis. However, I still anticipated the race. I showed up on Saturday morning with a feeling of excitement and nostalgia. "This is where I belong," I thought to myself. It all started coming back to me as I began warming up. I suddenly remembered all the old routines I used to do, I suddenly felt like my old self. But something was different. I stepped into the starting group for my wave, and kept moving to keep my muscles warm. My wave started and I was off. I immediately started passing people, weaving in and out throughout the course. I knew I was running too fast, and there would be know way for me to sustain the pace, being out of shape. But I didn't care. I kept going, and I finally realized the difference from before. I wanted this race, and I didn't care how hard it would be. I began to feel my fatigue while approaching mile 3. I rounded the corner, and suddenly felt the sunlight in my eyes and on my face. I knew this was the point that would separate me from my original mental limits. I pushed even harder, and even though I became extremely tired, I kept going. After what seemed like an eternity, I saw the finish line. I pushed with every little ounce of energy left, and crossed in full force. I later found out that the second 5k was actually slightly faster than the first half, giving me an incredibly consistent split considering my not being in shape. I was so overjoyed, that I caught the running bug, and joined RRRC. Now here I am, about to run the Henrico 5k, this Saturday, and the Ashland Railroad Run next weekend. Wish me luck...

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Comment by Shane Rowley on June 1, 2010 at 4:34pm
Thanks for reading :)
Comment by Eileen on May 21, 2010 at 2:40pm
I did read this! Great story! Just looking at the Ashcreek run and I thought you were the organizer of it. They have the same first name as you I believe! You are doing super fantastic in your running and marvelous positive spirit!
Comment by Shane Rowley on April 1, 2010 at 10:10am
i doubt anyone will ever read this but it's still cool to have to remember my experience.


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