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

Disclaimer: I received an entry to DC SuperHero Run 5k 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!

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

Disclaimer: I received an entry to DC Super Hero Run 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!”

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.

21 Wrap up and 22 goals

Usually I do this post earlier, but race in December and then the Holidays, I figured I would just want until today. Not much going on relaxing day why not write a blog post.

First up wrap up of 21:

Ran 6 races
Raced in 4 new States
WV, AK, ND, and KY
Ran my first and last Ultra

Overall happy with running, and running an ultra was a cool experience also, just happy to be able to travel again, man did I miss that. I will say, I wasn’t feeling great running for a lot of the year, I felt super sluggish, so I talked to my doc in August and met with a Nutritionist and revised my diet. I would say it helped, but of course will know more in 22.

Non running goals:
I managed to continue to not bite my nails and now get them done regularly
Read more, read 110 books in 21, pretty happy with that
Got vaxxed

2021 wasn’t a bad year, was it great, no but in my life everything went as good as it could with everything still going on

2022 Goals:

Get to at least 2 new states:
I already have Arkansas and Oklahoma booked so, this should be good to go. I am waiting to hear back about the Berlin Marathon, if I don’t get into that, then maybe 4 new states.
Run at least one speed PR: no more new distances, time to work on speed
Keep up with my eating and listen to my body

Non Running goals:
Read at least 50 books and work more on my bookstagram and booktok (BookishRunner4 on both)
continue to not bite my nails
spend more time with Lars

Excited to get into 2022, excited to get back to running and work on my speed. Ready to start reading some more and get more into the book social media.

I know 21 was very hard for a lot of you, I hope 2022 is better and I send my love and hugs to you .

BMW Dallas 50k

So I know I am a bit late on this, but it is the Holiday season, so I did have other things to do. It is finally nice and slow at work and Christmas is over, so lets get to this review.

So, my only complaint about this entire race was bib pick up. It was at a huge convention center, that had other things going on, and there was little to no signage outside telling you where you needed to go. So my mom me and my Aunt were asking everyone where it was, we did finally find it, but the signage could have been way better. Also note, my mom tripped and broke her elbow, great way to start a trip (also note, it was a hairline fracture, she is doing a ok and we still had a great time) Once we found the expo, it was super easy to get my stuff and they had a nice amount of shopping.

Race morning was a brisk 32 degrees, which is fairly normal for me at this point, but everyone else was pretty cold lol. The race start was super well organized and they had great race announcers with fireworks and all that, it was so cool and very well done. I was in coral A, which I think all the 50k people were in. Probably cause we would take the longest. The race itself was great, lots of running through neighborhoods with people out cheering and some amazing views running around a lake. Big shout out to the people of Dallas for coming out, and to the Firefighter in the Mac Jones jersey, you are very cool. Finish was great and easy to grab stuff and get everything and then meet up with my family. The race was really well done, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Now for how I did, well I wasn’t planning on speed and I did run/walk this. I finished in 7 hours and 12 minutes. Might have been faster if my bladder hadn’t made me stop 4 times, not sure what happened, as that has never happened to me before, but hey, body likes to make racing fun. I am very happy with my time, and overall, I am super happy I did this, nice little check to my running list, Ultramarathoner. Will I ever do one again…. HELL TO THE NO I will stick with my fulls and halves and be very happy with that.

Pretty Sweet Medal
Aunt Jo, Me, My Mom

Review: Urban Bourbon Half

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Running and bourbon, you can’t go wrong…

I had a pretty good idea this race would be fun and I was right. I did do this race as a training run for my 50k in December, so there was no real speed in this race, so I settled in with the 2:30 pace group and took my time.

The bib pick up was at Slugger Stadium, AAA ballpark and very nice. Easy to get to and getting the bib took no time at all. There was also bourbon to be tasted there if you wanted to and I did.

Race morning was easy to get to, the hotel we stayed at was near everything. Nice cool morning and I walked down with my friend Becky (who I met at the Caanan Valley Half)

Then I finally got meet a bunch of my fellow Bibrave Pros, which was so great, I missed meeting them in person, it is so nice to be able to see them again.

Oh the bugular from the Kentucky Derby was there to call us out for the race, that was very cool.

The race did have a different course this year, due to everything, we all know, but the course was still nice, mostly flat and got to run along the Ohio River which was really nice (except for the wind) We even got to run into Indiana, and that is always cool.

The After party for this race is why you do this race. It takes place at 4th street live which is like a pedestrian street full of restaurants. There was a great band, and multiple places to get shots of bourbon. When you do the race, you get a bracelet that gets you 4 shots of bourbon, 1 beer, 1 pizza and 1 stew. I gave my beer tag to Lars and got an extra bourbon shot and I was pleased with that trade.

Seriously, if you are a Kentucky local or someone like me, trying to run in 50 states, I HIGHLY recommend this race, it is so fun and if you want to go for a PR it has a great course for that, but I mean, Bourbon.