Monday, March 23, 2015

Railrunner 10 miler recap...The perfect race

Happy Monday!

 How was your weekend? We had a beautiful one! Hopefully Spring is here to stay...

I got to run in 2 races the past few days, and loved every second of them.
The first one was Thursday night, and it was just a 3k. Charity and I ran together with her 5 year old daughter, so there wasn't too much running involved. But it was still a lot of fun.
 I just love seeing all the kiddos running. Someday my kiddo will be right there with them. :)

 Saturday I ran the Railrunner 10 miler. This race is in Nicholasville, about an hour from me. I did it last year and loved it. It's just one of those races I want to do every year.

My time last year was 1:54, so my first goal was to beat that time. But deep down, I knew that might not be possible. My pace has slowed down a lot in the past 6 months (but I am working on getting it back up!), and I honestly thought I would most likely come in after 2 hours. My 2nd goal though, was to beat 2 hours.

The race started at 9, and it was a little chilly, but the sun was out and it was going to warm up to 70.

I use the Runkeeper app as I'm running, because I like hearing her tell me my time and pace after every mile.
Mile 1, then 2, then 3, then 4 were all around 11:15. I was in shock. After every mile, hearing another "your average pace is 11:30", I could not believe it. I thought there was no way!
Then mile 7, 8, 9, my pace was still in the 11's. Then I knew I was going to beat the 2 hour mark. I hadn't been that happy in ages!
Mile 10 was uphill, of course. So, I walked a bit more that mile. I thought for sure this one would be over 12. Nope, still 11:30.

I crossed the finish line at 1:55. I missed a PR by 30 seconds. But that didn't bother me at all. I HAD DONE IT. I did so much better than I was expecting.

Talk about a runner's high after that! I needed this. I needed a GOOD race. I needed this encouragement. I needed to know I can still do this.

 Ok, so maybe the real reason I run this race is the free homemade ice cream.




(Headband from Bondi Band)
This really is the best race I've ever ran. The course is so beautiful, there are flowing streams, and being at a railroad company, you can see a train going through every now and then. We even run a couple miles on the landing strip. We run through a tunnel, over a bridge, gorgeous scenery. I love it!

After the race they have more food then I've ever seen offered at a race. Zaxby's chicken sandwiches, Goetta sliders, bananas, granola bars, of course ice cream. We even got a medal this year!
I am seriously still on a high. I'm still surprised at what my body did. When I expected the worst from it, it gave me the best.
Don't ever doubt yourself and what you're capable of doing!! I'm reminded of that over and over.

Have you ever had a run or race that was 100% perfect?


katie

20 comments:

  1. That is awesome! Good for you! Sometimes no expectations allow us to do awesome things!
    I didn't race this weekend, but feel like I can do this again too! Been feeling sluggish, needed this weekend to zap me out of it. I had a good run too!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I'm glad you had a good run too!

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  2. Great Job Katie!! That shirt and medal are nice looking ones too.

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  3. KATIE! I'm so glad that you had such a great race - woo hoo! You look adorable, too, by the way. Um, I'm pretty sure that ice cream would have helped me run faster, too - ha! What a treat! Thankfully, I have had some races that have gone perfectly well and according to plan; I've also had my fair share of those that haven't, so I can totally relate to both. It's such a great feeling when they go well, though, and a huge confidence booster, for me. I'm delighted you had a great weekend and hope your week is off to a great start!

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    1. Thank you Tara! I think the bad runs definitely make the good ones, even better. Hope you have a great week too!

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  4. I don't think I've EVER ran a 100% perfect race :)
    I think this race is just made for you ... you always are all smiles at this one!

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  5. Great job on the PR! The pictures look like you're having fun and such a good race helps with that. Thumbs up to the homemade ice cream too.

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  6. Races like this are what I think we all live for as runners! So awesome and congratulations!
    Okay, so I have to say you take the most photogenic race photo's ever, seriously I could only dream of my race pics turning out that good. Even my best ones never turn out that great:)
    But seriously, awesome job on the PR girl!!!!!!!!

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  7. Yay! Congrats! What a great feeling! :)

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  8. Yey! So excited for you! You are totally getting your groove back!!

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  9. Congrats on having such a great race! It sounds like a wonderful day!

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  10. WOOHOO! So happy for you, I know you needed that boost!

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