For the last couple of months, you've been prying yourself out of bed at 4:30 in the mornings to execute those training runs - knocking out your speed work and tempo runs - and spending lots of time hitting the pavement for those long and easy miles! A glance at the calendar and you notice race weekend is just around the corner! With training coming down to a taper, are you getting excited about next weekend?! Not only will Savannah be rocking out with various musicians and bands for the Savannah Music Festival, but us runners will be running our hearts out at the 2nd annual Savannah Publix Women’s Half & 5K! I’ll be doing a little bit of both and the city is already alive with excitement and energy in the air. Today kicks off the Savannah Music Festival and I just got home from jamming out to some Bayou Blues and Southern Soul with the Marc Broussard/Paul Thorn Band. I love this festival! Michael and I bought tickets to see The Suffers and Langhorne Slim at the Ships of the Sea Museum the night before the race. I’m not sure how smart that is, but when in Rome...or Savannah, right?! Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be singing the National Anthem to kick off the race? I can’t wait!
Folks traveling into Savannah for this race are in for a real treat! For visitors, Savannah is a running destination and for us locals, it’s a runner’s playground - with so many beautiful sights and gems hidden around every corner! I like to describe the course as taking all the best parts from the various local races in town and merging them into one ideal, scenic run-tour that winds through the historic district into Ardsley Park, Daffin Park, the beautiful oak-lined Washington Avenue, and more. With about 70% of participants coming from out of town, I can’t wait to show off our city as runners explore Savannah on foot! Things to look out for: bright azaleas in full bloom, massive oak trees draped in Spanish moss, historic city squares, beautiful architecture, wrought-iron fences, Grayson Stadium, Forsyth and Daffin Parks, iconic Forsyth Park fountain, and an overabundance of Southern hospitality!
The race starts and finishes at Forsyth Park. The finish line chute is so cool as you run past Savannah’s iconic Forsyth Park fountain. Finishers will be greeted with a newly designed spinner medal and a nice refreshing mimosa, as well as other refreshments. Head on over to the lawn to stretch and rock out to one of Savannah’s favorite local bands, A Nickel Bag of Funk!
As one of this year’s local race Ambassadors, New Balance sent me some gear to product test and I’ve run several training runs in them - from my speedier track workouts to my easy-paced long runs and I’m totally digging my run outfit - from head to toe! The Perfect Tank is great for our weather. It’s super flattering and lightweight, and I really dig the ruching on the sides. Also I love that the color of the tank is called “azalea”. How fitting as they are in colorful bloom all across the city! It’s one of my favorite tanks right now. The midrise Impact 3-Inch Shorts are also really comfortable. I love the wide waistband! It does really “smooth” out your curves (nicer way to say it hides spare tires). There’s also a nifty zip pocket to hold your key or ID/cards/or fuel. The NB DRY technology on both The Perfect Tank and the Impact 3-Inch Shorts wick sweat away so you can enjoy your run. I already know that I’ll be picking up more of these tanks and shorts in different colors at the Fashion Fitness Expo!
I’m always weary about trying out new shoes, but the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 are so comfortable and provide just the right cushion. They are neutral cushioned and designed for fast speeds. I’ve done my tempo and track workouts in these shoes and there is so much comfort and cushion packed in one incredibly light shoe!
You can check these out and more at the Fashion Fitness Expo on Friday, April 1 at the Desoto Savannah Hilton. I’ll be volunteering the 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm shift so find me and say hello! I can’t wait to get my hands on that tote bag and do some shopping too :) This expo is unlike any other race expos. In addition to selling all of the awesome New Balance gear, this expo offers more of a boutique experience offering some of Savannah’s local flavors. Come check out local vendors such as Satchel (they do the leather cuffs for winners of the top 3 in each groups), T's Bees (honey), Nourish (soaps), and more! If you’re coming into town early, Fleet Feet is hosting a Girls’ Night Out on Thurs, March 31 with an optional fun run, a fashion show and sneak peak of the New Balance apparel, bra fittings, raffles and prizes, and refreshments. The first 100 guests to RSVP will receive a gift!
Also before you skip town on Sunday, April 3rd, make sure you do a little more stretching with free yoga at Ellis Square from 9:00 - 10:00 AM! Bring your mat and melt away in one of Savannah's beautiful squares!
This is going to be one great weekend! Stay tuned and I’ll keep you up-to-date on all the activities leading up to race day!
If you look up the idiom "on-the-run", it means to constantly travel or moving from place to place. Welcome to my life! I get asked the question - "Do you ever sleep?" at least once a week. The truth is - I am always on the run. My weeks are filled with work, training runs, dropping kids off to school and extra curricular activities, traveling out-of-town for races and soccer games, theatre rehearsals, civic duties - you name it. In addition to being an avid runner, I'm a happily married wife, mother of two, an actress, singer, a Fleet Feet CREW coach, and work full time as the Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. I love being on the run!