I was very flattered to see that some of you thought I looked nice during and after the race, which was a surprise to me! As for some sort of secret to the post-marathon glow, the only thing I can suggest is that if you have curly hair, wear a hat! It completely hides my afro :)
Marine Corps Marathon in October through a charity partner. I am going to a Team in Training info session tomorrow to find out more about the program, but I am also considering running on the Fisher House Team.
Fisher House is a great organization that supports America's military in their time of need. They provide a home away from home that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time -- during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
I have mentioned before that my boyfriend Matt was wounded in Iraq in 2006. When he was brought back to the U.S. he was hospitalized at Walter Reed in D.C. When his family flew down to be with him, they were put up at the Walter Reed Fisher House, so I know how valuable this organization can be for our wounded troops and their families and I would love to help them out if I could.
But other than a fall marathon, I am also considering training for a summer sprint triathlon! This is something I have kind of always considered, but was putting on the back burner because...I don't really swim. Not that I can't swim, I just don't. More news to come on this soon! I will also be running in a few 5k's here and there, especially now that my girl Alesha has beaten my 5k PR (25:30) the challenge is on!! (You listening Alesha?!)
As of right now, I've been doing a lot of eating. Eating ice cream. Eating chips. Eating whatever I can find. I guess it's my way of celebrating being finished with my first marathon. It's been nice :) I haven't been eating entirely unhealthy though, I have been craving these babies ever since I was denied them last weekend...
Since I am no longer sore and my blisters are pretty much healed (miraculous I know) I really have been itching to get out and just RUN! I would be going today but Matt and I have other plans....today is our 3 year anniversary! We met 3 years ago tonight at a bar in Chapel Hill, NC (Deep End actually for any of you Tar Heels out there) and have dated through his deployment to Iraq, his injuries and continuing recovery, my semester in Australia (at the same time he was deployed), my graduation from college, his return to college, me entering the workforce, him leaving the Army, two moves together (one to Charleston)....and lots of other things, some that have been hard on both of us and some really good times!
So here's to us, because 3 years is a pretty long time! :)