Running and Racing Memories

For just over six years now, I have been running and racing. Through running, I’ve met some of my best friends, lost other friendships and gained a better understanding of who I am and who I want to be. I really don’t think anything else I could have ever started doing years ago would have allowed me to do and see all I have other than running.

I got to thinking about all my favorite running and racing memories and some made me laugh, others made me a bit embarrassed, and others frustrated me! Regardless of how it makes me feel, there was no way I would change a thing about it.  Here is a short list of some of my memorable running and racing stories. memorieslogo

What you find on a run?

For a while, it seemed like we were always finding things that didn’t quite belong on the routes we run on. We have seen a cucumber, condoms, a package of meat, a guy passed out, etc.  The one that made us all go ew….a half eaten deer leg?! No deer. Just the leg. That one freaked us out a bit but it did give us something to ponder for a mile or two making up our version of how it got there.ew

When nature calls

I was trying to juggle a family dinner and getting in a run so unfortunately, my dinner was happening right before I was meeting my friend, Christie to run. I thought I would be fine running so soon after eating. Boy was I wrong!! About halfway into our run, my tummy was not feeling good at all. I had to go, go. There was a gas station about 1/2 mile from where we were but with each step, I knew I was not going to make it there. I took off for the near by area. Not ideal but the alternative was far worse. Christie was dying laughing at me as I scurried from one tree to the next trying to find a discreet place. I had broke out into a dang cold sweat. I finally found a secluded place to go, tucked behind a huge tree.  Not my finest moment at all!! To this day, we crack up every time we run near that area.tree-800-234x300

That race! 

By now, you all are probably sick of hearing about Kiawah aka my worst marathon ever. I learned a lot from that race but I never share anything else other than how bad it went during the race. If it wasn’t for Kiawah,  I would have never met Cara. She was friends with Katie and Nathan and they invited her to come on the trip. It was her first time being around all of us on a trip and I’m sure she was trying to figure us out, just like we were trying to figure her out. It didn’t take long and by the time we all got home, it was like she was part of our group all along!! Christine was there too on her own trip with friends and it was also one of the first times we got to all hang out. Kiawah was a huge turning point for our two running groups. We all started hanging out a lot more after that trip!11949437_10206107332536989_8990555650156000488_n

And finally…

The Year of the 12athon

One of our running friends created this amazing virtual race series just for 2012.  It was called the 12athon and runners earned points by running 12 miles on the 12th of each month.  We could earn additional points for adding fun elements to our runs.  There were also fun challenge runs too!  I spent the better part of 2012 running in costumes, consuming hard boiled eggs after each mile, running 12 miles on a .25 or less track, etc.  It was a load of fun!!  546031_3568054154689_220894912_n

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What is your favorite running or racing memory?  Have you ever seen anything weird on a run?

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Fall Racing Schedule and a Smoothie

Happy day, y’all!!

Today, I’m talking all about my Fall racing schedule and a bonus!!  My favorite Summertime Smoothie.  Now, I’m not gonna lie.  I just haven’t gotten on the whole make your own smoothie bandwagon.   I know people love it, but I just am not ready to commit to it yet.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good smoothie every once in a while.  I just have to buy mine prepared for me.

So let’s jump in with what’s on my race agenda this Fall.   It’s surprisingly bare which is not like me at all.  Maybe I’m growing up??  I know Nick’s loving it.  Less racing means more money in our bank account.  fallracescheduleSeptember

Right now, I only have one race on my schedule for September: Race 13.1 Raleigh.  Cara, Christine and I are headed back to Raleigh to run this one again.  Cara and I are pacing the 2:15 group and Christine is along for the run with us!  I’m most excited that they changed the course from last year and removed Lassiter Hill.  It was this ridiculously huge hill the last .5 of the race.   We may throw in a last minute race at the end of the month, depending on how we feel with our training.  Salem Lake 30K and Triad 10 Miler are on my radar.

October

I celebrate half number 40 by pacing the local half marathon, Cannonball Half, with Cara.  We’re in charge of the 2:30 group and I’m so looking forward to it.  We have several friends who are running this race too!  It’s a great local event and the changes that happened last year with the addition of the food trucks and post race brews made it super fun!2014-10-12 08.39.36-1

Mid-October? Marathon #7 at 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, TN.  I’m so looking forward to this one.  It’s going to be a great trip with friends.  I’ve never been to Chattanooga so I’m interested in seeing the city while running the marathon.  We’ve rented a cute little house and we’re staying within walking distance to a ton of restaurants and even a brewery.  It will be a gorgeous course especially with the fall leaf colors.

November

The event of all events!!  Crooked Road 24 hour Ultra!  It’s by far my favorite race I do each year.  I’m shooting for a 100K distance this year.   I want it bad, but I also am realistic and know that so much depends on the weather and how I’m feeling.  We have a ton of friends who are going to be out there too so it won’t be without fun!  crookedroadsign

I like that there isn’t too much on my schedule right now.  I’m hoping to head up to Boone for some Appalachian Football games so I’ll work around those if I pick up any races.

Now, for the bonus!!  It’s Summertime Smoothie time! 

As I mentioned, my favorite smoothie comes prepared for me.  It’s my favorite one and it’s actually a tough one to find.  It is… Naked Protein & Greens!  It’s the best of both worlds for me.  I get the protein punch I need for after runs, but all the benefits of the greens.  I’ve tried the Green Machine and it was just too “green” for me.  This has just the right amount of sweetness to combat the earthiness of the all greens smoothie.

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Race Recap: Race the Bar 8K

A double race weekend means two race recaps this week!

When Christine and I signed up for this one back in March, we dreamed of a nice day, cold brews and a great run.  Little did we know when we signed up it would be 92 degrees at the start of the race.  Our goal of maybe racing it changed to run it safely and smartly.  We had to trust ourselves to make the right call.

I picked up our race packets on Friday after leaving work so we arrived to the event about an hour before the start.  We stayed in our cars for a bit and then found a shady place to hang out before it was time to go.  I did the best I could to prepare for the heat throughout the day by drinking a ton of water.  I just hoped it would be enough.  This was going to be brutal!IMG_5689

We had our post race meeting around 3:50pm and we lined up shortly after for the 4pm start.  Christine and I stepped out of the shade to line up and the sun and heat immediately hit us.  I know there were several times I second guessed our decision but knowing how Christine and I both are, I knew that we’d play it safe.  The gun went off on time!  We found ourselves running pretty well for the first mile.  I was actually surprised to look down and see that we were running under a 10 min pace and it felt okay.  I thought if we could just find a good easy feeling pace early, we’d be good.  IMG_5694We hung in there for the first mile as we turned into the Arboretum and bam!  Just like that.  Full sun and hot.  Ugh.  We both instantly said out loud, “This is awful!”.  We tried to run along this sunny section, but we were burning up.  It was thick, no breeze, just yuck.  I can’t remember who said it, but one of us did, “Let’s walk a minute!”.  YES!!  My heart rate was up, the air was so thick breathing was an issue and I was happy if we walked the other 4 miles.

We kept moving and decided that we’d try to run for 3 minutes and walk for one.  We went through a few intervals like that but then even at that pace, we were still struggling.  We stopped at the first water stop and our one minute walk breaks turned into 5 minutes.  Neither one of us worried about it at all.  This was all about just finishing.  All around us too, people were walking.  You’d see someone start running and everyone would kind of start doing the same thing.  Someone would stop and a bunch of us would stop to walk too.  We were among good company!

To my surprise, we hit mile 3 and were still smiling and carrying on. We’d run some and walk some.  Just moving forward and having fun!  Police officers on the course were cutting up with us, telling us that we signed for this!  It was all entertaining.  Several of our friends were out on the course volunteering and offering their support.  They were just as hot as all of us!  The race director planned for the heat accordingly.  There was plenty of water (cold too!) at each stop and there were wet towels at the mile 2.5/4 water stop, although we never got one.

Christine and I just did what we do well, smiled, laughed and kept on moving.  Several houses had sprinklers set up along the course and we hit everyone of them!  Thanking the neighbors for being so kind to the runners!  The miles flew by!  Around mile 4, we decided we’d try to run a bit longer than we had.  It was pretty shaded along this section and flat.  We started running along and actually the last mile was our fastest of the day, I think.  At that point, we just wanted to be done.  We passed another group of friends out on the course and made our way to the finish line.  IMG_5695

We finished in 56:30 and were thrilled that we were even under an hour.  I quickly realized that I had run the 10K in 56:02 just the day before.  The temperature was about 20 degrees warmer for this race.  It became super clear how the heat affects pace and how I feel running in it.  We grabbed our finisher’s glasses and made our way directly to the beer line.  They had cold wet rags at the finish line too!  The race director was passing out freezy pops to all of us waiting.  It was the perfect post race treat!

We later checked the results to make sure that our bibs worked; Christine’s kind of melted from being in my car.  Christine starts laughing and points to the results page.  She had placed 2nd in her age group!!!  We started cracking up!  Obviously that was not our intention when we started running the race, but what an awesome surprise!!  We waited for the awards ceremony where I appropriately photobombed her picture. 🙂  We grabbed another brew and grabbed dinner after.  IMG_5696

Even with all the heat, sun and hot, it ended up being a really great race!  Sometimes you just have to take things for what they are and treat each day and race as it comes.  You have to trust in your instincts to know that you’re making the right decision and not to second guess it.  Things went off yesterday just as they should have.  We had fun, we got to spend the race running together, and we finished safely.  IMG_5692

Do you trust your instincts when it comes to making a race day decision?

Trust is the word this week!

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Race Recap: A Brighter Path 10K

Who in their right mind signs up for a race in summer?!  This girl!  When I signed up a month before we had nice cool temps and my brain was not even thinking that 80+ degree temps at 8am would even be possible.  Boy was I wrong!

So why did I really sign up? 

A Brighter Path 10K raises awareness to the needs of the blind and visually impaired in Winston Salem and they it supports the Industries for the Blind.  My grandmother was visually impaired.  She suffered from macular degeneration which essentially stole her central vision leaving just her peripheral vision.  I raised money to support a cure back when I did my first half marathon in 2009 and I was so thrilled to find a race locally. bib

My friend, Christie, runs a race a month so she joined me for this one.  We headed to Winston bright and early Saturday morning in order to get to the race to pick up our tees and bibs.  Once we got there, we realized that we were starting right near where we run Mistletoe half in December.  We were happy to have an idea of the course we would be running.  We grabbed our goodies.  I was a bit disappointed that when we picked up our bibs, they were out of our sizes for the shirts.  I still don’t understand how pre-registered runners do not get the right size shirts.  After having helped direct a race, you always pull the shirts for the pre-registered runners.  Any shirts leftover go to walk ups/day of registrations.  Christie and I ended up with XL shirts.  Ugh.

brighterpathstartWe headed back to the car to Glide up.  This kind of weather (hot and humid) means chafing for us both!  We hit the potty line twice and warmed up with the group dynamic exercises.  We lined up at 8:15am and the race started shortly after.  This race was run only on gun time so we made sure we knew to start our watches right at the horn.  Around 8:18am, we wished each other good luck and we were off!  The race started just a few minutes late due to the 1 mile fun run taking a bit longer than expected.

The course was two loops of the same course.  My goal was to run the first loop well and to run the second loop smart, knowing where to push and where to hold.  My only goal based on the weather alone was to finish under an hour.  Right off the start, it was uphill.  A slow grade climb for the first 1.5 miles.  I looked down right at the start and realized that I was running about an 8:30 pace and I didn’t want to take the first mile that fast so I slowed up and tried to keep about a 9:15 pace.  I finished the first mile dead on, 9:16!abrighterpath10KelevationRight on cue, it switched to downhill and I went.  I kept it still conservative knowing that I still had 4 more miles left.  I ran mile 2 in 8:49 and took advantage of the flatter course and pulled up to 8:30 for mile 3.  The uphill starts right when we start heading back to the start.  I caught up to this cute little man who I chatted with as we climbed up the hill.  I bid him farewell when he stopped at the water stop at the halfway point.   My goal for the second time up this 1.5 mile climb was just not to walk.   I still felt pretty good, so I just kept it easy-ish on the climb knowing I just had to make it to mile 5 and it would be all downhill again.  I finished mile 4 at 9:21 pace, a little slower than the first time through but I was pleased that I kept my pace under 9:30. coursephoto

Right at 4.5 miles, I see Christie at the water stop just ahead.  I stop for a quick drink and walked just for a minute.   We hook up and ran together for the last mile and a half.  We push the last uphill half mile to get to mile 5 and start the nice downhill section again.  Even with a short walk break, I finished the uphill at 9:15.  I still was feeling really good and figured to go on the next mile.  I’d only have .25 of a climb at the end to the finish line and I thought it was better to go hard now knowing I’d slow up a bit going up the hill.  I ran mile 6 as the fastest of the day at 8:26 pace!  Bam!  We brought it home for the last .2 and finished in 56:02.

2015-06-13 13.15.29We grabbed some Gatorade and talked with some of the ladies that were right near us for parts of the race.  They posted the results shortly after and I went over to see how we did.  And there it was!  Christie and I had both finished 2nd in our age groups!!!  I ran over to where she was and shared the news!  The other 10K runners were finishing up and the awards ceremony started shortly after.  All age group winners received the coolest piece of pottery!  I absolutely love it!  I’m a huge fan of practical awards.  awardpic awards2

PROS

For me, this one is all about the charity involved with the race!  I am so happy to have been able to run a local race that supports a cause that is important to me.  The course was actually a really good one, even with the 3 miles of total climbing, the 3 miles of down hill to flat was good.  The pre-race warm-up was fun!  The volunteers and fellow runners were so nice!  We met some really nice ladies and enjoyed chatting with them post-race.  There was a ton of post race food and drinks!  The awesome age group awards!

CONS

Not having race shirts for pre-registered runners just gets me!  Huge pet peeve of mine with races!  Given the hotter than usual temperatures, I wished they had Gatorade out on the course and cold wet rags available at the finish line.

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Friday Five: Tips for Running an Afternoon Race

An afternoon race may leave you screaming “I’m melting! I’m melting!” just like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz.meltingMost of us are used to racing in the mornings and an afternoon race can really seem a bit unnerving.  We bombard ourselves with a million questions!  What do I eat?  When do I eat?  What’s the temperature? Where’s the shade?!  All of these things can weigh heavy on us when we sign up for an afternoon event.  Here are a few tips that I’ve used for several of afternoon races, which will include my race on Sunday, Race the Bar at Lindley Park 8K.

1. Food

When do you eat?  What do you eat?

This is a tricky one.  For those of us who run after work or in the evenings, we seem to be a bit better at handling this one vs someone who runs mostly in the mornings.  I treat afternoon races just the same as days I have to run after school  I eat breakfast at a normal time and eat lunch around 11:30-12:30pm (for a 4pm race).  You may have to adjust that a bit depending upon the time of your race.  I usually like to leave about 2-3 hours between my last meal and the race.  Stick with something neutral too.  I will eat a small snack about an hour before the run.  I actually eat what I eat before my long runs, a protein bar (usually just half for a shorter race).  I know that it won’t upset my tummy during the race.

2. Hydration

How much water should I drink? 

Most afternoon races especially this time of year equal hot temps.  We all know hot temps = more sweating.  I think an afternoon race is actually sometimes better for me.  I actually have time to drink water before a race vs trying to make sure I’m doing a good job the whole day and night before a race.  I just drink water with every meal and maybe another bottle some point before the race.  I don’t want to overdo it but I want to make sure I’ve had just enough.  A sports drink isn’t a bad option either sometime in the day!

3. PRP (Pre-race poo)

Am I going to be able to go?  What happens if I can’t?

This is a tough one.  I’m personally one of those that has to go at least one time before I race or it stresses me out.  Most of us are on a very regular routine in the mornings, but in the afternoon, it’s a total crap shoot. (yup, I went there!).  I find that if I hydrate well throughout the day that helps some.  I’ve resorted to drinking a half of cup of coffee earlier in the afternoon to help move things along.  Pre-race jitters may be enough to help too!  The good thing about an afternoon race is they are usually shorter distances so finding a potty quickly (if needed) is easier.  Bad news!  Smaller distance races don’t have them on the course usually.

4. During the Race

What is the temperature?  Where’s the shade?! Why am I struggling already?

Some tips to help with the sun and temperatures during an afternoon race:

  • Forget the tangents, find the shade!  I usually try to follow the shade vs making sure that my distance is dead on.  I rather stay cool then worry about a few tenths of a mile.
  • Run with a cold, damp towel.  You can use it wipe your face during the race or tuck it around your neck.  Stop at a water stop and use the water to drink and re-wet your towel.
  • If you start to feel heavy legged and you are running in quick sand, use short walk breaks to help.  With the higher temps, our bodies are already trying to cool us down before we even start running, we are going to poop out a lot faster in warmer temps.  There’s no shame in walking for a minute.
  • Wear cool colors and light running clothes.
  • Warm-up slowly.  Try not to get yourself overheated before you even start the race.  Raising your body temp early on means more sweat.  More sweat = losing water…  Keep it really easy, maybe even just do a brisk walk.
  • Reduce your pace or at least now how the temps will affect you.  Ideally, 50 degrees is about near perfect to run in.  Anything over that has a direct affect on your pace.  At 70 degrees, pace can increase by 30 sec per mile and at 80, over a minute.  Run on effort vs pace.

5. Take it for what it is

Do I have to race it?

Simple answer, no.  Just sign up for an afternoon race for the fun of it!  Most afternoon races are usually later in the day because of the awesome post-race party vs the race itself.  Run it at what I call “beer drinking pace”.  Run just to cross the finish line to earn that ice cold brew.  Grab a group of friends, run together, smile for the pics and make it your “happy hour”.  There is nothing that says you have to race it at all!  It’s your race, your pace. 🙂

Any thing that I’m missing?  What would you suggest to do to prepare for an afternoon race?

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Race Recap: Race the Bar 5K- Pig Pounder Brewery

This weekend’s race is the first of four in the Race the Bar Series.  Each race increases in distances, starting with a 5K and ending with a half marathon (tentatively).  Each race starts and finishes at a local brewery and all participants not only get a great tech tee, but a special pint glass for each race.  Christine and I signed up for three of the four races already being one of the first 50 people to register and we got a killer deal for all three!  Registration isn’t up yet for the last race, but we’ll be running that one too. racethebar5Kswag

The race time is at 4pm which is great for the post-race party, but tough when running in the heat of the day.  Yesterday was a hot one and Christine and I made the decision to just run at an easy pace and enjoy the race!  With it being our second run of the weekend too, we weren’t really wanting to race it.  We got to the start right at 3:15pm and caught up with other friends who were running too.  The cool thing about Trivium races is they provide tents for running groups and we hung out in the Runnerdude tent to try and stay out of the sun the best we could.

Right at 3:50pm, Rich had the pre-race meeting where he let all the runners know the course was closed to traffic, there were volunteers on each turn and the course was marked with signs. Shortly after, we lined up and right at 4pm, we were off!

The first mile was a mix of hills, some good downhills and one big ol’ hill right before mile one.  We ran up the hills conservatively and actually got pretty speedy on the first downhill.  We ran through the first water stop just at mile one and kept a really good pace and effort to mile two.  The sun was blazing along the course and it was nice once we headed through an older neighborhood with a lot of shade.  Mile 2 to right before the end of the race was rather flat and we settled in to a good pace.  pigpounder5K

We passed some friends out on the course cheering and headed towards the Greenway section, which would be in full sun.  We hung in there the best we could, but man, I was sweating!!  Once we made the turn and had just .5 left, we ran up a short hill and walked up part of the second hill, the steepest one on the course.  Right as we were coming up to the crest, we started running again and headed to the finish line.  We finished right at 32:06 and we were both smiling at the end.

We grabbed our finisher pint glass and headed to the beer line.  Each runner received two beers.  We hung out with friends and chatted.  The post race party was really nice.  Music was playing, people were hanging out, Pig Pounder had their food truck out there too.  We had a great time!

PROS

The tech tee and pint glass are awesome!  The course is a really good 5K course and I’d love to have a chance to run that in the morning.  I think it’d be a good one to try and really race.  I love that the series has several races and that the distance on each race increases.  The volunteers and the police officers on the course were supportive and so nice.  The post race party was enjoyable and fun!

CONS

Other than a mix-up with my bib number (I was a man for a brief period of time, haha!), there wasn’t anything that went wrong or seemed to be an issue.  Rich and Libby fixed my bib issue quickly and it was all good.

I’m looking forward to the next Race the Bar 8K – Lindley Park in just a few weeks!  The course for that one is a beast!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday

Hi y’all!!  Hope everyone is having a great week! It’s Thursday so buckle up and get ready!  We got some thinking out loud to do!

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22…22 is the number floating around in my mind.  22 more days stand between me and summer vacation.  May as any teacher will tell you is rough.  Testing is starting soon, the kids are all but done with school and the teachers’ patience is slowly slipping away.  Even the darling kiddos are losing it.  I’m just doing my best to keep a structured class, on task all the time and routine.  Stepping out of any of those parameters means disaster!I am super excited though that I have a day away off campus with fellow co-workers for some staff development today.  Although it’s a stressful time of year to be out, it’ll be a nice refreshing break and hopefully I’ll feel renewed to push through the next few days.  It’s always such a treat to be able to actually go to lunch.  Not something that happens ever when I’m at school.

Hayden had a great start to 12!  She was super cute and said that she didn’t feel any different being 12 now.  I told her to wait til she’s 40, then you’ll feel different.  She rolled her eyes,as I expected.  We took her shopping.  Picking anything out for her nowadays is about impossible.  She’s constantly changing her interests and it’s easier to let give her money and let her pick out her own things.  We had a great time! hayden

We are having family pictures made this weekend.  Our family and my sisters’ families too.  We are so lucky to have a photographer in the family!  Nick’s step cousin’s wife, Erica, will be taking our pics.  She does amazing work!!  We’re heading to a local park, which at this time of year is even more beautiful.  We’ll take some individual kiddo, family and then combined pics for my mom.

Running wise, still rolling along.  Not much to write about other than it’s hot.  Like already summer-like temps here in NC hot.  The heat and humidity are kicking full force and I’ve already noticed that I’m having to take walk breaks more to keep my HR down.  It’s fine.  That’s why I love HR training in the summer especially.  HR is a great indicator of effort.  So I fully expect my pace to drop, having to walk more, but I know I’m keeping myself safe and on target for my goals when I train by it.  It’s part of the whole process.

Race 13.1 Greensboro is on Sunday!  I’m ready to pace and it looks like we will have a decent race day morning with temps in the mid-60’s.  Similar temps to last year!

So what’s on your mind? What are you thinking about?  Share it with me!

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Friday Five: Races

Happy Friday everyone!! Hope you all have had a great week! Mine’s still moving at 100 mph and I’m so ready for this weekend!  My friend, Christine, and I are headed to Charlotte for a weekend concert, the Carolina Rebellion. Rocking music by some of our favorite bands for 2 days! So excited!

For this Friday Five’s races topic, I thought I’d share my five favorite things from my last three races, Flying Pirate half, First in Flight 5K and Race 13.1 Evans GA.  I haven’t been able to do a race recap on all of them yet.

1. The medals

By running the Double Dare Challenge in OBX, I snagged not only an awesome half and a spinning 5K medal, but a huge challenge medal! It’s one of the reasons we keep going back to run Flying Pirate. Their medals are so cool! They out do themselves yearly.

Race 13.1 Evans medal was an homage to James Brown. Evans is his hometown so what better phrase to put on the medal then “I feel good!”April Medals

 

2. The courses

Flying Pirate’s course is so awesome! Running by the bay, seeing water for a few miles, looping around the Wright Brother Memorial, heading through the maritime forest and finishing with single track trail. It’s a great mix of scenery and terrain.

Evan’s course was a lot more scenic than I thought it would be. We ran along a greenway and it was beautiful! Once we got to the Savannah River, we ran along the Augusta Canal trail.  I wished more of the course was along the water. The course was a bit challenge, mostly downhill going out and uphill on the way back.

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3. Post Race

No other race does a post race party like Flying Pirate! Music, homemade egg and cheese biscuits, dancing, beer, etc. It’s one of my favorite parts of the whole race!

Evans had a really nice post race spread. Plenty of food and snacks and they finally had Coca Cola!! We were so happy to see soda! On all the previous surveys, our group asked if they could please provide other beverages besides water and Gatorade at the finish line. After drinking that for 13 miles, we wanted something different. They listened!! That was the best soda ever!

4. SWAG

Flying Pirate excels here too! We got red drawstring bags with the pirate logo on them, as well as a white finisher’s running cap when we crossed the line. They also have a ton of apparel and gear to purchase with the Flying Pirate logo.

Evans is a smaller race.  Their race tees are great quality and they use the same brand for all their races so sizing is never an issue!

5. Vacation Opportunities

Both races offer an opportunity based on location to do more than just the race!  The Outer Banks of North Carolina has so much to see and do!  From lighthouses, to Jockey’s Ridge, to the Lost Colony and the beach.  You can make it a mini racecation easily.

Evans offers the same.  A suburb of Augusta, you are minutes away from the golfing mecca!  Although it’s about impossible to access the course unless you are a member, there is still a lot to see and do.  We were bummed because they have tubing and canoeing along the Savannah River and we had no idea!  We plan to go back next year and make it a full weekend and take in more of the city and sights.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday

Hi y’all!!  It’s so good to be back on the blog!  I started out intending on taking a few days off from blogging while we were on vacation, but that ended up being almost two weeks.  Life was crazy hectic in an awesome way so let me catch you up!

And what better what to do that but on a Thinking Out Loud Thursday!Thinking-Out-LoudSo firstly, our Flying Pirate weekend was amazingly fun!!  With this being my 6th year running this race, it would seem that it would always be the same, but our friend, Christine, was able to come with us this year so it was great running all the events with someone new to them.  About a 1/2 mile into Saturday’s First in Flight 5K, I asked Christine if she wanted to run for a PR.  Her former PR on a 5K was from years ago and she’s been running so strong this year!  So we went for it.  I stuck to a steady pace and encouraged her the whole way.  With just a tenth left, I yelled “You have one minute to get to that finish line.  GO!”.  We took off and she got her PR!!  I was so happy for her!!flyingpirate

After Flying Pirate weekend, we all headed back to work and packed up for another race weekend in Evans, GA.  Evans is just outside Augusta.  A small group of us were pacing the Race 13.1 Evans race.  It’s the first year for the event and it was a good one!  Christie and Johnny were at the 2:00 pace group, Cara and Christine were at 2:30 and I had 2:15 with another pacer.  The course was way more scenic than I thought it would be and my favorite part was running down by the Savannah River.  Absolutely beautiful.   It was a success for all of us!  We all arrived on time for each pace group and had a blast encouraging runners along the course.  I hope we can make it a longer weekend trip next year.evans

Fast Forward to yesterday…

While I was at OBX, I got an surprising email from the Fellow Flowers ladies.  They were on the Today Show recently sharing the Fellow Flowers message and they sent out info to the local affiliates after that letting the stations know that if they would like to do a story on Fellow Flowers, there are local Fellow Flowers who could help out.  The Raleigh affiliate, WNCN, asked for them to send someone to do an interview.  Cindy and I were asked if we’d be the ones to go to Raleigh.  Within a matter of a week, we had sent in our bios, had a video chat with the Fellow Flower crew and we were set for a taped interview yesterday. It was a wonderful whirlwind!

We arrived to the news station and found out that the segment was actually going to be live vs taped.  I got baby butterflies but then once I got on set and the interview started, I was good to go.  I could hear the nervousness in my voice when I first started talking, but the interviewer, Alex, was really warm and easy to chat with.  I’m really happy with how the whole thing went and it was definitely an amazing experience.  Nothing like that has ever happened to me before!  fellowflowersinterviewClick here for the interview.

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Saturday Morning Motivation

Good morning!!  Hope that you are gearing up for your weekend race, run, bike ride, swim, yoga class or fitness activity of your choice!

Today is your day!  All your hard work is going to pay off and all of your pushing and effort is going to make this a great experience and journey for you.  Get out there and do it!  Remember: Our limits are only within our mind.  You got this!

This morning, a group of us are running our first race of the weekend, the First in Flight 5K here in the Outer Banks.

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