Greensboro Gobbler – Greensboro, NC

On Thanksgiving Day I ran the Greensboro Gobbler with my dad and brother. This was my second time running the race. It has become a family tradition that I am really excited about.

2012 Greensboro Gobbler picture of Chandler, her dad, and her brother.

2012 Greensboro Gobbler

Last year, the Greensboro Gobbler was part of the start of my interest in running and races. I did a Color Run and the Greensboro Gobbler all in one week and was hooked.

I thought that the course would be 2 loops around Country Park like last year, but it was a new course. Temperatures were freezing and we jogged from the car to the race start, arriving 1 minute before time to go. It was probably good that we got there right on time, because we did not stand around in the freezing temperatures for very long at all.

There were so many people in the race this year! The course was very crowded. We spent the whole first mile weaving around walkers and runners. Next year the organizers should consider corrals or at least encouraging walkers to start at the back. With the new course they were able to accept more registrants. At least 2732 people signed up (the most ever), and 1886 finished the race. The cold temperatures might have kept some of the registrants away.

Chandler, her dad, and her brother at the 2013 race finish.

2013 Greensboro Gobbler

I ran most of the race with my dad and brother. This is the one 5K my brother does every year, and he still beat me! The last mile was very hard, and I’m proud of my finishing time and the chance to run with my family.

My offical time was 26:23, not a PR but over 3 minutes faster than my 2012 time, 29:49. It was cold outside but I warmed up quick, learning in the future not to wear cold-gear Under Armor even for races on very cold days.

Did you participate in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day this year? How was it?

Race the Bar 8K – Greensboro, NC

When moving to Greensboro, NC for the summer, I wanted to make plans to run at least one race! My dad agreed to run with me; he is an inspiration because of his commitment to training and fitness. He is an ironman, triathlete, marathoner, etc. You name it, he’s probably done it!

The 8K is not a common distance (~5 miles), but I wanted to find one to run this summer. My dad suggested the Race the Bar series because their May race included a 5K and an 8K. The concept for their series is great – they rotate around different bars and restaurants in the Triad. Each race includes a 5K, but there is also an additional race at an increasing distance for races 2-4. You get to choose your distance. The post race event is the best part because you get 2 free beers.

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The race was at the Lindley Park Filling Station

Here is the 8K course route:



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We started on the corner of Walker and Elam and then looped around on Walker St again after the first 3K. Once we ran that loop we were directed to the bridge where we crossed over Wendover. Do you see the part of the route on Ardale Pl right before Lindley Park? That little section is literally straight uphill and at the top of the hill there is a cone and we turned around and ran right back down the hill. Torture! That is the one section of the route I think should be changed, because I’m sure the little distance it covered can be added on somewhere else not as steep!

Me and my dad after the finish!

Me and my dad after the race!

After the race they were serving beer from the Olde Hickory Brewery.  I had the Hefe-Weizen unfiltered wheat beer and it was DELICIOUS. I will definitely order it again!Racethebar2

Finally, to top it all off, I finished the race in 42:02 and 3rd in my age group. I would not have finished at this time without my dad running with me and keeping me motivated to keep up my pace. (Thanks Dad!) I ran the first mile too fast and my shoulders really tensed up during the last mile and a half. If I had been alone I would have slowed down. 42:02 is a pr because it’s my first 8K but also very fast for me compared to my 10K time and further proof of how much faster I am after training with the Athens Road Runners. Already miss those 5:30 am track workouts!

Race prize for finishing Top 3

Race prize for finishing Top 3 in my age group!

What is your favorite race distance? I think I like the 8K distance better than 10K! Do you have any fun racing plans this summer?

Twilight 5K – Athens, GA

In January, I promised my cohort member and friend Evan that I would sign up and run his first 5K with him! Evan chose the Athens Twilight 5K on April 27, 2013.

I highly recommend this 5K; it might be the most popular 5K in Athens if you are looking for a race with a large number of participants. The 5K is actually part of a fun weekend of criterium events (bike racing). The t-shirt design is great and the course was actually enjoyable. Hills are almost inevitable in Athens, but this course stayed flat for the first 2 miles, started the last mile with some major rolling hills, and ended on a steady incline.

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2013 Twilight T-shirt

At packet pick-up Friday night, we stopped by and watched the qualifying. At first I did not realize it would be on stationary bikes – they did CompuTrainer racing for the qualifying.

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Ready  to go! I always pin my bib on and lay my shirt out the night before

Ready to go! I always pin my bib on and lay my shirt out the night before.

Saturday morning I picked up Evan and one of his students and we headed downtown. I am glad the rain stopped before our 8:30 am start. As we were starting I realized I forgot my inahler – oh well! Decided right then and there to focus on my breathing the whole race and not let that psych me out.

Before the start!

Before the start!

When I told Evan I would “run with him” of course I meant I would race him. We are both competitive people! My goal was to PR (get a personal record) for this race. My running has changed so much lately I knew it was possible. And I finished with a time of 24:18, four minutes faster than my December 5K!

Friends came to cheer Evan on - and encourage him to beat me! Maybe next time Ev!

Friends came to cheer Evan on – and encourage him to beat me! Maybe next time Ev!

After the 5K, I relaxed but headed back downtown for lunch and then later for the nighttime events. I am glad I ran in the morning but also enjoyed being a spectator at the bike races at night. Here are some pictures from the rest of the day:

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The 5K registration included a coupon for a Mellow Mushroom slice so I ventured back downtown at lunchtime for Pizza!

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The food court area was open all day and night

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One of the events we watched was the $1000 mile – the top 10 men and women from the 5K competed for $1000 – here is the first place woman crossing the line. SO FAST

Men racing through the streets

Men racing through the streets fast enough to blur the image.

Here's an idea of the crowd that gathered downtown Saturday night

Here’s an idea of the crowd that gathered in downtown Athens to watch the Terrapin Twilight Men’s Criterium.

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The bikers on the incline part of the route.

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One of my favorite photos from the night, showing the crowd, the bikes, and the iconic Georgia Theatre!

Information about Terrapin Twilight can be found on their website. Have you participated in a race that was part of a bigger weekend/event? What was it like?