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… }

Traveling To Races

Y’all have heard me talk so many times about how much I love to travel to races.  I honestly don’t do that many in my hometown anymore.  I enjoy getting out and about.  (But, I am slowly working on doing some local races to show support). Anyway, it’s important to make sure that you have everything packed that you are going to need. There is nothing more annoying than to have to run out to a store the night before a race and hope that they have what you need.  Which many times – they don’t.  So, I thought that I’d give you some tips and what I do when getting ready to go out of town for a race. I become obsessed with weather apps.  I have The Weather Channel and Weather Bug on my phone.  I’ll start checking about a week out for the weather of where I’m … {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… }

Race Weekend Recap – Outer Banks 8K

Race weekend and has come and gone.  If you read my last post – you know that I’ve been having a little knee issue and was torn about what race to do.  If you didn’t read about my angst – here’s the link:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/now-were-at-plan-c/. Thursday morning of race week found us on the road to the Outer Banks and our hotel in Nags Head.  My knee has been feeling pretty good and not much discomfort at all.  The aching at night has pretty much stopped, too.  It was never that bad ——just annoying. Anyway, y’all know how I am about Moe’s.  If there’s one close when it’s time to stop for lunch, that’s where you’ll find us.  I found one in Newport News and we took off the interstate.  Small problem.  It was 3 miles from the exit.  Oh, well.  Luckily, Hubby loves me.     Good news is that … {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… }

Race Recap – Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon

Every year for the first two weeks of September, Hubby and I go to the Smoky Mountains for our annual vacation.  There are two car shows – one the weekend after Labor Day and one the following weekend.  (Remember – that’s my Hubby’s passion – he restores and show classic muscle cars). So, a few years ago, we started coming down Labor Day and staying for both shows. It’s always a nice time away for us.  Summers are crazy with our business and we can never get away.  So, this is a nice time away.  There’s always a couple of days that we take off to go up into the mountains with a picnic lunch and just sit by the creek all day.  Always my best day!   Meanwhile, back to the race! This race had the option to have your packet mailed to you – which worked out great … {Continue Reading… }