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.

 

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Cycle 1 Week 4: Recovery in the Midst of Joaquin

As you may be aware, I’m preparing myself to reach a personal record (PR) in the Dallas Marathon in Dec 2015 (I’m doing the half 😉 ).  If you want to catch up on my training over the last three weeks you can check them out by clicking the links below:

Welcome to week 4.  This week was all about recovering.  Before delving into my week of recovery, I want to take some time to discuss the subtle differences between rest and active recovery.

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Run Hard Lexington Half Marathon – December 6, 2014

I trained for and ran in the  Run Hard Lexington Half Marathon today.   This was the first year that Run Hard partnered with the Warm A Heart PattyPacks to bring a great race to the Lexington, SC area.

Run Hard is a non-profit running club that offers an 8-week after school running program to help prepare boys for an upcoming 5K race.  The Warm A Heart PattyPacks is also a non-profit organization that strives to assist families affected by lengthy stays in pediatric intensive care.  I really enjoy contributing to charities that are community centered.  I’m especially supportive of getting young kids moving.

One of my goals for next year is to get my son back into running.   My son and I used to run the Susan Komen’s Race for the Cure, every Mother’s Day weekend (but when they stopped funding Planned Parenthood…I stopped supporting them).   He ran a few 5k’s with me in the past so it would be awesome if we could tackle different races together in 2015 (fingers crossed).

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Week one complete….six more to go……

After my half marathon last week, I figured I might as well sign up for another one.  I even agreed to be a pacer.  Pacemakers are experienced runners tasked to complete the course in a given time (I volunteered for the 2:00 hr pace).  Now mind you I wouldn’t consider myself to be an experienced runner…I’m just someone whom likes to run.  I do however feel as though I can lead runners to the finish line in the allotted time.  My main focus over the next few weeks is to really concentrate on my pacing and not go out to fast or to slow (wish me luck on that one).  I guess  I will also read up on how to be a great pacer (not only for myself but for the runners willing to follow me).

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Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon – October 19, 2014

I heard so many good things about this half marathon that I wanted to try it out for myself.

I arrived in Myrtle Beach on Friday evening and made it to the expo to pick up my race packet and of course take a few pictures.  I think this was my first time at an expo.  Usually I’m just running in to pick up packet and then leaving right back out.  This time I got to take in the scene at the mini expo. #noshade

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