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

Hotlanta Half Marathon

“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart”

IMG_5518I have learned in the last few months that I can do anything I set my mind to. This includes running 13 hilly miles through downtown Atlanta in June. The Hotlanta half marathon was my 4th half marathon since January of this year. This half is by far my favorite I have ran so far. Something about running in a big city brings out the energy in me. Maybe it’s the atmosphere of 1500 people from different parts of the country that come to run a half marathon, or maybe it’s the scenery that comes along with the race. Whatever it may be, one thing is for sure, I love running races in Atlanta. As we all know some parts of the big ATL are run down, filthy, and you don’t want to venture off in the wrong direction kinda town. However, ATL offers some awesome landmarks to take in as you are making your way around the city. Since I’m not the fastest girl on the block, I enjoy sightseeing on my runs.

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Let me take you along my 13 mile run today! The starting line began in front of the World of Coke/ Georgia Aquarium past Centennial Park. I was told at the start of the race, to be prepared for lots of hills. Mile 1 proved it to be true, with a small hill to start off with. I made it up this hill but my legs were burning. At the top of the hill we passed by the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Have y’all seen this stadium? Its super cool! I can’t wait to check it out. After this, we ran past the Capital. Around mile 3-4 we ran around Turner Field back under the 1996 Olympic arch. Here, I met up with some Chick-Fil-A cows and of course had to stop for a selfie.

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The course took us along the Atlanta Beltline and I must say I was impressed. It was flat, smooth and had super cool looking restaurants along the way. The beltline is where I smelled BBQ cooking and it immediately made me want to stop and eat. From here, we ran in to Piedmont Park and around the loop back out to the city. Piedmont Park is really pretty and a great place for a Saturday picnic or Sunday morning run. Mile 10-11 was spent running around the Georgia Tech campus. I am in no way a yellow jacket but I will admit they have a nice campus and football stadium. Mile 12 I was done and pretty much walked the entire thing. I’m pretty sure there were at least 3 hills along mile 12. The finish was again at the World of Coke and happened to be a downhill finish which I enjoyed. I finished in 2:54:40 and received an awesome finisher’s medal. Check it out, it was huge!

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This race has made it to my list of races for next year. Huge props to the Atlanta police who were on every street corner helping to keep us safe.

The next race in Atlanta will be the Peachtree Road Race. I am really looking forward to it! I already have my red, white, and blue outfit picked out!

Next weekend, I am going to attempt to run a race in Gainesville. I’m sure by next Saturday I will be mostly recovered and ready to hit the road.

 

 

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!

Goodbye May, Hello June

Being out of town for a weekend and not running a race was hard. I was looking at pictures on Facebook from different runs this past weekend and I saw that I missed out on some really cool races. However, I had a lot of fun relaxing at the beach before facing my longer work days that started this week. For the summer, I have to work 10 hour days but only four days a week. We have Fridays off, which is something we look forward to. I’m currently planning what I want to do on my days off. I’m sure I will find a new hiking spot or take some road trips. June is going to be a busy month along with the months following being just as busy. My summer classes for my degree that I’m working on start Monday which are packed in to just eight weeks. Yoga classes start again next week. I’m so looking forward to this because Yoga gives my overdrive mind a break. I then have a half marathon next weekend. We are running the Hotlanta half through downtown Atlanta. Yes, I am running 13.1 miles in the middle of June. Yes, I am aware that it is a little crazy and it’s going to be hot. It’s sounds like a good idea now but I’m sure by mile 7, I will be questioning why. My goal for this half is simple, it’s not to die. The day after the half marathon, I have to have tooth surgery. I have been told I will not be able to run for a few days or do any other type of training. I’m not looking forward to that part. Anyone that knows me, knows I have a problem sitting still. I am always on the go, so I guess I will have to find some non physical things to occupy myself for a few days. Lastly, my Yoga certification classes start June 30th. I will have to start practicing Yoga poses pretty much everyday. Fortunately, I have some pretty awesome people that will help me practice.

This past month, I have turned my living room in to a workout room. I have Yoga mats, Yoga blocks and weights stacked up along the fireplace. I have started lifting weights several times a week along with working on strengthening the legs. I found a great arm workout video from a professional trainer that I love doing. I have decided that I am going to do another Spartan in November. This gives me plenty of time to gain that upper body strength I want so bad. So far, I have stayed motivated to do some type of workout everyday except for Fridays which is my rest day. The biggest motivator is wanting to be able to hang with the boys during obstacle races. I have always been competitive and I like being able to keep up with the best of them. I also have a 5kayrunningqueen Instagram account where I connect with runners from all over the country. Seeing their posts and posting my own journey is a huge motivator for me as well. If you have an Instagram check out my account and follow for daily posts!

This weekend I am running the Torture Trail 10K. I have been told it really is torture because of the major hills throughout the race. I’m not so sure what I have gotten myself into. I will find out Saturday!

Here’s to Summer fun, hot races, tan lines and of course ice cream!

Flat Joe 5K Recap

 

Saturday morning I ran the Flat Joe 5K in Monroe. The Flat Joe honors a soldier that was killed in the line of duty. The 5K raises money for scholarships that are awarded to students who are in pursuit of a military career. It was a great tribute to the fallen soldier who I learned was my age when he was killed overseas. The start of the morning was very humid but at least the sun stayed in long enough for us to finish the race. The name of the race had me thinking the course was going to be flat. I thought wrong, the race had a nice mixture of hills! The hills wore me out to the point I ended up walking some of the flat areas. Every time I caught my breathe, I would hit another hill. I finished the race in 35:06 and placed second in my age group. They had really nice medals as the awards along with coins for the overall and masters winners.

Later in the day we met up with some of the running family for pizza. It was a lot of fun! Great food and great friends makes for an awesome Saturday!

So this past week has been filled with some good news! I received a phone call asking would I be the President for my alumni association at Athens Tech. Of course I said yes! I use to be the President for the Student Council there so it will be nice to get back in to that kind of role. Also, I said I was going to wait until December to let you all know what my next adventure is, but I am so excited about it so here it goes! I decided I am going to get my Yoga teaching certificate to teach Yoga classes. I am really looking forward to classes starting at the end of June. I have to attend one Saturday a month along with three days a month through the week. If you don’t see me at a race, then I am in Yoga class. I will finish up the 200 hour certificate in December. I hope to start teaching at local rec departments. Yoga can be really good for runners, so I hope all my running friends consider joining me when the time comes!

I am taking this coming weekend off from running because I will be out of town. The following weekend I will be running the Torture Trail in Eatonton.

Thanks for following my journey!