Race Report: 2017 Red Beard Rally (or All I Want for My Birthday is an Ego Boost…)

Race Report: 2017 Red Beard Rally (or All I Want for My Birthday is an Ego Boost…)

So…I turned 45 the other day.

It’s not 50 – but it’s creeping dangerously close – and while I don’t really feel 45, it always hurts just a little when you have to check the next age block up on a form or race registration.  As Samantha in “Sex in the City” said for Carrie’s birthday one episode, “Honey, welcome to my box.”  In my case, that’s the 45 – 49 box.

Except it's 45 - 54 for me...

Except it’s 45 – 54 for me…

I’d had 2 pretty good races the last few weeks in my 40 – 44 box.  A 3rd place in my age group at my local 4th of July 5K and a 5th place finish at a notoriously early (start at 5:05am), hot (was 98 at 4:30am), and hilly (out and back course, so NO breaks) local 5-miler.

The 5th place finish was actually the sweeter result for me – as I just wasn’t feeling “it” that day and was pretty sure about 3,000 people finished ahead of me.  It didn’t result in an actual award, but 5 out of 32 did make me feel better (especially since it was my last race in my 40 – 44 box).

On to my first race in my new 45 – 49 box…

Pre-race Swag

Pre-race Swag

The Red Beard Rally take places in the Sonoita Arizona Wine Country and offers both a 5K and 10K distance.  The race honors local track coach and Arizona Wine Pioneer Al Buhl, who passed away from cancer several years ago.

Packet pick-up was available race morning at the local community center and included a technical race shirt and tote bag – with separate spacers for up to 6 wine bottles – we were in Arizona wine country after all….

Post-race swag was the race logo wine glass. The race logo water bottle and medal were given to the Age Group winners.

Post-race swag was the race logo wine glass. The race logo water bottle and medal were given to the Age Group winners.

Both the 5K and 10K courses included include paved roads, vineyard trails, rolling hills, and all the heat and humidity southern Arizona could throw at you at the start of monsoon season.

I had been warned by my running friend that you do the 5K at this particular race for two very specific reasons: the race starts relatively late and it’s WAY too hot this time of year to run a 10K in full sun and, [most importantly] if you run the 5K, you get a head start on all the 10K people at the post-race wine tasting.

You had me at first to the wine tasting…

 

We all had really good runs (everyone I came with placed in their Age Groups!) and we eagerly picked up our “finishers medals” – which were actually run logo etched wine glasses and allowed you to actively participate in the wine tasting hosted by several local wineries following the race!  Post race fun also included a live band, the awards ceremony, and lots and lots of raffle prizes.

We're ALL winners here!

We’re ALL winners here!

It was awesome to start out my new Age Group with a win AND get the chance to spend a fun afternoon hanging and drinking wine with my running friends – all while supporting the memory of someone who gave so much to the local area.

The stats:

  • 1st of 10 in my Age Group [45 – 49]
    • 9:32 pace
  • 45/146 Overall
    • 13th Overall Female
  • One VERY happy 45 year old ego…

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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Flashback Friday: 2016 Year in Review

Flashback Friday: 2016 Year in Review

As 2016 draws to a close and we ramp up for 2017 races, we wanted to take a moment to look back at our 2016 races.

2016 RunAllTheRaces Stats:

  • 5K = 46
  • 10K = 32
  • Half Marathon = 39
  • Full Marathon = 8
  • Ragnar Relay = 2
  • 5-Miler = 1
  • 4.78-Miler = 1
  • 2-Miler = 1
  • 1-Miler = 1
  • Total Races = 131
  • Total Miles = 1,124

We hope you enjoy our 2016 race trailer.  Stay tuned for the sequel – it’s due out in December 2017 😉

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14434987_1570091053016851_8757561749739292859_oHow was your 2016 racing season?  What was your favorite running memory from this year?

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Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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Confessions of a Lapsed Costume Runner (or Thank Goodness for INKnBURN)

Confessions of a Lapsed Costume Runner (or Thank Goodness for INKnBURN)

Even the most creative runner can hit a costuming roadblock now and again…and this is exactly what happened to me when I was planning on what to wear for the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

The runDisney Wine & Dine 10K was the first race of the Inaugural Lumiere's Two Course Challenge

The runDisney Wine & Dine 10K was the first race of the Inaugural Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge

Work has been crazy busy and I would be traveling to this race weekend ALL BY MYSELF…i.e., Delightfully Dopey Kimberly would NOT be traveling to join me – she’s had the work and life crazies as well – and PhotoBomb Becca was caught up with work and her kids (but we did manage to squeeze in some margaritas).  California Kiley and I had a great idea for Mickey’s Holiday 5K and it turned out really cute, but that’s another post for another time…

I was staying off property with family AND had to be in Tampa on Sunday for work no later than 11:30AM.  Put that together with the unseasonably HOT temperatures scheduled for the weekend and I was plum out of ideas.  I rustled up all my INKnBURN gear and decided to figure it out when I got to Florida. As I mentioned above, the 5K was taken care of – but that still left 2 races, 19.3 miles, a Sunday time deadline, and a hot forecast to contend with when deciding what to wear for the rest of Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

ME...I do actually RUN, generally for non-runDisney races, but this was FUN (and NO ONE recognized me dressed as a runner...).

ME…I do actually RUN, generally for non-runDisney races, but this was FUN (and NO ONE recognized me dressed as a runner…).

Initially, I had hoped to wear my INKnBURN Western pants and tech shirt combo (I had even packed my cowgirl hat and ordered a horse-on-stick) but it was just too darn hot for pants. This costume will live on for another (cooler) day.

Instead I decided to dress as a runner – turns out this is the ONE costume I can wear where NO ONE recognizes me… 😉  I pulled out one of my personal favorite INKnBURN combos – the women’s Ella singlet and women’s Bee sports skirt. It was perfect for the temperatures and I fluttered to the finish in 59:38 (which is pretty darn speedy compared to my “normal” runDisney 10K time).

Sunday’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon presented a unique runDisney challenge for me as I had to be

Meeko (Can you tell I was a little excited to see him?...)

Meeko (Can you tell I was a little excited to see him?…)

in Tampa early in the afternoon for an engineering conference I was running, so I had to REALLY RUN the half marathon to make sure I could squeeze everything in and still make the drive across the state.  As the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon celebrates Disney’s Food & Wine Festival, which is held at Epcot, I thought it was the perfect venue for my INKnBURN women’s Kimono tech shirt and women’s Kimono sports skirt – I would fit right in as I ran by the Japan pavilion.

photopass_visiting_wdwrundisney_7853811759Feeling comfortable (especially in extreme temperatures) can make all the difference and I was able to complete the race in 2:17 and stop for #AllTheCharacterPhotos – couldn’t have asked for anything more, except to have had the rest of the ladies of #RunAllTheRaces with me.

I can’t say enough about the comfort and quality of the INKnBURN items I own – add in the fact that they are beautiful on their own or can be dolled up with a few accessories and make AWESOME running costumes (see my Harley Quinn costume from the runDisney Super Heroes 5K)…and, last but not least – they are made in the good ‘ole USA.

As the title of this post says: Thank goodness for INKnBURN!

Perfectly Goofy Gail

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COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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