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Friday, July 4, 2014

Great Buffalo Chase 5k and letting go

This morning I ran the Great Buffalo Chase 5k with these lovely ladies. (Julie and Kari)
Last night after picking up my packet, I decided to go for a run while I was in Frankfort. I found a beautiful park and ran 3 miles. I love finding new places to run. This park had a view of the KY river, and was gorgeous!
AND I got to run with one of the elite runners.
Well, maybe for 2 seconds.
Ok, maybe he ran past me so fast he was just a blur.
It was still cool seeing one of them up close and in person.


I ran this race last year, had a great time, and knew I would be running it again. The course goes through the Buffalo Trace Distillery and is pretty flat.
The weather was perfect. As crazy as it sounds, I had my heat on in the car on my way to the race!
As for letting go...
Sorry if I put that song in your head now!
For the first time in over a year, I didn't stress out about running a sub 30 5k. I just let.it.go.
Sure, it was in the back of my mind, but I decided I'm just going to do my best and enjoy it. I know it'll happen sometime, I have no doubt about that.
 I can't tell you how good it felt to just run, no pressure.
And I ended up doing better than I thought I would! There were times I knew I could run faster, but there were tons of people, so I slowed down at times.

I was very happy with that!
I realized I didn't get any pics of my patriotic socks, so I had to add this pic too.
Tomorrow I'll be waking up bright and early to do my long run, 12 miles!
Happy 4th of July!!

 Did you run or race today?

 
katie
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18 comments

  1. Kentucky is a beautiful state, a lovely place to run. I can't wait to work my way up to the 12 mile mark. Have a great run in the morning!

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    1. Thank you Carla, I agree that it is! You'll get up to 12 miles, no doubt about it!

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  2. Congrats on a great race. I think it's great you didn't stress about your sub-30. It will happen my friend. Just keep working.

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    1. Thank you Cecilia! I know it will, and I can't wait!

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  3. Love the socks! Glad you had a great time! I ran a 5k as well! Can I just say I HATE 5k's...doesn't it take you forever to get in a groove? I usually don't hit my sweet spot until i'm about 5 miles in!

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    1. Thanks Sue! Oh, I totally know what you mean. For me it's usually around 3 miles when I start feeling good and running faster. I guess that's why a lot of people do shake out runs before the race!

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  4. That race looks fun! Bourbon and running are two of my favorite things so why not mix the two?! I love finding new places to run as well. It's fun to explore!

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    1. Unfortunately there was no bourbon at the finish line. I think that would've been a great way to end the race though!

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  5. Wow sounds like the perfect race location and weather. Glad you just enjoyed and let go.

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    1. It definitely was. And it did feel good just to not worry about it!

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  6. Sounds like a fun race! That park is really nice. I think sometimes forgetting about time allows me to relax better in a race and I actually run much better. Love your socks! :)

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    1. Strange how that works, but just relaxing and not thinking about it helped me do so much better! Thanks girlie! :)

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  7. Isn't always so much better when you don't stress about it?? You did awesome and I'm glad you had fun! Love your outfit and socks of course!!

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  8. You did great! I think that you did the right thing and just run the race without stressing over it.

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    1. It sure made the race a lot better that way. Thanks David!!

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  9. Hi! I'm new here. First of all, congrats on a great race, and I wanted to say that I feel the SAME way when I "let it go." I think there's a time and place to set PRs and really go for it, but sometimes, you have to just take some of the pressure off yourself and allow yourself to relax, enjoy a race, and just "see what happens." I've found that those are the times when I perform even better than I thought! I think we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform at our absolute best every single time, but the body just doesn't always cooperate (especially if you're like me and sign up for tons of races all the time)... and that's definitely a lesson I've learned the hard way!

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    1. Welcome Jennifer! I totally agree with you. I really was surprised at how I did better than if I had really been trying! I definitely sign up for a lot of races, I just can't help myself! :)

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