Tell us about your first race or when you plan to start!
My first race was a Susan G. Komen 5k in downtown Lansing, and I personally believe there is no better place to start racing than an event like this. I have been doing this race for 8 years now, and it is such an amazing experience.
An event like Susan G. Komen is so welcoming to a new or inexperienced runner. The whole point is to be there, supporting a cause, rejoicing with survivors, celebrating the lives of those who have been lost, and to champion the hope for a cure, and the run is just an added bonus. But it is just a very friendly, supportive place to run I feel.
I didn’t realize this until I went out to my first non-charity run, which was a 10k. I felt so out of my element and so intimidated. The runners were there to RUN, get PR’s, crush previous times, and beat out as many people as they could. I ended up running a great race that day, but it was just a different feel than I had been used to. ( I must note that I do feel much more comfortable at all races now that I have a few under my belt).
But, there will still be nothing like that feeling of your first race, and it was just extra sweet for me that I was running for a cause 🙂