Friday, August 8, 2014

friday five: race memories

On Fridays, I link up with the lovely DC Trifecta ladies for Friday Five: Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed up for What?, and Mar at Mar on the Run. This week's theme is "Race Memories".



1. My first race. November 2010. This was where the race obsession began, though it was quite small at the time. Running started as a way to exercise and stay fit before my wedding. Then it became something I enjoyed doing, so I thought a race could be fun. It wasn't anything fancy, just a local 5k. I don't think I did much 'training', or even know anything about making a training plan, but it was fun, and I realized that having signed up for a race is a great motivator. 

2. My first half marathon. May 2012. Even though this race didn't go as well as my training runs (I got sick at the halfway point, and was much slower than I was intending to be), the accomplishment of crossing that finish line and receiving my first race medal was amazing. I was so proud of myself for sticking it out and finishing, which has given me a lot of confidence during other races where I might be hurting or feeling ill – I've finished feeling that way before, and I'll continue to do so! haha. Of course I can't find any pictures, though I'm sure I bought a few haha.

My first runDisney race :)

3. My first runDisney race. Wine and Dine Half Marathon in 2012 was my first runDisney event. Of course I became obsessed after that race, because it is just so much FUN running through the parks, especially at night. I'm more of a night runner anyway, so this was right up my alley. Plus, all of the entertainment on the course, and all of the fun things to look at really made the miles fly by. Plus, you just can't go wrong with anything that is focused around running, wine, and food ;) Wine and Dine will always hold a special place in my heart, as far as runDisney events go.

Running through Sleeping Beauty's Castle. Magical!

4. My first runDisney race at Disneyland. Tinkerbell Half Marathon 2014 was another great memory. Not only was it my first race at Disneyland, it was also my first time AT Disneyland! I had a great time running with my mom and going on the rides at the parks with her. I'm hoping if we go back, I'll have the guts to hit up some of the crazier rides (California Screamin' or Matterhorn Bobsleds—Soarin' and Goofy's Sky School was as brave as I could get haha. Once on Soarin', I realized it wasn't much of a thrill ride, but I had no idea what to expect when going in, and I'm a scaredy cat).

She is just pure awesome!

5. My first time meeting Shalane Flanagan. Granted, it was the only time, but meeting Shalane was so crazy exciting! She was just too sweet and  adorable. I might have been jumping up and down for hours after the meeting, excited to have gotten her autograph on the ribbon of my medal AND a photo with her :) Score!



How about you — any fun, crazy, standout moments from a race? Tell me one of your race memories — good, bad, or ugly :)

Thanks to CourtneyCynthia, and Mar for hosting! Make sure to check out their "Friday Five" posts (direct links above in first paragraph) and link up if you are joining in on the fun, and then check out some of the other link up posts – so many great ones to choose from!

11 comments:

  1. How cool you got to meet Shalane. I have never run the Wine and Dine but it is definitely on my bucket list. I plan to do the Disneyland race next year.

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    1. I was very excited! That'll be fun. I hope to be able to do Dumbo Double Dare sometime :)

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  2. That's so cool that you got to meet Shalane! And now that Disneyland is doing a Star Wars race and Avengers race, I'd love to do one of those.

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    1. Yeah - those look like a lot of fun! Eventually, I'd like to be able to cross each race off my Bucket List :)

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  3. My worst memory is a 20K in the cold and pouring rain. I hate running in the rain. Best memory : We have 50 of us at work that run a women's race every year, I love it!

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    1. Ick - 20 miles in the cold and rain sounds like no fun! But the women's race with a large group sounds like it is :)

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  4. I am so envious that you've met Shalane Flanagan! She's totally a hero of mine.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome race memories. My most atrocious race was a sprint tri last summer. The whole event was super disorganized, and I got really discombobulated. I managed to forget my goggles at home, leave my fuel in the car (where it did me NO good), and I was the only participant foolish enough to believe what the website claimed that the water would be warm enough to race without a wetsuit. It wasn't. I was cold and blind through the swim. I never really warmed up so I was shivering and hungry on the bike. By the time I got to the run I was a wreck, but I kept saying "you paid to do this...you do this for FUN." I ended up giggling my way across the finish line- and signing up for a redemption race immediately that afternoon.

    My best race memory (lately) was running next to Apollo Ohno for three miles at the RnR Seattle half Marathon (and trying to photobomb him te whole time)

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    1. Oh my gosh! No goggles and cold water sound like a horrible start to a tri. If I feel a race went extremely horrible, I always sign up for another race that same day haha. At least you were able to keep yourself going and finish :) Sometimes I think finishing a bad race is what grows our confidence and it makes the good ones even better!

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    2. P.S. You got to run next to Apollo?! AMAZING!

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  5. I want to do the Wine and Dine! I'm all about running for some good food and wine :-)

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    1. Haha... I mean, it's one of the main reason to run ;)

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