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: www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1121983 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 Competitor.com
http://running.competitor.com/2015/03/photos/photos-2015-rock-n-roll-dc-marathon-12-marathon_124619


Rock 'n' Roll DC Race Reviews

Moulton, Nelson snag first-place finishes in Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon via Run Washington
http://www.runwashington.com/2015/03/14/moulton-nelson-snag-first-place-finishes-in-rock-n-roll-marathon/

Rock n Roll Washington DC via BibRave
http://www.bibrave.com/races/rock-n-roll-washington-dc/2157

Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon via RaceThread
http://racethread.com/events/rock-n-roll-dc-marathon-half-marathon/

It's My Party Edition by Runner of a Certain Age Podcast
https://roacapod.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/episode-33-the-its-my-party-edition/

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap - Episode 62 by The Running Lifestyle
http://www.therunninglifestyle.com/episode-62-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap

Race of the Month - Rock n Roll Half Marathon & 5k by Run it Like a Mom
http://runitlikeamom.com/2015/03/18/race-of-the-month-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-5k/


Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon Recaps

Comeback by WUSsies
http://wussies.net/blog/2015/03/17/4370/

The Best Day of My Life by Train. Race. Repeat.
https://trainracerepeat.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/the-best-day-of-my-life/

Why I Run by IRUN.FIT
https://irunfit.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/why-i-run/

Surprises are the Most Fun - Rock and Roll DC Marathon Recap Part 1 by Running is Hard
http://www.runningishard.com/

Rock n Roll DC Marathon Race Recap Part 1 by Jess Runs ATL
http://www.jessrunsatl.com/rock-n-roll-dc-marathon-race-recap-part-1/

Throwing the “Runner Rules” Out the Window by Runner(ish) Girl
http://runnerishgirl.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/hello-world/

Race Recap – DC Rock N’ Roll Marathon by Slimplify Life
http://slimplifylife.com/2015/03/16/race-recap-dc-rock-n-roll-marathon/

D.C. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: A Soggy Sign of Spring by Chasing Mailboxes
http://chasingmailboxes.com/2015/03/15/d-c-rock-n-roll-marathon-a-soggy-sign-of-spring/

DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: Daddy Daughter Adventure by Angela Hubbs Fitness Professional
https://angelahubbs.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/dc-rock-n-roll-marathon-daddy-daughter-adventure/

My Dad’s Marathon by Echo Dolphin
https://echodolphin.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/my-dads-marathon/

iHOPE Team Participates in the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon by Project Hope
http://www.projecthope.org/news-blogs/In-the-Field-blog/2015/ihope-team-participates-in.html


Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Recaps

Being Realistic - RnR DC Half Preview by Miles to the Trials
http://www.milestothetrials.com/2015/03/being-realistic-rnr-dc-half-preview.html

Rock n Roll DC Recap by Tina Muir
http://tinamuir.com/rocknrolldcrecap/

DC Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon by The Aqua Life
http://www.theaqualifeblog.com/2015/03/20/dc-rock-n-roll-half-marathon/

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Barking Mad About Running
http://barkingmadaboutrunning.blogspot.com/2015/03/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap.html

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon by Adventures by Katie
http://www.adventuresbykatie.com/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon/

Rock n Roll DC Recap and Review by FitNicePT
http://www.fitnicept.com/running/rock-n-roll-dc-recap-and-review/

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Weekend by Treats and Sneaks
http://www.treatsandsneaks.com/recap-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-weekend/

Review & Recap - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marthon by Kat Runs DC
http://www.katrunsdc.com/review-recap-2015-rock-n-roll-d-c-half-marathon/

Rock n Roll DC Recap by Running on Candy
http://runningoncandy.blogspot.com/2015/03/rock-n-roll-dc-recap.html

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon by A Change of Pace
http://tracytris.blogspot.com/2015/03/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap.html

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Race Recap by I Used to Drive a Minivan
http://iusedtodriveaminivan.com/2015/03/16/2015-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-race-recap/

A Mindful Half Marathon - How Meditation Got Me to the Start and Finish Line by Martha Brettschneider
http://marthabrettschneider.com/2015/03/19/a-mindful-half-marathon-how-meditation-got-me-to-the-start-and-over-the-finish-line/

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Brooklyn Active Mama
http://brooklynactivemama.com/03/2015/2015-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap-rnrdc.html

Rock n Roll DC Recap and a Cool New Way to Fuel Motivation During a Race by This Mama runs for Cupcakes
http://www.thismamarunsforcupcakes.com/2015/03/rock-n-roll-dc-recap-and-a-cool-new-way-to-fuel-motivation-during-a-race.html

Race Report - Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon by Fat Slow Triathlete
http://fatslowtriathlete.com/race-report-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon/

Race Report - Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon by PB and PRs
http://pbandprs.com/2015/03/17/race-report-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon/

Jon's Race Report: Noah Get Your Ark (Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon) by Endurance Union
https://enduranceunion.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/jons-race-report-noah-get-your-ark-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon/

RnRDC Recap - When Things Don't Go As Planned by Blondies and Burpees
https://blondiesandburpees.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/rnrdc-recap-when-things-dont-go-as-planned/

DC Rock n Roll Half Marathon Recap by Planes, Trains and Running Shoes
http://www.planestrainsandrunningshoes.com/2015/03/dc-rock-n-roll-half-marathon-recap.html

Rock 'N' Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Lunges, Long Runs and Lattes
http://fitsarah.weebly.com/blog/rock-and-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Race Recap by KookyRunner
http://kookyrunner.blogspot.com/

Rock and Roll Marathon Series: DC Half Recap by Preppy Runner
http://preppyrunner.com/2015/03/rock-and-roll-marathon-series-dc-half-recap/

Rock ‘n’ Roll DC 2015 Half Marathon Race Recap by Fannetastic Food
http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2015/03/16/rock-n-roll-dc-2015-half-marathon-race-recap/

Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon race recap by Out and About
http://emmers712.blogspot.com/2015/03/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-race-recap.html?spref=tw

Rock ‘N’ Roll Half-Marathon in Washington, DC by The Running Griffin
http://therunninggriffin.com/2015/03/15/rock-n-roll-half-marathon-in-washington-dc/

Rock n Roll DC Race Recap – Hello, Sub-2! by You Signed Up For What?!
http://www.yousignedupforwhat.com/2015/03/17/rock-n-roll-dc-race-recap-hello-sub-2/

Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Recap by Run Steff Run
http://sasrubel.blogspot.com/2015/03/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-recap.html

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Race Recap by We Run Disney
http://www.werundisney.com/2015/03/rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-race-recap.html

Race Recap – DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon by Heart & Sole
http://heart-and-sole.com/2015/03/17/race-recap-dc-rock-n-roll-half-marathon/

RNR DC Weekend Recap by MCM Mama
http://mcmmamaruns.com/2015/03/16/rnr-dc-weekend-recap/

Race Recap: Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Part 1 by Pittsburgh City Girl
http://www.pittsburghcitygirl.com/race-recap/race-recap-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon-part-1/

Rock n Roll DC Recap by I Run for Wine
http://www.irunforwine.net/2015/03/2015-rock-n-roll-dc-recap.html

Rock n Roll DC Half by Beyond Defeat
http://beyonddefeat.com/rock-n-roll-dc-half-12634/

The Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon by The Lewis Report
https://lewisreport.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/the-rock-n-roll-dc-half-marathon/

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough runs Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon via Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2015/03/15/white-house-chief-of-staff-denis-mcdonough-runs-rock-n-roll-marathon/?postshare=5271426538541972


Rock 'n' Roll DC 5K Race Recap

2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC 5K Race Recap by Run Jenny Run
http://www.runjenniferrun.com/2015-rock-n-roll-dc-5k-race-recap/

Race Recap - Rock n Roll 5k in DC by 30Somethingtherapy
http://www.30somethingtherapy.com/race-recap-rock-n-roll-5k-in-dc/


Rock 'n' Roll DC Expo

Rock 'n' Roll DC Expo by Adventures by Katie
http://www.adventuresbykatie.com/rock-n-roll-dc-expo/


Rock 'n' Roll DC Volunteers

Volunteering for Rock n Roll DC by Chelsea Eats Treats
http://chelseaeatstreats.com/volunteering-for-rock-n-roll-dc/

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)
D = FINISH*

*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 Accuweather.com. 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)
http://www.runnersworld.com/races/rain-racing

Running a Marathon in Bad Weather (@Runners_Connect)
http://runnersconnect.net/running-training-articles/running-a-marathon-in-bad-weathe/

Top 10 Tips for Running in the Rain (@50by25)
http://www.50by25.com/2013/07/tips-for-running-in-the-rain.html

Racing in the Rain: 7 Tips from Runners (@rUnladylike)
http://www.runladylike.com/2012/10/26/racing-in-the-rain-7-tips-from-runners-2/ 

Lessons from Running a Marathon in the Rain - Successes and Failures (@RunToMunch)
http://www.runtomunch.com/lessons-from-running-a-marathon-in-the-rain-successes-and-failures/ 

21 Tips for Running a Marathon Under the Rain (@thebullrunner)
http://thebullrunner.com/2013/02/21-tips-for-running-a-marathon-under-the-rain/

How to Run Your Best Race in the Rain (@SaltyRuns)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-saltmarsh/running-rain_b_5297060.html

Rain on Marathon Day - Tips and Tricks (@RunAndJumpBlog)
https://runandjumpblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/rain-on-marathon-day-tips-and-tricks/

Running in the Rain (@MarathonsAndMacarons)
http://marathonsandmacarons.com/2013/05/10/fitness-friday-running-in-the-rain/

Marathon Training in All Weather (@WorldRunningCom)
http://www.worldrunning.com/articles/marathon-training-in-all-weather/

Running in the Rain (@WomensHealthMag)
8 Tips for Running in the Rain (@lafenske)
http://www.westcoastmiles.com/2012/03/tips-for-running-in-rainy-la-marathon.html

10 tips for running a marathon in the rain, cold and wind
http://www.runningoncrosswalks.com/2013/05/02/10-tips-for-running-a-marathon-in-the-rain-cold-and-wind/ 

Rainy Marathon Checklist - The Night Before
http://www.limetreelife.com/2012/12/01/rainy-marathon-checklist-the-night-before/

What to Wear - Running in the Rain
http://www.fleetfeetchicago.com/blog/wear-running-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 2)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#MEGSMILES on Saturday, January 17

 

#MEGSMILES Information via:
www.run4meg.com

Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere.

This Saturday, January 17, 2015, no matter what your distance, no matter where you live, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it--for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment. Grab a friend, or two, or 100 and take them with you! Wear BLUE! Blue was Meg's favorite color!

Feel free to post pictures of yourself pre-run or post-run, post your distance, post your thoughts, prayers, condolences with the hashtag #megsmiles. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Let all runners unite together and remember the loss of a beautiful spirit. It's not a coincidence the hashtag reads either "Meg's Miles" or "Meg Smiles." She will be smiling on all of us forevermore.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon

ICYMI...
Coach Mark points to the best marathon in Cville!

FACEBOOK   TWITTER      
We will offer this race in mid-September as a BQ for both 2016 and 2017!
If Boston registration opens September 7, the race will be Saturday, September 12.
If Boston registration opens September 14, the race will be Sunday, September 20.
Sign up to be emailed about future dates for Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon.

The Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon is officially certified by the USATF (VA14004TR) and therefore can be used as a Boston Qualifier. The course is 6.5 "loops" of the 4-mile trail beginning at Riverview Park and following along the river on the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail.
Google Map Directions to Riverview Park
(end of Chesapeake St and Riverside Ave)
Photos of the Course | Trail Information | Visit Charlottesville
Feedback from Participants | Feedback from Volunteers
Purchase your own shirt with the race logo on spreadshirt.com.
Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon Logo on LIGHT items or DARK items.
Questions?

PAST RACES

OCTOBER 4Race Results & 2-Mile Splits Finish Line Video by Attila Szabo | Entire race video on YouTube Photos by Attila Szabo 
SEPTEMBER 6 
Race Results & 2-Mile SplitsFinish Line Video by Attila Szabo | Entire race video on YouTube
Photos by Natalie Krovetz | Suzanna Turanyi



This event is directed by an Road Runners Club of America Certified Race Director.
This race is conducted under the rules of USATF and the Road Runners Club of America.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run




Registration for the 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk is being conducted by lottery. You may register any time between December 1 and December 12. Your chance of being selected is not affected by the time that you register, so if the server is busy, just try again later. Register today at: https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/CherryBlossom10Mile/


Will you enter the lottery?
Have you run the race?

Image source: www.cherryblossom.org


Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon: 70+ Race Recaps & Reports

Thanks to Donna for catching me at the finish!

Malinda (the slower 1/2 of @TwinsRun) didn't catch a BQ (3:45:00) at the Philadelphia Marathon but she did crush her PR by almost 9 minutes - finishing in 3:47:42 and placing 90th in her division (40-44)! Another personal record powered by The Afghan Whigs new record "Do To The Beast." Who said you can't improve with age? ;-)

Although Malinda missed her BQ goal, you can still help us reach our Team Lemon fundraising goal. Many thanks to 3 caring mother runners - Anne, Kelly and Kim  - for their generous donations!
(Photo source: Facebook Page)
Team Lemon Runners 
(Photo source: Facebook Page)

No donation is too small to fight childhood cancer with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation! Text LEMONADE E1120912 to 85944 to donate $10 by phone or donate $2 online! Thanks for your support!


Did you run the Philly Marathon, Half Marathon or Rothman 8K? If you wrote a race recap, share your link in the comments and we'll add to our post!

2014 Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon Race Recaps

30 Something Mother Runner: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon - 2014 Race Recap

48 Peaks: A Wonderful Day for a Marathon

Another Mother Runner: Saucony 26 Strong - Philadelphia Marathon Report - Round 1

Bananas for Balance: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Barefoot Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Run and Sisterly Endurance

BibRave: Philadelphia Half Marathon

brbRunning: Marathon 47 - Philly Marathon for a Second Time

Cape Cod Runner: Philly Half Marathon

Dietitian Jess: Philly Half Marathon Recap

DrRunner: Philadelphia Marathon Race Review

Eat Pray Ride Run: Philly Half Marathon Recap

The Fat Runner: 2014 Philadelphia Half Marathon

Finishing Strong: Philadelphia Marathon

From Couch to Ironwoman: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

From Fran to Flash: The Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

I Broke My Umbrella: Philadelphia Marathon - Part 1

Imaginariyum: Of Marathons and Apple Pies

I Run My Race: Philadelphia Marathon

iRunnerBlog: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
iRrunnerblog: Wild Philly Marathon Recap

Just J. Faye: Philadelphia Marathon

KatiesFitScript: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Kickrunner: Philadelphia Marathon Race Report

Kim Runs Miles with Smiles: Philly Half Expo
Kim Runs Miles with Smiles: Philly Half Marathon Race Recap

Kyle Cassidy: This is not a fitness blog, but it's a Philadelphia Half Marathon 2014 Race Recap

Level Renner: Vassallo Goes to Work in Philly

Love Life Surf: Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap

Maggie Converse: A Feeling of Everything is Alright-ness - Philadelphia Half Marathon

Mama Deak Speaks: I'm Shipping Up To Boston

Marathonguide.com: Philadelphia Marathon

Marathon Mom: 2014 Philly Marathon - BQ or Bust

Marathon and Sprint: Sherman Klump Runs a Marathon

Me and the Boys: Philly Marathon Weekend

The Ninja in Me: Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap Part 1

No Cure for the Runs: Philly Marathon

OwlSports.com: Cross Country Teams Volunteer at Philadelphia Marathon

Paleo Running Momma: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Practically Running: Philadelphia Marathon - 2014

Reach Your Peak: Philadelphia Half Marathon Race Recap

Reflections of a Barefoot Runner: Recap of the Philadelphia Marathon 2014

RiledUpRunner: Out of My Hands

ROJ Running: Because I'm All About That Bling - No Cut-offs

Run Birdie Run: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Run-Hike-Play: Half Marathon Race Recap

Run Jersey: Philly Marathon - The Race of Brotherly Love

Run Karla Run: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon Goals

Run With No Regrets: Philly Marathon Recap

Runner's World Community: Philly Marathon Results and Recaps

Running for the Average Joe: Half Marathon 3 - My Philly Half Marathon Recap

Running Liz: Chasing the Sub-3 Dream in Philly

Running Out of Wine: Philadelphia Marathon - 2014 Recap

Running Philly: The Philadelphia Marathon Is Why Philly Has The Best Running Community

Running in Pink: Giving Back - Volunteering at Philly Marathon

Running Times: What Becomes of Brokenhearted Marathoners

Running USA: Philadelphia Race Recap

Sarrandipity: 13 Thoughts I Had During 13 Miles - Philly Half Marathon

Saltmarsh Running: 2014 Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon

Scootadoot: Full Circle at the Philadelphia Marathon

See Mommy Run Blog: Week 20 - I Lived

Staten Island Triathlon and Endurance Club: Philly Marathon and Half

Strength Running: Philadelphia Marathon Course Guide

Tania Gail: Philadelphia Marathon

Team Lemon: Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon

Tomato Face Runs Again: Philadelphia Marathon - 2014 Recap - Part-2

Train with Marc: Philly Pride

Tumblr: Philadelphia Marathon

Unapologetically You: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Website for Runners: Philadelphia Marathon Blog Recaps

Well I'm Trying to Run: Race Report Philadelphia Marathon

Yoga Peach: Philadelphia Marathon- 2014 Race Report

You Signed Up for What: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap 2014

2014 News Stories

Be Well Philly: Philly's Inspiring Instagrams
Be Well Philly: 10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Spectator Signs from Philadelphia Marathon
Be Well Philly: How Many Clothes Collected for Charity

Boston.com: Massachusetts Man Wins Philadelphia Marathon

CBS Local - Thousands Run in the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon

Metro: Philadelphia Marathoners Run with a Purpose

My Fox Philly: Philadelphia Marathon Winner Visits Good Day

Philly.com: Philadelphia Marathon
Philly.com: Massachusettes Runner Vassallo Captures Philadelphia Marathon
Philly.com: Philadelphia Marathon Winners Qualify for Olympic Trials
Philly.com: Pace Setters Help Marathon Runners Qualify for Boston
Philly.com: Philly Marathon Runner Regains Racing Legs After Spinal Cord Injury

WHYY Newsworks: Formerly homeless, woman 'back on her feet' and bound for Philly marathon


2013 Race Recaps

Einahpets: Philadelphia Marathon - 2013 Race Recap

Twins Run in Our Family: The Philadelphia Marathon - 50+ Recaps