Hi everyone! Things have been going well up here in Alaska over the past few days. My cold seems to be gone, I have more energy, and I’m feeling much better. Plus it’s sunny again which means I’m back to my old shenanigans of midnight hikes and long runs along the ocean. Yes, I ran 6 miles Sunday night and it felt pretty good. I still don’t feel 100% confident about my half marathon this weekend, but it is what it is and I’m going to do everything I can to have a great time running my very first race in Alaska!
Speaking of first races, I came across a linkup this week for Tuesdays on the Run with MCM Mama Runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run The Great Wide Somewhere. This week’s topic was “my first race” and it really had me thinking about my very first half marathon so I decided to join up! As many of you know, I ran the Disney Princess Half in February and it was an incredible experience. I feel like it’s such a different experience from half #3, and going into this half I can’t help but think back on how it felt to finally run my first half marathon!
If you haven’t had a chance to read all about my first half marathon, take a moment to check out some of the links below!
- Tips for preparing for the Disney Princess Half Marathon
- My thoughts right before my first half marathon - one of my favorite posts ever!
- Disney Princess Half Expo Recap
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Recap
- What it feels like to be a half marathoner!
Looking back on these posts, especially the 2nd and 4th ones up there, made me get pretty emotional. I remember how excited I was to run in costume with thousands of other girls down Main Street and through the castle. I also remember how nervous I was before the race, how serious I was about eating and hydrating correctly in the week leading up to the race, and how well I did sticking to my training plan. Yeah, things went wrong and I didn’t do a perfect job of training, but I went into that race feeling as prepared as I could be. My fear of the unknown (mainly miles 11-13.1) was terrifying but knowing that I was about to cross the finish line kept me motivated to run. During the race I was hot, sweaty, tired, and frustrated with some of the other runners, but it was worth it when I finally finished! If I could go back in time before the race I would tell myself to not worry because everything was going to be okay and it was going to be awesome. I was so proud after the race and I didn’t take my medal off for 2 days!
This time next week I’ll have completed half marathon #3 and right now my only memories of training are me stressing over our cross country move, forcing myself to run in between the rainy days, and getting sick right at the end when I should be logging longer miles. But that isn’t how I want to remember this race at all. In the next few days, I’m going to focus on making this race experience a good one. I’m going to think back on all the long training runs that had beautiful views and be grateful that I got the opportunity to train along Resurrection Bay and Exit Glacier. Even though I won’t get to dress up or run through a castle, I’m still going to have a blast running through the streets and wooded running trails of Anchorage. I’ll look for moose while the miles tick by. And at the end I’m going to get a beautiful “medal” aka a finisher’s bracelet as well as a mimosa. I even get to share the experience with my coworker who is running the quarter marathon! I’m excited to see how I do and I’m looking forward to feeling like a badass half marathoner again!
Coincidentally, today is the official registration day for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon! I know many runners who are signing up today and I’m so excited for them! For many girls it will be their first half marathon and they might be hesitant to click that “register” button. But we all know you can’t hesitate to register for these Disney races, so get on it girls! You are going to have a blast running it and I can’t wait to see your costumes! Good luck to everyone who is registering today!
What was your first half marathon or big race like? Do you still get excited for races even though they’re not your first? How do you deal with pre-race nerves?