If you are looking for a race that is ALL about the bourbon you NEED to check out Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Half Marathon. Great medals, nice race shirts, and copious amounts of bourbon were the highlights from our race this past weekend. I definitely would like to go back to Louisville to spend more time as a tourist but for me this race was not one I would personally like to do again.
[Note: I wrote this article prior to the Leadville Trail 100 taking place. Unfortunately I was unable to post it before the actual event. So, I am keeping it written as is and posting it now. I plan to write a follow up article about how the actual event went and my experience being there. ]
My friend Andy is running in the Leadville Trail 100 mile race. He asked Abigail and myself, along with a few others, to help crew and pace for him. Abigail unfortunately had to decline due to her pregnancy, but I accepted his offer and request. In preparation I have taken a few measures to not only ensure that I am ready, but to also ensure Andy himself is ready.
Two weekends ago Kitty and I trekked up to Annapolis, Maryland to run in the ZOOMA Annapolis race weekend. I completed the 1/2 marathon and Kitty ran the 5k. We had a great time racing together, meeting new runners, and for me finally meeting the other amazing ambassadors who run with ZOOMA.
I was finally able to get my first (hopefully of many) trail ultra marathon finishes in Pikeville, Tennessee at the Fall Creek Falls 50k. I’m very happy to say that it went amazingly well.
After my Dad passed away unexpectedly last month, I knew I wanted to do a run in honor of him. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew it had to be something that challenged me both physically and mentally. My Dad, a retired Navy SEAL of 20 years, was one of the strongest people I knew and never backed down from a challenge. In my efforts to find the right race to run as a tribute, I came across the Mind the Ducks 12 hour run in Webster, NY. This was a race that started at 7 AM and concluded at 7 PM. During those 12 hours, runners would circle the same 1.012 mile loop around a lake as many times as they could. It just so happened that this event took place two days before my Dad would have turned 65. I immediately knew what race I had to do.
Race season is FINALLY here and I could not be happier about it. The months of winter training have proven themselves worth it as we have launched into our second consecutive weekend of races. Today we raced the Allegany Adventure Run for the second year in a row and although I am extremely sore right now it was definitely worth it once again. The race offers three different distance options so everyone who wants to participate has an option available to them including a 6K, 13K and 27K that all start and finish at the Summit Trail Head in Allegany State Park. Robert and I both ran the 27K today although we think the mileage was slightly less than a 27K (our watches were closer to 15 miles instead of 16.75). Continue reading