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.
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!