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.
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!
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?