Flavor Run: 2017

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In November 2017 we completed the Flavor Run 5k for the second time!

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This was the final race in mine and Carol Anne’s goal of completing twelve 5ks in twelve months! We circled back to the first race we started with, and it felt amazing to be back where we started and see the progress.

Flavor Run medal

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We ran in white tutus and flower crowns for the occasion (of course!).

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Running with friends and family is the best way to run.

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I’m so proud of my sister and so glad we completed this year-long 5k challenge together.

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Special shout-out to Scott for being our running coach, barista, chauffeur, chik’n biscuit supplier, and chief cheerleader.  Without him, Carol Anne and I would be a couple of decaffeinated direction-challenged non-morning people who would never make it to the start line on time.  Thank you for helping us make this goal, and being there every step of the way!

Notes on FLAVOR RUN:

Still a huge fan of this upbeat family race! They have updated their powder formula, and we found it much easier to remove this year. Less skin staining is a plus! 2017 was the “Year of the Watermelon”, and you can bet we will be back next year to earn our third Flavor Medal. Can you guess next year’s flavor? There’s a hint hidden in the Flavor logo!

Bubble Run 5k

For our October Race, we completed the Bubble Run 5k at Lake Lanier.  This race boasts a 3.1 mile distance with interspersed multi-color “Foam Bogs” (bubble stations). Since this was a less serious race than some of the others, Carol Anne and I once again opted to dress with a bit of whimsy — this time, as DONUTS. Who doesn’t want to think about carbs during a run?

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Here’s the 4 of us, ready to start the run!

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Honest review:

We loved the location, and the fact that the Bubble Run partners with local charities.  The registration process was also AWESOME, particularly the part where they mail your bib straight to you.  Yep, you read that right.  No packet pick-up lines for us, thanks!

We didn’t necessarily love the foam — only because the foam was dyed to be pink, blue, green, yellow, etc (different color for each bog); and this color stains skin. The effect afterwards was like having a bizarre spray-tan that left you a little pink, a little green, and slightly jaundiced.  I’ve got nothing against foam, or color for that matter, but I just really didn’t like the foam/color mix. It seemed more difficult to remove than color run powder, and felt just plain icky.

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Definitely a fun run, and well organized.  Plus, the bubble runners themselves were a happy crowd! Lots of tutus and costumes to be seen.

Next up: we bring it all back to where the “Year of the Banana” started!

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Lately, I’ve been grateful for beach trips.

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And family time.

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For new houses and fig trees.

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For dress shopping excursions (and finding “the one”!)

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And for the instant film that makes capturing these memories so fun.

*All photos here except dress shopping were captured on a Land Camera 210 using Fp-100c film [no longer manufactured]. The photo in front of the bridal shop was taken using an Instax Neo 90 on Instax Mini Color film.

Happy September, friends!

Chik Fil A’s Moo’ve It 5k 2017

Early morning Chikin Biscuit – is there any other way to fuel up for a Chik-Fil-A 5k?

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Race: Chik-Fil-A Moo’ve It 5k in Canton, GA benefiting Cherokee county schools & the Special Olympics

A well-organized race enjoyed by cows and Chikin fans alike! Special props to the runner in the cow tutu pushing a stroller decorated as a box of Chikin nuggets (with 2 “nuggets” inside!).

While the temp wasn’t as high our July race, it felt hotter because of the thick fog and heavy humidity. We were melting by the end, but really enjoyed the course at Etowah River Park. This was our first time to run here, and we liked the [flat] course.

For bonus points, our shirts are homemade, ya’ll… crafted in 15mins with on-sale Target tees and some all-purpose black paint. #WillRun4Chikin

Also, we ate Chik-Fil-A for 2 meals today. It only seemed right.

Happy August, friends! Are you ready for Fall yet?

 

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Lately I’ve been grateful for small hands holding old cameras.

And for the old-fashioned fun of waiting for “instant” film to develop.

For $6 goodwill dresses, and a sewing machine to re-fashion them.

For new backsplashes.

And for hot summer hikes.

Hope you’re enjoying summer, friends! I’ve been really enjoying our film cameras lately, how have you been capturing your summer memories? 

Braves Country 5k

For our June 5k, we completed the Braves Country 5k – the first race in the new Suntrust Stadium & the first we’ve completed since March as a full team of four! It was HOT, and not without hills, and did I mention hot?

Here is a snapshot of the Strava map when we were halfway through. At the end of the race we looped back and INTO Suntrust Park to run around the outskirts of the field.


Running bibs also included tickets to that evening’s baseball game, which the Braves lost terribly, but let’s be honest… we were mostly there for the ballpark food anyway. “Go Braves! Now where did they say those tacos were located?” 

This is a “serious” run in terms of attendees. There’s an abundance of trained track athletes, and high mileage runners [read: “faster than us” runners]. Many of the participants are aiming for the Peachtree Road Race, and run this race as a qualifier. We made good time, and kept a decent pace, especially considering this is the HOTTEST run we’ve completed yet! This makes #8 for me and Carol Anne. To see some of our runs over the past year check out this one, and this one, or (our favorite so far!) this one.

Go Braves! And happy summer, friends! Have you had a hotdog yet?!

5K Foam Fest: 2017

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Josh, Carol Anne and I recently completed the 5k Foam Fest at Lake Lanier in Georgia. Scott had to sit this one out to recover from a muscle injury, so this race was all about the sibling teamwork! Or sibling competition, as the case may have been at certain obstacles…

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The highlight of this 5k are the 22 obstacles that include “foam”, mud pits, rope obstacles, slippery slides, and wading in Lake Lanier. We went from bubbly, to muddy, to wet, and back again several times; and loved the whole thing!

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I highly recommend buying some CHEAP running shoes (we found ~$10 pairs at Wal-mart) because getting the mud and foam out of the shoes is IMPOSSIBLE. It’s best to plan to ditch those shoes in the trash as soon as the race is over. Carol Anne and I also chose light-weight “quick-dry” running shirts.

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This is NOT the race to try for a PR, because the terrain is quite uneven and rocky, and portions of the course are more like hiking than running. But if you’re looking for a fun messy time with great obstacles? We definitely recommend the 5k Foam Fest as a family event, or a team building activity.  All 3 of us plan to sign up again next year! 

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Lately I’ve been grateful for birthday girls.

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And for pink birthday cupcakes with sprinkles.

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For family photos.

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And plaid shirts.

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And I’ve been grateful for the Dad of this crew & his trademark mustache. He makes Father’s Day worth celebrating.