The Year of 40 Race Schedule

Saturday, August 27, 2016

"The Year of 40" Race Number 27: Brooklet 5K Peanut Run

I hit an area 5K for race number 27.  There was acutally quite a large field, over 300 runners, which I did not expect. The race started early at 7:00am which was awesome since the temperatures rise quickly in our area during the Summer. Managed a 3rd place age-group finish (40-44) when all was said and done. And by the way, I did this race basically fasted. The only thing I had before running was some water and a shot of my pre-workout ENERGIZE from the Beachbody Performance line.  Based on the distance, how you train, and condition your body, it's not always necessary to "fuel up" before a run.

"The Year of 40" Race Number 26: Tour de Ford 10-Miler

Completed race number 26 a couple of weeks ago. This was definitely a highlight race for "The Year of 40" so far. It was a 10 mile run through the exclusive Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, GA.  Famous for being the vacation home of Henry Ford, it's now an upscale living community with some amazing river front views and beautiful, grand live oaks.  The course took us from the starting point in front of the Ford Mansion, out through the land bridge that went out and back into the river, through the living community, and finishing up with a final leg up the grass covered entry way back to the mansion. Weather wise it was a bit tough, as it heated up quickly and as is the case in south Georgia this time of year the humidity was high. I held out ok until mile 8 when my right calf cramped up and required a rest period of several minutes.  The final 2 miles were a combination of walking and "shuffle" running which of course totally derailed my time, but in the end I finished and did so standing on my own two feet!  It was still one of the most enjoyable runs I've had this year thanks to the uniqueness of the course/location. Plus, it was my first race in the 40 and above age division!

Friday, August 12, 2016

"The Year of 40" Race Number 25: Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K

Completed race number 25 the day before I turned 40 a few weeks ago. The "Red Hot Chili Pepper" 5K lived up to its name.  It was warm and muggy by the time the race was underway. Made it through and finished, which is always goal #1!