HCSO 15k Recap – Redemption?

The question of this post is:
Did I get my redemption from the Gasparilla 15k with the HCSO Youth Ranch 15k this Saturday??

(I decided to run this race because I hadn’t before, it was a 15k that fit well into my half marathon training and there was a note that said finisher’s medal to all finishers on the registration page)
Let me recap the race for you and we’ll see how I did 😉
The race was to start promptly at 7am about 30 minutes from where we live so I told Gar I wanted to be there bright & early around 6 (yea) to get my packet and then have time to do a quick warm up before the start. (Hubs is not a morning guy, just sayin’ – but he’s getting better at it) We got there with plenty of time and were able to meet up with Jess who was volunteering, Michelle who was running the 10k, and Meghan who I coaxed decided to run the 15k race with me within in the last week.
This morning was particularly humid and foggy – pics can prove that. I was still a little urked from allergies and having to pretty much breathe with my mouth open, but I kept telling myself to just do my best. I really wanted to impress coach with under 9 min miles, so that was still in the back of my head too. After a quick warm up and 2 trips to the ‘crowd pleaser’ port-o-lets, we were set to start!
Miles 1-3: Now, Jess had let me in on the fact that this course was hilly…10 minutes before the start. I, being the ‘let’s not look at the course before the race’ girl that I am, didn’t know this. Immediately out the gate, after about 2 miles I saw the first hill. As with all hill running I just kept my head looking down and focused on maintaining a pace where I could run but not have to stop up this beast.
Miles 4-6: These were the hardest for me. Being the baby that I am, I am used to having company around to talk to and check in on. In races, not so much. I did talk to strangers to pass the time and most were like ‘dude, I’m racing, hush your mouth’, so I didn’t go overboard – no really, honestly they were really nice. I met a couple of gals who were training for their first fulls. We commenced cursing at the hills we happened to endure together and watched as the 10kers came in for their finish..we still had a little over 3 left to go!
Miles 7-9.3: I felt better as I knew the race was almost over. I totally forgot my gels at the halfway point though! Drat! I chewed on a shot blok around mile 7.5 and also saw Meghan, so I high-fived her and continued on. I high-fived a lot of people…it made me feel better. I was hoping it’d give me some good joojoo to keep trucking along. It might have! At this point I was really feeling the hills…my legs were on fi-yah…but I knew it’d be over soon so I picked it up!
Coming in for the finish, which crept up on me, I saw Michelle and Hubs waiting for me and cheering me on so I gunned it in. I saw 1:26:10 on the clock and was pretty shocked… my Garmin, Dwayne was on auto pause so I was unsure how I was doing per him. My Gasparilla time was 1:34:19…boo. I ended up with an 8 minute PR at 1:26:30! I was SO happy! My lungs kept me going the whole time, and even though I didn’t hit my ‘secret’ goal of 1:20, I made progress, which was all I cared about honestly! I know that sometimes I can’t push too hard or I’ll have an attack (which is not worth any race to me) so I just work with what I have and always know I did my best!
Hubs had a great shot of me…but also a slight obstruction
And see, FOGGY – HUMID…just not proof of the hills
Done, son.
All of us were proud we were finally done of our runs!
Sweet Redemption!
Take that Gasparilla!
And I made it out with only one monster blister 😉
Not to get too soft on you and all, but I really do have the best hubby/photographer ever! He’s woken up with me early just to cheer me on at runs and is even the personal bag checker for other friends who are running. I really did have times in this race, which I normally do in all races, where I really miss him there with me telling me I can do it and just to keep pushing. I just want his stinkin’ ankle healed so I can have my buddy back! In the mean time, I’ll keep making awesome running girlfriends because they come in handy, that’s for sure 😉
Love you Hubs!
… and boy did we chow down afterwards 😉
I run…so I can eat 😉
Any race successes this weekend for you? How do you keep pushing when the going gets tough?


HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    October 7, 2012, 1:30 am

    Congrats on your PR!!

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      October 7, 2012, 1:47 am

      Thanks chica! 🙂 glad we got to hang out!

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    October 7, 2012, 1:56 am

    Congrats on your redemption race and your PR! My hubby is down with tendinitis in his knee right now and I had a really tough time after I PR’ed last weekend since he was supposed to have been there running too! No matter how great the race, he is always missed.

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      October 7, 2012, 10:48 pm

      Glad you feel me girlie!

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    October 7, 2012, 2:07 am

    yay you!! you should be super proud of yourself!! great recap and photos! im so glad that you came outta this one smiling!! have an awesome rest of your weekend! spa love!

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      October 7, 2012, 10:48 pm

      Thanks Jenna, you always make us smile! 🙂

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    October 7, 2012, 7:35 am

    Congratulations! That’s a HUGE PR. You should be celebrating all week 😀

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      October 7, 2012, 10:49 pm

      For sure, especially since you’ve given me the go ahead now! … the soreness is a weird way to celebrate, but I dig it! 🙂

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    October 7, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Congrats on an awesome race and huge new pr!!

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    October 7, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Woo-hoo – congrats on a great race and PR! Sounds like you ran it smart. Don’t you love it when you surprise yourself? Also, your outfit was super cute.

    I ran the Gasparilla half this year and while the race was really so well run – I also needed redemption (I got it in Sarasota a week later, thankfully!).Redemption is AWESOME.

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      October 7, 2012, 10:50 pm

      Thanks Michelle! I was so happy, now I think I may not run another 15k..sticking with the half 😉

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    October 7, 2012, 4:15 pm

    9 minute miles? HOT DAMN. I am so not there yet. I did my 5k last week (the first one where I actually RAN it instead of a charity walk 5k) and it was nothing but hills. My goal was to keep it under 13min (Ya, sad huh) and I did! seriously, where I live is described as “the rolling hills of north San Diego” so, ya, my normal 9:30-10 minute pace is impossible since moving back from Chicago (the heavenly flat lands)

    The pic of you with the “slight obstruction” cracks me up… ya, we can sort of see you 😉 Kudos to your hubs btw, it’s always awesome to have a partner that is willing to show up and cheer if they can’t be there at your side, ya know? Love it!

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      October 7, 2012, 10:51 pm

      Thanks for the props Shannyn! Hills are a beat, but once this crappy humidity is gone I am on it!

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    October 7, 2012, 5:18 pm

    congrats on the PR!

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      October 7, 2012, 10:52 pm

      Thanks Jenelle!

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    October 7, 2012, 9:35 pm

    Congrats on that awesome PR girl! Sounds like it was a fun race! And your hubby sounds awesome too…hope he heals up fast so ya’ll can run together again!

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      October 7, 2012, 10:52 pm

      Thanks Mindy! Me too!

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    October 7, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Woohoo. Congratulations on the PR. I know the desire for a redemption run. My first marathon was horrid. cannot wait to redeem myself.

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      October 8, 2012, 12:40 am

      Thanks Abby! You’ll get redemption one day I’m sure!

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    October 8, 2012, 12:08 am

    BA Kat, totally BA! That’s an amazing time and I have no doubt that you’ll knock out the 1:20 goal soon!

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      October 8, 2012, 12:40 am

      Thanks G! 🙂

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    October 8, 2012, 1:33 am

    great job on your race girl! you did awesome! I had a 5k this weekend. It was so much fun! (:

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    October 8, 2012, 2:14 am

    Thanks Danielle! I’m sure you killed it!

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    October 8, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Great job on the race kat!

    Ps – You do have an awesome hubs, he is so good to you! <3

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    October 9, 2012, 1:08 pm

    congrats girl on a HUGE pr!

    and thats sweet about your man… i always say that running can really be a spectator-boring event and cheers to anyone who comes out and supports the runners.

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      October 9, 2012, 6:03 pm

      Thanks for the props SR! 🙂

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