A Yogi Filled Week + A Runderful Weekend

Last week was marathon training week at Yoga. Three nights and one day long training equals a very tired runner. Only 5 more weeks of Yoga training and then I get some rest before I start teaching on my own. I am super excited about teaching on my own. I have had a lot of people approach me about it who are interested in coming to my classes. I will write a separate post about this in more detail but my classes will be filled with stretching and focusing on Yoga as a form of exercise. My beginners classes will be very relaxed and I will spend the majority of the time explaining the poses and their benefits so no one is lost. I want my classes to be fun and relaxing. I promise I will not sing to you at the end of the workout. I say this because I had a girl sing to my training class this weekend and I found it to be extremely weird. The song was about autumn and birds. Anyone who knows me knows this is not my style. Unless you want me to sing, in the case it will be a country song and will be very pitchy. HA! Look for more information soon, I can’t wait to have all of my friends in one place!

Saturday night I rushed home from training to get changed for the Spooktacular Sprint 5K. I ran this race last year and it was a cool run even though the course was long. This year they had the course mapped out correctly. This run goes along a paved trail through the woods. If you don’t have lights, you are in trouble because it’s extremely dark. We all know I ran as fast as I could through the woods so bigfoot didn’t get me. haha. With that said, I finished in 34:54 and placed first in my age group. If you are looking for a night Halloween run in October, check this one out, they have medals!

Sunday afternoon, I ran the Run Your Tail Off 5K for the dogs. I will run any race if it benefits dogs. I LOVE dogs, they are so cute! This race was ran at the same place where I train through the week. I know the course very well and it’s out and back but it is an awful course. It doesn’t appear to be hilly but it’s not flat. There is a little bit of incline that you don’t notice until you cross the finish line and your time is all wrong. It’s also very hot every year at this race. I have ran this race for several years and have never been able to place at it. Number 1 it’s hot and number 2 the course is not the best out there. I finished in 37:05 and placed 4th in my age group. It doesn’t matter that I never place, I just run to help the puppies!

This coming weekend, I will be running my 5th half marathon, the AthHalf! I hope the cooler weather kicks in Sunday morning so I’m not dying the entire way. I heard there will be live music throughout the course which should be really cool. Look for a recap next week!

 

 

In Their Shoes 10K

This past weekend was a lot of fun. Saturday morning we ran the In Their Shoes 10K in Athens for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. I was hoping for cool weather for this one since it was 6 miles and hilly but it decided to turn back warm. At least it was misting rain so it kept the sun from bearing down on us. They gave us a break on the first mile with no big hills. I laughed out loud when I went up the first hill because of how steep it was. I drive this hill all the time but you never notice how steep a hill is until you are not in a car. I was already tired before I started this race so the hills defeated me on this one. I still had such a great time at this race though. I was able to finally run with one of my friends during the race. She kept me motivated to finish, I would have walked most of it if it wasn’t for her.  I finished in 1:19:37 and was 9 out of 17 in my age group. 

 

 

 

 

 

This coming weekend, I will be running the Spooktacular 5K Saturday night and the Run Your Tail Off Sunday afternoon. I have yoga training all day Saturday so I will miss the morning races. On the plus side I only have two more Saturday training classes after this weekend and only 5 more total weeks left! I graduate December 15th! This week is a long week for me. I have a marathon Yoga training week of four days of training. Thursday, Friday and Saturday is what I have left. If I can just get through this week, I will be on a downwards slope to the finish

Speaking of Yoga, I will start teaching Yoga at Athens Tech starting in January. I hope to get all of that finalized this weekend so look for more information coming real soon.

I am planning a 5K for January called The Frosty Owl 5K benefiting the Athens Tech Alumni Association which I am the President of. The race is coming together nicely. We have an Atlanta vendor coming called Bai which make healthy fruit drinks. They are providing a drink to every runner. I was contacted by one of their reps asking if they could be apart of the race which was really cool. I hope to have more great announcements coming soon! Registration is up on http://blackbagracingseries.com/bbrs-calendar/ – scroll down to January and look for Frosty Owl 5K.  I am super excited about this 5K and I am working hard to make it a great event for all of the runners!

 

50 Yard Lines, Colored Chalk and Pink Ribbons

I didn’t realize it has been so long since I posted. I have been super busy with everything I have  going on that I have neglected my blog.  Don’t give up on me though. Lots of really awesome things coming up for me to tell you all about. Trying to plan a 5K, finish up Yoga training, and creating Yoga sequences for my soon to be classes is wearing me out. Don’t think I have given up on this running thing I do, nor will I give it up. I still have that goal of getting under 30 minutes, it just may be after the new year before I can reach that goal.

As you can tell from the title, I have not slowed down from running. I ran 3 races this past weekend and had so much fun. Saturday morning we ran the Mercedes-Benz Stadium 5K put on by the Atlanta Track Club. We finished on the 50 yard line of the new stadium and it was awesome! Hands down, the coolest experience. It was a great course but had a few hills. You can’t go to Atlanta or Athens without climbing some hills during a race. I stayed back with my sister since their was over 6,000 people there so she wasn’t running alone. She wanted to walk and talk and I wanted to run so I had to compromise. I made her run in to the stadium though since it was a big deal. We finished right on the 50 yard line and of course I’m the one running in with the phone up in the air videoing the stadium. If you have not been inside this stadium yet, you should check it out! Finishing inside the stadium was the main reason there was so many people wanting to run this race. However, the race benefited a really good cause. The proceeds went to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. I’m sure some of you remember Emily Bowman who was severally injured by a drunk driver several years ago in Athens. She was there with her mother at the race, so it was nice to see the proceeds going to a great cause.

Saturday night, we drove to Augusta for the Blacklight Color Run. From Atlanta to Augusta, I’m always moving right along to the next city! The Blacklight run was just like any other color run, where they throw color that glows all over you. I must say, it’s not as much color throwing as you might be imagining. There was hardly any color thrown on us while we were running. We were able to get colored before the run at the pre-party so that’s where we got most of it from. Regardless, we still had a lot of fun dancing and singing at the pre-party. It was a late night getting back home and an early wake up call the next morning for the third race of the weekend!

 

Sunday morning, we ran the Gwinnett Road Run 5K at the Mall of Georgia. Even after two races Saturday and a late night, I was feeling pretty good. We ran two loops around the Mall of Georgia. It’s farther around that mall then I thought it was. I had a pretty good clock time considering I was tired. I finished in 35:24 and placed first in my age group out of 10. They had really cute medals and awesome trophies. I have added this race to the list of races to hit up again next year.

Look for more posts coming soon! I will try to not take so long in updating my blog this time. Thanks to everyone for their support! I have a lot of people behind me as I navigate these roads!

The Races Before The Storm

I am loving this Fall weather we are having! It’s so nice to have a cool breeze on my runs. I can finally get back to enjoying them now that it is not so hot out. What I am not loving is all of this rain we are having. It has made me lazy. I’m so glad we were able to get in two awesome races before the tropical storm got here. Saturday we ran the Fuzz Run 5K in Covington for the Covington Police Department. I have never seen so many runners in such a small town. There was over 1800 runners that filled the streets. Covington may be small but it has a big name in the entertainment world. One of our favorite TV shows, The Vampire Diaries was filmed there. The course took us right by a few of the houses/ mansions and the restaurant  that were used for the Tv show. I did not even act weird and stop for selfies! I finished the race in 36:35 and my favorite part, I finished 30 out of 101 in my age group. I did not place, but I find it very cool that I beat that many people.

Now that it has turned cooler weather, it’s hard not to run multiple races in one weekend. Sunday afternoon we ran the Fred Birchmore 5K in Athens. It was a little breezy out from the storm coming but it felt so nice. Perfect weather for a Sunday afternoon run. I really enjoyed getting to hang out with a few of my friends that I haven’t seen a lot of this summer. I was also able to beat my time from Saturday’s race with a time of 36:01 and placed third in my age group.

As soon as I was done running, I had to get to a free Yoga class for one of the extra classes I have to participate in for my teacher training class. I have discovered a few things in the last few days. I have discovered that I really like hot yoga and I really like outside yoga. The free class my friend and I went to was outside on the lawn and that alone was awesome but the breeze made it feel even better.

This weekend we are running the Winterville Breeze 5K.

Third and second place wins on Sunday

 

~Queen Beast Fitness~

Big Peach Sizzler 10K Recap

There are so many other important things going on in this world right now versus a 10K recap but I needed to write. What’s happening over in Texas is heartbreaking. I have seen so many pictures of people pleading for help and animals in need of rescuing, which is why I decided to sign us up for the Run For Texas virtual 5K. I hope to get this run completed early next week! Our schedules are getting busier and busier as the weeks go on, but it’s still nice to find the time to help others!

Up until this point in my life, I have never been one to wake up early to go run. Now on weekends, I tend to be up before 4 am if I am going to an Atlanta race or well before 6 if I am going to a race near home. The Big Peach Sizzler 10K was in Buckhead with a 7:30 am start time, so of course I was up before 4 am. The race started at the Chamblee Marta Station and finished past Lenox Square Mall. I must say, even though I did not know a single person there I still enjoyed the run. I ran more in this 10K then I have ever managed to run in a 10K race. I was slower then usual, but I’m just now starting to build back up from taking most of the summer off. You can’t come to Atlanta without having some hills but the majority of it was downhill. About half way through the race I stopped to grab some water and this guy who clearly had something wrong with him asked me was I having a good race. Knowing that I’m not in any big hurry I walked and chatted with him answering his questions. He was so excited to be there and so excited to be able to run a race. I enjoyed his attitude and it made me think its not always about winning or beating a goal. I tend to be pretty hard on myself so this made me stop to think about how sometimes I need to just enjoy the race no matter how fast or how slow I am going.

I really do love Atlanta and the atmosphere it brings with the cool restaurants and shops. This race offered a scenic view of Buckhead so I found some places I would like to go back and check out soon. I finished the race in 1:17:14 beating my time from the Peachtree Road Race and placed 61 out of 74 in my age group. This race has awesome medals, so if you ever find yourself wondering what to do on Labor Day, come run the Big Peach Sizzler for some cool swag!

I wanted to give everyone an update on how my Yoga training is going. I must say I am a little overwhelmed right now and feeling like I am not learning much of anything. This is partially due to the fact that I don’t have as much time as the others do to put the work needed in to it. I go from work to Yoga training to doing actual homework for my full load of classes and all of my other activities after work so I just don’t have the time to put my full attention towards this training. Hopefully once I am done in December, I will have more time from not going to teacher training class every week to put towards building lessons and practicing.

Saturday I will be in Covington for the Fuzz Run! Hope to see some of you there!