Lately I’ve been grateful for camellias that remind me of my Papa Jim…
For queen bees set free from their boxes.
For docks and the blueness of Lake Lanier.
For homemade vanilla lattes.
For the love between these two, and the kippah on my brother’s head.
For instant photos (as always!)
For finish lines.
And for blooming azaleas.
Happy spring! What are you grateful for?
Race review time! In April we returned to complete the 5k Foam Fest. This time with a bigger crowd.
A big fave was the “water lilies” – a long floating pad in Lanier Lanier. Surprisingly buoyant!
Of course one of the best parts of the whole thing is the mud.
Second best part is probably the three-story inflatable water slide, followed closely by the finish line smiles.
Would I recommend this race? DEFINITELY. We had a blast last year and an even better time this year.
Please remember this is a “fun-core” race. It’s not a time to work on your PR, or to try to make your fastest 5k. The Lake Lanier terrain is full of sticks and rocks and plenty of hills (but lovely views!), that make running difficult. It’s best to approach this as an obstacle course, with some light jogging/hiking in between obstacles, as opposed to a “run”.
5k Foam Fest Tips:
Wear long pants! Last year I wore leggings but this year I opted for shorts. After experiencing some seriously skinned up knees and shins, year I’m going back to leggings next year.
Wear light weight “wicking” materials. Avoid cotton.
Buy new shoes. Every year on the way I swing through Walmart to buy a pair of $10-12 running shoes (men’s usually, bc they are better made than the women’s). There’s no way I’d subject my beloved ASICS to this mud and foam. The Walmart shoes go promptly into the trash at the end of the race.
Stay nearby if you can! Last year we drove almost 2 hours to and from the race, but when you’re wet and muddy that’s a long time to be in the car. This year we nabbed a nearby AirBnb with 3 showers. It’s hard to beat a post-race shower and a lakeside nap.
Happy spring, friends! Do you have any upcoming races?
Lately I’ve been grateful for…
Christmas gifts that make me feel loved and known.
Craft beverages and tomato soup.
Whirlwind big city adventures.
Delicious brunches with my favorite man.
My favorite tiny cookie cutters.
For time to paint, and fuzzy little muses.
And for beautiful snowy days in Georgia.
Merry winter, sweet friends! What have you been grateful for lately?
In November 2017 we completed the Flavor Run 5k for the second time!
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.
We ran in white tutus and flower crowns for the occasion (of course!).
Running with friends and family is the best way to run.
I’m so proud of my sister and so glad we completed this year-long 5k challenge together.
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!
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?
Here’s the 4 of us, ready to start the run!
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.
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!
Lately, I’ve been grateful for beach trips.
And family time.
For new houses and fig trees.
For dress shopping excursions (and finding “the one”!)
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!
Early morning Chikin Biscuit – is there any other way to fuel up for a Chik-Fil-A 5k?
Finish Line Bananas
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?
Lately I’ve been grateful for a lake to float in.
And skiers to spot.
For family talents.
And brave hearts.
But mostly I’ve been grateful for togetherness, and the blessing of family.
Happy weekend, friends! Have you told your family you love them lately?