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Leavenworth (WA) Oktoberfest Marathon / Portland (OR) Marathon
October 5, 6, 2013
I flew out on Friday in the early morning from Raleigh, NC to Portland, OR and got in around noon. I had plenty of time to go to the Portland Marathon Expo in the downtown Hilton on Friday as I would not have another chance to make it. The expo was in the bowels of the Hilton and they required you to go all the way down to get the bib and chip. It was then a maze of vendors and people to get the technical shirt they gave at the other end of the expo. There was really not much at the expo besides one of the local breweries was sampling the beer that would be for sale at the finish. The race was already downgraded with no free beer at the end. It took 40 minutes to do the expo and I was soon getting out of town. [More]
Anthem Richmond Marathon
Richmond Virginia, November 16, 2013
My goal was to finish in 7 hours. I think I ran the first half very fast (for me), and slowed more than I thought on the second half. I’d passed some people and then they were passing me. I also wanted to keep my run/walk going until the end and I was successful. [More]
Anthem Richmond Half Marathon
Richmond Virginia, November 16, 2013
This was my 4th Half Marathon- the first three (Rambling Rose x 2 and City of Oaks) I finished but missed my target time of under 3 hours. My mindset going into Richmond was to be there as a supporter for my 75- year old Dad who was there for the Full, as well as my brother who’d barely missed qualifying for Boston on his first Richmond full. [More]
October 13, 2013
Jillian Kuhn Warren
I just knocked a major milestone off my bucket list! I ran my first marathon, and I did it in my hometown – something I’ve wanted to do since high school! I grew up with the Chicago Marathon. As a teen in the Chicago suburbs, I volunteered at the race with my cross-country teammates, cheered for my running relatives, and witnessed a world-record finish. I ran my first half marathon several years ago, but I’d been plagued by injuries ever since. Two years ago I decided to get serious about running again. I joinedCapital Run Walk’s Fit-Tastic 5K program and the Raleigh Galloway long-distance training program, with the goal of running the 2012 City of Oaks Half Marathon – and then, if that went off without a hitch, the 2013 Chicago Marathon. Read the full story of how I overcame injury to run a pain-free 5K and then moved on to longer distances. I made it through City of Oaks injury-free, and I successfully registered for the Chicago Marathon (despite the unexpected system crash that made registration nearly impossible!). [More]
Bull City Race Fest
October 20, 2013
Meredith B. Le Vind
I’ve charted every long run, hard workouts and recovery efforts to prep, and I finally can write an OFFICIAL half marathon re-cap.
Mile 1: Glad my legs started up better than my GPS
Mile 2: Felt Great! I’ll be done in no time.
Mile 3: Child and Father pass me by!
Mile 4: Scratch that thought on mile 2!
Idaho and Montana Double
Salmon, ID, Marathon,
Sept. 7, 2013
Bozeman, MT, Marathon,
Sept. 8, 2013
Getting up really early for a flight had some disadvantages, but an advantage was getting where we want to go with enough time to do something. Eric Johnson met me at RDU on September 6, 2013 for the 6 AM flight out to Bozeman, MT. We made it into Bozeman early in the morning and headed out to the Bozeman Running Company for our first packet pickup of the day. It was an easy packet pickup with no vendors and we got lucky with it being open a little early. We walked around the downtown area and got some lunch at the Rockin’R Bar. It had an outdoor section with nice scenery and we were the first ones for lunch. The downtown area also had a lot of nice scenery and with Montana State University around it had a college town feel.[More]
September 1, 2013
Hot, very hot is how I rate this marathon. I began watching the forecast 10 days out which started out promising, when the 5 day forecast came out, I knew it would be difficult even with the 5 AM start.
I flew into Memphis and drove the 1 ½ hours down to Tupelo, staying at the BestWestern Plus. The hotel was wonderful, the hotel was remodeled and was completely non-smoking. They offered a full breakfast starting at 6AM. Race day they started the breakfast at 3:15AM for us runners, they also shuttled us to the start and they were there to take us back at the end of the race.[More]
Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run
April 6, 2013
When I had signed up for the Umstead Endurance Run back in September, I had planned to run the 50-mile option. But as I was training with a couple runners (Ron and Jeannie) who were planning to do the full, I gradually started thinking of going longer. With the encouragement of Jeannie, Ron and some friends who had completed the race before, I finally officially committed to the full distance with about one month to go, but I was a nervous wreck as it grew close. I could look people in the eye and say “Yes, I’m going for the full 100 miles” but not without a nervous “ACK!” following.
But when race day came, I had all my gear and pacers organized, and was lucky enough to be sharing a home base crew of two (Eric and Cara) with my running buddies Ron and Jeannie. Eric and Cara were going keep in touch with our pacers about our progress so they’d know when to expect our arrival and they would help us with anything they could when we came to the lodge to get us back out on the run quickly [More]
January 13, 2013
My first marathon is in the books! What an awesome weekend and what a great race to do for your first. I should probably preface this by saying I’m a huge Disney geek, so the chances of me loving this race were pretty high.
I’ve been training all summer with the local Raleigh Galloway group, so I was lucky enough to be prepared for the heat. Another great thing about the Galloway group was the leaders who came out to run with us on the long training runs even after the season was technically over. We had leaders from the 12:30’s come out in shifts to help us for our 23 & 26 milers. It helped so much with being mentally prepared, knowing we had already gone that distance, as well as physically knowing how to refuel, what foods/gels worked for us, etc. I truly felt ready for this race. [More]