Spontaneous decision this weekend – I decided to run a race!

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My friend Brandi and her husband Jay were doing the Charlotte Health and Fitness 4 Miler.  On Friday night, she invited me to tag along.  After walk/running 4 miles last weekend, I knew I’d be able to complete the race… plus, I really needed some major motivation to exercise. 


The race didn’t start until 1:30, which was amazing!  Love afternoon races.  I had time to be with the kids, go grocery shopping, and clean up the house before I had to head out.  And all morning long, I was so excited – I was practically giddy to toe a starting line! 


We got there plenty early because I had to do race-day registration.  The weather was wonderful, so we didn’t mind hanging out.

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Brandi and I talked about our goals – she wanted to do a 10-minute mile.  Since I had walk/run 4 miles the previous weekend in an hour, I decided my goal was to do under 50 minutes and to “actually try.”  I wanted to feel my heart pounding! Sweat dripping down my face! My legs aching!  Know what I mean?


The race was very small and low-key, which is my favorite kind of race.  When the announcer said, “Go!” I hung back in the crowd and let Brandi and Jay go ahead of me.  The course was two loops and included both road running and off-road running.  I ran the entire first two miles at a good clip, only stopping to walk once, and crossed the halfway point in 21:20 – not too shabby!


At this point, because the course looped back on itself, I spotted Brandi and Jay.  They were about 1:30 in front of me, and I had a crazy idea that I could catch up.  So I really put the pedal to the metal and pushed it.


I ended up taking a dive in the grass…  Ugh.

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But I quickly popped up and kept going.  I closed in on my friends towards the end – over the last mile, I got closer and closer and closer.  I didn’t want to call out because I knew that Brandi and Jay would either slow down to let me join them or speed up to beat me – hah!  But I really wanted to catch them and finish together.  I was SO CLOSE but couldn’t quite get to them before the finish line.  I ended up being just 3 seconds behind them – almost eliminating a 1:30 gap and running a wonderful negative split.


Finish Time: 41:21

Pace: 10:20

9th out of 17 in my age group!

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I’ve decided that I’ve kind of been phoning in my workouts and can probably train a bit harder.  I am truly surprised that I could do 4 miles at a 10:20 pace – I really didn’t exercise much in the last few months of pregnancy (besides walking) and thought that I’d be starting from the bottom of the barrel.  I don’t know how this happened… Maybe it’s all that toddler-chasing.  But I’ll take it any day!  Bodes well for triathlon season.


Did you run a race this weekend?



  • Mary January 19, 2015, 10:20 am

    Well done on pushing and achieving a fab negative split! Even if you did take a tumble. Hope your knees are OK!

  • Ash Bear January 19, 2015, 10:22 am

    Great job!!

  • Rachel Starr January 19, 2015, 10:33 am

    That’s awesome! Great job 🙂

  • Victoria January 19, 2015, 10:57 am

    Don’t underestimate the potential positive impact of 9 months of exposure to human growth hormone! Congrats!

  • Kim L. January 19, 2015, 11:05 am

    Good for you!!!! Great race re-cap! And I am jealous you were wearing a sleeveless running top- it was ‘warmer’ here this weekend but not that warm!

  • Laura January 19, 2015, 11:37 am

    Great job and welcome back to racing! You rocked it!

  • Colleen January 19, 2015, 11:55 am

    You are what- 6 weeks postpartum? I’d cut yourself some slack on the workouts this soon after having a baby. Nobody expects you to be ready for a triathlon tomorrow!

    • Caitlin January 19, 2015, 12:38 pm

      I don’t either, but to each their own. I want to workout.

  • Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete January 19, 2015, 12:01 pm

    Wow! Great time! I, too, am pretty guilty of phoning in my workouts recently (aka watching Parenthood on the treadmill ALL THE TIME).
    I ran the Disney Star Wars Half this weekend. I stopped quite a bit to take pictures and now I’m wondering what I could have done if I had just ran the whole thing! Need to find another race… 🙂

  • Alexandra January 19, 2015, 12:13 pm

    Way to go! Amazing time 😀 Congrats!

  • Kat @ Where the Sidewalk Ends January 19, 2015, 12:34 pm

    Congrats on the fabulous race! At 7.5 months pregnant, I can’t say that running a race sounds appealing ever again, but it’s so great to know that even so soon post-partum, it’s fully possible 🙂 You’re an inspiration!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 19, 2015, 1:12 pm

    Congrats on your impromptu race! I love using races as a motivating tool. So jealous of the weather by you… in PA we woke up to freezing rain yesterday, it was so yucky!

  • Alex @ True Femme January 19, 2015, 1:24 pm

    Ok that’s seriously impressive. I didn’t just have a baby and it would be a miracle if I had your time! Way to go, Caitlin!

  • Nona @ RunningHigh January 19, 2015, 3:41 pm

    Awesome race, congrats!

    No race for me this weekend, but I completed my 18 mile run for marathon training!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 20, 2015, 10:31 am

    What a great first race back! Congratulations! So jealous of you wearing a tank top! No races here–too icy and cold. In fact, most of my runs have had to be moved onto the “dreadmill” because it’s a bit dangerous on the roads and unshoveled sidewalks.

  • Julie January 20, 2015, 1:05 pm

    I don’t like to race, but I did have a big (for me) running accomplishment this wknd. 🙂 It was unseasonably warm Fri., & I’ve missed running SO MUCH (HATE the treadmill but have been making myself do a mile here & there maybe once a week this winter) so I set out on my 3 mi. loop fully expecting to have to walk some of it, but I pushed thru & ran the whole thing!!! (It nearly killed me…) 😛

  • Gretchen January 20, 2015, 3:53 pm

    Impressive job! I had a baby four days before you had Claire, and your fitness posts are giving me extra doses of motivation too! Keep up the great work. 🙂

  • Katy @ Have You Hurd? January 21, 2015, 8:14 pm

    CONGRATS MAMA! What a killer time. YOU GO GIRL! I hope to do something this awesome after my baby girl is born in April!

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