Happy Valentine’s Day Running Style

Enjoy some of these races with some discounts!

  1. The Lost Dutchman Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 8K (Apache Junction, AZ): 20% off with RRSVIP
  2. Augusta 1/2 Marathon (Augusta, GA): $5 off with AUG5OF
  3. Olde Gridled Grit 50K, Marathon and Half Marathon (Concord, OH): $10 off with OGG
  4. Running the Shoals Marathon and Half Marathon (Muscle Shoals, AL): 10% off with MRUNS10
  5. Platte River Half Marathon (Littleton, CO): 10% off with bibrave10
  6. 20/10 Mile Drop (Fairport Harbor, OH): $10 off for the 20 Miler, $5 off for the 10 Miler with DROP
  7. Pittsburgh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (Pittsburgh, PA): $10 off with SHARETHELOVE
  8. Blooms To Brews Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and Relay (Woodland, WA): $8 off with flatandbeautiful
  9. Vermont City Marathon (Burlington, VT): $5 off with BibRave5
  10. Mad Marathon: $10 off with BRAVEBrenda, BRAVEEmily

The Extras

  1. Nuun: 20% off with nuunlove16
  2. 2Toms: 20% off with 2Toms20
  3. 2XU: 20% off with RUN20
  4. XX2i: 50% off with XX2iRocks
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Cyber Monday Discounts

Be sure to take advantage of some awesome Cyber Monday Deals!

BibRave Associated Races and Companies

  1. Inside Tracker: Huge savings with BFRIDAY2015
  2. BuluBox: 25% off with CYBERMONDAY
  3. Orange Mud: 20% off and free paracord bracelet with cmon20gift
  4. 2xu: 45% off entire website and free shipping
  5. Zensah: 50% off select compression sleeves with ZensahCM50
  6. Kentucky Derby Marathon and Mini Marathon: $10 off with CyberRace
  7. Sin City Run: 30% off with  GVPcyber
  8. Mad Marathon: Cyber Monday Marathon pricing at $55 and an additional $10 off with BRAVEBrenda

Other Race Discounts

  1. Rudolph Ramble 8K (Chicago, IL): $5 off with cyberrudy
  2. Soldier Field 10 Miler (Chicago, IL): $5 off with cybersf10
  3. Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon (Pittsburgh, PA): $10 off with 10OFFTHANKFUL
  4. P3R: 30% off select Running Gear with CYBERRUNDAY
  5. Race 13.1: 10% off with ChatR131
  6. Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon (Roanoke, VA): 10% off with RUNCHAT10
  7. Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10K: 10% off with ITSHERE
  8. Raccoon Marathon and Half Marathon: $15 off afternoon Half Marathon with CyberHalf or $40 off Double Half with CYBERDOUBLE
  9. Jingle Bell Run (Cleveland, OH): $5 off with FLEETFEET
  10. Finisher’s Pride: 30% off Skinni/mini frame and multi medal frames with cyber15 

Race Review: The Pittsburgh Half Marathon #GameonPGH

The Pittsburgh Half Marathon has been a bucket list race for quite awhile. The race weekend itself, has a kids run, 5K, Half and Full Marathon and Marathon Relay and registration opened in September. Luckily, when I signed up at work, there were no codes or rapid responses! It tends to get pricier in terms of cost, but it’s a good run non the less!

I drove out to Pittsburgh on Friday and picked up my bib and swag at the expo in Downtown Pittsburgh. I got there with 45 minutes to spare. The shirts are nice and long sleeved. Good material to boot. If only races in general would get the idea that just because I’m a woman, I like pink. Just saying. They had a shirt exchange if you wanted to go up or down a size. Men, good luck. At least on Friday, there weren’t a whole lot of men’s sizes to be exchanged. Tons of good vendors (running and non running- who doesn’t like furry friends). The bag pick up was across the expo (to get you through the vendors). I was going to do the 5K as well, but $50 the day before a race for a 5K was a tad steep. I spent the weekend at my grandparents house. Nice to visit, free laundry and I got to see my grandparents first great grandchild.

On race day, I woke up early and was out the door by 5:15. Because I have little working knowledge of downtown Pittsburgh traffic and figured it would be a pig circus (don’t ask me how I got to my grandparents on Friday from downtown), I took public transportation (the T). I parked at one of the park and rides and was downtown in 30 minutes with a boat load of runners. I dropped off my bag in the FedEx drop off area and found B corral. By 7 AM, the gun went off and so were about 18,000+ runners. We started off running through the Strip District before hitting Bridge #1. We headed through the North District and over Bridge #2 right after mile 4. Because 1 bridge at once wasn’t enough, we had bridge #3 right after it.  The crowds around the bridges were definitely a plus. We kept on trugging along and got to Bridge #4 around mile 7. By that point, it was starting to warm up some. I had worn a t-shirt and capris and it was a good choice, but was wishing I had shorts on. It was beginning to feel like the start of 2010 Chicago Marathon when it was 93 when I finished. We took a nice straight shot down Carson Street and my legs were beyond tired at by mile 9/10. Elevation maps can be deceiving and one forgets bridges’ inclines when one doesn’t like them (read the 2011 NYC Marathon). Having Bridge #5 to go over around mile 11 was painful. After we crossed the bridge, we split from the Marathoners and the Marathon Relay. The relay was on runner #3 by that point and a few of the relay runners did join marathon/half marathon races. By mile 12 I was so done and over inclines and ridiculously steep hills (and a tad dehydrated). I was so glad for some downhill. We got to downtown and the crowds were in full force. I crossed the finish about 45 seconds before the women’s marathon winner came in (that’s encouraging!). I was just glad I wasn’t doing the full because of the ridiculous inclines they had to go through.

Along the course, plenty of entertainment. Bands, singers and best of all, some drum lines. Water/gatorade was every 2 miles. Kinda wish it would have been every 1.5 miles, but what can you do. Plenty of food at the finish- bagels, chips, bananas, water and bags to carry them all at the end (how bout just giving us the food already in the bag). Good bling and good post race festivities. It was kind of congested as runners exited the chute. That, and getting into the festivities area was congested. Wasn’t a fan of paying for food, so I headed back to my grandparents.

Overall, a well run race and a must do race for any runner I think.

The Runner of Steel part is no joke! Hills & bridges were a beast but it got done. #gameonpgh #runchat

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BRIDGE! It's almost like a curse word for runners #steelcity #gameonpgh

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Discount Monday: Happy Early Thanksgiving

Race weekends mean expos and expos usually have some discounts!

1. Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon (5/2-5/3/15, Pittsburgh PA): 10% off with PHILLY10PGH15 through 11/28/14

2. Charleston Marathon (1/17/15, Charleston, SC): 10% off with PHIL14 (price increase on 12/2!!!)

3. Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K (4/4/15, Philadelphia, PA): Free hat with PHILLYHAT2

4. City Sports: 20% off a non sale item if a Insider Rewards Member or 10% off if not a member with MARATHON14

5. 12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run (12/13/14, Washington DC), $5 off when you go through here!

6. Route 66 Marathon and Half Marathon: Early Registration discounts to the first 400 runners.  $60 for the half marathon, $70 for the full marathon, $75 for the half/5K, $85 for the Full/5K

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