Monday, February 11, 2008

From the Race Front: KATY COTTON

On last weekend's Rocky Raccoon Race in Huntsville, TX

What surprised you most about the race?
Oh man, the trails were so clean - no mud, no water and who brought in all those additional boardwalks!!! The other thing is the number of runners, justifiable, Rocky is such a great race!

What advice helped you achieve your goal?
Gosh - all of it! And all the things I've learned from Lisa over the years. Despite the guidance for this race, when things get hard, one thing that always pops back into my mind "Run when you can, walk when you have to" works very well in the last miles.

Did you meet any new friends on the course?
Always - can't avoid doing so.

Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!)
Hmmm, despite only training seriously for 6 weeks - have more confidence in my fitness, training, strength and race plan.

Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?

Go for it - with Lisa:) Especially for a first ultra, a coach (esp. a good one) helps you avoid all those newbie mistakes that can set one back and cause a runner to fail or give up. It is so much better w/the experienced guidance.

1 comment:

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Katy my girl!
Look at that 500 mile jacket:):)
You make running look so beautiful. I always tell you this and it is true..when you run your smile lights up the course and you are always with a smile..
and to think so say they never see a runner smile!