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!
We’ve been on a blogging hiatus after Kiawah. Most us took a much needed rest (from running and blogging) and have just started back into our respective “training” plans for Spring half marathon season. We kicked off 2013 with a few races and had an absolute blast at both!
First up was the Frosty 50K relay race at Salem Lake. Each runner has a 7.7 mile lap along Salem Lake trail and out the Greenway. We had 4, yes, 4 teams out there! Daniel and A. Co. formed a team, Snow Staches, with some friends, Lori and Amy from Evolve Multisport and Sole Sisters. Nathan and Katie, along with Cara and Andrea, created Team Trumpet Creepers. Bekah, Bonnie, Russell and Henry got together and the Woo Hoo Pippish Crew was born. Melanie W. joined with Christine, Sarah and Christie from the Sole Sisters to make the Woo Sole Cruë team. We also had several friends who were taking on the 50K by themselves! All the teams had an awesome time cheering each other on, laughing, car dancing while we tried to stay warm, and running. All the teams were in it for the fun! Post race, we all headed to Foothills for food and drinks!
The next weekend, our adventure was taking on the Lakeside Trail 8 mile race. For most of us, this was our first time running the Townsend trail. The 8 mile course was a 4 mile out and back starting at MacPherson Stadium near Bryan Park, running to Yancyville Rd for the turn around. With the rain that came through the day before the race, the trail was muddy and soggy in parts. There are several water crossings and the infamous “Wall” around mile 1. The course was tough, hilly, and narrow in some areas. It challenged all of us. The goal for most of us was to stay vertical, grab a sweet hoodie, and have fun! We accomplished all three!
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. 🙂
This weekend marked a coveted Saturday 12athon, but it also meant that I would have to be creative with my 12 miler today due to the Go Far 5K (also today was the Anywhere 5K) in High Point with my daughter, Hayden, and not too much time to run the remaining mileage before we celebrate her birthday tonight. So earlier this week, I checked out the challenge list to find one that would fit my predicament and there it was, the Rosie Ruiz challenge! In order to complete the challenge, I would have to run at least one mile in each location (check!) and travel by a motorized vehicle to the next location (check!) and finish up the mileage (check!). I also could not be the driver of the car and had to run at least 8 total miles. Being able to “cheat” my 12 miler was exactly what I needed to do today!
Our friend, Kathy, was running Go Far again with us this time, so the 3 of us and Nick (our race dad) headed to High Point to run the 5K at 9am. The course had shifted slightly from last fall’s 5K and it was a much more enjoyable run. Hayden did an amazing job running. She improved her time by 10 minutes from November’s race and we finished right at 34:00! Hayden even had enough in the tank to kick it at the end and she left Kathy and I in her dust! So proud of her! It was a wonderful morning and it was so inspiring to be around all those students who have spent 10 weeks training for the 5K.
We hopped in the car, Nick driving, and headed back to Greensboro. Of course, we made a quick refueling stop to grab some biscuits. As soon as we got home, I headed out to finish my remaining 5+ mile run around the neighborhood; my biscuit being my motivator to get it done quickly. I meandered around our hilly neighborhood, completing just over the 8 required miles.
Biscuit was consumed, runs completed, and we are looking forward to celebrating her 9th birthday tonight! Oh, and yes, my final time was 1:23:45!
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!