Kara just finished off her first ever half marathon at the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey Bay, California. She was second overall, first American, and ran a 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier!
It’s been a very good Fall preparing for this foray into new territory. Kara’s training has been very consistent and today was a great first step into the world of half, and full marathons.
It’s exciting to see what else this year will bring!
Kara got her fall racing schedule underway today running the Genworth 10 Miler in Lynchburg, Virginia. It’s an incredibly hilly course in a town also known as “Hill City”. The goal was to go and run a hard effort without backing off the miles that she’s been running this fall.
Kara claimed 1st American and 5th overall running 56:43. It’s a very pleasing result. These types of races are all about her beginning to get a feel for the longer distances so she is ready to tackle her first half marathon on November 16. It’s a big confidence boost to know she can run that well on such a tough course while in heavy training.
It’s been an interesting Fall since Kara’s former coach Beth Sullivan departed for Tennessee. Kara and I had discussed having me coach her somewhere down the road, but I am not sure either of us were fully prepared when it was thrust upon us. It has been challenging for both of us, but I think that we have handled it very well and accomplished some very good training so far.
A coach-athlete relationship often times runs counter to a wife-husband relationship (it’s a lot easier telling an athlete what to do!), but it looks like we have passed the first test and produced a quality result. I am excited to see what else the next few months have in store given the work and sacrifice Kara puts in every day.
I’ve been back in the United States for a little over a week now. My life has been all about getting back into routine and getting things together that had been neglected during my four weeks of vacation. Let me repeat; FOUR WEEKS!
I had an incredible time. I loved getting to know the new/crazy/wonderful Australian family that I married into and I have to mention the scenery and food was ridiculous in all the most amazing ways!
But now that I’m back, I have some work to do. I definitely was able to train while I was in Australia but it lacked the intensity that I’ve grown very used to. It’s surprising how running one or two moderate workouts and getting 60 miles a week can feel casual after years of progression through training.
It was refreshing to get that break but now that I’m home, I’m feeling more like myself! My muscles are sore, my feet ache, I have an insatiable appetite, I must have a nap to get through the day, and my life revolves around my next run. I love it! This is how my body should feel and this is how I know I’m getting better. Now things are as they should be!