Race Report: Wicked Wine Run Nashville – August 29, 2015

Amanda and I had had our eye on this fun run for over a year. When they finally announced a Nashville date, we were in! They offer two distances: a 5k run where you get a glass of wine at the end or a 1k walk where you get to taste several different wines on the course. We decided to do both, of course!

The event was held at Tap Root Farms down in Franklin. There was a line of traffic leading up to parking and I was afraid I was cutting it close, so I jumped out of the car to let Jonathan finish parking while I went to find Amanda who was waiting in line for me at packet pickup.

Thankfully, packet pickup went quickly, we met back up with Jonathan, who set up a lawn chair and bought a bottle of wine to enjoy while we were on the 5k course.

The email they sent out stated the following, “The course is a TRAIL COURSE. IT IS NOT on a road/paved surface. It is a hiking trail, so expect terrain that is more typical of hiking instead of a typical road 5K. There are a few roots, rocks and foot-bridges.” A fair warning to anyone that may do this in the future: they made this trail quite possibly the morning of the run. No one had ever run on it before; it was fresh. That means there were not “a few roots [and] rocks”, the entire course was roots and rocks and things that will trip you. It was not a normal running trail (or hiking trail, for that matter). It was basically impossible to run. Don’t expect to.

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The grass portions weren’t bad, just crowded.

We ran as much as we possibly could, but the trail was narrow and nearly everyone was walking, so even when there wasn’t a ton of stuff on the ground, there were people in the way. But this was a fun run and not timed, so it’s not like it super mattered, unless you were just counting on it being your run for the day.

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I think they tried to spray paint some of the things that might trip you.

We finally came through the finish (after about an hour!) and got our glass of wine. Yes, you do actually get a real glass, which was pretty nice.

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We totally thought they didn’t get a picture of us, but apparently they did.

After drinking some more wine with Jonathan, it was finally time to line back up for the 1k walk. I’m writing this race report waaaay too long after the event to actually remember what types of wine they had out on the course, but we did get another keepsake glass at the finish of the walk as well.

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Yay, wine!

We stuck around for a bit, finished off another bottle of wine and got some food at one of the food trucks that was around.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad event, just as long as you are expecting to not run the majority of the time. 🙂 I will leave you with this short video I shot of the trail (sorry that it’s vertical!!):

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Race Report: The Color Run Night – August 15, 2015

I’ve done two Color Runs before (spring 2013 and fall 2013), but I signed up for this on a whim because it was so cheap when they first started advertising it.

I’d never done a nighttime run before (since the Electric Run cancelled last year), but with it being a fun run and not for time, I didn’t really watch what I ate all day or anything like that. Actually, we went canoeing earlier in the day and alcohol was consumed, and then we went to a birthday party where I ate a lot of cake.

The run was located at the Nashville fairgrounds and was on a mix of pavement and grass. Probably more grass than pavement. They were playing pretty decent music, although you couldn’t hear it for most of the run.

I wasn’t feeling all that wonderful to be running (see alcohol and cake, above) so we walked every so often but ran most of it and at a pretty decent pace. It wasn’t terribly congested, like the previous two Color Runs I’ve done. That said, I didn’t actually track the run, so I’m only guessing that it was a decent pace based on what I was feeling and I wasn’t feeling great, so who knows.

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Jonathan did make me run at his pace for like 30 seconds and I about died.

I don’t remember how many color stations there were, but I don’t feel like we got as much color on us while going through them than in the daytime runs. But I liked the blacklights and the bubbles.

At the end, we got a medal and a pouch of color which we dumped all over each other. We hung out for about, oh, two minutes before I decided I wanted to take a shower and lie down.

All in all, it was a pretty fun run. I’d do it again with a large group.

Race Report: Warrior Dash – October 4, 2014

I don’t know how I got talked into this, as mud is definitely not my thing, but I found myself in Pulaski, Tennessee, shivering in 50 degree weather while covered in it.

The Warrior Dash is a 5kish (ours was 3.6 miles) obstacle course fun run (meaning it is not timed). As far as obstacle mud runs go, from what I understand, it is one of the easier ones, meaning you can probably do most of it without specifically training for it, even if you aren’t in shape, and you can just walk around obstacles you don’t want to do. (I heard in the Spartan Race, they make you do burpees if you pass an obstacle!) Anyway, most of our group stayed together to help each other through things, so we took our sweet time getting through the event.

Our wave was at 11:45am. This was a good time so we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to make the nearly two hour trip down to Pulaski from Nashville.

Packet pickup was easy. They gave us our bib, shirt, and warrior hat. After dumping all but our bibs back in our cars, we headed toward the start line.

Our wave started promptly at 11:45. And we were greeted by the most gigantic hill I have ever seen. While we all started off running, one by one, we all slowed to a walk. (Except Jonathan, who decided to power up the mountain, but then had to wait for us. I think he regretted that a little the next day when his legs were sore for his soccer game!) A few more hills later, we were at our first obstacle: the mud mounds.

You climb up a small hill of mud, then down a hill of mud into a mud pit and then somehow have to climb out of the mud pit. I must have picked the non-rocky side because there was nothing to get a hold of on the way out. Jonathan came back to check on me and had to help me out, since I just kept sliding back in. Yum!

We ran to catch up with the rest of the group, then it was on to obstacle two. Now, I had checked out the list of obstacles that were going to be there ahead of time (they change for every location), and this one was not on it. According to the website, it is called Deadman’s Drop. You climb up a vertical wall, then you have to go over an overhang to climb down the other side. Overhangs in rock climbing are my nemesis (I always fall), and I had nothing keeping me from falling to the ground here. I got to the top, and could not figure out a way to get my short legs over that overhang without falling to my death. So I climbed down and went around it.

We had one girl in our group who is a few inches shorter than me. She luckily had someone help her over that thing.

I don’t remember the order of the next few obstacles. Most things either had you climbing over a wall or crawling on the ground. We went over the Diesel Dome, which looked kind of like a wooden domed jungle gym. It didn’t seem so bad till you got to the top and all the wood planks to get across to the other side were forever apart. There was Storming Normandy, where we had to crawl under real barbed wire, and the Trenches where we had to crawl through tunnels of mud. (My knees were being tortured.) Two x Fall wasn’t bad; it was just a balance obstacle with a couple of shortish walls to climb over. On one of the obstacles, I had to get a random stranger to boost me up over some walls because my short legs just wouldn’t reach! Some things were definitely tall-people friendly.

Around the middle of the race, we reached Alcatraz, which involved wading out in some waist-deep water to a floating thing covered with a cargo net. You walk across it, then jump back in the water (then practically neck-deep on me) to get to the other side of the shore.

Thankfully, it seemed like they stacked the harder obstacles at the front of the race because most of the last ones were pretty easy. There was the Warrior Peak, where you use rope to climb up a slanted wall and back down the other side. Then the Warrior Roast, where you jump over the fire.

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warrior dash warrior roast

The second to last obstacle was Goliath. You climbed up a net, then over a wall. Then there was a rope net horizontally to crawl across. I just rolled across it; must less chance of falling through to the hard ground below. After that, you got to slide down into a pit of water. I didn’t really expect the water to be deep, but I went underwater! Brr!

warrior dash goliath cargo climb

We were all nice and clean from the water at that point, when we came up on the last obstacle: Muddy Mayhem. It’s a mud pit with barbed wire across it, so you have to duck down underneath it, virtually covering your entire body in mud. Also, I don’t want to know what was in that pit.

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Swamp Monster!

We all made it out of the mud, then ran to the finish line. I was expecting a nice finish line pic, but they were handing out medals BEFORE the actual finish, so I had to stop and wait for one before I could cross. I think we ended up taking about an hour and a half total.

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Our very muddy team! (Minus two people who ran ahead of everyone.)

Overall, it was pretty fun. It would have been more fun had it not been the coldest day in the past six months, but you warmed up pretty well while running. It was just bad at the end when you were done running and covered in mud.

We didn’t have to wait much for most of the obstacles, and I enjoyed just jogging/walking along with everyone and not worrying about time. Nothing was really hard physically (except maybe that initial hill!), just several obstacles with a “fear factor”: falling, contracting tetanus from barbed wire, etc. I only skipped the one obstacle, due to my shorty legs, though I think I could have made it over that one had someone been on the other side to help me over or if I weren’t so concerned about hurting myself right before I’m supposed to start half training. There were some fun downhill sections through the woods where you couldn’t stop running (GET OUT OF THE WAY, people slowly climbing down. I CANNOT STOP AND I WILL HIT YOU), even if it was mildly uncomfortable due to the inevitable rocks in your shoes from wading through water and mud.

I super appreciate that the photos are free, although it’s a little weird that all the photographers were concentrated at the end. I might have liked one from the balance obstacle or Alcatraz!

Would I do it again? Probably not (especially if I don’t have someone else footing the bill for it…it’s pretty pricey!), but, as I said, I’m not a huge fan of mud. It was definitely a good experience, though!

Race Report: The Color Run – October 13, 2013

The Color Run is even more fun the second time around!

Since I had done the Color Run last spring, I knew what I was getting into and what I wanted to accomplish. I knew that I liked blue, pink, and purple (which all stay pretty vibrant), and I wanted to stay away from green, yellow, and orange (all of which I think have a tendency to make the colors look brown). I also had purchased a waterproof iPhone case, so I could bring my phone through for photos without worrying about it.

My outfit choice was a colorful skirt from RunningSkirts paired with the same Color Run tee as last time. You can see how well the color washes out of it, since it had sat in my bathroom for over six months without being washed and then I washed it the day before the run for the first time. I also put some blue hair extension clips in my hair, from a faerie costume I made years back.

Here’s our team’s before shot!

The Color Run - before

Carson, Hannah, Amanda, me, Daniel, and Jessica

We had signed up for the early 9am spot, but a few team members were running late, so we didn’t get on the course till 9:20 or so. It was the same course as last time, with the colors in roughly the same areas. The only real difference was that instead of orange being cornstarch, it was liquid, which didn’t matter much to me, since orange was one of the colors I was avoiding.

We jogged along (or I jogged along while some of the team walked), but it started to get really awesome when we hit pink! I even laid down to cover my back in pink (which mixed with the orange liquid that got sprayed on my back, formed a dark red…boo!).

Pink at the Color Run

Pink selfie!

Then we made it to the blue, and I faceplanted (on purpose) to cover my front in blue. By the time we reached the finish line (a leisurely 45 minutes after we started), I was pretty well colored, but it wasn’t over. We still had our color packs, and Daniel had purple! I instructed him to dump some on my head.

The Color Run - after

Post purplization.

One disappointing thing about the fall’s run is what seemed to be a lack of professional photographers. There weren’t any even stationed at the backdrop like last time, so we had to get other people to take our photos. Luckily, they were people my friend Jessica knew, so I didn’t feel too bad about making them take 10 different jump shots.

The Color Run - after

I think this was take three.

I did manage to not inhale/ingest as much color this time, so after I took a bath (which turned out awesomely half-blue, half-purple), I didn’t have much issue with color turning up weird places over the next few days. Still love the Color Run!

Race Report: The Zombie Run – September 29, 2013

Continuing my catchup on race reports…

My friend Lauren talked me into doing the Zombie Run a couple months ago with her and her husband. Neither of them are runners, so I went into it knowing that we would probably be walking a lot.

It was held at Shelby Bottoms with a 4pm starting time to allow the zombies to have their transformations into the undead completed. We were running as humans, as the zombies in this race don’t actually run, but just stand around waiting for runners to come by.

We arrived and went through check-in smoothly. I decided to put on the race tee, so I switched out shirts. There was no bag check, but they had given us all backpacks, so all my stuff got put in there. Note to self: I hate running with a backpack.

The start was a little late, but soon we were off. One thing they did really well was the whole cinematic effect. During the first half mile or so, you run by set-ups of people in lab coats screaming to turn around and go back, that there’s been an infestation! Then you pass by some more people in lab coats lying on the ground, dead. Finally, you reach the zombies.

In this race, each person has three life ribbons hanging off a belt. Once your life ribbons were gone, then I guess you are dead, though you get to keep running. Zombies were positioned across the trail, about three per spot and attempt to grab your ribbons. The ribbons on each side of me got taken pretty quickly, but the one in back eluded the zombies for a while.

After a water stop, we began mile two. My strategy was to casually jog up to the zombies, as if I were out of ribbons, and then sprint past them. This is exactly what I did when a zombie came out of nowhere and got my last ribbon! So with only one mile down and two to go, all three of us were the running dead.

The theming was the best part of the race. The water stations were labeled as “vaccination stations” and there were setups like a school bus full of zombies that we ran by.

I walked with Lauren and Chris most of the way, pushing them to run the downhills at least. With a half mile to go, I took off and left them. Sorry guys! Although that was mostly spent dodging all the other people that were walking and taking up the whole trail walking side-by-side.

Overall it was pretty fun, but I think there were way too many zombies on the course. It would be better if they were more spread out too, instead of clustered in groups. It was pretty impossible to make it all the way through with your life ribbons without cheating and getting more or hiding them in your pockets.

The Zombie Run