Summer Steamer 5K Recap

The past few weekends, we have been hitting the road traveling to races since all of them seem to be towards Atlanta. Saturday we drove to Kennesaw for the Summer Steamer 10K/5K.  I ran the 5K which was one big loop around an industrial complex. The race had a nice mixture of steady hills with a few downhills. We actually ran near Kennesaw mountain and down a shaded fitness path on the last mile. I tried to run the whole race but I had to walk a few of the hills. I finished in 36:46 and was 9 out of 16 in my age group. This race gave out finishers medals to all participants so I was happy.

I was more excited to run Saturday then I have been in a long time. I have been so busy lately, that I haven’t had a lot of time to run during the week to train. Plus with it being so hot out, we have started running on the treadmill. I have become addicted to working out at the gym trying to strengthen my arms. I am working hard to gain strength for the Spartan race we have coming up in November. We also started planning out our races for the rest of the year. It’s going to be a fun filled Fall for us.

This Saturday, I won’t be able to run because I have Yoga teacher training ALL day. I will make up for it the next weekend though. I miss seeing all my running family. I feel like I have not seen some friends lately. This weekend I will have to post about my Yoga certification to fill you guys in on what I am doing in class.

Hope to see you all soon!

 

Peachtree Recap

I finally got to mark the largest 10K in the world off of my bucket list, the AJC Peachtree Road Race. With this being my first Peachtree, I was so excited to see what it was all about. Hearing other people talk about it doesn’t do it justice to actually experiencing it. The Peachtree is filled with streets full of spectators, live music and people handing out pizza and beer. I have never experienced anything quite like it. Running the Peachtree, requires a 2AM wake up call in order to get to Atlanta well before the start. We caught the first Marta train at 4:45 and made our way over to Lenox Square Mall. I have never taken the Marta train before, so that in itself was an experience. Things that move real fast, such as a train going from 0 to 60 in seconds, will cause me to get sick. Once we got off the train, we headed to the start line to find friends. Dad and I being some of the early risers walking around, made it to channel 2 action news. I love to talk, I can go on and on about stuff, but if you put a camera in my face I clam up. If you ever want me to stop talking, just say you are videoing me. Anyways, the lady puts the phone in my face and says what do you expect from today? Now typically, I would come up with something kind of funny to say. Not this time, I’m over there like um I expect a big crowd and I just want to finish *Insert giggles*. Yes, I laughed nervously and made it all awkward. I’m good at making stuff awkward sometimes, so it’s been funny poking fun at myself this week showing friends the video from Channel 2.

After I got my press interview out of the way, I was excited to see all the people start to fill the streets. It’s awesome that 60,000 people from all over the world, come to run the Peachtree. With that many people though, it makes for some very large corrals. I was in corral H but they had a big screen TV lifted where I could watch the start of the race. I thought that was a really cool thing to do for the runners towards the back, so we could still enjoy seeing the elite runners take off. Another really cool thing about the start of the Peachtree, is the two F-16 fighter jets that fly over after the national anthem. Something about the loud noise, really gets people motivated, at least it does for me. After the two jets flew over, I was ready to go. I started the race at 8:05 AM. One thing I didn’t notice during the Peachtree was the famous Cardiac Hill. I don’t remember going up any hills, however, I was so entertained by everything going on I just didn’t notice. I was literally in awe at the number of people as I was running down the streets. The fact people were handing out pizza and beer during a race was awesome. As was the music and number of people cheering for us.  I must say, it was extremely hot and I already knew this was just a fun race for me, so I walked most of it. We ran past the Shepard Center and there were quite a few patients out there cheering us on. I stopped and shook their hands and thanked each of them for cheering for us.

I ran the last half mile in to the finish. All the people screaming preoccupied my mind from telling myself to stop. I finished in 1:23:53, not horrible considering I was taking selfies and talking to people. I was 1788 out of 2,825 in the female 25-29 age category. I was 13,712 out of 27,790 in the female category and 32,514 out of 55,326 overall.

The Peachree was an amazing experience and I hope to run it again next year and every year after that.

Made In The USA 5K Recap

Running offers a lot of great benefits as we all know, but the best benefit I have gotten out of running is all of the wonderful friends I have made along the way. The Made In The USA 5K that we ran on Saturday made me realize just how awesome this running thing is! I had a few of my closest friends there and I realized how much I look forward to the weekends. There is never a dull moment and there’s always jokes and laughter going on amongst us. No matter what my clock time is or if I placed or not, I always have fun.

With all this rain we have been having, it turned out to be a nice day for a run Saturday morning. Since the rain held off, I was able to try out my new 2017 Peachtree shoes. I was not the only one with them on, there was at least five other people I saw at the start line wearing the same shoe. I really wanted to go up to those people and ask them if they wanted to take a group photo of our shoes. I figured they would think I’m weird though, which I am sometimes, so I fought the urge. I was all pumped up at the start line before the race ready to go! I’ve had a lot of energy lately, I just wish that energy would turn in to speed! The course was a little hilly but I was so proud of myself because I made it up most of the first hill without walking. I finished in 36:57 and placed 6th in my age group. I got a participation medal! I know some people don’t like those but I love them. I will take any type of bling for my wall! HA

 

We got our bib numbers for our first Peachtree! I am so excited about this experience. The expo was awesome, I was like a kid in a candy shop walking around. I know I probably looked weird because when I get excited, my eyes get real big. Kind of like this. Meet Poppy, I have been compared to her and this is very close to what I look like when excited.

Anyways, there was so much to look at and running stuff at every booth. I had to tell myself to think things through because when I see tanks with sayings on them, I automatically want all of them! That being said, I have an awesome outfit planned for the Peachtree! I know it’s going to be a blast. Look for my Peachtree blog post later this week!

I started my Yoga teacher training classes this past Friday. I think its going to be a great experience for me. I will admit I was a little intimidated throughout the class because they kept correcting my poses. I’m not as flexible as some of the girls in my class. I also have some issues with my legs so it’s hard to do some of the poses. Hopefully with a lot more practice, I can strengthen the poses that I can do good already to be even better. I didn’t realize how much work I am going to have to put in to this but I’m ready for the challenge.

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!

 

 

Back In Full Swing

Saturday’s Ruppert Run 5K in Lilburn was my first real run since the surgery. I tried to run earlier last week but the pounding of the pavement was just too much. I was excited though on Saturday because I ran without hurting, so I knew I was back in full swing. I can tell a difference in my running, when I don’t run for a few weeks. The 5K course was flat but I was struggling. We ran an out and back course along a greenway. At mile 1, my time was way off partly because I was trying not to fall flat on my face along the boardwalks. I was able to finish the race strong though. There happened to be a girl towards the end of the race that came up behind me and looked to be in my age group therefore the competitive side of me kicked in and I was determined not to let her beat me. I sprinted hard to the finish and she wasn’t able to keep up with me. I finished with a time of 38:59 and placed 2nd in my age group. The awards were plants, so check out the cool elephant ear plant I got!

Lately, I have been training nonstop to try to gain some upper body strength. I have been lifting weights and using playgrounds for obstacle course training. I have my sights set on doing another Spartan in November so I am working hard on getting my arms in shape. I’m also doing ab exercises and working on toning the legs.

Life is about to get hectic! Here is what I have going on for the next month. Yoga certification classes start this Friday. I will be spending several days out of each month at a Yoga studio working on my teaching certificate! The next few weekends, we will be traveling to Atlanta to run. The race I am most excited about is the Peachtree! It will be my first Peachtree and I have been told it is a lot of fun.

I was asked last night, do I ever sit down? The answer is no, I have a lot more miles left to run!

Hotlanta Half Marathon

“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart”

IMG_5518I have learned in the last few months that I can do anything I set my mind to. This includes running 13 hilly miles through downtown Atlanta in June. The Hotlanta half marathon was my 4th half marathon since January of this year. This half is by far my favorite I have ran so far. Something about running in a big city brings out the energy in me. Maybe it’s the atmosphere of 1500 people from different parts of the country that come to run a half marathon, or maybe it’s the scenery that comes along with the race. Whatever it may be, one thing is for sure, I love running races in Atlanta. As we all know some parts of the big ATL are run down, filthy, and you don’t want to venture off in the wrong direction kinda town. However, ATL offers some awesome landmarks to take in as you are making your way around the city. Since I’m not the fastest girl on the block, I enjoy sightseeing on my runs.

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Let me take you along my 13 mile run today! The starting line began in front of the World of Coke/ Georgia Aquarium past Centennial Park. I was told at the start of the race, to be prepared for lots of hills. Mile 1 proved it to be true, with a small hill to start off with. I made it up this hill but my legs were burning. At the top of the hill we passed by the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Have y’all seen this stadium? Its super cool! I can’t wait to check it out. After this, we ran past the Capital. Around mile 3-4 we ran around Turner Field back under the 1996 Olympic arch. Here, I met up with some Chick-Fil-A cows and of course had to stop for a selfie.

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The course took us along the Atlanta Beltline and I must say I was impressed. It was flat, smooth and had super cool looking restaurants along the way. The beltline is where I smelled BBQ cooking and it immediately made me want to stop and eat. From here, we ran in to Piedmont Park and around the loop back out to the city. Piedmont Park is really pretty and a great place for a Saturday picnic or Sunday morning run. Mile 10-11 was spent running around the Georgia Tech campus. I am in no way a yellow jacket but I will admit they have a nice campus and football stadium. Mile 12 I was done and pretty much walked the entire thing. I’m pretty sure there were at least 3 hills along mile 12. The finish was again at the World of Coke and happened to be a downhill finish which I enjoyed. I finished in 2:54:40 and received an awesome finisher’s medal. Check it out, it was huge!

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This race has made it to my list of races for next year. Huge props to the Atlanta police who were on every street corner helping to keep us safe.

The next race in Atlanta will be the Peachtree Road Race. I am really looking forward to it! I already have my red, white, and blue outfit picked out!

Next weekend, I am going to attempt to run a race in Gainesville. I’m sure by next Saturday I will be mostly recovered and ready to hit the road.