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My First Race (Tuesdays on the Run)

15 Jul
Tuesdays on the Run

Every Tuesday I am joining a link up with MCM Mamma Runs, Run the Great Wide Somewhere and My No Guilt Life. You can find out more about the link up here.

This weeks topic: Your First Race.

My very first race was a 5k on June 27, 2009, in Skippack Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia). The 5k was the culmination of going through the Couch to 5k Program. Luckily I created race reports back in the day to share on the Runner’s World Beginners Forum so here is my recap that I posted 5(!) years ago.


I started with the beginners 5k program on Runner’s World at the beginning of May. After finishing the program I did my first race on june 27th – a 5k benefiting a local lions club. My dad, brother and boyfriend [Becca’s note: this “boyfriend” is now my husband – crazy how that works out!] all did it with me which was great support. My dad stayed towards the back of the group with me and ran at my pace (even though I am sure it was too slow for him).

I was extremely nervous because I didn’t know what to expect at a race and this ultimately effected my performance unfortunately.

The course was around some local neighborhoods. We started off pretty good – roughly a 10:30 minute first mile. Typically I run at 12/12:30 min mile so I was pretty proud. I didn’t feel that I was pushing myself too much.

During the 2nd mile I began to have some problems. First of all, I had been so nervous that my breathing rate was out of control from the time we started and I wasn’t able to really get it under control. Second, I hadn’t done a lot of hill work prior to the race but the course itself ended up being uphill for probably 2.25 of the 3.1 miles. I really struggled with running up hill after a mile or so. My boyfriend told me later that he really struggled with this as well – and he is very in shape – so I don’t feel too bad about the fact that I struggled here. The bummer is that I did have to slow down to a extremely brisk walk in order to get myself through those hills. My original goal had been to run the whole thing but I knew if I forced myself to do that on a harder than expected course I would really struggle towards the end.

Running through that finish line was the best feeling I’ve ever had. All in all I finished in 37:26 – which I am pretty proud of considering during training it took me 38+ to finish 3.1 miles (and I got this time even walked a portion of it).

I also came across some photos from my first race:

Waiting to start – I remember feeling SO SO nervous.

Finishing the race – I remember this last stretch felt SO HARD. Also looking at this photo I realized just how far I have come in my fitness journey.

After the race. Gatorade never tasted so good!