What happens when creativity and running collide?! You get August’s 12athon Super Challenge. This month, runners had the choice of running 6 or 12 miles and the honor of taking on the Super Challenge (taking to the streets and creating GPS drawn pictures). You could earn 1 point (a word or number of at least three letters or numbers), 2 points (a picture of a noun), or 3 points (a picture of a verb). Many Woo Hoo’ers flexed their creative muscle and created some awesome drawings.
I had planned on running 13 as training for my marathon. I met Sara and Amanda at Spencer Love. Because of trying to stay on pace for a progression, I basically didn’t plan a complete picture. I just figured I’d turn in whatever showed up on our run. We started on the Greenway running at a decent clip trading stories. All in all the first 5 miles on the Greenway felt good. Then we hit Piedmont Trail to cut across to Lake Brandt Road. This slowed our pace up as it was a bit slick and muddy. We hit the road and turned up the pace. Around mile 9.5 or 10, my knee started acting up so I cut the pace down while Sara and Amanda kept at it. I finished a little over 12 miles in right at 2 hours. Not what I planned, but I’m cool with it, especially considering the knee issue over the last 2 miles or so. (As a side note, knee has felt fine since so I’m blaming it on old shoes which I have since donated to Soles for Souls). Both Amanda and I got 14 points for the challenge for a picture of space shuttle. Love the imagination of fellow 12athoners.
For this 12athon, I was in Boulder, Colorado on vacation with my family. I thought about trying to create a “picture”, but I opted to forgo the additional challenge and just run. I researched possible routes before I headed to this gorgeous city and was thrilled that one of the many greenways was right near our hotel. I headed out on the Boulder Creek Greenway for a simple out and back route (4 miles each way, 8 total). It was by far one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring routes I have ever run. I will remember this route for the rest of my life. It will forever be stuck in my mind and in my heart. If you ever get a chance to run in Boulder, do it!
Let me start by saying I spent WAY too much time planning out my 12athon drawing…er…run. It turned out to be much more challenging than I had originally thought because, of course, I had to map out a verb/action to ensure maximum pointage. Starting at Military Park, I followed Lake Brandt Rd all the way past Jesse Wharton Elementary School and the dam and did quick 1/2-mile out-n-backs on the Piedmont & Reedy Fork Trails. I swear running Reedy Fork on Sunday morning was just like running through the swamps of the Dagobah System. The run ended up being great preparation for both the Blue Ridge Relay (some nasty hills) and the Kiawah Island Marathon (lots of little out-n-backs).
This 12athon was a challenge for me. I’ve been working on ramping my miles up because I had to jump into marathon training a couple of weeks earlier than everyone else running Kiawah. But, because I wanted to see how my legs would do with just a few hours rest (in preparation for BRR) I decided to split this into 2 runs. I spent several hours on Saturday mapping different runs and finally settled on something that represented the sun and it’s rays…”shine.” I ran the first 8-ish miles in the morning and was really happy with my performance. I met up with the rest of the crew at Bruegger’s for my typical smoked salmon bagel before setting about the rest of my Sunday.
I fully intended to put my legs up and rest a little in between my runs. However, getting the grocery shopping accomplished and volunteering for Backpack Beginnings meant I didn’t get to do that for about 30 minutes before it was time to set off for the 2nd part of my run.
I left my Garmin in my car instead of taking it in the house when I returned from my first run. I didn’t want it to start synching until I finished because I wanted my true final mileage to show in the display. So, I had thrown it in my center console before I got out of the car. Now, anyone who has a Garmin 405 knows that when something rests on the bezel, it is likely to cause some crazy in the watch.
However, I didn’t think about that at all as I strapped on my Garmin and drove to the starting point for the 2nd part of my run. Things started out well and I was impressed with myself for keeping up with my intervals when I heard my watch beep at an unexpected time. At 11.26 miles, I looked down to see that I had a low battery warning. As I picked up my speed a bit, hoping to at least finish closing in the circle on my sun, I started trying to figure out what had happened. The only thing I could figure out was that I had left the bezel of the watch up against the side of the console causing it to constantly switch screens during the hours between my runs.
At 11.55 miles, I finished another running interval and as I glanced down at my watch, the screen went blank. I finished out the mileage, but without my timer and feeling frustrated at myself for not thinking to lock the bezel on my watch, I found it hard to keep my pace. So, I walked quite a bit in those last miles. How disappointing…
Bright side: I did get my miles in and while my mind was in the game, I did pretty well. And, I got my 15 points for running my 12 miles and the 3 for drawing my picture of a verb. 🙂