Race Recap

Denver Rock N Roll Half Marathon Recap

October 18. 2016

So guess what? I survived!

Haha yes, I finished the Denver Rock N Roll Half - not quite as well as I'd wanted to run since my legs just died out on me early on, but I did stay within my guessing range and I finished and am feeling great afterward. So let's get to the recap!

Since I live in Colorado Springs and the race was in Denver, I was up not so bright but super early. I packed plenty of fuel but only ended up eating one Lara bar, the banana and half the bread with almond butter. I also had coffee, water, and my pre-workout which, in the end, I couldn't really take since I left it in my car over an hour before the start.

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I also had all my gear laid out and ready to go: my SpiBelt with Clif Shot Bloks for running fuel inside, headphones, visor for the sun, USB cord for the car ride to charge my phone, and my Garmin Forerunner 350, which I think I've had for four or five years? It's still working great and I love it!

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Lastly, a bag of just about anything else I'd need, plus my clothes to go to brunch with a couple friends afterward!

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The drive was generally uneventful, however, 10 minutes in I realized I forgot my wallet and had to go home and get that! Otherwise, I was up to Denver in no time and ready for the race! I was there plenty early in hopes of meeting up with some Tone It Up girls, but it turns out no one could make it at the 6:30 time I'd set and by 6:50 I was anxious to find a restroom and my corral before the race started!

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Well, turns out the race didn't start until 7:15... haha but I had plenty of time to take a photo of the beautiful start line, stretch out a bit and get excited! Then we were off!

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The course wove through downtown, which I loved because I recognized so many of the areas and places we ran by, and then we were off towards City Park. Here's where things started to feel long to me and I could NOT get my legs to run much faster than a 10:10 pace. The course definitely had a few more hills than I anticipated, which also were not helping my legs! I was a little frustrated because I'd been training faster than that, but I knew my goal for this race was to finish, so I focused on that instead and trying to enjoy all the gorgeous fall trees and the run through the park.

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Before I knew it we were heading back towards downtown. Those last few miles really flew by for me and suddenly we were almost at the finish (hallelujah) and I was able to sprint the rest of the downhill to get there. Plus my friend, Maddie, was watching and snapped a few pictures!

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AND I WAS FINISHED! In the middle of the race I was dying for it to end but by the end, I couldn't believe it had gone by so quickly. Isn't that how everything goes in life?

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Afterward, I found my friend Bailey from Kansas City who is the one who convinced me to do this race in the first place! It was great to see a familiar face (we saw each other twice on the course too!) and know that someone was doing it with me!

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So there you have it! Here are all my official stats (you can see I started off faster and ended slower), but I did pretty well!

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Overall, I enjoyed the experience although I'm glad it's done! I always feel a little lost after a race so my upcoming plan is to do two weeks of the 21 Day Fix workouts, and then on November 1st Core De Force comes out!!! AHHHH I'm nervous and excited for that one! I know it's going to KICK MY BUTT but I think it's time for a new program to do just that! As always, you're welcome to join me and do the program with me! I'd love some support and accountability of my own!

Why I'm Over Distance Running

October 10, 2016

Yes, I realize that it's kind of weird to write this post just before I run a half marathon, right!? This upcoming Sunday, I'll be running the Denver Rock N Roll Half Marathon, my first half marathon in almost two years!

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I think this half was quite a lesson for me in what I do and don't love to do right now. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good run and sometimes I love the challenge of something longer, like 6 or 7 miles. But 10? 11? 12? Eeehhhhh no, thank you. This is not to say I won't change my mind in the future, but for now, I'm glad this race is coming up this weekend and I can be done with long distances for while!

Physically, it's just too much stress on my body.

I already feel like I'm going through some major growing pains in life right now AND the pressure of finding a full-time job, so my stress level is high enough. I've learned that short, hard workouts and more strength training is so much better for my body at the moment, whereas the high stress that my body experiences with distance running just leaves me clinging on to extra weight and bloated because stress is NOT your friend! Can I get an amen?!

Mentally, distance running is burning me out as well.

I'm also not loving the fact that I HAVE to run certain distances on certain days and I can't do workouts that a) take less time and b) get me better fitness results! Yep, it's true. This last month or so of training for my half marathon has done a number on my body and mind. I don't like having to stick to suck a high mileage schedule, so the feeling that I have to do something I don't really want to do is never a great thing.

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Additionally, I tend to worry about my long runs throughout the day before, or even the week before. What will the weather be like? What if it's just a bad day for me? What if it feels like 10 miles of TORTURE?! And yes, I realize I'm being dramatic, but these irrational thoughts are here.

Does this mean I'll never do another distance race again?

Of course not! It just means that for me, right now, distance running isn't my thing. Haha, plus I'm easily talked into things like races (because they're SO FUN!) so I'm definitely not going to put it past me to sign up for another race one day. I am glad that I did this race so now I know! And maybe I'll do some shorter races in the future to get the fun without all the extra training...

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I do love many, many aspects of running and especially race day, but I've learned that for right now, it's not the right form of exercise for me. I have to say I'm SO excited to do something new when the race is over and even more excited (and a little scared) about a new boxing-style workout program that I'm going to do in November! If you want to do it with me or learn a little more, you're always welcome to send me an email at katie@peaceloveandoats.com or leave a comment below.

Yep, you'll feel like a badass. Look like one? Well, hopefully when the program is over... haha but moves-wise I still have a lot of work to do!

Palmetto Relay Race Recap

April 1, 2014

Well hey there!

Yes, I am still alive! I had such a great time running the Palmetto 200 this weekend and I'm excited to share our experience with you all! Our race took about 31.5 hours, so I won't be recapping every entertaining moment, but I'll try to get through the gist of it.

I arrived in Charleston around lunchtime on Thursday and Taylor, our team captain, picked me up from the airport. We went to get team 1's van (team 2, my team, just rode in an SUV), ate lunch, grabbed Amanda from the airport and then met up with everyone to drive to Columbia where the race started! That evening we just had time to grab dinner and make some signs before heading to bed!

If you're new to the relay race concept (ours was not a Ragnar but put together in a similar fashion), then here is how it works: 12 members of your team run 200 miles combined, from Columbia to Charleston. You have two vans, each with 6 runners and one runner is always on the road, supported by their van. While one van is completing their 6 legs, the other van is eating, showering, changing and attempting to get a couple hours of sleep (I totaled 3 hours the whole race). When one van is almost done, the other van meets up at the next runner exchange point, and they switch. Each runner has 3 legs total, all different distances. We were assigned our legs and total mileage based on what we told our captain we thought we'd be capable of running.

Our start time was 7:00am so we were all at the start line to support our first runner and start the race!

Once she was off, those of us in Van 2 went back to the hotel to pack up, get ready and then we grabbed breakfast while waiting for our turn.

I must note that we ate at a restaurant called Le Peep and then all had stomach problems and pains during our fist legs. Never again...

Around 1pm it was our turn! We cheered on Van 1 as they came in and then our first runner was off! For each runner we would meet them one or a few times (depending on the length of their run) on the side of the road to hand them water and cheer them on. Then we'd drive ahead to the next exchange point where runner 2 would be ready to take the slap bracelet (our version of a baton) and start running.

I was runner #4 in our van and had 3.84 miles for my first leg. It started raining about halfway through, but I loved this run because it was through the countryside and ended at a cute little white church. From my run on, it rained continuously until about 11:30 the next morning...

My second leg (3.8ish miles) was at 2:00am somewhere near Monk's Corner (north of Charleston). This was definitely the most interesting because after passing two runners I saw no one. I actually thought I was lost at one point! The ginormous puddles that I sloshed through didn't help either - but at least now I know that running in a downpour (or in the middle of the night...) isn't actually that bad!

My final leg was the next day in Old Mt Pleasant, 3.1 miles to the bottom of the Cooper River Bridge. This was by far the hardest because it was SO humid and my legs were just done. Luckily some of my friends from college were there to cheer me on while running this leg. It was a great distraction and I definitely appreciated them coming out to support me!

We followed our last two runners through downtown and then over into West Ashley and finally headed to James Island County Park to meet up with Van 1 and finish the race as a team.

It's hard to explain all the funny stories, the ups and downs, and friendships that developed during the race. With the tight quarters we had and constant time together, Van 2 became close very quickly and I started missing my team hours after leaving them. I think what I loved most was the simplicity of it: all that mattered during the race was running, getting a little sleep, eating, and having a lot of fun. No other life worries mattered or entered my mind.

The whole race was run very smoothly with plenty of volunteer support at every exchange (as well as local police support during night legs). We met a lot of interesting people and had fun seeing the same vans over and over again (we may or may not have picked out "race boyfriends"). I absolutely loved my experience running the Palmetto 200 and would recommend the race to anyone looking to try out a relay race.

Oh, and we won Overall All Female Full Team! (blisters in the sun #bits)

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For more on our race and a lot more great photos, check out Taylor’s recap at Lifting Revolution!