Going Rogue – Mixing it Up!

99.9% of my running is done on the roads and are traditional road races, but there are times when I break free from those races and go rogue and run a trail or participate in a fun themed race to break it up a bit.  For this Tuesday on the Run, I’m going off road and talking about some of my favorite “nontraditional” road races and events.

Trail Races

I want to love trails, I really do.  There is something that is so appealing to me of running trails, but honestly, I am so worried about falling that I spend most of my run concentrating far too much and I end up stressed out.  For me, running trails is a great reason to slow down and I enjoy running trails as part of an easy run.  I also have enjoyed running a local half marathon trail run as a fun run.   Here’s one of my favorite pics from a few years ago from Owl’s Roost Rumble of me and Katie.  We obviously were having an awesome time!ORR-KM

MUD RUNS

Mud, mud, and more more mud!  In 2011, a group of us ran the NC Marine Mud Run near Pilot Mountain, NC.  It a mix of trail running, obstacles, and a huge mud pit at the end that we had to “swim” through.  It was fun but really tough!  I ended up with two busted, bloody knees and found mud in places for days!mudrun

 

COLOR RUNS

Last year, Color Me Rad 5K came through our town and a group of us all signed up to take part in it!  Without it being a timed race, we were really just in it for the fun!  Hayden, Nick and I were excited to run the event too as a family and our friend, Bonnie, and her kiddos were running too!  A group of us just hung together and we spent most of the run, walking with the kiddos through all the color stations.  I’ll be honest, if we didn’t have kids participating, it would not have been an event that I’d sign up to do.  It was fun, but for me, it’s a one and done kind of race!  It’s a perfect event for first time 5k’ers and for children, for sure!colormerad

A 6-PACK

Our local fav beerun (our Woo Hoo Crew recap) offered the opportunity to tie up with 5 other runners and become a 6-pack.  A group of us instantly jumped at the option to dress up in costumes, tie ourselves together with strings, and run together as a group. On the day we ran, it was brutally cold, raining with some snow mixed in.  Our costume was a last minute decision, we were wearing trash bags to stay dry so we decided to be “White Trash”  We ended up being the only 6-pack that year and we won the costume contest!  GO US!581457_10151527103233699_107848942_n

RELAY RACES

Two years ago, 12 of us piled into 2 huge white vans and took to the mountains to run the Blue Ridge Relay, a 208 mile relay from Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson, VA to Asheville, NC.   It was by far the BEST running experience I’ve had yet running.  Each runner ran 3 legs throughout the 2 days, varying in distance.   Gotta love a relay race that calls some of the legs, “Mountain Goat” because of the steepness of the route.  From sleeping in the vans, to meeting other teams, to running at 3am, it was an awesome experience and I can’t wait to do it again, hopefully in 2015! brr2012

Virtual Runs

Back in 2012, my friends and I took part in a year long virtual race hosted by a local running friend, The 12athon.  We had to run 12 miles, which earned you 12 points, on the 12th of each month and complete a variety of challenges while running the miles.  Each challenge was worth a certain number of bonus points which would be added to our overall score.  Challenges ranged from eating a dozen of deviled eggs to running all 12 miles on a .25 or less span of road.  Throughout the year, Iris would add in monthly challenges where we could earn additional points towards our totals.   So on National Running Day, we took to the streets dressed as Devils because it was a Beelzebub Bonus Run (6.66 miles).  Here’s our video from that day!

 

Running has provided me with all kinds of fun runs throughout the years!  I’ve done more silly, crazy stuff through running than I thought I’d ever do normally.  Another plus of running! Find a fun event near you, sign up, and have a blast!! You won’t regret it!

What events have you run? How have you gone rogue?

 

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A Color Me Awesome Week!

The last two weeks have been jammed pack and I really had all intentions of blogging about it but I just was holding on, waiting for Spring break.

The weekend after Wrightsville was the start of the local Spring racing season and we kicked it off in true Woo Hoo fashion at the Old Town Beerun.  It was a great time spent with friends even though the weather was less than cooperative.  Find our recap here:

I celebrated my 39th birthday the day after the Beerun.  It was the only good thing about a Monday…haha!  Nick and H bought me some beautiful tulips and some other goodies (my favorite coffee and sea salt chocolate) and we went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Lindley Park Filling Station.  It was low key day, but it was perfect.  We were hosting a cookout the following weekend with some of our closest friends.

This week also brought another surprise.  I had applied through Active Ambassadors to become a member of Team ZonePerfect.  It had been several weeks since I filled out the application and I didn’t expect to hear anything for a few more weeks.  I received an email inviting me to join 99 other moms to joint the Team.  They are asking us to spread the word about their kiddo friendly line, Kidz ZonePerfect bars.  I still am learning everything that will be involved with the sponsorship, but I’m excited for the opportunity.  My bars and other goodies should be here any day.  H and I are pretty excited to try them out and pick our favorite flavor! #sponsored

We finished off the school week with a “Run to Frozato” with our girls running club.  We had 35 girls show up to run/walk the 2 mile trip to get some yummy frozen yogurt.  The girls did amazingly well.  The group I ran with held to a 3 minute run, 1 minute walk for the whole 2 miles. They have really come a long way since our first time meeting.  I’m really proud of them!  It was a lot of fun and they were super proud of themselves too.

And finally this weekend brought the much anticipated Color Me Rad run.  As soon as H saw the website for this race, she HAD to do it.  We were excited to be able to run another 5K as a family too. Several of our other running friends all signed up too, so we had a pretty large group all running together.  The race itself was super fun but before that, not so much.  It was a little hectic at times with over 7,000 runners and I had flashbacks of how I felt running the Cooper River Bridge Run a few years ago.  I do not deal too well with the lack of true corrals and although we were in the 9am wave that really meant nothing.  Everyone was all jammed together at the starting line.

We got separated from our group of friends moving to start the line.  Every time we’d look for someone, all you would see were white shirts.  It was hard to pick anyone out of the crowd.  I held on to H’s hand for fear that we’d get separated.  We ended up starting with only 1/3 of our group.  We stopped on the side of the road once we took off, hoping to be reunited with everyone else.  We ended up finding Bonnie and her kiddos and Carole and Henry and his niece and nephew.  We didn’t catch Christie and Eric.  (We later found out they were in our same corral, not behind of us like we thought).

We got moving along the course and the hectic feeling went away pretty quickly.  It was still tough keeping up with the kids with everyone dressed alike.  Need to figure out something different to do next year, if we run it again.  The kiddos had a blast!  The color stations were spaced out well, just far enough apart where the kiddos could walk/run and not get bored or whiny.  This one of the first 5Ks that H was probably disappointed to see the finish line. We arrived back at the start, fully colored from head to toe and smiling.  It was a wonderful time with our family and friends.  We stuck around for the last “color bomb” where everyone throws their packets of colored goodness everywhere then headed home, leaving dusty reminders of our fun all over the car. 601344_357524511035679_323518562_n

“You’ve got to be noisy and colorful and lively.”

~Mel Brooks