What happens when 5 Woo Hoo Crewers decide they are crazy enough to want to run 84.4 laps around a 500m indoor track?! Read the following race recaps to find out!
Melanie: Indoor Insanity Marathon Recap
Spring brings warmer weather, chirping birds, blooming flowers….. and the B double E double R U N, BEERUN, BEERUN! Every March, our group patiently awaits the start of the local racing season to start with the Old Town Beerun, a challenging but fun 5 mile run through the nearby college campuses, UNCG and Greensboro College. This year is the 13th year for the race which benefits the Special Olympics. The Beerun, which is typically held on the Saturday closest to St. Patrick’s day, is one of few afternoon races. This year it moved to a Sunday and a week later, but we still were excited about an awesome afternoon, running and hanging out with our friends.
Something new this year, they were offering a challenge, the 6-pack. The basic idea is that 6 runners in costumes are tethered together and have to run the whole 5 miles together from start to finish. Awesome prizes were at stake: a 6-pack of beer per runner for the fastest team and a 6-pack per runner for the best costume. This challenge read WOO HOO CREW all over it! After spending 2012 competing in the 12athon challenges, we were thrilled to be “bringing jackassery back” (sing that to JT’s hit!). We brainstormed at one of our post-run Saturday breakfasts and came up with a game plan for awesome costumes. Unfortunately, with a busy work week for most of us leading up to the race and pending yucky weather on Sunday, we ended up not having time or the gumption to pull it all together so we decided to nix the 6-pack idea….or did we?!
We met Saturday before the Beerun for our long run. Several of us who were going to do the 6-pack were chatting about the next day’s nasty weather, the temperature would be right around freezing and there was a 90% chance of cold rain. We talked about how maybe wearing white trash bags might be smart in helping us stay a little dry and warm while we ran. We started laughing and kidding around that that could be our costumes…and then it hit us, for real, the white trash bags could be our costumes! We could all wear one and we could be “white trash”. The 6-pack challenge was back on!
On Sunday afternoon, we met earlier at Daniel’s to pull our costumes together. We cut holes in our trash bags for our heads and arms, duct taped our race numbers and our laminated “White Trash” signs to our fronts, and threw on our shower caps and foam rollers. Katie cut the string that we would use to tether ourselves to one another. We arrived at the starting line, tied ourselves together and headed to the back of the starting line. We were a 6-pack!
In fact, we were the ONLY 6-pack. When we checked in with the race director at the start of the race, we found out there were no other groups taking on the challenge which meant we had just won the fastest and best dressed 6-pack. The beer was ours before we even started racing!
The gun went off and off we went, tied together! It took us a few miles to get the hang of running together. Our strings came undone a few times, which we quickly fixed on our interval walk breaks. We got really great at turning corners by mile 3, yelling “PIVOT” every time just like Ross and Chandler did on the Friends moving episode. We successfully moved around other runners and walkers and avoided huge puddles by yelling “Toward Nathan” or “Toward Melanie”. All in all, it was so much fun running together! It was the most fun we could have had given the less than ideal weather conditions.
We crossed the finish line, 6 wide, and took our finish picture. We found our other non 6-pack running friends and hit the beer line. Usually, we’d stick around the finish line party for awhile, but after just 1 beer most of us were freezing cold and soaking wet. We wanted warm clothes, warm food and to be indoors. A group of us headed to one of our favorite pizza places, Spring Garden Pizza and continued the “party” there.
This weekend, a few of the girls from The Woo Hoo Crew teamed up with our good friends, The Sole Sisters to run the Dasani Myrtle Beach Half-Marathon. This was a trip a few months in the making, and, as happens, with every passing week, we all became more and more excited about our all girls race weekend!
Most of us drove down on Friday morning so we could hit the Expo, have lunch, and get all checked into the condo we had rented for the weekend. By the time we did all of that, the rest of the group had made it to the resort, so we all started carting our stuff in. Getting all the stuff for 10 girls up to our condo on the 12th floor was an adventure we won’t soon forget! 2 luggage carts and a shopping cart (yes, a shopping cart) later, we had everything in and started getting settled. A few of us ran to the grocery store and to pick up some pasta while the rest stayed in to get settled and ordered some pizza. After dinner, Cindy led us all in a relaxing yoga workout before we hit the hay early.
A 6:30 gun time, meant an extra early morning for all of us. We tried to get ready and out the door even earlier because Cindy was leading the two hour pace group. The rest of us failed, but Cindy managed to get out on time and after some frantic running around, the rest of us were ready and out the door. But not before a quick photo op!
Unfortunately, on the drive to the start, the two cars we were in got separated and with very little time left before the start after the cars parked, we weren’t able to regroup before we had to take off. In the end, we were all pretty glad we cut it close. This was a decent size race, but not massive, so we had just enough time to hit the port-a-potties one time and get into our appropriate places in line before the start. If we had to stand around too long, we all would have gotten extremely chilly!
Going with this group was great! We all had our own goals, so while we passed each other at one particular point on the course and showed our support for each other, we each had the chance to run our own race. As it turns out, that worked out well! We had at least 4 personal bests among our 10 runners, our pacer, Cindy, brought in her group in almost exactly two hours, and we were all happy with our performances even though we didn’t all end up with our best times.
After relaxing and raising a little heck at the finish line party, we headed out for Mexican food and then home for naps. We continued the party with dancing and a few drinks at House of Blues and then went on to Dick’s Last Resort for dinner before we headed back to the condo to rest up for the trip back to Greensboro.
Overall, the weekend was full of wonderful memories and a great time for getting closer to some awesome friends. We can’t wait until next year when we get to do it all again!
1: Huge rain storm sits on top of us the ENTIRE time we ran the Flying Pirate half marathon on Sunday morning.
2: the number of tables we needed at most restaurants to fit our group
3: Total number of races during the course of the weekend: First in Flight 5K, the inaugural Storm the Beach, and the 3rd annual Flying Pirate Half Marathon
4: The number of runners who took on the Flying Pirate Challenge: 5K on Saturday, the half on Sunday, earning 3!! awesome medals. I mean, it is all about the bling!
5: The number of hours we played an amusing game of Apples to Apples on Monday night
6: The number of Woo Hoo’s in training (the kiddos) who came on the trip to cheer us on
7: the number of people MAX we fit in the hot tub without overflowing it
8: the number of loads of laundry we did all weekend. Wet, stinky clothes need to be washed!
9: total half marathoners, including 2 first time half runners!
10: at least, the number of times the trash went out all weekend. Runners consume a lot of food and brews!
11: The number of spins it took to roll down the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge, which also is the same number of minutes you had to sit still after rolling down the dunes.
12: Woo Hoo Crew runners total in our house
.1: the icing on the cake for all the laughs, stories, nicknames, giggles, and fun that we had!
It’s the workout you love to hate and hate to love. For most, track work means running as hard as you can, trying the whole time not to puke, and feeling awful the last few steps of every interval. For others, the fear of stepping foot onto the track is enough to make you run in the other direction..get it, run…anyways. But like everything that is good for us, even though despised at first, can end up being the thing we love most! Track work, love? Really?
Track work can and probably will lead to an increase in quickness, overall efficiency while running and help us all reach those PR’s.
Here are some benefits of track workouts:
Here are some sources I referenced:
“That which does not kill me makes me stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche