Austin 1020 Race Recap

Our racecation’s actual race, the Austin 1020 (10 miles, 20 bands) ,ย was a day into our trip – we’d hoped for good weather and a fun time and both expectations were met for sure!
We headed over to the Domain area of Austin for the start of the race about an hour before the start since we were staying pretty close by. There were PLENTY of clean port-o-lets for everyone to use, gear check for us to drop off our stuff, and water for us to take in before the race started. A big race, but not super huge, we were all separated into Corrals ranging from Elite to around 20 or so.
We agreed before the race to take it easy and have FUN. Gary started having a PF flare-up, and no race was worth him having permanent pain preventing him from doing future runs and workouts. The first 4-5 miles were seemless. We cruised along, sang the songs that bands played we could recognize. We even stopped to smell the flowers – literally.
Around Mile 5, G had to stop for a potty break and check in on his blood sugar to take a Honey stinger gel. He said his foot was really starting to hurt. So, we started doing intervals. We’d run easy for about 3 minutes and then walk for a minute. We would pick out a light pole or sign to walk or run to and made a game out of it. As we rounded through the end of the race, near mile 9 G had to stop abruptly. Throughout the course, we did have some rolling hills and I knew they weren’t helping. I didn’t want him to lock up, though, and have him finish before his knee got too bad – overcompensation injuries, what a pain! We were able to make it to the finish and finish strong with tons of spectators in the chute!

I’m so proud of G for finishing this race! We were both technically undertrained, him more than me since he took time off to recover from his PF issues, but still managed to have our best time running together to date in a city we both love so much.
This was an extremely well put-together race! There was plenty of water stops along the course, cold iced towels about halfwayย through and at the finish, fruit and snacks at the finish, as well as music all along the way. Twenty bands sang for us through the race so there was NO need for an iPod! At the finish, there was the celebratory beer for finishers offered along with Puddle of Mudd playing for us at 10 in the morning – doesn’t get any better than that ๐Ÿ˜‰ The cost (depending on time frame of registration it can change) was very reasonable for racers and our finisher’s shirts and medals were SO Austin!
Now, we relax a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ After a fun vacation, the next date up on our calendar is our 2nd Anniversary coming up on Cinco De Mayo! G is planning this one so it’s been odd not being the travel planner!
We’re both working on recovery and strength to get back to running ‘just because.’ No races until the fall that are longer than 10 miles, especially with a hot and busy summer coming up!
Hills: Love them or Hate them?
What makes a race AWESOME for you?
To all of the Boston Runners and spectators – we are BOSTON STRONG for you!!

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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    April 21, 2014, 11:35 am

    I love me the ATX!

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    April 21, 2014, 11:36 am

    next time we meet up!!! yes! can’t wait till youre here

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    April 21, 2014, 11:54 am

    Sounds like a great race and looks like the weather was beautiful! Sorry G had some foot pain but hope you both are recovering nicely!

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    April 21, 2014, 12:49 pm

    Even though you document all of your runs/races on your blog, I just cannot keep up with you!!! You’re always on the go!!

    AND HILLS – can burn in hell! LOL!

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    April 21, 2014, 1:31 pm

    I wish I was there! Sounds like y’all had a blast, I sure did last year when I ran it. As for hills, don’t love them, don’t hate them, just accept that they are there . . . ..

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      April 21, 2014, 7:51 pm

      You are definitely more used to them than me!

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    April 21, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Congrats to you both! Hope you are enjoying recovery time together too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    April 21, 2014, 4:42 pm

    I really wanted to do this race when we were in Houston but never made it there. Sounds like so much fun! Minus the hills. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats, Kat!

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    April 21, 2014, 5:12 pm

    Congrats on your race and getting Gary through without any further problems. I love that you had matching outfits! We have very few hills here so I need to either find some, or use the treadmill to prepare for Boston next year!

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    April 21, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Congrats on your race! Austin is one my fave cities. I will def have to put this on my race wish list! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    April 21, 2014, 7:41 pm

    Congrats on what looked like a great and fun race. I love the concept behind the name. Glad you guys enjoyed the experience and trip!

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    April 21, 2014, 11:13 pm

    You guys are too cute! Glad you enjoyed yourselves and focused on having fun–that’s what it’s all about. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    April 22, 2014, 12:10 am

    HATE, HATE, HATE hills.

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    April 22, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Looks like an awesome time! I love that Gary is representing USF in Austin, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    April 22, 2014, 1:09 pm

    I want to visit Austin one of these days. Yes overcompensation injuries are the pits. So hard to correct. I’m not a fan of hills, but I do them and enjoy the downhill reward!

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    April 22, 2014, 7:31 pm

    Love that medal!

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    April 22, 2014, 8:38 pm

    10 miles, 20 bands… sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones!

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