Monday, May 18, 2015

Horse Capital half marathon recap

Saturday I ran half #13. The Horse Capital half, in Lexington, KY. This was their inaugural race and it was amazing! It was probably the prettiest race I've ran. It was very hilly, but the scenery was so worth it!
This was another rainy race. It wasn't a nonstop rain, like my derby mini, it was just an off and on downpour. As soon as I was drying out, there would come another downpour of rain. But it wasn't bad at all, it felt good, and really kept me cooled off.

On Friday I met my Instagram friend of 2 years, Margie, at the expo. We had a great time chatting and walking around for awhile. It was then that I decided I would run the race with her on Saturday. I wasn't planning on 'racing' anyway, so I thought why not run it with a friend and help her PR!
Friday night I met Charity at Portofino's and we had a delicious dinner, then headed back to the hotel to try to get some sleep.

Not quite carb loading, but this chicken was SO good
I woke up at 5 a.m. Saturday and was out the door by 6. Traffic was really bad. I sat in it for about 20 minutes. Thankfully, I left an hour early just in case that happened. They ended up delaying the race by 30 minutes because of the traffic problems.

I saw my friend Amy for a few minutes before the race. I always love running into her at my races. She was  running her 2nd marathon!
 Margie and I found eachother and we were off!
We had a great time running, walking, talking, laughing, trying to get ahead of the 3:00 pacer, and then making sure we stayed ahead of her!
The course was beautiful. Unfortunately because of the rain, there were very few horses out. But we did see a few.
We crossed the finish line at 2:54, which was over a 10 minute PR for her!! And that was in the rain, on a very hilly course. I am so proud of her!
 I read somewhere "the only thing better than getting a PR is helping a friend get one". That is SO true!

As we were standing at the start line, this girl next to me asked me if I was FICTM. I said yes, and she said she recognized me because of my shoes and the bandaid on my ankle! (Instagram pictures)
I knew Sierra was going to be running this race, so I was so excited to find her, standing right next to me! We all made plans to meet up after the race for pictures, of course. :)
I have almost convinced both of them to run the Indy Monumental marathon in Nov. with me!!
After the race we got some KY Ale, chocolate milk, chick fil a sandwich, goetta sliders, etc. All kinds of food!
This race was so much fun. I loved making new friends and seeing old friends. I LOVE this running community!

Did you race or run this weekend?
katie

26 comments:

  1. I bet you felt just as proud FOR her... that's so cool.
    Yeah - it was on the news here (I saw it as we were leaving for Nashville) that they were trying to get the race delayed because a van full of top ranked runners from Louisville were stuck in traffic. I wondered if it was just an 'ordinary' group of runners if they would have held off.
    Love you had a gang of people you knew there. That's always fun!

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  2. what a fun race! that's awesome.
    that's crazy about the traffic - i have only been to lexington once and the traffic was insane then as well. so odd.

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  3. The race sounds like it was so fun! I get so excited about the running community. We truly are a great group of people:)

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  4. I ran my first marathon yesterday! It was amazing and horrible at the same time. So rewarding and emotional but also incredibly painful and difficult!

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    1. Oh, congratulations!! I SO know what you mean, it is all of those emotions at the same time. Pretty crazy. What a huge accomplishment! :)

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  5. I think that sounds great, the part about helping a friend get a PR, love that!!!
    Congrats to all of you, you all look amazing!

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  6. So cool that you saw all of your friends and AWESOME that you brought her to a PR, that must have been a great feeling to see her accomplish that!

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  7. I'm so glad you had such a fun race, Katie! What a great way to support your friend AND have a wonderful experience; congratulations!

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  8. After two races in humidity, I've decided outright rain is much better. :) Glad you had such a good time pacing your friend to a PR! I know she appreciated the support. :)

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    1. I totally agree! The rain actually felt really nice and kept us cool. Thank you!

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  9. it's was so nice of you to support your friend to reach her PR....

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  10. I always say people over PRs.
    Amazing that you helped a friend along.

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  11. Glad you had such a great race with friends.

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  12. Every time I've ever raced in Lexington (not many) the start has been delayed because of traffic. I don't love Lexington haha

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