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Monday, July 15, 2013

First Race Ever!

Hello, everyone!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  On Saturday, I ran my first race ever! 

**(Well, if you want to be super technical, I have “run” one race before earlier this summer.  The Indianapolis Tap ‘n’ Run.  It’s a 4k “run” where you stop and drink a beer at every kilometer.  You have to pay extra to have it timed, and we definitely did not.  Our group wore sweat bands and mustaches (there is a prize for best mustache, shortest shorts, and a variety of other ridiculous things). 


But back to Saturday, my first REAL race that was timed...

The race was a 5k for the Joseph Maley Foundation.  Joseph was plagued by illness his entire life until passing away from leukemia at the age of eighteen. His parents set up this race to raise money to "serve children and adults of all abilities."  It was awesome to run knowing that you're supporting such a great cause.

The race took place at Eagle Creek Park and, ok, as embarrassed as I am to say this...I was nervous!  My dad and George were laughing at me because I was all stressed out. (Typical)

I didn’t really have much strategy for the race.  I was hoping to finish under 30 minutes but wasn’t going to go home and cry if I didn’t.  My dad and I ran a quick little warm up run before it started.  I’m so, so glad that we did this.  When the race actually started, I already felt like my muscles were ready to go.

As everyone lined up at the start line, Joseph’s dad talked a little bit about the race and his son.  Joseph’s pediatrician then sang the national anthem, and off we went.
This man had some pipes!
George up there hanging with the cross country guys
In this race, walkers and runners all start together.  Most of the walkers started on the side, so the runners could run through easily.  My dad and I took our sweet time getting to the starting line because I assumed that my chip would pick up when I crossed the start line.  WRONG… when the gun goes off, that is your start time.  I did run with my phone in my hand, and I started it right as I crossed the line.  I love always knowing my time and pace, but at this race, I barely looked at it.

My dad told me to go on ahead, so ahead I went.  After escaping from behind a pack of moms with jogging strollers (does this annoy anyone else?), I felt like I could actually run.  I would run behind people for a bit, see how I felt, then choose someone else up ahead of me to run behind.  I didn’t have headphones in, so I mostly just eavesdropped.  I did this throughout the entire race.  It worked pretty well. 

I have a fear of starting out too fast and crapping out in the end.  My first mile was 9:25, second was 8:50, and third 8:56.  Between the second and third mile there were a couple big hills that minorly sucked… but not too bad.

I ended up finishing in 27:45.  When I looked up my time online, it showed a little slower than that, but that was the time that it took me to get to the start.  Overall, I’m very happy with my time.  I did my first race and learned that there is really no reason to be nervous.  I met my goal of completing it under 30 minutes.

George was waiting for me at the finish.  He averaged a 5:57 pace.  So proud of him!

My dad finished shortly after I did.

We ate some strawberry shortcake and popsicles and stuck around to watch the awards.  All in all, I had a great time.  I had a lot more fun than I anticipated.  I kind of can’t wait for my next race!

Do you remember your first race?  Did you enjoy it?


  1. Way to go! I have a goal to run a sub 30 5k too. Looks like fun!

    1. Thanks, Becky! It is a lot easier when you are running in a race environment with other people.

  2. Great job! I always stress at the start! Always! :) and yes, I'm glad moms run and push themselves and they set a great example for their kids, but anyone with a stroller! Start last! And walkers, single file please! That's weird about the start... I've always done chip races I guess. Soooooo I'm gonna need the details on the drinking run in Indy! Cuz yeah, I need to do that!

    1. Yeah, our bibs had chips in them. Oh well, I'm happy with either! There are Tap 'n' Runs all over the US. They were a ton of fun. You get little pours of different Goose Island beers throughout the course and a full beer at the end. You also get finishers medals that are bottle openers. It is a GREAT time!

  3. Congrats on finishing your first official race... prepare to become addicted!

    1. Thanks! I have another one in 2 weeks and I can't wait! Following your blog now too! I love it!

  4. I am so proud of you Em! Great job, fyi i am on week 5 of my app.

  5. Thanks, Ash! We seriously need to do a 5k together! Pronto!!!!

  6. Awesome job! Congratulations on your first race! I remember my first race so very well. It was a half marathon in Wichita, KS. I'll never forget it! Racing is the best.

  7. That's awesome!! I do remember my first race- it was a local 5k that our gym put on to raise money for families in our community impacted by was small but so heartfelt, just like this one was!



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