The day of 2 many 5Ks

Saturday, June 12, Bobby and I left Memphis at 5:00am to drive to Selmer for the Rockabilly 5k. We got there in plenty of time for the 8:00am race. I’d say about 30-40 people turned out to run & walk.
I was pleasantly surprised that the Selmer Parks and Recreation had indeed received my mailed-in registration. I’d called them a few days before the race because my check still hadn’t been cached yet after 2 weeks of mailing. There was a lot of confusion when I called – Only one person could tell me if they’d received my registration and she wasn’t there. The day before the race after a few more calls I was assured they had my forms and check (they just were holding on to it…for some reason).
Mom, Dad and Aunt Katie came out to watch and take pictures. The weather was warm, but not bad. Course was well laid out, easy and the roads were blocked off from traffic. I surprised myself my finishing at 25:47 – more than a minute off my old 5K PR! Bobby (who ran me in) was the VERY FIRST ONE to finish the race at 18:30 – more than a minute and a half off his old 5K PR! I ended up getting second in my age group (26-35) and got my first ever running trophy. Bad news was the trophies got messed up and all us 26-35 women winners got no plates on our trophies. Selmer Parks and Rec said they send us plates, but doubtful that would happen.
We’ll definitely come back next year for the Rockabilly 5k (Have to defend our titles!) Hopefully the race organizers will have a some more of the kinks worked out for their 3rd year. Maybe next year I can get Bobby to stay for a while afterward and look at the neat antique cars they had on display as part of the Rockabilly Festival.
So then we came back to Memphis, relaxed, and did the Gibson 5k that night at 7pm! There were a few more people at that race (Ummmm, try 1,000+) and it was a LOT hotter. It showed in our times too. I ran 30 minutes-something and Bobby ran 21 minutes-something. But the after-race festivities were great: top of the Gibson Guitar Factory building downtown with all the food and drink you wanted. No trophies for us at this 5k, though.
PS: Gibson ran out of small tshirts – when will this madness end? That’s 3 races now this year!

St. Jude Memphis Marathon – Registration Now Open!

www.stjudemarathon.org
The countdown has already begun! (Check out the new countdown clock on the St. Jude Marathon home page that Bobby personally requested last year!

Online registration is now open – The sooner you register the more you save!

Yours truly has already been signed up by Mr. Bobby…for the full marathon!!! Eeeek! Will I be able to do it?

Register before September 1:
Marathon: $85 (Cap is 3,500)

Half Marathon: $60 (Cap is 8,100)

Memphis Grizzlies House 5K: $30 (Cap is 4,000)
Family Race – each parent: $15 (Cap is 500 families)
Family Race – each child: $10 (Cap is 500 families)

Youth Villages 5k – Have YOU signed up yet?

Have you signed up the Youth Villages 5k yet? It’s only the 5k that started it all (for me) and is one of the best in Memphis!

You say you haven’t signed up yet?! Then consider joining team Keller Williams Memphis East and helping us reach our goal for the kids of Youth Villages. Realtor Carrie McCaskill Smith is our team captain (the Youth Villages 5k is sponsored by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors).

The race is in East Memphis, starting at the Ridgeway Center and going through some nice neighborhoods. It is a big race with lots of hot dogs, chips, beer and a band afterward.

Cost:

  • Walker/Runner = $18
  • MRTC Walker/Runner = $17
  • Child/Student Walker/Runner = $13
  • Spirit Runner = $15

This will be my 3rd year in the Youth Villages 5k!

Bunny Run – Results

You couldn’t have had better weather for the Bunny Run this Saturday!

Bobby and I got there a little later than we would have liked. Went to get our shirts. Again, hate to complain, but…out of adult smalls…again. Haha, second race in a row. We are really going to have to start picking up our packets the day before if it is an option or getting there super early. Or please, race directors, order more smalls – Obviously it is an issue. But worked out pretty well because the youth large fit nicely.

I ran the shirts back to the truck. No race numbers at this race, which surprised me because there were a tons of folks there – over 700! Tried to find Ashley at the start, but too crowded.

During the first mile on Perkins a guy passed me who looked familiar from the back. “That guy kinda looks like Brett!” I thought, “Nah, his hair is way too long”. I’d find out it was him when I got to the finish line – Doh!

I was going pretty fast for me – the same pace as the Daffodil Dash 3 miler, at which I’d done really well (but didn’t could as a PR since it was only 3 miles). After reaching mile 2 I was getting tired. I’d stayed up late the night before and my stomach felt a little blergh. I was on Southern, just before mile 3, and I considered walking. I was facing the sun, had forgotten my sunglasses and just didn’t feel that great. I was almost at the end, but I hadn’t seen that “Mile 3” sign yet. Then I saw Bobby walking back from the finish line and cheering me on. “I can’t start walking now!” I thought. I knew I was close too if Bobby was walking back. Shortly I saw the 3 mile sign and was able to pick up the pace just a little bit. I finished at 26:59, beating my old 5k PR of 29:07 by leaps and bounds.

Saw James and Brett at the finish line (Keshia had to work that day). Ashley finished shortly thereafter with a new PR herself – yay! We walked over and ate these amazing things that looked like corn dogs, except had a sausage in the middle instead called “Pancake-On-A-Stick”. The Bunny Run had the best breakfast food ever at a race and is now in the running for best food at a race.

Winners were announced and Bobby got 2nd in his age group with a time of 20:13! Nathan got 3rd in his age group with 20:49!

A great race, great fun, great food and great friends.

Hop…Like a Bunny!

Bobby and I are signed up for the Bunny Run 5k this Saturday, April 3 at 9am.

At the Daffodil Dash we saw folks with flower petal headbands – who will we see with bunny ears?

Location: Around Audubon Park. Starting line at Oak Court Drive and Southern Avenue (park in Oak Court Mall parking lot).

Format: 5-kilometer run/walk around Audubon Park. Runners begin at 9:00 a.m. Walkers start immediately afterward. 1 mile Family Fun Run after race starts.

Registration:

  • $10 – All Children age 10 and under (including children with special needs)
  • $18 – MRTC members (Pre-Registration ONLY)
  • $20 – Pre-Registration for Non-MRTC members
  • $23 – Race Day Registration (all runners or registrants)

A great family event including children’s games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and great food and prizes – Fun for the whole family, so bring the kiddies!