Upcoming Nashville Area Races

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May 17

run like you stole it

There is not question in my mind that we are coming up on a tough time of year for running, walking, and really doing any type of outdoor exercise.  Nashville gets pretty hot and extremely humid, which isn’t fun.  Signing up for a race, even a shorter one, can really help keep me on track during these summer months.  With that in mind, I thought I would share some of my favorite races that are coming up in these next few months.

May 23rd: Beyond the Battkefield 5k/10K
– This race is coming soon.  It is good because it happens just before the weather gets unbearable. You have the flexibility to do either the 5K or the 10 K, which is nice.

May 30th: Tennessee Titans 5K Walk/Run
– This is a good run to start the summer off right.  There will be everything from walkers to speedy runners. Kids like this race because it starts at LP Field.  It is one you can take the whole family to.

June 6th: Franklin Half Marathon
– I am not going to lie.  This is a tough half.  It’s usually hot, and it’s hilly.  However it is a good challenge.  It is not somewhere I usually run my best, but it’s a good race at a good time of year to keep you challenged and in shape.

June 20th: RC Cola & Moonpie 10 miler, Bell Buckle TN
– The RC Cola & Moonpie 10 miler just so happens to be one of my favorite races of all times.  It is in a small town, there is a parade, a crafts fair, square dancing, and all kinds of other fun things after the race.  The food at the end is great and the energy of the town is amazing.  I highly recommend this race!

July 11th: Race Across the Spectrum for Autism 5K
– This race is at Crockett Park in Brentwood.  It is definitely hot but it is a quick race for a great cause.  If you want a hot challenge, this is a good race to sign up for.  It benefits the Brown Center for Autism. Sport Seasons is proud to have partnered with the Brown Center each year for this race. The packet pickup is traditionally held at the Franklin store.

I honesty do not run race in August. For obvious reasons! (HOT weather!). Then fall running season kicks off for me with the Women’s Half Marathon. Hopefully these will help keep you on track.  Just signing up for one or two can keep you motivated all summer! We all need a little motivation sometimes!

 

Sport Seasons 27th Anniversary – Thanks to Customers That Shop Local

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May 15
Sport Seasons White Bridge Road Nashville

Sport Seasons, Lions Head Village, Nashville, TN | Circa 1990’s

First off, I wanna thank all of you for participating in our ‘80s Week Anniversary celebration. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have. See, we love giving back to you guys, and what better way than with some fun trivia from the time of our roots? (Did you know some of that stuff still exists?) But there’s more to it. This week has been a celebration of our 27th year in service to middle Tennessee and Knoxville. You know what keeps a local business around for that long? It’s you.

If you don’t believe me, here’s some proof of the impact small business can have with the support of its community:

  1. Local Economic Stimulus. Your dollars spent in locally owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains, because we often make purchases and partnerships with other locally owned businesses. This keeps the money circulating in your community. A real example (among many) is one of our favorite vendors, Swiftwick, which is owned and operated in Franklin, TN.
  2. Community Well-Being. Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities and contributing to local causes. Statistically, local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners. Each year we sponsor and participate in many local charity walks and runs. We also donate gift cards for local school fundraising programs, and promote health and fitness among the kids right here in our community.
  3. Public benefits far outweigh public costs. Let’s break this down: Many chain stores are owned by non-local companies, and are given tax breaks by local government. Locally owned independent businesses do not receive such benefits and thus contribute a far greater proportion of revenues to local taxes. So, by standard business practice alone, small business more efficiently utilizes local resources, which saves local money.
  4. Unique Businesses Create Character and Prosperity. The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the businesses that reside in it. In the same way, our business is defined by its customers.
  5. Most new jobs are provided by local businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs you have in your local community the less people are going to commute, which means more time, less traffic, and less pollution. We’re greener!
  6. Customer service is better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. You are also going to see these people around town and they’re likely to be helpful since they see you day after day. I really liked this point. Our Cool Springs store manager “Crazy Legs” Barry, (coolest nickname ever) is constantly able to point out regular customers of Sport Seasons when out and about. Many of us are recognized and engaged by friends of the store, outside in the day-to-day, and that couldn’t make us happier. Some customers have even grown up buying all their shoes from Sport Seasons, and come back to us to outfit their own children. Our business is built on regular customers, and we strive to provide them the best service possible.
  7. Product diversity. We select products based, not on a national sales plan, but on the interests and needs of our local customers. Think about it this way; since we don’t order products in the millions, like big chains, we have a flexibility that can cater to our customers even on a store-to-store basis. Each of our six Sport Seasons locations carries a different mix of products important to the local area. No two locations are exactly the same.
  8. You matter more. We talk a lot about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or “voting with your wallet.” It’s a fact that businesses respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to your local community businesses. We do listen to our customers. Many times we’ll bring in a product line or team based solely upon customer requests. We also special order with many of our vendors. And, since the day we opened our second location, we’ve always transferred items from one store to another for your convenience. If we don’t have at one location the size, color or team that you need, we’ll get it from another and bring it to the store closest to you.

There are reasons that small businesses stick around in America, but the most important is our unique bond with our customers. This week has been just as much a celebration as it’s been one of many opportunities we’ve taken to thank you. But we know that sweet prizes and free gift cards aren’t enough to hold up our end of the bargain. So, we promise to remain loyal to our locals, as well as our developing web community (we couldn’t forget you guys) and deliver what you want, in the best way we can. That’s something that only a small business with friends like you can offer.

So here’s to another 27 years! I’m definitely looking forward to ‘00s Week.

 

 

Nashville Vols Hats – Nashville Sounds #tbt

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May 14
Nashville Volunteers Baseball Cap

Nashville Sounds “Throwback Thursday” Nashville Vols Adjustable Hat

 

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Once upon a time, our Nashville Sounds were known as The Nashville Vols. They played in Nashville at Sulpher Dell, originally known as Athletic Park, from 1901 to 1963.

The Nashville Sounds are honoring their history by wearing throwback uniforms for Thursday games. How cool is that? Join in the #tbt with your very own Nashville Vols Hat.

 

 

 

5 Steps to Recovery After a Marathon

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May 13

marathon recovery

Sometimes the morning after a marathon I feel like I have been hit by a bus, everything hurts. There have been times in the past that the soreness woke me up in the middle of the night when I turned because it was so painful! Walking down stairs and even sitting on the toilet for me used to be awful for a few days after the marathon. Typically my hamstrings are the tightest muscles on my body post race, there were times it seemed they just would not bend right! Doesn’t this make you want to run a marathon?!?!

In time, my post marathon recovery has gotten much better. I put in more miles than I used to and I do a better job of cross training. I think the more work you put into a marathon, the easier the race and the recovery are. That really holds true for any race. This time my chaffing hurt worse than my muscles, raw skin is never fun!

So what does the first week or two after a marathon entail? Rest and slow jogging. (And splurging on amarathon running few ice cream runs and pizza of course!) I used to take a full 7 days off of running. Some people take weeks off. There is a wide variety of recovery plans. But now that my muscles are more accustomed to the beating… I take 2-3 days completely off then start back with short, slow runs. I spend the next two weeks resting some, yet also building back up.

The hardest part for me after a marathon is the mental recovery. I lose steam, I feel unmotivated. I have spent months training for the big race, so after that it is hard sometimes to make myself get out of bed to go run. It is especially hard this time of year when the heat and humidity are on the rise.

Marathon Recovery is pretty simple:

 

REST
Obviously you need to rest your body. This time frame can be different for everyone, depending on your level of soreness. Your body repairs itself when you are resting.

HYDRATE
You lose a lot of fluids during a marathon, hydrating, not just the day of the race, but all week, is very important.

REFUEL
Fill your body with lots of healthy foods with plenty of vitamins. This will help your body recover as well. A good balance of proteins and carbs will help repair your muscles.

GET MOVING
While you need rest, you also need to get moving so you avoid stiffness and further injury. You can start slow. A walk or an elliptical at the gym is a great way to start and you can eventually build back into a jog/run.

START OVER
When you are ready, get back at it. It’s easy to allow yourself to fall into a rut after you accomplish a big goal. For me it goes one way or another, I’m either really motivated or really, really unmotivated! Either way I force myself after recovery to get back into a routine. When I’m struggling for motivation, I reach out to friends. I ask them to pull me out of the rut, and typically that helps!

Sticking with a plan is not easy, but trust me it is worth it.

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The Nashville Country Music Marathon – Always a Fun Challenge

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May 04

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Well I can now say I have another full Nashville Country Music Marathon under my belt. I say every year I do the full, that it is going to be my last. Yet that never seems to hold true. I enjoy doing the marathon here because the sights are familiar. I often see spectators out that I haven’t seen in a while, old friends that just happen to be out there cheering someone else on. I enjoy seeing the local companies that volunteer at the water stops and the local high school cheerleaders out cheering us on. The bottom line is that we really do live in a very cool city.

The week before the race I was out of town for a meeting. I wasn’t so thrilled about the timing because I was out of my routine all week. I am a fairly schedule oriented, routine person. I know I didn’t drink nearly enough water all week and I missed sleeping in my own bed. However, I made it back at midnight on Thursday, and headed down to the Music City Center to pick up my packet. EVERY weather channel was predicting a minimum of rain for the race, if not some spotty storms. So I rounded up my hat, a trash bag to wear at the start, my dry fit tank and shorts, and a ziplock bag for my phone. However it ended up not even raining a drop. (Shocking I know, that the weather people were actually wrong! ) It was slightly humid and warm at the start, but I know it could have been worse. I overheard some people from Kansas City next to me at the ready to runstart talking about the humidity. Geez I thought, try coming back here in July! I know however, that there have been times the weather reached the 80’s during the Nashville Marathon. I shouldn’t complain. I just still much preferred the weather at the Memphis marathon, which was windy, chilly, and completely cloudy.

I went with my new Brooks Glycerins for the race. They are always a great shoe for me. I also went with my Nike Tempos (again) and a Nike dry fit tank. However I do have to say, I used some body glide that was apparently old and dried out. I can say for certain I had the worst chaffing I have ever had. The shower hurt so bad that it made me nauseated. I still have spots that aren’t healed. It was not a good situation.

I would have liked to have run my best time, but the truth is I didn’t expect it. My training runs this time were rushed and I was a little off schedule. So I set out to just do my best. About half way through I realized it probably wasn’t going to be a PR day for me, and truthfully I lost steam. The 3:31 I ran in December is what I will use to register for Boston when it opens in September. Two years ago at this race I ran a 3:29, my best race ever. This year I ran a 3:38, my 4th best.

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If you have read any of my blogs, you know how I feel about the power of spectators. This year my kids had several games so my husband was there with them. While it was the best thing for them, I hated not having them all there. I got to see two of my friends once along the way, and then the two most amazing spectators found me at least 4 times! Stephanie and Katie Feyes made me the most amazing signs, and their energy when I saw them was priceless. They helped me so much. I do miss having people I know at the finish line, but it still doesn’t take away from that overcoming sense of accomplishment you get when you take that last step though the end of the race.

Next year, I think I will be doing the half here. This is a fun and challenging race, hilly indeed. But whenimage1 (1) I got to the split at mile 11, I was kind of jealous that those people only had two miles left! There was actually only 2629 people that ran the full and about 20000 that ran the half. (That should tell you something.) So if you see me next spring, remind me what I said about NOT doing the full again!

I placed 6th in my age group out of 162 women, and was the 34th woman out of all 1214 women that finished the full. Not bad for a 37 year old mom! I am going to spend some time this summer running, working on my speed, and weight and cross training to hopefully set myself up for some good half marathon times this fall.