Santa Stroll 8K

Have you ever been so excited that you feel a sense of freedom?! That was me Friday night finishing up the last night of Yoga training. I have never been so relieved in my life. I now have my nights and weekends back so I can start planning my races for 2018! I will write a separate post about my 6 month journey next week. It was a long 6 months and I guess it became so routine that I keep thinking I have to go back. When I realize I am now a certified Yoga teacher and don’t have to go back, I get excited all over again.

IMG_7815The end of the year tradition for us is to run the Santa Stroll 8K in Bishop. This run is in memory of Will Chamberlin who used to be a great neighbor to us. We try our best to never miss this run. Therefore I am thankful Yoga ended the night before so I could run the race. They changed our schedule at work for two weeks so I have been working late. By the time I would get off, I would be too exhausted to run. I guess a two week break paid off, I had a huge PR knocking 3 minutes off of my 8K time. I finished the run in 53:57 and was second place in my age group. The Santa Stroll has awesome Santa bobble head awards! This was my second year of placing at the race and getting a bobble head.

IMG_7818I’m very thankful that I get to do this every weekend! My favorite part about racing every weekend is getting to run with all of my friends. I have met so many great people in 2017. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me this year. Your support means the world to me. Also wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who has supported the yoga journey and 5K! Through the help of a very special friend, the Frosty Owl 5K has come together very well. I think you all are going to enjoy the 5K. I have super cute long sleeves coming and just wait until you see the awards. The awards will remain a surprise until race day though!

One more race remaining in 2017 on Christmas Eve! Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! See you all in 2018!


Santa Stroll 8K Recap

Ran the Will Chamberlin Memorial Santa Stroll 8K this morning. This is my favorite race of the year for several reasons. First, I get to see all of my favorite people in one place. Everyone comes together for this race because of the yearly Black Bag awards. Second, this race is in memory of Will Chamberlin who passed away several years ago. I used to live in the same neighborhood as Mr. Will and he was always so nice and thoughtful to my sister and I. He gave us bubble gum and several other goodies every time we would walk by his house. In fact, he gave us bubble gum so often that my sister named him Mr. Bubble Gum man. I seriously think he would be very proud to know the whole family started running and run with Classic Race every weekend. He would be thrilled to know Dad burns the courses every weekend and that I have PR’s consistently and place in most of my races. Today I was determined to have a PR on this 5 mile course and I did. I finished in 56:15 and placed 2nd in my age group. I finally got a bobble head and was oh so excited. I had a friend run with me today and we paced ourselves through the first 3 miles. Felt great the entire race and probably could have pushed myself a little more to get 55 minutes but I am happy with my time. We also had several Dynamic Run Club (DRC) members out on the course with us and they all did so good. Very proud of everyone.

I placed FIRST in my age group for the Black Bag Race Series for 2016!! Classic Race gives really awesome bags and t-shirts for these awards. Thank you Classic Race for all you do for us runners!

I started getting serious in August with trying to set goals and haven’t slowed down since. I’m just getting started and looking forward to 2017. The best part is all of the amazing friends I have made along this journey. The running family is what make the weekends so much fun and I’m so glad I decided to randomly start running back in 2012. I have an awesome support system that come with me every weekend to watch me cross the finish line. Thank you to everyone who gives me advice, supports and encourages me along this ride!

One more race this weekend. Running the Wiseman 5K tomorrow afternoon. Then only one 5K left in 2016 on Christmas Eve.

Madison Christmas Rush 5K & 8K

It was a cold Saturday morning for 8 miles down in beautiful Madison, GA. We ran the 5K and turned around 30 minutes later to run the 8K. I was so excited about the 5K because I had it in my mind that I was going to have a PR. Unfortunately, that did not happen. I finished in 33:12. I saw the time I wanted on the clock but couldn’t make it in fast enough. When I saw the time pass away, I just wanted to stop. I did slow my pace down at that point. Not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed. However, I came away with a second place age group win. I was thinking about my clock time this weekend and I need to remember that when I get disappointed I need to look at how far I have come. In the last few months alone, I have knocked my 5K time down from 40 minutes to 33 minutes. That is 7 minutes I have knocked off of my time since August. Therefore 2017, I am going to shoot for knocking 5 more minutes off my time. I think that is a reasonable goal!

I ran the 8K in 58:40. A minute slower then my previous 8K in November. Not horrible for already running a 5K. When I was coming back in the 5K, I saw the 4 mile marker for the 8K and was thinking, ‘what the heck am I doing?’ I have to turn around in 30 minutes and run 5 more miles. Once I started the 8K, all the doubt faded and I actually enjoyed it. I was tired but I still managed a run/walk pace. I didn’t feel like I couldn’t finish it. Did not place in the 8K but I’m glad I did it. Was good practice for a half marathon. I now have confidence that I can do a half marathon. My first half marathon date has changed. I will now be running my first half in January at the Museum of Aviation Half in Warner Robins.

Next up, Santa Stroll 8K and Wiseman 5K next weekend.

A Runner’s Thanksgiving

While most people were enjoying their turkey’s and pies on Thanksgiving, I was enjoying running an 8K. A nice 5 mile run through the hilly city of Athens. I started off doing great and it was all down hill for the first mile which was awesome. Finished the first mile in less then 10 minutes. Then the hills hit. I think every half mile had a hill along the course because just when I thought I was in the clear, another hill would appear. I had a friend pace me through the first 3 miles. We finished the 5K part of the run in 33:34. Mile 4 is when I came up on the long hill that seemed to never end. It slowed me down and I had to walk it. Turning towards the finish line, a course monitor said the finish is just around the corner. I got really excited because in my mind, the finish was just around the corner. No, the finish was around the corner up a hill and back down a hill. Going towards the hill, a lady was running right beside me and was like hey lets take this hill, are you with me? I responded heck yea girl, come on lets go, you got this! I love how runners encourage each other, especially women encouraging one another. Honestly, I would have probably walked the last hill if it hadn’t been for her. I finished my second 8K in 57:24. My first 8K was 1:02 in 2013 so I have cut off some time.

So if running 5 miles was not enough, today on Black Friday I ran the Buddy Christian Memorial 5K. You know I am serious about this running thing, if I pass up shopping for a run. This 5K is one of my favorite runs and it goes to a very good cause. For those of you that don’t know, Buddy was shot in the line of duty as a police officer for Athens-Clarke County. His service will not be forgotten! My legs were give out on this run. I managed to still finish in 34:51. Photos of me crossing the finish line are floating around Facebook and they are quite hilarious. I looked so mad which I really did not know I was making such a mean face. People who know me, know I am not self aware of my facial expressions. I need to learn to smile when I cross the finish line! You never know who is taking your picture. I will admit I was disappointed with myself for not getting under 34. I shouldn’t be so hard on myself though, because I did 8 miles in two days! I even placed 1st and beat 8 other people in my age group. See my awesome medal…



Tons of training coming up this week. Next up, Walton County 5K, Rapids Run Under The Lights 5K and Holly Jolly Elf Trot 5K the weekend of December 3rd.