Category Archives: Races

Color Me Rad

Yesterday morning, I did the Color Me Rad 5K with Tina, Lindsay, Lindsay’s sister Katy and their friend Maddy.  The race was about 45 minutes away in Conyers, so Tina and I decided to drive there together.  Fortunately, we were able to park right next to Lindsay and crew and even more fortunately, that parking spot was right by the exit.

We all wore white shirts so you could see the color best.

Color me rad1

If you’re wondering what’s on my face, it’s a temporary tattoo that came with our race packets.  Putting it on my face seemed like a good idea at the time, but getting it off after was not.  Anyway.

The race went in heats and we’d signed up for the 8:10 one (though really you could go in whatever one you wanted.)  They had a stage set up with some fun games and lots of pre-race color bombs being thrown.  The color bombs were actually colored corn starch in plastic bags.

Before color me rad

After getting significantly more colorful, we lined up and got ready for the 5K part of it.

Color me rad2

The run actually turned out to be a trail run, with a couple of pretty steep hills, which I wasn’t really expecting.

Color me rad trails

This was definitely not the type of race that you do for time.  In fact, there wasn’t even a time clock.  So we walked some parts of it and ran others.

Every so often, there’d would be a color station where volunteers would throw more color on you.

Color me rad color

I have no idea how long it took us to finish, but by the end, we looked like this:

Lee tina color me rad

(photo from Tina)

Color me rad group

(photo from Lindsay)

Colored Rad indeed.

Peachtree Road Race 2013

Yesterday morning, I woke up early, scarfed down a bagel and headed to Midtown in the rain. I was able to park my car at Carol’s condo and we walked to the Marta station, where we met Laura.

Lee car

Though it was raining when I arrived at Carol’s, but by some miracle, by the time we got on Marta, it stopped. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that for a while, because we got stuck in the Marta station. There are two stations that are close to the start of the race – Lenox and Buckhead. Lenox is closer, but we happened to be on the line that went toward Buckhead so we thought we’d just get off there instead of changing trains. Apparently, since the Buckhead station is about a quarter mile past the start of the race, on the route, they were only letting people out of the station in waves, to not interrupt the race (or something like that.) It felt like we were trapped forever, but it was probably only about 10-15 minutes, if that.

Crowded marta station

Lee laura marta

 

Carol laura mata

We had intended on starting in Wave G, but by the time we got out, that wave was already starting and by the time we got to the start, we ended up in wave L. No big deal really. Since it wasn’t hot and sunny, it didn’t matter if we got a later start.

Peachtree start

The three of us mostly ran with some occasional walk breaks, mostly for water, for the first three miles. At mile 3, I really had to go to the bathroom and didn’t feel like running with a full bladder, so I told Carol and Laura to go ahead.  Also, i was being wimpy and didn’t want to run up a hill.

Lee peachtree

From miles 3 to 5, I kind of did a combination of jogging and walking, walking up the hills. The rain was still holding off and it actually ended up being pretty great weather for running.  You know I’m walking if I’m taking selfies.  Also, hello crows feet.  I need to stop slacking on my eye cream.

At Mile 5, I decided there was no reason that I shouldn’t be running, so I did. I just ran at a comfortable pace and tried to take the atmosphere in. I didn’t have any music, but there were so many people and spectators that it didn’t really matter. It was sort of nice to run a race and enjoy it instead of running for time. I’m always running for time.

Peachtree near mile5

It looks like it’s raining in this picture, but really it wasn’t.

I ended up finishing in like an hour and 25 minutes (I walked A LOT) which was totally fine with me. The Peachtree is not really a race to PR in, especially if you haven’t been running.

I met up with Carol and Laura fairly easily afterward. We hung out for a little while at the park and then at Laura’s condo before I headed home to take a much deserved nap.

Lee laura carol piedmont park

Another Peachtree in the books!  I didn’t want to do it, but it ended up being one of the most enjoyable Peachtrees that I’ve done.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Tomorrow is the Peachtree.  You know, the 10K that I got shut out of (due to bad luck in their lottery system) for two years in a row, finally got a number this year and proceeded to complain about not being sufficiently trained for.  Yeah, that one.  So, despite the not really training thing, I’m as ready as I ever will be.

Peachtree number

Except for this one thing.

Dark clouds

There’s no filter on that picture.  That was the sky around 1:30pm today.  And tomorrow’s not looking any better.

Screen shot 2013 07 03 at 6 04 05 PM

Not what I’d call ideal running weather.  I’ve done races in the rain before.  Not many, but a couple.  I did the Silver Comet Half-Marathon in pouring rain a couple years ago and survived to tell the tale.  So, I’m still planning on running.  Unless it’s like a torrential downpour.  We’ll see.  At least it won’t be stifling hot, so there’s that.

Have you run a race in the rain?  Would you skip one if it was raining hard?

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