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Sweetwater 420 Fest 5K

Cross off #3 on my 30 before 30 list – and it was a record-breaker! Six months left to finish the list!

I’ve expressed before how much I like 5Ks – and it still holds true. Those are the races where I can really challenge myself and see improvement. And I set my personal best with the 420 Fest 5K! It was good and bad timing – I’ve been training for a half marathon so obviously could say I’d trained well, but it did cause me to not get in a great long run last weekend. Oh well! It was made greater because it was a friend’s birthday and her first 5K, and another friend who met us there was having her bachelorette party!

I did learn a major lesson with this race though – ALWAYS use the porta-potty before the race. Whether you feel like you need to go or not. I don’t know why I didn’t – I think I thought we had less time than we really did and I really didn’t have to go – until I actually started running. Lesson learned. Will never happen again. Longest 25 minutes of my life ha.

Anyway – personal record set: chip time of 25:12, 8:09 pace, 8th in my age group out of 241 women! And lots of fun – would definitely consider doing this race again (even with the giant hill to the finish line….not cool Zulu racing).

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Whole30 Cheat

Hi, my name is Katy and I blatantly cheated on my Whole30 and I am ok with it. There was never going to be a full 30 days that I didn’t have some excuse to not do it. So I just went with January, knowing that I had already signed up for my favorite race of the year: the Hot Chocolate 5K. I’ve done it every year it has been in Atlanta and the whole point of racing (aside from the sweet sweatshirt) is the amazing treat at the end of the race – hot chocolate and chocolate fondue with all the dip-ins.

My Whole30 is not a full lifestyle change – I’ve known that from the start. It is to reset my habits and get used to leaving some things out a majority of the time. Perfect example: sweets. The goal is to only have sweets for the occasional treat – which is exactly what this was. And it actually worked really well – I had some chocolate, was completely satisfied and had no desire to keep eating it (as I normally would have)! I’d call it a success!

If you haven’t checked out the sweetest race, I highly recommend it.

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Record Breaking New Year

I think I started off 2015 pretty well. Not only did some friends and I run a 5K on January 1st, but I started the year completing an event for my 30 before 30 list! The First Day 5K was at Red Brick Brewery (so obviously the brewery was the after race fun) and started at 1pm, so we didn’t even have to set an alarm on new years day!

It was a smaller race – and that made it fun! The route was pretty hilly (as can be expected in Atlanta) but I ran pretty well. So well, in fact, that I placed first in my age group, 10th place overall for the women, and improved my personal 5K record to 25:57 (8:22 pace)!!

It was a great and fun way to start the year. Happy 2015!!

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Accomplishing Goals

For the first time in a while, I feel like I accomplished a major goal that I set for myself. Yes, graduating from Vanderbilt was a major accomplishment, but I feel like that was just in the line of normal life accomplishments. About a month ago (or maybe longer, I can’t really remember), I told myself I was going to start running, do some 5Ks, and hopefully, as a longer goal, run the Music City Half Marathon next year. The first step was accomplished in my getting used to running in the morning before work, getting up at 5:30am and running a route just short of a 5K distance.

Finally, this weekend I completed my first 5K – Ellie’s Run for Africa – and did what I wanted, running without walking at all. There were a couple hills that were a little challenging, but it felt great to finish with a decent time – 34:55. It pretty much felt like my runs every morning. The weather was great too: cloudy and cool. We could not have asked for a better morning! The next step: Peachtree Roadrace 10K on July 4 in hometown of Atlanta. I don’t plan on being able to run the whole thing, but since I grew up hearing about it all my life, it’s on my unofficial bucket list of things to accomplish in my life! And what better time than when I am already running some!

Roommate M and I before the race

Roommate M and I before the race

M, S, and I after the race!

M, S, and I after the race!


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Training Update

T – 12 days

I started running again after a week-long hiatus of parents visiting, being sick, and going out of town. It was like starting from scratch. But I think the progress was faster. I did 4 days of early morning runs (which I still love), just under 3 miles, same route. My time got a couple minutes better throughout the week to put me back to where I was before the hiatus. Today, M, S, and I went to the park where the 5K will be and attempted to run the actual route. It is very different running in a field/woods than paved sidewalk. I kind of enjoyed it though. We got most of the route, but got confused at one point and back-tracked. It was fairly flat, with only a couple larger hills. I think it’s going to be very doable.

I am starting to get really excited for the race. I don’t really care what time I do it in, I would just really like to do it without walking at all!! I am still working on the eating better. My goal is to fit into the shorts I bought in March when I had lost weight (which I apparently have gained back now….boo).

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Training Update

Countdown to Ellie’s Run: 26 days

I have good news and bad news on my training update. Last week was very successfull. I got up in the 5 o’clock hour every morning, Monday through Thursday, and ran my 2.95 mile route, and on Friday, ran a shorter 1.96 miles. I loved running in the morning; it was cool outside and there was very little traffic on the road. I felt great! I also ate better all week.

The bad news for me is that my parents came into town this weekend. I absolutely loved spending the weekend with them, but I didn’t run (or do any exercise) and I ate way too much and not the best food. Anyway, I still have time to make it to my 5K distance and hopefully my trip to the deep south next weekend won’t set me back even more! And this sick I feel coming on will go away ASAP (says my power of positive thinking…..)


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Training Update

Ran 2.95 miles yesterday and today, on West End, which isn’t exactly flat. I think I’ll actually be ready for the 5K in a month, and might actually have a decent time. Amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it! If anyone else is Nashville is interested: Ellie’s Run for Africa on June 13 at Percy Warner! (http://www.elliesrun.org/)

Now, if I can just start eating better, I’ll really be making progress. I have almost no will power when it comes to sweets and snacking. Any tips…other than to not buy them?? (Problem is they are always at work).