It was a balmy 35 degrees when I woke up this morning and hopped on the subway, heading towards Central Park. I wasn't the only one donning running tights and shoes, a sweatband, and wishing it were 40 degrees warmer out. Today I ran my first race in Central Park, and despite the chilly weather, it was a blast.
There's nothing like running for a great cause, and the vast numbers of people who show up for each and every race serve as huge inspiration for each other - and for me. Even when I'm running by myself, like I did this morning, I always choose someone on the course to try to beat. People who push themselves make me push myself harder, and I have managed to run some pretty great races, alongside determined, stylish, and talented athletes.
This weekend's post is a call to all of our readers, athletes and non-athletes alike, to check out your local race calendar and find a walk/run for a great cause. Active.com is a terrific place to start. The races are tons of fun, and there's always lots of free stuff - food, drinks, raffles, etc. Plus, you can get a fun race t-shirt!