Frederick Half Marathon (and a PR!)

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Sunday morning was The Race. That’s how I had been glorifying it in my mind for the past several months. “Don’t slack on your workout; The Race is right around the corner!”

I had been training hard, stayed injury-free and was ready to run a sub-1:32 half marathon. I had been repeating “7 minute miles” in my head for the past week, and even told my boyfriend my mantra so he could yell it during the race.

Even with all that mental preparation, I’ll admit that my pre-race ritual was less-than-ideal. Instead of resting the day before, I spent Saturday morning on my feet at an educational/networking event. Instead of my traditional pre-race pasta, I drank 2 Coronas and ate delicious homemade Mexican food at a house party. Instead of going to sleep early, I spent 2 and a half hours round-trip in a car Saturday night going to visit friends and didn’t crawl into bed until 6 hours before my alarm was set to go off.

Fortunately, I didn’t have any terrible reactions to the food and had gotten 9 hours of sleep most nights leading up to the race, so I felt surprisingly good on the morning of The Race. The weather was chilly (low 40s) but the sun was out and there was very little wind. With capris and a thin long-sleeved technical shirt, I was ready to race.

My boyfriend Brian dropped me off at the fairgrounds around 6:40 and I made my way to the start. The crowds were easy enough to navigate, and the start area had signs along the sides suggesting where you should line yourself up based on pace and finish time. I made my way up to the front next to the large “7:00 MILE” sign and repeated my mantra in my head.

An a cappella group sang the national anthem and a few minutes later we were off and running. I had opted for my low-tech watch rather than my GPS running watch, so I wasn’t sure what my pace would be coming through the first mile but was feeling good and hoping I’d be right around 7 or maybe a second or two slower.

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All over the place! This is how NOT to run a race…

6:42. Whoops.

I tried to back off for mile 2 [6:58] but then panicked thinking I might be backing off too much so I picked it up slightly during mile 3 [6:52], tried to back off again and overshot it [7:06] and then leveled back out at 7:01 for mile 5.

This race was not going as planned. From mile 5 on, my splits were all over the place and not at all where I wanted to be. My time at mile 6 was dead on – 42:00, 7 minute pace – but I knew that my ridiculously fast early miles were the reason for that time. I was running between 7:15 and 7:30 pace in the middle of the race. I knew my sub-1:32 goal was out of the question at this point, but I could still run a PR if I didn’t drop my pace any further. My mid-race despair was replaced with determination and a new goal: maintain pace, stay motivated, run sub-1:34.

I took my first gel around mile 7 [but I think I should have taken one earlier] and felt pretty good by the time I got to mile 8. Maybe it was the sugar from the gel or the milestone of knowing I only had 5 more miles to go, but I felt great and it showed [really, where did that 7:05 come from?!]. It helped that around this time a spectator yelled out that I was the tenth overall female, which motivated me for about 5 seconds before realizing that I couldn’t hold the position for long. My legs were on fire, my body hurt, and I just wanted to finish. Now.

At this point in the race, I was focusing on one mile at a time. When I passed 11, I did some quick math and thought I was on pace to finish under 1:34. By 12, I was pretty confident but wasn’t quite sure how long that final 0.1 miles would take me. There was a hill during the last half mile which I knew about going into the race but completely forgot about it until I saw it in front of me and suddenly thought, “Crap! I didn’t plan for this!”

My legs were still on fire, and turning onto a dirt race track for the finish didn’t make anything easier. Still, I was in the final stretch and knew I didn’t have very much wiggle room for my goal time so I dug deep and pushed it in. I crossed the finish line as the clock ticked over from 33 to 34, so I knew I at least ran a PR but wasn’t positive if my time would be under 1:34 or not. My boyfriend (who is still new to the running community) was also questioning my time and nervously asked me, “So… that time on the big clock isn’t necessarily your time, right?”

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Race Reflection

I changed out of my cold, wet clothes and into the awesome race premium [more on that later!] and proudly wore my medal while Brian and I enjoyed our complimentary beers. As we were making our way home, I thought I’d try scanning the QR code on my bib to see if it actually worked. To my surprise, it not only worked but had up-to-the-minute race results!

My official time was 1:33:52 and I finished 2nd in my age group. My time wasn’t as fast as I originally wanted it to be, but I still ran a PR!

There are three things I will do differently for my next race: Wear my GPS watch for pace, take another gel earlier in the race, and add longer runs into my training [I only got up to 11 miles once].

What’s Next?

I’m toying with the idea of running the ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon on June 1 in hopes of running my coveted sub-1:32, though I’m a little nervous about the heat. I think I’m going to keep training and make a decision when it gets closer. If not, it’s on to training for TWO fall marathons: Chicago and Philly!

More About Frederick

I’ve already rambled on about my race long enough, but I am going to do a SECOND post about the Frederick Half Marathon because my experience was AWESOME. It was such an organized race and you could tell that the runners were truly their primary focus. Kudos to the organizers!

Surviving the Pre-Taper Slump

26 Apr

I don’t know what it is about the week before you start tapering for a race, but it always hits me hard. My motivation tanks and I would love nothing more than to crawl in bed and not wake up until race morning.

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic.

But really! I’m not sure if it’s the months of training wearing me down or the temptation of an easy taper week ahead, but that critical final week of training never comes easy. I thought it was just me, but I have two friends running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon this weekend and they described going through the same thing last week!

I’m running the Frederick Half Marathon next Sunday, so this past week was “the week” for me. Knowing what I was up against, I did everything I could to try to overcome my slump and power through my training. These were my mantras for the week:

  • Run early and get it over with – This is true in two ways. First and foremost, I prefer to run in the morning so it’s not hanging over my head all day and I don’t have time to come up with an excuse not to run. During this week, I also tried to get all my runs & workouts in early in the week so my body will have plenty of time to rest. I normally skip a day or two during the week and make up the miles over the weekend, but I didn’t want to back-load my miles a week before race day. Sure, I was dying for a break midweek but I know it will be worth it when I cross the line next Sunday.
  • You can sleep when your dead tapering – Piggybacking off my first point, inevitably when my alarm would go off at 4:45 my immediate reaction was to snooze it and “run later” (i.e. oversleep & then skip my run that afternoon). While sleep is always an important part of training, I know that I’m going to need it more next week while I’m tapering and preparing for my race. So instead of snoozing my alarm, I’d get up and daydream about the mass amounts of sleep I’m going to enjoy next week. Ahhh…
  • Keep your eye on the prize – Pretty straightforward, but it worked. This half marathon is my goal race for the spring season (sub-1:34!) so jeopardizing months of training with one lazy week is simply not an option. Plus, I don’t want to be at mile 9 and have the little voice in my head chirping, “You really shouldn’t have skipped that workout last week…” Best to leave no room for excuses!

I’m really interested to get some thoughts on this! Do you know what I’m talking about, or am I just burnt out??! Do you run into a training slump the week or two before your taper? How do you train through it?

Boston Love

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Our thoughts, hearts & prayers go out to Boston as we try to make sense of these senseless acts. Unable to turn off the heartbreaking news, looking at pictures of the devastation, wondering why this would happen—we are just thankful that those we knew who were running, and their families who were there to share in a joyous milestone, are okay. We know not everyone was so lucky and so we do what we know best—we run, we endure, and we keep you all in our thoughts.

Much love to our running family out there, near, far, in Boston and beyond.

[UPDATE: I had to add the Boston Magazine cover to this post, because it is amazing. Read the magazine's story behind the cover. - Lara]

Everyday we’re shufflin’!

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What’s green, hunting for beer, and covers 8 kilometers?

Why, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, of course!

I know, it’s already April… St. Paddy’s Day has already come in a frenzy of green glitter and golden beads, and left some us in a hazy hangover weeks ago. But for 40,000 runners in Chicago, the time to celebrate a little Irish fun was this past Sunday.

Because I signed up for the Bank of America’s Chicago Marathon, Brandi thought this would be good “practice” for me. The race is put on by the same people, it runs the same streets, and just like the marathon, there are 40,000 runners.

Practice for a marathon that doesn’t involved a 20-miler? Sounds great!

The weather was pretty nice for the Shamrock Shuffle: 45 degrees, sunny, slightly windy but not bad for Chicago. The atmosphere was cheerful, the volunteers all had smiles on their faces, and a later start time of 9:15 meant I was feeling well-rested as we headed to Grant Park for the starting line.

The Shamrock Shuffle is set off in two waves. The first wave started around 8:30 a.m., with staggered corrals. If you’re a speedier runner and have a recent race time to prove it, you can start in this wave. Brandi could have started earlier, but since we were heading to the race together, she changed her corral so she could start with me in the 9:15 wave.

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As we waited to start, the announcer told us we had some special guests in the crowd running with us: Danni Allen, the most recent winner of The Biggest Loser, and Robbie Gould, the Chicago Bears kicker. I have to admit, I’m a Steelers fan so big whoop about Robbie, but Danni was running in the same wave & corral as me?! I was pretty stoked and kept looking around to say hi. That girl is amazing!

Soon enough, though, the race started and after a few minutes of waiting around, our corral crossed the starting mat and we were off.

“See ya later!” Brandi called over her shoulder as she took off. Her goal was to go for 7:30 splits, while I was hoping for 10:00 splits, so yes…she would see me much later.

It took the first mile to get used to having SO many people around. I was a little annoyed at those who started to walk right away (read: ¼ mile) in the race because they were blocking me (and many other runners) but hey—good for you for getting out there. I weaved in & out of people, got cut off a few times, probably cut other people off a few times, and strategically looked for places to spit. Yes, it was good experience to run in such a large crowd so I know what to expect in the marathon. It was fun—there were always people to pass and push yourself for, and sometimes having someone in front of you to slow you down for a moment let you readjust your pace so you weren’t going too fast.

Running around corners & the drink/aid stations were the worst parts of the run. At the street corners, everyone instinctively cut in closer, so it became a jumble of people. I would literally have to stop and walk for a couple steps as everyone spaced back out. At the drink stations, if you were off to one side or another, people would literally cut you off the whole way through the stations. One lady almost ran smack into me. There were only two aid stations I believe (because who really needs a Gatorade stop on a 5 mile run?); on the second station I stayed in the middle of the road so people didn’t cut me off so severely in their haste for some high quality H2O.

The best part were the fans along the route. At one point near the beginning of the race, we ran under a bridge and it was completely lined with people cheering and calling down at us. Fans lined most of the streets too, and lots of little kids were doling out high fives.

I felt pretty good and strong the whole race. I forgot my Garmin so I wasn’t able to keep track of splits. Instead, I went by how I felt. It was nice to let the times go and just focus on breathing and picking up my legs when they felt like they could go faster.

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I finished at a strong 50:03 (10:04 average pace), which I was happy with considering my ‘long’ runs of 7 miles have been averaging around 11-11:30 in the last couple of weeks.

After the race, we met back at Grant Park for our free post-race Michelob Ultra (not too shabby)…

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And then continued our belated-Irish celebration with a few more [real] beers & lunch with some runner friends.

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All in all, a great race, a fun day, and I’m looking forward to race season as Spring warms up!

Tell me: What are your tips for huge races? I didn’t have to deal with actually getting anything from the aid stations, fueling, bathroom pit stops, etc. but I bet in the long haul of 26.2 miles that can all be a challenge. I can use some tips!

What’s your next race?
I’m gearing up for the Wisconsin Half Marathon in Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 4th. It’s the Cheesiest!

Chicago Marathon Sign-up Fiasco

23 Mar

If you’re a runner, you’re probably already aware of the Chicago Marathon registration fiasco.

If not, here’s a quick recap: Registration opened for the 2013 Chicago Marathon on February 19. The technical servers at Active.com, the site hosting the registration process, couldn’t handle the HUGE amount of traffic that would have probably filled the marathon in record time, maybe just hours. Their site crashed: some people could not get to the registration form at all; some would get partially through registration but time out; some would unknowingly get all the way through and register multiple times. After a couple hours, registration was suspended. Marathon officials finally held a lottery for the remaining 15,000 open spots (hosted on their OWN site, may I point out). Those 15,000 (of about 36,000 in the lottery) who were chosen at random had a couple days to then actually sign up. If you weren’t chosen—that was it, better luck next year, unless you wanted to sign up to run [and raise a lot of money] for a charity.

Where does this leave me, Amanda, who decided to finally run my first marathon—so excited, committed and motivated that I had told pretty much EVERYone I knew?

The night before marathon registration began, Brandi attended an official event at the Chicago House of Blues and was able to pre-register. “Sign up as soon as you can tomorrow,” she had told me. She heard buzz that it would fill in record time.

So, I was one of the thousands who logged on at 12:00 on the dot when registration opened. I had one hour before I had to leave work to catch a flight to a conference. After countless page refreshes and curse words in my mind, I gave up and just figured I’d try later. I didn’t even think about it again until a few hours had passed, just minutes before we were to begin boarding the flight I had to be on. Miraculously, I got to the registration page, put in my personal & credit card info—only to then receive an error message. I gave up and boarded the flight.

It wasn’t until later that night when I realized what a mess the registration was turning out to be. Lara called me to say she couldn’t get through and registration was suspended. I wasn’t even sure if I was registered, until I checked my credit card statement online and saw there was a charge. Phew. But I was still bummed: Brandi, Lara & I had all decided we would run it together…that was one of the biggest reasons I had even decided to run the marathon in the first place. If Lara couldn’t participate, then it just wouldn’t be the same. I could feel my excitement waning.

Lara signed up for the lottery, only to receive a rejection email that she wasn’t one of those chosen to sign up. Womp. What were we to do? Lara could sign up to run through a charity—but having done that in the past, she knew how hard it was to raise the large amount of money needed for that, which could be over $1000.

“YOU HAVE TO DO IT!” I kept telling her. She had two sisters ready & willing to help her raise the money for a charity, if that’s what it took to get her in.

So, that’s what she did. She signed up through Girls on the Run to raise money & run for their cause. It’s a cause all three of us sisters believe in and have run for before, and actually, I am glad we can support them as we run this race. 26.2 miles to help young girls build confidence and self-esteem? What better reason could there be?

Don’t worry…we’ll be posting a donation link for you to help, too. ;)

So there you have it—despite the pesky interweb’s best try, all three of us RUN sisters have signed up for the Chicago Marathon. Hope you’re all ready to hear about it for the next 6 months!

Let us know: Were you able to get in? Do you know someone else who is signing up through a charity to run?

Chicago Marathon, Here I Come

17 Feb

“Are you crazy? Heck no. I will never run a marathon!”

Famous words out of my mouth, uttered many times over the last several years. Until one day about a month ago, a tiny speck of “What if?” entered my mind. And proceeded to grow.

I guess I knew it might happen one day. I had told people, “I’m only half-crazy, I’ll stick to half marathons. Maybe when I get tired of those.”

Well, I guess I got tired of 13.1. The wonder of “Will I be able to finish?” and the rigors of training became expected and…I can’t say easy, but certainly no longer the insurmountable challenge that I once felt elated and excited about overcoming. I had done it, several times over, and I knew I could. I needed something new to conquer.

Enter the Naples Half Marathon “runcation” with my sisters about a month ago. It was the hardest 13.1 miles I had ever run, and it was certainly not my best time—in fact, it was my worst time ever. But, I had finished, something many times during that race I wasn’t sure I would be able to do, and I guess that’s when I realized that I had officially defeated the half marathon. It was time to up the ante.

It started with my sisters talking nonchalantly about the marathons they had run over some happy hour drinks after our race that weekend. Fueled by a couple fruity beverages, I decided, this was my year! I would run a marathon with them!

The next day we laughed it off—alcohol can make you bold, but c’mon guys—I still wasn’t that crazy. I would leave the marathon running up to them. But somewhere in the back of my mind, that curiosity was beginning to grow and I tried to ignore it. Did I really want to go through the time, dedication, and mental/physical strain of marathon training? Not to mention the actual race of 26 miles. Plus the .2 at the end…I always imagine that’s got to feel like the longest part.

The next night at dinner with some wine in hand (we know how to balance run + fun, what can I say), the topic came up again. The Marathon. I think Brandi and Lara could sense I was teetering, and they continued to talk it up. Lara sealed the deal when she said this year, she would be coming to run the Chicago Marathon with Brandi. Well, if they were both running it—what better race could I wait for?

I told them that was it—I was going to do it. And of course, they didn’t believe me. That’s just the wine talking, they probably thought.

A couple weeks later, I decided to hold myself accountable so I wouldn’t back out from the fear, and posted on Facebook that I was going to sign up. What better accountability than 673 “friends”! Lara asked if I had been drinking wine again.

This time, no—it was all me with a clear and focused mind. I’m ready to run a marathon, and on Tuesday at noon I will be signing up, along with my sisters, to do something I never thought I would do in my life: Run 26.2 miles.

Any advice for a marathon newbie? Any good books or training you’d recommend? I’ll take all the help I can get!

The Next Big Thing

13 Feb get inspired • 2013

The Chicago Marathon registration is opening on February 19, 2013 at noon CST.

Guess which of the three run sisters will be signing up to run 26.2?

(What about YOU?)

How to Enjoy Running on the Treadmill (Almost)

5 Feb

With temperatures dropping into the teens last week (and even lower for my poor sisters north of Chicago), running outside was not happening.

I’m not sure where this snobby attitude towards cold weather came from. In high school, I remember finishing runs in northeast Ohio with ice-covered eyelashes. In college in southwest PA, we ran through snow and slush for most of our training for track season. But now that I’m a Recreational Runner, I’m liberated by the fact that I don’t have to run out in the treacherous elements! I have a choice! I have FREEDOM!

Unfortunately, that usually means that I find myself stuck on the treadmill more often than I’d like.

Lately, I’ve been actually – dare I say – enjoying my treadmill runs. I reflected on how I managed this feat and thought I’d share my tips on making the treadmill slightly more enjoyable (or bearable at least!).

  • Find a running buddy. As with most forms of exercise, strength in numbers usually work. My normal running partner is also averse to cold weather, so we’ve moved our weekly running dates indoors. It’s the accountability factor, both for showing up at the gym as well as not pressing the “Pause” button the treadmill. Plus, you can run at different paces so you don’t have to worry about holding the other person back or leaving them in the dust snow.
  • Don’t look at the numbers. I literally put a sweatshirt or towel over my treadmill. Watching each minute or tenth of a mile tick up is excruciating. Cover up the dashboard and only let yourself look at it at predetermined times (after 4 songs, at 8:30, etc.) to check your progress.
  • Run your own pace. This goes hand-in-hand with the previous bullet. The good – and bad – thing about the treadmill is that you can see exactly what pace you are going and it never changes (unlike in normal outdoor running). Set the treadmill at an easier-than-normal pace (for me, I start at 6mph or 10 minute miles) and as you warm up, start pressing the button to increase it gradually but don’t look at the pace on the dashboard. As you settle into each new pace, pump it up or bring it back depending on how you feel rather than how your mind reacts to seeing 8:24 pace flash across the dashboard.
  • Get new music. When all else fails, putting new music on my iPod or just creating a new playlist of old music always motivates me. I don’t listen to the playlist when I’m not at the gym so it’s almost a treat when I go to the gym because I get to hear the songs that have been stuck in my head since my last run.
  • Set goals. If you need to stop, set a goal first. Sometimes I’ll break up a run by telling myself, “Okay, after 2 miles I can jump off and grab water but then I have to run for 3 when I get back on.” Or tell yourself you’ll run until the end of the next song/TV show/commercial break, etc. Setting mini-goals (and achieving them!) always seems to motivate me through my workout.

Hope some of these tips help! Do you have any to add?

Naples Half Marathon Race Recap

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A little over a week ago, we were in Florida getting ready to run the Naples Half Marathon. It was about 65 degrees, 100% humidity, and sunny. At home in Chicago now, it’s about 25 degrees and snow is falling. What a difference a week makes.

Our Naples Runcation was a success! We arrived on Saturday morning, got picked up by our gracious hostess with the mostest, Holly, then headed to pick up our race packets at Naples of the Run. We then settled into our fantastic hotel, The Cove Inn, and went for a little shakeout run to get ready for the big day.

Brandi | finish time: 1:49:32 (8:24 pace)
Race morning, I didn’t feel great. Turns out I can drink wine with dinner the night before a race; craft beer, on the other hand, does not agree with me. Cardinal rule of running: Don’t try anything new or different! Oh well. We got dressed and jogged over to the starting line. The Star Spangled Banner was one of the best renditions I’ve heard live. It was an a cappella group – I thought it was a recording! Halfway through the song, the speakers went out. Without missing a beat, all of the runners raised their voices and finished the song. It was so moving, I had tears in my eyes! It may have been a gimmick to pump us up, and if it was, it worked! It was an amazing way to start the race.

Now I’m not super religious, but about halfway through the race, we passed a large church. Outside, there was a reverend sprinkling holy water on racers and encouraging them to ‘keep up the great work’. I really needed that inspiration at that very moment, and I appreciate that it wasn’t overly preachy.

Mid-race inspiration

Lara | finish time: 1:41:30 (7:41 pace)
I’m not sure who I was kidding, but I was not expecting it to be so humid in Naples! I also remember the reverend sprinkling holy water and thinking, “Man, I really need this right now.” After going out in a 6:48 first mile and 7:00 second mile, I immediately knew there was no way I was going to be able to sustain anything close to that pace with the humidity. I abandoned my sub-1:34 goal by mile 3 and honestly just hoped I could finish. My legs felt like jello and I was gasping for air and I still had 10 miles to go. Yikes.

Well, I DID finish and managed to run my second fastest half marathon time! I’ve only run 3 half marathons so you could technically say it was my second slowest, but I’m choosing to focus on the positive instead =) I got fourth in my age group, mostly because Naples seems to be more competitive amongst more, uh… seasoned athletes (they had awards for masters, grand masters AND senior grand masters winners). Even though I didn’t run the time I had hoped for, I can’t complain: the race motivated me to get ready for my next half (March 16!), and I spent the afternoon on the beach in the middle of January. I love Florida!

Amanda | finish time: 2:28:42 (11:25 pace)
I loved Naples, and the race organization was great, but this was the worst half marathon I have ever experienced! The warmer weather meant I was sweating before we even started, while all the Floridians stood coolly around me at the start line. The humidity was killer. By mile 3, I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh, this is going to be a real challenge, physically and mentally!” I took in as much Gatorade and water as I could, and there were plenty of stops along the race course, but my body was just not used to the weather. By mile 9, I really wasn’t sure I would make it to the end. I was getting dizzy, felt simply out of it, and realized I had barely taken in the scenery around me or enjoyed the run.

Those last 4 miles were a bit of a blur. A sloooow blur. I started feeling really dizzy, so I stopped once or twice every mile to walk; except then I would realize that walking felt worse because I could feel how truly awful I felt. It was just a countdown of miles and time in my mind, trying to find people ahead of me to stay pace with so I could just FINISH. And finally, finally…I crossed the line. It may not be a PR, but I am pretty sure any race I ever run will never feel as hard as that…so the toughest part is over! That’s a positive, right?

3 Sisters Take the Naples Half Marathon

18 Jan

You probably remember last year when the three of us got weird in Austin at the Austin Half Marathon.We got some pre-race advice from Bart Yasso, saw some amazing fans on the course and even met our goals!

Well, we dusted off our swanky t-shirts and are hitting the road again for our second annual runcation — in sunny Naples, Florida!

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An old postcard from Naples, courtesy of Naples Daily News (the race’s sponsor)!

That’s right! Months before the Naples Daily News Half Marathon was named the #1 half marathon by Runner’s World, we had already booked our flights and started drooling over the thought of 80 degree weather in January. I have two old teammates from college who moved to Naples, and they recommended the race.

The race will be a stark contrast to Austin. We’re going from a large, corporate-sponsored, band-lined event with over 10,000 runners to a small, grassroots, beach-lined race with just under 2,000 finishers.

Race Weekend Schedule:

Arrive Saturday: My friend Holly is graciously picking us up from the airport and taking us to our hotel. We’ll check in, head over to pick up our packets and grab dinner with all the other runners at the free pre-race dinner that was included in our registration (how neat is that?!). Maybe we’ll catch one of the must-see Naples sunsets before calling it an early night.
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 79, low of 61

Race Sunday: With a 7 a.m. start time, we’ll be up bright and early! Fortunately our hotel is less than a mile from the start line. After the race, we plan on enjoying the day relaxing at the beach and then having some fun that night.
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 79, low of 61

Fun Monday: We haven’t made many plans so far but some ideas include a boat cruise, taking a fan boat to the Everglades, and strolling around Third Street South. Anything we’re missing??
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 76, low of 55

Leave Tuesday: Our flights don’t leave until a little later in the day, so we still have time to do anything we missed on Monday and maybe go for one last run on the beach.
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 72, low of 50

Has anyone else run this race, or is anyone planning on running it this year? We’re all so excited and can’t wait to be out in the sun tomorrow! See you soon, Naples!

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