Wow! How crazy that 2014 is coming to an end. This year has been such a blur. I signed up earlier in the year for Fleet Feet's Lucky 13 race series and the Enmark Savannah Bridge Run was 1 of 3 mandatory races in the program. With a 5.5% grade, the bridge run is challenging and there are so many people - advanced and newbies who come out and push themselves on Savannah's toughest (and only) hill - the Talmadge Memorial bridge. This year, I helped coach a 10-week bridge run training program through Fleet Feet's CREW on Tuesday and Friday mornings. It was nice to see and hear all the excitement this past Friday morning as we gathered for coffee and breakfast. It's awesome to see a runner's confidence build after weeks of training and our CREW was more than ready to dominate the bridge on Saturday morning.
This was my 2nd year of doing the double pump - running both the 5K and 10K - which means you run 3 times over the bridge. I was even featured as the Runner Profile in this year's race booklet. How awesome is that?! As one of my most favorite races in town, I decided to focus on fun and really take it easy for the last race of the season. I ran with my local chapter of Moms Run This Town (MRTT) - a free running group geared toward moms (I use that term loosely since it's really open to any ladies). It's a very empowering group and one that motivates and inspires. I sign up for races all the time due to the excitement and conversation that builds up after talking to these ladies. You start to feel invincible and can do anything - which is how I came to sign up for my first 24-hour run - the Delirium coming up in February. Anyways, I digress. My point is that it's an awesome group of ladies who all share the same passion in running.
Last year, we all dressed up as various forms of Wonder Woman and took 1st place in the costume contest. This year, we went with Rosie the Riveter. I loved the concept (and I'm kind of bias since I'm the one that pitched it). We didn't win this year, but we still placed 3rd. The Savannah Tri team won 1st place as "Tybee Watch". They were a hoot! Seeing Todd dress up as Pamela Anderson sealed the deal! 2nd place was amazing! They were dressed as "Cool Runnings" and they actually ran and carried a luge! They put a lot of work and effort into their costumes and it showed. Even though we didn't win, I loved dressing up as Rosie. It was so much fun and I think we truly showed spirit on the course. It really encompasses our group as a whole - We Can Do It! These ladies sign up for races - from ultras to 5Ks and they get it done! There are road trips planned for destination races to carpooling to local races in town. You'll always find an MRTT showing at any run. Last year's winnings were spent on a tent and cooler to set up for races. These ladies have so much spirit that they will come out and stay up all night at an ultra marathon just to offer support to runners on the course. It's truly amazing.
The Rosie costume was simple and perfect for a group this large. We all went out and got our denim shirts on our own and Katie, one of the chapter leaders, supplied us with the vinyls to iron on to our shirts. Another MRTT member sold the polka dot headbands we wore for the race. Saturday morning was a blast as we all gathered together - a crowd full of Rosies with our red-stained lips, denim shirts with "We Can Do It" on our backs, and our red headbands. There were so many photo opportunities and we totally ate it up. I'm loving all the pictures posted!
I ran with Jacy and Katie for the 5K. We waited near the Thunderbird Inn (close to the finish) to run in with as many other Rosies as we could before the 10K started. We laughed, joked, and had so much fun playing up to all the photographers on the course. The goal was to have fun and fun we did have! I could hear the awesomeness of CUSSES blaring from the speakers as we crossed the finish line. I just wanted to jam out at the after-party with a beer in hand and eat some of that yummy brunswick stew, but we headed over to the 10K start line to finish out our double pump.
While running the 10K, we made a pit stop at Coffee Fox (I love that place) so Jacy could use the bathroom. We had been talking about drinking beer the whole time that we ended up buying a beer and then chugged it down so that we could catch up to the back of the race. Talk about a beer mile! We just started the 10K and hadn't even reached the first mile yet. We joked and laughed and ran until we caught up to the back of the race. We caught up with our friend Kelley, dressed as one of the Runaway Brides and told her about our pit stop. We decided that we'd all stop again at the Chevron before we hit the bridge to do another beer chug before we made the trek up the big ole hill. Victoria and the crew were cheering us on and we were feeling so energetic! So energetic that I managed to do a few cartwheels on the bridge :) We had so much fun cheering on all the runners who were making their way back to the finish line. I don't think I've laughed and smiled that much in a race before. To say I had fun is an understatement. It was pure happiness. Sometimes it's not all about winning or beating a time. Sometimes it's about just having fun, smiling along the way, sharing laughter with those around you, and encouraging others along the route. What a way to end the racing season! But now that the year is coming to a close, it's time to get focused again!
I hope you guys have started thinking about next year's race plans! We're already kicking off training for the Publix Women's Half Marathon & 5K this Tuesday. It's not too late to sign up! See you out on the road!
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!