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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Month In Review: April 2018

What a crazy month it has been. I can’t believe we are already in May, with summer quickly approaching us. Now that the warmer weather is here, the training gets that much harder. I can’t tell you how many times in the past week I have wanted to just sit, but I forced myself to get out and run anyway. I know I haven’t written much during the month of April, but I haven’t given up on it. I have been super busy with work, school, teaching and staying on the road. I am so excited, I finished my spring semester so I have a month off. I hope to get some blog post in during that time. I only have two more semesters before graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Technology Leadership. The month of April is also a very busy time for us at work because of state testing going on. With all of the students testing on laptops, we are pulled in so many different directions. Testing is now over so hopefully things will slow down for us. Among everything else, my Yoga class on Monday nights is going great. I have 10 students signed up for the May session. I love teaching and watching my students make progress week after week. I have a wonderful class and I’m so thankful for their support. I start teaching on Sunday afternoons in the summer in Braselton starting May 20 and will go through every Sunday  throughout the summer unless noted. I have two outdoor classes to choose from. There will be a beginner yoga class and a power yoga class. Power yoga goes at a faster pace and is perfect for those who are looking for a great workout at a great price. If you have friends near the Braselton area, I would be very grateful if you could help spread the word.

Let’s talk races! April was once again filled with some awesome races. Here is a list of all the races I have done over the last month. After getting back from Charleston, I ran the Johns Creek’s Finest 5K on April 14th. It was a great run with awesome awards. Can’t believe I was able to place third in such a large race.

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April 21st we ran Paint the Pavement Purple in Suwanee.

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April 28th we ran Pounding for Paws in Arcade. This is one of my favorite races because it helps raise money for food and shelter for dogs.

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May 5th Dad and I ran the Make A Wish 8K at Stone Mountain. It was 5 miles around the mountain. I have found, Stone Mountain is a great place to run. The path goes all the way around the mountain, it is nice and shaded and has the right amount of hills for training.

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This coming weekend we will be running the Marigold 10K in Winterville. May and June are both busy months of being on the road. We have some pretty fun races coming up so look for more blog post soon!

 

 

 

 

Cooper River Bridge Run Recap

This past weekend I ran the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K in Charleston. The Cooper River is the third largest 10K in the US and it did not disappoint. Everything about this run reminded me of the Peachtree Road Race, just a smaller version. The streets were filled with spectators and there were live bands on every corner. I have had this race on my bucket list for awhile and now it’s on my list of races I don’t plan to miss in 2019. It was an awesome experience and the whole thing was very well organized.

Expo: 

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We drove up on Friday morning to Charleston to attend the expo. The expo was so easy to get in and out of. We went during lunch and was able to get right in with no lines. I’m glad we went when we did, I heard the later it got in the afternoon, the busier it got. I love going to expos and this one was one of the better ones I have gone to. We were able to pick up some pretty cool swag. We received a very nice bag, race t-shirt, and towel with the design of the shirt which had a cute pelican on them. There were also lots of free samples that we were able to taste test. Overall, it was a very nice expo and I heard that it gets better every year. One thing about this run is they take security very seriously. We came out and the Charleston swat team was there in the parking lot. I really wanted to take a picture with them but my friend freaked out and said no that’s embarrassing. She clearly knows nothing about a runners selfie life. Granted, she is not a runner. I tried to explain to her that it’s very common as a runner to take pictures with anything and everything. She still didn’t understand.

I had to bribe this friend of mine with concert tickets to see her favorite singer who happened to be in Myrtle Beach the night before the run. I didn’t want to go alone to the race, so it was the only way I could get her to come with me. I know this is going to sound crazy but we drove to Charleston, got my packet, drove another two and a half hours to Myrtle Beach for the concert, hoped back in the car and drove back to Charleston. We got in around 2 am and I only had maybe thirty minutes of sleep before the 4 am wake up call.

Race Day: 

IMG_92344 AM comes way too fast especially when you decide sleep is not important. The Bridge Run buses everyone to the start line. Buses started running at 5 AM and they warn you that lines can get long so get there early. We were there before the buses and was able to get a great parking spot. I have never seen so many school buses before in one place. There had to be over 100 buses that pulled up all at once. Crazy thing is, there were three other pick up spots throughout Charleston. We stayed in North Charleston so we were picked up at the convention center. I had a friend who just moved to South Carolina come meet me at the hotel the night before and we drove together to the buses. We were there so early, we made it on one of the first few buses to depart and even got interviewed by ABC news.

We arrived at the start line pretty early so we stood around people watching to see if we could find anyone else from Georgia. We did find a few friends, which was awesome. They wanted everyone in their corrals by 7 am. We hung around a little longer before having to be separated in different corrals because the race didn’t start until 8 am. Only bad thing about these larger races is you have to wait so long once you get there. At least it wasn’t freezing cold or raining because there was no jacket wearing. There was a nice little breeze which is to be expected when you are so close to the water. As I mentioned above, Charleston was spot on with their security measures for the race. I looked up and there on top of the apartment buildings was the swat guys. They were also lined up along the corrals on the ground. They even had four helicopters that kept circling over with army guys to keep us safe. In a way, you feel extremely safe and then in another sense you become a little paranoid because you know why there are having to be so cautious. Regardless, they all did a great job and it was nice to see them along the entire course.

IMG_9240Ok, now on to the actual race. I was in corral G, so I got started about 8:20. I was proud to know, I wasn’t in the last corral. It was an awesome course, except for the hill going up the bridge. I was so entertained the entire time, I barely noticed the hill. I was able to make it a little over a mile before it came to a halt. If you are not in the first few corrals, you will get blocked when going up the bridge. Everyone is stopping to take pictures and selfies along the bridge. It’s understandable because you get a dang good background. That was my favorite part getting to run over the bridge. Once over the bridge its downhill and then flat roads through downtown Charleston. Plan to run the entire last mile because so many people have lined the streets to cheer you on you can’t help but try to bust it one last time through those downtown streets. Let’s just say, I finished. I didn’t have a terrible time, 1:24 considering no food and sleep. Next time, I plan to stay a few days and not go to any late night concerts.

One great thing about this 10K is they give finishers medals. If you can run really fast, you also get a really cool bridge award that looks exactly like the Cooper River Bridge. You also can win several thousands of dollars. Anyways, I got the medal and then a doughnut haha. They had two big Krispy Kreme trucks there handing out doughnuts at the end. There was also muffins, containers of watermelon, and bbq sandwiches. I missed the sandwiches because they were sold out by the time I got there. Oh well I grabbed my doughnut and tracked down my friend for pictures. Check out our finishers pic!

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I will definitely be back next year. It was an awesome race that I am still talking about.

The next few weekends we are running 5K’s near Atlanta. If you are near the Braselton area this weekend, come see me at the Wildflower Market. I will be there from 3-4 on Sunday teaching yoga.

See you out on the road!