Friday, April 15, 2016

Why this was my first race ever!

Since Lacey talked about her first race experience earlier this week, I thought it might be fun for me to talk a little bit about mine.


I'm sure it comes as no surprise that
my first race was a Disney race.

My mom, my sister and I decided to go to Disney World to do the Royal Family 5K.  Quite honestly, this race was more about a girls trip to Disney than it was about running the race. I never had a desire to really run a race and I figured this was just a one time deal.

Regardless of whether or not I thought this was a one time deal, I took it seriously and started training.  I panicked when I found out that you had to keep a minimum pace of a 16 minute mile or you'd get "swept". I had no idea what a 16 minute mile pace was but my sister assured me I could do that walking.  Regardless, I continued to train.

In February we headed to Disney and this is how it all went down.................

1. The night before the race I was so nervous. I read that race program cover to cover TWICE! I wanted to make sure that I was where I needed to be on time and that I knew what was going on!



2. On race day I wore the cotton race shirt with my cotton leggings.  I pinned my race bib on my shirt much higher than any runner should. Way back when we did our first Royal Family 5K, there were no corrals. I probably didn't know what a corral was anyway! 

3. While we were waiting to start, we started talking to a group of girls that ran the race the year before. Their advice to us was to have fun and stop and take pictures. WHAT???  I did not know there would be characters/entertainment on the course. I was NOT stopping. This is a race for crying out loud, why would I want to stop. I trained for this and I wanted to run and see what I could do.



4. BUT...... We ended up stopping at every character stop.  And because I read that race program cover to cover and it was so adamant about hydrating, I stopped at every water stop and drank a cup of water. Yea, my mom and sister were making fun of me at that point. It's funny cus this was the only 5K I've ever stopped at for water !  I drank more water on this 5K course than I did running a half marathon!   Also, this is the only Disney race that I remember all the princess being out for.

5. This race wasn't chip timed so I don't remember what our time was, but I do remember us being really proud of our finish time even though we stopped for all the characters. There was so much hoopla and everyone was so supportive.  Of course I was now hooked! This became the race I of course measure all other races by. I was perplexed when I found out that not all races had huge finish lines,  had photographers, gave medals (or medallions) and snack boxes.

So that pretty much sums up how my running journey started. -M

We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.

40 comments:

  1. I can so relate to this! So far the only races I've done are Disney ones and I feel like I've been really spoiled because of this. I'm almost worried that when I do other races it's going to be a lite bit of a let down since there won't be so much hoopla. I love that runDisney makes it such a huge event with so much fanfare.

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    1. I have found Rock n roll races to be just as great! You should give one a try!

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  2. Ha! That's a great story, I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. that's hilarious! i love that you stopped at every water stop in a 5k :)

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    1. That race program insisted. We stay hydrated...haha

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  4. funny! It is Florida, you can stop at every water break if you want! Great story! and look where it led you!

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    1. Thanks! Yup, if it wasn't for Disney I probably would have never had a desire to run a marathon!

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  5. Oh my gosh, how fun to remember! A cotton race shirt in Disney weather? I might have needed all that water too!

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  6. SO awesome ;) I love how you all match to a T! Too adorable, what a fun way to have your first race though, with your Mom and sister!

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  7. That sounds like the perfect first race! So fun!

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  8. I also did a Disney 5k for my first race and got hooked too. I didn't stop for pictures, but I wish I did because it was a Halloween race and the characters were dressed up for Halloween.

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    1. We were not planning on stopping but the girls in front of us said they did the race last year and wish they would have stopped. So I guess since they told us to, we did!

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  9. Too funny! A Disney race was also my first and I said I would never run another. Funny how things change, huh?

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    1. Oh I knew right aways I wanted to come back for more!

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  10. So funny how much things change and how they stay the same! Have a great weekend

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  11. That's a pretty awesome way to kick off your running career! My first race involved a cotton t-shirt and pants too.... but no Disney!

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  12. That's a pretty awesome way to kick off your running career! My first race involved a cotton t-shirt and pants too.... but no Disney!

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  13. Love it!!! Sounds like it was a blast and a really fun run. :)

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  14. I laughed at the bit about drinking more water in the 5k than in later half marathons :)

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  15. I cant stop laughing at your race bib up by your chin. haha
    & drinking all the water.
    isn't it funny how you look back & the things you know now.
    You just have to shake your head.

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    1. I laugh every time I see that picture. Apparently I didn't think there was anything wrong with putting it that high!!!

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  16. I love this! I can't stop laughing. We all get wiser with time :)

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  17. OMG you are so cute and I am just cracking up at everything from wearing the cotton race shirt, to the super-high bib placement, to HYDRATE - ahhh, newbies. It's just so cute to be one, to see one, and to know that there's a new person joining the cult of racing. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. This is adorable. I thought everyone who did Disney races knew the characters would be out on the course! I love the high bib and the constant water stops. SO FUNNY. :) I guess we all live and learn!!

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    1. We weren't on social media back then and had never heard of run disney. It wasn't as popular as it is now!

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  19. What a great memory! I don't remember my first 5k, but I'm pretty sure I wore the race shirt, which was cotton back then! There was no chip timing, you tore the bottom part of your bib and they slid it onto a big spindle. Recorded your time as you lined up in the finish chutes. Luckily things have changed since then!

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    1. I remember doing a non-chip timed race like that as well!

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  20. Aw very cute! Girls' trip races are the best, IMO. I had my share of those cotton leggings back in the day. Haha!

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  21. This is so fun! Haha, one of my favorite parts of the Disney race I did was that snack box! :) And I used to wear cotton shirts and shorts while running, too. My dad quickly changed that (thank goodness I had him to guide me!).

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  22. Well, you were just taking the bib part seriously, right? LOL

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  23. This is so awesome!! I really like that you read and put to practice everything in your race guide! and running with family is always way more fun!

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  24. I can totally get reading the race guide/program cover to cover - I do that too! Especially when I'm new at things. :)

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