I can only dream that these were my legs and that is my backside... alas this is not me.
Now... looking back I probably should have picked a nice 5K... a cute short race with a fun t-shirt as a perk as my baptism into the world of running. Nope... not me... I dove right into the deep end and registered for a 15K (yes - that is 9.3 miles)! So last September after just a few short months of training I showed up in the morning in Bellingham just north of where we live. It was a nice cool morning and off we went. As the race morning wore on the sun came out and it warmed up. Fast forward to the last 2 miles... it was WARM... super warm for me. I made it to that finish line but mentally I wanted to QUIT the last 2 or so miles. BUT - I made it and successfully finished my first race as a REAL runner!
This is a photo of me after the finish of the Fairhaven 15K in
Bellingham, WA on September 8th, 2012.
I can't believe it was a year ago... crazy! I have a lot more race experience under my belt now.2012 completed
Fairhaven Waterfront 15K - Bellingham, WA - Sept 8, 2012
Poulsbo Marathon (I did the 10K) - Poulsbo, WA - October 14, 2012
Shoebox Run 10K - Arlington, WA - October 20, 2012
Santa Dash 5K - Stanwood, WA - December 8, 2012
Toys for Tots 10K - Arlington, WA - December 8, 2012
runDisney - Neverland 5K - Anaheim, CA - January 19, 2013
runDisney - Tinkerbell Half Marathon - Anaheim, CA - January 20, 2013
River and Rails 10K/5K (doing the 10K) - Arlington, WA - March 23, 2013
Sandy Hook Run for the Families 5K - Virtual Runner - March 2012
River and Rails 10K/5K (10K) - Arlington, WA - March 23, 2013
Hippity Hop 5K - Stanwood, WA - March 30th, 2013
Super Hero 5K - Benefits Kids to summer camp - Bellingham, WA - April 13, 2013
Heroes Half Marathon - Everett, WA - April 28, 2013
Inspiring Hope 10K - Everett, WA - May 11, 2013
Walk and Roll 10K - Arlington, WA - May 18, 2013
Boston Solidarity 10K Run - Arlington, WA - June 8, 2013
See Jane Run Half Marathon - Seattle, WA - July 14, 2013
Refuse to Abuse 5K - Seattle, WA - Safeco Field - July 20, 2013
Columbia Winery 10K - Woodinville, WA - Aug 17, 2013
Run A Muk 10K - Mukilteo, WA - Aug 24, 2013
I will definitely approach this race again with a different mind set. I will most likely be a lot more calm at the start... have a little more fun as I run... and also be aware of the hills towards the end and not be intimidated by them.
Yep - on September 14th - I will run the Fairhaven 15K again. Wow... a whole year has gone by!
So on September 14th - Happy Racerversary to me!!! I used to laugh out loud at people who ran... now I am one of those runners. I am addicted to what running does for me... how I feel... my time for me. I am actually grumpy when I don't get my run in when I had planned. Who is this person? Wow!
PS - I still have the Disney motivation... but some of my motivation is also... lifestyle, healthy body, good example for my children, and something for ME.
And... I did run the Tinkerbell Half Marathon and wrote about HERE and I am going back in 2014 to run it again!