My First Race [MIMM]

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend.

I’m linking up with Katie to share in some Monday marvelousness.


Marvelous is… running my first race!


As many of you know, on Saturday I ran the Toronto Women’s 10K at Sunnybrook Park. It was amazing to run with hundreds of other marvelous women who clearly motivated me to set my personal best. The course was calming and beautiful… I really wanted to snap pics but I was too focussed! hah!

My heart was beating out of my chest at the starting line. With my adrenaline pumping, I ran the first kilometre a bit too fast. I focussed on my breathing and maintained a good pace for the next while. I hit a bit of a wall at 7km but caught a second wind at 9km and ran my tush off to the finish line!

I tweeted, facebooked and instagrammed a little early so after checking the official results online [here] my updated and official time is 46:40. I placed 10th of 429 runners and first in my age group (20-25 years). I definitely surprised myself (and my parents) as I crossed the finish line about 6 minutes faster than my best training time. Was I not pushing myself hard enough while training?! Nevertheless, I am extremely happy.

Marvelous is… loving and supportive parents.


Love you guys — thanks for supporting me in all that I do and waiting at the finish line!

Marvelous is… running… most of the time.

My running thoughts usually go like this:


Should I go?

Ugh no, I won’t go.

Okay, I’ll go.

I’ll feel better if I go.

During run…

This is hard.


Keep going!

Oh wow I can do this.


That was awesome.

Marvelous is… more races!

I just signed up to run the Color Me Rad 5K on Saturday with my friend Kevin. It looks like such a fun race!


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Marvelous is… working hard and getting better.

Six weeks ago, the furthest I’ve ever run was maybe 5km (3.1 miles) so I am seriously happy with my running progress and want to keep going… half marathon?! Ah just maybe! Running has revived my competitive fire and I am excited to see what other adventures await.

Hope you have a very marvelous Monday :)

ps. These cranberry almond bars are also pretty marvelous! In case you missed the recipe yesterday click here!

Cranberry Almond Bar2



Runners… do you find your race times to be faster than your training times? How do you motivate yourself when you are training on your own? 

What else do you enjoy to stay active? How do you push yourself doing these activities?

What was marvelous about your weekend?

45 thoughts on “My First Race [MIMM]

  1. I was beyond stoked to hear about your race when you tweeted/IG’d on Saturday… Congrats, Amy! As someone who’s always struggled with running, I love hearing stories about people working hard and getting better… makes me feel like someday I’ll be able to do it too ;)

    Happy Monday, girl!

    1. Thank you so so much for all of your social media love :) I truly believe that you can do it too; if you want to then anything is possible.

  2. My running thoughts are almost identical to yours! Except when I am running a longer training run or race I always think to myself, “you get to enjoy a margarita when your’e done”. :)

  3. Congrats Amy on your awesome race!! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the color run. I’ve kind of been wanting to try one. They just sound like fun!

  4. Congrats on an awesome race! I don’t know much about your training but here’s what I can tell you, most of the time your race pace will be quite a bit faster than training. You get excited and pumped at the starting line….nothing beats the adrenaline from race day, that definitely gets you moving quicker. Not to mention having a bunch of people around you, the competitive drive kicks in! It’s an awesome feeling isn’t it?!?!?!

  5. Um HELLO, that is amazing!!! FIRST in your age group for your FIRST race???? So proud of you!!! You’re a natural, girl! I didn’t see your tweets so I was so excited to read your post today and it definitely did NOT disappoint!!

  6. CONGRATS girl!!! SO proud of you! And loving all the running enthusiasm in this post. You can totally do a half marathon! At the beginning of the summer, I could barely do 2 miles, but now I’m up to 9 miles, and I think I could finish the half even it was tomorrow! You should totally do one :)

  7. Congrats! That’s seriously an amazing job. Makes me want to get back into taking running more seriously again ;-) I’ve only ever done one race, but I remember being surprised with my time as well – a good 3-4 minutes fast than I expected. I guess it’s just a good day combined with lots of adrenaline! And I’m sure you’ll have an awesome time at the Colour Run, I’ve always wanted to do one of those!

    1. Thank you!! I’m not sure what I’m going to run after the Color Run. Still thinking about my goals but I will certainly keep you posted :)

  8. Congrats again girl! That must have been so exciting to realize you ran it so much faster than your training runs! Even though I’ve been running for more than 4 years, I’ve actually never run a race. I was always too scared to do one, and then my knee injury happened so I couldn’t. I definitely want to do my first race soon though. If my knee feels up to it, I might actually be doing that Colour Me Rad run on Saturday too!!

    1. Thanks Chelsea, it really was exciting! Oh my gosh please please please let me know if you are going to be running the Color Run on Saturday! Email me?! xo

  9. Congratulations! That is so awesome you did so well! I did my first Color run this summer and it was so fun! You will love it! Also, you should for sure train for a half-marathon. Just do it. :)

  10. Wow!! Placing 1st in your age group on your first race is amazing! Congratulations! You should definitely train for a half marathon – that’s my favorite distance, since it’s such a challenge to complete the distance, but doesn’t completely take over your life like marathon training. And YES, your racing times should definitely be faster than your training times – if they were the same, it would mean you’re overexerting yourself day-to-day, which can lead to injury.

    1. Thanks Megan! And thank you for your insight about the times.. super helpful. After running the 10k, I really agree with your take on the half-marathon distance. I’ll keep you posted :)

  11. Congratulations on your first race!! You did amazing! Cute lululemon top too. :)
    I think running a race gives you that motivation you didn’t realize you had when you were training. It’s neat to see how we can surprise ourselves when we’re in the right state of mind.

    Those bars cranberry almond bars look incredible!!

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