Spartan Beast Carolina, October 29, 2016

Alright alright alright *in my best Kevin Hart voice* remember when I said that the Spartan Sprint was the best weekend ever when it came to fitness (you can read all about it here).  Well that still rings true 🙂 LOL.  Running the Spartan Beast, was probably the toughest race I’ve ever participated in; it truly was a BEAST.

What is the Spartan Beast?

The Spartan Beast is a race comprised of 12+ miles with 30+ obstacles and stands as a testament to how much you really want to accomplish something hard.   The Beast is no easy task and it will test your physical and mental endurance. And what a test it was.

But did I die? Shyyydddd, I felt like I did… 😁

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Spartan Super Asheville, NC August 6, 2016

Ok, so I lied.  I said that the Spartan Sprint was the best weekend ever when it came to fitness (you can read all about it here).  Well, technically not a lie, because it was the whole weekend 🙂 and the Super was just Saturday but man, oh man, what a great time I had.

What is the Spartan Super?

It’s a tough race that is 8+ miles with 20+ obstacles on insane terrain.  The obstacles are put in place to test our physical strength and mental resolve.

Since I had just got back from Puerto Vallarta (you can read about it below) on Wednesday, I decided just to drive to Asheville that following Saturday and return home right after the race.  This made for a very long day but it was so worth it.

I’m not going to lie, I was hella nervous. Check out my video, as I’m heading to meet my team.

Oh well, I was there and knew I had to do what I came to do….. Be a BEAST!!!

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Race 13.1 Greensboro and BGR! National Meetup, May 15, 2016

Race 13.1 hosted the Inaugural BGR! Meet-Up at Race 13.1 Greensboro, NC on May 15, 2016!

“Race 13.1 is the southeast’s premier half marathon series that spans over 20 counties in 7 states in the southeast”.  Race 13.1 mission is “to encourage healthy living in America by bringing premier road races to mid-size communities while exceeding the expectations of our participants and giving back to the communities we serve”.   I love that they bring the perks and feel of a big race to mid size racing communities.

“In 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks-Rocha created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority”.

Turns out I’m a brand ambassador for Race 13.1 and one of the ambassadors for BGR! Columbia, so I wanted to be there to represent on both fronts. Also, BGR participants (half marathon, 10k and 5k) received a bonus medal and pullover with their registration. I run for bling and shirts LoL. I learned shortly after the race that some of the members that registered before the deadline never received their shirts. I contacted my contact at Race 13.1 and was insured that it would be handled (Did you get your shirt?)

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PacketPickup

Was just that, packet pickup. I arrived Saturday afternoon and stood in line for about thirty minutes before getting my packet. It was clear that Race 13.1 was unprepared for the volume of folks picking packets up at one time (lessons learned). Hopefully next year this won’t be a problem.

Race Day

Headed out and met over 1,400 BGR! members for our photo op (it’s just what we do lol) at 6 am that morning.

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In the midst of the crowd, I located some of my BGR! Columbia sole sistahs.

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I didn’t have any expectations for this race, other than to finish what I started. Since I have found a new relationship with lifting, my running has fallen off the beaten path. I’m determined to pick it back up though. I realized how much I missed running, so I plan on incorporating 2-4 miles here and there at least twice a week into my regular scheduled program.

The course itself was a lot of rolling hills, inclines, and a couple of mountains. Funny thing is I didn’t even mind them at all. I did however mind running over half the course on concrete. Yeah I know I run on the street but there is a big difference and I surely felt that difference in my joints after the race. OUCH

Overall the race was great. The weather was perfect – chilly at start and then it warmed up quite nicely. It was awesome seeing so many people running that looked like me. BGR! was in full force!!

Race13.1 never fails when it comes to the after party 😊.  The music was jamming on the one.  They also had a nice setup for water, fruit and food.

 

Have you ever ran a Race13.1 race?  Where? Did you enjoy it? Would you recommend it to a friend?  Let me know in the comments below!!

If you have never ran a Race13.1 race before, I highly recommend checking one out.

 

Tour de Cure, Columbia, SC May 21, 2016

Last year, I decided that I was going to raise awareness to diabetes by riding 35 miles in the America Diabetes Association (ADA) Tour de Cure in Columbia, SC in 2016. I figured I had a few months to get it together (bike and all). The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit charity fighting against diabetes and its deadly consequences. Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 40 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

I was able to raise $383. Thanks to all that graciously donated to the cause. I really appreciate each and every one of you. Thanks!!!

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Tour de Cure. I was really excited to be participating in my first ever cycling event. So excited that I signed up to ride 35 miles, but what had happened was….

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Spartan Sprint Charlotte, NC April 9-10, 2016

This was the best weekend ever when it came to fitness!!! I volunteered and participated in the Spartan Sprint Charlotte, NC over the weekend.

What is a SPARTAN?

Technically a SPARTAN is a BAD AZZ!!! I am a BAD AZZ. I am SPARTAN!!! Aroo Aroo Aroo!!!

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The Spartan Race is an obstacle course race that has different levels of difficulty. “Spartan’s shortest courses, the Sprint, are 3+ miles and 20+ obstacles. The Super is 8+ miles, 24+ obstacles, and often hosted on a tougher terrain.  The hardest of the three races is the Beast: 12+ miles and 30+ obstacles”.   If you complete each distance in a calendar year, you will earn a Trifecta. I have been bitten by the bug, so you know I’m going for that Trifecta this year. Aroo.  You can learn more about Spartan Races here.

 

Why an obstacle course race?

 

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