Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Springtime Tallahassee 10K 2018

My very first race was the Springtime Tallahassee 10k in 2007. My aunt Mary had started getting into running and convinced us all to sign up. We had NO idea what we were in for. I was 17, so I was able to run with youthful energy for awhile. What you need to know though, is that Tallahassee is very hilly-and this race route is through some downtown areas that I avoided when I drove my stick shift. It's a very challenging course, so to make it your first race is kinda crazy!

2007 (I'm number 46!)
I remember sitting on my front porch with my cousin Brandon (to the left of me in the picture) after that race and thinking I'm not going to be able to get up! After that year they added a 5k route to the same race, and we did that faithfully for a few years. I moved away in 2010 when I got married, but I still tried to run it with my parents a couple of times. It's a really popular race, so there are tons of people running with you and there are a lot of vendors at the afterparty. Plus the Springtime Tallahassee parade is a great tradition to watch while sporting your race bib. 

This year, my mom and I have been run/walking together twice a week. She is killing it right now. She has lost a lot of weight and is loving her Orangetheory classes. My mom said that she never thought she would be able to run. We've been using the C25K/C210K apps, and they are a game changer! On the app, you select which day you are on and it will guide you through your run with voice prompts. 

The 10K was still very hard! But, we ran the first mile easily because it's downhill. After that we turned on the app and ran together. It's great because the walk breaks allow you to catch your breath. I never would have been able to run such a big portion of that race without doing it like that. You can do anything for 90 seconds! 







Gosh, it was so humid during the race! They actually had to move up the start time, so that the parade could start earlier too. Just as predicted, the rain poured at 11 am! April showers, I guess. Either way, it was so fun and I was just SO incredibly proud of my mom. She has inspired me a lot lately, especially because exercise has not been a big part of my daily routine for a while. 

I was just thinking a have a box of medals and race bibs that I really need to do something with! Let me know if you have any suggestions. And be sure to leave a comment below if you have done something again after a few years and been able to compare your journey! 

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment! I am not a runner by any stretch of the imagination and am so impressed by people who are. I hope you have a great day, xAllie www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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    1. Thank you Allie! I'm always impressed by the people who take off at the start line and maintain that pace the whole time! I can't even imagine my body being able to do that.

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  2. Congrats on a great race! It's so hard to run when it's humid outside!

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    1. Thank you Erinn! I know you would have like this route!

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  3. What a great accomplishment!! I have never run a 5k but would love to at some point. I would probably be like you after my first one and worried that I wouldn't be able to get up lol Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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    1. It's so fun Sierra! The camaraderie of all the runners is just so great. Try the couch to 5k app! It really helps condition you for a race.

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  4. Too cool that you guys do these events as a family when you can! I think anyone who chooses to run is amazing! And congrats to your mom on dropping some pounds and, more importantly, enjoying her workouts!! I love the comparison pic of 2007!! I'm pretty sure 17 year old Audrey STILL didn't have the youthful energy to run a 5k OR 10k. Hahaha!

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    1. Having a healthy activity to do with your family is priceless. I love it so much! Haha I think you could do more than you think!

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  5. I’ve been debating getting back into running so I’m going to check out those apps! I love that you and your mom did this together- I bet it made the race extra special!

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    1. I like running because it's something you can do with minimal equipment and no gym membership! 10/10 recommend the couch to 5k or 10k apps. They are so helpful. You can still hear all the queues with your music going!

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  6. Well done! I've never run a 10k but one day!! I need to get back into running!! Love that you and your mom are doing this, I don't think I'll ever get my mom to run!!

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    1. Thank you Julie! I literally said the same thing. My mom said she'd never be able to run! You can totally do a race on your own, but a running buddy does help tremendously! If nothing but somebody to talk to you to distract you from the pain, haha.

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  7. I want to do a 5k one day, and a 10k is an awesome achievement! Way to go! You inspire me.

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  8. Good for you!! I'm definitely not a runner but Orange Theory has helped me too!! I can do so much more than I used to!

    Katherine | www.oneswainkycouple.com

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    1. I really want to try OrangeTheory! We don't have one near us, unfortunately. My mom LOVES it. I hope I can join her one day and see what all the fuss is about.

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  9. What an amazing accomplishment! It is so impressive that so many members of your family do this - it's really inspiring, you have a great family by the looks of it! You Mum and Aunt look awesome for it as well. Well done!!

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    1. Thank you Joanne! I do have an awesome family! Doing a healthy activity together is one of my favorite things. (We do plenty of eating and drinking after though, haha)

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  10. Congrats on running — that is a huge accomplishment and should be celebrated! So fun you got to share it with loved ones, too

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

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