January 29, 2016

Friday Five: Five Memorable Races

It's time to link up with the girls of DC, Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the Friday Five.  It's another free Friday since there are 5 Friday's in the month.  Wow, I will be happy when we are done with January.  It is such a long month.

In order to keep my focus away from my current ailment which is Bursitis in my right hip, I decided to highlight my favorite favorite races to date.  Keeping my eye on the prize of running the London Marathon in April with a healthy body, my coach has me busy with lots of cross training and strength work. Here is my list:

1.  BAA 5k and Boston Marathon This is a two-fer because it was two races during a race weekend.  Obviously the Boston Marathon would be at the top of my list, but the BAA 5k two days before the big dance was an absolute blast with Christine and Adam.  Of course running the Boston Marathon was a dream that was realized and running with my sister made it that much more special.



2.  NYC Marathon  This race exceeded my expectations in every possible way.  While I ran this marathon solo, the experience of running through the five boroughs of NYC with such massive crowd support felt like you were running with hundreds of friends. Everyone had told me that I would fall in love with this race, but I was skeptical since NYC was not a fond memory.  All that changed and I definitely hope to run this race again but next time with a posse of running buddies.

3. Runaway Bride 5k  Obviously this was nothing but a fun run, but it is one of my favorite running memories even though I coasted along on a beach cruiser and took photos! When Christine married Adam last June, her day started with a surprise run with some of her running friends and my sister.  I organized a 5k route and despite the oppressive heat, everyone seemed to have a blast laughing, talking, and enjoying the run.
Bride with her posse!

4.  RunDisney Princess Half Marathon 2012  After nearly a full year away from running, Christine signed up to run this race three weeks prior to race day. After a very difficult race the year before, this would be the redemption race. It turned out to be such a fun and special day and having my best running buddy smiling and so happy at the finish line meant everything.
So happy to have my running buddy back!
5.  Wilma Dash 5k  I am not a fan of 5ks at all.  In fact, you could say that I kind of hate them.  But because my running group had put together a team, I was compelled to participate. After all, peer pressure is a very powerful thing.  The race was on a ridiculously hot evening in May, but honestly running surrounded by lots of your friends made it a nice enjoyable race.  The after party for this race is absolutely amazing with many local companies providing food, swag, music, and adult beverages.  I just may have my arm twisted to run this one again in 2016!



What is your most memorable race?
(Pam)

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  1. I have two ...

    Disney Half Marathon - January 2008 - my very first half marathon. A friend and I decided to celebrate our 40th birthday years by going to Disney and walking the half marathon. She no longer participates, but racing has become a very big part of my identity.

    Disney Half Marathon - 2009 - I think it took me three days to thaw out - and coming from northern Illinois, that says something!

    I am a long time reader - I liked you blog before and am really enjoying the recent changes and updates.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment Aileen. I heard that 2009 was the year of the big chill at the Disney Marathon race weekend. That would have been perfect for me since I love cold race days.

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  2. One day, I will run Boston. Not this year, unfortunately, but one day. Most memorable races. All of my marathons, for completely different reasons, and all of my half marathons with Team Challenge. These were all races that I really laid myself out there. So vulnerable, and so open. I've run other races, but those I raced.

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    1. I'm so sad you won't be running Boston this year, but yes, you will run it and it will be very memorable indeed.

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  3. So many great races with so many great memories! I have a tie between two races for being my most memorable. One is the Disney World Half in 2014, which is memorable since it was my first half marathon. I'm forever grateful that Preston ran it with me (he appreciated my slower pace since he still had the full marathon the next day), and some of my favorite race photos of all time are of us crossing the finish line holding hands. The other race is this past year's RnRVB race. I was so determined to run a half while pregnant, and after crossing the finish line I started crying, just like I did after I had completed my first half marathon. Both races showed me that I could accomplish whatever I put my mind to doing.

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    1. Ahh, finish line tears happen to many runners and sometimes they are tears of joy and some of frustration. I am so happy you had Preston by your side for that perfect first half marathon. You will be able to tell little man about that race some day.

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  4. That's great that Christine was able to sign up for the Princess half only a couple weeks in advance! It seems like they all sell out so quickly usually. I think the Richmond Half is still my favorite race so far, though Rock and Roll DC is a close second.

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    1. The days are long gone when you could sign up for the Princess race weekend with just three weeks to spare.

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  5. Great memories. I have quite a few memorable races - my first one in Naples, Fl with my hubby on our anniversary and the VCM relay running with a friend plus many more...

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    1. An anniversary run with your hubby would be very special. Unfortunately, Tom really hates running despite being a strong track runner in high school.

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  6. I love this post! So great! I've had so many memorable races and when I look at them, they have nothing to do with PRs, but PS'- personal struggles and overcoming each race. I can't just pick one, but I think if I did, it would be the Disney Marathon, not that it was in Disney, although very fun, but for the fact that I was set to complete a marathon and did so! The sheer accomplishment of that was such a milestone in my running.

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    1. Yes, running your first marathon is such a huge accomplishment...I probably should have added that one too.

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  7. I have so many great race memories that it is hard to name just one. I think all of my firsts stand out the most to me. But, then again, personal records, fun runs with friends, and epic race environments can all add to making race memorable too. I just love running!

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    1. Yes, you do love running and have had some awesome races....I remember some of your fabulous recaps, especially Beach to Beacon. I have that one on my radar.

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  8. WOW! Registering for Princess 3 weeks in advance! That's so unheard of these days! :)

    My most memorable race was the Goofy Challenge 2015. I was supposed to run it in 2014, but had to defer because I was pregnant and due the week after the race. Then, while training for Goofy 2015, I found out I was expecting again. So, with the support of my doctor and husband I completed the challenge. It was long, it was slow, but I had my best friend right next to me for all 39 miles!

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    1. Yea, booking any runDisney race three weeks from race day would not happen anymore. Good for you for completing the Goofy Challenge while pregnant.

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  9. I love that Runaway Bride 5K idea!! What a great way to start your wedding day. My all-time favorite race is also the NYC Marathon. Being a New Yorker, it holds special meaning for me but even if I wasn't from NY, it would still be an amazing experience. LOVE that race.

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    1. I was so surprised by how much I loved the NYC Marathon and yes, it would be even better it that was your home.

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  10. I love this Friday Five topic. I may have to steal it! ;)

    I wish I loved the NYC Marathon. I really do. Everyone that I have ever heard talk about it says it's the most amazing race ever, but I didn't live it. Maybe it was because I was sick and injured, maybe it was the horrid weather, or maybe it was the drama I was having with the person I traveled with. Maybe one day I'll need a do over just to get the experience I heard so many other people have had.

    Great list!

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    1. You feel about NYC the way I feel about Marine Corps. I wanted to love the race, but starting in the wrong place (or rather starting in the right place but so many first timers not) made the race so frustrating and not fun.

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  11. I haven't done any of these races and have only heard of a few! So cool to find out about what everyone's favorite or most memorable is. Mine is definitely the marathon on the mountain. Lived up to the name and was the toughest race I've ever done!

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    1. I can't imagine a marathon on a mountain. Since I train in a flat area that would be impossible for me.

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  12. I figured out (finally) I can comment on your blog using Chrome. Yay! I'm impressed Christine could sign up for Princess just three weeks out. These days, it sells out within minutes. I know it made the race extra special. I would enjoy NYC and Boston so much! Pam, I'm sorry to hear about your bursitis. My ITB is still an issue, although slightly better. I hope you are better soon!

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    1. I hope your IT band improves rapidly. It is hard to be on the sidelines, but swimming and biking are keeping me fit.

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  13. such fun!! I'm running the BAA 5k this year with my bestie, can't wait!

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    1. Oh you will love it. I remember seeing all the really speedy runners were nearly finished when we were just about a mile into the race. We took our time and really enjoyed it.

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  14. I would love to complete the Boston 5K sometime but it is an awful lot of traveling just for a 5K (since I'm pretty sure I'll never run the marathon). I have a lot of fond race memories and each for very different reasons. I just love how running has added so many good memories to my life. It looks like it has enriched your as well. -M

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    1. I agree, that would be a long way to go for just a 5k. However, that race weekend is really fun.

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  15. I have done NYC 16 times. My most memorable one was the windy crazy one in 2014. It was also my 15th running so I got guaranteed entry for life! My first Boston and 2001 Chicago and first NYC 1/2 that went through Times Square top the list, too.

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    1. That is so great that you have guaranteed entry for life for NYC. I had another time qualifying for this year, but decided not to use it. I really want to run Chicago this fall.

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  16. You have done some iconic races! I would say one of the most memorable was RnR Vegas. The crowds and people watching are crazy fun

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  17. What a wonderful list! I'd love to run the Boston 5K. I'd have to say my most memorable race was last year's Disneyland Half Marathon as part of the Dumbo Double Dare. With tired legs from three days in the parks, I chipped away at the half by myself. I think it was my slowest ever, but I loved every single second of that race, and crossing the finish line was such an incredible moment. :)

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  18. My last 2 Chicago Marathons were memorable but for different reasons. Last year was all about crushing my goals and that horrible 1st race I ran in 2011. That one was all about proving that I am a marathoner, not just a finisher. This past Chicago marathon was supposed to be my BQ, but the weather conditions weren't going to let that happen (it was too warm). Instead, I revised my goals and finished strong. It was all about never giving up. Chicago has been magical for me. We'll see about Big Sur!

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    1. I definitely will be picking your brain if I get into Chicago this fall. It is on my 2016 list and hopefully I get a spot.

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  19. Great list! My most memorable race is probably my first marathon, Philly in 2012. Also my first race which was the Baltimore half back in 2007!

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    1. I think first marathons are always very memorable.

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  20. isn't it funny that you used to be able to sign up for run disney races last minute? i WISH it was still that way. dumbo double dare was my favorite race (races?) so far; disney puts on a great time!

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    1. Exactly, not more registration close to the date of a Disney race unless it is through a travel provider. For some reason, they seem to get spots at the last minute.

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  21. What a neat idea on the Runaway Bride 5k! That is just awesome! All of these are great races and way to refocus on something fun!

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    1. Yes, the Runaway Bride 5k was a really fun and great way to start a wedding day.

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  22. I've only run one of these (Disney Princess) but I so want to run NYC someday! It's so cool that you have these awesome race memories. I'd say that Disney Princess is high up on my memory list too since it was my first half!

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    1. You will love NYC and hopefully get a spot. Ahh, interesting that Princess was your first half too. I think those Disney races get alot of people hooked on running.

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  23. Wow! You have done some great races, I would love to do Boston at some point & it is a goal of mine to be able to BQ at some point. I would also love to do NYC, in fact, I just submitted my name & my hubby's for the lottery, Fingers crossed!!! :-)

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  24. All of these races held special meaning to you and I love that!! My most memorable race to date has to be either my first marathon or my sub 2 half marathon!

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  25. I would have to say Ragnar - so many great memories, and all the not-so-great ones are funny now. ;-)

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  26. I'm from Boston and have run the BAA 5K. Not the marathon though. But the 5K makes you feel part of the whole atmosphere. Running part of the route that the marathoners experience. Prior to the bombing, the 5K ended on the marathon finish line, which was awesome! I couldn't tell if that was a year that you ran or not too.
    And hang in there with the bursitis. I know it all too well and am just getting back into running slowly because I had to take a bunch of time off.

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  27. I registered for the NYC lottery. It is my number one bucket list race so I am praying they draw my name.

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  28. Love this list! I'm so excited to be running the B.A.A. 5k this year!! :)

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  29. I did the BAA 10K right after the Boston Marathon bombing. I have to say that was one of my memorable races. Paris and MCM come in close behind though!

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  30. All great races...and so many amazing memories! Princess and Dopey are my two most memorable because it was my first half and first full, and you know that NYCM is up there, too! Would still give my left arm to run Boston someday...guess I might as well start fundraising now. ;)

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