I am going to run in China!

I have been keeping this amazing secret in until it was announced but now I can share it all I want!  I have been selected to go to Hefei, China in November for their half marathon to represent the Columbus Marathon through Sister Cities Athlete Exchange.  I feel so honored to be a part of this experience and I am so Excited!

So how did this come about?  I can’t even say for sure how I found it, it was on an email or a FB post–can’t remember but I read the information and then talked to the hubby.  I told him about it and he was 100% on board so off I went to work on the application.   I really didn’t think I would get a spot but I was still really excited.  The questions were pretty basic, not like a physics exam or anything but they did take some thought but they were good questions.  Click link below to see the application: Sister Cities Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon Exchange 2017

So I worked on it on and off for about 2-3 days (I am crazy and re-read about 40 times!) and I sent it off.  Then of course, how it usually works I see a post on Facebook that they are having an information meeting 2 days after I sent in my application-LOL.  So I went to the meeting and it became real that this could possibly happen.  Past participants were there and they had such great stories about their experiences and the people at Sister Cities were great and the director of the Columbus Marathon was there and it was awesome to hear him speak.  It was pretty casual meeting but really informative, I left anxiously/cautiously excited.

We left for vacation right after the deadline and they said at the meeting they would notify 1-2 weeks after.  So I  was anxious every time my phone rang wondering if I would get a call.  So mid week we went to lunch and I didn’t bring my phone so of course, what happened?? I got the call!!!  I was so excited and nervous so while the boys swam in the pool (while it rained!!) I sat under the tiki bar to watch them and called them back.  She was super nice and asked a couple questions and then said, “So what are you doing November 12th?  We would like to invite you to join us in Hefei, China as an ambassador for the Columbus marathon”.  I didn’t hesitate and said, “yes!!! I would love to!”

SOOO that is how it went down, now stay posted on the rest of the adventure 🙂

Check out the Announcement Page:

Columbus Marathon Sister Cities Announcement

My Facebook Announcement Picture-Cheeseball!!!!

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My First MRTT Group Run-EEK

First you may ask from the title of this post: What is MRTT?  It stands for “Moms Run This Town” cute name huh?  It is a local running group (local meaning their are TONS of local groups across the country!)  to run with other moms and get support and it is free and easy to join.  I have been a member of the Facebook group for almost 3 years but really only participated virtually.  If interested check out their website here: Moms Run This Town

So anyway, I did something I have been avoiding for a while.  I finally broke out of my comfort zone and got up and met the local moms that run in the early am.  5AM-START.  I am NOT a morning person and feel that anything before 6 am is still the middle of the night!  But since it was Saturday it was at 6am so I figured it was as good of a time as any.

I was apprehensive because I didn’t know many in the group and I didn’t want to slow anyone down or be the super slow poke.  So I am not gonna lie I stressed about it all evening on Friday night.     I stressed about the mileage, the weather, what to wear, to carry a water bottle or not, when to wake up and if I should just bail.  And I knew I was being ridiculous but hey that’s me and I am way old enough that I now just own it.  I debated on not going and doing my usual solo running because I needed to get some miles in but I really didn’t want to be THAT girl either.  So I set my alarm and planned to get up and go.  I woke up in time and realized I didn’t know where the park was they were meeting at but I easily googled it and made it there with a few minutes to spare.

I pull in the parking lot and NO cars, I got kinda excited and disappointed all at the same time.  I check on the FB page quickly to see if it was cancelled but I just wasn’t far enough in the park.  I pulled in and there were 4 ladies ready and waiting.  So after a couple minutes of chatting another showed up and off we started.

I only had time to do 5 miles (they planned to do 8) but we did 5 1/2 which was perfect.  The pace started REALLY fast for me (close to 8MM!)  and I felt good thinking-I can do this but close to 2 miles I realized I was going too fast.  I slowed down, then slowed some more.  I was thinking, “Augh!  My nightmare is coming true-I AM the slowpoke!!!”  But these women are amazing in all sincerity AMAZING, 2 of them slowed down and ran with me.  We finished with about a 10-10:15 pace which for me is the norm but more importantly I ran with people, I even chatted a bit.  So overall it was a success and happy to say getting out of my comfort zone is always good.  I will definitely go again and push myself to do the 5am meetup Stay Posted!!!  Below the a pic after we ran, I didn’t ask the other Mommas if it was OK to post so just feet 🙂

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