Jun 21, 2014

Runners Tell All: My Favorite Running Memory

I might just get used to this writing on a weekend type of thing. It's kinda nice, really. Less blogs to read today, so that means EVERYONE wants to read mine, right? Wrong. Definitely wrong, and totally kidding. I just love Amanda's series "Runners Tell All" and I've met so many gals who run by linking up each month! Some are marathon runners, some are just starting out at 5ks, and that is what is so cool. We still all have running in common!
This week's topic was Favorite/Proudest Running Memory. I think you can tell I'm still a newbie runner because most of my posts still find a way to say, "HEY! I did a half marathon in May!" But when that's the only 1/2 you've done, what else could I possibly be more proud of? 

Since the half is the obvious, easiest answer- I figured I'd stray away from that and talk about a different favorite running memory. My very first 5k. It was the summer of 2009 and Jared had convinced me to do one with him. I was terrified, which seems silly to be me now. I was in decent shape, ran here and there and goodness, it was only 3.1 miles, how tough could it be?
The answer to that question is pretty tough. It was a SUPER hilly 3.1 miles. I'm serious- I don't think a single part of the course was on flat land except for the starting line. I was sore midway through the run already- but I still loved it. The race day itself was pretty exciting. That was the day I realized how awesome the running community really was. I wasn't fast by any means, but everyone cheered everyone on, spectators waved to us, and breakfast afterwards?! Okay- I love running from here on out!

It was a 4th of July race, and there were some veterans along the course waving flags and blowing whistles. Their support meant the most. I wanted to stop and go hug them all, but decided that might have been a bit weird. Jared and I took out our iPods and quickly yelled, "Thank You" and just the smiles they gave us back were enough.
End of story? Run one race. Instantly become part of a huge, incredible community of people.

10 comments:

  1. I was training for a half marathon... until I sprained my ankle. And now, I just can't find the time! But if Z deploys, that's on my deployment bucket list fo sho :)

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  2. I need to get on this linkup. I use to run all the time but quit after college. I regret not sticking with it. We are training for a half in November. I can't wait!

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  3. Racers and spectators are SO encouraging, I agree! I love the community aspect of running! It's great that that's what stands out to you most in your memory of your first race.

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  4. I thought about writing about my first 5k. That was were all the fun and excitement began for me as well. I ran mine with girlfriends and it wasn't very laid back so I had a blast. Definitely fueled my running fire...

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  5. Isn't it amazing how many people you meet through running and blogging about running? That first race always seems to get you hooked! I know I was hooked after my first one. Seven years later, I'm still running. :)

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  6. Your last sentence is so spot on! There's nothing as motivating as those people encouraging you along the way.

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  7. Erin I LOVE this!! It's so true. Runners are like their own community - no matter what state you go to!

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  8. At the OKC marathon, which was started as a fundraiser and support for the 1995 bombing victims, all the firefighters walk the half marathon in full gear, and they carry the American flag. Everyone freaks out when they pass and claps and cheers and stuff, and I always tear up when I run past them. When you wrote about the veterans, I thought of that. It's such a privilege to be able to be active and run. Great memory you had! Thanks for sharing AND for posting on the weekend! :)

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  9. I like your story! Veterans cheering on is something really meaningful. In Seattle they had the families of fallen soldiers holding flags and I totally cried. I was amazed that they were there cheering us on.

    Also, good job on those hills! Hills are so so so hard! Thanks for linking up with us.

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  10. This totally inspired me to get back on the pavement and find another 5k to run. I've been so bad at running this month which is a shame because I was FINALLY starting to like it and not suck at it.

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