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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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Running a Marathon: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

I have ran a marathon in the past.  I have planned to run others.  It didn’t work out.  Now I am debating my running plans for the upcoming year.  I want to run another marathon, I think, but I also don’t want to set myself up for more disappointment.

There are very few things that are guaranteed in life, so not planning on doing something because it may not work out is dumb.  I realize this.

AIRFORCEMAR

New medal and yummy beer? Yes please!

*After my first marathon in 2014.  (That beer was excellent.)

There are, however, both real pros and cons to training for and completing a marathon….

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I Was Supposed to Run a Marathon Yesterday

In the spring, I had high hopes for this fall.  I was planning on running my second marathon. I was going to train harder and beat my time from my first marathon in 2014.  I wasn’t going to crash at mile 20 and have trouble recovering. It would all go as planned this time around; it was going to be awesome.

Carefully, I chose my race: the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon.  Mid-October weather would be perfect, I thought.  Columbus would be a fun and flat city to run in.  The dedicated miles would be motivating.  I was excited!

October weather is perfect for running!

October weather is perfect for running!

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Run for Riley 5 Mile Run and 5k Fitness Walk: My Experience

The 2015 Run for Riley 5 Mile Run and 5k Fitness Walk took place on October 11.  The run is put on to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children.  All proceeds from the race, every dollar from every registration, is donated to the hospital.  This year an anonymous group of donors agreed to double the amount donated if the run could raise $25,000.  They did it!  In total for 2015, the Run for Riley donated $52,430!

Run for Riley

Run for Riley

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Defender’s Dash 5k/11k: Review and Experience

The Defender’s Dash in Fort Wayne, Indiana is a race to honor heroes in the community and pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001.  The run offers two length options: 5k and 11k.  When registering for the race, participants can choose which charity their registration fee supports.  The charities have been chosen by the local Police, Fire/Rescue, EMTs, and Armed Forces, and in 2015, the Hoosier Burn Camp, Shepherd’s House, and Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House were all supported by the Defender’s Dash.

Service Members providing race support at the Defender's Dash 5k/11k

Service Members providing race support at the Defender’s Dash 5k/11k

Fire Fighters raising the flag at the Defender's Dash 5k/11k

Fire Fighters raising the flag at the Defender’s Dash 5k/11k

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Fall Running: 5 Reasons Running in Autumn is the Best

Cooler weather, colorful leaves, and the appearance of pumpkins EVERYWHERE signifies the beginning of fall.  One of the best things about autumn?  Perfect running weather!

After adjusting to summer heat and breathing in hot humid air, fall weather is a welcome change.  You know those runs where everything just feels perfect?  Those happen for me in the fall.  Breathing isn’t as hard and my pace usually increases!  Coming off of an awful running summer (injuries and scheduling issues,) I am so, so ready for fall!

5 reasons fall is the best running season:

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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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Indianapolis Spartan Sprint 2015 – Review and My Experience

The 2015 Indianapolis Spartan Sprint took play on May 16 in Laurel, Indiana.  This was my third time participating in this event, and it was also (to me) the most difficult!  Downpours the night before the Sprint created one of the muddiest courses I have ever had the pleasure to run on.  (I use the term “run” loosely here.)

Parking

Parking at the venue, Haspin Acres, is only available to those participants that purchase a VIP parking spot.  The majority of racers park at an off-site location and are bused in to the venue.  (While doing this is annoying, the first year I participated in the event parking at Haspin Acres was atrocious.  The one way in and one way out made the line and wait incredibly long and there were limited spots.  The transfer on the bus is a huge improvement.)  My GPS was taking me who-knows-where when we passed by the Spartan off-site location.  I was thankfully only charged $10 for my van (Spartan changed their parking prices this year.  I think it’s ridiculous, and I was grateful that I didn’t have to argue with anyone.  This attendant charged me the same price as cars despite driving a minivan!)  Buses were waiting to take racers, port-a-potties were available, and the transfer was quick and easy.

Registration / Bag Check

After signing my waiver and finding my bib number, I was lucky to be in a short line.  It only took a few minutes to receive my race packet.  Some of the lines were much longer though, and it took other participants 20+ minutes to make it through.  I slipped on my headband, put on my multiple wristbands, and headed to bag check.  Checking my bag cost $5, and it was super fast and easy.

Start Line

Indianapolis Spartan Sprint 2015 Start Line

Indianapolis Spartan Sprint 2015 Start Line

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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.

EXPO

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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Responsibilities (and other annoying things about life) that get in the way of running!

It has again been way too long since I’ve blogged!  Although I haven’t been at my best (darn numbness issues,) I do have a few race reviews to get up and lots of other running-related issues on my mind.  There have been SO MANY non-running occurrences in life lately that I haven’t had an abundance of time left over, so when I’ve had any time, I’ve tried to utilize it for actually running (instead of writing about it!)

In no particular order, here are my list of annoying (and often times very, very important) aspects of life that get in the way of running:

Me Looking Very Annoyed :)

Me Looking Very Annoyed 🙂

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