Run Big Cottonwood with me!

With 37 days and 20 hours until the race begins, the time is now to make the commitment to run!  @runrevel race series offers fast and beautiful courses located in Utah, California and Colorado.  

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I am running Big Cottonwood on September 13th, and probably the other two races in 2015.  A price increase is coming up within the next week for this race, so if you want to run with me, the time to register and save a bit of money would be now.  Follow this link to save:  

http://brooksee-events.appspot.com/bcm/register?team=6306024403238912

You can register as a part of my ambassador team and save $5.  There is also a $5 Facebook discount during registration.  

Current pricing is good until August 14th, which is next week.  You can register for the Half for $84.95 minus the discounts, or $104.95 minus the discounts for the Full.

Registration Includes:

Free race day photos, a free personalized highlight video, an epic medal, the best technical shirt ever, great swag that you will want to keep, gloves and Mylar blanket for the start, great food and fun at the finish, and a very generous transfer/refund policy.  

Check out the website at http://www.bigcottonwoodmarathon.com

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Healthy Heart & Happy Guy

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So, I’ve been waiting for that phone call from the doctors office.  The one you want to get the one you don’t want to get.  Test results… Good, bad, or ugly.  Sitting in a casino yesterday morning, my call phone rang.  I immediately picked up the phone, knowing it would be the doctor.

Last week I had the echocardiogram as a result of an abnormal EKG, and basically has had me worried sick for the last two weeks.  Blood pressure and blood work were also a hot mess.  So, the nurse says that my results came back.  The heart doctors read my test, and it looked like my heart was absolutely in perfect shape.  SO, relieved!!!  I also started crying when I heard the news, that is how stressed out I have been about getting bad news and having heart problems.

So, after that call, I had the BEST day!  Stress free, relaxed, and smiling.  Dodged that bullet.  Now I can focus on having an even better vacation, and an amazing marathon weekend coming up.  Right, oh, I do have to run a marathon this weekend, and the doctor just said my heart was all good.

So, another great day in Vegas!  Look who I bumped into….

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I wish!  Ok, so I am heading out on another great day in fabulous Las Vegas.

Marathon thoughts are creeping into my head for Wrightsville Beach this Sunday.  Wasn’t even sure I could run it after the heart tests, but I am good to go, and will be ready to rock that course.

Magic 8

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I’m about to finish out my training week with an 8 mile run.  I will consider it a lucky 8 because it is a beautiful day, and I’m lucky to be in good shape and injury free this close to my next marathon.

My training week, first week of marathon tapering, has gone well.  I’ve run 18.4 miles in four training runs thus far.  Add today’s eight miler that I am about to do, and it will put me at 26.4 for the week.  That is a good place for me.  I cannot, and will not overtrain at this point.  I have learned to listen to my body.  I need a few weeks of tapering so that my body, legs and feet most importantly, get better rest, and rejuvenate before the heavy demands of the marathon.  Today will be an easy paced eight miles through hills in the area.  The temperature has been really nice today, but I had to work this morning when it really would have been prime time to run.  It is 82 degrees right now, and I will wait about another hour before heading out, and give the sunshine a little bit longer to start setting behind the trees.

I cannot believe that the Asheville Marathon is only 13 days away now.  Less than two weeks, about 7 more training runs to go.  Will I be ready?

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8 Ball says “As I see it yes”!  I will be ready.

This coming week I plan on running about 30 miles, but that includes a Half Marathon race I have this coming Saturday.  13.1 miles will be my last long run prior to the Full on the 28th.  The weather here in central NC has cooled a bit.  For now.  We still will have plenty of days in the upper 80’s and low 90’s, but I do see the signs that Fall is just around the corner.  Looking at the temperatures in the mountains, where the marathon is, the evenings and mornings are already looking nice and cool.  I am hoping for a 50 degree start, and a gradual warm up to 60.  We shall see how that plays out.  I will certainly have my eye on the weather.

Weather you consider it a Magic or Lucky 8 Ball, I am looking for all positives leading up to the big day.  The only time I would want to see a negative response would be the answer “Sources say No”, to the question “will it rain on race day”?  Otherwise, nearing a 26.2, I want everything to go well.  Body feeling good, mind and spirit in tune.  The heart will be there, now I just need everything to align on 9/28.  I’ve done my best to be prepared, gotta leave the rest to chance.

I would love to be at 100% come race day.  I guess that I have to leave that to my fortune telling friend the Magic 8 Ball, and this is the response I hope to get.

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Best of luck to all of you who are nearing the end of your training cycles, and gearing up for the big race.  Would love to hear from you on how prepared you feel for your next race.

Running is……

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The open road

For me running is many things.  Thinking about how running has changed my life, I wanted to put together a list, a personal reflection, if you will, on what running means to me.  Yes, it is all very personal, so feel free to comment on what running means to you!

Running is….

Freedom

Solitude

Beauty

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Running is….

Exhilarating

Healthy

Fun

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Running is…

Therapeutic

Graceful

Powerful

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Running is…

Energetic

Peaceful

Awarding

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Raleigh

Tomorrow will be my first time running this 5k.  I have been more geared toward endurance running, so this will be interesting.  I haven’t competed in a 5k in over a year, so I am just going to do the best I can.  I am racing as part of Team RunRaleigh Racing, and I am lucky enough to be racing tomorrow with my 17 year old son Dylan.  I am sure he will step out in front of me at the line, and I will be chasing him down the whole race.  Actually, I am just hoping that I can keep him in my sights, as he will be my inspiration to move my feet faster.  As Tropical Storm Andrea approaches from the south, this may be the first race I may have to run in the rain.  I have been lucky so far.  I have been getting a lot of great advice, as I have been a bit concerned about my speed.  My goal for tomorrow?  Enjoy another race with my son, and be inspired by all the women and men wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness.  Hopefully I will inspire, as well.

Do you run to inspire?  Do you run to be inspired?

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National Running Day

ImageToday is a day to celebrate!  To celebrate our own achievements, and the achievements of others.  It all has to start somewhere though, so I challenge all runners to inspire others in their search for fitness and health.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stopped or given thumbs up from others, thanking me for inspiring them to get off the couch and walk or run.  I have run in my hilly neighborhood too many times to count, and obviously the neighbors notice.  Our actions, just through getting out on the pavement, do affect others.  We can inspire without even knowing it.  A quiet way, just our foot strikes, often times inspire others to lace up their shoes.  I love knowing that we, as a community of fitness freaks, can sometimes unknowingly, have an amazing impact on someone else’s life.  So, today, celebrate yourself with a run, and inspire others to join our awesome community.  We have a great opportunity not only today, but everyday to change the world, one run at a time.