Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Running with a mission

My final 5K in February and still fighting off the crud. This has been a tough month! I do not like being sick for so long.
I ran the Atlanta Mission 5K with several running buddies Saturday, Feb. 18. I've run this race before, and I've run it when it was really, really cold out, which brings home the goal of ending homelessness. The weather was really nice this year, other than a little drizzle about half way through the race.
Ready to run!

Finisher's medal
So this race didn't hand out finisher's medals, but you could buy one for $5. When I saw them, I decided I did want one. As my friend Angela, who also got one, said, it's only $5 and the money goes to the Atlanta Mission.
I'm glad to have gotten out to run the race, but I must say I'm glad I don't have a race next weekend. Of course, then I'll probably be feeling better and will want to get out and run!
Maybe I can make it my mission to feel better AND go for a run next weekend.

Running with Hearts & Soles

Running while sick is really no fun.
I ran the Hearts & Soles 5K Feb. 11, even though I wasn't feeling my best. I have had a horrible head cold/flu/plague.
But I knew I would be seeing my running buddies, so I dragged myself to the race.
I had a good time, even if I sort of ran out of steam at mile one.
Finishers!

Silliness before the race
Good thing I did manage to run it. Angela and I created a team and we took third place in the in-competition masters division! We left before we heard we'd won, but our prize would have been a candy bar. I think I can let that prize go! My waistline will be happy I did.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Breaking my fast from running

I've been down with a bad cold since Jan. 29. I started to feel off that day and by Monday, Jan. 30, I was really congested and feeling poorly.
I wasn't exactly recovered but I met up with my running buddy Michelle for the FastBreak 5K, which is an Atlanta Track Club race done in conjunction with the Atlanta Hawks basketball team.
Ready to run with Michelle
The race started at Philips Arena, home of the Hawks. The morning was cold, and I wasn't feeling that great, so my time on this 5K was pretty slow. I managed to run the first mile, but then there was a lot of walking in miles two and three.
Post-race fun
The race wasn't too bad. The nice part of the race was runners got a ticket to a Hawks game and Michelle and I, and our running friend Dana, went to the game that night. The Hawks played, and beat, the Orlando Magic.
Pre-game festivities
I really enjoyed the race and the game that night, despite not feeling well. It's one I'll likely do next year.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hot Chocolate in Hotlanta

I ran the Hot Chocolate 5K in Atlanta on Sunday. This time, the race day temps were not as cold as the past few years.
And thankfully, it was not raining.
I was supposed to run the Run With the Dogs 5K on Saturday, but as happened a couple of years ago, bad storms canceled the race. Not before I had arrived, however. Just like a couple of years ago!
The weather was iffy for Sunday, too, and I woke up around 3 am to lightning and thunder. Thankfully, all the rain and storms had moved off by race time.
I ran with my friend Kellie. We've run this one together before, and she ran the 15K, while I ran the 5K.
Me and Kellie pre-race

Me and Kellie ready to run

Rise Up Falcons fans!
 So, the Atlanta Falcons football team played the Green Bay Packers later Sunday evening, and downtown buildings were showing off their Falcons colors of red and black. By the way, Falcons beat the Packers rather handily and are headed for the Super Bowl!
Can't even see the top of the Westin for the fog
 Just because the rain had stopped, the skies were rather foggy. As you can see from the photo above, the 72-story Westin hotel in downtown Atlanta was socked in.
Ready to start
Who is that runner in the blue hat and pink jacket around her waist? That's me!
The Hot Chocolate 5K offered free photos with the race, but as you can see, I didn't get a free photo of me. Well, not really. I'm behind the woman in the center frame.
Kellie's 15K started about 25 minutes ahead of my 5K, which actually worked out well. She finished just a few minutes ahead of my finish. We met up after the race, drank our hot chocolate and ate some of the chocolate treats and then headed home.
I think I'm done with the Hot Chocolate race. It's expensive, and this year's jacket wasn't nearly as nice as the ones in year's past. It's OK. We had a good run!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Drumming and running

I can certainly tell I am WAY out of running practice. I had the MLK Day Drum Run 5K on Monday and my legs felt heavy afterward. Time to get back at it and run more, be inactive less.
I met up with my running buddies Angela, Carolyn and Susan for the race.
  
Susan, Angela, me and Carolyn
This is the race that has middle and high school drum lines along the route, which is completely contained within Piedmont Park in Atlanta.
Hearing the beat
This race, because it is within Piedmont Park, is part cross country race, part 5K. You start by running across the meadow and then winding around walking and running trails in the park.
Coming into the finish
I must have enjoyed the race, I'm smiling!
We finished up the race and met up with Susan and Carolyn's friend Donna, who has become my newest running buddy.
Finishers!
It was a great race. The temps were cool, but not cold. And it was good to get back to running.

Monday, January 2, 2017

A new year of running

I started 2017 on the right foot -- at the Resolution Run 4 Miler.
I've run the Atlanta Track Club's Resolution Run for several years now and I just love it, because it starts my year, and running year, off right! This year it was cool and rainy, but thankfully the rain tapered off after the first mile and there was just a light drizzle/mist for the final three miles.
Along the course

Coming in toward the finish
I was supposed to run the race with my friend Angela, but she was running late, so we didn't catch up with each other until after the race. In fact, we almost missed each other, but I found out she had been waiting for me at the finish and I must have walked right past her. In my defense, I did tell her at the end of the race, my brain did not have dibs on my blood supply. Ha!
The race turned out to be profitable, too. I found two pennies along the route. Back to collecting found money in 2017!
All finished!

Cute fellow runners getting into the new year spirit

We found each other!
It may not look it, but I was a little tired at the start (and finish!) of the race. I had gone to bed early knowing I would be up early for the race, but my neighbors had other ideas and were shooting off fireworks and, I think, guns at midnight. Not very conducive to sleep. So I got up and signed up for a half marathon in Indianapolis at the early bird rate! I guess it was meant for me to be up to ring in the new year.
So I have the three half marathons and states I plan for 2017: Alaska, South Dakota and Indiana. I expect one or two other states, but those will just be 5Ks. Still, it will be a great new year of running.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Final 5K of 2016

Well, it's that time of year -- the end!
I ran my final 5K of 2016 with my friend Carolyn at the Lakeside Viking 5K. The forecast was for cold and rain, but luckily the rain held off, so only some chilly temps to contend with.
We finished!
I was slower than slow for the race, slower than I was two weeks ago! But, it's OK. It is the time of year I usually take a small break from running and I've really taken a much longer break than normal. With my pulled leg muscle and the busyness of the holiday season, I just haven't run.
I got a nice bonus medal in the mail this week, since I ran two Rock N Roll Half Marathons this year: New Orleans and Denver. The Double Beat is cute — and heavy! I guess it really is a heavy medal. :D
The Double Beat heavy medal
I also found a quarter along the 5K route Saturday. I tallied up my "found money" for the year. It came to only $1.24 this year. Not enough for a cup of coffee! Oh well. Maybe my eyes aren't as sharp now or maybe I'm not paying that much attention as I used to.
Still, it was a great year of running. I ran in four more states and met up with old and new friends along the way.
See you in 2017!