March 6, 2015

Five favorite race day memories

It's Friday and time to link up with the ladies of DC for a post on favorites.  Please be sure to check out the blogs of Courtney, Mar and Cynthia, our blog hostesses!  At the moment, while in the midst of marathon training and total exhaustion, I thought a post on my favorite race memories would give me the pick me up I need before a 17 mile training run on Saturday morning. Before I start my list, please note that there are two race memories listed as 1A and 1B.  These races were huge for me, each in their own way so I could not choose between the two.  I know, very wishy washy of me.

1A. Crossing the finish line with Christine after finishing the Dopey Challenge 2014 As we planned and trained for over 6 months to complete this four day challenge, it was with absolute delight that we finished the marathon smiling, and with PR's for both us.  The level of satisfaction we both felt that day, after training so hard and sacrificing alot of holiday drinks and food was amazing.  It was worth everything we did to share a weekend of races with the best running buddy ever!



1B. Quintiles Marathon 2014 and a BQ attempt  When I toed the starting line at the Wrightsville Beach marathon last year, my head and heart were all in as I tried to accomplish the goal of qualifying for Boston.  With a running partner at my side who would help to pace me, the race went better than my wildest (and my coach's) dreams, finishing 5 minutes faster than either she or I expected.  I don't know if I will have ever have another perfect race like this one, but the memories of running with Megan and that glorious finish are forever ingrained in my little running brain!



3. Jingle Bell 5k 2014  An unexpected guest on December 13th, meant that I would be running this race with my sidekick racing too.  Christine came to help me celebrate a milestone birthday and we had a blast running this race Saturday morning on my birthday.  Tons of runners arrived in holiday costumes and we celebrated afterwards with one of the peppermint shakes from Chick fil A!
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Before we left the house!


4. Asheville Half Marathon 2014 This race was the hardest race I have ever run.  And if you asked me five minutes after I finished what I thought about it, the answer would have been, "It was awful." But that awful turned to appreciation the more time that passed after the race.  Being challenged is an important part of racing and learning to accept those challenges and learn from them make us better runners.  So, it moved from being the worst ever to being one of my favorites! I'm not going to lie though, it did help that I earned a first place finish in my AG! As you know, I am all about the prizes!


All smiles at the start

5.  Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2012  This race was a mix of highs and lows, but the high was amazing!  Christine and I were separated very early on in this race at a water station and obviously this made the race difficult for 7 miles. Miraculously we were reunited in Hollywood Studios, just prior to the Osborne Family lights display and this was the first time we would see the lights.  It was such a happy time and the last 3 miles of the race went by so quickly.

Pre race all smiles!

What is your very favorite race day memory? Have you ever been separated from your racing partner?


35 comments:

  1. So many great race memories, Pam! I can only imagine how difficult it was for you to choose just 6! My favorite race memory is crossing the finish line of the 2014 Disney World Half with Preston. It was my first half marathon, and I'm so glad that Preston ran the entire race with me.

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    1. Running a first big race with a running buddy, or even better your husband would be so memorable. I know you have posted great photos from that event too!

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  2. Your comments about Asheville remind me how we react to giving birth - at first it's "never again" but then to convince ourselves that it wasn't that bad and the pay off was worth it. ;-)

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    1. Coco, you are right, and yes, I would go back and run that race again. However, I would try to prepare for the hills a little better.

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  3. I love that y'all have so many race memories together! So great! I have so many memories too! LOVE it!

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    1. Mindy you should have a wonderful memory of your recent half marathon PR with your husband their to cheer for you!

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  4. Aw, I love this post! I may have to steal the idea!! My two favorite race memories were crossing the finish line of my first half. I had never even run a 5k, so that was really emotional for me. My second favorite memory is crossing the finish line for my first marathon which was also part of Goofy. I bawled for a good 10 minutes after finishing!

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    1. Please do Jamie. I would love to see your favorite race memories. And maybe add a favorite horse show moment in their too!

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  5. You and Christine take some AMAZING race photos! Those Dopey shots are all perfect! What a fun post. It made me want to run a race tomorrow! And I LOVE your BQ shot. It captures your emotions so well. Like you, I don't know that I could pick one favorite race memory--and most of mine involve running w/someone else too: running w/my mom at her first 5K, laughing so hard w/my sis at Princess Half that we had to walk because we couldn't breathe, and running w/my husband as Cinderella & Prince Charming as he paced me to a half PR. I'm pretty sure I was anaerobic for the last 5 miles but was SO happy as I crossed the finish.

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    1. Thanks so much Karla. We worked/trained so hard for that race weekend and it all came together. I am so glad you also have wonderful memories of running with family members, especially your mom.

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  6. I LOVE that picture of you BQing

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    1. Thanks Abby. I am so thankful Tom was able to take a photo of me so close to the finish.

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  7. i love this so much. i have told my mom (who doesn't run) about y'alls blog many times in my efforts to convince to start running so we can run together like y'all. lol. it's not working (yet) but posts like this help me. my favorite memory was finishing my first marathon and then finishing my 3rd marathon alongside my husband as he finished his first. :)

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    1. Would you like us to have a chat with your mom Courtney? She would have so much fun starting with a 5k. I think it's awesome your were able to run the finish of your third marathon with your husband.

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  8. Aw I love this! I also love that you mentioned the peppermint shake at Chickfila! My FAVORITE! :-)

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    1. I'm already counting down the months until the next season of Chilk fil A peppermint shakes!

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  9. Aw, I love this -- great idea for a post! Completing the Dopey Challenge/my first marathon is DEFINITELY at the top of my list, too...I'm not sure if anything will ever top that. Your BQ photo is PRICELESS, and you guys get such great race photos together! :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. Anyone that completes Dopey, especially as a first marathon has amazing memories! Congrats

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  10. Pam - the 1B is my absolute favorite moment ever captured on your blog! I love it because you look like a little girl, so excited and happy!! That's what running does for us on the great days! And the great days make all the tough ones so worth it:). Great, fun post!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I do think the tough runs make us stronger and I actually had this very discussion with my girls as we ran 15 miles together today!

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  11. Finishing a race w a family member is so special! I was so happy to cross the finish line w my sister during her first marathon at Disney. She wants to go back next yr to better her time. So I'll be going again. Maybe even for Dopey if schedule permits. -L

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    1. Lacey I think it was amazing that you paced Meranda for her first marathon. There is nothing better than running with a family member.

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  12. You are very lucky - such amazing memories.

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  13. I want to adopt your daughter.

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    1. Good try Darlene, but she is my one and only!

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    1. Thanks Amy, I am very lucky to be able to do so many races with my family members.

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  15. Great memories! I think my best race day memory is when I finished MCM last year. I fought for that finish and crossing the finishline with one of my BFF's holding my hand (I mean dragging me) was pretty awesome!

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    1. Sue the hardest fought for races can provide some really great memories. For me, they also keep running in perspective.....no every race will be your dream race.

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  16. You do have some awesome race memories!
    I have never had a race partner before. Although I have had a few friends or a sister who have ran the same race as me. After the hanging out at the startline, we all went our separate ways (speeds) and I probably enjoyed my time without them next to me better than if they were by my side, LOL I know sounds terrible, but I am a solo runner by nature. I guess I prefer meeting and chatting with perfect strangers in a race, and catching up with those I know or who I came with after the race:)

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    1. Actually Kristy, I don't think this sounds terrible at all. Everyone should be able to race the way they want to, and meeting up with family before and after a race is sometimes the better option. I felt really lucky that my sister caught me, because we both helped each other push those last few miles to the finish when the temperature was rising and we felt like slowing down!

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  17. Oh I would absolutely cry if I got a BQ! What an amazing race day experience. Hope you are having a great weekend. :)

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  18. Like you, it's hard to pick from so many wonderful moments. When I crossed the train tracks in Frontier Land at my first WDW half, the train was stopped there just before the crossing and the engineer was sitting inside. I looked at him and made the universal gesture to blow the horn AND HE DID just for me! I will always remember that. I agree about what you consider to be an awful race eventually turning into a special, or least appreciative, memory.

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  19. So nice you and Christine have so many race memories together. I do love your 1B BQ photo :)

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