Today was July 12th! That’s right! That means 12athon! This month, our plan was to all do our own thing but meet up in the evening. Some for miles, some for tacos. In addition, we were happy to have a few folks who were new to 12athon-ing join in the fun (even if some did it from afar). So, without further adieu, WooHoos recap July 12athon!
I planned on running all 12 miles today, but reconsidered late last night. I got up early and prepared both my running and my cycling gear and drove out to Spencer Love. I pulled on my Mirage (with a 4 mm drop) and grabbed my bottle full of G2 Grape and Vodka and ran from Spencer Love on the greenway to the trail head of Wild Turkey and Nathaniel Greene Trails and then back to the tennis center. I drank a bit throughout the run and completed my 6 mile run in a a little over 50 minutes. I arrived back at Spencer Love with an empty bottle ready to ride a bit.
I pulled my bike out of the Jeep and checked it over making sure I had bottle two of the G2 concoction. I rode through the parking lot (hadn’t rode in months) and looped through Country Park into Military Park where I rode two loops (with the occasional sip of my G2 cocktail). Two interesting things happened here. First, I ended up riding most of the time with an older gentlemen on his bike talking about other people on the paths. And second, he almost wiped out because an owner of a small dog was not paying attention and had his retractable leash all the way out (we know this really bugs 12athon coordinator, Iris). We later saw the same dog barking up a storm at a bigger dog whose owner did not look happy.
Anyway, I finished my 6 and some odd miles back at the tennis center in a little under 30 minutes. So for my July 12athon challenge, I completed the base (12) + Bi-Curious (2 sports-7)+Naturalist (6)+Double Fister (12)+2.5 for my percentage points for a total of 39 points. Also, I plan on running another 4 with some others of The Woo Hoo Crew as they finish there 12athon later in the day. All in all, a great morning of running and cycling with great conversation.
I started today with 6 miles before work. Luckily, I got to finish up my miles with the Woo Hoo Crew this afternoon! Gotta say, the cooler temps are my friend. I felt so much better this week than last. I actually got in 13 miles instead of just 12. Nothing fancy, but my 12 are done!
I have to say, I’m loving this summer thing! Today, I got up early to get in my first 4 miles before Nick went to work. Then, I headed over to my school for a little while to take care of a few things making sure to leave in time to finish my mid afternoon run. I ran another loop around the house and sipped on 2 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as I completed my next four miles. 2 chewy beers (as Carole calls them) made for an interesting run. Finally, I hit Hamilton Lakes to meet up with a few other Woo Hoos for my last 4 miler of the day, which ended up being 5 miles when I accidentally stopped my watch (common occurrence! Ha!).
It seems like everything was working against me for my introductory 12athon run this month. Potential stress fracture, terrible summer cold…still, I felt like I had some luck with the new rules of the Heat Miser edition. I figured I’d just get out there and see what I could do.
Having already planned to take a half day at work, I finished my errands, came home around 2pm, and headed out to the Niagara Gorge Trail. While there are sections where this trail stops & starts, I figured I could earn points for the Woodsy Owl Challenge (even if I was docked a few for the inconsistency of the trail). I stuck with my double fister challenge, because I still have barely any sense of smell or taste due to my cold. How hard could it be to down some gatorade & vodka? (Fun fact: On Tuesday night, I tried straight whiskey for the first time, and could barely taste a thing.) Turns out the worst part about this particular challenge is not the alcohol itself, but the inability to bring water with you, because both hands are full….
Here’s a run down of just how poorly it went:
Mile 1: Hey, this juice & vodka doesn’t seem bad. the sun is beautiful, and i feel okay. maybe i can knock out 8 or 9 miles even with this cold!
Mile 2: Ok, i’m already walking a bit, but that’s to be expected since it’s 90 degrees outside, and i’m still sick. I can do this. Oh, hey Niagara Falls tourists, look at me! I’m running in crazy heat and I still look so cute in my skirt! lalalala
Mile 3: Jesus, why is it so freakin sunny? Ugh, I’m dripping. I just really want to get to that gorgeous trail that Katie and I found. Once I find it, I’ll be motivated.
Mile 4: water….water…..ok, here’s the trail. Great, take a picture and get the hell out of here.
Mile 5: This juice & vodka is terrible. I hate sun. I might pass out today. I wonder who will find my body.
Mile 6: Maybe I can run just a few more minutes…nope. Just walk. Oh, hey Niagara Falls tourists, please don’t look at me doing this walk of shame. It’s freakin hot out, what do you expect!
At any rate, thanks to Nathan & Katie for inviting me to the crew. After today, there’s no where to go but up, right?! 🙂
I had spectacular plans for my first 12athon, yes, had. Unfortunately, my AC had to ruin everything. So, instead of getting to have fun with all of the other Woo Hoos, I spent the majority of my day without food, whining (OK…closer to bitching) and waiting for someone to show up to fix the thing. Such is life. Ten hours past my original start time, I finally was able to get out mid-afternoon for a straight-up 6.03 miles. In hindsight, there’s no logical explanation for not at least pulling off a double-fister as I had nothing better to do during all that wait time other than sing old southern spirituals & feel sorry for myself. There’s always August and I’m definitely ready to take on some bonus challenges and add some flair to my run!
I hate 10 hour days with a passion. And, when you try to fit in a 12 mile run with 10 hours of work, it becomes even more challenging. However, I managed to get in my 12 and take on two bonus challenges to go with it (Rush Hour and Double Fister). Had I been on my own, there is no way I would have made it through. Nathan was a huge help! He brought me stuff so I could get ready for work after I ran to work, and came by my office before he went home to take everything home with him. That’s a good man!
It’s always interesting trying to accommodate two 12athoners in one house (and two competitive 12athoners at that!). Katie already sang my praises, so I won’t go into any more details about that. I did the RUI Double Fister, Three Square Runs, and Sisyphus, but did so in three different locations, decided by convenience.
5:10am – Greensboro Day School Track – Guzzled the entire Michelob Ultra #1 just before running 16 laps around the 1/4-mile track.
12:00pm – Downtown Greenway – This is literally right next to my office, so why would I not use this as the second location on my lunch break? Oh, that’s right…hills! Ran 1/8-mile out-n-back 16 times. It was not pleasant. The nice folks in the tent city next to the Greenway must’ve thought I was nuts, a they watched me pass them by 32 times.
6:30pm – Hamilton Lakes – The main entrance to the trail is just a mile from my house, so this was perfect for the last run of the day. Plus, it’s less than 5 miles from dollar tacos – the real reason we run! I had plans of doing a nice little 1/4-mile loop, but it’ turned out to be closer to a 1/10-mile loop. I really had no intention of doing it 35 times, so I did another 1/8-mile out-n-back and called it done!
As one of the newest Woo Hoo’s & certainly new to the 12athon family, I decided to simply focus on getting the miles in as quickly as I could. I felt great up until around mile 10 but kept pushing until mile 12 was behind me. By then, I had found my 2nd wind and decided to finish it out @ 13.1. Looking forward to next month when I will definitely take on some of the challenges.
If you’ve made it this far in the post, we applaud you and reward you with this quick video of the Woo Hoo Crew toasting to the completion of yet another Virtual 12athon. Cheers!