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RACE REVIEWS

My First Marathon Trail Experience

I don’t know how everyone else feels before an event, but I know how I felt this time.  I was training for the 50/50 up Peavine Mountain in Reno, NV. It’s a 50-mile course, a 50K course (just over 31 miles), and this year they added a half marathon.  It’s a brutal course with a lot of elevation gain and loss on a half single track, half dirt roads. I was only training for the ½ marathon. My second of the year (and my life) with a 10K thrown in for good measure.  I felt I had trained fairly wel…

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Net Down Marathon Run

Net down!  Get those words right out of your head.  They mean ONLY that from the start to the finish of a marathon, you have gone down in elevation.  This is the second race I've done this summer that was a "net down" and they were the two most difficult races of the year (Bizz Johnson and this one).  They also were both on trails which I find to be technically more difficult but a lot more fun.

We're already moving so fast, the photo is blurry Chris and I drove to Redding, CA on Friday eveni…

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Running the Bizz Johnson Express Half Marathon

First, let me preface by saying that running the Bizz Johnson half marathon is by far one of my favorite races.  It's absolutely beautiful, well run, super fun and low key.  It's a net down but feels flat (except one big down followed immediately by an up).  Great aid stations, good people, a bus system that actually works seamlessly, and a finish that feeds an army.  With beer included.  Amazing and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  Having said that........  It was not one of my better days, but…

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Marathon Race Recap

I did a race recap a couple of months ago.  I highlighted three races I ran this Spring.  Then another post on a 5K I ran.  Here's the next marathon race recap for three others that I ran this summer.

The first race (as others that are planned in the future) was in conjunction with Reno's "crawls".  The wine crawls in Reno are generally themed.  This is a great opportunity to have a 5K at the same time and join forces.  It also means race entries open up some of the downtown activities to the…

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Better Together Inaugural Marathon Race

This past Saturday, I ran a great 5K. The Better Together 5K and 2-mile walk for Sparks Middle School was fantastic. Inaugural marathon races tend to be small - not great for the race directors, but great for the runners, especially if you want to medal.

This race was a one-mile loop (more like a box - all left turns) that we ran 3 times and a little cul de sac to get that .1 done.  At first, I wasn't sure how I'd like the 3 loop 5K but here's what I really enjoyed:

  • Lots of race support bu…

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My 4 Favorite Fitness Apps

At work, I have a desk job. Well, not entirely. I'm out and about in the community quite a bit talking with people, but also at my desk quite a bit. Getting in exercise during my workday (and even weekends) can sometimes seem daunting.

In Reno, we joke about how the weather has ADD. It just can't make up its mind and then - squirrel! Plus we tend to have higher-than-normal-and-I-hate-them winds.  The expressions go:  If you don't like the weather in Reno, wait 5 minutes.  I have mentioned tha…

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Choosing a Running Shoe: Listen to Your Body

I've been having a little trouble with my runs for the last few weeks.  I've been wearing the Saucony Ride 5 for quite some time now with no issues.  Loved it so much that about 5 weeks ago I went in and got a new pair - it was time with over 500 miles on the pair I had.  I'm a size 8 (so I get a 9 in running shoes for swelling) and neutral gait so pretty easy.  My new Rides weren't feeling right though.  I've been blistering on my toes, the outer part of my big toe got super calloused and sore …

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Runners Gear Must Haves: Gloves and Hand Warmers

I tend to run cold. Literally and figuratively.  If everyone I'm running with has 2 top layers on and a light pair of tights, I have 3 top layers and warm tights.  I wear a hat sometimes with ear warmers and I always wear gloves.  When it's warmer I'll wear shorts, a long sleeve shirt, and gloves.  Did I mention gloves?  I love, love warm weather - as in running 60* or warmer.  I've run in temps up to 104* and although I'm not ecstatic when it's THAT hot I will always choose temperatures over 80…

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Running Attire Review: Oiselle

All of us modeling our Oiselle gear - we were given 2 T-shirts each as part of the swag!!

In August when I was blessed to be able to attend Kingston Adventures Women's Retreat, one of the companies present for us to review was Oiselle.   French for bird and pronounced "wa-zell" this one woman start-up company (now boasting several employees) is bridging a gap in women's running wear.  The story of how things began is inspiring - here's a snippet:

"So why a new running apparel company?  Our f…

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Running and Biking Mom: Galena Fest

There have been a couple events in this area of Reno in the past and I enjoyed them. Galena sits at a higher elevation (6100 feet) with lots of trees and just a jaunt away from one of the local ski resorts. It's beautiful, a little cooler, mountainous with trails everywhere.  Galena Fest is a day full of activities including the Wicked Thorn running race and the Bloody Rose mountain bike race. Race map Elevation map. I didn't want to see this beforehand. Ignorance is bliss.  Started at 6100 fe…

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