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

Pimento’s 2015 NYC Marathon Race Report

The “A” goal was 3:10, the “D” goal was to just enjoy the race and have a great vacation. The result? 3:37:39, my third slowest marathon ever. D-minus. I add the minus because, while I’m very disappointed that after months of high mileage and consistent strength-training I couldn’t pull it together on race day, I’m just as disappointed that my experience of the race was anything but enjoyable. My friends would more » Read more

Are You Sabotaging Your Race by Falling Victim to Race Day Woes?

I recently found myself standing on the starting line of the 44th annual Portland Marathon. Along the journey to that moment, I did all the right things. I signed up with a coach and followed her workouts to a tee. I pushed myself to hit paces in my workouts that I used to think were unreachable. I believed I was capable of running a 3:25 marathon, which would be a ten minute PR. more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Cbus Half Report: A Shiny New PR for #TeamSully

I wasn’t chasing a half-marathon PR for the usual glory when I lined up with the crowds at the Columbus Marathon and Half. This year I was going to PR for Sully. Sully is a four-year-old who would be watching for me run by from the window of his room at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He’s also the son of my sorority sister and good friend, a self-proclaimed ‘non-runner’ who would take on more » Read more

Bergamot’s Back: My Columbus Half Race Report

A week ago I toed the line on the streets of Columbus with the hope of rocking 13.1 miles. The Columbus Marathon is my all-time favorite. I ran my first 26.2 here last year and before that I ran the half three times! The atmosphere is unlike any race I’ve run, thanks to the partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Patient Champion is selected for and stationed at each mile, more » Read more