Yesterday was the second-to-last 5k race for me in 2014, the Winter Classic 5k. This year has been a bummer for me with the Classic series, which I typically like. I skipped the Spring Classic due to feeling under the weather (which may have had something to do with celebrating my wedding anniversary that same weekend, but I’m not confessing anything), and ended up on a plane to China during the Fall Classic. So the Winter Classic was the first race in the series I actually ran this year, despite paying to enter all three. Continue reading Race Recap: Winter Classic 5k
This was the second year I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon, with a fabulous course up and down the Las Vegas Strip after dark.
I’ll be honest; I have mixed feelings about this race. It’s a totally unique experience to be able to run up and down the Las Vegas Strip at night amidst the neon lights. The course is also pancake-flat. Plus, running the race means taking a long weekend in Vegas, which guarantees some good times. Continue reading Race Recap: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon
This was my second year running the Cambridge 5k Oktoberfest race in Kendall Square, Cambridge. I really enjoy the Cambridge 5k series for a number of reasons: Really fun atmosphere, great soft t-shirts that make perfect sleepwear, generous post-race beer pours, and a very local feel, with area businesses well-represented. Continue reading Race Recap: Cambridge 5k Oktoberfest
Yesterday I ran the Michelob ULTRA Boston 13.1 Marathon. This was my first time running the mostly flat, oceanside course, which wends through East Boston and Revere.
After overcoming my initial aversion to a race completely sponsored by Michelob ULTRA and heavily branded as such (I’m sorry! I feel bad! I feel snobby! But Michelob ULTRA is never making my Friday Funday recommended beer list!), I went ahead and registered, figuring it would be a good segue to the fall racing season. Continue reading Race Recap: Michelob ULTRA Boston 13.1 Marathon
Having grown up in East Somerville, the Assembly Row project has been exciting to watch. The Assembly Square area has transformed in the last few years from a dwindling retail wasteland into a well-designed community with outlet stores, restaurants, and apartments. It’s only partly done, too, so it should keep getting better and better.
I ran the second annual Race to the Row this past weekend. This 5k race starts and ends within the Assembly Row development. Last year, none of the businesses in Assembly Row were open yet at race time, so it was quite a change this year with many shops and restaurants open. Continue reading Running Recap: Race to the Row
I am a sucker for any race where the beer flows freely at the afterparty, so I was excited to run the Craft Brew Races series 5k in Providence, RI. I’ve run the now-defunct Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence half marathon twice and was looking forward to running through the city again with a little less exertion and training.
Race day dawned with pretty perfect running weather–probably around 65 degrees with an occasional rain droplet, but not excessively humid. I was ever so slightly chilled picking up my breakfast and coffee but knew that I’d warm up when it came time to run. Continue reading Race Recap: Providence RI Craft Brew Race 5k
This was my second time running the Vert Trail Series Sasquatch Race. The best news is that, unlike last year, I did not wipe out mid-race and skin my knee! I don’t normally run trail (there just isn’t a convenient place to do it around here), so I tend to be hyper-focused on the ground to make sure I don’t catch my foot on a rock or a branch and topple over. Last year I got a little too comfortable on one of the flats and hooked my foot into a tree branch. This year, I’m proud to say, I did not let my attention wander.
This race is a short 2.35 miles, but feels longer thanks to the rolling terrain in the woods at the Fells. Runners start in three waves, and begin by running a short section of road to get to the start of the trail. The trail itself opens with a huge, steep, and rocky hill (which I had conveniently forgotten about, perhaps because my memory of last time is hyper-focused on my skinned knee). I ended up hike-walking a short stretch of this after realizing that I could maintain my speed at lower effort that way. Continue reading Race Recap: Vert Trail Series Sasquatch Race