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!

 

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!

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.

Torture Trail 10K Recap

This past Saturday was the Torture Trail 10K in Eatonton. The race certainly lives up to its name. I think it had more hills then any other race I have ran so far. I had a lot of people tell me this race was tough and that I haven’t seen anything until I run this race. They were pretty much right but surprisingly I didn’t mind all the hills. When I saw the first long hill I actually started laughing because I was thinking this is what they were talking about. I got a nine minute mile on the first mile but once I started up the hills, my time slowly went up. At mile four, I was tired but I wasn’t exhausted like I thought I would be. By the time I got towards the finish line, I didn’t even feel like running anymore not to mention there was a big hill right at the end. I stopped looking at my watch once I got to the last hill. At that point, I didn’t mind what my time was going to be, I just wanted to finish. I finished in 1:17 and was 6th place in my age group. I was asked would I ever run this race again. Most likely, yes I will run this race again. Overall it wasn’t as bad as I envisioned.

This weekend, we are running the Hotlanta half marathon through downtown Atlanta. I know it’s going to be hot and when I get there I will probably be wishing I hadn’t signed up but I am looking forward to this race. They have really cool medals and we all know I love those! I will be taking next week off from training due to my surgery. It’s going to be weird not being able to do any kind of training.

As you can see, 5Kay Running Queen got a new look and a new web address. I figured since I am doing so much more these days then just 5K’s I would give my blog a generic name. I started calling myself Queen Beast after I completed the Spartan and even made a magnet for my car with that on it. Therefore, I found it fitting to use it as the name of my blog. Hope you all like it!

Madison in May 5K & 10K Recap

It’s been a slow month so far with competitive races. This past weekend I ran a 5K and 10.2K back to back in Madison. It always sounds like a good idea to run back to back races at the time of registration. When race day actually arrives, it doesn’t sound like the best idea. I started the 5K off pretty slow but pushed through the first mile. The past few weeks my legs have been hurting when I run. It feels like there are needles poking at them and they also cramp up during my Yoga classes. I know it’s because I don’t drink enough water. I have never been a big water drinker but lately I have realized I desperately need to drink more then I do. Therefore, I have been forcing down water at work and at night. I finished the 5K in 33:19 and was 6th in my age group. I had about 20 minutes to get ready for the 10.2K and I was not feeling it. I was exhausted after running just the 5K. The 10.2K went as I expected, I managed to keep a good pace on the first mile but after that I gave out. I walked a good majority of the 10K but Madison has some pretty views so it was a nice stroll. They were calling for rain that morning but after the 5K, the sky was looking clear and the sun was trying to peak through. At mile 4 our awesome Georgia weather decided it was going to rain on me for the next two miles. What is better then a Georgia rain shower on a hot day? I don’t mind getting wet, I actually like it to rain on those warm summer mornings that we run. Maybe it will rain on the morning of the half marathon I have in June. Would be a great way to cool off for 13.1 miles! I finished the 10.2K in 1:20. Not my best 10K time but I will take it. I was just glad to finish and get something to eat. After those 9 miles I was starving.

It may be a slow month for competitive races but it is far from slow during the week. We run four times a week, go to Yoga twice a week and through all that we work on arm strengthening and leg strengthening exercises. We have the Hotlanta half coming up in June so we are working on a half marathon training plan. I am also working on a new project so stay tuned for my surprise announcement coming in December. I know that is forever away but it will be worth the wait! We also have pretty cool races coming up such as the Spartan Super. We also have our eyes set on the St. Jude Memphis half marathon and more! The one event we are all looking forward to and currently planning is our Disney trip next February. We will be running the Disney Princess half marathon and 5K. I may already have my outfits designed and planned out, just saying! Super excited about it!

This weekend I am running a 5K in Monroe and I will be taking the next weekend off. I will be in Daytona for one of those country music festivals that I like so much!