This is a tough one.
But, if I had to narrow things down, here are my top 5 so far:
1. Bisbee 1000
My husband and I did the Bisbee 1000 Ultimate Stairclimb race a couple of Octobers ago. Bisbee is 25 minutes away from where we grew up and we actually had never heard of the race til a few months prior! Once we did, we knew we had to do it. It was actually my husbands first race ever!! What a way to start–with a 1000 stairs to climb lol! The steps weren’t consecutive, but they totaled 1000 once all was said and done. The course ended up being a little over 4 miles and it was definitely a challenge but sooo much fun.
This was my first big race post baby #2 and I had the ambitious goal of getting a 1/2 marathon sub 2 hour finish.
And I did it!!!
I trained so hard for this race and knew that I was putting maybe too much pressure on myself considering I had given birth to my second child 6 months prior. But I really wanted to challenge myself and I really wanted to work towards something. My husband also ran this race and the feeling I had when I finished and fell into his arms is something I’ll never forget. 1:58:11!!!
Doing R2R2R is something I will NEVER forget. By far the most challenging and most exciting thing I’ve ever done.
Over 45 miles in two days. 100+ degree temps. Insane elevation changes.
It was simply amazing.
My first. You’ll never forget your first.
Again, I was ambitous attempting this 7 months after having my son, but I wanted to do it. I didn’t have any “real” goals. I had a time I was shooting for but wouldn’t be devastated not getting (I didn’t get it)–I just wanted to cross that finish line.
And I did in 4:44:12 🙂
My husband didn’t officially run the race but he might as well have as he carried my the last 6.2 miles. When I hit the wall, I thought I was done and I was frustrated I couldn’t keep going. He kept pushing me though and ran/walked with me those last miles. And I’ll never forget his words when we saw the “final mile” sign: “This is the last mile of the first marathon of your life. Finish strong.” I ran that entire last mile.
–What would say is your favorite race or race memory?
Have a great weekend amigos!!