State 37 is booked

Disclaimer: I received entry to Bass Pro Conservation Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Ambassador. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Ambassador, and check out to review, find and write race reviews!”

And what state will it be you ask….

Yup, it is Missouri, I will be running the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon CoHick Half Marathon. I am very excited to get to Missouri and run this race.

If you would like to run it too, you can register here and use code BRBUD for $5 off.

State 36, has been booked

Do you wanna know what state gets to be my 36th run in….

Yes, I will be running Revel Big Cottonwood Half in September in Utah. Very excited to go and I did leave myself time to go check out at least one national park.

If you have any fun places I should see or eat at in Salt Lake City, let me know

And be on the look out, State 37 should be announced soon.

And if you want to join me, go register here, also happy to hang out with running friends

Review : PunchGunk Muscle Therapy

Disclaimer: I received PunchGunk Muscle Therapy to review as part of being a BibRave Ambassador. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Ambassador, and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

After my leg injury, I was very excited to try this out, as my leg was extra sore from getting back into running and learning how to move with a tendon gone. And this product really hit the spot.

This product is to be used in a bath, and it helps your muscles recover after a tough workout, it also helps soften skin, which in the winter, is really nice. Check out their site to get more info and buy some for yourself

I used this product after all of my recent long runs and it really did help, I am less sore the next day and just feel much more relaxed afterwards. 2 things I loved about this, besides the less soreness is no waste the bag dissolves in the water and the smell, the smell is so very nice and it just adds to the relaxation. Do not worry it is not a flowery smell, it is just a fresh clean smell, and I love it.

I will continue to use this product for training, it really makes the next day after a long run less painful and I really appreciate that.

I do think most runners and really anyone who does hard workouts should give this a go, muscles that are less sore and hey a little bit a relaxation time never hurt anyone.

Little of This…Little of that

So I was going to do a whole post about Berlin, and while I enjoyed the race and it was so great and well done. Berlin and Munich was a trip I have wanted to take since I was a teen, and the history of both places is just stunning and it is so amazing to see a country that doesn’t hide their history. And really that is all I would want to talk about lol.

As I did say the Race was amazing, and heck I ran with the current World Record holder. It was well set up, plenty of portopotties, great crowds, super flat and YOU FINISH RUNNING THROUGH BRANDENBURG GATE, which is the absolute coolest. Also, 2 big things Berlin offered that the other Majors I have done didn’t. Free Subway from Thursday to Monday for all runners and showers in the finish area, both super awesome and I now want both at all races.

So now that I have told you about that, it is time to get into 2023 and next year will be about checking off states, and I already have state 34 and State 35 booked.

State 34 will be Rock and Roll Half in Phoenix, AZ

if you want to join me, use this link

State 35 will be the Indy Mini in Indianapolis, IN

and if you want to join me, use this link

Very excited to get to more of the USA and continue with my goal of running a race in all 50 states, hope to see and meet you while I am out and about.

Review: DC Superhero Run 5k

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Let’s start off with one thing on this race…IT WAS HOT. Now the race has 0 control over the weather but I always like to mention it. The race was at Six Flags New England which is in Agawam, MA, a bit off the beaten path, but overall very easy to get to. And the parking, SO MUCH PARKING so big thank you for that. There was bib pick up race morning, or you could select to get your bib and swag mailed to you and I chose that. Sent in plenty of time and really made for a nice calm race morning, so I do recommend that. The race started in the parking lot and had a costume contest before which was fun to watch and the announcer was great and very good at keeping the crowd enthused as we were all, already sweating.

The race took off, and ran through the parking lot to the entrance of the park, now here is my 1 complaint, we had to run up and down stairs to get to the park, which I understand, the parking is across the street from the park, but I just feel they should have let us cross the street instead of using the stair bridge. First we got to run through Hurricane Harbor (the water park) then through Six Flags where I could see them warming up the rollers coaters which was cool. You then run back to the parking lot and finish where you started.

This was a run walk race, it was just soooo hot. Also, don’t dye your hair the day before a race, it will run down everywhere.

Overall, fun and enjoyable race and would recommend.

1 week until DC Super Hero 5k

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1 week from today I will be running the DC Super Hero Run in Agawam, at Six Flags and I am pretty excited about it.

Already got my swag and # so be looking for those on the socials this week, and if you want to run, cause you can still sign up, use code BRPDCSUPERHERO to get yourself a water bottle. And I hope to see you there

Review: Brooks Ghost 14

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I love Brooks, I have loved them for a while, but the Ghost 14s are just really great. The shoes always have great cushion, and lightness and comfort, but now they are carbon neutral and how nice is that. I love a company that makes a great products and also is trying to help the environment.

My other favorite thing about Brooks Ghost is all the fun colors and designs they come in. You can get plain, if that is what you prefer, but purple animal print, come on that is so cool.

I also, just want to shout out Brooks Customer service again too, in my blog post about my race in Alaska, I mentioned how a I lost a pair of sneakers, and Brooks replaced the Free of Charge, I mean that is some great customer service there. So you get great sneakers, in fun colors and a company that cares, win win win.

Review: Shipyard Old Part Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received entry into Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

So not my first race in Maine, but a state I love to visit and Old Port is one of the most fun cities to visit. So I was very excited to get a run a half there and then, of course go explore the restaurants.

Overall I am happy with how I did in this race, was I hoping for better yes, but once I explain about the race you will understand.

Bib pick up was at the local arena and super easy to find and get in and out of. You could also get your ID checked and get a bracelet so you could quickly get into the after party the next day, which was nice and saved time.

Race morning was lovely, nice cool sunny day. Didn’t stay cool, but that’s what can happen when you run in June. The race took off and we went up a decent hill to start, and I thought well that wasn’t too bad. We then ran on a trail for a good chunk of the beginning of the race, lots of lovely views, but hard to get around or break apart from groups

Around Mile 7 you get back into downtown and I got to see Lars again, who had bought donuts for me, smart man. But then….ooohh the hills started. Around mile 9 going into 10 you start going uphill and I mean, not a rolling hill all sorts of incline. And they really do not stop until Mile 12, yeah, that end of the race was rough and in the end slowed me down. But we did run through a cute neighborhood, still HILLS.

My friend Wil also ran this race and it is always nice to see him

Overall, fun race, great support, plenty of potties, and water stops. The medal and shirt we got were cool. The views for the beginning half of the race are pretty stunning and almost make the hills at the end worth it. Almost

I would still recommend the race, just know, HILLS

Checking in

Disclaimer: I received entry into Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

I know I have been pretty silent here, sorry, life had been quite busy. I will review the OKC Memorial Half eventually, just have a lot to say and trying to get my head around it all.

Anyways, just here to say, I have a race this weekend, running the Old Port Half in Portland Maine. Portland is easily one my favorite cities to visit so I am very excited to go and Lars is coming with so that is great.

You can still sign up if you want to run the half or they have a 5k option too. Use code BIBRAVECOOL7 and get a free cooler back pack when you sign up

They also have virtual option if that is your jam.

Anyways looking forward to nice long weekend in one of my favorite cities. Will tell you all about it once I am back home.

Little Rock Half

I know I know, behind again, hey life has been busy, but see I am getting to my review.

So, first off, this race was used as a training run, so I won’t really talk about how I did, it doesn’t matter so much, I will say it was very humid, and my winter body is not used to that so had to take it slow, no biggie, that’s what happens when northerners travel south.

Anyways, on to the race itself.. So one big thing I will say about this race is how close everything is. I picked one of the race hotels to stay at, and I had to walk across a bridge (.5 miles) to get to everything, bib pick up, race start and finish, everything it was great. Bib pick up was easy, very well organized and the expo was small but plenty of great stuff to check out, and they had some doggies to pet, so I didn’t miss out on that. They also had this lovely set up for photos

So all week the weather had been forecasting thunder storms so I was very worried the race would be cancelled, but we got so lucky and no storms happened, it rained a bit during the race, but we could deal with that, and I did mention it was very humid, again, they can’t do anything about the weather, I was just super happy the race could happen, I don’t mind sweating a bit. The race itself is a nice course, you go over some bridges and it is a bit hilly but nothing ridiculous, also, great crowd support plenty of people out in their yards cheering you on, which is always nice. My only complaint about this race, is lack of water stations, there really wasn’t enough, especially with how humid it was. The finish was in the same spot as the start, got through the shoot and got my huge ass medal (what this race is known for) now this is the half medal, the full medal was like the size of a dinner plate, it was nuts

it is also very heavy

Anyways, I would recommend this race, Little Rock is a cool city to visit (try Fly Away Brewing) and everything is so very easy to get to. The race is fun and the medals are just so cool. I would mark this down for your Arkansas race.