Memorial Day 2017 5K Run

A couple of years ago I participated in a Memorial Day run that honored the American men and women that paid the ultimate price defending the nation and what it represents.  I wanted to do something similar this year so I invited members from my local Run For God running group to join me in this special event.

While I was driving to our meeting place, I listened to the song “God Bless the USA” by Bruce Greenwood.  It’s one of my favorite patriotic songs and it brings tears to my eyes everytime I listen to it. When I arrived at the meeting place, I noticed another running group was also doing the same thing which I thought was very cool.

After a word of prayer, we started running along a major highway that has nice wide sidewalks.  Two years ago, I ran holding the American Flag and I was honored to run with it again this year.  It’s not easy to run with it but I managed.  Even though I wasn’t expecting it, many drivers honked their horns as they drove by.

I thought we had a great turnout. One of my buddies even brought along several of his family members to run with us. Despite the morning heat, everyone did an outstanding job. Hopefully, we can make this an annual event.

Did you do anything special for Memorial Day?  Shout it out in the comments.  Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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RnR Savannah Marathon Training Week 10: 9/8/2014 – 9/14/2014

Monday

My first run longer than 13.1 miles was scheduled for tomorrow so I definitely made sure that I rested!

Planned: Rest Day
Actual:  Rest Day

Tuesday

I had a Disaster Run scheduled for Saturday so I went ahead and got my 15 mile run out of the way.

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Planned: 3 mile run
Actual: 15 mile run (11:09 pace)

Wednesday  

Ran a 3 mile “recovery run” after work. Ran it at a ridiculous fast pace considering that I ran my first 15 mile run the day prior!  I also learned that the Disaster Run (5 miles with obstacles) was postponed till October 11th.  The Hero Fest and Disaster Run 5K was still being held. Since I already registered for the original run, they invited me to come on Saturday and run in the 5K for free.

Planned: 7 mile run
Actual: 3 mile run (9:31 pace)

Thursday 

Ran a 7 mile feel good run.  Since I had plans on Sunday, I did a 5.5 mile bike ride to cover this week’s cross training activity.  Great brick workout!

Planned: 4 mile run
Actual: 7 mile run (10:27 pace) and 5.5 mile bike ride

Friday

Planned: Rest Day
Actual: Rest Day

Saturday

I got up early in the morning to run 4 miles with some Run For God friends.  Only one showed up but at least I didn’t have to run it alone.  Later in the morning, I ran in the Disaster Run Family 5K.  It gave us a glimpse of the Guardian Center (disaster preparedness personnel training facility to test out different disaster scenarios).  We started after 10 am and it was very HOT.  However, even though we didn’t have any obstacles, it gave us an idea on what to expect for the real deal come October 11th. After the run, I hung out at the Hero Fest and had the opportunity to ride in a UH-1 Huey Army helicopter for the first time!

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Planned: 15 mile run
Actual: 4 mile run and 5K race

Sunday

My friend who works at GEICO invited me to be part of the 2014 GEICO Family Day at Six Flags Over Georgia.  For $30, we got a package worth over $150.  It included admission to the park, parking, lunch buffet, 2 photos, and complimentary return tickets that can be used during the week of Thanksgiving.  We had a blast but I wasn’t sure what hurt more – the miles of walking around the park or the soreness from some of the wooden roller coasters!

Planned: Cross Training
Actual: Fun at Six Flags!

Planned miles for Week 10: 32
Actual miles for Week 10: 35

8 weeks to Rock n Roll Savannah! 

Have a great week!

Troy

RnR Savannah Marathon Training Week 11: 9/15/2014 – 9/21/2014

Monday

Today was a very special day.  Hunter, my I Run 4 running buddy, turned 17 today.  To celebrate, I literally went the extra mile for him.

Planned: Rest Day
Actual:  17 mile run (13:25 pace)

Tuesday

The Fall 2014 Run for God 5 and 10K Challenge started today. Being a graduate of the Run for God 5K and Half Marathon Challenge, I was asked to help lead the 10K group runs.  Tonight’s workout consisted of a 1.5 mile fast tempo run.  It was kind of funny because after we were finished I said, “That’s it? I am used to running 3-8 miles!”  All kidding aside, it’s great to help motivate and encourage other runners.  After class, I went ahead and knocked out 4 fast tempo “recovery miles”.  Again, I surprised myself with a fast pace considering that I ran 17 miles the day prior.

Planned: 3 mile run
Actual: 1.5 mile run (8:55 pace) and 4 mile run (9:31 pace)

Wednesday  

I really wanted to run 8 miles but since I didn’t take a rest day on Monday, I went ahead took today off from training.  The last thing I want to do is be out of commission.

Planned: 8 mile run
Actual: Rest Day

Thursday 

I knocked out a 4 mile feel good run before I met up with the Run for God group run.  I started at a slow pace however since I felt good, I picked up the pace a bit.  During the group run, I ran with the instructor’s son who is training for the 10K race in December.  Also used the time to encourage and motivate other runners.

Planned: 4 mile run
Actual: 4 mile run (9:46 pace) and 2 mile run (10:34 pace)

Friday

Planned: Rest Day
Actual: Rest Day 

Saturday

In the morning, I met up with some friends to run (more like jog/walk) in the 2014 Macon Run or Dye Color Run.  It was suppose to be held in March of this year however it got delayed for scheduling conflicts.  I even ran the race in a tutu! Yes, I was that brave but the way I look at it, you have to enjoy life to the fullest.  I really didn’t get dyed much during the run however I got drenched during the color festival. Later on in the day, I did an 8 mile easy slow run on the base.

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Planned: Cross Training
Actual: 5K fun run (mileage was less) and 8 mile run (10:09 pace)

Sunday

Kicked off the last day of summer with an early morning 15 mile bike ride around Robins Air Force Base.  The weather was beautiful was a cool morning temperature of 60 degrees.  Great way to end week 11!

Planned miles for Week 11: 32
Actual miles for Week 11: 40 

7 weeks to Rock n Roll Savannah! 

Have a great week!

Troy

Retro Night 5K Glow Run

I think this is the first time since I started running where I began and ended the week by running in a 5K race.  In my blog post titled Marathon Training – Week 9 9/1/2014 – 9/7/2014, I talk about how I ended up closing out the week with a 5K race.

The 5K I ran in yesterday evening was called Project Giving Retro Night Glow Run. The race proceeds will benefit families in the local community who are suffering from chronic illnesses. This marks my second glow run; the first one I participated in was the Rocking into the Night Glo Run on the 4th of July.  My original intention was to run it for fun.

I got to the race about 45 minutes to gun time to pick up my race packet.  While I was waiting, I ran into some friends from Run For God and Run Fit Sports.  I didn’t have any “Glow gear” however one of my friends gave me a couple of bracelets to wear.  I wanted to ensure I was visible for parts of the course that was not illuminated by flood lights.  While I was walking around killing time, I found vendor that was selling Glow accessories.  One thing that intrigued me was a “lightsaber”.  Now that would have been funny if I did by that; I could find another runner that had the same toy and we could have duels while we were running on the course.  However, I didn’t want to accidentally kill anyone either so I settled for a Mohawk headband.

8:30 rolled around and the race finally started.  The course was 1.5 miles and back.  In addition, it was like a roller coaster with multiple hill climbs and descents.  But despite the difficulty of the course, it was very enjoyable.  There were multiple groups of people lined up cheering us on as we ran by.  A couple of freelance guitar players were on hand playing “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Living on a Prayer.”  The course had floodlights at key points and we even ran under a tree light canopy that was put up for the race.  Some parts of the course were dark however you could see runners who were wearing glow gear.

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Screenshot of elevation of the Retro Glow 5K course

Even though I originally said I was going to just do this as a fun run, it was hard not too.  My racing adrenalin kicked in.  My only complaint was that the Mohawk was pressing against my head so after a while it became uncomfortable.  It was hot and I was getting drenched in sweat.  Soon the finish line was near.  And it was downhill. I literally made a mad dash for the finish line.

My (unofficial) time was 26:20.  To date, it is tied as my 4th fastest 5K.  I placed 4th in my age group and was 46th overall. Even though I didn’t set a new 5K PR, I did set a glow run PR! My last glow run time was 27:38.  After the race, there was a little dance party going on so I had to join in and do the “Cha Cha Slide”.

I had a really great time at the Retro Night Glow Run.  It was a great race to close out the week with and I still can’t believe on what I pulled after running 4 miles earlier in the day. Thanks for reading and happy running!

Troy

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I wasn’t even trying….

Good Monday evening! Hope you are had a great day.  It has been practically been RAINING all day here in Middle Georgia.  I cracked a joke earlier that I was going to do a walk for my active recovery workout but due to the heavy rains, I may have to ROW A BOAT instead.

I just wanted to write one final thought about The Macon Mud Run I participated in a couple of weeks ago.  They finally posted some pictures onto the Facebook page this afternoon.  I was scrolling through, I found a picture of me and I loved how the photographer captured my expression.   And I’ll be honest, I wasn’t even trying!

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I thought it was cute! Well that’s it for now.  Hope you have a great week!

Happy Running,

Troy

The Muddiest 5K I have ever Ran! (2014 Macon Mud Run)

I thought I signed up for the Macon “Fun” Run not the Macon “Mud” Run! 

Okay, I confess I knew what I was getting into when I signed up! Good evening everyone! Hope you are having a great weekend.  Today, I participated in my second specialty 5K: The Macon Mud Run.  The run benefited the children living at Hephzibah Children’s Home (where the run took place).  The proceeds will help give the children 24/7 care, education, and recreational opportunities.

This mud run was the most challenging 5K I have ever participated in.  They had two courses a 5K and 7K (I did the 5K).  There were over a 100 mud pits. The course featured 20 plus obstacles PLUS hill climbs, mud walls, hurdles, pond crossings, mud pipes, and TONS AND TONS OF MUD.  What made it interesting was it rained all day yesterday.  It was suppose to rain today but it didn’t.  I AM GLAD IT DIDN’T RAIN – IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CHALLENGING!  

This is the first run where I have “traveled” light.  No smartphone, smartwatch, waist pack, water bottles, road id bracelet, or  jewelry.  The organizers recommended that we wear old running clothes because our clothes would not be going back home. I picked out some running shorts and an old Airman Battle Uniform T-Shirt.   I wore my first pair of running of shoes I got back in 2010: the Adidas adiStar Ride 2.  It has been been over 2 years since I wore them and I wasn’t going to run in my new running shoes I got on Black Friday!

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I got to the race about an hour early.  I checked in my bag and proceeded to a tent where they were duct taping shoes.  I already LOST my mind for doing this and I didn’t want to LOSE  my shoes!

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I ran into some of my friends from our Run for God running group including two that were running in the same wave as me.  Well before we knew it, our wave was about to start.  It was about time to play run in the mud! We started to proceed to the starting line, which of course started in a mud pit…lol. Time seem to go by slowly, we didn’t have watches or anything to tell the time.  Everyone in our wave was getting excited.  Then the countdown started.  The horn blew.  And we took off!

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It was crazy! I was afraid I was going to get pushed in the mud!! After we navigated the first few mud pits, I felt like I was skating through the mud.  I’ll be honest, I had the intention of jogging between the mud pits/obstacles.  Yeah right.  I was tired after the starting line!  Now I wish I had one of those sport cameras that I could strap to my head and record this event.  This course was well planned and challenging.  Mud pits, rope climbs, pond crossings, tire trips, stump hopper, pipe crawl, mud mountains – IT WAS MUDDY AND CRAZY.  It was cold too when we had to cross the pond – luckily there was a rope to hold on to because it was difficult to swim! Let’s put it this way – I GOT MUDDY!! The closest thing I did to this was the Confidence Course at Air Force Basic Training back in 1993. I am pleased to say that I was able to do all of the obstacles without difficulty.  The only one I slipped on was the log crossing (about halfway down).  Some of the obstacles had the option to bypass, but I did them ALL.  An hour and a half later…I FINISHED!!!

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As you can see, I was covered in MUD.  My clothes felt 5 pounds heavier and I felt like I was walking in concrete blocks.  It almost looks like I got a spray on tan! This was one race where I didn’t care what my time was.  I was out to have a good time and support a great cause.  After I was done, I showered (it was very cold) and changed clothes. It was funny because it took me 5 minutes to get my shirt off!  My running gear including my shoes were HISTORY! They were not kidding when they said it wouldn’t be going home with us!

My friends and I had a absolute blast at the Macon Mud Run.  After the run, we were talking about getting together next year and form a Run Mud for God team.  And this time – we are doing the 7K!

Here are some more pictures from the event:

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I hope to upload  some more pictures (from the course)  in the near future once they are posted.  Thanks for reading about my special event and take care!

Troy