6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Doing it for the FIRST time

How many teenagers do you think will Google my title?? HEHEHE..

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...


YOUR FIRST:

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!!

24 comments:

Darlene said...

I was super excited/scared for my first half marathon - http://myfirst5k.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/naples-half-marathon-race-report/

Now I am injured and can't wait for my race post injury (don't know when that will be..) but I know I will be excited/scared!!

anotherrunningmom.com said...

Here is the link to my first half marathon, this time last year.

http://anotherrunningmom.com/2011/04/06/13-1-the-race/

I am now only a few short days away from running the same race however I am going for the full marathon this time. My first!! I appreciate this post, Mel! I do have a goal time in mind for my race but in the end I just want to finish.

Shannon @ Tales from an Average Runner said...

I haven't thought about first races in a long time. I wasn't blogging back then, so there is no record of any of them. The closest I come is my first blog post ever about my first mountain race here:

http://talesfromanaveragerunner.blogspot.com/2011/09/moving-mountains.html

I say first, because I LOVED the mountain experience. There will be more of them, including a mountain marathon this September.

My first half marathon experience remains memorable to me, though, because I recall getting passed by a race walker at mile 10. This a euphoric experience; I was so happy to have accomplished it.

bobbi said...

Here's my first marathon story: http://zeroto26point2.blogspot.com/2010/10/chicago-marathon-race-report.html

It was fun reading through that again. I've learned so much since then, and yet I'm STILL learning so much! Every race teaches us something...

Katie G. said...

I am running my first Marathon the Eugene in 4.5 weeks! I am running with my Brother and my Dad, this is my Dad's 3rd Eugene and My Brother is a marathon veteran who loves running with people for their first marathon. I am scared I have been sick, and then I got nervous and really haven't run this week! I am getting back on track today, and I will FINISH the marathon, I don't know if I will run another one, not enjoying the training as much as I do the half or 10k's but that is Okay with me:) Training for a marathon with a family and job is no joke!

Amanda@runninghood said...

So inspiring to read and see where you started Mel! Thanks for sharing. Okay, you got me thinking. Here is a bit about my first Boston Marathon : http://runninghood-amanda.blogspot.com/2010/12/reminiscing-about-boston-2004.html
Don't make fun of my fashion sense. :)

Michelle said...

Heading to my first BOSTON! It certainly isn't the way I envisioned it, but I'll be there, nonetheless!

Maureen said...

Loved reading over your "firsts"! Thanks for posting! Here's a link to a recap I wrote after my first marathon (Portland 10/10/10): http://buttoningmyjeans.blogspot.com/2010/10/marathon-recap-long.html
I'm training now for my 5th! It looks like you'll be running on that day with me! (Seattle RNR)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Love your firsts! I wish I could remember more of my firsts. They just happend a loooong time ago.

I will hopefully have a new first in May (100). And I'm sure I'll be talking about it for the rest of the year.

Ricole Runs said...

I love this post! I may have to copy you sometime! :-) have ever done Mt Si relay? It's April 22 - any interest??!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

LOL, at my first race they didn't have photographers. There was a guy drawing on rocks!

Holly from Leaps of Faith said...

Here is the link to my first marathon!

http://myleaps.blogspot.com/2011_10_01_archive.html

I am signed up for my second {The Rock n Roll Seattle} and am doing it with my dad, and 3 friends...who are all running their first marathon. To be honest, I think I am more excited to join them on their adventure to becoming a marathoner, than I am to actually cross the finish line myself. There is nothing better than seeing people, including yourself, accomplish the I'Mpossible!

Great Post!

Jess @ THIR said...

My first half ironman was a killer.
I missed my first ever half marathon due to the Ex being a bit of a twat (going through a big breakup at the time, trying to get him out of my house) so I went into the race compeltely unprepared...
So I've since done another half ironman without the half marathon on it's own... scary stuff!! Hopefully my first half mara this year will work out!!

My race report from the half ironman is here...
http://www.tri-thatshowiroll.com/2011/11/shepparton-703-race-report.html

I think I might copy this idea next week. :)

christina said...

I LOVED this post! My first 5k was in 2009. My first half marathon was in 2010 and my first marathon was in 2011. Then we had another baby :) So this year I am repeating the same 5k, 2 new halfs and a full :)

christina

Heather said...

I was just thinking about my first two weeks ago and wrote about it on the eve of my last 10k PR!

http://mommyareyougoingforarun.blogspot.com/2012/03/first-race-reflections.html

Lala Mama said...

First 10k race was recent, at the St Patrick's Day Road Race: http://themamaruns.blogspot.ca/2012/03/original-st-patricks-day-road-race-10k.html So awesome, b/c I actually felt good (but fatigued at the end) during my entire run, unlike my 1st 5k.

Well...I'm about to undergo IVF treatment to try for another child. I was incredibly lucky to have my daughter just trying on my own but it's been difficult conceiving our 2nd, and it turns out it's b/c of endo cysts. So here we are.

Kris said...

My first half marathon was in 2010 and it was a highlight of my life. I had a goal to finish under 2 hours and I accomplished it which put me on cloud nine. I always loved to run and started to train for the half with a friend who ended up not running it so it was just me. I didn't have a Garmin and mapped all my runs and did some speed work on the treadmill. I had no idea if I would hit my goal or not during my race, especially when I hit a wall at mile 11 (probably because my longest training run was only 10 miles), but when I turned the corner and saw under 2 hours I sprinted and ended up with a 1:54:43 finish time. I was hooked on racing from that moment but God had other plans because I found out I was pregnant 7 weeks later and I had actually been a week or two pregnant when I ran the race! Now I have a beautiful 13 month old baby girl and am training to run that same half marathon and am planning on running my first full marathon in October :) I started a blog in August 2011 because I was inspired by blogs (RunZoeRun and MomVsMarathon) I had stumbled upon while looking for reviews for jogging strollers in March of 2011. That's how I found your blog :)

Kelly Janowski said...

My first half marathon was a turning point for me: http://www.kellytheculinarian.com/2011/11/race-report-big-hit-half-marathon.html

It's when I finally felt OK calling myself a runner.

Prickett Puppies said...

Love this post! I may have to write about my "firsts!" hee her :-)

KB said...

Just tripped over your blog and love it. I'm not a runner, but am trying. I've walked a number of 1/2 marathons (including the 2009 Rock and Roll. I hated that tunnel too. Sucked the air out of my lungs. ;( A lot of your pics looks like you might live around our neck of the woods (buckley). We walk the Buckley/Orting trail all of the time - am I right? Am I recognizing my trail? :) Happy running - thanks for the encouragement through your blog!

Stacy said...

Awesome blog! Just recently started running again. Looking forward to working my way back to long distance running and enjoying blogging about it at http://runningscheduleforbeginners.blogspot.com/

5 Miles Past Empty said...

I was brought here by a Google search about doing it for the first time...not exactly what I was looking for...HAAAA!!

I am embarking on a first time experience....It's scary but I am certain I will survive. I have to.....I hope this next one will be the best race of my life!

Mandy said...

I found your blog when looking for inspiration to run my first half marathon last year. I found it again looking for inspiration to run my first full in Oct.! I soooo appreciate your honesty in all your race reports - thanks for not sugar-coating your experiences!

Donna Bridges said...

Stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it. I live in rural Australia and running partners are few and far between, so it's lovely to read other's blogs and realise we all face the same struggles, fears and victories. I'm running my first Marathon in January and am excited but also aware that it's a long distance.

Here's my blog and a couple of reports about my half marathon races :) http://running-likeagirl.blogspot.com.au/#!/2012/06/my-first-half-marathon-ive-been.html