Run the Rocks 10K + Publix Half Marathon + Meet The Trainer

If you couldn’t already tell from the title, today is an action-packed day at Better With Veggies! You probably remember that I ran TWO races this weekend – neither for time, both for fun! I also participated in this week’s Tuesday Trainer video, where you can hear me talk about my most embarrassing workout moment (among other things). Let’s start with the first race of the weekend:

Run the Rocks 10K

Saturday was the first race of the weekend, which was also my first trail race of the year. It was also my second trail race ever – I’m really enjoying trail racing and can’t wait for the rest of the series!

Dirty Spokes hosts great trail races in the Southeast. Both races I have done are very well organized (although the distances can be unreliable) and on beautiful trails around Atlanta!

I overestimated the amount of time it would take me to drive to Conyers, so I arrived at the race over an hour before the start. I am not an early arriver to races, especially running races, so I was bored out of my mind! Luckily I had twitter and facebook to keep me entertained as I stayed warm in the car.

Pre-Race: Running the Rocks

I parked right by the start, so I put on my running shoes and started getting ready just 20 minutes before the race began. As soon as I slipped on my normal shoes, the throbbing pain came back in my right pinkie toe (remember that from the marathon?)– apparently, my toe is still swollen. Dang! I had brought my performance shoes as a backup (Nike LunarGlide) and slipped those on instead. Not exactly trail shoes, but they worked!

Dirty Spokes posted a video of the race on Saturday night – so you can even see me racing at two different places around the course: 4:36 & 8:41! Look for me in the pink shirt and grey skirt.


I loved this trail! There were nice wide double-track sections, with plenty of room to spread out; followed by easy to moderately-technical stretches of single-track sections. I caught up with my friend, Jenn, a few miles in and made a deal with myself NOT to pass her. “This is NOT a race, I am having fun”. I had to keep repeating this at several portions of the race and reigned it back in. “Enjoy the scenery (just a little!).” But not too much, because I didn’t want to trip and fall today — I have another race tomorrow!

Jenn, on the other hand, earned 3rd place in our age group and some nice hardware!!

Post-Race: Running the Rocks

My finish time? 56:52 (4th place/10)


Publix Half Marathon

The downside of two races in one weekend, no chance to sleep in! Time to get used to weekend morning training again, anyway. =) In contrast to Saturday’s early arrival, I pulled into the parking deck at 6:45AM for a 7AM start. I dropped Kirk off, since he was actually racing, but still made it to my corral in time to ask a stranger to take the photo below and upload to twitter & facebook. Impressive right?!

Publix Marathon in a Tutu

Just a minute after the gun went off, I was crossing the start line! Running in a tutu is AWESOME!! It’s funny that such a silly thing can be bring so much joy, but the extra cheering made this the most fun race I have ever done.

The first 6 miles flew by. This stretch of the race is fairly downhill and tends to be quick every year.

Edited: Since both Lee and Kirk disagree with my “fairly downhill” statement, I’m adding the elevation profile to let you make your own decision. :) I still think it’s relatively downhill – look at the end of the race.

Publix Half Marathon Elevation



I was running by feel and with every passing mile marker, I knew I was running a little faster than I should. My math skills aren’t great while I run either and running without my Garmin was tough! I need a new Garmin that works!

Around mile 4 or 5, I heard a few people near me talking about the time and that they were running about a 8:30 pace. Uh – that’s too fast for me today – oops! I finally forced myself to slow way down and enjoy the course. The end of this course is hilly enough that I knew my 2 weeks post-marathon + 6 mile train run legs were going to be unhappy if I didn’t slow down.

Publix Half Marathon Photo 1

It was so much fun hearing “Go Tutu!” or “Love the Tutu” along the course. And the little kids pointing and clapping – that was pretty cool too! The tutu was actually really comfortable – it held my knock-off Spibelt in place. Note to self: take more time looking for a Spibelt at a race expo – the knock-off variety is not as good. Another product I obviously need to review! :)

Around mile 9, I started to feel my feet talking to me. I don’t run in these performance shoes for longer than 8 miles and I could feel the lack of cushioning. Nothing terrible, but it was there. I stopped around 9 miles to use the bathroom, thank goodness for no lines! This is also around the time that I know Laura was out cheering us on, but sadly I missed her. :(

Publix Half Marathon Photo 2

After mile 12, I was ready to be done. My legs were feeling a little heavy and I was relieved to think I only had a little over a mile left. As I crossed the finish line in 1:57:28, I was incredibly grateful at how far I have come. I can’t believe that a ‘”just run” race, the day after a trail race, 2 weeks after a marathon, with no goals, is still under 2 hours!

After the race, I had a great time chatting with Tina, Lindsay, & Lee, other running friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and dropping by the Team 65 Roses tent!

As I mentioned 83832730 times since the race – running in a tutu was SO awesome! It rubbed against my hands at the start of the race, but settled down a few miles in and I barely noticed it after that. I think this might need to be a new race outfit for me more often! I’m thinking the next addition to the outfit is a Better With Veggies race shirt. :)

The Verdict on a 2 Race Weekend

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel running two races in one weekend, but I actually had a LOT of fun. They key is understanding the difference between races of different priorities – of which these were both “C” races. They were fun, no goals, just an event on the calendar to enjoy! I would race back-to-back again in a heartbeat, especially when followed by hanging out with awesome friends!

Tuesday Trainer – Meet the Trainer

In case you’re not tired of me yet – I also shared a “Meet the Trainer” video on Lindsay’s List today for this week’s Tuesday Trainer. Head on over and check out my video and the other awesome ladies who submitted videos this week. How come I haven’t seen any guys participating in this fun feature yet?!


Questions for you:

  • Do you race for fun or only when you plan to PR?
  • Do you enjoy racing or is it a point of stress for you?
  • Have you ever (or would you ever) race twice in one weekend?

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  1. Malinda says

    That tutu is awesome!!! Did it make you feel like dancing, too? LOL!!!
    PS> Big Peach put me in a pair of Brooks to see if that helps my issues. They also put me on the treadmill to watch my gait and such. Apparently I should be at 180 steps/min…I was at 158. I ran with a metronome yesterday to try and make adjustments…uh, that was weird. :-)

    • says

      It did – and smiling. You can’t be frowny or grumpy while wearing a just can’t ! 😉

      I really hope the new shoes help! I didn’t even think about your running cadence, good call on their part. Let me know how things feel!

    • says

      Kirk said the same thing – it seems mostly downhill to me, because the end seems so uphill. I even added the elevation map to the post for you. :)

  2. says

    awesome race weekend, my friend!

    when I was running races a lot in college, I would wear my tennis skirts with the fun unders (they were bright colors or ruffled or sequined) and people always cheered me on. :) you definitely need to keep the tutu!
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    • says

      What a cute idea – you need to pull out a picture of that skirt/fun under combo – sounds so cute!! I think the tutu is here to stay – don’t you worry. 😉

  3. says

    Congratulations! That truly takes dedication. I admire your commitment to fitness. Lately, I seem to go to the gym consistently for a couple of weeks, then take a week or so off…then repeat. I’m hoping now that we have warmer weather around here I can get outside for some activity.

    • says

      Thanks Joann! I had a hard time staying motivated just at the gym, you have to find what works for you. What get’s you excited and helps you to stay focused? The warmer outdoor weather does help some people! =)

  4. says

    Love the tutu!! Glad you had so much fun racing back to back. I don’t know that I could do two in one weekend, but I do enjoy racing. It gives me more motivation than I have when just running on my own and I tend to go faster and be less likely to want to give up. I definitely have silent goals for myself, but I’ve found when I just run for fun and only focus on finishing that I do much better than trying to reach a certain time. :)
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    • says

      I’ve been running for over 10 years and it’s the first back-to-back race I’ve done – it probably takes a certain amount of craziness. :) I know exactly what you mean about having silent goals, but focusing on fun – I usually race better that way too!

  5. says

    holy cow two races in one weekend? you’re even more hardcore than i initially thought! 😉 i do think racing is fun and i wouldn’t do it otherwise… one time i did two races in one weekend… a 5k and a 10 miler.. so not quite as badass as you, but still a lot for me! hehe
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    • says

      Or crazy – however you want to call it. I like hardcore though. :) A 5K and 10 miler could be even harder – the shorter the race, the faster the pace!

    • says

      Thanks Maggie! Running in a tutu is where it’s at – too bad it took me so long to try it! So glad you found the blog and I hope to see you around. :)


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