A Best Damn 10k PR Race Recap!

This past weekend was JAM PACKED with us literally PACKING – moving to bigger digs 😉 AND also a weekend full of fun with friends and me getting back into RACING-racing.

Friday afternoon I made my way over to Safety Harbor for the Best Damn Race expo and to check in since we were staying at the host hotel, the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.

I ran into my BDR buds Beth and Haley as I grabbed my bib and pranced around the waterfront. 

We ended up going to dinner at a little place in Safety Harbor called the Nantucket Bucket – what fun! They had great craft beers and an awesome seafood selection. We want to go back for sure!
Being steps away from the start line, I was able to sleep in until around 545am since the race started at 645am. I met my girl downstairs as we both aimed high for dreams of 10k PRs!

I REALLY enjoyed this course! We left the Safety Harbor Resort heading down on the water front to make a u-turn and come back down Phillipe. I started with a friend who told me he’d been having some leg issues lately and to go on and run my own race, so I listened and took off. My goal was to remain at an 8:30 average pace to hit my goal of finishing in under 54 minutes. 
The houses were very cute and spectators greeted us with cheers and smiles bright and early. Water stops and powerade stops were plentiful, but I only grazed through one water stop around the 5k mark. There were hills – lots of rolling hills – but I enjoyed them! Fun uphills with relieving downhills throughout.
There were a few people I kept passing and then they’d pass me – I eventually told one girl that we should have just raced together. We all kept each other company somewhat though. I jammed to Steve Aoki’s Wonderland album through Map My Run because my Garmin died – it turned on in my bag and drained. Still, I somehow managed to accidentally pause it and be .60 miles off of the course – so I just used my phone to gauge pace and stay consistent.

When I finished, I saw Beth and she asked me if I PR’d – I told her I wasn’t 100% but was pretty sure I did, so, I appropriately went over to ring the [[ever – so – stellarly – awesome]] PR bell.

Once official results were posted, I knew I’d done what I set out to do. I was under 54 minutes by about a minute and beat our Disneyland 10k time by about 23 minutes! Granted that race was for fun with pictures and frolicking galore, but I’d been training for an 8:30 10k and was so proud to hit my goal all through focus and also strength training being reintroduced into my regimen. Looking back on how I felt during this race, I know I could’ve just given a teeny bit more, but wanted to be consistent and avoid stopping or walking or puttering out.
Color me HAPPY 🙂
Guess the Year of the Horse really IS about competition and victory?
Do you like the 10k distance?
Has strength training helped your running too?

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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    February 5, 2014, 12:16 pm

    yeah girl! i think varying exercises definitely helped me when i was running – especially yoga!

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    February 5, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Congrats on your shiny new PR Kat! Ringing a bell to signify a PR is such a cool idea. I wish that would be an option at more races. It is amazing how conditioning and strength training make such a difference with running. My plan for this year is to work on my core!

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      February 5, 2014, 8:46 pm

      Thanks ladies!! core strength definitely pays off!

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    February 5, 2014, 12:52 pm

    Ring it girl! That’s awesome!

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    February 5, 2014, 1:11 pm

    That is so awesome, Kat!! Marathon training always improved my shorter distance times…all that extra mileage really pays off. Congrats!!

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    February 5, 2014, 1:32 pm

    WOOOOOOOO HOOOO!!! Rockstar! 🙂 Congrats on the PR!

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    February 5, 2014, 1:52 pm

    Great job – love the idea of ringing a PR bell! I’ve only done 1 10K (last April). I really kind of enjoyed that distance. I always think strength training can help with any sport!

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      February 5, 2014, 8:47 pm

      You should totally do another Heather!

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    February 5, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Awesome PR! Congratulations!

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    February 5, 2014, 4:30 pm

    I love it!!! Great Job Chica! That’s a bright and shiny new PR.

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    February 5, 2014, 8:37 pm

    Congrats on the PR, that is awesome! I loved that they did that PR bell, so fun.

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    February 5, 2014, 9:07 pm

    Great job! Nothing feels quite as good as a shiny new PR! Congrats.

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    February 5, 2014, 9:24 pm

    Congratulations on that awesome PR Kat!!! The PR Bell is such a cool idea!

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    February 5, 2014, 10:18 pm

    I believe strength training strengthens you both inside and out 🙂

    Great job!

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    February 5, 2014, 10:24 pm

    Congrats on your PR Kat! Ringing the PR bell is such an awesome idea! It would be great if more races came up with a fun way to signify and celebrate achieving a new PR.

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    February 5, 2014, 10:28 pm

    Nice job, Kat!!

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    February 5, 2014, 10:54 pm

    Way to go, Kat! The PR bell is such a neat idea!

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    February 5, 2014, 11:07 pm

    Congrats, way to kick butt and PR! Love that PR bell too. 🙂
    I’m running the BDR 10k here in Orlando next month myself.

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    February 6, 2014, 1:59 am

    Congratulations!! That is a fantastic time!!! Your hard work pays off 🙂

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    February 6, 2014, 2:10 am

    That is so crazy awesome fast. Woohoo PR!

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    February 6, 2014, 3:54 pm

    That’s fantastic, congratulations! It sounds like it was an amazing race and how fun that they had a PR bell. I added CrossFit to my program (twice a week) and ran a half in October. I felt so great and I know a lot of it had to do with the strength training I was doing at CF. Great job!!!

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    February 6, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Congrats on your PR Kat. You looked really strong out there. I am really glad you enjoyed the race.

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    February 6, 2014, 8:31 pm

    KICKASS time girlie!! Way to go!!! I think all races need a PR Bell haha

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    February 7, 2014, 4:41 am

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!

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    February 7, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Congrats on the 10k PR! I love that they have a PR bell!!

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    February 9, 2014, 11:19 pm

    congrats on your PR!!! Very impressive 🙂 Have fun moving!! Think of all that as weight training and cardio

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