Frosty Owl 5K

It’s been two weeks since the Frosty Owl 5K and I am still in disbelief at how many came to support the 1st Annual 5K for Athens Technical College’s Alumni Association. Many of you were curious as to how I was involved with this. I realize now, I never really told the story behind the Frosty Owl. July of last year, I took office as President of the Alumni Association for Athens Tech. I was very active in leadership roles as a student while getting my degrees from the college and my first full-time job was at the college as well. I was called one evening last year and was asked to come back and sit on the board for the college. I didn’t want to turn down the opportunity so I accepted. As a technical college,  it’s very hard to get people involved in different roles because of the demographics that surrounds technical education. With low participation from alumni, I came up with this fundraiser hoping to increase our alumni membership. Therefore, the Frosty Owl idea was born and I took the role of race director.

27072312_10156047093779812_4263191964363746155_nPreparation: Months and months of planning paid off in the end. Not too many people realized, that I planned this 5K pretty much by myself. Like I said, it’s hard to get people active in these kind of roles. For months I went around to different businesses and friends asking for sponsorship money. In the beginning, I didn’t think I could pull off such an awesome event but slowly sponsorships starting pouring in. We had some amazing sponsors that helped make our event a success. See the list of sponsors below. Thank you to these amazing sponsors for supporting education! After securing sponsorship, it came time to promote. I pulled out all the stops for promotion. Apparently, I have an eye for marketing and it’s something I truly enjoy. Designing the t-shirt was one of my favorite things about this 5K. One evening, I sat down to design this shirt and within a couple of hours the little owl was born. At first, I was nervous about the design wondering if it was good enough to be published on shirts. I took a chance and put it out on social media. Little did I know, the majority of the people coming to the event was coming to get one of the shirts. It’s a cool feeling to know people will be wearing your design. I also had the opportunity to pick out the awards and design the medals. I decided it would be a cute and unique thing to do bobble head owls for the overall winners and medals for the age groups.

26992156_10204626289053799_1815374390473638807_nRace Day: January 20th came around very fast. I tried very hard to make this a fun event for all of my sweet friends who came to support me with this fundraiser. Therefore, I pulled out all the stops and made sure everything was as organized as it could be. My favorite part was seeing all of my friends there and watching them get excited over our owl mascot and overall just having a good time. It was fun to watch my friends enjoy the race in a different perspective. Hands down best feeling seeing them get excited over something you worked so hard for. I was very proud of this event. As with all things, there were a few things I wish I could have done differently but overall it was a huge success and something the college was shocked by. I wish I had taken the time to thank the volunteers ahead of time and our sponsors. I also wish our college administration had taken the time to help me with this. It would have been better coming from our administration but it seemed to go overlooked which was a bummer for me. Needless to say I have a few things to say about my amazing volunteers. Keep reading!


Volunteers: Many of you don’t know this but all of my volunteers were coworkers of mine. I don’t know how or why I got so lucky with having amazing coworkers. Coworkers who I get to call my friends! It came down to a few weeks out with no volunteers what so ever. So I decided to ask the guys at work if they could help me. Needless to say they are all so sweet, that every single one of them on my team came to volunteer. Keep in mind, none of them have anything to do with the college or the alumni association. I can’t thank these guys enough for spending their Saturday off to help me. They all did an amazing job and I was am so proud to be able to work with an amazing group. These guys were supposed to only be course monitors but they ended up handing out race packets, setting up tables, and helping vendors setup tents. They went beyond what I asked of them which was such a blessing to me. I had so many of you comment about how great the volunteers were. Well these guys are the CCSD Tech Team and always go above and beyond on any tasks sent their way. Such a special group of guys that I can never ever thank enough!


Assistant Race Director: The guy in the middle of the picture above was an important part of the Frosty Owl 5K! This guy spent hours among hours helping me put together this 5K. Again he has nothing to do with the college or the alumni association. Just a great friend of mine who has a big heart. I’m pretty sure there are not many guys in the world that will sit and listen to someone go on and on about 5K shirts, awards, sponsorships, spreadsheets, race numbers, etc. I’m also pretty sure there are not many guys who will help someone put together race packets and drive around trying to get stuff done for a 5K event. Also pretty darn sure there are not many who will wake up at 5 AM to get to someone’s house to load up boxes and get to a park before day light. Who else knows someone who will unload 4 different cars, setup tables and tents, and take a course map out of my hand and make sure course monitors get to the right location on time? While I was running around answering questions and making sure registration went smoothly, he was out driving monitors around and explaining the course so the monitors could point runners in the right direction. I am pretty sure I didn’t ask him to do it alone but he did anyway because he knew I was slammed. He did an amazing job and I am so proud that I get to be his friend! I could not have done this without him! Y’all the Frosty Owl wouldn’t have been half of what it was without this one! I can’t thank him enough! Y’all give him a hug the next time you see him! (The sweet person on the right is his momma! She walked her first 5K and placed second in her age group at 73 years old).


Athena The Owl: Athens Tech has this cute little owl mascot named Athena. I knew in the beginning stages of planning, Athena had to make an appearance at the 5K. Like I guessed, Athena was the life of the party. Little did you know, the person rocking the owl costume was another one of my awesome coworkers walking around for your entertainment. You are probably wondering how in the world did I talk him in to being an owl. It was easy, I promised him Mexican food. This guy has the best personality and one of the happiest/nicest people you will meet who you guessed it loves Mexican food. I think he had just as much fun as y’all did taking pictures.

Running Family: THANK YOU to every single person in my running family who came to support me and this 5K! I have the sweetest friends in the world. It meant more then you will ever know to see all of your sweet faces cross the finish line. Love you all! Overall we had 236 people register and 200 of those people crossed the finish line. A few did not know to turn their cards in. Results can be found here.


Sponsors: All of our sponsors were an important part of the Frosty Owl 5K and I cannot thank each of these businesses enough for their support of our Alumni Association. It is people like them that make the community such a great place. Thank you so much! I am working on sending out thank you letters to all the sponsors but I wanted to say a few things here about a few of our sponsors.

  • Peach State Federal Credit Union: I had the opportunity to work with Develon from Peach State who was our gold sponsor. Peach State does amazing things supporting education not only in the Athens community but throughout the state of Georgia. Athens Technical College is proud to have a partnership with such a great organization. In need of a loan or looking to switch banks, go see my friend Develon at Peach State in Athens. Tell him I sent you!
  • Misty’s Pawperties: Two of the best people you will ever meet. These people are great friends of mine who flip and rent houses. They have a love for Huskies and have the biggest hearts that care for these sweet loving dogs. Thank you for everything you do for me! Your support means more then I can ever tell you!
  • Yoga And You: If you are ever near Madison County and in the market to try Yoga, this is the place for you. The owner, Cheryl’s classes are filled with laughter, relaxation, and love! She is a great Yoga instructor and really cares about her student’s. Now that I am a Yoga instructor, I still get to learn from one of the best. I feel like I have learned more from watching her teach then I did in my six month’s of training. Thank you for supporting me and the 5K! Also thank you for being the best volunteer and taking the best pictures of the 5K!
  • TEAM DLK: These guys are true examples of great people! They have a love for running, obstacle races, and trail races. It’s amazing to see what they do every weekend. No matter if they are running a 5K or jumping over obstacles on a Spartan Beast course, they absolutely kill it! I am so thankful I get to be friends with this awesome group of guys! Thank you for supporting me and the 5K! You will never know how much it meant to have TEAM DLK representing at the 5K.

And a HUGE Thank you to our other sponsors:

  • PPI
  • Stare Granite & Bronze
  • CoxMedia Group
  • VEND Food Services
  • Zaxby’s
  • TKS
  • Jackson Pharmacy
  • Get Fit & Pretty Mama
  • Heyward Allen
  • Ingles
  • Barberitos
  • Dr. Al Shakleford
  • Terry Wingfield
  • Athens Orthopedic Clinic
  • First Madison Bank & Trust










The Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway


It has been a cold start to 2018 for the world of running. I guess most people are at home enjoying their hot chocolate by the fire, while a select few of us are lacing up our running shoes and putting on our jackets to brave the cold. I guess that’s why I always get weird looks when I tell people I ran this weekend. “Don’t you know it’s 17 degrees outside?!” I always hear the word crazy, I  just like to think that we the runners have super powers! That sounds better!

IMG_80202018 may be nothing but cold but it’s off to a great start. Two races already down for the year. We ran New Years @ Noon in Athens on New Years day. It’s become a tradition to run this race. I don’t think we have missed it since we have started running. New Years @ Noon is known for the Dam hill. The hill that seems to capture your breathing and makes you question yourself. I’m somewhat being dramatic but I can never make it up it without walking. This year, we ran the hill first when in years past, it was always right before the finish. I finished my first race for the year in 33:52 and placed third in my age group. I use to never place in this race, but over the years I have gotten faster and able to snag a pottery award.

IMG_8053For the second year in a row, we ran the Twilight Stroll by the Granite Bowl in Elberton. I have yet to see this Granite Bowl. We run right past it, but it’s never lit and it’s dark out so I never get to see it. It was another cold night this year with everyone in gloves and hats. At least it was not raining mixed with snow like it was last year. Last year the rain was hitting you right in the face along with being freezing cold. Much better conditions this year. I had an awesome run at this race! It’s a hilly course, not a PR kind of race. However, I could tell all this training I am doing is paying off. I ran a 32:50, knocking almost two minutes off of my time from last year. I placed first in my age group! I will say I was very disappointed once I saw the awards. Last year the awards were a piece of granite with a nice gold plate on top. This year it was a .99 cent medal. Only reason we had come to run the race was for the granite. I know so many other people were disappointed as well. I guess I will have to mark this one off of my list for next year.

Training is going very well. I am back to my normal schedule. Wednesday’s have become my tough training days with the other days being just normal runs. Next weekend I will be running my 6th half marathon and we are one month away from the Disney Princess Half. Starting to get really excited. My outfits have arrived for Disney! Since I am running the half and 5K, I have two different outfits. Can you guess which Princesses I will be? Stay tuned to find out!

Go Dawgs!!


A Few Of My Favorite Things From 2017

2017 has been a very busy year for me but full of so many wonderful things! I had no idea I would meet so many great people this past year. People who have since become like family. In the beginning of 2017, I struggled to be the very best I could be and wanted nothing more then to be fast. I wanted an awesome clock time every time I raced. When I didn’t get the clock time I wanted, I would try harder. Along the way I realized that’s not so important as I once made myself think it was. I still have the goal of under 30 for 2018 and I will keep working until I get it, but I have also realized how great it is to be able to run with the people I love most! Best thing about 2017 has been all of the friendships I have made and I will take those over any PR or first place win any day! Here’s a list of all of my favorite things that happened in 2017.

My Favorite Pictures of 2017:

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January 2017: I ran my first half marathon in Warner Robins. 2018 is going to be another year filled with half marathons. I am currently registered for 4 already including the one at Warner Robins on the air force base.



February 2017: Had my first big PR at the Spartan 5K in Watkinsville. To this day, I remember the time 30:13. I was so close, I even saw 29 on the clock as I was coming down the hill. I will be back in 2018 to try the course once again for the 29. For those of you that don’t know the Spartan 5K has the best course to try to set a PR.



March 2017: Completed my first Spartan race. I was dead set on never doing a Spartan. I gave every excuse in the book as to why I didn’t want to do it. I even mentioned the fact I didn’t want to die. However, I’m glad I was talked in to it. It was a great experience and who knows what I will do in 2018. Maybe a Spartan Super…


April: We ran the Chick-Fil-A half marathon in Athens. This was my third half marathon and one of my favorites. Anyone who knows me, knows I love Chick-Fil-A. I could eat there every day of the week. Here we are, hanging out with our favorite cows:


July 2017: Ran my first Peachtree Road Race. It was the best experience and I can’t wait to do it again. I was in awe the entire race. I didn’t even notice the famous hill everyone talks about. This was hands down, the best race of 2017!


September 2017: Finished a 5K on the 50 Yard Line of the new Mercedes Benz stadium home to the Atlanta Falcons. Such a cool experience crossing the finish line on the field. I ran this race with my sister and we crossed the finish line together.



October 2017: Ran my 5th half marathon, the AthHalf. It was a love hate kind of relationship for this race. I love my hometown, so getting to run through downtown Athens was awesome. Therefore it made up for having to run every hill Athens has to offer.



December 2017: Ran the coolest races with the best folks in the world! Take a look at how much fun we had in December. Thank you to everyone who made this year the best year yet. It’s been a very fun year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. I have had a blast getting to know so many wonderful people. My favorite part of 2017 was spending time with the running family! You all mean so much! Thanks for all the support and encouragement you all have shown and given me! Goodbye 2017, hello 2018!





Santa Stroll 8K Bishop, GA


Christmas Eve 5K – Dacula


Santa Fun Run 5K- Johns Creek

The Last Few Weeks


I know I haven’t posted in a few weeks but I have not had any free time on my hands. I knew the month of December was going to be hectic but it’s here now and almost over. I am on my final week of craziness. It all ends this Friday! Between trying to study for finals, finishing Yoga training, working late and squeezing in a 5K here and there, I am exhausted.

Since the last time I posted, I have managed to run two 5K’s. We did the Buddy Christian Memorial 5K and the Holly Jolly Elf Trot in Winder. The Buddy Christian race is a wonderful race for a great cause. I know many of you know the story of what happened to Buddy. The proceeds go towards a scholarship fund for his children, so we always try to support this race. They have awesome awards and it’s always very organized. I finally got back down to 31 minutes in this race. I was training very hard but work life has since ended my daily training. For the last week, we have been working long hours and by the time we get done it’s dark and I’m tired. Towards the end of next week, we go back to normal schedule so I will get back to running.

Upcoming Events:

December 15th- I graduate from Yoga Training

December 16th- Santa Stroll 8K

The Frosty Owl 5K is coming together so well! It’s almost here! I am so excited about this race! If you haven’t already, register for the 5K so you are guaranteed a shirt. Limited quantities will be available day of race. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored or registered for the event! Your support means so much!

Over Christmas break, I plan to write about graduating from the 200 hour Yoga training program. I am so excited to be done! It’s been a long and hard 6 months.

Look for a lot more posts once things settle down after the holidays! I will have time to get back to writing soon!

Hope to see a lot of you Saturday at the Santa Stroll.

It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas

IMG_7418I know some of you are rolling your eyes right now at my title for this post. Christmas really shouldn’t start until after Thanksgiving but all of these festive holiday runs are getting me in the spirit. Christmas really is my favorite holiday. Therefore, I love running all the Jingle Jogs and Santa Strolls. Who else already has a 5K race planned for Christmas Eve? This girl does!

IMG_7412This past weekend we ran back to back Christmas themed races. We ran the Holiday Haulin’ 5K Saturday morning and the Lanier Under The Lights 5K Saturday night. Let’s talk about one of the best races of the year first! The Holiday Haulin’ 5K takes place in the small town of Mansfield and features a flat course, a super cool t-shirt, and awesome awards. The race directors are all so nice and super thankful for all the runners. This race is always in November so check it out in 2018, you will not be disappointed. I placed 2nd in my age group out of 8 and finished in 33:32. I was making great time at mile 1 and 2 but let is slip away when I started getting pains in my right foot. I seriously thought I had hurt my foot, since I have increased my training. It hurt for the rest of the day and through the second run, but I believe it may have just been from the cold. I put some sports cream on it and took a day of rest and so far I have not had any more trouble. We will just say the cold got to it.

IMG_7424Lanier Under The Lights 5K is so much fun and a great experience. It is the only time the park allows you to run or walk along the lights. Typically when they open to the public, you have to ride around in your car to look at them. I think being able to run and stop and take pictures is a lot more fun. This was my second year running Lanier Under The Lights. I don’t run this race for a time but even with my foot hurting I still can’t sit still enough to just walk. Meanwhile, my sister wants to walk and I’m jumping up and down to run. It takes us over 40 minutes to finish the race with all the picture taking. However, we did get some really cool pics with the lights!


ONLY 7 MORE YOGA TRAINING CLASSES LEFT! Whoo! So close to being done, I can’t wait. I will write a separate post about this weekend’s training over Thanksgiving break. After this Saturday only one more Saturday left to go. I graduate December 15th, so I will be at the Santa Stroll 8K the next day. The Santa Stroll 8K will end the 2017 Black Bag Race Series and it’s also a race in memory of Will Chamberlin who was the owner of Classic Race Services. Therefore, I’m so glad we graduate before this race because I don’t like missing it.

No race this weekend because I have Yoga training. We are having friends and family day at the studio Saturday so I have one of my sweet friends coming to see me teach!

Hope to see you all soon!