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As of lately, I am not a big fan of 5K races. I feel like by the time I get going the race is over, but since I have been working a lot on my speed, I decided to give this 5K a go.
This particular race is to help raise awareness for Prostate Cancer. Since this hits close to home, I was excited to run it. They even had a screening there for the guys.
The race started right on time. We had a nice down hill start. I knew from other friends who have ran this race before to not take over too fast. I held back even though I wanted to fly. I am glad I did.
A few people said they didn't like the course and found it was harder than last years. Since this was my first time running this particular race, I had nothing to compare it to. I felt the course was great. Loved the rolling hills in the middle and the slight downhill finish at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Even though I wasn't able to PR, I did come close. I'm finally seeing the speed I had two years ago. I guess all the stuff I have been doing is finally paying off, right? :) I did, however, place 3rd in my age group. A first for the new age group.
My official time was 24:08.
It was great to have so many people I know from the Suwanee Big Peach run group out there running it.
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In July at the Peachtree Road Race Expo, I decided I was going to run the Michelob 13.1 on Oct 4th. I did the Publix Half in March, so I would be getting the Atl Challenge medal as well as the half medal.
A few days leading up to the race, we had some crazy rain that caused them to change the race course. Since I had never actually ran in that area, I didn't know what to expect even with the last minute changes. I just knew it would be hilly.
Race start promptly at 7 AM. We had a threat of rain, but luckily, it only sprinkled on us, which was refreshing.
The first few miles weren't too bad. We had a few rolling hills. But, those didn't last long. It seemed like the hills were getting longer each time we had a new one to go up. Or maybe it was just how I felt. Either way, I was about ready to be done around mile 8. Because of the course change, we had to loop back to parts of the course that we ran in the first half of the race. That was okay, and all, but the hill around mile 11 took all I had left.
I was trying to stay ahead of the 2:10 pacer, but as soon as she passed me, I knew I wasn't even going to try to catch up.
We had a little uphill finish. I will admit, I walked some of it. Once I could see the finish line, I started running. By the look on my face in my finisher photo, I was glad to be done.
I have said I won't be running this race again next year. I see no point. I hated that course with a passion. I may consider volunteering for it, but I won't be running it.
One of my main complaints was the lack of water. I later found out because of the rain that was being brought in from the hurricane a lot of stuff wasn't able to get here in time. I normally run with a water bottle but decided not to this race. Next time I ever have any doubt, I will just bring it.
I meant to post this last week but got busy with work.
Back in July, I applied to be an ambassador for INKnBURN. Well, after about a month, I finally got an email telling me I had been selected. I am excited about this opportunity.
If you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I run/work out in their clothing. Some of my friends think I am crazy, and others have jumped on board. I am glad I have found a clothing company that I love. If you have never heard of them, go check them out here. You won't be disappointed in their clothes. I promise! :)
Sorry for the hiatus, AGAIN. I went out of town a few weeks ago to see my best friend up in upstate New York. We had a great time. Got to visit Niagara Falls. I have to say it was a blast. It's a must see. We did the Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist. Two must do attractions. Next time I hope to go over on the Canadian side to see the falls from their point of view.
Also, while I was visiting her, we went up to Boldt Castle, which located on an island that is one of the Thousand Islands on the St Lawrence River. Lovely castle with a sweet story behind it. Boldt bought Heart Island and decided to build a castle on it for his wife. Before he could finish the castle, his wife passed away in January 1904. He left the island and never returned to finish it. For 73 years, the castle was left unfinished. Weather and vandals started to ruin the castle until the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired it in 1977. Several millions of dollars have gone into restoring the castle on Heart Island.
It's hard to believe this race came and went. It was only a few months ago that I was registering for this race.
A few days leading up to the race they were predicting rain. Running in the rain isn't my favorite, but after doing a half marathon in the rain I knew that this wasn't going to be a problem.
Race morning arrives. I parked about a mile from the start. I used that little walk as a warm up. Last year I ran a slow mile but since the sidewalk was missing in some areas I didn't want to risk rolling my ankle before the race,
The rain was holding for the most part. It was sprinkling here and there but nothing too crazy. I was set to start at 7:41 AM.
We started right on time. Since the roads were very wet, I decided just to take it easy. I have PR'd before on this course but knew that this wasn't going to happen. I didn't want to risk getting hurt.
Mile 1-3 had gone by quickly and before I knew it was climbing the crazy hill by Shepherd's Center. Even with the rain the patients were still out there cheering us on.
Around mile 4 is when I saw a streak of lightning in front of me followed by some thunder. Not what I wanted.
After that, the flags went from yellow to red.
Sometime after the first streak is when I saw lightning again. I am pretty sure this is the one that probably delayed the start of the waves behind me. I knew I was almost finished and that Mother Nature wasn't going to stop me from finishing.
I decided to speed up. Mile 5 came and went, and now I was turning on to 10th street. Past the marathon foto guys at the fake finish line.
Just a bit more to go.
And finished. Peachtree Road Race #11 in the books.
I grabbed my water and shirt. Got a cold rag and a dry one (to dry off my hands so I could use my phone). I had a few friends from the Suwanee Big Peach Running group running, so I went over to the meeting place to see them.
Some of the Suwanee BP Runners
My weekend running family.
Paula and I showing off our INKnBURN
Kimmie, myself, Paula, and Michael
After getting photos, we decided to head over to the ATC tent at Park Tavern to see what was going on. Ended up with some awesome coffee mugs.
As much as I wanted to hang out and see my Mom finish her 10th Peachtree, I couldn't. I was cold. I had no dry clothes with me. I sent her a text telling her to head to Marta and that I would pick her up at the station.
Paula, Kimmie, and Michael all went back to their hotel to freshen up before heading to lunch at Uncle Julio's for some much-needed food.
This Peachtree was a fun one. One I won't forget. I will be back next year to run my 12th. I am determined to make it to 20 without missing a year.
Second half marathon of 2015. I've been excited about this since registration in 2014.
Flat Ramona ready for the Publix Half.
They started predicting rain a few days before the race. I was hoping it wouldn't do anything until after, but, unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans.
I got to the race 45 minutes before the start. Spent that time getting my headphones, phone, and gels ready to put in my FlipBelt.
A friend found me about 15 minutes before the started and handed me a trash bag to use while waiting in my corral. Thank goodness for that. Kept me dry until it was time to start.
Even though I am not a fan of running in the rain, it felt fantastic out there. The first half of the race went by pretty quick. It wasn't raining so that helped. I did have to keep my eye on the puddles in Atlanta since I didn't want to get my feet drenched before I was even half-way through.
The crowd support was incredible despite the weather. So thankful for that.
Before I knew it, I was more than half way. The rain started to pick up a little bit around Piedmont Park but wasn't enough to slow me down. I kept gone going.
Between GT and Centennial Park, I was getting tired. I knew I wasn't going to PR. So I told my myself to push for a course PR. I did just that. I finished with a time of 2:05. Course PR. Last year's time was 2:09.
Where did this month go? It just seems like yesterday it was June 1st. Holy cow.
In 4 days, I will be running down Peachtree with 59,999 over runners. I can't wait. But am I ready? I sure hope so. I haven't trained like I normally do for this race. I have been doing little to no miles during the week and long runs on the weekend. I don't even need to do the long runs, but I want to keep my fitness up there so I can sign up and run a half marathon at any time. Makes sense, right?
Whether I am ready or not, I know I will have a blast running the Peachtree Road Race. I am also excited to see my Mom finish her 10th one. Crazy to think she started this a year after I did. She loves it though, and I am happy to see her doing it. Walking or running, she is out there getting exercise and having fun.
Tomorrow, my GA Publix recap goes live. I will be working on finishing up the Princess recap as soon as I can. I know, I know, a few months late. I promise I will get it up. It may be a bunch of pictures, but it's better than nothing, right?
So last week after months and months of thinking it over, I decided I would finally sign up for my certified personal training course. I am excited to learn more about the one thing I am passionate about - fitness. I am ready to help others reach their goals. :)
My current goal is be done and certified by September. I have already signed up for my CPR/AED training, which takes place in August. I would aim for an earlier time, but have to have that class first before I can take the final.
Here's to my future! :)
P.S. Haven't forgotten about my other recaps. Life has gotten in the way. I will try and get them up soon though.
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I am starting to wonder if I should stop running half marathons in April because it always seems to rain the days leading up to it. Like last year, we had to worry about rain the day of the race. Luckily, the rain stopped the night before.
The race took place on the Big Creek Greenway out in Cumming, GA. It started and finished at Fowler Park.
The race started at 7:30 sharp. We took off from the parking lot making our way down to the greenway.
It was bit congested until about mile one then it started to thin out.
We had a few puddles and one big one that I remember from last year. I decided I didn't want to run through it quite yet, so I decided to slow down and tip toe quickly through the mud.
With this race, you don't have that crowd support so it's a mental game out there. Once we were coming up on the turnaround, I saw a friend from the local running group. She took my picture and cheered me on.
Three miles down. I was thinking to myself, "Why am I doing this again??". I kept pushing through.
Another than the mental game, I was feeling pretty good with the run. I was keeping my pace constant.
Around mile 8, I started chatting with another runner who was running her first half.
We ended up staying together for the rest of the race. She thanked me for pacing her and keeping her motivated to keep going. It was nice to have someone to talk to.
I didn't PR this time around, but it's okay. I got to help pace someone cross the finish line of their first half.
Oh and the most important thing of all and why I ended up signing up for this race......
So the next few recaps will probably be out of order, but I will get the other two half marathons out as soon as possible. :)
How's everyone doing? Ready for Summer? Or counting down the days until its Winter again? LOL. I am more than ready for Summer even if it means training in the heat. I have a few things planned the next few months that I am looking forward to. :)
Since I was doing the Glass Slipper Challenge, I knew I was going to run a much slower 10K so that I could save my legs for the half the next day.
Flat Ramona ready for the Enchanted 10K
Race morning started off early. I set my alarm for 2:20. I surprisingly jumped right up and got ready. I was out the door 10 minutes before 3. Plenty of time and luckily it wasn't too far of a walk to the buses either.
For some reason, I got on the second bus instead of the first one, which is fine cause I really wasn't in that big of a hurry to get there. It was chilly that morning but nothing like the Frozen 5K the day before.
Arrived at Epcot in plenty of time. Seeing how this was my first runDisney event I was able to walk around for a bit before heading over to my corral.
Brandi and her parents showed up. We talked for a bit. Before I knew, it was time to head over to the corrals.
Since I was in corral A, it was really cool walking past the other corrals with them cheering us on. Makes you feel like you are some elite runner. Ha Ha.
At 5 AM, we were off!!
I had to tell myself once I crossed the start to keep it slow. I have a tendency to just want to take off. Races do that to me. I had to tell myself that I have 13.1 miles to run the next day.
Mile 1 came before I knew it. :(
We turned on to a "hill". I say "hill" because it's nothing like the hills here in Atlanta.
At this point, I was feeling great. Legs were not tired from walking around the parks the day before, so that was a plus.
Mile 2 came up.
Mile. 3. Half way done. Still maintaining a good pace. Not too fast which is what I wanted.
Mile 4. Entering Epcot. So excited to run in the park when it was closed. So pretty.
Mile 5. Am I really almost done? LOL
Mile 6. Man this race went by fast. Only .2 to go.
I am justnowgetting to thisone. Betterlate than never, right? This Peachtree was a specialonefor me. Itwas my 10th timerunningit without missing a year. I hadbeenlookingforward to it since lastyearsrace. After a humidfirsthalf of theweek, I wasworriedthatracedaywasgoing to be bad. Luckily, itwasn't. I wouldn't sayitwasperfectrunningweatherbutit's darn close to itespeciallyfor a July race. Since this my 10th race, Mike decidedhewasgoing to come to theraceand be at thefinishlinewaitingfor me.
Flat Ramona is ready to rock the Peachtree Road Race
The race day started pretty early for us. Met Kat and Eric at one of the Marta stations so we could get a mile warm up in before running 6.2 miles down Peachtree Street.
After our quick mile jog down to the corrals, we stopped for a picture before we each went our separate ways until after the race.
Before I knewit, I wasslowlymaking my way to thestartlinewhere I would be starting my 10th PRR.
I was so excited to get started. This is one of my favorite races to do even though I am not racing anyone except for myself.
This particular race goes by fast for me. The crowd support is amazing. One of the best out there.
Running down 10 street almost to the finish line.
After the race, I met up with some of my running friends from the Suwanee Big Peach Running group for a quick photo.
Then I met up with Jen and Brandi for a quick photo and since I had not received my medal yet, Jen was kind enough to let me get a photo with it on.
Here is the finisher's shirt that every participate receives. I love not knowing what design won until I open up my race bag and see the shirt after the race.
Here's a close up of the commemorative medal that you can order or buy at the expo.
Peachtree Road Race #11 will be here before I know. I am excited to run it again this year. I'll also get to see my Mom finish her 10th.