Austin weekend and race recap

We’re back!  We had a short, full weekend in Austin and really enjoyed it.  Unfortunately, it rained most of Saturday which prevented us from checking out a few of the parks we had in mind.  Instead, we hit the expo for my packet and free samples, and then checked out a nearby cafe for lunch at the recommendation of one of the Expo volunteers.  The food was good, and it had a nice Austin flair:

We walked back to the Expo and L crashed in the stroller while I met up with an running-blogging buddy, Clea from Pancake is Cute.  She was running the full marathon as a pacer, and it was fun to connect face to face.  We bonded over our toddlers who started life as poor sleepers, and hope to make plans to run together in the future!

We explored a little more of Austin and came across some fun food trucks, where we tasted a massive donut and found a local custom boot shop.

After checking into our hotel, we headed back out to meet some other runner-bloggers for dinner.  My husband and L tagged along and took some pictures for us.  The group from left to right is Laura, Lisa, Becka, Kim and I.  Most of them are trying to run a half marathon in every state, and it was fun to swap stories and get to know them better.  The running community is such a welcoming, encouraging group!

I got up nice and early to jog down to the start… unfortunately my alarm woke L as well, so we were all up before 6am, sorry daddy!! I was planning to use this run as part of my 17 training run, so I jogged two miles before the start to warm up.

Daddy and L came along later and saw me cross the finish line, and he got a few pictures of the race, but none of me.  Oops!  I was freezing afterward and jogged another slow 2 miles back to the hotel to hit my total for the day.

The race itself went much better than I expected.  The hills were challenging, but I felt relatively strong throughout the run.  Around mile seven, I realized I was on track for a pr if I pushed the pace, but that was on a downhill portion, and when we hit the next hill I talked myself back to reality and decided to finish smiling and not overdo it.

I’m happy with that decision! The race itself flew by, with great spectator support and lots of bands along the way.  Oddly enough, I have no soreness, despite the hills.  Weird.  Maybe that tough leg workout on Tuesday and all the hills in spinning classes prepared me more than I realized..

I ran it a little faster than I had planned.  I have a hard time not pushing myself in a race setting.  But I also didn’t race it all out, and I feel like I can pick right back up with my training this week with minimal recovery time.

You can tell from my splits where the hills were… we were on an incline for much of miles 3-6, and then a steep one at mile 11, and another long one on the final stretch.  My legs had a hard time recovering the pace in the last couple of miles, and I let myself relax and finish at a slower pace, and then picked it up for the final stretch.

Avg Pace
Summary 1:43:27.1 13.23 7:49
1 8:06.7 1.00 8:07
2 7:36.7 1.00 7:37
3 7:47.3 1.00 7:47
4 7:58.4 1.00 7:58
5 7:48.1 1.00 7:48
6 7:44.1 1.00 7:44
7 7:23.7 1.00 7:24
8 7:33.4 1.00 7:33
9 7:43.7 1.00 7:44
10 7:57.9 1.00 7:58
11 8:11.1 1.00 8:11
12 8:01.7 1.00 8:02
13 8:01.7 1.00 8:02
14 1:32.7 0.23 6:50

Final chip time:  1:43:19

I also used this race as part of Grandma Lil’s 10k/Half Marathon at Living the Fit Life… it runs all week, so there’s still time to sign up if you want to join the fun!

After I showered and warmed up, we headed back out to grab lunch and catch the band at the finish line.  L had a great time dancing and clapping for the band!

We finally decided to call it a day, and L and I crashed in the car on the way home.  A pretty successful weekend, all in all!

81 thoughts on “Austin weekend and race recap

    • Thanks, Sarah! Yes- the locals were telling us that it was pretty unusual too… that’s okay, we’re only a few hours away by car, so I’m sure we’ll be back–we really liked the city!

    • Thanks! Yes- it was a great excuse to check out Austin, and I’m sure we’ll be back. But it’s definitely trickier with a toddler in tow. 🙂

    • Thanks! Yes- that picture was cracking me up too, one of the only ones that I have of myself, and she is so uninterested in having her picture taken. 🙂

  1. NIce job on the race! Sounds like a fun weekend. My husband (or parents) always fail to get pictures of me racing too!

    • Thanks, Jen! Glad I’m not the only one… he managed to get a few pics of other runners, but had some toddler balancing to do when I came by and it didn’t happen!

    • Thanks, Terzah… I can’t say I had much left to give, I was happy to have an excuse to cut myself some slack. 🙂 Yes- we loved Austin! Hoping to go back while we’re living down this way…

    • Thanks, Toni! There’s something about the race atmosphere that brings out some paces that I don’t normally see in training!

    • Thanks, Mandy! And thanks for the Austin tips and ideas, too– we really enjoyed checking out the city! Hoping we can go back again and have a sunny weekend to do more outdoors.

    • Thanks, Jerilee! You are a speedy one yourself… you’ve been nailing your intervals and tempos much more consistently than I have! Yes- the photo thing is hard, especially when you’re alone like your last race! I had help and still came out with no actual race photo. 🙂

    • Thanks, Allison! Yes- it was a great excuse to check out Austin. Hoping we can go back on a nicer weather weekend to see more!

  2. I am in awe of your speed! I love the pic of your daughter with the medal. That’s always my kid’s favorite part too. 🙂

  3. woohoo, you’re a rockstar! awesome job! I had some friends run this race, and seriously those hills frighten me 🙂 Maybe one day…

    Such a great time, be PROUD!!! congrats again!

  4. Great time!!!!! on your half and it looks like you all had a great time. Austin looks beautiful – rain puddles and all. Little L 🙂 love her. what a doll.

    • It’s an awesome city to visit… so much more we wanted to see that we didn’t get to. Could be your winter marathon next year! 🙂

  5. Great job! Those hills really got me last year, because I didn’t train on hills…at all! But, Austin is such a fun city, between all the cools scenery and the bands, it’s a great race!

    • Thanks, Christy! I felt the same way– it’s an awesome race, largely because of the city! The race itself isn’t especially scenic, and wow, those hills. 🙂

  6. Nice job! Those are some crazy strong splits for such a tough race! I am impressed! And I still maintain that anytime you want to train on hills, my door is always open 🙂

    • Thanks, Corey! It’s definitely helped that I got some longer runs in lately, so my body seemed able to recover much more quickly from the 13. After running a hilly race, I was a little jealous of people who can train on hills year-round, it would definitely make you a stronger runner!

  7. Glad you had a good time in Austin! I worked the half marathon packet pickup at the expo both days, I may have seen y’all 🙂

    • Thanks, Melissa! We hope to be back to spend more time in the city… we’re only here for two years, and kept saying, man it’s too bad our 2 years in Tx wasn’t in Austin!! What a fun place to live!

    • I didn’t realize you were so close! We spent a weekend in San Antonio this fall to visit, and had a great time. I’ll definitely look you up if we make it back! 🙂

  8. i’m sorry i’m JUST NOW getting to reading your recap— week has been crazy. It was so great to meet you and congrats on an awesome race. I love how your “taking it easy” is my long term goal time. Look forward to following more of your adventures

    • Great to meet you, too!! I don’t think I had much left it me, it was just a nice excuse to say this is my taking it easy race so I didn’t have to pick it up at the end. 🙂

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