Tuesday, May 19, 2015

3rd Annual Fox Trot for Parkinson's Research 5k Run

I know we have been pretty radio silent here on Team G Shock. As I mentioned in one of the last posts, Nate and I have been busy preparing for Baby Towne’s arrival (just a few weeks away now!!), so our running time has been minimal. And by minimal I mean non-existent. I have been sidelined for obvious reasons, and since our next race will be race #50, we wanted to wait until we could both run it together! Hard to believe this little idea that started with 10 races is almost to 50! Whew. Who would have guessed that two people who weren’t runners (and their very supportive family and friends) could have knocked out so many races?? We’re excited to get it up and going once baby boy gets here!

In the meantime, our family has kept up the running, which is great! Back in March, my brother Drew and our niece Lily ran a race in WV and we couldn’t miss posting about it. We love when people get out there in their Team G Shock shirts, and were even more excited that it was Lily’s very first race! She’s been a cheerleader for Team G Shock many times, so it is so fun that she finally got out there herself!

The race supported the Michael J. Fox foundation and Parkinson’s research in WV. It was held in downtown Charleston, and was followed up a Green Chili competition – yum!! Drew & Lily ran with some coworkers of Drew’s as part of the team “Capitol Domeheads” – they work together at the capitol building in Charleston!

Here are the official results:
106th place – Drew Ross – 45:02
107th place – Lily Ross – 45:02

And luckily, Drew’s Mom-in-Law Debbie was able to get some photos (thanks Debbie!!). 

Debbie, Lily, Jenny (and Baby Elayna!)

Lily, Drew, Jenny (and Baby Elayna!) before

Jenny (and Baby Elayna), Drew, and Lily after

 The Capitol Domeheads (source)

We are sorry for the lack of posts & activity, but we will be back! Some friends of mine are already looking at some longer races to run in the future, which I will need some time to prep for, but its fun to think about again! In the meantime, we'll be waiting on Baby Boy to make his arrival! 

Baby Boy's first baseball game with the Nashville Sounds!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Event #49 - Virginia Run Turkey Trot

For our 49th race, we made our way to Virginia for Thanskgiving, and ran the Virginia Run Turkey Trot with my family for the third time. It has become somewhat of a tradition for the Ross family, and this year was no exception! This year, my sister-in-law Jenny walked with me, while the guys all ran the race. The walk took a different course through the woods, so that was a nice relaxing walk for the two of us. It was a pretty cold day, so I would have almost rather have been running just to stay warm!

Nate, Dad, Geoff & Drew all ran, and did really well! The race was crowded as always (almost 3,000 people participated!), but they made their way through, and we were able to see a couple of them finish up after our walk.

Here are the official results:

Nate Towne – 476th place – 25:55
Joe Ross – 1,047th place – 29:45
Geoff Ross – 1,715th place – 33:56
Drew Ross – 2,232nd place – 40:00
Sara Towne – Walked
Jenny Parsons – Walked

And as usual, a few pictures from the day...

The runners before - Nate, Geoff, Drew & Dad

The walkers before - it was cold! Me & Jenny

Me & Nate before!

We had our own course for the walk!

The runners after! Nate, Geoff, Dad & Drew

The walkers after - still cold!

We had a great rest of the holiday at home with my family, and even got to bring Shelby with us, which is always fun. Since then we’ve been enjoying some time at home, and trying to stay warm through this frigid winter! 

More updates and races to come soon...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Event #48 - Breathe Deep Stache & Lash 5k

Another long overdue post, but the holidays flew by and here we are more than halfway through January, and I’ve still got 2 races to post about from NOVEMBER. Whoops! In fairness, we have had some distractions in the last few months, which have taken our minds elsewhere. It has also slowed me way down, which is why there have been fewer races. But all that to say, Nate & I are over the moon to say that we will be welcoming Baby Towne this coming June, and we can’t wait! J So for the next few updates, you will see that I participated, but by walking, and now you will know why!

The first race we are overdue for an update on, was The Breathe Deep Stache & Lash 5k that we ran as part of Team MLG with our friends Ryan & Becky Gardenhire. Hard to believe we have run almost 50 races! 

It was a nice day at the race, and Team MLG was well represented! Lucky for me, since I was walking, there were a number of other people walking (babies and dogs included!), so I had plenty of company. And Nate not only ran by himself (not that I can keep up with him much anymore), but he set ANOTHER PR! The race was at our favorite course, Shelby Park, and we generally have good runs there, so it wasn’t too much of a surprise, but he just keeps knocking down his PR time, which is fun to watch!

Here are the official results:
Nate Towne – 10th place – 24:54
Sara Towne – Walked 

And since I was walking, we got a lot of photos during the race to share...


Some support for Ryan & Team MLG along the way!

Nate in action!

More support for Team MLG & Ryan's Mama!

After with the PR star! 
And rockin' our Team MLG shirts!

Nate was pretty pleased with his PR.

Another long overdue update is coming soon, so don’t go too far! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gobble Gobble!

And the races just keep on coming! We are looking forward to the Breathe Deep Stache & Lash 5k this coming weekend, but are also looking past that to our next race!

A week from today, we will be running the Virginia Run Turkey Trot for the 3rd time (and race #49!). Well, this is the 3rd time for Nate & I, but this will be one of many runs on this course for Dad & Geoff! It's always a fun, and very well organized run, and a great way to start off a day full of food and family.

Hope everyone is looking forward to Turkey Day, and hope a few of you get out there for a trot of your own!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Finally...More Races!

Like I said, its been a while, but we are back with some more races on the calendar! First up will be the Breathe Deep Stache & Lash 5k, which we ran last Novemeber as well. We will once again be running with our good friends Ryan & Becky, as part of Team MLG. Their family has been personally touched by lung cancer, so we're happy to be able to do what we can to try to raise awareness and money for the cause! To read more about Ryan's story, check out his fundraising page. And if you are able to, please donate!

The race is next Saturday, November 22nd, so keep an eye out for some updates following that!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bottle & Cork 5k

It's been a while, but we're back with a few updates! Nate and I have been out of the run game for a while, but Team G Shock is still going strong! Over Labor Day weekend, Mom and Dad were up in Delaware, and as usual there was a race that weekend. Dad ran the Ten Sisters Bottle & Cork 5k in Dewey Beach that Saturday, and he even took his first selfies ever for the sake of the blog. :)

It was a warm day, and he ran a great race! Here are the results:

201st place - Joe Ross - 32:45

He also placed 4th in his age group, which is exciting! And as promised, here are Dad's first (and as he claims...worst) selfies ever! 



We have a couple of races coming up so we will get those updates posted soon!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The #IceBucketChallenge

Well, it was bound to happen, and it finally did. Nate & I got challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge, along with millions of other people around the world. While we do not have any direct ties to ALS, that didn't change our willingness to jump in. If nothing else, Team G Shock has shown us the generosity of family, friends and even strangers, so if someone asks, we'll do what we can. We did the challenge itself and made a donation, and hopefully a treatment or better yet, a cure, can be found sooner than later.

Here are some videos we found that better explain the reason behind the need for the challege than I ever could.

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvrjj8fKcxE#t=39

Watch this one all the way through..its worth it.
(warning, there is some adult language)

And here is the evidence of us doing the challenge ourselves. Nate's whole company (WME) was challenged by some of their clients, so all of the offices did it on the same day, and they put together this video to show it! It's hard to see Nate, but he's in the Nashville section in the back!

And here is me (and Shelby) taking the challenge! She didn't play along so well, other than to drink the ice water, but that wasn't a surprise to us!

Me & Shelby

If you are able to, please donate to alsa.org. While this challenge is fun and silly, the purpose is to find a cure, and hopefully all of the attention will get us closer to that!