June 3, 2013

Our First Race, Thanksgiving Day 2010

Back in the fall of 2010, Christine called me one day and asked me to run the Princess Half Marathon.   I choked when she made this request, since my only experience with running was PE class and sports like tennis and softball.  The next day, during my morning trip to the gym, I decided to try to run on the treadmill to see if I could in fact run, and if I wanted to train and get myself in shape for a 13.1 mile run.  The run on the treadmill was awful, I thought I would die and I did not enjoy one minute of it.  But I do remember that I ran 3 miles without stopping and figured that yes, I could try to attempt a half marathon.  A phone call later and a quick registration on the runDisney web page and we were ready to start training.  In the meantime, my sister Alison was also enlisted to run the Princess Half with us, so we had our little group of three to encourage each other through the next five months of training.

Alison mentioned to us that we would not want to be in the last corral at the race.  She had run alot of races more than twenty years before the Princess Half, so we trusted her experience and looked for a local 10k race.  Christine found a race that we could run on Thanksgiving Day near her home.  The Onelife Fitness Turkey Derby offered a 10k option so we signed up and hoped for the best for our first running race! The race swag was awesome, including a cotton tee shirt, nylon bag and water bottle, all for a $30 entry fee.  
My gym bag and water bottle for outdoor runs!
On Thanksgiving morning, we were both very nervous about the race, and after a quick breakfast of a banana and an English muffin with peanut butter we were on our way to Virginia Beach. Upon arrival, we realized that we arrived a bit too early and waited in the car since it was chilly outside! When it was getting close to start time, we made our way, quite anxiously to the start line.  Soon the gun went off and we started our race.  The biggest surprise was the trail part of the race.  We assumed it would all be on roadways, but a large part of the course was on a trail that was not well marked. I ended up taking a wrong turn and nearly started crying.  Pathetic, I know. We finished the race and after getting some water and a quick stop at Starbucks for a hot drink, we drove home to make Thanksgiving Dinner. 

Neither of us had a Garmin or watch to time our speed.  We saw the finish line time and had an idea of our results.  However, we were shocked and delighted later in the day when we discovered that we both placed in our age groups.  Christine took 3rd in her age category and I took second in the old lady division! We received our medals in the mail a few weeks after the race. 

How was your first race experience?  Were you really nervous?
(Pam)

13 comments:

  1. Wow-that's impressive for a first race. A 10K and placing! Awesome. I thought I was going to cry AND puke for my first race :)

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    1. Thanks Monica, We had fun and were thrilled with our medals! As full disclosure though, it was a small field of runners!

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  2. I was super nervous! It's so fun to think back to those firsts though!

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    1. Exactly! We are now experienced racers though but I always have butterflies in my tummy!

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  3. My first race was in 2012 a couple days after Thanksgiving (also to get a time to submit for PHM)! I did not have a Garmin either, but it was SO much fun! That is where I realized that the race atmosphere excitement and amazing feeling you get crossing the finish line makes all the bad training runs worth it :)

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    1. Agree Lauren.....I try to think of races when I am struggling on a training run. It keeps my mind occupied and usually carries me through a rough patch!

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  4. My first race was a local 5K at a September 11th Memorial. I signed up on Friday and ran on Sunday. I went by myself and was so nervous the entire time I waited for the race to start I had sweaty palms and just kept thinking "everyone can tell I am a beginner, a fraud! I don't belong in this race". I ran the entire race without a walking break and crossed the finish line with a smile. It's the first race bib I hung on my bib/medal display :)

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    1. Sweet story Karen. I always get nervous before a race and probably always will.....hopefully that is considered normal!

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  5. Sounds like you both had a fabulous first race experience! Congrats on placing in your age divisions and that swag is awesome! My first race was a local 5K sponsored by my hospital and benefited the American Heart Association. It was a lot of fun! :0)

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    1. We love races that benefit a charity and the AHA is a great one Karen!

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  6. My first race was March 6, 2010. I ran the Pricess and the Frog 5k after making a New Years resolution that I was going to run a race at Disney. I had hated running up till that point in my life but my love of Disney made me want to do it! That first 5k felt like I was running 13.1 miles instead of 3 but it was life changing and I have been running ever since!

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    1. Nice story Kim! Hopefully you have enjoyed more runDisney races and bling as well!

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  7. My first race was a 5k that I did last year with no training...finished in about 43 minutes & hated the whole thing. Now I'm loving running! I've done a couple more 5k runs (with much better times), & I've registered for a 10k in August to get a time for the 2014 PHM. I can't believe I'm going to run a half...and at Disney! I'm so excited!

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