Throwback Thursday!


4 years ago today I ran my first 5k.  I remember being so scared the first time and intimidated by all the other runners.  I finished in 33:42.  I still get butterflies when I line up to race but it’s so much more fun now than it was that first time.

My next race is coming up this Saturday up in Granite Bay.  For the first time ever I’m going to not pick up my packet in advance of the race.  Granite Bay is about 45 minutes to an hour from my house so it’s too far for me to drive up there on Friday and pick it up, especially with commute traffic.  I honestly just don’t want to waste the time or the gas getting up there.

I like to have a plan in place for race morning.  I need to know the start time and travel time in advance of the race.  I like to arrive an hour early to make sure that I’m not feeling rushed and have plenty of time to get there.  So the pre-race schedule looks like this:

  • 5am – wake up, shower, get dressed (race clothes may or may not be picked out in advance.
  • 5:20 – breakfast
  • 6:20 – leave the house – travel time is approximately 45 minutes
  • 7:20 – find parking & pick up race packet
  • 8:20 – Have fun and hopefully PR!


Looks like it’s going to be a hot one on Saturday too.  Fingers crossed that the course is somewhat shady.  I’m not real familiar with Granite Bay so I have no idea what it’s going to be like.

Do you have a pre-race schedule?

What was your first 5k?

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday!

  1. My routine is similar to yours in that I like to leave plenty of time so I’m not feeling rushed. I always eat the same thing….a bagel with peanut butter 1.5 hours before and a banana about 20-min prior to gun time.

    My first 5K was a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Your cousin was my coach and fitness trainer and ran it with me.

  2. I usually roll out of bed at the last possible minute on race morning. I also don’t eat before races so that gives me more time to sleep. 🙂 My first race was the HOB Fun Run 5 years ago, this will be my 6th year running it (hopefully) in September. Good luck with your race!

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