Eye Candy Marathons

With 44 days remaining in the countdown to my next marathon, I spent a good portion of the morning reading up on and looking at pictures of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah.  Of course, this is the location of my next race, the Hoka One One Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon.

I was chosen to represent @RunRevel as an Ambassador, which is quite an honor.  I am already in love with this race, and I haven’t even stepped foot in Utah yet.  Why?  I run with not only my feet, but majorly with my eyes.  I don’t listen to music when I run, not in races and not even while on training runs.  My focus is always on the “eye candy”.  The Big Cottonwood race looks to be one of the most beautiful races around.  With one of the most beautiful race courses, this race shapes up to be one that I will never forget.  42 days until my plane lands in Salt Lake City, and the picture taking begins.  I may even stop to take a photo or two during the race.  Maybe.  Yes, this is a downhill, fast course, but I won’t risk missing a BQ to snap a picture at this race.  There are millions of photos of Big Cottonwood Canyon online.  

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Check out some of these photos I found.  How can you not fall in love?  I already have.

As a race ambassador, I can offer anyone who wants to run one of the Revel races a discount off the current registration price.  The next price increase is coming soon, so if you jump on board now, you can save money.  Let me know if you are interested, and I can hook you up with a discount.

The Revel Rockies race in Denver, CO is August 17th.

Revel Big Cottonwood in Salt Lake City, UT is September 13th.

Revel Canyon City in Los Angeles, CA is November 15th.

You can check out this race series online at http://www.runrevel.com

 

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Persistence pays off

Well, I did it.  I got that twelve miler in yesterday late afternoon.  

Here’s how I survived the heat and humidity….

– two changes of shirt

– two bottles of gatorade

– three sweat buffs

-plenty of Body Glide (love this product!)

-two towels

-1 hour cool down followed by a cold shower

-relaxing on the couch for three hours

How do I feel today?  Contrary to how I thought I would feel, I woke up feeling fully recovered.  That’s what training will do for you.  I thought I was going to die, but I didn’t.  Persistence in training works.  Follow the plan.  Try to be smart about when you run, and how you run and survive it.  Give your body the rest it needs to recover, and by all means stay hydrated.  That is key!

So I feel good about the next long run already.  Training for a BQ attempt sure is different from regular training.  I know what’s at stake, and it keeps me more focused and positively impacts my routine.  I know I need to put in more work than ever before, so if I don’t, my BQ attempt will be lackluster, and I don’t want that.  I want to be ready on race day.  If that means sucking it up on really hot days, the that is what it means.  Boston doesn’t come cheap.  Especially for an aging dude that’s not in 100% good physical shape.  I don’t always watch my diet, and I should.  I have to keep focused on the prize.  Eyes on the prize, as they say.

As you step out the door during the dog days of Summer, remember that goal race.  Use that goal to get you moving.  Use that goal to better yourself, however or whatever that means to you.  Best of luck out there on the road.  As for me?  Two more long runs prior to Big Cottonwood.  An 18 and a 20 miler.  That’s all that’s left.  Well, that and about 100 other training miles between now and September 13th. image

Satan Called. He wants his weather back!

Man oh man.  I hate to complain, so I won’t.  I really don’t mind the heat, its the humidity that sucks balls.  Stanky, sweaty balls.  It’s not really fair when you can’t tell if you’ve dried yourself off enough after a shower, or if you’re already sweating again.  Ok, so I kinda complained some.  

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I have finally figured out just how draining humidity can be.  I just don’t feel like dealing with it, especially on a run.  It’s harder for me to psych myself up for a long run, when I know the minute I step out the door I am going to start sweating before I even start my Garmin.  

But run I must.  I can get through it, I know I can.  Trying to get myself pumped for three four mile hill loops tallying the magical 12 miles I am looking for today.  The temperature is 86, the humidity is 90%.  I’ve got two bottles of Gatorade at the ready, and will be lubing up with Body Glide before I get my shoes on.

The dog days of Summer have arrived.  Just in time for the height of my Fall marathon training.  Trying to find a happy place about it.  It’s just hard to run when you feel like you’re wading in a swamp.

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How do you deal with heat and humidity during your runs?  Any special tips or tricks to help beat the heat?  Please share.

City of Oaks Marathon and Half- Raleigh’s Finest

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That’s right!  Just 100 days away today, our local marathon and half will once again provide some of the finest views on an awesome course.  

In 2013, I achieved my Personal Record for the marathon distance on this beautiful and challenging course.  Still to this day, I am trying to figure out what I did right that day to bank that 3:32.  This race is neither considered flat or fast, as it contains some difficult rolling hills.

When online registration for this years event rolled around, I knew that I wanted to go back.  I also knew that because I had already signed up for a few marathons during the Fall season, that I probably shouldn’t add another one.  I debated it for a few days, until one day the race offered a one day discount, and I had to make a quick decision.  My son actually helped in the decision making process.  Fresh off of watching my older son complete his first half marathon in Hilton Head, my younger son asked if he could run the City of Oaks Half, as his first race at the 13.1 distance.  Decision made!  Of course I said yes, and decided to register for the Half with him.  I want to run with him, pace him, and be at his side when he finishes.

I have already got him set up on a 16 week Half Marathon training plan, which he has already started.  He is excited, and so am I.  In 100 days, I will be toeing the line with my 16 year old to run through Raleigh and and watch as he has his first (of many I hope) Half Marathon finisher medals placed around his neck.

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Look out City of Oaks, this time it’s going to be a family affair!

 

REVEL Race Series Ambassador – I am a REVELer

imageI am proud to announce, and excited to begin another ambassadorship with an extremely popular and brilliantly run race series.  REVEL Race Series is known for fast, beautiful and downhill races with amazing amenities.  

When looking for a new vacation race several months ago, I read about the Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half in Cottonwood Canyon south of Salt Lake City, Utah.  It didn’t take me long to make the decision to register for this event!  It’s fast, it’s beautiful.  This race is unique as it starts at a high altitude, and descends down through Cottonwood Canyon.  It offers a great chance at qualifying for Boston.  My fastest marathon time is just seven minutes shy of my Boston Marathon qualifying time, so this race naturally became my BQ goal race.  

A few months later, I saw the opportunity to become an Ambassador for this race series.  Naturally, I applied.  Recently selected to the team, I couldn’t be happier to help promote this awesome race series.  Great locations, beautiful courses, amazing swag including one of the biggest finisher medals I have ever seen, and charity supporters are some of the reasons why I applied.  

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I will provide much more information and even provide you with a race discount if you check out this race, or one of the others in California or Colorado, and decide to run one.  I would love to have some company this September!  I am adding the race in California and in Denver to my “must run” list.  Check them out online at http://www.runrevel.com.  

Follow them on Twitter:  @runrevel. They are also on Instagram and Pinterest.

This race series offers races in beautiful canyons, fast Boston-qualifying courses, with a huge emphasis placed on the runner experience.  Great customer service, great refund policy, awesome shirts, medals and free photos and videos.  Free photos?  What?  Yes, free race photos and personalized video from your race.  High quality races, and top notch fun!  

If you have any questions about how to REVEL, just ask.

Don't you want to run here?  I can't wait.

Don’t you want to run here? I can’t wait.

 

All American Ambassador

http://www.fortbraggmwr.com/allamericanmarathon/registration/

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I got got some really great news today!  One of my favorite marathons thus far in my marathon career has chosen me to be an Ambassador for the 2015 race.

The race this last May was the inaugural event, and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it.  They will be returning stronger, and more popular than ever I am sure, so don’t miss out on early registration, which can be accessed with the link above.  

The race date for 2015 is March 22nd.  

More to come, as I will be sharing my Ambassador experiences with you.  Who knows, I may even be allowed to offer special discounts or goodies along the way.  Details to follow.  Hold tight!

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