Three years ago tomorrow I finished my first race. I was officially a Frozen Penguin.
I missed my three year runversary because I was injured and cranky. I missed the First Race prompt a few weeks ago on Tuesday Topics because I am the worst with the weekday linkups. Today I’m joining Debbie, Deborah, Rachel, Lisa, Jen and Smitha for the new Wednesday “Runners’ Roundup” to talk about three years of racing.
Since that first penguin, which I’ve now run 4x (twice as a 5K, twice as a 10K), I’ve run approximately:
- 10 5Ks
- countless 4 and 5 mile races. Literally, I ran out of fingers and gave up even after looking at my race calendar.
- 7 10ks
- 3 15Ks
- 2 10 Milers
- 8 Half Marathons
- the New York City marathon
It’s safe to say absolutely none of that was on my radar three years ago, and I wouldn’t change a single step. Having some fun with prompts I’ve seen on other running memory lane posts.
Throwing out my beloved Frozen Penguin (first is always your baby) and the New York City marathon, I’d have to say I can go with a top three:
- Fred Lebow. It’s an evil, evil half marathon, but it’s the one that made me a half marathoner. Plus it’s Fred and he is NYC running.
- Ted Corbitt – I just really love the 15K distance. It seems to be my sweet spot. I get well & truly warmed up, but it doesn’t have that last slog of a Half Marathon.
- Damon Runyon 5K – I actually hate the race itself with the stairs and the concrete, but something about running on the warning track of Yankee Stadium is just awesome.
Race I’d recommend everyone do once?
Again, throwing out the New York City marathon because duh!, I’d have to go with Cherry Blossom 10 miler. It’s gorgeous, even if it doesn’t align with peak. Washington D.C. is one of my favorite cities and it makes for a wonderful weekend
Honorable mention to the Brooklyn Half. You finish on the boardwalk at Coney Island. I had horrible weather, but I still loved it. I rarely get to run it as a conference typically has me out of town, but I do want to do it again.
Race I have a piece of advice for?
I don’t even know where to start with that one. #HillsForBreakfast I guess is solid advice, even though it’s really only the NYC Marathon, Bermuda and Lebow where they’re super hilly.
On second thought, take off the watch if you run Runyon or another stadium race. GPS doesn’t work, and fun runs like that shouldn’t be about your pace. Just run and appreciate the place you’re running.
Bucket list race?
Not really. I loved running around London when I was there and spectating Marine Corps was awesome, but I have no immediate interest in a second marathon. There are other races I’m interested in, but they don’t quite rise to the level of Bucket List as they’re mostly a question of schedule whereas a bucket list feels like it needs a lottery element or something to put it out of reach. Do you have a race I should put on my bucket list? Anything less than marathon distance.
Favorite race city?
Can’t say anything but New York. We’re all biased toward home and greatest city in the world is way more than a song lyric.
Favorite race photo?
Impossible. Every time I go to click one, I think of another. So many good memories.
Favorite race memory?
Taylor Swift Bad Blood and Rachel Platten Fight Song nearing the finish of my first Half. Eurythmics Sweet Dreams blaring in Times Square during last year’s NYC Half. Coming back into Central Park at Columbus Circle and realizing I was going to be a marathoner. All equally and bizarrely vivid.
I originally wanted to do a giveaway for my runniversary, and I couldn’t and still can’t think of one. If I think of something really cool, I reserve the right to think of this as an anniversary year 🙂
- How many years have you been running/racing?
- Do you have any answers to these questions?