Race Recap – Jackson River Scenic Trail Half Marathon

Last Saturday I did something that I never thought that I would say.  I ran a trail half marathon! Now, don’t get too excited – yes, it was a beautiful trail through the woods and along the Jackson River.  It’s finely crushed gravel that is built on an old railroad bed.  Not the roots and rocks of a trail that most of you think about.  (I’m too klutzy to do those trails). The race started and finished at the Intervale Trail Head of The Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington.  It was actually a perfect location for me.  Covington is an hour from home and is on the way to my Mom’s house (1/2 hour from her).  So, I made this weekend my “Mom’s Chores” trip for the week.  I stayed at Mom’s Friday night so that I had 1/2 hour less to drive on race morning.  Picked up my packet at the … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Race 13.1 Greenbrier Half Marathon

Another half marathon is in the books.  Last weekend was Race 13.1 Greenbrier Half Marathon. This was a first year race.  I’m always a little skeptical about first year races – but, when it’s put on by the Race 13.1 group – I don’t worry. Side note – If you’ve never run a race put on by Race 13.1 – find one and do it.  Everything is organized and you can just tell when a race is run by runners. This race was around the grounds of The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  I grew up in Lewisburg – which is about 10 miles away.  (If you follow me on Facebook, you hear me talk about going each week to do my “Mom chores” – well this is where I go.  About 1 1/2 hours from where I live).  So, it was kind of a non-brainer to … {Continue Reading… }

Key West Half Marathon and 5K – Race Recap Plus

Another Key West vacation is over.  This is the 4th year in a row that we’ve traveled to Key West for the race.  I love the Keys and I love this race! As you know, I am big on destination races!  I believe that traveling to a race is a perfect excuse for a mini vacation.  Or in this case, our major vacation of the year.  (Having a Dairy Queen, winter vacations are best for us.  Which is fine – I get out of the cold!) We headed out a day earlier this year.  The weather for the day that we were planning on leaving was going to be cold and rainy early in the morning.  We have to travel over a mountain on Interstate 77 that gets kind of bad in those conditions.  So, we headed out the afternoon before to avoid any craziness. The first night we ended … {Continue Reading… }

Maybe It’s Smart – Maybe It’s Just Lazy

Happy New Year!  Are you ready for a super year?  I know that I am! Well, you know that I have been going to Key West for the last several years (this will be #4) and have planned a Florida race in January or February for as long as I can remember.  We leave Wednesday – and I can’t wait.  We had snow in Roanoke last night – and in Lewisburg at my Mom’s (where I am today).  The high today is supposed to be 15 and the low tonight 4.  Yes, I know I’m a wuss – but, I hate this weather.  So, I am REALLY looking forward to head south! Now, regarding the race.  Key West has a half marathon and a 5K.  If you remember, I’ve been talking about how I keep slipping (not running) and hurting my knee.  My knee is doing better and my chiropractor … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler – Setting A World Record!

Last Saturday evening was the Surf-n-Santa 5 miler in Virginia Beach.  I love this race!  I ran it the first year that it was held in 2010 and many years since.  In the beginning, this race was a 10 miler.  Three years ago, it was changed to a 5 miler and the start time was changed to 4:30.  This was to give the runners the opportunity to run down the boardwalk under the Christmas lights. In case you’ve never been to Virginia Beach at Christmas – it is a fantastic site.  There are Christmas lights on both sides of the boardwalk (yes, they are set up on the beach!) and across the boardwalk in many places.  At night, you are allowed (for a small fee that goes to a local charity) to drive down the boardwalk. Christmas is a fun time here! Hubby’s birthday is December 20th, so we make … {Continue Reading… }

Now We’re At Plan C

This weekend is the weekend that I’m supposed to be running the Outer Banks Marathon. This is a super great marathon and I was really looking forward to running  it again.  And, you know me, always on the lookout for a destination race!   Well, I tweaked something in my knee (walking – not running) and was having some weirdness when I ran.  It wasn’t a sharp pain – more of a discomfort and aggravation.  So, I decided to back down the training and do the half marathon this weekend instead. Meanwhile, my Chiropractors – yes, I have 2 – they are partners – looked at me and said that there was no reason that I couldn’t run.  One of them used to work with a college track team.  So, I just cut back on the mileage.  Both of them pretty much agreed it was a kneecap tracking issue. The … {Continue Reading… }

Race 13.1 Roanoke Recap – Slowest Half Marathon Ever – But, I Had A Blast!

Last Saturday was the latest half marathon in the Race 13.1 Series Races – and was held right here in my hometown of Roanoke.  So, of course, I had to do it. Now, to start my story – I’ve been fighting a little “glitch”.  I really don’t know what it is.  It’s mostly in my butt, and a little bit on the top of the back of my leg.  So, somewhere between glute, SI or hammy.  Running doesn’t really bother it – it is just an annoyance when I run.  What hurts the most – and I mean hurt – is when I’m driving.  And, considering I drive 1 1/2 hours each way to my Mom’s every week……well, let’s just say it gets downright uncomfortable. I’ve been doing exercises for all 3 – plus Piriformis exercises.  And, seeing my chiropractor a couple of times a week.  The week of the … {Continue Reading… }

Race 13.1 Richmond – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Well, another half marathon is done.  Race 13.1 Richmond was held on Saturday at the Richmond International Speedway.  First of all, before I get started – I just want to say that I absolutely love the Race 13.1 series.  They usually have their act together and put on a great race.  I’ve done several of their races over the last few years – and I’ve enjoyed them all! That is the one of the “good” parts of my story.  These guys are great, well-organized and are obviously runners themselves. I’d been watching the weather all week.  It looked like it was going to be 100% chance of rain. But, we all know that the weather forecasts have been wrong in the past – and I’m sure will be into the future.  This time, they were spot on.  Race morning was about 55 degrees, rainy (downpours at times and windy).  Dressed … {Continue Reading… }

I’m SO Confused!

Tomorrow Hubby and I are heading out of town for a half marathon.  And, it looks like I will be packing running clothes for a week.  Let me tell you why. First of all, it’s May.  It’s supposed to be warm.  Running when it’s warm is SO easy to dress for and to pack for.  You take a pair of shorts, a singlet, a cap, sunglasses, shoes, socks and you’re ready to go.  That’s another reason why I love Summer running.  No decisions.  You don’t have to think about how long you’ll be running to gauge what to wear and how to layer.  No math…..let’s see it’s 40 degrees….dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer ……..but, it’s cloudy…….so……..   You know what I mean. Anyway, the temperature at race time is supposed to be 50 degrees.  Normally, that’s pretty good for a longer road race.  HOWEVER, there’s 100% chance of rain … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Key West Half Marathon – Great Vacation, A Not-So-Great Race For Me

The Key West Marathon has come and gone for 2016.  This is my favorite trip that Hubby and I make every year.  This year was no different – except for the sucky race.  But, more about that in a bit. We left home a little before 5 a.m. on Wednesday before the race – we always plan to stay a night on the road.  The closer we can get the first day – the less time we have the second day.  And, the earlier that we are in Key West!  Hubby was feeling pretty good and we were making good time – so, we made it to Key Largo the first night.  We pulled off the road about 10 p.m. Getting within 2 hours of Key West meant that we didn’t have to get up early to complete the trip. I got up and went for an easy couple of … {Continue Reading… }