State 30 will be…

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NORTH DAKOTA

Not what I was expecting for state 30, but gotta get to all of them. I will be running the Fargo Half Marathon on September 25th.

Excited to hopefully be at 31 states by the end of 2021. Obviously that could change, but so far it is looking good.

If you want to join me, at any of the distances, use code RUN5 to save $5

Link to register is https://fargomarathon.com/

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We all knew 2021 wouldn’t run smoothly, things would still be a little bit in flux and of course that continues with racing. I had signed up for the Little Rock Half, alas, they have had to move it to November, and with my winter race plans, it wouldn’t be doable for me ,so I have decided to defer it to 2022, which will actually work nicely with my 2022 race plans, yes, I already have races booked, thanks 2020.

So I have decided to try another Spring race, and hope it happens, the Canaan Valley Half in WV. So a state not checked off yet, and they have a good plan in place to hopefully get this race done. I am so looking forward to racing in person, I really do hope this happens in April, but if I need to , I will adjust again, it is all I can do.

Other racing news, looks like registration for Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Alaska is opening on February 1st, so I will be signing up for that soon.

Also, on February 1st, Urban Bourbon Half Registration will open, I deferred from 2020, so I am excited to finally get to KY and run there. Also, by October they should be able to pull off a normal race with a fun bourbon filled after party and man, I am looking forward to that. Also looking forward to meeting so fellow Bibrave Pros and you know, chat with them in person.

I hope 2021 is going as well as it can for you, and if you are from any of the areas I will be visiting, let me know, if you are cool with meeting I would love to.

Review: Smuttynose Rockfest Virtual Half

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Well my final race of 2020 is done, this past weekend I ran the Smuttynose Rockfest Virtual Half. Now we all know in person races just aren’t happening right now, so running around my neighborhood is what had to happen. Rocked all the orange, as I had sneakers I had bought earlier this year all saved for this race, just sad no one else saw it but me and few people I passed on my run.

I decided to keep it pretty slow and just enjoy the run. I don’t really enjoy virtual racing and anytime I try to do it fast I just don’t, so going into this I knew I would just go at a comfy pace.

After the race, I hung out at the virtual afterparty, they had live music and gave away some very cool prizes and the whole this was hosted by fellow BibRave Pro Ryan Day, who did a great job. Should be getting the swag soon and once I do, I will be sure to post it on the gram.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad time, I did enjoy the run and the weather was great. But I am glad to be done with races and the disappointment of 2020. Hoping for some better times in 2021, and maybe getting to run this race in person next year.

My fellow pro and friend Riley also ran this, here is a link to her blog about it

http://fiveleveninety.blogspot.com/2020/10/race-review-2020-virtual-smuttynose.html

It’s all Virtual

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Well, I would say I am surprised but I am not, the Smuttynose Rockfest Half is now virtual.  We all know why, safety is top priority right now, and I get it.  I will still be running a half on October 4th, I will just being doing it on the local rail trail instead.  I will probably just do it as a fun run too, I have learned racing virtually just doesn’t work for me.  I can’t get myself geared up for it, so a nice 13.1 mile fun run will be nice.  Hopefully the weather will be great and I can get some great tree pics while out and about.

Not sure if I will be running anymore races in 2020, I Have one more that is still currently on, but we shall see on that.  Right now I will enjoy my virtual races and hope that I can race and travel again in 2021.

Times are a changing

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So have all of your races been cancelled like mine?  Well I’ve still got one on the calendar, Urban Bourbon Half Marathon.  For them to still have the race they have had to make a lot of changes so that way everyone can be safe.  I really respect the fact they are trying so hard to keep this going but also make sure everyone will be ok doing it.

First off, it is in a new location, so it will be more of the Suburban Bourbon half, and that is ok.  The new location is in the Parklands, so no running through the city, but I don’t mind running through parks, I bet the views will be lovely.

Also, there is a rolling start, no more all hanging out in a corral together, you can pick a time, or if you had already signed up, they assigned you a time.  You show up then and take off.  While I will miss hanging out with my fellow runners, I understand, standing around with them is not in any ones best interest right now. Also, as part of your swag, you will get a gaiter, so you know, you can cover your face when you are within 6 feet of someone.

There will be no post race bash, again understandable.  There will be some virtual bourbon experiences for those that run the race, so I am excited for that, always cool to learn more about bourbon.

The big thing, is, if we want this race to happen, we need people to sign up.  Louisville has authorized them to run this race, but if they do not reach 1900 paid registrations by September 26th, then they will have to cancel (you will get a refund or you can defer to 2021 if they do cancel) but sign up so this race can go off.  You can use code BOURBONRAVE2020 to save 10%

Also, check out the sweet medal you will get, so sign up

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Where have you been

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Covid =  not blogging

Sorry about that, not a whole lot going on, running, working, never leaving the house, that is life right now.

Still training for the Smuttynose Rockfast Half, as of now, the race is still on.  So hoping to get to NH and run a really good race.  Training was going along until this week and, I had just had it.  I could barely trudge along on Monday and yes it was hot, but it has been pretty hot all summer and Saturday and Monday were just horrible runs.  So I talked to my coach and we decided I needed a break.

I took the rest of this week off, I’ll get back to running on Monday and man, I already feel so much better.  I was also starting to get some tightness in my left leg, so I am hoping I cut that off before it got bad and really derailed my training.  Sometimes you just need a break, and with how weird everything has been, I am not surprised I needed some time off.  I caught up on sleep and just relaxed, it has been nice.  Hoping now, when I get back to it, that my body is ready to go cause I know my mind is.

I hope all of you are doing ok, I know this time is tough, so if you need a break, take one.  Your mental health is just as important has your physical one.

 

If you can make it to NH in October, I hope you will join me at the Smuttynose Rockfest Half use code SAVE10 to save 10%.  Go to https://hamptonrockfest.com/ to sign up.

RAW Series

So I have mentioned this a few times in other blog posts, but never really talked about it, so I figured I would do a post today.  The RAW Series stands for Race Around Waltham, I did it in 2019 and I am signed up to do it again in 2020.

2019 requirement was to run/walk or volunteer a certain 6 races, they were…

JB Blastoff 5k
Moody St 5K
St Jude 5K
Prospect Bandit Run
Shopper’s Cafe 5K
Western Greenway 5K

I did complete all the races, and doing so, I got myself a sweet RAW Series vest and gloves.  We also had a party for all the finishers and food was provided, it was quite nice.  I enjoyed most of the races (I did not like the Prospect bandit run) and I walked the Western Greenway race as it was between Detroit and NYC.

For 2020, you have to run/walk or volunteer for at least 6 races (one of them HAS to be the Prospect Bandit run) ( boo to that) out of a list of 12.  Here is the list

  • Shifter’s 5K to benefit the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge – Saturday, April 4, 2020, www.Shifters5K.com
  • JB Blastoff to benefit Brain Cancer/local family – Saturday, April 25, 2020 Pending
  • Moody Street 5K to benefit Waltham public secondary schools – May 3, 2020, www.moodyst5K.com
  • Saint Jude School 5K Road Race and Family Fun Walk – St. Jude School to benefit the school – May TBD, http://saintjudewaltham.com
  • FitzGerald Elementary 4th Annual Fun Run/Walk – Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm  
  • Waltham YMCA – Five to Thrive – Waltham YMCA – July 25, 2020 at 9:00 am
  • Prospect Bandit Run  – Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm   www.rawseries.org  
  • Waltham Track Mile at Leary Field benefiting Waltham HS Track and XC  – Date TBD
  • Mighty Squirrel 4 Miler – Sunday, September 27, 2020
  • Shopper’s Cafe 5K Sponsored by Marathon Sports – September TBD                                 
  • Western Greenway 5K – October TBD
  • Piggy’s 5K to benefit the Paul Logue Charitable Trust – November TBD

I have already signed up for Shifter’s, I will not be able to do JB or Moody’s this year due to OKC Memorial Marathon so the next one for me will probably be St Jude.  Also, Lars is joining me in doing the series this year, his first race will be Moody St and I will be out there cheering him on.  I will most likely volunteer for the Prospect Bandit run, as I don’t want to race it again.  If you are local , you can easily sign up for the series, it is free, you just have to pay the race fees for each race you do.  You can go to https://www.rawseries.org/ and sign up there.  It’s a great way to check out Waltham and hang out with fellow runners.

Louisiana Half Mararthon

So I am a bit behind in getting this posted, but was quite busy last weekend, so here we go.

Louisiana was my 27th state and over all, quite enjoyed my visit.  First let me tell you about the race and how I did.

Race morning I was able to catch a lyft to the area easily and the weather was pretty great.  High 40s and while a bit breezey it wasn’t too bad.  Also a nice bright sunny day.  Before the race started I got to meet an online running friend, Linda, and it was so great to meet her in person.  We lined in the the coral together, but once we took off I went ahead as I was running the half and she was running the full.20200119_065526

Once I took off, I was hitting some good paces and other then mile 2 (and then mile 13) the race is incredibly flat.  You run through some really beautiful neighborhoods and run through the LSU campus which was really cool.  We even got to run around the football stadium.  The views when you run around the lakes is pretty spectacular and again, super flat.  Once you do the loop around, you get back on the route you started on so yes, the hill at mile 2 comes in at the end but it isn’t that bad and is really the only one.  At mile 11 the marathon runners go off in another direction while the half runners head towards the finish line.  At this point, I was still doing a pretty good clip and was on track to possibly get a pr, but around mile 12.5 I hit that wall and had to slow down.  But I finished at 2:13 which is just a minute off from my PR.  To say I am pleased with this time is an understatement, as I was not fully trained for this race.  SO I am feeling really good about my pr try later this year.

 

The after party is great, tons of beer, tons of food to try, and you get 6 stickers to use for food.  Also, they have free coffee, YES FREE COFFEE big win in my eyes there.  I had some corn salad, Jambalaya and pork and grits, all delicious.  They also have live music and plenty of space to hang out and relax.  I did got back to the finish line to watch Linda finish and it was so great.  I really enjoyed the day and race and I would HIGHLY recommend this race, especially if you are going for a PR or BQ, this is the race for it.  They also have free race photos, and I always love that.race_4476_photo_69130146

Baton Rouge is a fairly big city so you will either need a car or lyft or Uber to get around, but once your are downtown you can easily walk around.  There are lots of places to eat and things to do.  I finally got to try Crawfish Etouffee and I loved it 20200119_145502

Overall, I really enjoyed myself and had a great time in the city and at the race.  I would tell anyone to visit Baton Rouge and run this race you will have a great time.

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2020 Races

Oh yes, it’s time for the list of 2020 races.  I will do my best to keep this updated through out the year.  And if you live in any of the areas I will be in, let me know, I always love to meet up with people.

 

5/17 – Harpoon 5 Miler Virtual Run – Waltham, MA

6/6 – Shifter’s 5k – Waltham, MA

10/4 – Smuttynose Rockfest Half – Hampton Beach, NH

10/17 –  Urban Bourbon Half – Louisville, KY

Nowhere to Run

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This week was a rough week, not so much because of the weather (though it has been hot, this week the humidity is back yaaaay) my head was not in it this week.  Training for 2 marathons and fundraising for one is not easy and everything was getting to me.  Add in that I was having trouble sleeping and then some rando creepy dude decided to hang out at the track when I was trying to do my speed work, it all blew up on Tuesday.  I sat, I cried, I scrapped the workout and just worked on pulling myself together.

I got a great nights sleep Tuesday night and the rest of the week improved, ending with a very good long run yesterday where I hit all my paces even with the humidity.  I stopped at one point, to get some water and take my fuel, and I just stood there, and said to myself, you can do this, and eff all those people who don’t believe in you, you believe in you, and that is all that matters, keep on kicking ass, you got this girl.  After that, I was just running like I was floating.  And I will take that with me the rest of this training cycle.

I also have this cycles theme songs, I usually just have one, but 2 spoke to me this time, so I am using both.  Rooster by Alice in Chains and Alive by POD, the first line to Rooster usually rings through my head on my hard workouts, “Ain’t found a way to kill me yet” cause it won’t and I won’t give up on this, 4:30 will be mine.

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Also, registration for the International Races ends on August 26th, so you better sign up soon, and use code 2019DETROCKS to save 10%