Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Athlete’s Corner 3 Miler

This past weekend was so much fun, I enjoyed every minute of it!

On Saturday morning, I ran the first race of the “Triple Crown” series here in my hometown. It was a 3 mile race that began at a local athletic store and ran through a few neighborhoods.

I’ve run this race several times in the past, but this is the first year that a medal will be given to those who complete the entire series (3 miler this past weekend, 5 miler in May, and 4 miler in July). Extra bling? I’m in!

In looking back, I realized that I’ve actually run this race four times, the first being 2010! I had to laugh at my antics at 2011’s race and am happy to see how far I’ve come time-wise! I didn’t look at my time from 2014 prior to running the race this year, because I didn’t want to freak myself out.

However, I knew my time was in the 23 minute range somewhere…

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I arrived bright and early at the Athletic Store to a HUGE crowd of people – much larger than previous years.

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After picking up my packet, number, and shirt, I found a few of my friends.

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These shoe timing chips were something new this year!

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We lined up and were told that the race would begin in 1 minute. I frantically realized that I hadn’t yet told my watch to search for satellite. Oh. No. Before I knew it (and before I had time to think of a plan B), the race director hollered GO!

Oh geeze.

As a last-minute thought, I decided to just start my watch anyway and follow it time wise, even if it wasn’t picking up distance yet.

The watch picked up satellite around .2 miles, so I knew how to calculate my time, distance, and how far it was off in my head. Above all else, it gave me something to do while I ran! Hah!

Lead runners somehow got turned around and ran straight instead of turning into the first neighborhood…whoops! I’m so glad I didn’t follow! As I passed each mile marker, I kept track of my distance vs my time…although I was never 100% sure about my pace, so I pushed on and ran as hard as I could. I also tried to count each girl that I passed to see if I had a chance of placing in this race (although I was highly doubtful because there were SO many people). I’m kinda competitive, what can I say?

Before I knew it, we were on the stretch back to the finish line. I decided not to grab water because the finish line was so close and I was in a good running pattern. The best part? I had NO pain at all. Nothing. It was amazing.

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Hello finish line! That’s a smile of relief, knowing I was so close to being finished! (Thanks to Randy for the great photo!)

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I crossed the finish line with an official time of 23:40! I had to go back and check last year’s time to be sure….but it was definitely a PR! A 13 second PR at that!

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After hanging around for the awards ceremony, we walked over to a local restaurant for breakfast.

About that awards ceremony? Yeah, I didn’t place (which is totally ok with me…I’m GREAT with a PR)! However, the girl that was maybe 15 seconds in front of me the entire race placed third in my age group. Whomp whomp. Guess I’ll just have to work harder next time!

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Breakfast was delicious and I enjoyed spending time with friends!

The rest of the weekend?

Well, I saw Cinderella with a group of girls on Friday night and…yeah, we had a blast!

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My Disney-loving friend and I enjoyed dressing up for the movie…(No, I didn’t wear the tiara the entire time…mostly just for pictures!) :)

However, I did love wearing my new shirt from the Lauren Conrad (LC) Kohl’s Cinderella line! It’s a light blue tank with butterflies all over it – it’s a beautiful top!

I definitely want to see the movie again….it was SO good!

How was your weekend? Run any races? Did you see Cinderella?


  1. Great job on the race. That has happen to me a few times where the race has started before my Garmin has found satellite!

    1. Ugh that's so annoying! Haha! I definitely learned a lesson, pay attention to the Garmin BEFORE lining up to begin the race!

  2. Congrats on your shiny new PR Karen. Too bad you just missed out on an AG award. I have not seen Cinderella and really don't have anyone to go with...unless I ask my neighbor if I can go with she and her 4 year old!

    1. Awww...hah I'm sure you would all enjoy Cinderella! :) Definitely try and watch once it comes to video! Thanks so much, Pam!

  3. Congrats! You're so fast!!! I ran a 3.17 St Patrick's Day race last night & PR'd. I want to see Cinderella. How was it?

    1. FUN!! Congratulations, Traci!
      Cinderella was a great movie, I want to see it again!

  4. Congrats on that PR girl! I do the same thing...look at every girl ahead of me and wonder if she's my age lol! We saw Cinderella too...I wore my glass slipper challenge I Did It shirt to the movie lol! LOVED the movie and definitely want to see it again!

    1. Thanks so much, Mindy! Great shirt of choice for the movie! :)

  5. Congrats on the PR!!! I am sooooo excited that we are doing the triple crown series together!!!


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