2019 Owensboro Bridge Run

Coming ‘atcha today with a race recap! (I know, I know – there has been radio silence on the blog lately. But at least I’m checking in with something good!)

On Saturday, my husband, his dad and I ran the Owensboro Bridge Run 5k! It was the first race both of the guys and they actually enjoyed themselves!

My father-in-law has been training for a while and he ROCKED IT. He finished in 37:51 for his first 5k race and I am SO proud. Ryan finished a few minutes behind his and dad and my heart could have burst seeing him cross the finish. While I have been running for years, it’s never been his thing. I try not to push it on him too much, but I was so hyped to have him out on the course with me.

Caught this guy at the finish line while I was waiting on Ricky and Ryan. So inspiring!

I finished in 31:39 and I’m pretty happy with that time! It was faster than the 5k I ran in May and with life being so crazy lately, I’m proud of the fight I had during the race.
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Everyone got a finishers medal and they were super cute and simple. (That’s the bridge we ran across in the background!)

I also surprised myself and ended up placing third in my age group! I was so pumped. I placed 3rd out of 10 runners in the F 25-29 group and the 4th place female was only 5 seconds behind me. So I’m glad I booked it at the finish.

The race was a part of the Owensboro Air Show weekend. On Friday night we went to a static air show at our local airport and the demonstrations we saw were amazing. The sunset only made it better. On Saturday we sat in the sun for way too long watching the actual air show event. One of the coolest events in Owensboro.

My heart is so full from such a fun weekend with family. I am so thankful to live in the town I grew up in and that I get to share it with some of my favorite people.

Owensboro’s International Bar-B-Q Festival 5k and food recap

On Saturday, I ran my first race of 2019! Every year my hometown has an International Bar-B-q Festival and it’s two days of food, live music, mutton eating contests and so much fun! This is my second time running the 5k race (my first was back in 2010!) and it was so much fun to be around the local running community. So many people come out for the race and the energy was off the charts (even on a chilly Saturday morning!)

The course is super simple and just makes a big loop through downtown Owensboro. While there is basically no crowd support, there are so many runners that you are never alone.

I’m actually pretty happy with my time. Lately, I’ve been running around 11-11:30 pace but I knew being around people and being outside would be a little faster. The first quarter mile was a lot of weaving in and out of the crowds and I had to walk once for 15-20 seconds to adjust my ponytail.

After the race, I came home to finish up some work and shower before heading back down to the festival with my brother to get some lunch. We had lots of samples, but finally decided on a mutton sandwich, lemonade shakeup and some fried cookie dough (so rich, but so good!)

The only crazy thing my brother wanted to try was the deep fried cookie dough. We have all of these insane fried festival food booths every year and I never give in (mainly because most of it sounds disgusting) but decided what the heck and we split the dish. Best choice ever! It was so good! 10/10 will get next year.

Does your town have any crazy festivals/celebrations?! I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

Deciding on my next race

So this winter has been filled with lots of hot yoga, spin classes and some treadmill miles.  After getting some spark back, I have decided on my next race — the International BBQ Fest 5k!

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*I’m in the white t-shirt on the right — I ran the race with my high school xc teammate Lauren, who pushed her bestie Karlie during the race*

I’ve run this race in the past and it’s always so fun. Lots of community support and great food afterward! I’m excited to work toward a faster pace — such a change from last year’s marathon training.

If you’re local and want to run sign up here!

Don’t be afraid to join a run group!

Guys! Last week I ran with a local running group! This group meets once a week at our local running store and heads out for 3-5 miles with different paces and goals.

Even though I had run with this group in the past (like two years ago) I was still nervous to jump back out there and do it again. I’m so glad I ignored the nerves though because it was so much fun!

I ran four miles at a 10:!5 pace which is the furthest and fastest I’ve run in a long time. I was so thankful to have running buddies beside me. We even ended the run with the most magical snow falling from the sky. It was a perfect night.

I can’t wait to go back this week!

(I’m on the far right in orange!)

Also — safety first when running at night!

So long story short — don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You never know what good can come from it!

Feel free to ask me any questions about running with a group or how to get involved!

A weekend full of running

After this weekend, my heart is so full! Ryan and I spent all weekend working but it was so fun getting to report together!

Friday night we covered high school football playoffs in Louisville then drove to Lexington afterward to spend the night since we had an early wakeup call to be at the KHSAA State Cross Country Championships!

We had all of our local schools represented at the race so we ended up being there ALL DAY. But it was so much fun to wade through the course, (so much rain last week left things pretty soggy and muddy) run across the fields to get as many photos as possible and watch the award presentations.

10 years ago I was the KY state meet as a runner and it was so fun to be back as a journalist.

Funny sidenote from the day – the “official” drink of the race was Ale 8 One. Pretty funny if you’re a Kentuckian.

Now as I’m typing this I’m taking it pretty easy while watching the TSCNYC Marathon. Obviously cheering on so many American women. Who do you think will win?

It was such a great weekend and I’m excited to go into this next week. Happy Sunday, friends!

Discount codes for RNR Vegas!

There is still time to register for RnR Vegas! While I don’t have the money or the vacation days to travel across the country, this race is definitely a bucket list item for me!

If you have the chance to run Vegas I would highly encourage it. The Rock N Blog even has a discount code for the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k to help you out a little.

Neon lights, light-up mile markers, fireworks, glowing signage, a volcano…this race has it all!

As the only domestic nighttime race in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, this event truly sparkles. Signage will light the way as you navigate the Start and Finish lines. You’ll flash across the Start Line while fireworks set you off on your tour of Las Vegas. Everyone will experience the electricity of Las Vegas as the course runs along the Strip and through Freemont Street. Brand-new mile markers will be literally “lit” from within for this nighttime race so you know how many miles you have left to shine. And finally, your energy will ignite as you cross the Finish Line at the Mirage volcano.

Join us in November so you can see just how LIT it gets on the #StripAtNight.

Track ladder workout

In high school, one of my favorite track workouts was the ladder. We would run:

100m (basically an all-out sprint)
200m
400m
800m (half-mile)
1600m (mile)
800m
400m
200m
100m

Throughout the workout, I varied my break time to be anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute.

So since I’m not training for anything specific right now, this is the exact workout I did yesterday! It’s so fun and honestly goes by so fast. Ladders are a great way to mix things up and they really get your legs moving — which is great if want to work on speed!

I warmed up by talking Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood and then did some strides down the street.
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Since we’re in the process of moving, my beloved (and sometimes dreaded) treadmill is in storage. So I’m doing this workout down the streets in my parent’s subdivision. Each street is .25 miles so it’s pretty easy to gauge how far I’m running. I really wish I had a track to run, but this will do for now.

It’s so fun to run freely without a training plan. I think for now I’m going to take a few weeks to do random workouts and runs of varying distances before starting a new training plan. I might be flirting with the idea of a fall half marathon?! 😉