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!

 

 

 

 

 

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!