#MedalMonday- Disney Virtual Race- July

It has been a hot minute since I posted a Medal Monday so I recently completed my time for the July Disney Virtual Race and wanted to share my medal for the month.

This month I really hopped back on the track and treadmill. I have not really ran this hard since the Charlotte Marathon event last November so it has been since to work my distance back up and to get me ready for the races and competitions I have coming in 2018.

#MedalMonday- Yiasou Greek Festival 5K

This week I am talking about the famous Yiasou Greek Festival 5k. This race is part of the six pack series that Run For Your Life sponsors. Its one of the six medals I got last year. The food is as good as the race. It also happens to be the latest 5k in Charlotte.

That morning I found my way to the race with the usual signs of a contestant. I had to pee like I do with all races and like always, you have to wait in line. The lines for the bathroom are always long at these races. I think it is due to the fact that they sell out fast.

After using the bathroom and chilling before the race, it was time to line up and get going.

The race was run and the course was fairly easy. I remember all the cars parked in the street and how some people were running into them as they were trying to pass people.

The race was short but it was a 5k so what do you expect. Once I crossed the finish line I got my medal and had a beer under a tree. I stayed a while and ate some really good greek food before heading home.

If anyone is looking for a simple, flat, and fun 5k in Charlotte then this race is for you. It is nothing fancy but a lot of fun.

Happy Monday! Lets get this week!

 

Seeing Green- The Shamrock 4 Miler Recap

So it’s the second race of the season and I had one goal in mind. That was to beat my time from The Super Run. I knew it was going to be hard but with a lot of effort it could be done. Night after night and a few early mornings, I went out in my garage and got on my treadmill and just started running at 7.0 mph and then worked my way up to 8.5 mph. The Wednesday before the race I got on the treadmill for the last time before tapering began and I finished in a record-breaking 30:31. Although that was great I knew I was not going to make it at that time during Shamrock. I would have been happy to finish between 32:00 and 36:00.

 So it was the big day. I pulled up to the race excited and nervous. The Shamrock 4 Miler was a very packed out event. There were people everywhere. They had booths set up from Chickfila, Running Works, and State farm, which were all giving away freebies to all the runners. You all know I love free stuff. I felt alone walking around. My wife had made plans prior to my registration to go to a mega kids consignment sale. I was not mad but I knew my biggest cheerleader was there in spirit.

It came time to line up. Like all my other races, I started to get nervous as I watch the clock countdown the last-minute and then the anticipation grew as I watched the volunteers getting the finishing medals ready. Then I looked up and the clock had ten seconds left. No going back and no stopping me now. Then I was off…


I started at a 8:00 minute mile pace. Pushing my legs while trying to reserve my energy. People were passing me but I still kept my pace. This was my race and not theirs. We turned on Elm Street, which was mostly downhill and I could feel myself starting to breathe hard. It was rather foggy and there was a lot of moisture in the air. When I turned on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, my legs were moving faster as I sped down hill reaching the 1 mile marker that read my time was 8:06. I started to smile as I pressed onward.
 The journey to mile two was all downhill. I kept getting faster and had to put the brakes on a few times cause I did not want to be that runner who falls flat on their face in the middle of a race. I started to see some of the people who passed me as they had already made it to the turn around at John J. Delaney Drive. I was not worried but just glad to be reaching the turn around spot. When I finally reached the 2 mile marker the time said 16:39. I knew then I knew then I needed to hurry.

One lesson I did learn in my high science class was that when you run downhill you almost always have to go back uphill. Yes that is right. Almost at the beginning of mile 3 I could feel my legs start to burn as I struggled up the first hill. I could hear the runners behind me moaning in pain which told me that I was in good company. It seemed that my pace was slowing down. I was breathing harder than ever. Now this was a mental race cause I had to talk myself out of walking a few times. I pushed and I pushed and then I saw the 3 mile marker and the time read 26:10. This was a victory cause I was I was in the home stretch.

Mile 4 was even more of an uphill battle. As I passed the places I was at in the beginning of the race, I kept saying that I was a fool. You knew you had to come back uphill. This was not going to be an easy 4 mile race. Get real. When I turned back on to Elm Street, I saw that last hill and I knew that as soon as I got up that last hill and turned left, I was almost home. I pushed, and pushed, and pushed until I was there. When I saw the last turn to the finish line I ran like Forrest Gump. As fast as I could until I saw that finish line and heard that loud music.

Crossing the finish line is by far my favorite part of any race but when I get that finisher medal in my hand, It makes it all worth it. Every pain in my legs, thighs, and feet worth it.  I looked at my stats later and it said I finished in 35:33, which means I met my goal of beating my Super Run 4 Miler time!

 

 Now that this race is done, I still have seven more races left for this year. The next one is going to be a rematch for me. The Oak Island Half Marathon, which is going to be different cause the last time I ran this race it rained the entire time and I was miserable. I am going to try this again and see if I could beat my time. This will be a challenge cause due to the raising popularity of this race, they moved it and changed the course. So I can’t wait to see how I do.

Next stop….Oak Island Half Marathon!


The 2016 Race Series Medals Are In!

 

So excited to get these medals this year. Everyone knows I love my running bling!!! Only one more race in this series to register for and I am on my way to getting the whole set.

RACE NOTE: I have decided not to do the Charlotte Marathon this year but instead run the half marathon. The half marathon was more fun last year and I think I need a year off from marathons but I am still very excited to get out there and RUN!!!

Check back for me details of each race as I run it!