80’s Run Recap/Short Update

Saturday, we ran the South Hall Rotary Club 80’s 5K in Flowery Branch. I knew before I started the run Saturday that I was about to come down with a cold. Thankfully, it waited until I was done running before hitting me with an ever dreaded sore throat. The race did not start until later in the morning and with the sun straight up at that point, I was going to be happy just to finish. I barely made it to mile 1 before having to walk for a few. By mile 2, I was done and did not want to run anymore. I had to force myself to run in to the finish. I finished in 37:40 and placed 4th in a ten year age group.

As I sit here writing my very short blog post for the weekend, I can barely breathe and everything I eat has a weird taste. So I hope this is gone before this coming Saturday’s race. I will be running the Running For Rankin 5K and I hope to see all my friends I have not seen in months!

This week I only have one night of Yoga teacher training class. Thank goodness for that. I am counting down the days until I am done. It takes a lot of time and energy which is limited right now with everything else I have going on. My Fall classes start today and I am also planning a 5K for my alumni association. I am waiting on approval of designs before releasing the information out to social media. Classic Race Services will be timing it and it will be January 20th so go ahead and mark your calendars, for the 1st Annual Frosty Owl 5K benefiting the Athens Tech Alumni Association.

Hugs & Blessings
~Queen Beast Fitness

Summer’s End 5K Recap

I have been thinking lately how lucky I am to be able to do the things I do. I stay on the road, I get to run and workout whenever I please, I’m working on my Yoga teacher certificate ands that’s just a few of the things I get to do in this life. I am also very thankful for all of the friends I have made along the way. I smile when I think about the one’s that text me every week to see where I am running, the one’s that have become more like family, and the one’s that spend time with me training during the week. The Summer’s End 5K happened to have a handful of my favorite people in the world there. I have been looking forward to this race for week’s now. I look forward to them even more now that some of my weekend’s are spent on a mat. I have ran this race for several years now and have placed in my age group for the last two years. Summer’s End is famous for train trophies as their awards. This year was my third year in a row getting a train! I was so happy to get that train, it’s all I have been talking about. With everything I have going on, I have not been pushing myself to run much through the week. However, I was determined to get under 36 which is where I have been lately. Saturday I ran it in 35:27 and knocked two minutes off of my time from last year.

I don’t have another Saturday Yoga class until the end of September so I plan to run as many races as I can until then! Send me a message if anyone has any cool ones they are running coming up in the next few weeks. We are still planning out our schedule for September! Once I finalize plans, I will post a calendar of where I will be for the next few months! I know I have a few Black Bag Races coming up so I’m really looking forward to seeing all my Black Bag friends again! It’s been way too long.

Hugs & Blessings
~Queen Beast Fitness

Hot In The Summer Sun 5K Recap

I’m pretty sure I need to move to Atlanta. I spend more time there on the weekends then where I live. A lot of the races that we have been interested in this Summer have all been in or around Atlanta. We ran another 5K in Kennesaw Saturday for Five Star NTP called the Hot Fun In The Summer Sun 5K. One of the cool things about Five Star is they give finishers medals to all participants. I finished 2nd in my age group so I scored double medals. The course had one long hill towards the finish line but I have noticed lately, that hills do not bother me much anymore. I used to dread seeing a hill but now I don’t pay too much attention to them. I think its because I see a hill as a challenge, and I really like challenges.


I haven’t been running lately because I spend most of my time doing full body training. I can tell I am getting stronger, even with running. The heat bothers me, which kills my clock time but I noticed the last few times I have ran that I have not struggled as much.

Next weekend, I won’t be able to run because I have my one Saturday a month day long Yoga training class. I certainly hope to see everyone at the Summers End 5K in Winder August 12th, I am really looking forward to that race. I hope to go for my third straight year of getting a train trophy!

Now that summer is coming to a close and Fall is fast approaching, I have got to get ready for the next five months of craziness. There is a lot of neat stuff happening and lots of new adventures coming up so stay tuned!

Hugs & Blessings
~ Queen Beast Fitness

Summer Steamer 5K Recap

The past few weekends, we have been hitting the road traveling to races since all of them seem to be towards Atlanta. Saturday we drove to Kennesaw for the Summer Steamer 10K/5K.  I ran the 5K which was one big loop around an industrial complex. The race had a nice mixture of steady hills with a few downhills. We actually ran near Kennesaw mountain and down a shaded fitness path on the last mile. I tried to run the whole race but I had to walk a few of the hills. I finished in 36:46 and was 9 out of 16 in my age group. This race gave out finishers medals to all participants so I was happy.

I was more excited to run Saturday then I have been in a long time. I have been so busy lately, that I haven’t had a lot of time to run during the week to train. Plus with it being so hot out, we have started running on the treadmill. I have become addicted to working out at the gym trying to strengthen my arms. I am working hard to gain strength for the Spartan race we have coming up in November. We also started planning out our races for the rest of the year. It’s going to be a fun filled Fall for us.

This Saturday, I won’t be able to run because I have Yoga teacher training ALL day. I will make up for it the next weekend though. I miss seeing all my running family. I feel like I have not seen some friends lately. This weekend I will have to post about my Yoga certification to fill you guys in on what I am doing in class.

Hope to see you all soon!


Made In The USA 5K Recap

Running offers a lot of great benefits as we all know, but the best benefit I have gotten out of running is all of the wonderful friends I have made along the way. The Made In The USA 5K that we ran on Saturday made me realize just how awesome this running thing is! I had a few of my closest friends there and I realized how much I look forward to the weekends. There is never a dull moment and there’s always jokes and laughter going on amongst us. No matter what my clock time is or if I placed or not, I always have fun.

With all this rain we have been having, it turned out to be a nice day for a run Saturday morning. Since the rain held off, I was able to try out my new 2017 Peachtree shoes. I was not the only one with them on, there was at least five other people I saw at the start line wearing the same shoe. I really wanted to go up to those people and ask them if they wanted to take a group photo of our shoes. I figured they would think I’m weird though, which I am sometimes, so I fought the urge. I was all pumped up at the start line before the race ready to go! I’ve had a lot of energy lately, I just wish that energy would turn in to speed! The course was a little hilly but I was so proud of myself because I made it up most of the first hill without walking. I finished in 36:57 and placed 6th in my age group. I got a participation medal! I know some people don’t like those but I love them. I will take any type of bling for my wall! HA


We got our bib numbers for our first Peachtree! I am so excited about this experience. The expo was awesome, I was like a kid in a candy shop walking around. I know I probably looked weird because when I get excited, my eyes get real big. Kind of like this. Meet Poppy, I have been compared to her and this is very close to what I look like when excited.

Anyways, there was so much to look at and running stuff at every booth. I had to tell myself to think things through because when I see tanks with sayings on them, I automatically want all of them! That being said, I have an awesome outfit planned for the Peachtree! I know it’s going to be a blast. Look for my Peachtree blog post later this week!

I started my Yoga teacher training classes this past Friday. I think its going to be a great experience for me. I will admit I was a little intimidated throughout the class because they kept correcting my poses. I’m not as flexible as some of the girls in my class. I also have some issues with my legs so it’s hard to do some of the poses. Hopefully with a lot more practice, I can strengthen the poses that I can do good already to be even better. I didn’t realize how much work I am going to have to put in to this but I’m ready for the challenge.

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!