It’s time for Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!

Each week Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar either suggest a theme for that week’s Friday Five Linkup, or leave it up to individual bloggers to come up with their own Free Friday theme.  This week’s theme is Five Race Memories


Listing these five memories didn’t take much thinking, and I rolled these out in a matter of minutes because they are without a doubt my top and favorite race memories.


1.  It goes without saying that my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, is my favorite memory.  I had very specific goals for that race, and I met them.  My number one goal was to finish, and my number two goal was to qualify for Boston.  I completed both goals in the pouring rain that day, and I was thrilled!


2.  My second favorite race memory was my marathon PR at Steamtown.  Two years after my first marathon, I ran a 3:29:04 and haven’t been able to beat that time.  I was so overcome with emotion when I met my sub-3:30 goal that I cried.  And then I called Bill and my Dad.  I also finished third in the masters division that day.


3.  My 2010 Boston Marathon is my third favorite race memory.  The Cruisers had a road trip to Boston and even got upgraded to the Presidential suite at the Hyatt.  It was a amazing weekend that I will never forget!


4.  The JFK 50-Mile Ultramarathon ranks as my fourth favorite race memory.  Running for 10:50 straight is something you’ll never forget.  I ran with my best racing friend and mentor Miles, and enjoyed the benefits of an amazing crew.  Without them, I couldn’t have done it!


5.  Without a doubt, Bill’s first marathon in 2000 at Marathon In The Parks ranks high as one of my favorite race memories.  That day we added a whole new level of fun to our marriage.  I can’t even begin to guess the thousands of of miles we’ve run together since that day!


  • Questions:
  • If you’re a runner, what are your favorite running memories?
  • What fun things are on your weekend agenda?
  • Who’s racing this weekend?