Monday, September 17, 2012
The weekend started 7 am Friday when I reached my meetup point for a ride to Atlanta. There were 30 from our group that went. Three of us from our BGR group rode nonstop for six hours to Atlanta. We checked into the Sheraton downtown where the event was held, then went to have lunch at Gladys Knight's restaurant. We returned to pick up our race packets and conference packets. A small expo was being held with BGR gear store, a couple of nutrition direct sales companies, Brooks, REI, Motions, Bondi Band, another headband vendor, Diva Half Marathon series, that's all I remember right now. We went straight to the BGR store and after waiting in a very long line at least an hour, made our purchases. We then went to dinner and returned to a social where we saw the BGR founders and met other BGR ladies from all over.
Day 2 we went on a 5 mile walking tour of Atlanta at 8 am, then brunch and shopping. Returned to stand in line for another hour or so for more BGR gear. We missed a couple workshops but we did get to a nutrition workshop and a really intense strength training workshop. A friend I haven't seen in 10 years came to visit with me and brought us cupcakes. Honors dinner was next where we were entertained with good food, talks by the BGR founders and an AARP rep. The speaker of the evening was Earnestine Shepard, a 75 year old body builder who also runs 10 miles a day.
Day 3 was the 5K and 10K at 7 am. I ran the 10K. There were a reported 4000 runners all together. The surprise to many were the number of steep hills, it seemed like every turn there was a hill! We finished with a great afterparty with plenty of vendor giveaways, refreshments, pictures, and dancing!
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. I'm certainly hoping for a repeat next year!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
I have a new running friend. She is totally unlike me. I love gadgets, she prefers to just run. I'm on about 8 Sparkpeople and another 8 FB running groups - she does not have a computer or a smartphone.
Last night was our longest run together, over 8 miles. I finished 1 mile before she arrived on the trail because I didn't call her to join me until I parked. Then I ran past her because she was on a phone call. I ran back to get her and finally, we started our journey together. I'm running a Jeff Galloway app with 1 minute run, 1 minute walk intervals. I'm also using my Garmin to track mileage and its beeping every mile. I know she's getting irritated so I start skipping walk breaks and running 3 minutes, walking 1 minute.
We're in mile 4 and she begins talking about not getting caught in the dark. I let her know I'm scheduled for 9 miles and I'm doing it and she needs to turn back if she's afraid of the dark. Well, she sticks with me but it truly is getting darker out. We're on a wooded trail and it's really starting to get creepy with bugs flying and crawling around. So, she challenges me to run until the stop sign. I take on the challenge, knowing the stop sign is about a mile away. I kept running after we got to the stop sign, I was feeling really good by then. It was breezy, my breathing was good and I was totally warmed up by then. By then, my earbuds were out and I was ready to run the next stop sign.
I'm really enjoying my new running friend. If we stick together, I'll have to change my run/walk intervals to more like 5 minute run, 1 minute walk. It just takes me so long, a few miles, to get warmed up and feeling good. With my increase in mileage, however, I will start running earlier. Actually, it was a last minute decision I made, not knowing what the weather would be the next morning with threat of a storm approaching. By the time we got back to our cars, it was very dark and we saw a small animal crossing the trail and couldn't make out if it was a cat, possum, raccoon, or I've heard people say they have seen fox out there. Surprisingly, there were a couple women walking alone in the park. I guess if it were not for my new walking buddy, one of those would have been me.
I've always preferred to do my runs alone because most people I've run with are too fast and I feel I'm holding them back. The 1 min walk/1 min run is too easy for them. I'm a slow runner but my endurance is good. After 10 miles, I'll pass the faster runner because she is tired from running so fast. My new running friend is nearer my age and definitely nearer my pace so I'm hoping it will be a good match.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
My training is going great. I've also added swimming and yoga to my fun things to do when I'm not running! Here is my birthday bling!
Friday, May 25, 2012
This event is so far away, January 13, but I just registered for it about an hour ago! I'm so excited - I can finally exhale. I've been running this through my mind for a couple months. The last couple days have been tense with uncertainty. This afternoon I was like Nike - Just do it! I registered and now I'm so glad I did. I'm no longer half crazy, I'm going all the way!
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