Monday, March 24, 2014

Event #46 - Softball Sweethearts 5k

It has been a long time since we updated the blog, and we are way overdue for an update on our last race. In our defense, we left the country for a week not long after that race, so we fell a little behind in life for a bit. But, I'd say it was worth it.

This was real life. No filters. Amazing. 

But back to the race. On February 15th, Nate and I got up bright and early to make our way to the Hendersonville HS Softball Sweethearts 5k. It was a FREEZING morning, and it even snowed during the race! The race was put on by the HHS Softball team to benefit The Special Olympics, so there were a lot of girls from the team and their families at the race. The race started and finished at the high school and luckily we could huddle inside until the start. 

Once we got going, we learned something new about that area of Hendersonville - it's hilly! Between the cold, the hills, and our lack of training it was not our best race overall, but we had fun! Here are our official times:

Nate Towne - 9th place - 31:30
Sara Towne - 10th place - 31:49

We both finished 1st in our age group, and because it was Valentine's Day weekend, they had a few extra categories for prizes, one of which was Fastest Couple. While we were probably one of the only couples there, we'll take it! :) And our prize was definitely unexpected! 

Just what every couple needs!

Everyone at the race was so nice, and we were really happy to be able to support one of the local schools. And, we even made it into the local paper

The Hendersonville Standard

Some in-action photos! :)

We're keeping our eye out for some more races in the area, and hope to run another one soon! In the meantime, here are some other photos from race day!

Before the race....brrr!!

The ladies got roses at the finish line! 
Also, please notice the number of layers I'm wearing - it was COLD.

After! Thanks HHS Commandos for a great race!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We {heart} Race Weekend!

Happy Valentine's Day to all! We are celebrating this year in one of our favorite ways, with a 5K! We'll be running the Softball Sweetheart 5k here in Hendersonville on Saturday morning. We're excited to run a race in our new (ish) town.

We hope that everyone has a great Valentine's Day with those they love, and that all of our East Coast friends stay warm in all of their recent snow! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

World Cancer Day

Today, February 4th, 2014 is officially World Cancer Day. Plenty of people have cancer on their minds every single day, but this particular day is meant to educate and help get us one step closer to a world without cancer (wouldn't that be WONDERFUL??).

I am thinking of my Dad and all of the other cancer fighters out there today, and I hope you can take a moment to send happy thoughts to everyone out there fighting this disease. And if you are able, I hope you will consider doing something today, or tomorrow, or next month to help support cancer research and the mission to find a cure!

To learn more about our story, or to donate to Team G Shock follow this link. And be sure to check out other ways to help by visiting the World Cancer Day website!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Couple That Races Together, Stays Together...

This Valentine's Day weekend, Nate & I will be running our 46th race for Team G Shock. We never thought we would run that many races, but are so excited to keep it going!

We signed up for the Softball Sweetheart 5k, which will be our first race in Hendersonville since we moved up there last Spring! The race will benefit the Hendersonville High School softball team, along with the Special Olympics. We're excited to run a race close to home, and to celebrate Valentine's Day in a fun way!

There's an award for fastest overall couple, so we'll have to see how we do for that. It's been a while, but you never know!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Event #45 - Commitment Day 5k

We started 2014 off the best way possible...with a race! While we were away for the holidays, Nate got an email from our friend Eric. He was helping to plan the Commitment Day 5k, and asked us if we wanted to run. We didn't have any plans to party the night away on New Years Eve, and the race didn't start until 10am, so we signed up! 

We spent New Years Eve at a friends house, and celebrated East Coast midnight and then headed home to countdown with our pup (that's normal, right?). 

A peek into our crazy New Years Eve. 

On New Years Day we woke up and headed into town for the race. It was chilly, but luckily not as cold as it has been lately! Our friends Barrett and Christal and their son Clay were running too so we were excited to see them when we got there. The race is run all over the United States and supports committing to a healthy lifestyle in the new year. It is not a timed race so we decided to take it easy. 

The race took place on Vanderbilt's campus which was a nice (mostly flat) course. We ran with Barrett, Christal and Clay which was fun (and props to Barrett and Christal for pushing the stroller). 

Here are our unofficial results:
Nate Towne - 32:20 (ish)
Sara Towne - 32:20 (ish)

We had a great time and will definitely run this race again. We snapped some photos along the way, as usual, so enjoy those. :) 

Before the race. 

Ready for a happy 2014! 

The Sellers fam & us after! 

Happy 2014!

We love a good race mascot! 

We are looking into some upcoming races and will update those plans here soon! Hope everyone's year is off to a great start! 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year & a New Race!

Happy Holidays from Team G Shock! We have just returned from a great trip home to VA for Christmas, followed by another great trip to Orlando with lots of family! We had a great time with family friends but are excited to be back in Nashville with our pup!

We are having a pretty low-key New Years Eve tonight with a couple of friends (Mickey and Minnie wore us OUT!), but plan on starting 2014 out right! We will be running in the Commitment Day 5k here in Nashville with a few friends! The race will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, whch is an incredible place. It will be a fun, no pressure (no official timing!) race! We're excited to start the year out with a 5k and excited to see what other races come our way in 2014!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Event #44 - Breathe Deep Stache & Lash 5k

A few weeks ago we ran the Breathe Deep Stache & Lash 5k as part of Team MLG. We were so excited to be able to support our friend Ryan and a cause that is so close to his heart. We even adjusted our Team G Shock shirts the night before to make sure everyone knew who we were running with and for!

It was a chilly morning, but the race was at Shelby Park, which is one of our favorite courses to run. They set the course up in the opposite direction that we normally run which was a nice change. We ran for Ryan's team, Team MLG, and our friend Jonathan ran with us as well. Ryan was one of the organizers of the race, so it was nice to hear him share some of his story before the start. The name of the race included 'Stache' and 'Lash' and lots of people were sporting fake mustaches and giant eye lashes during the race. Nate and Jonathan took it a step further and shaved their beards into real 'staches the night before the race. :) 

Johnny and Nate before

Nate and I were excited to run again so soon after the Army Ten Miler. We were hoping that our training for that race would pay off for this one, and it turns out it did! We both set PR's, which at least I haven't done in looooong time. Nate almost took a minute off of his, and I took a little over a minute off mine! And, something else happened that has NEVER happened (for me)... I got 3rd place overall for females! It's such a rare occurrence that we didn't even stay for the awards! :) Luckily Ryan was able to get my prize for me! 

Here are our official Team MLG results:
13th place - Nate Towne - 25:09
16th place - Sara Towne - 26:38 (3rd place overall females!)
26th place - Ryan Gardenhire - 28:15
27th place - Jonathan Insogna - 28:32

And as always, here are some photos! 

Nate, his 'Stache and I before

...almost time...

Here come Johnny & Ryan! 

Team MLG with our 'staches after the race

Proud to be on Team MLG!

Nate & I after

Happy 'staches

Serious 'staches

We were really excited to be able to support Ryan, and his cause, and are looking forward to our next Team G Shock race (coming soon!).