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My thoughts on being a mom, runner, wannabe health nut, and everything else.

Winter Trail Frosty – The WTF Half

The Winter Trail Frosty – WTF Half was my second event of 2016.  It took place on February 27, 2016.  I was so happy when 131 Event Productions organized this brand new run!  I had been completely bummed that the Winter Night Trail Marathon had sold out before my lazy self had taken the time to sign up.  It had been one of my favorite events of 2015, and I was really looking forward to doing it again.  Luckily, lots of people were upset about missing out on such an epic event – so 131 Event Productions decided to add in another run to give everyone a second opportunity for winter fun!!

To clear it up right away, yes WTF often stands for something other than Winter Trail Frosty.  This fact seemed to rile a few people up, and they felt the need to complain that they couldn’t sign up for the run because of the name.  Sigh.  To be clear, part of the appeal to me was the name; Where’s The Finish is often on my mind when I run.  And so is what you were thinking…nudge, nudge, wink, wink.  If you don’t like the name, if it doesn’t appeal to you, it’s very simple – don’t sign up.  Find an event that is appealing to you.  There really isn’t a reason to complain and cause a fuss. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer Night Trail Marathon – My Experience and Review

The Summer Night Trail Marathon took place at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 6, 2015.  The event offered three different length options: quarter, half, and full marathon.  I ran the half marathon distance only because I do not yet qualify for the full’s time requirements.  Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have a result that will allow me to enter the 26.2 mile option.

Summer Night Trail Marathon

Summer Night Trail Marathon

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2015 Skirt Sports 13er – Want to sign up?

I do not usually sign up for Virtual Runs, but the Skirt Sports 13er half-marathon was one that I decided I couldn’t skip.

For one, I like the message Skirt Sports is sharing with their #REALwomenmove campaign.

“We are surrounded by messages of intimidation and exclusiveness in the world of fitness.  My #REALwomenmove goal is to stop the madness and show women that being fit is something we can all do, regardless of our size, shape, or activity level.” -CEO of Skirt Sports Nicole DeBoom

“Real is the new perfect, and it’s all about embracing fitness , health, and the reality of who we are.  #REALwomenmove is redefining what it means to be a strong, fit woman.” – Skirt Sports Ambassador Jenny Hadfield

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Indy Mini Half-Marathon 2015 Review and My Experience

The Indy Mini is a huge half-marathon and 5k that takes place in Indianapolis, IN every year in May.  The run boasts 30,000+ participants.  The half-marathon, one of the biggest in the country, takes runners on the famed track of the Indy 500. The May 2, 2015 event was my second time participating in the Indy Mini.


The Indy Mini Expo was held at the Indianapolis Convention Center.  There were lots of booths and lots of freebies.  (But not chapstick.  I forgot mine so I looked and looked, but no luck!)   Unfortunately there wasn’t anything that stood out as new or exciting.  Most of the booths were for products I had seen before.  One of the brochures I did grab was for Go Ape at Eagle Creek Park, which looks like a really fun time.  I also bought two Sweaty Bands.  (I do love my headbands!)  Packet pick-up was quick and easy, and I was really pleased with the shirt this year!

Indy Mini 2015 Shirt and Hat

Indy Mini 2015 Shirt and Hat

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Winter Night Trail Marathon 2015 – My Experience

The Winter Night Trail Marathon in Indianapolis bills itself as “Brutally Awesome.”  As a participant in the 2015 half marathon event, I can concur that it most definitely is a brutally awesome event!  This was my first year participating in the race, and I will hopefully be making it an annual run.  The Winter Night Trail Marathon has three distance options: full, half, and quarter.  The course consists of a 6.55 mile loop.

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Runcations: My Top 5 Dream Vacation Race Destinations

January marks the start of a new year and a new race calendar.  As I plan out my runs for the upcoming season, I am excited about the events that I am able to participate in and enjoy.  I do, however, feel jealous of all the runners that sign up for awesome races that I cannot register for!  There are so many ideal running travel destinations all over the world.

While the constraints of time and money (mostly money) may keep me from attending the following events in the near future, it doesn’t stop me from researching and imagining how amazing an experience each race would be.  In no particular order, here are 5 of my top dream race runcation destinations:

1.  Italy

I’d be thrilled to run anywhere in Italy, but the race I have my eye on is the Rome Marathon.  The course takes you past many amazing sites including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain.  My time would be a snail’s pace because I would be too busy enjoying the view and taking tons of pictures!

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Fort 4 Fitness 2014 – My Experience and Recap

The 2014 Fort 4 Fitness took place on September 27.  It was my third time participating in the event.  (I had previously run the 10k in 2012 and the half marathon in 2013.)   I ran my first marathon (The Air Force Marathon) on September 20, and I debated if I was going to be able to run a half marathon the following weekend.  During the taper phase of my marathon training, when my legs were feeling incredibly restless, I decided that I could do it and registered.  Luckily my legs obliged!

The Expo / Packet Pick-up

I didn’t attend.  Boo!  I actually really enjoy expos.  I love looking at all the fitness gear and gadgets.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to go, and my husband went for me.  Vera Bradley again supplied the bags for the race, and I really liked the design.  The shirt, being a unisex style, fit a little off, but it was still nice and long-sleeved.  The race swag back also contained a few other goodies and coupons.

Race Morning

There were plenty of parking areas around the start of the race, so getting to Parkview stadium was quick and easy.  The starting area was two blocks away from the stadium.  The corrals were clearly marked and easy to get in to.  There were plenty of port-a-potties around the start, and combined with the facilities at the stadium, it was quick and easy to use the bathroom.  The race started on time after the singing of the National Anthem, and while I would have preferred cooler weather, it was nice weather for a run!

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