As I stated in my race preview post, my goal was a 1:36 half-marathon. When I turned the corner from Main Street onto Brook Street, I was hoping that the finish line had been moved up…because that was my only shot at getting under 1:37. When I saw a few hundred yards between me and the finish line, I knew that my goal was out of reach. I finished in 1:37:22.
It was disappointing that I got so close. Those 23 seconds that I needed were lost in miles 8, 9 & 10. I was moving along at a steady pace up until that point. My mile splits went from 7:15-7:20 to 7:35-7:40. The ramps into and out of Churchill Downs is where I remember feeling like my effort really increased. My perceived level of exertion was the same, but my pace had slowed. I found a second wind and ran miles 12 and 13 in 7:22 and 7:19 – but the damage had been done. I’m not completely surprised at my time considering I have had only one run over 7 miles this season (the Papa John’s 10 Miler).
While I was walking around feeling sorry for myself after the race, I moseyed on back to the “Runner’s Reunite” area. I eventually found what I was looking for – the Kids Center booth in the Charity Village. I was part of Team ABILITY again this year. This team is a group of runners that commit to raise money for the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies as we train to run the miniMarathon. I ran the race in my Team ABILITY shirt and I’m always more than happy to tell people about this wonderful, local non-profit organization.
Hanging out at the booth was Kaylee and her mom Geri. I had never met either of them, but I always enjoy seeing kids that benefit from the services of the Kids Center. I instantly felt a connection with Kaylee because she was getting ready to celebrate her 3rd birthday. We just recently celebrated my son’s 3rd birthday, so I’m very familiar with kids this age. As I started to talk with Kaylee, my mood immediately changed. Her smile is contagious and I was instantly over being disappointed in my race time. Being around Kaylee and Geri was a good reminder as to what was really important – my fundraising goal.
In year’s past I have been able to reach my goal of raising $500 for the Kids Center. This year, I didn’t get there – but there’s still time! I would encourage you to visit the Kids Center website and read more about what they do, then go to my fundraising page below and make a small donation. Even just $20 pays for an hour of therapy for a child.
Fundraising Page: Kids Center Donor Drive
Thanks in advance for your generosity. If you want to learn more about the Kids Center or Team ABILITY, please comment or drop me an email.
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