Races Run

December 31, 2010-January 1st, 2011: NYRR Emerald Nut Run 4 Miler

First run of the year in Central Park.  It started at Midnight and started with fireworks and the whole 9 yards.  Always better than dealing with a few million people in Times Square.  Sparkling “wine” (ie cider) at the 2 mile mark, food, costume contest, music and it wasn’t snowing/sleeting/raining!

February 19, 2011 Amber Frostbite 5 Miler

Look below from today’s earlier review!

March 5, 2011 Run for Youth 4 or 10 Miler

9:00 AM Quakertown, PA- apparently there are some hills here?  we’ll see how this race goes and it’s close to Rondale, PA where Runner’s World is based out of

April 3, 2011 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

7:30 AM, Washington DC- In off the Lottery with the parents and sister!

April 17, 2011 Penn Relays Distance Classic 20K

7:30 AM, Philadelphia PA- My first 20K- we’ll see how it goes!

May 1, 2011 Broad Street Run 10 Mile Run

8:30 AM, Philadelphia PA- because running in a straight line for 10 miles is awesome!

May 15, 2011 Cleveland Marathon

7:00 AM, Cleveland, OH- First Marathon of 2011 and 3rd overall.  Bring on the flatness of Ohio! Or so I thought.  I ended up running the Half Marathon due to under training and burn out.  Next year, OH will have it’s day in the marathon category!

July 30, 2011 NYRR Queens Half Marathon

7:00 AM, Queens NY.  Head over to here to hear about how I signed up for this one!

September 18, 2011 Rock \’n\’ Roll Philadelphia

8:00 AM, Philadelphia PA- My third time running what used to be the Philadelphia Distance Run.  Last year, I used it as a 17 mile run while training for the Chicago Marathon on 10/10/10

November 6, 2011 ING New York City Marathon

7:30 AM, New York City, NY- Running for Jack\’s Fund in an effort to raise money for Melanoma

Frostbite 5 Miler

One of my goals is to write about races I’ve done.  On Saturday, I ran the Ambler Area Running Club Frostbite 5 Miler.  I heard about it last year and signed up for it this year.  This was the 12th annual race and it started/ended at Wissahickon High School.  Race was well run and there was definitely plenty of parking.  The race did sell out this year, but they had a wait list going and if runners weren’t checked in/ hadn’t picked up their shirts/ bibs by 8:45 Saturday AM, wait listed runners could jump in.  I picked up my number and shirt on Friday night, an option I always like so I don’t have to race day of the race.  They even provided a packet which had different deals in it (including 20% off at the Jenkintown or Fairmount Running Company Stores).  Additionally, the race supports a cause each year and this year, they supported the Kelly Anne Dolan Fund.  Ambler is about 30 minutes from Philadelphia, so Saturday, I left around 8 for WHS and arrived a little after 830.  I had enough time to get a 1 mile warmup done around the track and a quick restroom break before the race began.

Pros:

  1. Well organized race
  2. Bib pick up day before the race with long sleeved tech shirt
  3. Volunteers at intersections/ corners directing runners
  4. Good course overall, although this one was hilly
  5. B Chip timing (timing chip on the back of your bib)
  6. Post race food- bananas, water, oranges, chili, sandwiches, chips, ets

Needs some working on

  1. The last mile or so was on a trail that was still wet and muddy from the snow melting.  Additionally, it was only 2 people wide which slowed people/ the race down. I think many of us were expecting to be running on the road 10 feet away from the trail
  2. Not sure how much I like chili and hot dogs at 10 AM, especially after running 5 miles
  3. Difficult to hear announcements/ horn for the start if you were closer to the back

Overall, a good race.  It was in the 40s and sunny, however wind gusts up to 50 mph.  Personally, my legs were somewhat stiff and tired after 2 weeks straight of running which led to 62 total miles.  Look for this race next year!

Ambler Area Running Club site for Frostbite 5 miler

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