Here Comes August

IMG_0906

Now I can officially say it, I can’t believe summer is over! Schools are starting back and football is right around the corner. I am ready for football, but I am not ready for all the madness to start at work. We support all the teachers in the district with their technology needs, so we stay on the run until Thanksgiving. It can be really tough somedays, and there are moments when you begin to question your career choice. However, we get a lot of great stories out of it from dealing with all kinds of people. August also marks the beginning of my final semester at school so I will be graduating with my degree in December. Found out today that everything is good to go and I will have that degree in hand at the end of the year!

IMG_0925Ok, moving on to the main part of why I write. I noticed I have started blogging about my entire life, but I have so much going on it kind of just goes with the whole story. This past weekend we ran the Walnut Grove Breakaway 5K. I missed this race last because of teacher training so I was happy to get to run it again. They have always put on a good race and the course is a fairly good one. The course is mostly flat with a big long incline coming back towards the finish. This heat and all the rain we have been having is knocking me out of training. Therefore, my time is back up but I have learned that’s ok, still trumping the people on the couch. I finished in 36:00 minutes with a burning red face and in need of water. I still managed a third place win in my age group. The need for water eventually turns in to hunger and I end up usually at a Chick-fil-A. I’m not sure if I have told you all about my obsession with chick-fil-a. There is a joke that if I eat chick-fil-a before the race, I will run faster. I have proven it to be true especially in the winter. Side note about Chick-fil-a, if y’all don’t have it already, download the app to your phone because they have a new reward program. For every dollar you spend you get 10 points and those points turn in to redeemable free food. You just tell them when you order you would like to scan your barcode in your app and the points are applied. The more points you get, the better free food you can redeem. Check it out if you are a chick-fil-a eater like myself.

IMG_0938

I do happen to love August for the sole reason that it marks the beginning of all the best fall races. This weekend we are running a race called Run for Noses and it’s proceeds goes to help the dogs. I am all about running races for the dogs, because I am a huge animal lover.

Next weekend, I will be running the Brain Fitness 5K in Athens for a friend of mine. I don’t know about the rest of August just yet, but I know something will come up. I have been looking ahead and September looks like it’s going to be the month for awesome races. I will post my upcoming schedule once I make a decision on which one’s I am doing.

See you guys on the road!

 

 

 

 

Summer Heat

It has seriously been awhile since I have posted so I thought I would get some writing in. I promise, I am not giving up on the blog, just busy with finishing up my degree. Just finished summer semester yesterday and I feel like I can breathe again. Only one more semester left this Fall and I couldn’t be more excited. Finally going to get more time to do the things I enjoy most.

I can’t believe summer is almost to an end. We are gearing up for the school year to start again in a little over a week at work. It doesn’t even feel like we have had a summer, I guess because we have stayed pretty busy at work with different projects.

I have been looking back on my runs since the Raliegh Half Marathon and I haven’t ran that many races this summer. It’s always slow in the summer though. Back in June we ran the Navi-Gator 5K in Cumming and the Made in The USA 5K in Sugar Hill. Awesome races but they have crazy hills and mix those with heat and you get nothing but slow from this girl. My favorite race this summer of course was the Peachtree. It was a lot of fun and there is so much going on which so return I stay highly entertained. Staying highly entertained makes me forget about the fact I can’t breathe, legs were on fire, and sweating like I was tossed in a pool. In all seriousness though, I did feel like I got overheated and I should have been more prepared on the hydration side but I made it. My finishing time was around 1:24 which is normal for me on a 10K in the summer months. I can’t wait for the 50th Peachtree next year, I bet Atlanta Track Club is going to go all out for the 50th.

IMG_0878

The only other race I have ran since the Peachtree was the 5K I ran in St. Augustine. It was one of the best courses I have ever ran because it was super flat. However, that Florida heat just doesn’t let up so I was on the struggle bus to the finish. I finished under 40 minutes so I consider that a win. I can now mark the Bridge of Lions 5K off of my list. I have plenty more on my list for next year in Florida that I can hopefully check off.

IMG_0877

This weekend I am running the Walnut Grove 5K. I missed this race last year, so I’m glad it worked out to where I am in town to run it.

I will write more very soon. I have a month off until my final semester starts again so hopefully I can get in some good posts.

 

Race 13.1 Raleigh

I’m going to start out by saying that if you have never been to Raleigh, GO TO Raleigh. It’s an awesome place with a thriving community full of amazing restaurants, swanky bars and unique art galleries. We left for Raleigh early Friday morning so I could pick up my packet before the race. We arrived in Raleigh right around lunchtime and found this cool Greek restaurant right beside the hotel for a quick bite to eat. We stayed at the Holiday Inn downtown which was walking distance to everything downtown has to offer. After lunch we did some exploring and then drove to get my packet at the running store. There was no expo for this race so it was a quick in and out. The area around the running store is so pretty and reminded me of the Five Points area in Athens. Super cute houses and a great walking/biking area. The GPS took me through this area so I was able to see some of the course before race day. The first thing I noticed was the hills, which I have to say, makes Athens seem flat. The race started at 7:15 Saturday morning. I was so worried Friday night about the race because I knew it was going to be hilly and the last hilly half I did, did not go so well. I was worried about nothing, even though it was one of the more strenuous half’s I have done, my legs felt great the entire time. The course was ran a long a shaded neighborhood and green way, so I was thankful that I was in the shade the majority of the time. Around mile 2, I had this really sweet lady come up to me and ask would I like a running buddy. I was running alone by this point, because I couldn’t keep up with my friend Barbara. I was so thankful to have someone to run with to keep me motivated. I don’t do good in heat and will basically shut down if it gets over 70 degrees. We stayed together the rest of the race and talked and kept each other motivated by encouraging each other as we did our run/walk strategy. I now have a North Carolina friend and are keeping in touch through Facebook. Having someone to talk to made the time pass by more quickly. Before I knew it, we were at mile 12, about to climb the very last hill. The last hill was half a mile long and was straight up. We were exhausted by this point, so we had to push ourselves up it. We finished in 3:18, (not my best time but I had a blast getting to make a new friend). The finishers medal was really cute and had a squirrel on it which is what Raleigh is known for. I was told they actually drop an acorn at New Year’s. Overall, I am really glad Barbara invited me to the race and I was able to run my 10th half marathon with her.

After the race, I was starving so I went back to the hotel to get cleaned up and we headed out to this really great barbecue place called The Pit. If you are ever in Raleigh, stop by and try their BBQ and friend chicken! I don’t normally eat fried chicken but it sounded too good to pass up and it was! We stayed until Sunday afternoon and got to explore all of downtown Raleigh and Chapel Hill. I had a lot of fun the entire trip and will defiantly go back sometime in the near future. Thanks to my awesome friend, Cheryl for coming with me and exploring the city with me. Here we are with our Frose’s!

 

Rain, Rain Go Away

IMG_9713

Don’t get me wrong, I am so glad it’s raining and not leaving us feeling like we live in a desert. However, I would love to get a run in without planning it around thunderstorms and rain. I use to like running in the rain but I guess because I always have something to do afterwards I don’t want to be soaking wet when done. Therefore, training has been on hold until the sun decides to shine again. I’m so glad we were able to get in the run this past Saturday and an awesome hike in on Sunday without it pouring down. Saturday’s race was in Monroe called the Run For Kids 5K benefiting the Walton County Boys and Girls Club. It was an awesome race with the best awards I have seen in a long time. All of the fast people must have knew they gave cool awards because I was 5th place in my age group. The 4 girls ahead of me were all under 30 minutes so I didn’t stand a chance. I came in at 34:21. Regardless, it was a nice flat course, the rain held off and I got to see some sweet friends so it was a great morning.

I really hope I can get a run in tomorrow afternoon. My training plan for getting a sub 30 has started and I have 4 miles to run tomorrow for my first workout. I haven’t stopped talking about this training plan. I have high hopes for it and hopefully it will sort out what I am doing wrong. My goal race is in October so that leaves me all summer to train and get stronger in the heat.

I have a busy weekend ahead. We leave for Raleigh on Friday and I run my 10th half marathon on Saturday. I have never been to Raleigh so it will be a fun trip. I can’t wait to go exploring and try some new restaurants. When I get back from the trip, I will have to hit the ground running. My summer classes start Monday and I am teaching yoga that night. Next week, I will be diving completely in to the new training plan and we are signed up for a middle of the week 5K for national running day. Lots going on but really when is there not. Look for a Raleigh post next week!

See you on the road!

 

Firehouse 5K Recap

2018-05-19_12-08-25_255

I have found one of my new favorite races, the Firehouse 5K in Covington. Covington is such a cute small town to begin with, which its best known as the filming location of the TV show The Vampire Diaries. I know The Vampire Diaries is kind of old news but I once really enjoyed the show and I still like going to eat at the now famous Mystic Grill in downtown. I think I really enjoyed this race because of the atmosphere and all of our awesome friends were there. There was so many people at this race, I knew from the beginning it was a given I would not place in my age group. Therefore, you just run and enjoy the sightseeing when all else fails. We were able to run for a finisher’s medal at this race. I know some people have mixed feelings about finisher’s medals but I think if you can take something home to remember the race by then that’s all you really need! I also enjoyed getting to run with a friend the last two miles of the race. We were trying to get under 34 minutes but just couldn’t make it because of the humid temperatures. I think if it had been cooler we would have got the 33 minutes. We came in at 34:26 and once again I was happy to see the clock. I shut down in warm weather so I consider it a win if I come in under 35 minutes during the summer months.

2018-05-19_08-51-32_250

2018-05-19_10-13-53_509

We will once again have to get use to the hot temperatures this summer during our training runs. We don’t get off until 5 in the summer and we have to be there at 7 in the mornings when school is out so there is no time to run but at night when it’s brutal out. We run down a greenway and this time of year snakes are really bad. You have to watch every step you take and make sure every stick is not a snake. We ran right in to one last night and it was a good thing I was not by myself, I would have never saw it until it was too late. We trained at this place all last summer so I think making sure we keep a close eye out for ones curled up we will be ok. Can’t let snakes or the heat ruin our training.

I am going to go ahead and say this so it’s out there and I will stay motivated. My goal once again is to get under 30 minutes at a race in October that I have selected as my goal race. I have all summer to train while it’s hot to get me ready for the cooler weather. I have started eating better and watching calories of everything I eat. I believe you can find a happy balance of enjoying those french fries or whatever you love every once in awhile as long as you stay on track. I am one of those people who won’t stick to a hardcore plan. I still have to enjoy a cheat day every once in a while because I love food. There is a joke at work that I am always hungry and it’s true I stay hungry therefore I can’t dive into cutting out all calories. Since I am on the new diet, work out plan and about to start a training plan for the race in October, I will blog about it here on my page. Get ready to read the good, the bad and the ugly that comes along with trying to reach a goal. I will do a separate post about all of this in the next week or two.

Update on my Yoga business: so I have been trying to get my yoga classes to take off in Braselton and I’m going to just put it honestly, it’s not happening. The last two times I have went to Braselton, I have not had a single person come out for the classes. There has been a lot of interest and shares on my Facebook event and page but no one has actually showed up. Therefore, I think it’s time I cut my losses and move on. I know it’s a tough market when there is not really a core group to work with. A friend of mine made perfect since by saying there is not really a ready made group at a boutique store. If you think about it, you need a gym or school or church that has a core group in order to really drum up business. I don’t know where I will go from here with my classes. I am looking for a place where I can teach 2-3 times a week near home so if you know of anything please message me. Until I can find a place to call mine, I will keep teaching my awesome Monday night class. Hopefully I can find a place soon so these awesome students I have can benefit from twice a week practice instead of one time a week.

2018-05-21_21-12-47_656

Coming up: I am running a 5K in Monroe Saturday and next Saturday, I will be in Raleigh for the Race 13.1 half marathon.

See you on the road!