A Dash To Sub 30

It’s finally October and I am still patiently waiting on slightly cooler weather. I am pretty sure a lot of us are looking for that cool weather at this point. It’s hard to want pumpkin spice anything when it’s still so hot outside. I have noticed though that it’s not as blistering hot on my afternoon runs, which in turn makes for a better run. Once again, I am behind on my posts since I am working on finishing classes. December is going to here before I know it and I can’t wait. I have so many things I want to do once I get my degree. For starters, I am hoping to work on my fitness game more. Maybe start doing some HIIT workouts on the days I don’t run. Any of you do any type of HIIT workouts? If so, message me and let me know how well you like them.

I have a lot of runs to write about so I will jump right in to those.

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium 5K: Any race that allows you to finish on the 50 yard line inside a stadium is going to be an awesome race. We ran this race on Saturday, September 15 at  Mercedes Benz in Atlanta. The whole family ran this race which was really cool. This 5K is put on by the Atlanta Track Club and has some of the best finisher medals around. Everyone got a medal to hang on the wall and a really nice t-shirt. There are not many 5K’s out there anymore that give awesome swag. This race benefits people who have been injured by drunk drivers. Many of you may remember Emily Bowman who was hit and severally injured while walking in Athens a few years ago, well it benefits people like Emily. It’s really cool to see how far she has come, at last years race she could barely walk and at this years race she was able to walk it. I ran/walked with mom and my sister because I had a second race that afternoon. As we were running, we came across a blind lady in the race. She was kicking butt all by herself with just a walking stick to guide her. It’s amazing to see people overcome barriers that would otherwise hold them back. Just goes to show that you can either give excuses or power through.

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Sunflower Festival 5K: I decided I was going to run two 5K’s on the 15th, so that afternoon I ran the Sunflower Festival 5K in Statham. I ran this 5K a few years back and had a great time on it and placed in my age group. The awards way back then was a plaque that had sunflowers on it. I remembered this so I was excited to once again go run the Sunflower race. By the way, sunflowers are my favorite flower. So I’m all excited about getting a sunflower shirt. Well, the shirt did not have a sunflower anywhere on it. That was a bummer so I was thinking well the awards will have it on them. No worries about the shirt, however I think they need me to design it for next year’s race. Anyway’s moving on. I was really wanting a good clock time on this race, but lets face it the sun came out and well it’s all over when that happens. I do good just to finish. I placed 2nd in my age group though and you probably have guessed this by now, but the medal did not have a sunflower on it either. It had a shoe on it. I think they didn’t know how to design a sunflower or something. Either way, they need to change the name of the race if it’s not going to have sunflowers.

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Autumn 5K: This was my first year running the Autumn 5K in Loganville. I missed this race last year because of yoga training so I was glad to be able to run it this year. It was an awesome race and certainly one I would run again. I would love to run this race again it if was cooler to see what time I could get on it. By the time the race started, it was humid but I still managed a 34 minute run. I was third place in my age group. This race gave some awesome door prizes which we were able to snag a few things.

 

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Covington Autumn 5K: Lot’s of Autumn 5K’s this time of year. This one was by far one of the best courses I have ran in a long time. It was pretty much flat except for a few inclines and it wasn’t so humid so I was able to pull away with a time of 32:40. That’s the best time I have had in a long time. I am slowly making my way back down near that sub 30. I have been working hard lately to bring my time down. I am still hoping to get that sub 30 5K before the end of the year. I found I was over training so I hope the plan I am on now will get me there. It’s like there is a wall built up and I can’t get over that wall. However, I was able to place third in this race so I will take it.

No runs for me this weekend, I will be at the beach for my birthday. The next race will be October 13th and then I am heading out to do a flat and fast 5K at Myrtle Beach the following weekend. Maybe just maybe I can get an awesome clock time on that race.

I will see you guys soon! To all my friends and family running this coming weekend, y’all have a good race!

 

35th Annual Covington Fuzz Run

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Most cities at 5 AM on a Saturday morning are relatively quiet, the roads are clear and no one is in sight. However, one city on the morning of September 8th was coming alive to support the men in blue and one of their own fallen officers. Before the rest of the world even thought about waking up, this city had already set up tents, tables, and signs to prepare for the 35th Annual Covington Fuzz Run. The town of Covington was expecting one of the largest crowds to date due to the tremendous support surrounding Officer Cooper #148 who was shot in the line of duty just days before the race. By 6 AM this small town was moving in all directions as everyone scurried around for parking spots and to pick up race packets. One of the coolest sights to see this early in the morning was the number of police cars pulling in from all over the state of Georgia. I stood there and watched as car after car pulled in to show their support. The race was starting later then most with an 8:30 start time. The race didn’t actually get started until closer to 9 due to announcements and the number of people in attendance. People started lining up well before 8:30 and by the time it actually started all you could see was people packed in waiting to hear the words go. I made it a point to start near the front so I wouldn’t be boxed in. I also kinda wanted to be on TV too. Channel 2, CBS 46, and channel 11 were all their showing the race live. Come to find out, I made it on the channel 2 Sunday morning news! I was on there looking all serious as I passed by the camera.

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As I mentioned above, tons of police cars came from all over the state to help with the event. They lined the finish area with their cars and turned on their blue lights. As runners came down the hill to the finish, all you could see were blue lights. It was a really neat sight to take in. There was so much support for this event which in turn made it one of the best races I have done. Since it was the 35th anniversary of the race, they gave every finisher a medal. They also give out really awesome door prizes and if you are ever lucky enough to win one, you just might be going home with a huge flat screen TV.

Huge shoutout to the Covington Police Department for putting on a very well organized/ fun race and always taking care of the runners while we are on the road. Also a shoutout to a few of the forces I saw along the route: Augusta Police, Jefferson City, Cobb County, Clayton County, Gainesville Police, and City of Monroe. I know there were dozens of others but these are the one’s I remember seeing and thanking as I passed. Thank you to all of you for your service.

Sending well wishes to Officer Matt Cooper, God bless you and your family!

 

 

 

Butterfly Dreams 5K Recap

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It may still be pretty warm outside but I can feel that Fall is upon us. The Butterfly Dreams 5K in Watkinsville always marks the start of Fall for me. From this race forward, I start looking forward to cooler weather, football season and fall festivals. I really enjoy running this race and it’s one of those I don’t miss. I have been running the Butterfly Dreams since 2012 and I finally had one of my better clock times on this course. I have been training pretty regularly lately so I have been setting goals for each of my races I run. The goal I set for this year was to at least get 34 minutes and I ended up coming in at 33:47. The butterfly course has some hills along the route but for some reason I have better times on hills. I guess I push myself more then I do on a flat course. I also love placing at this race because I love, love, love the butterfly awards they give. I have gotten 3 butterflies over the years and this years butterfly’s were really cute. They cut butterfly’s out of wood and then paint them so they are colorful butterflies. The race benefits children with special needs and there is an actual Butterfly Dreams farm that allows these children to interact with horses.

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September is going to be an awesome month for races. This Saturday we are running the Fuzz Run in Covington. It’s always a huge race with lots of people but I think this year it’s going to be even larger because of the support surrounding the officer that was shot there. It will be really nice to see so many people supporting the officer and his family.

The following weekend we are running the Mercedes’s Benz 5K in Atlanta and I am running another race that afternoon.

I am really looking forward to all of the races I have scheduled and I’m sure I will see many of you on the road over the next few weeks.

 

Here’s To New Beginnings

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I have had this blog post started for a week now and haven’t figured out how to finish it. It has nothing to do with running but it’s about yoga so technically it still falls under the fitness category.  I have learned recently that every end is a new beginning. When one door closes sometimes a better door opens. I have been teaching yoga on my own for eight months now and love it. My classes are Monday nights and are a great start to my week. However I have had a lot of changes recently with my classes. I once had a lot of contacts at the college I used to work at, so I was able to jump in to teaching right after I completed my training program. The college allowed me to use a classroom and teach from the college as a contractor since I am no longer employed there. It was an awesome opportunity and I was able to hold classes for the public and employees of the college.

I had a wonderful class going, we were deepening and advancing our practice and then all of a sudden a few weeks ago within a few hours from class time, the college emails me to ask that I cancel class for the night. I don’t like short notices and being a yoga instructor, you already have your heart set on the class. So I email all my students and say class is canceled we will resume next Monday. Monday roles around and again the college emails me within a few hours of when the class is supposed to be and ask me to cancel and then tells me the entire yoga program is being canceled. Not going to lie I was pretty heartbroken. You know what I did though? First, that I night I went for a run to get my frustration out and then the next day I began searching for a new location.

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I had my doubts about finding a new location. I am not the kind that likes teaching in a yoga studio and having to base my practice and class around what others believe. I teach yoga as a form of exercise, nothing more. When you come to my class, you are coming to workout not sit on your mat and make sounds or do anything spiritual. I think that’s where a lot of people get confused because they think that’s what yoga is. Ask any of my students though and they will tell you, I make them work it out and sweat. Anyways, long story short, I work for a school system and have some pretty cool contacts there that are letting me use a classroom to hold my classes. So I now have an awesome new location and I finally have my Monday night classes back and can not be more excited. I am very thankful for this opportunity and thankful that I can expand my practice to a whole new group of people.

Interested in trying yoga, come see me in Athens at the Athens Community Career Academy. Classes are every Monday night from 5:30-6:30 PM unless it’s a holiday or the school system is closed. For more information, visit www.blissfulyogaathens.com

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Here Comes August

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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.

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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!