From the beginning, I knew the May 12athon was going to be a challenge. I was in the wedding of one of my closest friends on Friday night and knew I would wake up on Saturday morning with running being the thing I wanted to do least. Nathan and I stayed at the wedding until the very end, but we were smart and passed on the post-wedding festivities with many of the other members of the bridal party. For that reason, I knew that the Slacker challenge would probably be my best option. Earlier in the week, Nathan was pretty set on joining the group for the Hit the Brixx promotion 12 runners challenge, but beyond that, he was unclear.
As we drove home from the wedding, both of us exhausted, Nathan also seemed tempted by NOT running all 12 miles first thing in the morning. He had a couple of other ideas for challenges, but trying to find a bag big enough to hold 12 pairs of his size 12 shoes was proving difficult. So, he at least knew by that point that he was definitely NOT doing the Imelda Marcos challenge. I had already decided that I was going to add the Diabolic Dozen to my run. Therefore, I spent the morning before I went off to be pampered getting a dozen deviled eggs ready to go. By the time we got to the house, we definitely decided we would go to the 12 runners meet-up so we could register for Hit the Brixx and then we would see where the day would take us.
Upon waking yesterday, brilliance struck Nathan. The Chicken Eatza would be a great challenge to take on during this slacker run. He ran up to the Teeter as soon as he was dressed and got the buffalo wings in the oven. We put our food together and headed up to Country Park for the first mile of the Slacker. We had a great few minutes with the other 12athoners! Everyone got registered for the upcoming races and then we hit the Greenway. It was great running and chatting with Iris and the rest of the group during the brief half mile before turning back to have our first snack and starting to document our day.
With the first mile under our belts, we headed to Starbucks for coffee and food. As we noshed, an idea began to form. We were talking about where we could run mile 2 that was closest to our favorite Starbucks. Latham Park has always been a popular meeting point for runners, so we talked about heading there for a mile of hill repeats, when Nathan suggested we run all of our miles in great running spots around Greensboro and suggested doing a different type of running workout at each one (this idea quickly fell by the wayside). So with that in mind we struck out for mile 2 and began creating a list of all of the places we would run during the course of the day. Here is a quick list of where we went:
- Mile 1 – Spencer Love and the Greenway
- Mile 2 – Northwood Hill at Latham Park
- Mile 3 – NEW Downtown Greenway at Morehead Park
- Mile 4 – Bicentennial Garden (we had to do a little shopping at Friendly before this)
- Mile 5 – Little Loop Trail at Bur-Mil Park
- Mile 6 – Greensboro Day School Track
- Mile 7 – Center City Park & Newbridge Bank Park (then home to restock eggs and a wardrobe change)
- Mile 8 – UNCG Beerun (followed by a pint of Oberon at Old Town Draught House)
- Mile 9 – Off ‘n Running to Country Park
- Mile 10 – Greensboro Arboretum
- Mile 11 – Guilford College
- Mile 12 – Hamilton Lakes (with Gertrude in tow)
We decided it was definitely one of the craziest, most fun, most painful things we have ever done (aside rom the Blue Ridge Relay, which the Woo Hoos will be taking on in September 2012). It seems like it should be easy…only 1 mile an hour. But therein lies the problem. You spend 10ish minutes every hour running, but then, you take a 50 minute break. If we had been running from home, we might have kept busy and moving. But because we were in the car driving to different locations all day, that wasn’t really an option. I even took a couple of naps by reclining my seat as Nathan navigated us from place to place. It’s just a matter of your body constantly warming up only to begin cooling down again. 12 times. By the end of the day, my IT band (that has been acting up all week) was making it painful to even walk and Nathan’s allergies were extremely aggravated. Sheesh! We’re already scheming for the June 12athon challenge!
Make sure to check out our full video recap!