Tuesday, October 2, 2018
As the Endurance Race Series season comes to a close, I had a chance to catch up with our dairy ambassadors for a quick recap of the season and to hear about their accomplishments and key learnings. The takeaway: Races and running seasons don’t always go as planned.
“Some days, crossing that finish line upright is enough!” said Kari, after a race season full of curve-balls and unexpected peaks and valleys. From an autoimmune diagnosis and gastrointestinal issues to setting a new personal record in the 10K, the outcome was anything but predictable.
“Not only was I forced to change my pre- and during-race nutrition, the challenges it [new autoimmune diagnosis] threw at me had me dropping down to the 10K for three of the races, but I ended up breaking a long-standing 10K personal record at Palmer Lake – the first race of the season. Absolutely, the silver lining there!” said Kari. “I was constantly reminded to enjoy the good days and take advantage of learning from the not-so-good days.”
And her “carrot” to get across the finish line on those not-so-good-days? Ice-cold chocolate milk.
“It is always my No. 1 refuel drink of choice and having it readily available at my favorite races was awesome!” said Kari.
A busy schedule had Molly struggling to fit in her training runs, as well as less resistance training and stretching. And while she didn't run as well as she would have hoped, she concluded: “I did my best to get in as many runs as I could, and I think finishing two half marathons is an achievement.”
Molly’s highlight of the season was the unforgettable Colorado scenery. “I loved the beautiful settings of the races,” said Molly. “It was fun to run with a community of other people who love running.”
Kari’s highlight – branching out of her comfort zone to try the Black Hawk trail run.
“I have never done a legitimate trail run before,” said Kari. “And, I absolutely loved it! I did the 10K but can’t wait to try the half next year!”
Disclaimer: Both Molly and Kari are being compensated as dairy ambassadors for Dairy MAX, but their opinions and training ideas are their own.