Lately I have been thinking a lot of first Finish Lines. Helping my husband train for his FIRST Half has me reminiscing. I LOVE running with newer runners it is revitalizing. Running with my Big Sister for her FIRST Half Marathon last year was one of the highlights of 2011 for me. When I started running I was overweight and could not run a mile without walking. I kept at it and eventually have hit most races in most of the distances up to the Marathon (26.2).
Below are my FIRSTS:
Race for the Cure 5K, I was so proud that I ran the entire race without stopping and finished in under 30 minutes!! This was before I started Blogging at Tall Mom. The Athlete in me sparked to life after this race. I had run a 5K when I was 19 and home from college, but there is no record of it anywhere and I cant remember much about it..so I consider this 5K my first.
Railroad Days 10K 2009 (REPORT HERE)- I was near my fittest and fastest at this time. Early in my running "career" and I did not have a grasp on pacing, still dont :) I started too fast, got a side cramp, played leapfrog with an annoying male runner, and finished with the crazy face and T-Rex arms, it was CLASSIC!!
Capital City Half Marathon 2009 (REPORT HERE)- I had used a very basic training plan for this race, Half Marathon Rookie Plan HERE, it simply gave the distances nothing fancy. I recommend this FREE plan to people wanting to cross the Half Finish line for the first time, simple to follow and you WILL finish. As a newer runner all I wanted to do was run FAST...so I did, every run... This resulted in a FAST (for me) Half Marathon time, a time I have yet to beat 3 years later.
Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon 2009 (REPORT HERE)- I refer to this report often. Talk about ROOKIE Mistakes. I used the same training plan Marathon Rookie HERE. I finished and told myself I would NEVER do it again, since then I have run 5 more. The Marathon distance is NOT easy for me, I love the accomplishment of it but the training is very taxing. I believe that if you have the goal to run a Marathon that it is possible and that following a training plan will get you there. Go in to your First Marathon with the goal to Finish PERIOD!! You can have a time idea in your head, this is helpful so friends and family will have a guesstimate of when to find you at the Finish....BUT... the worst thing you can do is go in with a CRAZY time goal and be sad at the Finish. RESPECT THE DISTANCE!!! There is nothing easy about running a Marathon, even if some make it seem that way...
I love getting comments from people who are excited to cross their FIRST "x" distance finish line. It excites me and takes me back to the jitters and unknown. The random emails from readers who have question or anxiety leading up to their races is AWESOME. I love reader emails, it makes the Tall Mom Blog fun for me!! Today every Start/Finish line makes my pulse quicken, but there is something about your FIRST that you will always remember.
- Pick a FIRST race story and tell me about it, link it here too if you have a Blog.
- Are you about to journey into a FIRST of something?? Tell me about it!!