My First Race!!!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 14, 2009

GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t get this stupid grin off my face and I still haven’t taken my medal off!!


Is it normal to be this excited about running a 10k race!?!? :D

I had the TIME OF MY LIFE today! I seriously did.

Every second was truly amazing and I finally had the chance to run a race that I have been planning for a LONG time.

I FINALLY got redemption for my injury this winter that put me out of ALL and ANY exercise for 2 whole months.


Check out this VIDEO recap I put together (took me a LONG time so I hope you enjoy it!!)

In this video you will find out:

  • How the morning of the run went
  • How the race went
  • My finish time
  • My placing
  • Pictures + commentary galore!


And here are a few pictures…

Around 8am this morning after dropping off my bars to the finish line…

Can’t you just feel the excitement seeping out of my skin!?!?


At the start area! We were SO early, but at least we weren’t rushed!! IT WAS HOT. As in 28C/82F hot and not a cloud in the sky!


Warming up…in wine country walking the hills!!


Yea, so about them hills, eh!

Well, about 15 minutes before the race someone goes to me:

“So the hills on this route are CRAZY hard, eh??”

And I was like…ummm crap. Guess who forgot to check the route map this week!!! ME! But in my defense, the race organization didn’t even have the route posted until this week apparently. I was checking it and checking it for weeks prior to and then this week was SO busy I just forgot.

So this man tells me how hard the 10k is going to be with these ‘hellish hills’. He said there were 5 huge hills in it.

Here I was thinking that wine country would be FLAT. I was SO wrong. So so wrong.

I went to the bathroom 4 times (and could have gone 5 but I ran out of time! lol). I needed to stay hydrated as it was so hot!!! I think I drank about 7-8 cups of water before the race (over about 5 hours though).


Starting line!!! I was lucky to get near the front of the pack:


Wearing necklaces with an Ipod was a bad idea…they got tangled around my ipod cord (left pic)!!

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Luckily Eric got them out after the race (right pic)!!!

My new tee my hubby bought me! :D I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! So me!!!




All runners got two of these wine glasses– I love them!


I am exhausted! So you will have to wait until tomorrow for parts 2 and 3 of the recap!!


I still can’t believe that I placed 3rd in my division, 19th out of 199 women, and 39th overall. I truly surprised myself.


I guess all of the intense cross training workouts paid off! It just goes to show that you don’t have to run 5 days a week to have a huge pay off! I think I ran once in the last 2 weeks– crazy huh??

I am just floating on a cloud right now and probably will be for a while. :D

Ok back to this…


I have totally crashed and burned tonight!

The past two weeks have been nothing short of crazy busy for me and it really hit me tonight when I got home! I need rest and recuperation!!!

See you tomorrow for race recap #2 and #3!

I will be showing you everything I ate the night before and day of the race!

I will also give you a blow by blow of the race itself and how I felt!!


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{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 14, 2009 at 8:27 pm

You are amazing!!! i’m so beyond proud and impressed :)


Marcia June 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Hey, that’s an AMAZINGLY good place to finish! Especially at your (young-ish) age, where the competition is probably fierce! Not surprising with your treadmill workouts. You’ve inspired me to try treadmill hill walking, and about 10% at 3.5 mph is my limit, and I certainly can’t go for an hour.

Great job!


TorontoGirloutWest June 14, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Yaaayyy good for you!

And how jealous am I that you got an actual medal for a 10K? I did one last year and only got an intense feeling of satisfaction! Hahahah! ;)

But I am looking forward to the finisher’s medal for my half this fall.


Jocelyn June 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

awesome Angela!!!!!!!! CONGRATIONSSSS wow you finished in AMAZING TIME :D Looks like you had a fab day to run!!!!


Eri June 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm

mann. i would have been hot. lol.
but tremendously good job. and not only did you run a 10k you looked cute while doing it!:]wlking on an incline probably helped with those hills. I think you have inspired me to run/walk more. I’ve been thinking about running a race or something but my workouts are sporadic in regularity and intensity. lol


april June 14, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Good job Angela! I’m so happy for you!


Sarah June 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Ange, that’s awesome!! What a great time! As I was reading this, I was absolutely grinning from ear to ear. I’m so happy for you!

You seriously are so inspiring. Reading this post made me want to do a road race.

Rest up. You’ve definitely earned it.


Hannah June 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Wow that’s amazing! Congrats Angela! You are so inspiring at that time is so good!


Hannah June 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm

*and that time (oops!)


Eric June 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Congrats Ange! I’m so proud of you! I was very impressed with how quick you got to the finish line… 39th overall!!!


Priyanka June 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

3,19 and 39 are awesome. I am so impressed!! All your hardwork paid off! Congratulations!!


Help Meghan Run June 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Ahh congrats! :) That is so exciting, and pumps me up even more for my big half marathon in October. Enjoy the aftermath!


[email protected] June 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Congratulations Angela! You did such a great thing today. Enjoy the rest.


kim June 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Congrats!!! Very exciting and what a great finish! I’m really encouraged by your time and place with all the cross training. My knees are a mess right now and I really miss running. This gives me some hope that I can still maybe do some races/triathlons and not have to do all that running to get it done.


carolinebee June 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm

congrats Ang!!!!!!


meghan June 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm

CONGRATS ANG! Loved the video recap…and the wine tee!! haha enjoy your deserve it!


elliebelle June 14, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Congratulations on the AWESOME finish! You have really inspired me to keep working out and maybe some day I can even do a race! I guess you never know! WAY TO GO!!!


Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum June 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

you did SO AMAZING. i love your outfit it is so cute and a great marketing device too! Hope you have a relaxing evening.. you deserve it! <3


Run Sarah June 14, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Congratulations! Great time and awesome race!!


Diane June 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Congratulations on your awesome run! You will be hooked for life now, and you’ll be signing up for all kinds of races. I’m 45 (really?) and still get nervous/anxious when a race is about to begin, and I still am SO elated with my accomplishment when the race is over! Go Angela!!!


Marian June 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Congratulations! That course was SOOOO hilly….and in the heat of that sun today…everyone deserved those medals today!

Congratulations on your great finish!


Angelea (Cabin Fever Feast) June 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Congrats! Loved the video! It felt like we were right there with you.


Amanda June 14, 2009 at 9:39 pm

awwwwwww congrats!! I’m happy for you!


Megan June 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Congrats! That’s awesome :-)


Georgia June 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Congrats! Good time! Wow! I ran my first 10k on Saturday and had so much fun!! I ran it in 64 minutes.. I was the slow lady you passed early on.

Glad to see someone else gets as much of a kick out of it as I do!


Amie June 14, 2009 at 9:51 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! What an accomplishment! :)


N.D. June 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Great job for your first race! loved the video.


Christina June 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Congrats, you did amazing!!! It looks like such a beautiful course too.


Gillian June 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

CONGRATS! Impressed with your motive, and even more the wonderful fund raising you did at the same time!


Bec June 14, 2009 at 10:15 pm

congrats on a super race!


Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) June 14, 2009 at 10:21 pm

congratulations! way to rock it out – 3rd place in your division is AH-MAY-ZING :)!


Lindsay June 14, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Congratulations!!! You deserve to be so proud of yourself!


Kristen June 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Congratulations on your amazing race Ange! You have worked so hard and should be so proud of youself!


Sherri June 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

hooray for you!! and i love your new t-shirt. i’m still trying to find a way to enjoy wine and train for my marathon…


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) June 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!


ttfn300 June 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

CONGRATS!!!! a stellar run ;) it’s amazing how good you feel after a race, isn’t it?

i’m SO sorry i didn’t get to participate in your fundraising, things have been so hectic i lost track of time :(


Steph Runs the City June 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm

congrats on the race, angela! it’s such a great feeling when you’re done :) way to go!


Katherine June 14, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Congratulations Ang! Can’t wait to read the future recaps!


Victoria June 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Congrats! I am beyond impressed!


Nicole June 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm

AWESOME!!!! I would love to do a race. My sister did her first marathon EVER this (she had only done 5ks) and it was the Boston Marathon. I don’t know how you guys do it. Running is like torture.


chrissy endicott June 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Congrats Angela! Awesome job. I ran my first 10k this weekend too. I finished in an hour and 3 minutes….I was hoping for under an hour but maybe next time :) Love your blog. Great job with the fundraising!!


Logan June 14, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Good for you!!!! So proud of you, Angela!!!


Katrina (gluten free gidget) June 14, 2009 at 11:24 pm

YAY!!!! How did the bars go over? BTW… I love how the other racer ended his sentence in the stereotypical Canadian, “eh?”! hahahaha


robert underwood June 14, 2009 at 11:38 pm

hi my name is robert john underwood i am a one of the stupidest guys on the entire world i love a girl to death and i messed it up this is her most favorite web site so i was hoping you could help me with this well you see me and her had this plan on moving up to tallahassee fl and i made a facebook to keep in touch with some of the co workers of mine then one of my co workers asked for my email and password on it and i gave it to him but only because he wanted to see if some girl blocked him but comes to find out that he added alot of girls that go to a school by my work and i never have been on there sence he did that so i didn’t know he did this and then i got a text message from a number one day and i texted back saying who is this and then i started talking to this person thats were i was stupid i texted this person for a while but i don’t know why i did and this girl was friends with my girlfriends friend so she texted her saying that i have been texting another girl so my girlfriend called me and thats when it all started my life started to just stop i have been trying for her to believe me but she won’t everytime she does she worrys about what her parents will think she tells me i have to write an apology to her parents so i did 2 pages i think her parents don’t want us to be together reason number 1 they want her rent to be alot cheaper when she moves 2 i don’t think they like me so i was wondering if you could possible help me out with this situation i really love this girl to death.


Amanda June 14, 2009 at 11:38 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! Sounds like a really great experience and your time is super impressive (especially with those hills!!) Looking forward to the rest of your recaps!


robert underwood June 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm

oh yeah by the way congrats on your race i knew that ment alot to you i hear about it from my girlfriend all the time she loves you


MarathonVal June 14, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Congrats on your race!! WOW you must be so speedy!!! That’s so amazing.

Also, once you open your own store out there, I think you should strongly consider opening a branch in Chicago. There is definitely a market for healthful, delicious baked treats, and then I wouldnt have to drool all over my computer every time I see a picture of one of your yummy looking desserts!!


Christina June 15, 2009 at 12:05 am



Mona June 15, 2009 at 12:19 am

woo hoo!!


emily June 15, 2009 at 12:31 am

congrats! I wouldn’t even have to place to be excited about a 10k :)


Sarah June 15, 2009 at 12:49 am

Congrats Angela! I just ran my first race ever on Saturday!


Sara June 15, 2009 at 1:04 am



Carine June 15, 2009 at 1:40 am

Congrats on your first race!


Katharina June 15, 2009 at 1:57 am

Congrats on finishing and doing so well on the race! It must be an incredible feeling to know you finally accomplished something you’ve been preparing for (and looking great!). You go girl!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous June 15, 2009 at 3:20 am

Congrats girlie! Great video. Your bars looked awesome on the table next to everything else. You did great today!


lauren June 15, 2009 at 5:08 am

your amazing and inspiring :) congrats ange!!


sarah (ghost world) June 15, 2009 at 5:53 am

congratulations, angela! not only did you run a fantastic race (and showed that you don’t have to kill yourself training to do so) but your charity efforts were really amazing and inspiring. AWESOME JOB!!


Lizzie June 15, 2009 at 6:58 am

Haven’t looked at the video yet, but I did see the start and was immediately hooked when you said the forecast in celcius – thank you! :) I love running/racing in the sun too. Congrats on your race – it sounds like you had an amazing time!


caitlin June 15, 2009 at 7:31 am



Lynn June 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

Congrats on your awesome time in the race and on all the money you raised for the CCS!!! Looks like you had an awesome time yesturday!


Melissa June 15, 2009 at 8:37 am

You rocked it!!!! Congrats Ange!!!


ari June 15, 2009 at 8:59 am

congratulations!!! you really are such an inspiration!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

Congrats Angela!!! That is SOOOOO AMAZING!!! I’m so hard of how hard you pushed yourself and how well you did. I’m sure it was definitely worth all that effort. GREAT JOB! :D :D :D


Jenn June 15, 2009 at 10:04 am

So impressive and a true inspiration! I’ve been toying around with the idea of doing the Detroit Free Press Marathon 5-person relay with a group of friends and now you’ve truly planted the seed for me!


Annie D. June 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

OH MY GOSH! Good job!!! I almost DIE during 5k’s… I can’t even imagine a 10k!!! What was on your ipod playlist???


DAD June 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Great job Angie!! WE are so proud of you and your determination to achieve your goals. What a girl!!!! Love, DAD


gliding calm June 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm

i loved the recap!!! congrats Ange!! That is so awesome!!! I bet the hills were a killer…but you MADE IT!! So cool you got to have Oh She Glows Bakery goodies out there too! I bet that’s going to be great for business!!!


Nicole June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Congrats!!!!!! That looks like such a fun race. Way to go!!!!


Lauren @ Team Giles June 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

YOU GO!!!! You’re awesome, I am totally happy for you. I love the race excitement, its the best!


Kath June 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Congrats on the race Ange!! (Clearly I’m way behind in blog reading…)


Eliana >^..^ November 16, 2009 at 8:02 pm

WOW!! So proud of you! You go girl!!

What type of running watch do you have? Is it very important to keep track of your HR? How much was that special running watch?


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