Race Recap | Chicago Marathon

This race recap is long overdue, but I’m not even sure where to begin! I suppose I’ll cover the entire weekend from the beginning…

I went to Chicago for the Chicago Marathon the Friday before the race with my friend and fellow runner, Ashlee, and her (super fun) parents. We arrived in Chicago around noon and checked into the Westin on Michigan Ave. before Ashlee and I promptly went to the expo to get our race bibs and check out the expo vendors.

The Chicago Marathon organizers had set up free shuttles to take people to and from the expo which made transportation REALLY easy. Once we arrived at the expo we were able to get our bibs and shirts (which are simple in design and super cute) without waiting in any lines – amazingness!! There were a ton of vendors with samples and freebies – a major plus in my book – and with Nike as the official partner, there were plenty of activities and special features hosted by the company. A great expo experience!

course map!

course map!

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Race Recap | Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon

Two Sundays ago I drove up to Swanzey, New Hampshire to run the Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon. This race was purely built into my marathon training so I wasn’t planning to run like I would in a regular race – plus the temperature was a little higher than I’d prefer and it was HUMID.

The race starts and finishes at the local middle school and it is a VERY small race, I think about 250 people ran (both half marathoners and there’s a two-person relay option). When I got there I checked in, got my bib and long sleeve shirt, and warmed up. The race started at 9am, and we were off! Continue reading

Race Recap | Boston’s Run to Remember

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! It feels like it was so long ago now. I spent my Sunday morning on Memorial Day weekend running my second Boston’s Run to Remember race. Last year I ran the half marathon and it was hands down my favorite half to date. This year I was definitely struggling to get my training into gear in time for the race, and as a result I decided to switch to the 5 mile race instead. I was bummed at first because I’ve never had to downgrade or back out of a race before, but I knew I needed to be smart and not risk an injury, especially with the Chicago Marathon on the horizon. I have to say, the experience of running the 5 mile race has me thinking I may do the 5 mile instead of the half marathon again next year. Let me break down why… Continue reading

Race Recap | Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler

This past Friday a couple of friends and I escaped for a weekend trip to Martha’s Vineyard for the Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler. Since I’m not marathon training I wasn’t really up for putting my legs through a full 20 miles, so I took advantage of this being the first year that a 2 person relay was offered. My friend Ashlee and I decided to take on the relay together and my friend Nichole (training for her 11th Boston Marathon) was going to do the full race.

We took the ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard on Friday afternoon, where we learned just before boarding about the blizzard that was going to be coming in following day (aka race day). Usually the cape and islands get less snow than the rest of the state, but nope not the case for this storm! We were expected to get 8-12 inches of snow starting mid-day Saturday, making for quite an interesting race.

When we arrived on the island Friday night Ashlee, Nichole, and I met up with a group of runners from the Somerville Road Runners club for dinner at the Black Dog Tavern. A quintessential New England dinner was long overdue and the Black Dog Tavern did not disappoint. We all had amazing meals, most of us got seafood, I had the bruschetta for an appetizer and ordered the scallops for my meal. So delicious!

After dinner the three of us went from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown where we stayed at the Kelley House hotel. I honestly booked the Kelley House because it was the only place I could find a hotel room (the island gets packed with runners!) but the three of us agreed that we LOVED this hotel. First off, there are homemade chocolate chip cookies and cold milk served in the lobby each night, so that was a “must” when we checked in. Our hotel room was perfect, with a super comfy pullout couch in the living room, a kitchenette, full bathroom, big bedroom, plus a porch outside. Once we got settled in our room we all immediately passed out, we needed our rest for race day!

The next morning we went out in search of coffee and breakfast, the race had an 11:00am start time so we didn’t have to rush which was really really nice. We found this cute little coffee shop called Espresso Love where I ordered a piece of toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee.

The weather was cloudy and cold around 35 degrees. Not nearly as cold as I expected so for the race I opted to wear my Old Navy Active compression capris, lululemon run swiftly tech long sleeve, lululemon what the fluff pullover, and my lululemon ear warmers.

Ready to run!

Ready to run!

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Race Recap | Marine Corps Marathon

I remember one particular summer afternoon six years ago while training with a friend for our first 10k race. I distinctly remember saying after what was probably a 4-5 mile run that “I could never run a marathon”. Well, this past weekend I gave myself a huge dose of “never say never” when I completed my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon!
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Race Recap | Allstate Boston 13.1 Half Marathon

The Allstate Boston 13.1 half marathon was this past weekend. I ran this race last year, so I had a sense of what I would be working with. My overall impressions last year were that this race was organized very well and getting in and out of the race site was very easy, the course was on a super flat road along the ocean which can be pretty, yes, but I personally found it more boring. After running along the water (which makes up the bulk of the course), there were a couple of trails that definitely weren’t big enough to accommodate the number of runners trying to get through, but overall a good race. I’ve never repeated a half marathon race before, but the timing  was right this year to get a half in as part of marathon training and this race worked out for my training schedule.
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