Runners Tell All: A Running Picture

Well, I suppose a good way to start my new blog is to start with a link up. There are a lot of reasons I am shutting down the old blog. Some of which I may share, or I may leave you all to wonder about it. To those of you who are new (everybody at this point…haha): Hello! I’m glad you are here to my new, improved blog. I hope you find a reason to stick around for a while.

Amanda at The Lady Okie is putting on this monthly blog link-up as way for runner to meet and get to know each other. Of all the link ups I’ve seen in blog-land, this is definitely my favorite (by far) and I’m super excited to start joining in. Short run down: every month there is a new topic and you write about it! This months topic is to share a running photo and tell you about it.

I won an AG award!
I won an AG award!

My most recent running photo. I did a 5k with Amy on Easter weekend. This particular race stands out for a couple different reasons.

First, this 5k was the first race I have run in since I ran the Big D half in April of 2014. I forgot how much I enjoy the racing atmosphere. No matter your skill level it is fun.

Second, I won an AG award! I got second place. 🙂 The best thing about running the smaller, local races is the likelihood of winning an age group award (or overall award) increases dramatically! My official race time was 27:29 which isn’t a PR, but it was good enough to secure 2nd place in the 20-29 female category. I’ll take it!

Third, I forgot I could run hard. It’s true. I mostly coast when I run. Running at a 10:00 per mile pace is comfortable, easy, and doesn’t require a lot of effort. I don’t like being uncomfortable so this works for me. I had no real race plan when the starter pistol went off, I just started running and tried to hold on. I realized fairly early on I was going at an 8:45 pace, and I decided I was going to go for it. It’s crazy what we can accomplish when we try. I don’t think I could have gone any faster or held that pace for any farther. As far as racing goes…it was pretty perfect.

Last, this race got me excited about running again. Ever since moving to El Paso, running has been hard and not very much fun. When I got home from this race, I immediately sat down at my computer and made a fall racing plan. I’ve since started building up my fitness base and I feel (almost) back in the swing of things.

So, there you have it. A picture from one of the best races I have done. It wasn’t the most impressive distance or the most exciting themed event, but it was the perfect race at the perfect time. And really, you can’t ask for more than that.


25 thoughts on “Runners Tell All: A Running Picture

    • Julie May 21, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      I was so shocked! Makes me want to only run smaller races so I can win something again.


  1. Ashley May 21, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Running an AG award was also the single greatest moment of my life. I almost retired from running after that but I already had paid for 2 half-marathons. You rock! (Stopping by from Runners Tell All)


    • Julie May 21, 2014 / 3:52 pm

      Now you just have to go out and win another AG award…or maybe an overall award?!?! 🙂


  2. Beka May 21, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    Awesome job on winning an award you in your age group! That is awesome. I’m glad you have a plan for your running as that does sometimes help buckle down with training. Thanks for linking up with us this month.


    • Julie May 21, 2014 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you! I will certainly be linking up with y’all again next month!


  3. Army Amy May 21, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    It was a great race and you did a fantastic job that day! I definitely felt re-energized afterwards, too. I’m not sure if I’ll attain the 5k PR that I desire, but I am really looking forward to the 10 Miler in the Heat and (maybe, possibly) the Flying Horse Half.


    • Julie May 21, 2014 / 3:54 pm

      I selfishly hope that Stephen’s return timeline allows you to run the Flying Horse. 🙂


  4. Amanda Bumgarner May 21, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Jealous! I would love to win an AG award. At my 2nd marathon in December, I thought I had a good shot of a top-three in my AG because it was a smaller race. I got 4th! Gah! So close. Congratulations! Glad you linked up with us, and good luck on your new blog 🙂 I think Runners Tell All is a good way to kick it off!


    • Julie May 22, 2014 / 12:33 pm

      4th is so close! Next time for sure!


  5. Rachel @ Curious Runner May 22, 2014 / 1:54 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments 🙂 Such a great link up to meet new people like you!! Love this story of a happy little 5km, and totally agree about the best race at the best time!


  6. Rebecca May 22, 2014 / 2:20 am

    Well done on placing second, and for pushing yourself not just to coast! I always start out coasting, and then after a few miles am like “hmm, if I push myself I might end up walking… better just keep coasting”. I think I’ll try pushing it at tonight’s 10k. 😀


    • Julie May 22, 2014 / 12:34 pm

      Good luck! Let me know how it goes!


      • Rebecca May 23, 2014 / 4:57 am

        It worked! New PB by a few minutes! 😮 Thought of your post as I hit the 5k mark and managed to keep up a faster pace than usual until the end. /highfive!


      • Julie May 24, 2014 / 6:08 pm

        Ahhhh that’s awesome!! Congrats girl!


  7. kari May 22, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Congrats on your age-group award! Nice job!


  8. Andrea May 23, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Congrats! That is super cool! I haven’t ever been able to do a smaller race, but think it looks like so much fun. Sometimes these overcrowded NYC races through Central Park get a little boring…


    • Julie May 24, 2014 / 6:09 pm

      Yeah I doubt NYC has small races. Could always leave the city!


  9. Miss Nutralicious May 23, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Age group awards are awesome! If I won an age group award AND had the opportunity to take a picture with the posted results, I would be all over it. And yes, I would be highly motivated to run more so that I could win more awards.


    • Julie May 24, 2014 / 6:09 pm

      Yes, it is definitely motivating! That is probably one of my favorite photos now!


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