Race Report - My First Race

Race Report - My First Race

So I successfully completed my first race 🏁 yesterday and Loved it ❀️ !!!

It was 'The Escalade' A super well organized annual event in Geneva Switzerland πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­. There are many different races πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ»throughout the day and evening, of different lenghths, for different ages and different abilities. The final race of the day is a fancy dress race for all. πŸ­πŸ‘‘πŸŽ©β›‘

I joined the 2 lap, 4.8km less serious mixed race for people new to running or those who wanted to run in a group.

We headed into town early to pick up my race bib. The atmosphere was Fantastic πŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒπŸŽŠ. I had two hours to worry about whether or not to wear my running jacket. I always start with it on, and then tie it round my waist 5 or more minutes into the run depending on how cold it is. I hadn't considered though, that if I pin my running number to my jacket, then I wouldn't be able to take it off. I can't tell you how much concern this caused me!!! I knew I'd need to take it off, but I feel the cold terribly and was concerned that I'd get frost bite before the starting canon fired if I headed to the start line without it. In the end, my usual 5 min warm up walk became a 10 min warm up walk, it was much warmer in town than at home part way up the Jura mountainsβ›° , so I bravely discarded the jacket which in the end was absolutely the right thing to do!

I felt quite emotional ☺️ waiting at the start with thousands of other runners, thinking that twelve weeks ago I couldn't run for two minutes. The fifteen minutes went by quickly, with loud music playing, encouraging us to leap about and dance to warm up. πŸ’ƒ There was a fun and convivial atmosphere, and it was dusk 🌜as the starting cannon fired.

It took me a while to reach the start line, we were all shuffling rather than running for a while, my focus was completely on the running in front so as not to tread on them! I was impressed by those eager runners who managed to flit in and out of runners to get ahead, I'm sure they were moving through spaces where there really was no space! My fears about pushing and shoving were alleviated, the runners were all very respectful and after a short steep hill 🎒 into the old town we spaced out a bit and I was able to really run. I was really taken by surprise at the amount of people lining the course cheering us on. I happily high fived children πŸ™‹ as I passed and felt as though I was flying! ✈️

My Hill work really paid off as the several short hills seemed irrelevant compared to the long hills I am used to by my home. They came as a welcome challenge where as I could feel many of my fellow runners bulking as soon as they hit the incline. I was also able to fly ✈️ down the hills at speed, simply because I am so used to them. Those who had not yet made hills their friend were understandably tentative on the down hill sections.

Close to the end of my first lap I miraculously saw my husband in the crowd and was able to high five βœ‹ him as I passed, it really gave me a spark of joy as I powered on, with his grin to fuel me.

After my first lap I was overjoyed, Though after the first steep hill of the second lap I developed a nasty stitch in my right side, something I hadn't experienced in quite a while. I was a concerned that I may have overdone it, what with my enthusiasm and the energy of the crowd. I heard Laura πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ tell me to slow down and breath deeply into my belly. I did as she told me and after a minute or so it subsided to my delight. It's amazing how Laura still talks to us even when we're no longer listening to the podcast!!! β€οΈπŸ˜‡β€οΈπŸ˜‡β€οΈπŸ˜‡

It was now dark 🌜as I headed down my last hill towards the home straight. Once again I felt like I was flying ✈️, as I hit the flat I realized I was tired and round the bend with huge cheers from the crowd I ran under a barrier which said 'final sprint.' πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒ

I gave it my all (which wasn't very much by this point) and ran as fast as could towards the Finish lineπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ. When I graduated a month ago I wondered if I could get to the point of completing the Escalade in 30.somehing minutes. As the clock ⌚️on the Finish line came into view, πŸ‘€ it was indeed on 30. Something!!! I ran as fast as I possibly could πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ and the seconds seemed to tick by so quickly yet at the same time so slowly!!!!! As I pushed over the line 🏁, I made it, Just, with a time of 30,54.5 πŸ†πŸŽ–πŸ…!!!

After the finish line 🏁 we were drawn on a warm down walk towards the exit where we were given a beaker of water in a souvenir cup to keep, a souvenir rucksack, hot drinks β˜•οΈπŸ΅ and a banana 🍌 (for those who are not allergic!)

I then headed, on an absolute high to a warm tent to meet my husband πŸ‘«with all my warm clothes. Next year he says we will run it together πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈwhich will be lovely.

When I got home I checked my Nike+ running app which I started and stopped as I crossed the start and finish lines and discovered I'd run it in 30,06!!! πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸ I ranked 494th out of 2031 women. (Very respectable as far as I'm concerned!) I felt very proud to have achieved this seeing as 12 weeks ago, I could get a bad stitch from walking and running for more than two minutes just wasn't possible. I always had the saying that 'life begins at 40' ingrained in my brain, I'm so pleased it's true!!! I'll be 42 in a couple of weeks and I'm now eager to see just what I can achieve next year!!!

Thanks all for being there, πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ I'd never done that race yesterday and had such a great and memorable experience if it wasn't for C25K and the support and comraderie of this forum. I Love and appreciate you all. 😘😘😘❀️❀️❀️😍😍😍XXX

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  • How lovely! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Thank you, yes, it was Fantastic!!!

  • Fantastic run and fantastic report! TerrificπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸΌπŸΎ

  • Thank You 😊!!!

  • Sounds amazing. I love the details in your post ... I felt I was with you every step of the way. Well done πŸ‘ isn't it wonderful that you have inspired your husband... mine is still on the couch! Well done πŸ˜ƒ

  • Thank you!!! Actually my husband has been running for years (and runs MUCH faster than me!) This year he had an injury so couldn't sign up to run. I'm very touched though that he'd like to run with me as he could do a much more serious race if he wanted to! It took me years to get off the couch, so perhaps your husband will follow suit one day. XXX

  • Well done youπŸ‘πŸƒπŸƒπŸ˜Šwhat a fantastic achievement and the photo says it all one very proud lady!! Time is great wow!!! This forum you are right is the best!!! I'm hoping to get out today & still hoping for park run yet!!😊happy running to one very successful runnerπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Šx

  • Thank you!!! Yes am feeling very proud!!! Enjoy your run today and I will look forward to hearing about your Parkrun.

  • Your training on hills sounds good. I know it isn't an option for you 😹😹😹😹

    I have just read articles about how to improve and that's one suggestion and there's a short hill nearby so I will try it. πŸ˜ΌπŸ€”

  • Ooh yes, do give it a go. I hope you grow to Love them as much as I do!

  • Well Done!!!!!! :) - and beautifully written! And such a lovely photo :) I reckon you are a TRIPLE Winner :)

  • Thank you Irish John!!! ☺️☺️☺️

  • Brilliant ! Didn't you do well !!

  • Thank you, was really quite chuffed with myself!!!πŸ˜ƒ

  • Excellent run, well done. Love that the crowd was behind you all the way, it makes such a difference doesn't it? I find it amazing too that in just a few months this is achievable with a very good time. Keep up the running, sounds like it suits you.

  • Thank you!!! Yes it's incredible really, having spent so many years telling myself that running is for 'other' people!!!! It feels like a huge achievement and to my great surprise I think running really does suit me!!!

  • Awesome report!! I could hear the cheering crowds and felt I was running along with you. Fantastic time too, Well done

  • Thank you!!! I can still hear them now!!! πŸ˜ƒ

  • Brilliant Meintheuniverse 😊 what a great race you had. Well done.πŸ˜„I loved reading your report and agree that Laura's words are always there to help.

  • Thank you 😊 I often wonder if the real Laura's life has changed in any way as a result of her having helped so many people and so many people feeling as though they know her!!!

  • A Massive Well done to you , I really loved reading your report, I was running with you !

    It sounds like you had such a brilliant day , taking part in events is just amazing isn't it ?

    I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. Heres to the next one !

    Massive Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing such a positive experience with us . Lovely photo too ! :-) xxx

  • Thanks so much!!! If it wasn't for the positivity of this group I'd never have done it!!! Yes, I'll definitely do another one!!! It was such a joy!!!

  • What a great achievement & inspirational to us who are coming behind you!

  • Thank you!!! You are very close behind me, perhaps you'll start looking out for your first race in the up coming months very soon?!?!?!

  • I'll be happy to graduate, then get to 5k & park run, and yes then looking forward to finding a suitable first ever distance race since school days!

  • You'll be there before you know it!!!!

  • Hopefully starting w8r1 tomorrow!!!

  • Exciting!!!!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  • What an emotional, brilliant post! I felt as though I was running with you. You are a star, seriously well done, mega congratulations winging their way to you. What an excellent time too! Clever you! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»

  • Thank you so much!!! It was an emotional day 😊😊😊

  • It sounds like you had an amazing time! Well done, you. You should be proud! Maybe the 10K in Chamonix in June next year is something you may want to consider :-). Happy running! B

  • Thanks Barbara!!! Yes, I think I am going to aim for the Chamonix 10k!!! Hopefully I will get to meet you there!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ I will be signing up for the 5km Festival Antigel Race of lights today. It's on January 21st and takes place in a park, the park is illuminated by thousands of lights and the runners are encouraged to go illuminated - sounds like a lot of fun!!! How's your running going?

  • Well if you do decide to sign up then we definitely need to meet up! The Angel Race sounds like a lot of fun. And it will probably look amazing with all the lights :-).

    I have now moved on to Bridge to 10K (week 1). In addition I am doing the Advent Running Challenge, which means you exercise for 30 mins, from Dec 1 - 25. Unfortunately I got a slight twinge in my left hip from all the running but I went for a slow run last evening and it feels OK so will go out again today to finish off the first week of Bridge to 10K.

    I set myself a challenge to run for 60 mins by the end of the year AND to run 10K by the end of the year. I think it is do-able but will have to listen to my body :-).

    Happy running. Bx

  • I just went to sign up for the Chamonix 10km and it says I need to get a medical certificate, so I'll get that first (in the New Year) and then sign up. Let's definitely meet up!!!

    I had planned to start bridge to 10k this week after my Escalade race, but now that I've signed up for the 5km Antigel race next month, I'm going to stick with the 5km until then. Hopefully it'll give my ligaments etc a bit more time to adjust to my new lifestyle before I start piling on the km.

    I Love your enthusiasm and am also glad you are listening to your body. A few years back, I started cycling, did too much too soon, ignored my body and gave myself a chronic back injury. I'm so aware that I don't want to repeat that situation that I'm going against my natural inclination and taking this running malarky very slowly. I figure I have all the time in the world, so am going to savour my (slow) progress. Bravo you for doing the advent challenge - that would be too much for me!!!

    I have no doubt you can run for 60 mins and 10km by the end of the year and also listen to your body.

    Really looking forward to meeting you in the summer, and happy running too. XXX

  • Yes, the French want a doctor's certificate for 10k. Personally I think it's a bit over the top but I guess they do this so the organisers cannot be held liable in case something happens. Anyway, it would be great to meeting you in the Summer! Until then, happy running! Bx

  • Lovely run report, I really enjoyed reading that! You've done fantastically well in 12 weeks, really well done!

  • Thank you so much 😊!!!

  • Superb! Your report is great reading. No wonder you're smiling so widely with a time like that. Congratulations.

  • Thank you!!! That smile was before the race!!! I think it was even bigger after πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ƒ!!!

  • Awesome race! I am one very proud sister! U rock! Great inspirational race report. The illuminated run sounds like big fun too! Keep up the good work. Xx

  • Thanks for all your support PoPo. I REALLY appreciate it. πŸ™ 😘😘😘

  • Yeeeeeeeeeeeha ! Great post 😊 Well done! Hills sure pay off ☺

    So, when's the next one? 😊

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