My First Ever Fun Run

My running journey started, when I finished up my last season as a college soccer player at DePauw University. It was second semester senior year, and I needed a goal to work towards, so I decided to sign up for a marathon. Yup, not a 5k, 10k, half marathon, etc. a full marathon, with no endurance running knowledge at all. So, I followed one of Hal Hilgdon’s free training place online (the novice version), and did the best I could, while also partying my brains out second semester senior year of college.

After graduating college, and after completing my first ever marathon, I really enjoyed all that running had to offer. It kept me fit, it made me feel better, I felt free, happy, and just gave me an extra zest for life. So, I then had a desire to work on my speed, after I had covered a long distance. I started signing up for 5ks and 10ks, but I never actually ran for “fun”. I always had a goal in mind, whether I was competing for a new PR, or training for a longer distance race a few months later.

This past, Saturday, I dressed up in full blown tutu outfits by Lucki Lime. If you have never run in a tutu, or a “fun run” outfit, this company is your go-to place to get your race day outfits. I’m seriously obsessed, and have plans to dress up in another outfit in the near future.

I get to the race, all dressed up in my fun run outfit, and I’m telling you I seriously had more fun, than I have ever had at a race. Letting go of any desire to actually race, and just having fun running and chatting, and sharing in the camaraderie that the day brought.

All dressed up and ready to run!

All dressed up and ready to run!

Fun run tutus

With my friend and the founder of Lucki Lime, Cat, before the start of the race.

As the race got started, and we started running, I enjoyed the light-heartedness all around me. There were beginner runners everywhere, and it was inspiring. I remember lining up for my first race (St. Louis Marathon), and I seriously started tearing up. I was full of so much pride not just from my own training, but I was proud of everyone else who stood there with me. We were in this together. Today, was no different. I was so proud of everyone who came out to have fun and run! Enjoy all that comes with running. :)

Here are some photos as we ran along. Honestly, I have never done a race while carrying my phone, but I had a blast. I loved being able to take photos at the beginning, middle, and end, and instantly share them with friends and family by texting them, or on instagram, twitter, and facebook.

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Cat and I finishing!

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Running around Fiesta Island.

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Just chugging along, smiling, chatting, and HAPPY! :)

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Soooo happy! I’m not gonna lie, I felt pretty darn cute too in my tutu. :)

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how awesome are these socks? “Kick butt”

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Cat having a blast!

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With our Pot o’ Gold medals.

As, most of you know, this year, I have had a lot of learnings, and how I really want training/racing/triathlon/running to be all about fun. I do love to race, but I also LOVE having days like these. It is the perfect balance that gives me that fee. I want to be doing this because I love it, and I think it’s fun, and these are the moments, the days, where it gives me just the right balance that I need.

Check out Lucki Lime for your next fun run outfit!

Coronado 10k Race Report

I flew in late Saturday night. My flight got in at 10:18pm, and I didn’t even get my bags until about 10:50pm, then I had to go pick up my car at the parking garage that was off site. I didn’t get to my friend Hannah’s until 11:30pm, and didn’t fall asleep until midnight. Between my late night Karaoke venture in Colorado, travel and little sleep before the race, I was creating a not so great recipe for race day success. I already was starting to come down with a cold too (P.S I haven’t been sick once since moving to CA, apparently all the travel has finally caught up with me). It was no bueno. I woke up at 6am, race was at 8am, fell back asleep, and woke up again at 6:30am, and started to get ready. Already, my throat was killing me, I was exhausted, and my legs felt dead. But, I told myself, it’s a 10k, it’s just fun, go out and give it your best shot, and that will be the best you have today given the circumstances.

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I look mega tired in this photo. Hannah and I before the race. I then took off to warm-up. My legs felt pretty tired, not gonna lie. And my motivation was you can sleep all day in your bed if you want after this race.

So, the gun went off, and I started out strong. I remember thinking after mile 1, I totally forgot to have any water this morning. Damn. The race is super flat and fast. And I was thinking my goal is to just carry the same pace I did two weeks ago in the Cardiff Kook, or even come in a second faster. I was doing alright. Here were the splits:

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The 7:45 split killed me. Not sure what happened there, I think it was pretty windy on that mile, but still. So, I believe I ended up averaging 7:27min/miles and finished with a 46:30 which isn’t too shabby, and not too far off my run two weeks ago given the circumstances. Well I get to test my 10k speed off the bike in two weeks!

Oakley Align Bra

 

Since the race had a Valentine’s Day theme, I rocked my pink and white Oakley Women’s Align bra. I had a lot of ladies asking about it at the race, and after the race on facebook and twitter. You can find it here. I then grabbed a scramble from Seaside Market, went home, put my feet up, ate, hot shower, and took much needed nap.

Super stoked to get back to a routine, and kick this cold!

This medal is pretty rad for a 10k!

This medal is pretty rad for a 10k!