One thing I really love about Instagram is the way you can group certain photos under a unique hashtag (#). Granted Insta has been around for awhile now so sometimes finding that unique tag can be a little challenging. I just did a search for the most random thing I could think of and did you know that #mashedpotatobonanza is already taken? Sad. Looks like I’ll never be able to have my own personal mashed potato bonanza.
I lucked out with a hashtag for my Betty and also for running. Betty’s tag has 380 photos listed under it starting from her birth. I regularly look through them and get all emo over how much she’s grown. My running tag has 132 pictures listed under it. The first one was posted exactly 60 weeks ago. I was SO PROUD of that run! 5 miles was a huge distance for me back then. My Garmin was only a week old.
Anyway, I was looking fondly through the running pictures last night and came upon another one that brought back a flood of awesome memories.
56 weeks ago I posted that photo after I ran in my first real race, a 10K called Run in the Sun for Autism. I consider it my first real one even though I had run in two events prior; a 5K in 2005 and another one in 2010. I didn’t train for either of those races…like I literally signed up and arrived to the starting line without taking a step in preparation for them. And then there was the 5K I registered for in 2007, but then decided on race morning that sleeping was a better use of my time.
I was so NOT a runner back then.
Run in the Sun was the first event I ever really trained for. It was July of last year and I had only been running for a couple months. I wanted to sign up for something, but I also really wanted to challenge myself. I knew what a 5K was like. Back then 6.2 miles seemed like an insurmountable distance.
I carefully added mileage on each week and I could not have possibly been more prepared. It was a small race located at Patterson Park down in Baltimore City. I remember being SO NERVOUS! I also remember being SO HOT. Last summer was much muggier weather-wise than what we’ve experienced this year.
There was also a 5K that day that would be one lap of the course while we would be doing two. The course was nice, but really poorly organized. Somewhere along the line there was a volunteer missing and we all ended up getting lost so in the end the 10K would be a little short and I felt a little robbed of the experience. I had trained so hard and didn’t get to run the full 6.2 miles. I was still super proud of my time though! (As is evident from that sweaty Insta-shot above!)
#Beastmode indeed. 🙂
Since Run in the Sun just over a year ago I have participated in 22 races of varying distances. Thinking about everything that has happened from then to now – the setbacks I’ve had and the how much I’ve grown as a runner – completely blows my mind. That 10K lit a fire in me and I never want it to stop burning.
Tell me about your first race! What distance was it and do you have fond memories? Do you have an Instagram account? Shout it out in the comments so we can all follow each other!