Black Friday Running Style

Enjoy Black Friday from your couch!

1. Biggest Loser Run/Walk: 40% off with BLACKFRIDAY
2. Competitor Running: 30% off apparel beginning Friday
3. Zensah: 50% off compression socks beginning at 8 pm tonight
4. Final Kick Events: Black Friday deals include 20% off $50, 30% off $100, 40% off $250 and 50% off $500
5. Hollywood Half Marathon (4/5/14): 20% off with axhollytravel

Stay tuned…

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! We all need some sort of race discount over the holidays so here you go!

1. Active Advantage: 25% off cold gear with aacoldweather
2. Road ID 15% off ID and apparel with NFVWPW898W
3. Atlantic City Marathon: 30% off any race with ACMTURKEY2013
4. Biggest Loser Run/Walk Erie: $5 off with AXBIGERIE
5. Kentucky Derby Marathon/ mini Marathon: $5 off with AXKDFEXTEND

Enjoy!

Williams Route 66 Half Marathon

For some, going on vacation means going some place warm and relaxing. For me, it meant visiting friends in Chicago followed by flying to Tulsa for the Route 66 Half marathon (state #18/50). I was expecting it to be warmer than Chicago or Cleveland, but oh how wrong I was. I flew in on Friday and I think most of my flight consisted of runners. There was a free shuttle to the hotel, where I checked in and then walked to the expo to pick up my packet. The perk of being a Half Fanatic member is I got a snazzy bib wand we had a maniacs corner for half fanatics, marathon maniacs and the 50 state marathon orgs.
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Saturday, I was back at the expo as a volunteer. You know when the doors first open because of the rush of people that flood in. We had some first timers, people who I couldn’t understand their names and a whole lot of fun. Why fun? Because of this guy:
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Let’s just say we knew when we had a marathon virgin and a marathon maniac signing in! Another perk? Free lunch. I headed back to the hotel to watch some football and to pray for a quick fix to my congestion and my headache that knocked me out for a few hours. After an OSU win, I headed out for a quick bite to eat.

Sunday AM, the race started bright and early at 8 AM and the start was a block from the hotel. The downside? The weather didn’t realize I wasn’t in Cleveland or Chicago and decided that 22* with wind would be awesome weather. After a group photo of Marathon maniacs and half Fanatics (and peer pressure to get Bart Yasso in our photo), we headed to the start in a miserable attempt to stay warm (3 long sleeved shirts and gloves). Off I went and it took a bit to get warm. I’m not sure when Tulsa grew some hills, but they were there. A good mile in and began having feeling in my hands and feet again. We took in some of the nice part of town and come mike 3, some orange cones diverting us around some ice. We ran by one of the private schools who had kids holding up signs at each of their 7 speed bumps to prevent us from landing flat on our faces. Come mile 5, we started a break from hills (yay us!!) and we hit the main strip of shopping (if only I was staying closer to that). My 10k time was else’s than stellar, that’s for sure. I kept on chugging and attempted to keep ahead of the 2:13 pace group. Somewhere around mile 11, we hit Route 66. All I could think about was 2 miles left and I’d be done. Some more hills were thrown in and shortly after mile 12, the half and full split off (yay me for being almost done!). We got a little bit of a downhill and then a turn before running into the finish. It was a warm, steamy 25* when I finished and I’m pretty sure wind burn was everywhere. It was so cold, I went through the post race chute pretty fast, got some water and my medal, switched my medal for the Half fanatic medal and trigger back to my hotel.

It took a good hour to de thaw myself (hot shower and covers) before heading out to the airport and back to Cleveland. It’s overall a good race, that I think had fluke weather this year. If it were normal OK weather, I think it would have been warmer. The race was well done, but the only issue I had (and that other Half Fanatics had) was our medal was engraved with the race being on 11/23/13 when the race was 11/24/13. Oh well I guess?

Marshall Univ Half Marathon

November 10th seems long ago, when really it was only 10 days ago.  When you work close to 80 hours a week and you’re done with looking at a computer screen by the time you get home from work, the last thing you want is more computer screen time, so I apologize this is late!  Now that I’ve had a few days to detox on vacation, here’s the Marshall 1/2 Marathon race recap.

Originally, I was suppose to work Nov. 10.  Small issue since I was signed up to race, but no worries, a switch and problem solved.  I worked a 12 hr shift at work on November 9th so no expo, no free pasta dinner and no hearing Bart Yasso speak.  My mom was also running, so she picked up my race stuff for me.  I left work at 730 PM.  Note, it’s about 5 hrs from Cleveland, OH to Huntington, WV. Enter caffeine and decent driving weather.  I drove, and drove, and drove some more before arriving at the hotel at about 12:30 AM.  Talk about being tired.  I changed, pinned my bib on my shirt and went to bed.  Who needs a shower when you’re going to be showering after a race in 9 hrs anyways?

After falling asleep around 1 AM, we were up and at em at 6 AM. YAWN.  Had my mom not already been there, me not having already paid and spent another $30 on the jacket, I would have turned around about an hour into my drive the day before.  We were about a 10 minute drive from the start so we were there and parked by 6:35.  We may or may not have parked in a Donato’s parking lot down the street from the stadium. We also found port a potties with no lines (Score!!).  We waited around for the start and we were a few minutes delayed before Bart Yasso sent us off.

Holy flatness.  I love flatness.  The race was full of flatness with an occasional incline if you want to even call it that.  The first few miles I felt really good.  And then the fact I was tired and working on 5 hrs of sleep after 5 hrs of driving and a 12.5 hr shift began to kick in.  The first few miles took us through the city.  Somewhere after the 10K mark, we worked our way through a park with a bike path.  Since there’s only 2000 runners, we never felt overly crowded or like we were overwhelmed.  Somewhere between 8-9, Bart Yasso appeared again and shortly after, I took off for the port a potty with no line.  The further in we got, it seemed like the water station tables got shorter.  There were one or two where I got no water at all because I couldn’t get over fast enough for it.  The course is a loop course so we looped backed along the river and into the middle of Huntington, WV.  I was happy to see the last mile or so and was debating what to get for lunch (or what sounded good for lunch).  With about 1/2 a mile left, the marathoners peeled off to start their second loop of the course while all of us who were only 1/2 crazy continued straight and eventually hit the football stadium.  You turn in and run down one of the tunnels onto the field and basically do about 75 yards one way and 75 yards back to the finish carrying a football and with your name being announced as you finish.  You also have the Marshall Mascot available for photo ops (minus the Harley he uses to ride onto the field).  I waited for my mom who came in about 25 minutes after me.  I finished in a little over 2:08, not bad for 5 hrs of sleep.

Overall, I’d come back for the Marshall 1/2 Marathon.  It’s small, but it’s flat and fun.  There were a few issues though.  For some reason, there was an issue getting the starting mat down for the chip timing and it would have pushed the start time back 40 minutes had they continued.  My Garmin time and my actual time was about 3 seconds off so something happened right??  Also, it sounds like people took advantage of the free pasta a little too much so others couldn’t fully enjoy it (c’mon guys, really??).  I wish there would have been a few more tables at some of the water stops because of the few I missed.

Eventually, I’ll come back and make a weekend of this race and do a football game before running the race again.  Well done Marshall Half, well done!

Happy Pay Week!!

Thursday was payday and despite having to work today, I’ll be off to WV tonight for the Marshall Univ. 1/2 Marathon.  Since I firmly believe in not paying full price, here’s some help!

  1. Mercerville Fire Company 5K (12/14/13- Mercerville, NJ)- 10% off with mercerville10fc
  2. Cleveland Marathon and Half Marathon (5/18/14, Cleveland, OH)- $10 off the Marathon with 2014RACM and $5 off the Half Marathon with 2014RACHM
  3. Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Columbus (11/17/2013, Columbus, OH) $5 off with ACTIVECBUS5OFF
  4. Go Santa Go 5K (12/1/13, Chicago, IL)- $10 off with GOSTANTA10CGA

Enjoy and happy running!

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