5k Foam Fest 2018

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?

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.

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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!

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?

 

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! 

St. Patty’s 5k

Just a rainbow and her pot of gold, up early for a Saturday morning 5k race.

 


The 2017 St. Patrick’s pre-parade 5k was a great run through midtown Atlanta and Piedmont Park, with plenty of lucky runners & a few unusual characters.

Gumby might have even beaten us across the finish line… but we’d never admit to that.



After the race we enjoyed locally-brewed beer & Meatballerz foodtruck fare.

Then it was time for the parade!

The fighting 501st was in attendance…

along with this llama.

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And some pirates, of course.

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Kisses from an Irish Wolfhound – such a beautiful dog.

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It was a fun parade and a race we’d definitely do again.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!

February Fitness

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Sister: noun, (sĭs′tər) — a person willing to share a fleece blanket and a banana before a race in below freezing weather at 7:30am on a weekend.

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For our February Race, we ran the Cupid Chase supporting Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer. We may have failed to overtake Cupid, but it’s still a win!

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Joshua ran with us too. Scott missed out on this one due to a Krav Maga advancement test (which he PASSED).

Next up: St Patrick’s Day Race! 

Ugly Sweater Run

“No one is walking out on this fun old fashioned family Christmas.”
– Clark Griswold

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Last month, we asked ourselves, “What better way to get ready for an old-fashioned Christmas than running a 5k with 1,000 other Atlantans all wearing ugly sweaters?”

We loved this cheesy/merry race. The giant inflatable Santa, Christmas tunes, and free Odwalla smoothies put us in the hap-hap-happiest of moods!

I represented with a Hannukah sweater (they never specified it had to be a ugly Christmas sweater!), while Scott rocked that hat & a Star Wars sweater, and Carol Anne sported a “meowy Christmas” look complete with light-up green tutu.

2/3rds of the way through the run we happened upon the Piedmont Park beehives. Naturally, we had to stop to say hi to the ladies!

Our finisher’s medals are shaped like ugly holiday sweaters.

Another race down! That makes 3 months in a row (including this race, and this one). Wonder how long will we keep this going? You’ll have to keep checking back to find out!

“Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?”
– Clark Griswold

RunDisney Race Recap

This past weekend my sister Carol Anne, my husband Scott, and I all ran our first RunDisney event! We completed Mickey’s Holiday 5k, which is a part of RunDisney’s Wine & Dine Marathon weekend.

Since it’s RunDisney, running in costume was an absolute MUST for both Carol Anne and I.  Approximately 70% of the participants ran in costume; most of them holiday-themed or well-known Disney characters. We chose Belle and Minnie Mouse, with floral headpieces to top off the look.

Here we are in our corral at our very early arrival time of 5:30am. We boarded a bus to at 5am to report to our corral on time. Ouch! Luckily, we had planned ahead and stashed some bottled Starbucks drinks in our mini-fridge the night before. The sun wasn’t up, but we were ready to go!

Spoiler alert: we got finish line bananas! We did quite well in the actual run, although I would encourage anybody who participates to NOT try to make this a personal record race. The best part is the fact that you are running THROUGH a Disney World park, so take the time to enjoy your surroundings. Our race went through Animal Kingdom before opening. We enjoyed running through some behind the scenes areas & seeing the majesty of Mt. Everest at sunrise.

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We had a magical time at the run, and somehow still managed to make it to all 4 parks in the same weekend (thank you, caffeine!). All 3 of us agreed that a RunDisney event is definitely worth the hype and a great way to “earn” those vacation calories.

Next up: the Hot Chocolate Run in Atlanta! Are you planning to run any races in the upcoming year?