One down… FIVE to go!
Hope everyone reading my entry is having a day full of smiles! I am so touched by all of the generosity and support I have received so far during my Running to End Domestic Violence Quest. The campaign has now raised $2,650 of my fundraising goal of obtaining $5,000 to support WOMAN, Inc! If you can, please help me to raise another $300 by the end of the week! Even a $10 sponsorship can go a long way in serving domestic violence survivors.
I ran the first of my 6 half marathons in San Diego on June 2nd. The sky was overcast and there was a slight chill in the air --- perfect for running 13.1 miles! I ran it in 2 hrs and 5 minutes… so close to my personal best! My goal is to run it under 2 hours … and I am always mere minutes away from reaching it. Luckily, I have 5 more races to go and that means a lot more training runs. My pace during the first 10 miles was under 9 minutes, and I was feeling strong. Of course, as in every race, I slow down considerably after mile 10. And then my pace considerably slows down as I hit mile 11, mile 12, mile 13, and that annoying 0.1 mile at the end. Guess I didn’t have enough energy gels along the way.
The most challenging part of the race was during the few miles we ran up Hwy 163 in San Diego as the road is angled at a slant. I can do uphill and downhill, but the slant thing is something I don’t really know how to train for and so had not done so.
Overall, it was a wonderful race and I felt incredibly relieved to see that finish line and get that bottle of water from one of the volunteers.
Next up is the Rock N’ Roll race in Denver, Colorado on September 22nd. The altitude is going to be the most difficult part for me during this race, so I guess I need to start running on higher ground now…. to the top of the Bay Area Peaks I go! I will let you all know how it goes.
If you would like to see some more pictures from the race, please visit the Facebook page. You’ll be able to learn more about my campaign and how to sponsor me during this journey as well!
Mariya Taher is a guest blogger on Runway Junkie. She's writing blogs about her running and fundraising journey for WOMAN, Inc., while keeping us informed on domestic violence.