At night when I am having trouble falling asleep, I try to relax my mind by thinking about running. I conjure up memories of previous miles ran and some of my favorite running experiences. This method tends to work most times and I drift off falling asleep as I'm "running" free.
I was looking through my keepsakes the other day and I came across two photos that made me smile. These photos were taken when I lived overseas and I was really having a blast with my running.
The photo above was taken at the finish of my second marathon. I ran the Venice marathon for the first time in 1998, then I ran it a second time in 1999. For the first year that I ran it, I followed a training program from a Running Times magazine. The following year I worked with a coach/mentor and he really whipped me into shape.This marathon wasn't even a "goal" race for me. I had been training to run the ARMY 10 miler which had taken place earlier that month. I didn't do as well as I had hoped at the 10 miler. This marathon was a total redemption run for me. I qualified for the Boston Marathon but, I didn't have the resources to run the race. It took me almost nine years to qualify for Boston again.
This next photo was taken at the finish of Montefortiana. This was my first half marathon. It had taken place in January of 2000. The race was run in Northern Italy and I remember it being freezing cold. It was one of the most spectacular courses that I had ever run. It went through quaint villages and beautiful farm lands. It was a hilly course with a mixture of roads and dirt trails. I had finished 8th woman overall and I received a neat little backpack filled with treats and a bottle of wine.
I hope someday to return to Europe to run one of these events again.