Sunday, March 24, 2013

oskar blues 4 miler:::: brevard, nc


oskar blues 4 miler
brevard, north carolina
sunday march 17, 2013
time:::: 37:38

i was so excited when i saw this race because brad LOVES oskar blues and we haven't been able to make it down to their brewery since it opened in december. i figured the promise of post race beer might just convince him to join me for the race [so far i had only been able to talk him into 5Ks]. i was right, he was in!

i didn't realize we'd have to miss church to go though. i ASSUMED that since the race was at the brewery that the start time would be later [you can't serve alcohol in NC until after noon on sundays], but i was wrong. whoops.

here was my original outfit [and our unmade bed]:

at the very last minute i changed into my usual capris... it was a little chilly outside... and while i've ran 4 miles in this skirt before, unfortunately my legs have changed shape a little since i haven't been lifting legs, so i was worried about chaffing]. we made it down to brevard and got checked it and picked up our packets. i loved the race shirts [and they're north face technical shirts!]

john tuttle, an olympic marathoner, started the race for us. the race was really fairly flat for a race here. there was one big hill, but it wasn't bad and there was a nice downhill following it.

during the first mile i felt horrible. when my watch beeped my first mile i figured out why... i was running way too fast for me!
don't get me wrong, i'm pumped that i'm even able to run that fast [i had no idea that was even possible for me!] but i wasn't running this race seriously, it was just something fun for us to do together [and by "together" i mean we both had a bib. i saw brad at the start line and then again at the finish. he's way to competitive to stick with me]. i had run 3 miles since the marathon, obviously i was not training!

i slowed down so my heart didn't explode and started to feel a lot better. there was a water stop around mile 2 then we finished the loop back to the brewery. i finished strong [even though i really wanted to walk at about 3.8 miles]. the race was run entirely on the roads, and while it wasn't terribly scenic, it was a really great, relatively flat course.

after the race we got some water and we decided to wait around for awards [we should definitely do this more often, especially for smaller races!]. they also had 'medals' for us which i though was super cute. they were unique!

fyi - brad did have on some green... one measly stripe on his shorts. he's a party pooper. and there were like 5 people with the same RNR savannah shirt on, random!

during the awards,  i won a door prize (25 bucks to a local outdoor store, black dome!) and brad found out that he missed 3rd place in his age group by 3 seconds! it sucked a little, but i think it actually encouraged him a lot. he's really competitive and i think he knows if had trained for more than 1 week for this race that he'd have easily placed. i hope it'll give him the bug to start running with me more!

after awards we went to get breakfast [i'll post on this later this week, i want to start posting more info on local eats] then came back to the brewery tasting room [the tasty weasel]. we enjoyed some fresh oskar blues brews.


such a great day and i cannot wait to do this race again next year. pisgah running organized the race and i thought they did a wonderful job! great course, well organized, and wonderful volunteers.

19 comments:

  1. those 'medals' are just too cool for school! Everytime I wear a skirt for a race (which is ALWAYS) i have my own compression shorts underneath to help with chaffing... not always successful, but most of time it works.

    glad you convinced hubby to run along with you :)

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  2. AHAHAHA love those medals. Those will definitely look cool on your medal hanger. I'm currently in love with my running skirts. Every time I wear one I tell myself not to buy any more shorts. Congrats on that speedy first mile. Even though it felt tough for you I'm sure it was awesome to know you had it in you!

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    1. exactly, good to know it's in there somewhere!

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  3. so fun! I worked our st patricks run dealing with all the registration so I didnt get to enjoy the race, but seeing everyone looking all cute in green was so much fun! you look adorable and hello great run!

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  4. Awesome job on your times!!! Very cute outfit! Way to go! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh my gosh on the medals. I love it. You're getting faster!! Yay!

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  6. Awesome job!!!! I LOVE that skirt by the way, where'd ya get it??

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  7. I love beer at the end of a race!

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  8. Great medals! very unique
    Love your original race outfit, that skirt is so cute! Great job on the run to you both!

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  9. Nice pace Courtney!! Love the skirt :)

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  10. Ohh! I so wanted to sign up for this! My grandparents live in Brevard and I visit them often. We went to the Tasty Weasel a couple of weeks ago (I love that name, I would totally buy a shirt that said "The Tasty Weasel - Oskar Blues"). I hope to do this next year! Thanks for the review!

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    1. you're welcome, you should definitely check it out next year!

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  11. Check out that first mile!! I never ran an 8 till after my first marathon and I was so pumped! I bet you totally felt like you were flying and that your chest was on fire!! HAHAHA! The beer can medals totally take the cake!

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  12. Love the medal!! Glad you had fun and nice speed girl!

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  13. Look at those times!! Excellent, great job girl! And I so love your skirt... seriously... I want. lol. Ruffles!

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  14. I love the medals!! haha

    I've been wanting that skirt for like ever. It's so cute.

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  15. Haha, love the medals! Congrats on your door prize win!

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