From Commerce To Athens To Myrtle Beach

For the past six weeks, I have been running consistently for four days a week including the Saturday runs. What I realized through all of this training, is that I have been doing it all wrong. So I have decided to start completely over and change my entire training strategy. I am no longer setting goal races or goal times. I have come down with a little cold, so I am going to start my new training plan next week. I don’t have any big races planned for a while so I will have plenty of time to train for my normal races. I am a little behind on my blog post so I am going to group all of my runs from the past few weeks together in this post.

Tanger Fit For A Cure
October 13, 2018

 

43828503_10205670704803540_1941667771498627072_oI missed this race last year because I was in teacher training so I was glad to be able to participate this year. I first ran this race back in 2016 and loved it! It goes to a great cause and they are always super organized. They also give finisher medals and always have really neat shirts. I was disappointed in their shirts for this year though, because they were no longer Under Armour as they were the year I ran it. I also forget about the hills that you have to face in the beginning and end of the race. Therefore, I took off way to fast and sprinted up the first hill as fast as I could which set the tone for the rest of the race. By the time I was making my way back to the finish line, I had no energy left in me. I finished in 34:19 and was 11 out of 43 in my age group. I consider that a great placement since it is such a big event. The whole family ran the race this year so everyone got to go home with medals.

Run Your Tail Off 5K 
10/14/2018

43952884_10205676196900839_6334491018255138816_oI don’t typically run a 5K twice in one weekend but I always make an exception when a race supports a great cause. In this case it went towards dogs, which I have a big heart for so I decided this one was a must. I didn’t expect to do that great because it is ran along a greenway that I use to train on and I have never been able to get a good clock time there. I probably won’t run anymore races there for awhile. I would rather do some that I have never done before to mix things up. I ended up finishing in 35:43 and was 6 out of 11 in my age group.

 

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon 5K 
October 20, 2018 

44339268_10205695563224985_5445796460043960320_nI almost registered for the mini marathon (half marathon) for this race. However, I saw the medal for the 5K and loved it more so I signed up for the 5K instead. I made the right decision to just do the 5K because I would have been miserable doing the half and then having to drive home. The 5K was on Saturday and the half on Sunday. The 5K was in a great new up and coming area inland of Myrtle Beach. It was a flat and fast course which I was excited about. The week leading up to the race, the weather was saying it would be in the 50’s, however it ended up being hot and humid. They called that one wrong. I was sweating before I even got to the start line. It was an extremely flat course so I was disappointed there was no cool weather to go along with it. I always do better in the cold. I finished in 35:50 and was 14 out of 31 in my age group.

 

I’m not sure what races I will be doing in November but I am sure I will find some good ones to run. Hope to see you all soon!

 

 

 

A Dash To Sub 30

It’s finally October and I am still patiently waiting on slightly cooler weather. I am pretty sure a lot of us are looking for that cool weather at this point. It’s hard to want pumpkin spice anything when it’s still so hot outside. I have noticed though that it’s not as blistering hot on my afternoon runs, which in turn makes for a better run. Once again, I am behind on my posts since I am working on finishing classes. December is going to here before I know it and I can’t wait. I have so many things I want to do once I get my degree. For starters, I am hoping to work on my fitness game more. Maybe start doing some HIIT workouts on the days I don’t run. Any of you do any type of HIIT workouts? If so, message me and let me know how well you like them.

I have a lot of runs to write about so I will jump right in to those.

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium 5K: Any race that allows you to finish on the 50 yard line inside a stadium is going to be an awesome race. We ran this race on Saturday, September 15 at  Mercedes Benz in Atlanta. The whole family ran this race which was really cool. This 5K is put on by the Atlanta Track Club and has some of the best finisher medals around. Everyone got a medal to hang on the wall and a really nice t-shirt. There are not many 5K’s out there anymore that give awesome swag. This race benefits people who have been injured by drunk drivers. Many of you may remember Emily Bowman who was hit and severally injured while walking in Athens a few years ago, well it benefits people like Emily. It’s really cool to see how far she has come, at last years race she could barely walk and at this years race she was able to walk it. I ran/walked with mom and my sister because I had a second race that afternoon. As we were running, we came across a blind lady in the race. She was kicking butt all by herself with just a walking stick to guide her. It’s amazing to see people overcome barriers that would otherwise hold them back. Just goes to show that you can either give excuses or power through.

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Sunflower Festival 5K: I decided I was going to run two 5K’s on the 15th, so that afternoon I ran the Sunflower Festival 5K in Statham. I ran this 5K a few years back and had a great time on it and placed in my age group. The awards way back then was a plaque that had sunflowers on it. I remembered this so I was excited to once again go run the Sunflower race. By the way, sunflowers are my favorite flower. So I’m all excited about getting a sunflower shirt. Well, the shirt did not have a sunflower anywhere on it. That was a bummer so I was thinking well the awards will have it on them. No worries about the shirt, however I think they need me to design it for next year’s race. Anyway’s moving on. I was really wanting a good clock time on this race, but lets face it the sun came out and well it’s all over when that happens. I do good just to finish. I placed 2nd in my age group though and you probably have guessed this by now, but the medal did not have a sunflower on it either. It had a shoe on it. I think they didn’t know how to design a sunflower or something. Either way, they need to change the name of the race if it’s not going to have sunflowers.

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Autumn 5K: This was my first year running the Autumn 5K in Loganville. I missed this race last year because of yoga training so I was glad to be able to run it this year. It was an awesome race and certainly one I would run again. I would love to run this race again it if was cooler to see what time I could get on it. By the time the race started, it was humid but I still managed a 34 minute run. I was third place in my age group. This race gave some awesome door prizes which we were able to snag a few things.

 

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Covington Autumn 5K: Lot’s of Autumn 5K’s this time of year. This one was by far one of the best courses I have ran in a long time. It was pretty much flat except for a few inclines and it wasn’t so humid so I was able to pull away with a time of 32:40. That’s the best time I have had in a long time. I am slowly making my way back down near that sub 30. I have been working hard lately to bring my time down. I am still hoping to get that sub 30 5K before the end of the year. I found I was over training so I hope the plan I am on now will get me there. It’s like there is a wall built up and I can’t get over that wall. However, I was able to place third in this race so I will take it.

No runs for me this weekend, I will be at the beach for my birthday. The next race will be October 13th and then I am heading out to do a flat and fast 5K at Myrtle Beach the following weekend. Maybe just maybe I can get an awesome clock time on that race.

I will see you guys soon! To all my friends and family running this coming weekend, y’all have a good race!

 

35th Annual Covington Fuzz Run

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Most cities at 5 AM on a Saturday morning are relatively quiet, the roads are clear and no one is in sight. However, one city on the morning of September 8th was coming alive to support the men in blue and one of their own fallen officers. Before the rest of the world even thought about waking up, this city had already set up tents, tables, and signs to prepare for the 35th Annual Covington Fuzz Run. The town of Covington was expecting one of the largest crowds to date due to the tremendous support surrounding Officer Cooper #148 who was shot in the line of duty just days before the race. By 6 AM this small town was moving in all directions as everyone scurried around for parking spots and to pick up race packets. One of the coolest sights to see this early in the morning was the number of police cars pulling in from all over the state of Georgia. I stood there and watched as car after car pulled in to show their support. The race was starting later then most with an 8:30 start time. The race didn’t actually get started until closer to 9 due to announcements and the number of people in attendance. People started lining up well before 8:30 and by the time it actually started all you could see was people packed in waiting to hear the words go. I made it a point to start near the front so I wouldn’t be boxed in. I also kinda wanted to be on TV too. Channel 2, CBS 46, and channel 11 were all their showing the race live. Come to find out, I made it on the channel 2 Sunday morning news! I was on there looking all serious as I passed by the camera.

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As I mentioned above, tons of police cars came from all over the state to help with the event. They lined the finish area with their cars and turned on their blue lights. As runners came down the hill to the finish, all you could see were blue lights. It was a really neat sight to take in. There was so much support for this event which in turn made it one of the best races I have done. Since it was the 35th anniversary of the race, they gave every finisher a medal. They also give out really awesome door prizes and if you are ever lucky enough to win one, you just might be going home with a huge flat screen TV.

Huge shoutout to the Covington Police Department for putting on a very well organized/ fun race and always taking care of the runners while we are on the road. Also a shoutout to a few of the forces I saw along the route: Augusta Police, Jefferson City, Cobb County, Clayton County, Gainesville Police, and City of Monroe. I know there were dozens of others but these are the one’s I remember seeing and thanking as I passed. Thank you to all of you for your service.

Sending well wishes to Officer Matt Cooper, God bless you and your family!

 

 

 

Here Comes August

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Now I can officially say it, I can’t believe summer is over! Schools are starting back and football is right around the corner. I am ready for football, but I am not ready for all the madness to start at work. We support all the teachers in the district with their technology needs, so we stay on the run until Thanksgiving. It can be really tough somedays, and there are moments when you begin to question your career choice. However, we get a lot of great stories out of it from dealing with all kinds of people. August also marks the beginning of my final semester at school so I will be graduating with my degree in December. Found out today that everything is good to go and I will have that degree in hand at the end of the year!

IMG_0925Ok, moving on to the main part of why I write. I noticed I have started blogging about my entire life, but I have so much going on it kind of just goes with the whole story. This past weekend we ran the Walnut Grove Breakaway 5K. I missed this race last because of teacher training so I was happy to get to run it again. They have always put on a good race and the course is a fairly good one. The course is mostly flat with a big long incline coming back towards the finish. This heat and all the rain we have been having is knocking me out of training. Therefore, my time is back up but I have learned that’s ok, still trumping the people on the couch. I finished in 36:00 minutes with a burning red face and in need of water. I still managed a third place win in my age group. The need for water eventually turns in to hunger and I end up usually at a Chick-fil-A. I’m not sure if I have told you all about my obsession with chick-fil-a. There is a joke that if I eat chick-fil-a before the race, I will run faster. I have proven it to be true especially in the winter. Side note about Chick-fil-a, if y’all don’t have it already, download the app to your phone because they have a new reward program. For every dollar you spend you get 10 points and those points turn in to redeemable free food. You just tell them when you order you would like to scan your barcode in your app and the points are applied. The more points you get, the better free food you can redeem. Check it out if you are a chick-fil-a eater like myself.

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I do happen to love August for the sole reason that it marks the beginning of all the best fall races. This weekend we are running a race called Run for Noses and it’s proceeds goes to help the dogs. I am all about running races for the dogs, because I am a huge animal lover.

Next weekend, I will be running the Brain Fitness 5K in Athens for a friend of mine. I don’t know about the rest of August just yet, but I know something will come up. I have been looking ahead and September looks like it’s going to be the month for awesome races. I will post my upcoming schedule once I make a decision on which one’s I am doing.

See you guys on the road!

 

 

 

 

Summer Heat

It has seriously been awhile since I have posted so I thought I would get some writing in. I promise, I am not giving up on the blog, just busy with finishing up my degree. Just finished summer semester yesterday and I feel like I can breathe again. Only one more semester left this Fall and I couldn’t be more excited. Finally going to get more time to do the things I enjoy most.

I can’t believe summer is almost to an end. We are gearing up for the school year to start again in a little over a week at work. It doesn’t even feel like we have had a summer, I guess because we have stayed pretty busy at work with different projects.

I have been looking back on my runs since the Raliegh Half Marathon and I haven’t ran that many races this summer. It’s always slow in the summer though. Back in June we ran the Navi-Gator 5K in Cumming and the Made in The USA 5K in Sugar Hill. Awesome races but they have crazy hills and mix those with heat and you get nothing but slow from this girl. My favorite race this summer of course was the Peachtree. It was a lot of fun and there is so much going on which so return I stay highly entertained. Staying highly entertained makes me forget about the fact I can’t breathe, legs were on fire, and sweating like I was tossed in a pool. In all seriousness though, I did feel like I got overheated and I should have been more prepared on the hydration side but I made it. My finishing time was around 1:24 which is normal for me on a 10K in the summer months. I can’t wait for the 50th Peachtree next year, I bet Atlanta Track Club is going to go all out for the 50th.

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The only other race I have ran since the Peachtree was the 5K I ran in St. Augustine. It was one of the best courses I have ever ran because it was super flat. However, that Florida heat just doesn’t let up so I was on the struggle bus to the finish. I finished under 40 minutes so I consider that a win. I can now mark the Bridge of Lions 5K off of my list. I have plenty more on my list for next year in Florida that I can hopefully check off.

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This weekend I am running the Walnut Grove 5K. I missed this race last year, so I’m glad it worked out to where I am in town to run it.

I will write more very soon. I have a month off until my final semester starts again so hopefully I can get in some good posts.