Sunday the 20th I participated in my first Rock and Roll Marathon. Granted I only did the mini marathon (5.4 miles) but it is something I’ve wanted to do since I moved here. Although my first, it was the 10th anniversary. I felt like it was a great time to join in a tradition. Next year I plan to do the half marathon. If I fill out a survey I get $10 off my registration!

I am also planning a half in November. It is quite exciting and scary to think about. 13.1 seems like so much more than 5 or 6 miles. I really hope I am able to complete it!

Here are two pictures I borrowed from MarathonFoto. I have been encouraged by several people to purchase at least one photo, just trying to decide which and what size (probably the least expensive size, lol)

crossing the line


There were so many people at this race. There was something like 20-some start corrals. I finished in 58:41 and 10:52 pace. Overall I was 472 out of 1366. 60 out of 157 in my division (age group I think) and 285 out of 962 females. I didn’t do terrible but I know I could have done better.

I struggled late. I realized I hadn’t eaten enough to fuel the 5.4 miles. I started feeling hungry about mile 4 and was feeling my energy go down. Although once I saw the finish line I wanted take off. Unfortunately that was not really an option as they kept telling the mini marathon racers to move as far right as possible. I passed one couple because they were running slower than I walk. But I was unable to pass anymore because I kept getting told to move to the right.

Oh and trying to look “normal” for the camera also backfires. It’s either me with mouth gaping open or with mouth tightly shut to avoid looking silly. These pictures will never be great but you looks good while running??

Tell me: Have you had any races you just were dying to do? What distance do you want to reach? What are your thoughts on race photos?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

1 Comment

Vanessa · January 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Yay, congrats on your race. I would buy the second photo.

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