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… }

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… }

All Things Considered – 2015 Was A Great Year!

Here we are at the last day of 2015!  Can you believe it!  It has totally flown by!  As I’ve said – I like to sit down the last week of a year and plan for the new one and to think about the year gone by.  I decided that even though there were some bumps in the road – it was a pretty good year! January brought my first race – Key West Half Marathon.  I absolutely love this race – and I love being in Florida in January!  One day – I’m going to live in Florida!  I’m pretty much over cold and snow.  Luckily Hubby has no problem with taking her away for my winter races!  We always stay a few days in Key West and then head up to Long Key and Marathon area for a few days.  Love this time!   February and March was … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Race 13.1 Charlotte

Last weekend, Hubby and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for another half marathon put on by Race 13.1.  This is the 3rd race of this series that I’ve done this year.  I absolutely love their races!   Well organized and great communication! Another race where I had been anxiously watching the weather all week.  The forecast was not looking good.  And, it really didn’t change too much during the week before.  So, I was getting ready for a soggy race.  (Didn’t I just go through this a couple of weeks ago?) Got to the hotel, checked in and got unpacked.  We had passed an outlet mall with a couple of running stores – so, even though I said we didn’t need to go – Hubby said we needed to go.  So, we did!  I got a new running top at the Nike store and a new pair of shoes … {Continue Reading… }