February 18, 2015

How I felt before my FIRST Princess Half

The other day I decided it would be fun to find some insight into how I was feeling before my very first half marathon in 2011. I found a short blog post from a previous blog (don't worry, it's not on running so I'm not holding out on you...) and figured it would be fun to share. Whether you're preparing for your first half marathon or your ninety-ninth, there's always a level of unknown and excitement in the race prep.
I'll be in the same corral this time too!
From February 3, 2011:
The final countdown...until we run our half marathon in Disney World! 

I'm nervous and excited and jittery...and let's be honest here friends, I will be relieved when it's over.  While training for a half isn't a huge time commitment, it's something.  I've been diligent about my training runs and have dedicated a few hours every weekend to pounding the pavement.  I'm excited to share this "milestone" with my Mom and Aunt.  I've got my sneaks, fav running duds and my ipod shuffle all ready and then Mickey, you better get ready cause I'm coming for a smooch!

Celebrating our first marathon
 
I remember the enthusiasm and excitement I felt as I was about to tackle a major fitness athletic milestone. And how am I feeling this year? At this point, I would say about the same but slightly less prepared. My electronics aren't organized and I'm still sorting through race outfits.

Interested in reading about our other Princess race experiences?
2012 Princess Half Marathon Race Recap
2013 Princess Half Marathon Race Recap
2014 Enchanted 10k Race Recap
2014 Princess Half Marathon Race Recap

What advice would you give to someone tackling their first half marathon?
{Christine}

16 comments:

  1. My advice would be "it's all about getting from point "A" to point "B". Don't sweat it ( literally...haha). Good luck this weekend! -M

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    1. What good advice, Meranda! Hope you have a fantastic race weekend and I hope we'll see you around! :)

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  2. There's nothing like your first half!!!

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    1. So true! I can't believe this was 4 years ago!!

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  3. I love looking back on past races, especially my first half. There's something so magical about that first big race!

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    1. There really is! Look how far we've come!

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  4. Princess was my first half in 2012. I registered in NOVEMBER for the February race. Crazy, right? What a long strange trip it's been. :)

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    1. Sounds about right! I registered 14 days before the 2012 princess half...my how times have changed! :)

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  5. Well I would say that there is something quite different that is also better: You are a better, more experienced runner than you were that first time. That's for sure! It's always awesome to go back and run that "first" race. Makes you think about how far you've come.

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    1. Aw good point, Frank. Thanks! It really is crazy...I didn't even know to be nervous about some things at the time. The big FB groups didn't exist back then so I didn't hear the chaotic anxious chatter...probably a good thing.

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  6. I remember being scared to death that I wouldn't be able to finish or I might get swept for my first half. I think every runner goes through that. I would tell a newbie not to worry, that you'll have much more stamina on race day than you think with all the distractions and crowds. I'd also tell them to not go out too fast!! Let people pass you. Slow and steady is much better than hitting a wall at mile 7!

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    1. What good advice! I didn't even know to be nervous about sweeping...haha what a rookie! :)

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  7. I loved princess! That's where I first met you guys :)

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    1. I KNOW!!!! I was just thinking about you today, Darlena (even before your FB message). Hope you are well!

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  8. Love this! I can't wait to re-read some of my older posts in 5 years :)

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