The three of us ran a half marathon together over the weekend, Erin, Mel and I. We took our time, enjoyed the race, sought the sights.
It was good.
For the first time in a while, I didn't pay attention to time. I slowed my race pace by about two minutes, and just cruised. It was easier, obviously. Running with the company of friends was a nice change, and the time sailed by.
It also helped to have a few lovely spectators rooting for us. After having my family with me last weekend, and good people on our side this weekend, I remembered how great it is to have smiles and hugs to greet me at the finish line.
I think it's good to take a step away from race paces and watches on occasion, and take the time to realize why you paid money for a race. I, of course, do it all for the t-shirts and medals (duh), but there is a real part of me that enjoys it.
I enjoy the crowds, I enjoy the energy and I enjoy taking the time to look around.
More than all of that, I enjoy that I can do it.
Remind me of that this weekend, when I have to run the full marathon I signed up for.