2 Years Ago I Was Getting Ready to Run My First Race!

Two years ago I had started blogging on tumblr and was getting ready to run my first 5K (Color Me Rad)!


Looking back over my January 2013 posts was very interesting for me and I thought I’d share some of the running milestones I was hitting back in January and February 2013:

– I went running outdoors for the first time ever. Previously I had been too self-conscious to run outdoors where other runners might see me and judge me for being too slow and too out of shape.

– I squatted 70lbs for the first time and knocked out seven reps!

– I run/walked 4 miles for the first time ever (at an average pace of 17 mins/mile) and was super proud of that distance PR

– I ran 8 and 1/2 minutes straight without taking a walking break for the first time ever (at 15 min pace)

– I ran a total of 45.5 miles for the month of January and felt proud of that “high” mileage

– On February 2, 2013 I ran my first 5K at Sunlife Stadium in Miami (where the Dolphins play).

I didn’t have a Garmin back then but I did wear my Jawbone UP which says I completed 3.2 miles in 41 minutes.

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At the time I didn’t know anything about course measurements, but I am now highly suspicious of that finishing time because the course was NOT certified and the following two 5Ks that I ran took me 46 minutes (both of those courses were certified and chip timed).

It didn’t matter what my finishing time was though, I was ECSTATIC that I had actually reached my goal of completing a 5K! It was a big accomplishment and turning point in my life with regards to my health and body image.

The following week I ran my second 5K at Zoo Miami and it was tough. I remember crossing the finish line, grabbing a water and sitting down for a long time! I did not want to move to walk to the car!

Since then I’ve knocked off over 8 minutes from my 5K time, ran 3 half marathons, finished 1 full marathon and lost over 30lbs.

I’m proud of my accomplishments so far and excited for what the future holds!

Do you remember what your running goals/milestones were two years ago?
What do you remember most about your very first race?



  1. January 15, 2015 / 5:25 am

    Those are such great accomplishments! It can be so fun to look back at where we started and how far we have come. You have come so far with your running and are still making so much progress!

  2. January 15, 2015 / 6:06 am

    Looking back is always fun, seeing how far you’ve come 😀 And you have had such an amazing progress! And 30lbs?! CONGRATS, GIRL! 😀 You have so much to be proud of. Kind of funny how that first 5K of yours was, now you’re running half marathons that sounds easier than that first 5K was haha 😀

    Two years ago I hadn’t started running (I started fall 2013). My first race was in March 2014 (Berlin half marathon), I ran with my mom and dad. I remember wanting to die after 5km haha, and I remember my brother cheering at us at around 17km or something, and I remember having to go to the “emergency tent” after I crossed the finish line haha xD

  3. Mei
    January 15, 2015 / 7:15 am

    My first race was ZooMiami on Sept 15, 2013. It was a bucket thing kind of deal, and I ran/walked with a final time of 47ish. It gave me the bug, but I didn’t really start running until March/April of last year. This past sunday I ran 5mi in 01:06 and I almost cried. Longest run of my life to date. My not-so-secret goal for this tear is to run a half-marathon, and to sign up for the 2016 MiamiMarathon. *waving from Miami*

  4. January 15, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Congratulations on all of your progress in the past two years! I still remember the first time I ran outside and I remember feeling very self conscious as well. Two years ago I think I had just started training for my first half marathon.

  5. January 15, 2015 / 7:50 am

    Two years ago I wasn’t running yet, I was being lazy and unhealthy! OK, not completely lazy but I didn’t work out.
    My first race….I remember it all too well. 2 standout moments for me. 1: running for 16 minutes straight!!!! 2: being completely elated that I finished…happy tears were there!!
    I have been thinking about doing a throwback race thing and blogging about old races every now and then just so I can remember them forever! I think its cool you have those memories you can pull out.

  6. January 15, 2015 / 8:13 am

    It is crazy how much you have accomplished in 2 years! Actually, it is not crazy. You make goals and work really hard to reach them! I admire you. 🙂

  7. January 15, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Amazing progress. Always enjoy going back over runs abd reminding myself how far we have come, makes me excited to keep going.

    From my first 5k, the thing I remember the most was the emotion I had at the start line. Waiting in the coral, all the other runners, then the national anthem started. Yikes I was a mess, but I got it under control and had a great first race. I’ll never forget that.

  8. January 15, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Wow girl! You have seriously come so far in the past 2 years! I’m so proud of you and feel so blessed to have been a part of your journey! 😀

  9. January 15, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Wow – only two years!!!? You have come such long way in a short period of two. Really, two years is not that long, but you sure have done a lot with that time. It definitely seems as though running has changed your life in a number of ways. Congrats on all of your successes!!

    I guess the biggest difference for me two years ago versus now is that I have transitioned into triathlon. Running is definitely a different beast when doing it after a swim and bike. 🙂 I still remember the day I started “really” running and chasing after my goal of completing a marathon (my first race ever).

  10. January 15, 2015 / 10:10 am

    It’s so fun to look back on how far we’ve come since we’ve started! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished, you’re really doing an amazing job!

    2 years ago I had not yet started running. My first race was technically a Color Run in July 2013, but I don’t really count that since I ended up walking most of it, it is a “fun run” and I didn’t time it at all.

    My first real “race” was a 5K on October 13, 2013 in my hometown in Iowa. I didn’t have any time goal in mind or anything and I was just excited to finally finish my first race. I was ECSTATIC when I crossed the finish line with a time of 29-something – I was so proud of myself for finishing under 30 minutes, I had never expected to do that well. The rest is history!

  11. January 15, 2015 / 10:13 am

    You’ve come such a long way, I love this post! I ran my first race in college when I had other priorities in life and it was definitely a struggle. Struggle bus = I was driving it. Now I value running for so much more than weight management and I hardly recognize my college self. I’ve never posted about my ‘journey’ but you’re inspiring to start sharing a bit more!

  12. January 15, 2015 / 11:14 am

    Those are such amazing accomplishments in the last two years! Way to go. To think that now you’re a marathoner and half-marathoner working to improve those times and head towards an ultra too 🙂

    My first 5K was in June 2010, and I just remember being really nervous and not sure I could run the entire time. Thankfully it was a VERY flat course (on an airport runway) so that helped.

  13. January 15, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    So fun to look back on how far you’ve come in 2 years!!!
    I remember my first race – 9th grade track meet I ran the 400m and was hooked. I planned to be a quarter miler. I signed up for cross country the next year in the fall to start training for track season – the coach encouraged me to go ahead and compete with the team not just practice. Turned out to be one of the best decisions ever!!! (30+ years ago)

  14. January 15, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    How fun to look back! You’ve come a long way. It must feel great to see all that you’ve accomplished in 2 short years.

    2 years ago I was just starting a running routine again after taking 2 months off to deal with really bad ITBS. I knew I wanted to start marathon training in Sept 2013, so I spent January – August *slowly* building a base back from basically nothing. I even went back to C25k in January of that year because I was so scared to overexert myself and get injured again.

  15. January 15, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Wow you have come sooo far in just 2 short years. Just imagine how much farther you have to go:) so much positive vibes and encouragement for the future to you 🙂

  16. January 15, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Amazing accomplishments for such a short time! Like you, I remember being soooo proud when I finished my first 5K! I will always remember that feeling!

  17. January 15, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    I love looking back and seeing how far I’ve come. It helps me keep perspective when I think about what I’m struggling with now. You’ve come a long way and I know you will only continue to improve!

  18. January 15, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Love this post, you’ve accomplished so much in two years . 2 years ago I just came back from Miami after running (orr jogging/walking) Ragnar KW – def was a different Jennifer back then 🙂

  19. January 16, 2015 / 11:27 am

    You have come a very long way in two years. Congrats on the weight loss, it’s so hard coming from disordered eating and being able to get really healthy! You have many great years to come.