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I really enjoyed reading all these comments. My first HM is in September, however my training has me do 13.5 miles two weeks before my official race. I was also one of those people who said I would never do anything more then a 5k, but as I advanced and grew I realized I had consistently challenge myself. I still remember the very first time I completed 3 miles, my wonderful husband when out with me and encourage me to continue going, while I complained the whole way I couldn't do it! So yes, I will always remember my first 5k and 10k, and I am pretty sure I will remember my first HM. For every race I do, weather it is 3 miles, 6 miles or more I am proud of myself. I am proud to pass on my healthy lifestyle with my kids and now have the joy of watching my 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son complete 5ks! They both are amazing little athletes and it fun to see them start so young and enjoy the sport where I continue to struggle and push myself everyday.

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Personally, I don't think it's purely about the half marathon.
The 'firsts' were special because they were the first time I was able to achieve a distance that was new to me and felt like I had gained the realisation that I could do that. That occurred with the first 5km, the first 10km, the first 15km and the first half.
But they were certainly not the best experiences of those distances. They were just the first step in experiencing them. One I achieved the first one and realised I could do them, I found myself thinking about how I could do them better. Then, over time, I began to learn how to choose my races more selectively - certain courses are more enjoyable than others. I still do enjoy getting a medal as I cross the finish line, but I like those types of rewards, the way I like spark trophies. It's not the only reason I run a race. I run a race because it gives me the motivation I need to train.
If I was to choose the 'best' distance, for me it is still the 10km. But, that may be because I'm still getting used to the longer half marathon. I have to say that the feeling of fulfilment in running 13.1 is great, but the discipline involved in doing such long runs every week is hard. The 10km is a little more manageable time wise when it comes to training. I'm also finding that now I enjoy the 5km and 10km distances because I can focus on speed. I guess I like the variety in terms of what training the different distances require. Then again, perhaps once I'm used to the half marathon distance, I'll find myself wanting to run even further and begin training for a marathon, and the two hour half marathon distance will feel like nothing.

Finally, with regards to the issue of when you truly become a runner. I think it's the moment you take your first step in your first training session towards your first race, whatever the distance, simply because I know what discipline and will power it took me to do that years ago when I felt so un-athletic. I may be considered a 'serious' or 'hard-core' runner now, but that's simply because I've proven to the people around me that I can do it. In my first race, the only person who believed in my ability was me. To me, that's pretty hard-core.

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I completed my first half marathon yesterday. It was part of the Deseret News Classic which started as a marathon in 1970 (one of the oldest in the Western US). They added a 10K some time ago, added the half last year, and added a 5K this year. Takes place on Pioneer Day (July 24 which was a Thursday this year) and occurs on whatever day of the week it falls on (bumped to Monday when itís on a Sunday). The organizers have been doing this for 45 years now and really do a top notch job.

Salt Lake City is part of the Wasatch Front where a string of cities are located right on the edge of the Wasatch Mountain range and like many local long distance races, they start the race up one of the canyons and you have a nice long downhill down the canyon and foothills to start the race. Yesterdayís race dropped about 1700 feet overall with about 1500 of that in the first 10 miles.

Race started promptly at 6AM and we rode buses up to the starting area arriving about 5AM. According to the result page there were a bit under 900 finishers. We were all milling around stretching, warming up, getting items into bags to be picked later at the finish and about half an hour away from the start, a sudden squall came up with strong winds and steady rain and with pretty much all of us dressed for the summer (it was 103 the day before) we wondered what we were in for, but the squall ended as quickly as it started. Most of the race ended up being under cloudy skies until the last couple of miles which made things quite pleasant.

During the race, we shared some parts of the route with the marathon runners. The marathon started 30 minutes before the half and their lead runners started overtaking our race with a few miles to go and of course were blazing by us as they passed.

I started off at a fairly fast pace (tough to keep the speed slow when going downhill) was a bit under a 10 minute pace the first couple miles, kept pace between 10:30 and 11:00 the next 7 miles then started slowing. Had three mid 11 minute miles, but then really hit that dreaded wall taking over 13 minutes on the last mile. The last couple of miles are along the route of a parade that starts later in the morning and even with the parade crowds cheering the runners on, I simply had nothing left in the legs and slowly jogged (didnít have to walk at least) to the finish line at Liberty Park where we enjoyed post-race treats including ice cream, fruit, French Toast, and trail bars as well receiving the traditional medals to hang on our wall.

I wound up with a time of 2:26:13 which is of course a PR since itís my first time. Average mile came out to 11:09 (a bit short of my goal of 11:00 but my biggest goal was to finish without having to walk). I feel pretty good given that I just started running at the first of the year and couldnít have run one continuous mile at this time last year. Iím quite tired today and legs are certainly sore, but I feel WONDERFUL for my achievement and after a rest day or two, Iíll be ready to get back out there getting ready for more races this fall. Thereís a 10K I think Iíll do in early September and I think Iíll tentatively register for a half taking place in mid-October. Think if I can get a few more half marathons under my belt and get my times down that next year I might shoot for the full marathon on Pioneer Day.













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7/12/14 12:35 P

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I love all the comments on here so far. I think the first half marathon is the most memorable for me because I was NEVER a runner before. I have been overweight since...forever, and when I lost some and then gained it back, I was incredibly frustrated. While I was lighter, I tried running but never really felt able to get into it, so when I gained some back I had totally given up. A friend was visiting and told me that anybody could do a half marathon, and convinced me to sign up for the Vegas Rock n' Roll. So the training began and because she believed I could do it, I actually did. The pride I took from this experience made it the most memorable. I even cried as I crossed the finish line.

That being said, I would like to comment on a couple things that have been said on here:

For one, a 5k is not the lesser of the races, and a t-shirt can be a worthy prize for people who are learning to run. It is something to put on when you go out for a regular, nightly run that gives you confidence in your ability to push through the pain. It tells you that, "yes, I've done this, and I'll do it again." Putting down someone who has "only" run a 5k while pushing a stroller is a terrible thing to do to someone else's sense of accomplishment. I ran a 5k with my brother while he pushed his twins in a stroller and I can tell you I was amazed at how well he ran the whole time. There is a great issue of Runners World devoted to the 5k, and how competitive they can be. Check it out.

And as for a medal being the only reason to run a race - The only medals that really matter are the ones you earn when you win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Any other medal you GET after running a race is one you paid for when you signed up.

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My first half will always be memorable, being my first -- but with that being said, I had no clue what I was doing. I vividly remember crossing the finish line and had literally no clue if I finished in a "good time" or not! A few years later I ran a very challenging half -- it felt like hills, hills, hills the entire way, which that being said this half is my most memorable to date.



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My first half-marathon was memorable only because it was so awful! I didn't train right nor do any sort of fuel and was completely zonked at the end. My second is more memorable because of the gift of age and maturity that led me to proper training, lol. Plus, it was a pretty quiet local affair and I got to chat with a lot of runners along the way. Loved it. My third is coming up in September, and as I get more comfortable with the distance, I think I'll enjoy them more and more. As for memories so far, I tend to negate the first and go right to the second, more enjoyable one. Good question.

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CATIATM, I disagree with your idea that HM is where one starts getting "street cred". I have never heard anyone say anything like that before. Like I said earlier, HM is a very arbitrary distance. For instance, a 10M is shorter but requires training and understanding of things like hydration. (A 10K, not really.)

If there's any awe ("street cred"), I think it starts with marathons and goes up from there to various ultra distances. For instance, 50K runners know that anyone can do a 50K (it's all about pacing) but they genuflect before the 100M crazies.

Your comment ("I don't get out of bed for less than a medal") reminded me of a 5K that I recently attended. It was the goal race for a couch-to-5K program and everyone got a medal. Whether or not they go on to longer races, most of them will treasure the memories of how difficult that race was for years to come if not the rest of their lives.

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In my case, my first HM was eventful at the time. As time passed by, it became a dull memory. I actually forgot where my first HM was, and had to look it up before I replied to this thread, so I guess it wasn't so important. I'm always looking for new challenges, so what is next always takes first place in importance.
So, no, I'm not one of those who places a great deal of importance on that first HM.

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That's a good question, PASTAFARIAN, and admittedly difficult to answer! I'm not saying the half was any more special than my first 5k or my first full marathon will be. But in comparison to other halfs, I know it'll be the most important. I've found that, as runners, we attach a lot of meaning to runs and races that would be meaningless to other people. I did a charity 5k a few weeks ago with like 20 other runners that was completely insignificant except that it was the first time I ever ran a 5k under 30 minutes. It will always be special to me as a result. My first training run in fresh, fluffy snow felt like a huge, amazing victory. It's burned in my brain and the most joyous run I've ever had.

My first half was important, in large part, because it seemed at the beginning like a completely insurmountable distance. It may not be THE longest distance, or one in which there's a lot of famous runners. But as a person who has never in my life been athletic, it was the first time I really had to commit myself to training for an athletic event. I didn't even really train for my first 5k, per se. I just sort of ran until I could kind of do it. But I put real effort into training for that race, through lots of bad weather, lots of doubt, and lots of self-consciousness. In doing so, I truly became a person I never expected to be. That'll be hard to beat.

Also, I know it all sounds utterly cheesy. :)

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Really good insights that are helping me to understand this issue.

But how is a HM different than any other distance in the sense of that first being so special? To me, 13.1 always seemed rather arbitrary. For all the people saying they'd never run a step, I would think that ones first race (presumably 5K) would have a heckuva lot more meaning than some arbitrary distance like a HM.

I have to admit that when I was a new runner, I never saw a HM as a goal. Consider:
- It's not an Olympic event or in typical track meets.
- There are no famous HM runners.
- It doesn't figure in history.
(And the first HM I did as a race gave neither shirts or medals.) I remember the first time I contemplated signing up for one, I was thinking "Why would anyone run half of something?"

Don't get me wrong. Since then, 13.1M has become my fav race distance - but that has more to do with the fact that it doesn't require the lengthy training that marathons do and a HM doesn't grind you down so much that you can't go out and do another the following weekend if you really want. I'm merely saying that my first HM didn't have any special meaning and I'm still having trouble understanding why anyone would simply assume that it should - particularly compared to any other race distance.

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I know my first will always be the most special because it was one year to the day from the day that I took my first steps as a runner. Like ELISEL, prior to that day I was inactive, overweight, and unhappy. My entire life changed in the year between my first steps and my first half, and the joy and pride I felt at the finish line will be impossible to replicate as a result.

It helps that I totally killed it, too. :)

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My first HM was the Maryland Half Marathon in Fulton MD. It featured a killer of a hill around mile 5. It was a challenging course but I plowed through. By mile 10 I was right behind the 2:05 pacer. But soon after that I felt pain. Lots of it behind my left knee. I have since been informed that it was my hamstring. It hurt like hell for about two days then was gone. Forever. So far.

I couldn't throw in the towel because I had alread paid for full marathons in October (Baltimore) and November (Savannah).

No my first was not that enjoyable.

It's kind of like sex like that. While you never forget your first, it becomes much better once you have an idea about what you are doing.

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This is a good thread topic. I was pondering this actual question as I did my second HM last weekend, which I killed!

My first was important to me for the accomplishment. I had a good race, I trained hard, everything had to be perfect, and it was. That was the problem because I put so much stress on myself. It will be memorable, but my problem came post-race, and the enjoyment never came. I hit the wall after the finish line.

My second HM, I had no pressure or expectations, just to have fun and enjoy the day. I already knew I would make it, and I knew what worked for me. I still had the sense of accomplishment, but this time, I enjoyed the camaraderie, and the post-party.

My next HM will be all about challenging me, through training, and pacing. Now I feel like I have legs under me and I know what I am doing. I will definitely enjoy the process.

My first 5K was timed, but a small and personal town race. WOW, it was great to have the neighbors coming out and cheering everyone on. It will always be special. I was exhausted after that first race, and having to run around the track to finish, I felt like I was not going to make it. It is hard to believe how far I have come in fitness. Now I use 5Ks for training and fun, and they will never be as special as the first 5K.

So far, my first 10K is a big deal to me too. Small and personal, with a personal achievement. It really was important because I had no idea I could do so well at that point in my running time. I was still learning the intricacies of training.

My first 5M (2nd race) was in a horrific tornadic storm, so I will always remember that I came in under 60 mins because of the adrenaline rush. I am still looking for a first 10M.

Firsts are important, but they say have a goal to finish and no more. Good advice. I was overthinking my HM.


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My first half marathon was the most important to me because I had gone from a lazy obese couch potato to a runner. I had never run a step in my life until I found the C25K program when I was 36 years old. And here I was a year and a half later running a half marathon. To me it was something that showed how very far I had come in turning my life around as far as my health and well being went.

Since then I've run halfs that I've done better, ones that I liked the course better, and ones that I had more fun or felt better, but that first one will always have a special place for me.

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I usually just feel a sense of accomplishment - not extremely happy or sad. For me, everyday running and races are a way to have fun while keeping fit not the sole goal of my workouts, so I'm simply satisfied with doing the work.

The advantage of races is someone handing me water and feeding me at the end, as well as a new shirt :)

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I have to say that my first half was the worst! From mile 4 to the end, it is one miserable, painful memory. Maybe that is why each subsequent one has been so much more satisfying. (Even those that I ran injured)

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I would be curious to see what others have to say about their races. For some reason, others seem prouder and more excited over their half marathons, than I do. I am not sure if I minimize them a bit because I walked them or is there some other reason. I just know that I do feel some pride in having completed a half marathon, but not as much as I expected.

Others seem to say that having lost the weight they wanted to loose, they gained self esteem and so much more. I can't say that and I wonder why sometimes. I swear I am a bit crabbier. Sometimes I am hungry, and that makes me crabby. I actually feel a little more vain now that I am at a healthy BMI, as I have more flab on my stomach then ever, but some may be loose skin or something.

Not sure this is all related, but I just always feel like I feel differently than others, or maybe differently than I "should" when I accomplish something.

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I regularly see statements like "Your first HM is the most rewarding" and similar sentiments. I'm wondering if people really believe this or are just saying it without thinking. Or maybe I'm missing something?

Personally, I've found the opposite to be true. I enjoy my HMs so much more now that I know what I'm doing, am not worried by the race, pace, breakfast, can focus on the fun things, scenery, people, etc.

I've also become better at choosing races that I like or that make sense for me. My first HM was the wrong one for a first. I chose it for the wrong reasons. I still sign up for races that are not appropriate (e.g., doing it just to support friends), but I go into them understanding why I'm going and have few expectations about them being otherwise rewarding.

I went through the same thing with my first 10K and first marathon as well. If I had to lose all memories of either my first or last races at all distances, it would be my firsts! I don't even remember my first 5K or 10M which I guess goes to show that I'm living up to my claim!


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