October 10, 2011

Cullman Oktoberfest 10K

I survived my first 10K. 
I know. I was shocked too. 
Let me tell you something about good ol’ C-town.. it’s hilly. You don’t realize it until you start running. 
I’m not going to complain-I literally signed up Friday morning for this race and refused to ride the course for fear I would drop out. I knew there was a bad hill. 
Side Note: A lot of you have tweeted, e-mailed, Pinterested me to make sure I have seen this Running Skirt. Yes. I have. I own it. It made an appearance for the Oktoberfest 10K. I’m so glad that when you see houndstooth, you think of me. You don’t know how much that warms my heart. 
I got lots of compliments on that and the socks. I really love that Tonia has opened my eyes to the fun of skirts and socks. 
Let’s talk about 10K’s that are split off from 5K’s for a second.
Everything is all fine and dandy until you meet that split marker.. and then? Less than 50 runners ran the 10K. Spread that out over a 6 mile course and you’ll be by yourself a lot. With no police escorts or nice volunteers telling you which way to go. It’s you all by your lonesome. 
Thankfully, I talked Robbie into running with me– he wasn’t sure he could do it and I assured him that he could. And then?? He sandbagged me. That’s right.. he ran off and LEFT me! 
First off– the Oktoberfest 5K course is the same as the Strawberry Days 5K- which is a tough course. The 10K is terrible. It loops back on itself so much that we ran down the same street 3 times! How is that cool?? It’s not. And let’s not even talk about Scenic Drive with it’s 200 ft elevation. 
Dad and Claire searching for me along this finish line. 
Oh there I am. With no one around me!!

Claire ran across her first finish line and didn’t dig it. Karen said the pictures of us running across the finish line were too blurry. So sads.
Look, T! The makings of a Quad are there!! 
Happy to be done. 

My running buddy. The sandbagger. I mean, Robbie. 
Running hills makes my eye stop working. Me, Karen, Claire, and Dad.
We wanted to wait and see the awards ceremony.. just in the hopes that I placed- I knew I wouldn’t win the age division because Ashley won the women’s part and she is in my age group. 
I DID win a door prize!! A $25 gift certificate to Cummings Sporting Goods. It almost makes up for my race shirt being a size large. 
 The Bugermiester called me back up to the mic to talk about my tweeting habits and give me a shout out and then I requested that I be named Best Dressed on the course and he agreed. He named me “Burgermiester Best Dressed.” Holla! 
Anyway.. it took 45 minutes to get through the 5K portion of winners and I had to get to the BBQ Cook Off, so I had to make like a tree and get out of there. 
I placed 4th and last in my age division and 22/26 females. So. This is a slap in the far to start running outside and work on my time– OUTSIDE. 
My garmin time was 1:08:41. Official time 1:08:42.  First 10K. I’ll take it. Just so you know, my treadmill time for a 10K is 59 minutes.. so let this be a lesson to you to get your booty out on the road for an actual run. 
Once I go through the pictures of the BBQ cook-off, I will post some. It was a super fun event that I was proud to be involved in.. even though I don’t eat BBQ. I might as well have told those people Saturday that I had 2 heads because they couldn’t have looked at me any funnier. 
This week will be kind of busy– photo session, BBQ pictures, and Addison’s 5th birthday party. But I will try to be around! :)

Leave a comment to Cullman Oktoberfest 10K

  1. You go girl! Awesome job! And a total fashion icon if I do say so myself ;)

  2. great job!!!! your running outfit is adorable:)

  3. Wow. I thought you told me to run on. Sorry for the miscommunication.

  4. Congrats Girl!!! I love your running skirt, of course! Oh and I love Claire's Bama Hello Kitty shirt. I saw it at the Trunk a few weeks ago and secretly wished for it in my size. :)

  5. Love the outfit. Love the quad. Love the best dressed award.

    Congrats on your first 10K!

  6. I love the first picture of you! :) you actually did better than my first 10K! That one kicked my butt!

  7. That is AWESOME! I love your outfit, definately the best dressed :) Where did you get your socks?

  8. WAYY to Go on that run!!! It doesn't matter that you got 4th!!! What matters is that you did it!!!!

    PS. The outfit is wayy wayyy cute!

  9. Your outfit is amazeballs! Nice work, girl!

  10. Girl you look precious! Hills are hard! But you stuck it out and did it – way to go!

  11. You look great!!! Skinny Minnie!!! You have to share where you get all your running skirts. I'm trying to start up a new running wardrobe and you are, by far, the best dressed runner I know!!!

  12. How awesome! Loving your skirt and socks! Super cute!

  13. Love your outfit. My 10k that I did a month before my half was a split one too, and it was hard to see people go left for the 5k. I had no idea that the treadmill was that different from being outside. Do you normally train outside or on the treadmill? BTW, how many halves have you run? I know you're a seasoned runner, so why do you think it makes such a difference to run treadmill verses outside?

  14. You are like the cutest ever seriously! Love your outfit and good job friend :)

  15. You're so adorable! Love that outfit, and yes I think of you when I see houndstooth too. A creepy story, I have a houndstooth bra, and I thought of you when I saw it in my drawer the other day. TMI? ;) HAHA! Congrats on the run girl!

  16. You look great! I LOVE that you were named Best Dressed!! Fits you nicely!

  17. Very enjoyable post. Thanks for sharing

  18. What a cute outfit! I need to figure out what I'm going to wear to Savannah, asap!
    Your quads are amazing!!

  19. P.S. Great work on the 10k!

  20. Nice, Rachel! You're outfit was super cute and showed off those quads nicely!

    Oh, and my non-running husband leaves me in the dust whenever I bribe him with beer to do a 5k, too! Gotta love it.

    Winks & Smiles,

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