Monday, May 4, 2015

Why Did You Run the 2015 Blue Cross Broad Street 10 Miler?

Sadly, the flatter 1/2 didn't beat Broad Street
If found, please return to the faster 1/2 ;-)

On the first Sunday in May, about 40,000 runners run down one street in Philadelphia. Why do they run? The reasons are as varied as the runners. Jon Lyons (founder of RUN215) created this video to share the beautiful note written by Paul Viggiano.

Why did you run Broad Street? Share your answer and/or race recap link in the comments so we can add to this post! P.S. Comments will be posted after moderation.

The slower 1/2 of @TwinsRun is gathering her thoughts for a recap. In the meantime, @MalindaAnnHill wanted to thank to Dunkin' Philly for the opportunity to run with Team Dunkin!

Team Dunkin' colors in sparkle skirt

Twins Run On Dunkin'

2015 Blue Cross Broad Street Run Race Recaps

Chasing My Sunshine: Broad Street Run Recap

Dietitian Jess: Broad Street #4 Race Recap

Glitter Runner: The Broad Street Run - A Philly First Filled with Ups and Downs

CaraMcCollum: The Reluctant Runner: How I Came to Run the Broad Street Run

Kevin McGuire: 2015 Broad Street Run Recap

Larry G. Wapnitsky: Broad Street Run 2015 Recap

The Little GSP: Broad Street Run

Lucious Life and Decor: Weekend Recap - Broad Street Run

Novel Runner: 2015 Broad Street Run 10 Mile Race Recap

PB and Jillie: Race Recap - Broad Street 2015

The Road Less Run: The Broad Street Run - A Recap from a Spectator's Point of View

Runderella: 2015 Broad Street Run Race Recap

Running for the Average Joe: Race Recap - Broad Street Run

Scoot a Doot: The Good Life - Philadelphia's Broad Street 10 Miler

Spit That Book Out: Broad Street Run - Off the Bucket List and in the Books

Tattooed Kicks: Broad Street Run 2015 Race Recap

Vito Runs 365: Jeff's Story and a Recap of the BSR Expo - On the Run:  Racing - Who Annoys You Most? - On the Run: We Finished - That's What Matters

NBC Philadelphia: Blue Cross Broad Street Run Recap

NBC Philadelphia: Blue Cross Broad Street Run Fans and Runners Social Posts

NBC Philadelphia: 1st Time Blue Cross Broad Street Runner Honoring Slain Friend

Comments from RUN215 Facebook Group:

"I ran Broad Street to spend time with a friend I hadn't seen in a while...we decided to ditch our race plans and just go out to enjoy each other's company, enjoy our city and enjoy the Broad Street electricity. It was the most fun race I've ever run (and I've run many!)...there is something to be said for turning off the Garmin and soaking in the surroundings! I also ran in support of Students Run Philly Style - what an amazing organization!


Monday, April 27, 2015

One Twin Ran the 2015 Boston Marathon

It all starts here

Just over a week ago, my two kids and I traveled to Boston for the 3rd year in a row. My daughter has been proudly wearing her 2015 Boston Marathon finisher’s jacket every day since it arrived this winter. She informed me that she never wants to run Boston herself. She has different dreams and hobbies. I like to think that she wants to be a part of my support team. Or, maybe it’s just that she really loves the color purple.

3 Boston Marathon posters & medals

Having raced Boston twice before, I had plenty of data to analyze and use to devise my race day strategy. In 2013, I ran the first half in 1:51:15 and the second half in 2:01:52. In 2014, without wearing my Garmin, I ran the first half in 1:47:18 (my season best for any half that year, doh!) and paid for that mistake by running the second half in 2:04:52.

Since I just finished a ten miler in 1:16:42, I was feeling confident that I could run the first half in 1:50 and second half in 2:00 to finish in 3:50 or faster, meeting my A goal of beating my time from last year and running faster each year. My B goal was a sub 4 and goal C was to finish.

Boston is the one race you have to finish no matter what (unless you’re in the medical tent).
Flat Malinda didn't feel so good ;-)

Even though I did not check my Garmin, I was hitting each 5K as planned up through the halfway point which I reached at 1:50:22.

Exhibit A: The only under-dressed runner. ;-)

Then, all of the sudden, I just felt like I could barely move. I was wet. I was cold. And I was thinking holy sh-t I still have a looooooong way to go. I decided to stop at the nearest port-a-potty. I sat there texting my twin, “help. I want this over.” (my hands were so cold I could barely type!).

Malinda panicked a bit at this time

I tried to pull it together and tell myself, “OK, so you’re not going to hit your A/B goals, just finish without injuring yourself because Grandma’s Marathon is in less than 9 weeks and you don’t want to blow that, too.”

The one thing I was still looking forward to was seeing my sign in Wellesley. Thank goodness, I did! Despite all the rain, the TWINS RUN IN OUR FAMILY was one of the few signs still intact and legible. YAY! That lifted my spirits.

Munger Hall Cheer Sign

I don’t remember much about the rest of the race except when the music stopped in the Newtown Hills I was cursing up a storm. Darn Bluetooth! I think I accidentally hit the wrong button when I was adjusting the headphones. So, I had to spend a couple minutes walking trying to figure it out. I knew there was no way I could keep running without some tunes. When the headphones fell out of my hands, I did not even have the energy to bend over to pick them up. Instead, I grabbed the backup pair I had stashed in the pocket of my SkirtSports hipsters (I love those! Wish they still made them!). I also dropped flat Malinda, but luckily I had a spare. ;-)

When I finally got my headphones working, I changed the playlist to “I Wanna Quit Songs” which had 6 songs that I knew would keep me going … including “In This Together” by Apoptygma Berzerk. I kept thinking, "I wish I were running this with my twin. I wish I could enjoy the experience even though my time is gonna suck."

But, I was so uncomfortably cold, wet, hungry, and tired that I could barely keep myself motivated. I reminded myself what race director Dave McGillivray said during the Q&A the day before, “99% of people who start the Boston Marathon complete it. You will finish this race.” I did not want to be in that heartbroken 1% (This year, 2% (555 people) did not finish).

Somewhere in Brookline I saw a volunteer holding a mylar blanket and I grabbed it, screaming, “THANK YOU!” I have never been happier to see silver foil in my life. I wrapped that around me and ran with my arms tucked inside for at least 2 miles (and I have the photos to prove it!).

When I hit mile 25 I knew I only had half a mile to go before I would see my coach, Mark Lorenzoni. When I saw him, there’s a photo of me with my arms raised in apparent victory like I was about to finish the race. Actually, it was so I could run over and give him a huge hug. I can’t remember exactly what I  said, but it was something like, “Oh my god this just sucked today.”

Thanks, Andrew Zapanta, I think ;-)

Another Charlottesville runner who came to take photos told me to keep going and waved me on, but I just wanted to enjoy the moment of seeing my coach, who helped me get to Boston for the 3rd time in a row.

Coach Mark before the race

Once I let go of Mark and decided to finish the race all I could think of is when I finish I’ll get a nicer blanket so  I took off as fast as I could, which actually was not very fast. And every time I saw a photographer I slowed down a bit because I really like getting race photos. I was so obsessed with getting some decent pictures that  I also stashed lipstick in my hipsters pocket and applied it when I took a walk break with a mile to go.

I finished the race in 4:08:13 which is my slowest marathon since 2010. I was disappointed, but not devastated.

2015 Boston Marathon Finisher Photo

I was mad at myself for losing a glove on the way to the starting line, for taking off my long sleeve shirt and arm warmers early on in the race, and for not buying a waterproof jacket and better gloves the day before.

Why did I take my clothes off?

I wore the same outfit (tank top and skirt) running in 40-45°F rain that I wore the previous two years when it was sunny and 55-65°F. What was I thinking?!? After having a post-race debriefing with my coach, we determined that because I wasted too much energy trying to stay warm (before the race and during it), I just hit the wall.

Random thoughts:

Favorite sign of the day (besides the personalized TWINS RUN sign of course!) – “PAIN is just French for bread.” HA HA HA HA! I never saw that one before. I laughed out loud! And thought, “Wow, warm bread would actually be really good right now, I’m starving. Mmmm.  Bread.”

I have never enjoyed a stale piece of candy more than that snack size Milky Way a spectator handed me somewhere on the streets of Boston. I was so hungry at that point, but I could not drink any Gatorade for many miles previously because it just made me feel even colder. I savored that chocolate for a while because it took forever to melt in my mouth because I was so cold and could barely chew.

I am pretty sure that I acted like a crazy teenage super fan when I went up to talk to Dave McGillivray on Sunday before the Q&A. I was wearing my Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon shirt and told him how I started one of the newest races that got people to Boston. I told him that we had a 50% BQ rate. He was like "Wow, that’s probably one of the highest," and then I laughed and admitted, “Well, we only had 12 finishers.” I went on to talk about how excited I was to be in Boston and help other people get there. I told him that every correspondence from the BAA made me excited because I respected the organization so much.

Josh Nemzer and Dave McGillivray

That being said, I have to say I am extremely disappointed that the BAA allowed Liza Hunter-Galvanto to run in the elite women’s start after having served a two-year suspension for doping and will likely receive $10K in prize money.

During the Q&A someone asked about doping and Josh Nemzer, Boston Marathon Operations Manager, spoke strongly against it. Yet, they seem to be inconsistent on enforcing the ban of athletes who have tested positive due to failed drug tests.

I was privileged to meet Wesley Korir just a day after watching his inspiring film, “Transcend.” When I asked him if he really only ran 30 miles a week before the 2013 Boston Marathon, he said, “Yes, don’t try this at home.” Ha ha ha. I highly recommend this special film.

I'm no good at DVD product placement

Mark Remy gave me the greatest photo with Flat Twins Run Malinda. Thank you, Mark!

This is real love

The 12:30 a.m. fire alarm on race day at the Sheraton, not cool. But at least Mark Remy made me laugh about it later that morning. :)

On the bus to Hopkinton, I had a great conversation with a Swiss man running his first Boston Marathon. He would not tell me his goal, he said that was something just for him to know, but seeing that he ran 3:35:43 I think he nailed it! Wow! Congrats!

Instant runner friends

Seven runners who ran the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon in 2014 completed the 2015 Boston Marathon. Both the September and October male winners came in the top 100 overall! Congrats Wesley Turner and Michael French. In the past week I have received 21 registrations for the 2015 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon. We have almost reached capacity! I cannot wait to see how many people get their BQ for 2016/2017 … and one of them better be my twin sister! :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

One Flat Twin Cheers and One Fast Twin Runs the 2015 Boston Marathon

Flat @MalindaAnnHill ready for Boston

@LeahCville's 2014 Finisher Photo

On Monday, @LeahCville will run her 3rd Boston Marathon.

@MalindaAnnHill watched Meb race to victory!

Sadly, @MalindaAnnHill won't be there to cheer in person again this year.

Scream Tunnel Sign for @TwinsRunInOurFamily

Thanks to the Scream Tunnel at Wellesley's Munger Hall, there will be a sign for Leah and all twins! :-)

@TwinsRunInOurFamily Logo in Boston Colors

Do twins run in your family? ICYMI - we've been fortunate to meet some of our favorite runners and one day we will run the Boston Marathon together!

 Bart Yasso & Dick Beardsley

Towering over Desi Linden ;-)

Joan Benoit Samuelson - Run Your Own Race

We're inspired by stories of twins that run together!

Seeing Double at the Boston Marathon

Identical Twins with Autism Find Joy in Running

Autistic twins bring inspiration to Boston Marathon

My Twins with Autism Run to Make a Difference

Otsego Twins Take Boston Marathon in Stride, Finish Race Together

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One Boston Day - Together We Are Better

2014 Boston Photo taken by @MalindaAnnHill

"Today, the Boston Athletic Association and Boston Marathon Principal Sponsor John Hancock join the City of Boston in celebrating a new annual tradition: One Boston Day. One Boston Day is a city-wide celebration that recognizes the unity and strength of our city.

One Boston Day is a time when we as a community can honor and remember all of those affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013. One Boston Day is also a day to come together and celebrate

Boston's spirit, and the strength, resiliency, and compassion that epitomizes our city.

Mayor Marty Walsh established One Boston Day with the desire expressed by many survivors to pass on the kindness, generosity, and support they received following the 2013 Boston Marathon. The City of Boston will hold a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. to mark the two-year anniversary, with church bells ringing throughout the city shortly after to pay tribute and celebrate the lives of those effected in April, 2013.

On One Boston Day, individuals, businesses, and organizations across the City will display their humanity and unity by encouraging random acts of kindness and spreading goodwill. One Boston Day is a chance for everyone to get involved, embodying the spirit of the Boston community.

Whether it's giving up your seat on the T or saying 'thank you' to the City's police and fire personnel, we encourage everyone to take part in One Boston Day."

One Boston Day
Statement from Colonel Timothy P. Alben:
"The Massachusetts State Police remember the loss of three innocent victims two years ago today, the hundreds of others who suffered pain and trauma that day, and the loss of the fourth victim four days after that. Martin. Lingzhi. Krystle. Sean. And all the survivors whose lives were changed that day. On this One Boston Day and every other day, they inspire our work to seek justice for those who have been harmed, and to provide safety in our communities."
--Colonel Timothy P. Alben
Massachusetts State Police

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charlottesville Ten Miler Race Recap

My very first long distance race was the 2007 Charlottesville Ten Miler. I was thrilled when I finished, having raced more miles than I ever had run at one time before, all under 9 minute mile pace (8:41 to be exact, finishing in 1:25:29).

Eight years later I have a very special relationship with this race, having helped four directors with behind-the-scenes technical and graphic design work, including creating the artwork for the 2009/10, 2011, and 2015 shirts and medals.

On Friday night before the race, I helped hand out cowbells I designed to volunteers who’d be lining the course cheering and protecting runners from traffic. Their enthusiasm and willingness to help was inspiring. Every time I heard a cowbell along the course on Saturday, I felt thankful and proud.

I have run this race six times and don’t think I have ever run a negative split. When I saw the 5 mile clock display 37:xx, I quickly did that the math and thought, “oh sh-t, I’m not going to run this race in 1:14, what the hell have I done?!?” I tried not to panic and realized that even if I slowed down 3 minutes in the second half I’d still beat my goal of finishing under 1:19.

Having spent almost my entire winter training cycle on the treadmill, with only four races since January 1st, I wasn’t confident I could tackle the hills of Charlottesville. I remember feeling all sorts of negativity during the final 2 miles of the race last year and was hoping I wouldn’t feel that way again. Luckily some of my favorite power songs like Paul Simon’s “Obvious Child” helped get me up those last few long, gradual inclines.

I never looked at my watch during the entire race, so when I came down the final stretch and saw the clock say 1:16, I was shocked. It was my 3rd fastest ten mile race ever. My PR is 1:12:36 at the 2012 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run (a completely FLAT course) and my 2nd best time was 1:16:36 in 2011. It was 4 years later and I was able to run 1:16:42 on a much more challenging course despite making the classic racing mistake of going out too fast.

Reading many of the comments on the race evaluation forms warmed my heart and a few nagged at me. I know you can’t make everyone happy, but to read that someone thought the medal was too big or the design was boring stung quite a bit.

A few random thoughts:

* I designed the new Charlottesville Track Club mile marker flags that made their debut at the race. I smiled every time I saw one, even if the wind did turn a couple around the wrong way. :-)

* So many people yelled out my name. I’m so glad I don’t wear headphones (I have my iphone speaker on instead). I didn’t even recognize everyone who knew me. It’s so amazing to have so much support in this town!

* I got a ton of compliments on my Rock City black and silvery fairy skirt. I love dressing up for races with stand-out red lipstick and some sparkle!

* I feel a bit guilty for not saying thank you to all the volunteers (I was saving my energy), but I did try to wave.

My fave comments from volunteers and participants:

"My favorite part of volunteering was learning that the wonderful CPD officer assigned to "my" intersection for actual traffic directing duties had volunteered to be there. She was super. A close second was how many runners smiled back or said thank you on their way by as I cheered and rang my cowbell to the point of a hole in my glove and a bloody knuckle (true story!)."

"You guys have, hands down, the BEST and FRIENDLIEST volunteers. The medal is awesome - I will cherish it forever!"

"I run this with friends each year. This year about half declined to drive down, citing last years shirt and the sometimes iffy quality of the medal. I was pleased that I could text them pictures and note the return of quality swag. I'll gladly wear this shirt running. Thanks."

"Beyond satisfied! Perfect event, as always!!! My favorite race of the year. And any runner that complains in this survey should come run a race in philly -- that will teach them. This race is incomparable. So well organized and well executed. Having access to JPJ arena makes the race so calm and clean and easy and lovely. Thank you!"
"Cheering was great - there were a lot more bells this year. I liked how the stickers matched the medals, matched the shirts."

"Loved the logo design on the shirt and medal! The medal was also much better than any of the past 4. It was substantial and very well designed."
"The medal and shirt were AMAZING. I absolutely love them both. I will have that medal with the others on my wall forever because it's the memories that matter. Great job on the design! I love all the street names on it! Brilliant!"

"The medal is a great memento with the whole course listed on it."

"I loved the giant mile markers this year."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

50+ Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Race Recaps

Malinda, the slower 1/2 of @TwinsRun, finished the rainy Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon in 3:54:58, It was her 16th marathon, 6th attempt to BQ and 1st marathon in the rain. If only we were born in April instead of May, 3:54 would've been a BQ for 2016. However, since we were born in May, Malinda will try 2 more times to finish in 3:45 or less - the Charlottesville Marathon on April 4 and the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon in September (date to be determined).

Malinda didn't reach her BQ goal but you can help us reach her Team Lemon fundraising goal of $345. No donation is too small to fight childhood cancer with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Text "E1121983" to "85944" to donate $10 by text. Or, donate $3,$4, $5 or more online: and thanks for your support!

Did you run any of the Rock 'n' Roll DC races on Pi Day? Let us know and we'll add your recap to our list!

Rock 'n' Roll DC Photos

2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and 1/2 Marathon by

Rock 'n' Roll DC Race Reviews

Moulton, Nelson snag first-place finishes in Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon via Run Washington

Rock n Roll Washington DC via BibRave

Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon via RaceThread

It's My Party Edition by Runner of a Certain Age Podcast

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap - Episode 62 by The Running Lifestyle

Race of the Month - Rock n Roll Half Marathon & 5k by Run it Like a Mom

Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon Recaps

Comeback by WUSsies

The Best Day of My Life by Train. Race. Repeat.

Why I Run by IRUN.FIT

Surprises are the Most Fun - Rock and Roll DC Marathon Recap Part 1 by Running is Hard

Rock n Roll DC Marathon Race Recap Part 1 by Jess Runs ATL

Throwing the “Runner Rules” Out the Window by Runner(ish) Girl

Race Recap – DC Rock N’ Roll Marathon by Slimplify Life

D.C. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: A Soggy Sign of Spring by Chasing Mailboxes

DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: Daddy Daughter Adventure by Angela Hubbs Fitness Professional

My Dad’s Marathon by Echo Dolphin

iHOPE Team Participates in the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon by Project Hope

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Recaps

Being Realistic - RnR DC Half Preview by Miles to the Trials

Rock n Roll DC Recap by Tina Muir

DC Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon by The Aqua Life

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Barking Mad About Running

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon by Adventures by Katie

Rock n Roll DC Recap and Review by FitNicePT

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Weekend by Treats and Sneaks

Review & Recap - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marthon by Kat Runs DC

Rock n Roll DC Recap by Running on Candy

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon by A Change of Pace

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Race Recap by I Used to Drive a Minivan

A Mindful Half Marathon - How Meditation Got Me to the Start and Finish Line by Martha Brettschneider

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Brooklyn Active Mama

Rock n Roll DC Recap and a Cool New Way to Fuel Motivation During a Race by This Mama runs for Cupcakes

Race Report - Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon by Fat Slow Triathlete

Race Report - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon by PB and PRs

Jon's Race Report: Noah Get Your Ark (Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon) by Endurance Union

RnRDC Recap - When Things Don't Go As Planned by Blondies and Burpees

DC Rock n Roll Half Marathon Recap by Planes, Trains and Running Shoes

Rock 'N' Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Lunges, Long Runs and Lattes

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Race Recap by KookyRunner

Rock and Roll Marathon Series: DC Half Recap by Preppy Runner

Rock ‘n’ Roll DC 2015 Half Marathon Race Recap by Fannetastic Food

Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon race recap by Out and About

Rock ‘N’ Roll Half-Marathon in Washington, DC by The Running Griffin

Rock n Roll DC Race Recap – Hello, Sub-2! by You Signed Up For What?!

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Run Steff Run

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Race Recap by We Run Disney

Race Recap – DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon by Heart & Sole

RNR DC Weekend Recap by MCM Mama

Race Recap: Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Part 1 by Pittsburgh City Girl

Rock n Roll DC Recap by I Run for Wine

Rock n Roll DC Half by Beyond Defeat

The Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon by The Lewis Report

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough runs Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon via Washington Post

Rock 'n' Roll DC 5K Race Recap

2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC 5K Race Recap by Run Jenny Run

Race Recap - Rock n Roll 5k in DC by 30Somethingtherapy

Rock 'n' Roll DC Expo

Rock 'n' Roll DC Expo by Adventures by Katie

Rock 'n' Roll DC Volunteers

Volunteering for Rock n Roll DC by Chelsea Eats Treats

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Remembering Michael on St. Patrick's Day

Michael Connor
November 23, 1973 ~ March 17, 2003

Today we remember Michael, Leah's brother-in-law, who died 12 years ago. Michael was diagnosed with leukemia as a child and relapsed as an adult. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all who had the privilege of knowing him. 

Three years ago today we joined Team Lemon to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in memory of Michael. Since 2012, we have raised over $2,000 and we hope to raise more money this year to fund research and support families affected by childhood cancer.

No donation is to fight childhood cancer with Alex's Lemonade. 

Text "E1121983" to "85944" to donate $10

Or, donate $5 or more online:

Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rock N Roll DC Marathon Goals

I used to describe myself as the "go with the flow" slow(er) half of @TwinsRun. My easy-going attitude changed when I decided that I wanted to catch-up to the faster half so that we could run the Boston Marathon together.

Leah ran her 1st Boston Marathon in 2013 and she will run her 3rd on April 20.

I've tried (and failed) to qualify for the Boston Marathon (BQ) 5 times since 2012. I've learned some important lessons with each attempt so I was very disappointed when I didn't qualify in Philly. Even though I failed multiple times, I won't give up until I age up and get an extra 10 minutes in 2017. ;-)

To qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon I need to finish in 3:45. For the best chance at being accepted, I need to finish in 3:43:58 or less.

So, my goals for the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon this Saturday are:

A = 3:42:58 (BQ sub 2:02)
B = 3:45:00 (BQ)
C = 3:47:41 (PR)

*I'm determined to finish, if at all possible. The temperature and rain are variables that could definitely affect my ability to meet my A, B or C goals. If necessary, I'll consider the 1st 20 miles a long training run and then walk the final 6.2 miles to save legs for the Charlottesville Marathon on 4/4.

To put my current goals into perspective, I thought I should take a look back at my last 15 marathons:

3:47:42 Philadelphia Marathon (2014)
4:23:56 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon (2014)
3:56:14 Charlottesville Marathon (2014)
4:04:40 Philadelphia Marathon (2013)
4:04:21 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (2013)
4:34:01 Walt Disney World Marathon (2013)

4:00:57 Philadelphia Marathon (2012)
4:05:58 Chicago Marathon (2012)

4:40:59 Philadelphia Marathon (2011)
5:12:17 Walt Disney World Marathon (2010)
4:39:52 Charlottesville Marathon (2009)
4:21:38 Walt Disney World Marathon (2009)

4:16:37 Philadelphia Marathon (2008)
5:??:?? The SF Marathon (1998)
4:12:58 Marine Corps Marathon  (1995)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Running a Marathon in the Rain - Tips for a Rainy Race Day

#RnRDC Marathon Forecast*
66** % Chance of Rain
*Update as of Wednesday, March 11

I've been checking the weather forecast for the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon for the past few weeks thanks (or no thanks) to Now it's very likely that it's going to rain. In theory and in training, I'm not opposed to running in the rain. I have also raced in some freezing rain and drizzle. However, I never ran a marathon in rain. So, needless to say, I'm beginning to panic. When I'm not in panic mode, I've been scouring the internet for rainy day race tips.

Do you have any tips for racing in the rain?

Here are some rainy day race tips I plan to use:

* Wear different pair of shoes before race.

* Wear GORE-TEX running shoes during race.

* Dress in tight, water-resistant, moisture wicking layers.

* Wear gloves and brimmed hat during the race.

* Use anti-friction cream to prevent chafing that can occur when running in wet clothing.

* Seal iPhone inside a Ziploc bag inside water-resistant hip carrier.

* Cut hole in bottom of garbage bag to wear prior to race and remove just before start.

* Stay indoors or under covered space for as long as possible before race.

* Stay with group if it's windy and avoid puddles whenever possible.

* Change into dry clothes, socks and shoes as soon as possible after race.

* Dry out shoes by stuffing with newspaper.

For more rainy day race tips, visit these blogs & websites:

Rain Racing (@RunnersWorld)

Running a Marathon in Bad Weather (@Runners_Connect)

Top 10 Tips for Running in the Rain (@50by25)

Racing in the Rain: 7 Tips from Runners (@rUnladylike) 

Lessons from Running a Marathon in the Rain - Successes and Failures (@RunToMunch) 

21 Tips for Running a Marathon Under the Rain (@thebullrunner)

How to Run Your Best Race in the Rain (@SaltyRuns)

Rain on Marathon Day - Tips and Tricks (@RunAndJumpBlog)

Running in the Rain (@MarathonsAndMacarons)

Marathon Training in All Weather (@WorldRunningCom)

Running in the Rain (@WomensHealthMag)
8 Tips for Running in the Rain (@lafenske)

10 tips for running a marathon in the rain, cold and wind 

Rainy Marathon Checklist - The Night Before

What to Wear - Running in the Rain

Marathoning in the Rain

Running in the Rain
Rain Tips
What if the weather is really bad on marathon day?

** Normally, I love to see the number 66 since it's one of my favorite songs by The Afghan Whigs. So, while I mentally prepare myself for a rainy attempt to BQ, I will console myself by watching as many versions of this song as possible.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Boston Marathon Ballad by Bella Morte

One more time
Sally forth to the city
Tally ho!
Don't fall behind Malinda Ann
Keep up if you can

Take a right on Hereford, my dear
Take a left on Boylston, ya hear?
Fast as a deer, swift as an eagle
To claim your thrown atop Heartbreak Hill

Trial by fire, try again
You shall be victorious
When your feet hit the street
Your speed will be glorious

Oh, and the prophets did speak
Of a glorious feat
Setting the streets aflame
Oh, the poets did write
Of a legendary night
When Boston remembers your name!

Music & Lyrics by Bella Morte
Inspiration by @LeahCville (Boston Marathoner x 3)