Fast times, favorite race

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Sunday morning I toed the line for my third Cap 10K and I was so excited! I was really bummed after missing out on last year’s race, so I knew there was no way I was passing it up this year!

First stop was the expo on Saturday! We had to pick up our bibs and of course check out all the swag. The expo here is really great, parking is plentiful in the garage and it’s worth it to just pay the $5 to park there. Bibs are organized by number, so bring your bib number and photo ID to get that. The booths are all great, and there are photo ops with local celebrities (and he is also an actual celebrity and Olympian) Leo Manzano!

I stayed at my parents’ house outside of Austin, and early that morning my Dad, brother and I loaded up and caravanned with some friends to our super top secret parking spot. (Trust me, it’s amazing and much needed in Austin on a race day!)

My family and I walked down to the start line with all my Austin friends! Alyssa, Lesli, Devangi, Jodi, and more! We were a conglomeration of Oiselle Volee, Bibrave Pros, and Shoal Creek Striders. All the team pictures were taken and then we got in our corrals. I was a little bit sad that my dad and brother couldn’t start in the same corral as me, but that’s ok! It was easy enough to find them after the race.

My big plan was to run my first sub 60 minute 10K today, and the weather was perfect for it! The morning started in the 40s, but it wasn’t wet and not too humid either. Literally miracle weather for Texas at this time of year. My friend Alyssa agreed to pace me because I was feeling so nervous about hitting this goal! We started together and she kept me motivated through the first half, which is super hilly. The 5K came and went, and I made the decision to keep the pace for a little bit longer instead of starting to speed up, and that was definitely my mistake. Alyssa stayed right on target, never running slower than 9:45 (many times I had to surge and catch up to her, but oh well.) This race would’ve been a totally different (sad) story without her there. I was sooooo glad to cross this finish line with her in 1:01:41!! That’s a 12 minute PR!! Thank you Alyssa! We are bonded for life now that we went through that race together!

I got my medal, said hi to a few friends (Hi Cate!, Hi Jessie!) and then went to try to watch my dad and brother finish, but my post-race brain couldn’t make sense of the tracking updates, so I missed them.

After wandering around the post-race party for a bit, we all headed back home to eat, shower, and enjoy the rest of our day!

I keep thinking back to my first race, it was this one, in 2015. I thought I had trained a lot. I ran a 1:18. The rest of that year, I ran off and on, completed more races, but I felt so stuck. I knew I wanted to become a better runner, but didn’t really know how. Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of my progress from then to now!

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a lot of thanks and credit to my amazing coach Becki Spellman. I’ve been with her since 2017, and she has whipped me right into shape! I would not be the runner I am today without her, and sure hope she is proud.

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