Chicory’s Race Report – Indy Half Marathon

This race was a pretty last-minute addition to the race calendar. Mr. Chicory and I signed up the Monday before the race. My coach wanted one more all-out effort from me before my goal marathon in November, and the mister doesn’t race very much and needed to get a better sense of his goal for the same marathon. Indianapolis is about 2 hours from our house in Louisville. I looked more » Read more

Caper’s Boston to Jersey Race Report – Part 1

I thought I was training only for Boston during those many runs in the cold rain over the winter. A couple of my teammates signed up to run “B2B,” the Boston Marathon followed by the Big Sur Marathon one week later. I thought it was a neat idea, but that I needed more marathons under my belt before I would be ready to run back to back races. When I more » Read more

Oregano’s Race Report – Chuckanut 50k

In the last few hours, as I’ve been staring at the open “race report” tab on my computer, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is way more fun and exciting to write a race report from a race that goes the way you want it to go, than it is to write one for which you miss your “A” goal. But, it’s important to reflect either way, and it’s more » Read more

Pimento’s Training Log: 3.5.16

What a crazy taper week of highs and lows, ending on a high note at the Cottage Grove Half-Marathon with a two-minute PR in the half marathon (1:30:38, just missing my sub-1:30 goal), winning my age group, placing second woman, and 11th overall! The moral of that story? The treadmill works. I developed a severe neck kink last weekend (from who knows what, grrr) that lead to serious pain, and more » Read more

Molasses’ Houston Marathon Race Report

The Chevron Houston Marathon has been around since before I was born. The inaugural year, 1972, boasted just 113 runners who repeated a 5-mile loop at Memorial Park. Memorial Park is situated on the grounds of Camp Logan, a WWI military training facility in what is now downtown Houston. The first female finisher in 1972 was a 14-year old; she crossed the finish line in 5:11:55. In 1973, fewer than more » Read more

Catnip’s Training Log – 1.18.2016

I began this week by puking my guts out. Ughhh. I had planned for this to be a cutback week with lower mileage and a day off and I guess I can look at this as “overachieving” maybe? I ended up with 3 days off and about 60% planned mileage. Still, it didn’t turn out too badly. By Friday I was feeling normal and ran both my planned races on more » Read more

The Mug: Our 2015 Race Report Contest Winner!

When I am lying about my running, I tell people that I race because all adults should have a hobby, because I need a good excuse to leave the bar, and because I want the mug. We’re talking about THE mug – the one that goes to the top 100 male and female finishers at this Thanksgiving race that I run when I’m in shape sometimes, and oh God, even more » Read more

Sage’s Catalina Island Eco-Marathon 10k Race Report

My first trail race was last weekend’s Catalina Island Eco-Marathon 10k. Originally I was only going to be a spectator. My husband and son registered for the Eco-marathon, which promised 26.2 miles of tough hills (some at 15% grade), fire roads and single-track trails, potential buffalo sightings, hawks and eagles, and exquisite 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Catalina Island is about 20 miles off the southern coast of more » Read more

Marathon #26 for the WIN! Pepper’s NCTM Race Report

North Country Trail Marathon in Michigan was my 26th marathon. It was supposed to be just for fun, just my husband and me on a little trail racing adventure. I left marathons and all serious racing in 2013, as I was aiming for the Olympic Trials. Unlike my build-up for #25, I did not have a big mileage base, wanted to ride bikes more than run, and my idea of fast more » Read more

Sweet (non)Revenge: Caper’s Rehoboth Beach Marathon Race Report

Five weeks ago, I was on pace for a PR at the NYC Marathon before hyponatremia forced me to a walk in the final miles. A good friend suggested I attempt a revenge marathon in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware five weeks later. I’m glad I followed his advice. The Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon rightfully boasts a friendly and lively Facebook page community, a no-muss, no-fuss start where you can arrive 20 minutes before more » Read more

Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner! Catnip’s Turkey Trot & Holiday Hustle Race Reports

Can you call yourself a real runner if you don’t do a Turkey Trot? I think my first Turkey Trot was back in high school. I ran 26 or 27 minutes for 5k and remember being in awe of the speedy winner. We thought that winning a turkey was so hilarious that my dad and I posed with ours in our ugly-ass sweatshirts when we got home. As I got more » Read more

Dill and the Revenge Marathon

When you’re a marathoner, you spend months training for your goal race. Race morning finally comes and you know you’ve done everything right for this race. This is going to be your day, your race, your breakthrough! Oh no! Something goes wrong. You cramp up, you drop all of your gels, you don’t sleep the night before, or your gastrointestinal system doesn’t cooperate. You muscle your way through the race and finish, more » Read more

2015 Race Report Contest – Win Your Favorite Running Shoes!

We’re so proud of this gosh darn community, and we know that you love it as much as we do! Thanks to you, 2015 has been our best year yet!  To celebrate, we’re bringing back Free Shoes! We want to help you be the best you can be, and we believe the best way to do that is runners sharing our stories with one another.  So now it’s your turn! We want more » Read more

Barley’s Philadelphia Half Marathon PR Recap!

This past weekend was pretty much your standard weekend away. It involved road tripping adventures, time with my guy, time with friends, exploring a fun city, and trampling people while screaming my head off for my best friend as she ran the marathon. Of course there was beer too. Yuengling because, when in Philly … Isn’t that what you do when you go away for a weekend? Oh, and I long a more » Read more

The Race of My Life: Cinnamon’s NYC Marathon Report

It was a little disheartening that the taxi driver had no clue what was going on when I said “Staten Island Ferry, please!” I figured he’d just finished a shift of hauling around drunk adults in Halloween costumes, so I wasn’t very surprised. I WAS surprised when my $50 visa gift card got declined and I had a mini-panic while I tried to figure out how to get to an ATM. more » Read more