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?

Flavor Run 5k: Race Review & Tips!

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This past weekend, we ran our first Flavor Run 5k!

Carol Anne, Scott and I picked out this 5k as a “training run” as we get ready for our Disney Race in November. We had so much fun with the Flavor Fairy & crew that we’re already planning to run it again next year! Mija ran with us too — this is truly a fun run perfect to complete with family and friends.

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The Flavor Run is a fruit-flavored color run. You start off wearing white, but by the end of the run you’re covered in bright colors AND the scent of fruit!

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2016 was the “year of the banana” as evidenced by the banana shaped finisher medals. Next year is watermelon!

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Flavor Run Tips & Lessons Learned:

  • This is a great family run — we saw plenty of adorable 6y/o flavor fairies completing the 5k as a run/walk with their parents.
  • The powder appears to be cornstarch and does not actually taste good. The fruitiness is better enjoyed via smell than taste, so avoid ingesting.
  • Close your mouth when running through the “flavor station” or you might end up with blue teeth.
  • Take makeup remover wipes, as these did wonders for wiping the color off our faces.
  • Put dark colored towels in your car that morning to protect your seats.
  • Bring sunglasses to protect your eyes. Contact lens wearers should have saline on hand.
  • Some blogs suggested using vinegar to “set” the color into your t-shirt and maintain that tie-dye effect, but this was only marginally effective for me. Instead, I’d suggest wetting the shirt and using a one-step spray dye to amp up the colors before laundering in cold water. For things that you DON’T want to stay colored, simple wash in warm water with plenty of detergent.
  • If you have asthma, or wheezing caused by environmental allergies, this is probably not the race for you.

And finally, how to get the color off?!

A warm shower with BAKING SODA AND DISHSOAP.  It took some serious Pinterest-research coupled with experimentation to figure this one out. You are welcome. Coconut oil, for the record – useless in this situation.

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Happy Monday, friends! Enjoy your fitness!