Race Recaps: Marisa’s 5K

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Name:  Marisa

Location:  New Jersey

Age: 32

Race:  Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K

Personal Tidbit:  Married and mother to two beautiful boys

My first 5K 

In Her Own Words:


Yesterday, I ran the 6th Annual Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K in Haddonfield, NJ.  I had two goals in mind – not to finish last and to run the entire time.  Well, I can proudly say that I was able to accomplish one of my goals:  I did not finish last.


I have been training by running/walking so the running the entire time was a bit of a hefty goal and one that I’m not upset I didn’t accomplish.  I have to admit that I was really scared.  I felt like I was way out of my league.  I only started running the beginning of this year so this is all very new to me.  I tried my best to push all those feelings aside and remember that I have trained well for this.  I could do it. 


I heard a girl next to me say to her friend, "I’m so scared….everyone looks so serious."  Oh my Goodness – she took the words right out of my mouth.  Just hearing those words come out of a complete stranger made me feel so much better because others could relate to me. 


The air horn blared and everyone was off.  I just completely zoned out to my music and got into my pace.  I passed the 1st mile marker at 11:30.  The 2nd mile was pretty rough for me, I could feel my hip that has been bothering me for the past month and my breathing was all out of whack so I took a lot of walking breaks.  My 3rd mile was better and once I saw the finish line approaching I gave it everything I had.  I finished in 37:11 (chip time) and was 811 out of 847 finishers. 


I’m really proud of myself for what I have accomplished in 2 1/2 months.  I’m ready for more- in fact, I have my 2nd 5K this coming Saturday the 26th.  Now lets see if I can accomplish my second goal of running and improve my overall time!


Race Recaps is a new blog series!  The posts will feature stories from readers + other bloggers who just completed races of all distances and paces… including 5Ks, Marathons, Ironmen, and Triathlons.  If you have a story of an epic recent race, send the recap + picture to caitlinjboyle@gmail.com.



  • Marisa E March 20, 2011, 7:07 pm

    WOW!!!! Can’t stop smiling 🙂 Thanks again Caitlin!

    • Kelley March 21, 2011, 7:27 am

      This was just what I needed to see this morning! I am running my first this Saturday! Yay, Marisa!

      • Kelly @meatlesswithaman.blogspot.com March 21, 2011, 10:57 am

        ME TOO!! Marisa, this is really what I needed today. I am also running my first 5K this coming Saturday (the 26th) and funny enough have the same goals as you – to run the whole time and to not finish last!! I am hoping I can have as good of a time as you did – I’m thinking I’ll be closer to 40 minutes though. Congrats on an awesome race!

  • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor March 20, 2011, 7:10 pm

    Congrats, Marisa!

    I really like this series idea. I love how you always encourage people to celebrate their accomplishments, whether it’s finishing their first 5k or PR-ing their 242748th marathon.

  • alison March 20, 2011, 7:12 pm

    Congratulations, Marisa! Good luck at your next 5k!

  • Kelsey March 20, 2011, 7:12 pm

    Congrats Marisa!! What a huge accomplishment. I have recently began running myself and hope to compete in my first race over the summer. 🙂

  • caryn March 20, 2011, 7:13 pm

    sweet story! that’s an awesome accomplishment…especially for preparing in just 2 1/2 months!

    great idea for the series overall too! fun fun!

  • Caitlin March 20, 2011, 7:14 pm

    Yay Marissa! I am so proud of you for completing your first of many fun races.

    Thank you for sharing your story on HTP!

  • Emily March 20, 2011, 7:24 pm

    Beautiful, Marisa! I too am a new runner, and even though I’ve done a few 5ks, I am still amazed every time I get through one single mile. It’s not easy, but the feeling of accomplishment is wonderful, as you know. Keep it up!

  • Kris @ tryingtotri March 20, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Way to go Marisa!

    The first race is always scary, and fun, and amazing! You did great!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 20, 2011, 7:52 pm

    this is such a great idea, caitlin! I love hearing race recaps, and an excited beginner story always gets me pumped up!

  • Sarah for Real March 20, 2011, 7:52 pm

    Great job Marisa! Huge smile over here. I did my first 5k last fall and remember feeling mad at some of the other runners for being so serious when I was just there for fun. Nice finish time! Got a second race in mind yet?

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad March 20, 2011, 7:53 pm

    What a great idea!

    Great job Marisa!!!!

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life March 20, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Hi Marisa, I’m Marisa!!!! Too funny! And also, a married mom of 2 and a runner! I don’t live far from you, either (Philly)!
    I can totally relate to your feelings. I was so nervous for my 5k! Congrats on a great finish and wonderful accomplishment!

    • Marisa E March 20, 2011, 8:36 pm

      I read your blog everyday Marisa 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 20, 2011, 8:05 pm

    Congratulations, Marisa!!

  • Michelle March 20, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Congrats Marisa!!! What an amazing accomplishment!!

  • Whitney March 20, 2011, 8:14 pm

    I love this series!! Thank you for posting this. I am getting ready to do my first road race –a 5k. It is nice to know I am not alone in my worry. It is only 3 miles but 3 miles is very far for someone that has only seen running since early February. Congrats Marisa! Virtual high five!

    • Erin March 20, 2011, 8:29 pm

      Good luck Whitney!

    • Caitlin March 21, 2011, 9:38 am

      Virtual high five!

  • Samantha March 20, 2011, 8:14 pm

    Great job, Marisa! That’s awesome that you achieved such a great goal, and you’re doing another race in a week! Good luck!

    And great idea, Caitlin! I’m looking forward to seeing more stories!

  • Erin March 20, 2011, 8:28 pm

    Yay Marisa! Keep us posted on the race! So proud of you! PS LOVE the idea of this new segment

  • Marisa E March 20, 2011, 8:37 pm

    Thank you so much everyone!!! You are all so sweet 🙂

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 20, 2011, 8:39 pm

    What an awesome series, Caitlin! And congrats, Marisa! I’m sure this is the first race of many more to come!!! Very excite for you!

  • lisa March 20, 2011, 8:47 pm

    this is a great idea!

    Congrats Marisa!

  • Mac March 20, 2011, 8:51 pm

    I like this race cap, it definitely reminds me of how I felt when I just began running, I still feel that way when I come upon untrotted territory

  • Shrinking mommy of 2 March 20, 2011, 8:57 pm

    I love this…I may just have to add my story in sometime. My first 5k was last May and it is what got me addicted to running 5k races! I ran 5 last year!

    Great story Marissa!

  • Leigh March 20, 2011, 9:00 pm

    Congratulations Marisa! That is a fantastic time and that you got out there and ran it!

    Love this series- might just have to send you an email 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 20, 2011, 9:03 pm

    fun series!! congrats, marisa!

  • Jenn @ Running Jennie March 20, 2011, 9:04 pm

    Great work, Marisa! I have the same goals for my first 5k, coming at the end of May.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 20, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Congrats Marisa!!! I smiled reading your recap. You are so inspiring! I can relate to being afraid at the start of a race…it does get easier though and I’m sure you will be hooked!

  • Baking 'n' Books March 20, 2011, 9:55 pm

    So happy for you. Very inspiring.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 20, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Congrats to Marisa! And what a neat idea for a series, Caitlin!

  • Steph March 20, 2011, 10:18 pm

    Congrats to you, Marisa! You should be very proud of yourself!

  • Sarah March 20, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Congratulations, Marisa! I smiled the whole time as I read your recap. You’re awesome!!! 🙂

  • Tara March 20, 2011, 10:25 pm

    Congrats Marisa! I ran this 5k too!! It’s an awesome race, isn’t it?

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 20, 2011, 10:26 pm

    Ooh I love this series! Marisa you did amazing!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 20, 2011, 11:03 pm

    Congrats, Marisa! That’s impressive that you have only been running for two months and you’re already doing races 🙂

  • Deanna March 20, 2011, 11:34 pm

    Can’t wait to read more! Great idea and congrats to Marisa.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 20, 2011, 11:49 pm

    nice idea- I love it!!! Thanks for the story 🙂

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska March 21, 2011, 12:57 am

    Good job Marisa!

  • Amanda March 21, 2011, 1:17 am

    I love this idea : ) I love race recaps! Great job Marisa!

  • Audrey March 21, 2011, 2:28 am

    Congrats! That is so inspiring 🙂

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) March 21, 2011, 6:32 am

    You were nowhere close to finishing last! GREAT JOB!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 21, 2011, 7:06 am

    Congrats Marisa! You’re so inspiring to me. I’ve been running for TWO years and I’m still too scared to run my first 5K. 😛 You’re amazing for doing it after only a few months!

  • Samantha March 21, 2011, 7:32 am

    Congrats Marisa! You summed up my two fears about racing perfectly. I’ve just started running and hope to run my first 5K in June. I really love the idea of this series!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 21, 2011, 8:10 am


  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 21, 2011, 9:07 am

    Congrats Marisa! Whenever I am in a race my first goal (and sometimes only goal) is just to finish! You did great!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 21, 2011, 9:56 am

    Ohhh, I ran a marathon yesterday that was pretty epic (torrential rain + wind = cramping and hypothermia). It was my 8th marathon but the hardest I have ever done, and my third worst time ever.

  • Michelle March 21, 2011, 10:41 am

    Great job sharing the successes Caitlin!!!! Congrats Marisa!

  • Nicole @ Fresh & Fit March 21, 2011, 12:39 pm

    What a great idea! I love reading about people achieving goals!

  • Little Miss Runshine March 21, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Great job Marissa!!

    I definitely can relate to feeling intimidated because everyone looked so serious!

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