Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I am (still) not a runner. Maybe a little bit.

I am not a runner.

I distinctly remember one day in probably Junior High, running slash limping around the track in some forced exercising, about ready to pass out and literally SWEARING to myself that if I just made myself complete this loop around the track to meet whatever PE requirement we needed to do I would never make myself run again in my life. Ever.

I kept that promise to myself during High School and College by doing fluff PE classes like aerobics and kickboxing and racquetball - anything that didn't require myself to put one foot in front of another in a continuous fast motion moving towards a finish line.

Running to me is boring. Mind-numbingly boring. And painful. I get shin splints. The balls of my feet hurt. Why anyone would want to subject themselves to that type of boringness and painfullness on a regular basis, especially in the name of a hobby, is beyond me.

So that's why seeing myself, in this picture, at a finish line of a race, is pretty much hell freezing over in my world.

I finished my first race ever & I didn't even pass out. And I got a creamie.

So it was only a 10k. My official finish time was (an hour and 15 minutes) which means my pace was 11:51 miles/minute. (That's pretty slow to you non-runners, the winner of the 10k ran a FIVE MINUTE MILE). I finished 888th out of 987 women runners. But I ran almost the whole time. I slowed to almost a snails pace of running a few times to catch my breath but the atmosphere of the race and being among thousands of other runners does wonders to keep up your enthusiasm.

My legs and lungs felt good. I laughed at a lady standing outside in her nightie on 13th east with her hose spraying an arc of water for the runners to go through and cool off. I was accosted by a morning news entertainment reporter with a camera crew trying hard to get to me to accept one of their Krispie Kreme donuts to take with me - he said "I know you have a sweet tooth!!" He was right - but during this 10 kilometers I was running Erin and said no to the donut.

I was grateful to the people that had slept out on the Pioneer Day parade route in downtown Salt Lake City - they cheered for us and clapped as we ran by, and one little girl offered me an ice cold bottle of water straight out of her cooler - I gladly took it around mile 5. Thank you, little random girl!

I blasted Katy Perry and Kesha and Everclear and Selena Gomez (what?!) in my ears as I made my way from the University of Utah down the hills to Liberty Park, barely believing I was where I was doing what I was doing.

Marc had finished before me and took some pictures of me approaching the finish line and about to cross it.

About to cross the finish line

Then I made my way through hoards of other stinky runners to get some orange slices and a popsicle. When I was sticking my shoe out to the timing-chip-cutter-off-guy I kind of realized I had finished a race, a real running race.

I told Marc this still didn't make me a runner.

But I think I am, a little bit.


I picked a winner in the giveaway for the UTA Trax group pass ... congratulations to entry #6 - geecru. I will email you!


  1. You rock! Your pace does not matter. The fact that you suited up and showed up does. You are a runner!

  2. I think it's great that you did this!! I haven't ran more than a 10K, but I've been 'running' for almost 4 years and I finally in the last year have learned to love it. I love being outside, the music, the way I feel after, the excitement and jitters of a race, the feeling of accomplishment. When I see other people running I smile and want to cheer them on :).

    I know you haven't been 'training' that long either. My first race ever was a 5K and I remember finishing it with such pride and thinking what a big deal it was. Now I run that same distance about 3x a week :).

    I'm hoping to do a 1/2 Marathon in the next year if my body cooperates ;).

    And Kesha, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Everclear, Beasie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica ... all on my running playlist. Such trash ;).

    Good job, again!!

  3. *Ahem* I hate to break it to you, but you are, indeed, a runner. :)

    Great job! And you're faster than you think. The five-minute milers are freaks if you ask me. In college, no kids, and time to train like there's no tomorrow. Keep up the pace for the half and you'll be surprised at how much higher you'll be in the standings. I run an 11:30 and I'm almost in the top half of women my age.

    I'm so happy your first race was a good experience; that can make all the difference in the world.

    Keep it up!! :)

  4. I used to be a runner. I used to get that "runner's high" where I would wake up each morning at 4:30 anxious to grab a banana and a slice of toast and head out the door.

    Sadly, I am not a runner any more. I tried it last year, and never got that high back. All I got was pain and lack of sleep and that feeling that I couldn't breathe.

    I gave it up forever. And I'm so ok with that!

    Congrats on finishing your race. No matter how long it takes, crossing that finish line is amazing, right?

  5. I'm totally impressed. Awesome, Erin.

  6. Good for you- keep it up. I love the 10 K, the more you go the better you feel.

  7. congratulations! I am also a new runner after swearing that I'd never do it. I am about 5 months into my training and have my first 10k next month and a half marathon in November. I am completely terrified. Assuming I survive both of those, I am registered for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. You could come :)

  8. Wow. That is a really awesome achievement. Loved hearing your experience. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

    xo -E

  9. Yep, you're a little bit of a runner. Congrats. I'm sure it's way more fun that your original attempts. Enjoy, it's good for you!

  10. WOOOHOOO!!! Congrats! I love that race. Before you know it you will be as sucked in as some of us crazies ;)

  11. You did great! I am just getting back into running, too. My current pace is 13:32 min/mile. So you're better than me! I don't think the pace matters. I think what's important is that we're getting out there and doing it. Congrats on your 10k!

  12. Awesome girl! I dream of being a runner...but then I come to my senses. I've dabbled in it from time to time but I can't get over the boring & painful parts to make it a serious habit. Maybe there's hope for me yet. Congratulations!

  13. Awesome Erin!! I too have taken up running recently, but I really don't love it... I've always sort of loathed it, wondering why the heck people would run, especially in rain, snow, heat, etc.

    In an attempt to get in better shape (and secretly go on a vacation) I challenged my hubby to do the Rock n' Roll Marathon in Las Vegas this December. We're going to do the half-marathon. I sure hope I can work my way up to the 21 K! I'm up to 7 kms now and it seems like such a long off goal... how long did you train for your 10K before you ran it?

    Have you signed up for your next race yet? I hear it can get addicting, this running thing...

  14. Good for you! How much time it took is SO not important. You set a hard goal and accomplished it. Congratulations!

  15. hey runner! good for you! i think it's great that you did this!

  16. Congrats! That is so awesome. I desperately want to become a runner, and I am working on it, but I can't seem to motivate myself at all! Thanks for giving me a bit of yours :) I did manage to do a 5k last week and I am excited to try another one.

  17. Runner or not, your accomplishment is awesome. I'm planning to run a half marathon in September and guess what...your 11:30 pace beats my fastest single mile!!!

  18. You, my friend, are a rockstar. Congratulations! That's awesome.

  19. Like all the rest, I am impressed, and want to congratulate you! You started it and you finished it, and it seems like you might even have enjoyed it! Great job!
    Jacque in SC

  20. [this is good] Good for you! There's something really beneficial about getting out of your comfort zone sometimes.

  21. That's awesome! Last September I attempted to become a runner and was going strong until November, when I found out I was pregnant. Just had my baby a few weeks ago and am anxious to try and start again. Any advice on how to start or a good training program?

  22. DANG!!! You GO girl!!! I married a runner. I ran a little bit when we were dating. That's what a crush makes you do...crazy things for love! ;0

  23. I am so proud of you, toots! As you know, the only place I run to is the bathroom. Love you lots, Mom



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