I have pretty much winged it in terms of running gear, and through trial and error have found certain things that I have come to love. Have a product you’d like me to review? I will give an honest appraisal on this site. Just send an e-mail to me at linda@theaccidentalmarathoner.com and I will be happy to discuss our options!


Product Reviews

Race Recap: Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

November 15, 2019 12:00 pm

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.

I recently ran the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in Louisville, Kentucky and I am still reeling with excitement over such a great race! I love Louisville and I haven’t been there in a number of years, so I was really looking forward to hitting up some of my favorite places while in town (insider’s tip:  DO visit Seviche Restaurant if you ever travel to Louisville). This was a quick trip for me – I flew in on Friday morning, ran the race on Saturday, and then flew back home late that afternoon. Still, I was able to pack in a lot of fun.

Packet pickup was held at Louisville Slugger Field, so that in itself made the trip fun! While the ballpark was closed, it was a beautiful day out and it was easy to walk around and peek into the park.

Inside, volunteers cheerfully handed out race packets and participant shirts, which were made of a gorgeous brick-colored long-sleeved dri-fit material. Aside from bourbon, Fleur de Lis was the theme and was nicely patterned on the shirt, featuring highlights of the race itself. Extra shirts were available for exchange, which was nice for me since the size I ordered was a little too big. As the race sponsor, Jim Beam had a table at the expo, where tastings were available for race participants. Who knew bourbon comes in so many varietals? My favorite at the expo was the Basil Hayden’s. It was quite smooth and went down easy!

 

At the expo I met Corey, a fellow BibRave Pro who was volunteering at packet pickup. Isn’t it fun to meet online friends in real life? You can barely tell us apart in our matching BibRave gear! Though small, I mulled around the expo for a bit before heading to the streets and checking out the downtown area. I was approached at the expo by race director Mike Clemson, who was so nice and so grateful for BibRave’s involvement in the race. While I would never be in contention for them, check out the prizes for the men’s and women’s first place finishers!

 

 

 

Another fun feature of this race was the Urban Bourbon Walk, where race finishers can visit up to seven different establishments after the race on Saturday and receive a special Fleur de Lis cloisonné pin. I might have strong-armed a few of the establishments to give me a pin a day early. After all, I had a flight home to catch after the race!

Race morning I was up early and anxious to run. I arrived at the venue way earlier than I needed to, but I wanted to make sure to get a close parking spot, plus there was a meetup arranged before the race for several of the BibRave Pros, and I wanted to be sure to be there to meet more of my online running friends. I walked from the parking lot with a few other runners, one of which had run the race in prior years. She warned me about the hills starting at about Mile 7. I was happy to be armed with that information before the race. Did I mention I HATE hills?

While waiting in the queue for the race to start, I saw a familiar face, but I could not figure out how I knew him. After achieving legit stalker status for circling around three or four times, I finally approached and asked where I might know him from. After talking for a few minutes I finally realized he was none other than IronMan World Championship competitor Craig Taylor, a friend of my eldest son’s (he finished KONA this year in a time of 9:19:38). It’s so fun running into people at races!

The pre-race atmosphere was loads of fun with music playing and seemingly relaxed runners enjoying the morning before the race start. As a nice touch, the Kentucky Derby Bugler played My Old Kentucky Home, followed by The Star Spangled Banner, and then the elite runners were on their way. The rest of us inched our way forward and started our run. Just about a quarter mile into the race, someone approached me from behind and asked me if I am The Accidental Marathoner. Why, yes I am! It turns out he and I follow each other on social media. We chatted for a bit and then went our separate ways. He would go on to crush a major PR that day.

The course took us through parts of Louisville with a slow, gradual decline as we headed toward Cherokee Park. I took advantage of the downward slope and kept my speed up, fully aware I would slow down once we hit the hilly areas of the park. Despite the hills, I maintained a fairly steady pace and continue to run at a pretty consistent speed.

The race finished on Liberty Street, just a block or two away from Fourth Street Live!, where the post-race party would be held. This is hands-down the best post-race event I’ve ever experienced! Race participants were treated to food, beer, and samplings of bourbon from around the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Entertainment was provided by the band The Crashers, who had everyone dancing in the streets. The party lasted until 12:30 p.m., which allowed plenty of time to eat, drink, and be merry.

     

 

I’ve run several wine-themed races, but never a bourbon-themed one. The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon was a fabulous race and I loved everything about it. Held in one of my favorite places, I will definitely run this race again. The swag, the post-race party, and the race itself were second to none.

 

Have you ever run the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon? I would definitely recommend this race to anyone. Sign up for next year’s race with a few running friends. You are guaranteed to have a good time!

Product Review: Orange Mud Transition and Seat Wrap 2.0

November 6, 2019 10:00 am

 

Disclaimer:  I received an Orange Mud Transition and Seat Wrap 2.0 to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.

Sweat much? Yeah, me too. Especially after long runs. I’m actually otherwise not much of a sweater, but certainly after long runs or races I can get pretty soaked. This year more than any other, I did a bunch of races in Chicago. That meant a number of early morning drives into the city and then immediately driving back home after the race. I typically just want to get home, so I don’t always take the time to change out of my sweaty clothes before I get into my car. Ew.

The Orange Mud Transition and Seat Wrap has been a bit of a godsend for me. For one, I often am freezing cold after a race, so just the opportunity to wrap a warm, dry towel around myself feels incredible. The towel is a generous 30″ wide X 60″ long, so it’s big enough to cover my upper body and around my hips as you seen in the photo here, taken after the Chicago Marathon. The towel is made of a soft microfiber material (80% polyester/20% polyamide) and is machine washable.

One edge of the towel has a zipper which, when closed, makes that end almost like a hood, which makes it a great fit for over a car seat. With the zipper closed, the towel can be ‘hooded’ over the headrest, which makes it stay in place and not slip. Of course you can also wear it as a long hooded cape if you want!

Another great feature is the adjustable clip belt that allows the towel to be wrapped around your body and clipped in place so you can easily change in and out of your workout gear while maintaining some semblance of decency. Here is a great depiction of how it can be used, grabbed from the Orange Mud website:

 

Despite its generous size, the towel is lightweight and easily packable in a carry-on bag. I recently ran the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in Louisville, Kentucky, and I’m sure the person who got the rental car after I returned it would be grateful to know I didn’t sweat all over the seat after the race! I let the towel air out in my hotel room before my flight back home, and then just packed it up in its original zip-close packaging to keep it separated from the other items in my carry-on bag for during the trip home.

 

The wrap is a great addition to any athlete’s workout gear, and can be used after any activity that makes you work up a sweat. They come in a variety of fun colors. The one I have is Caribbean Blue. The holidays will be here before we know it, and with a $39.95 price tag, they would make a great gift for the athlete in your life. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to test out this product, and I’m sure I will be using it over and over again.

If you’d like to try one yourself, you can save 15% off of your purchase at the Orange Mud website using code BIBRAVEWRAP.

Check out more reviews by some of my fellow BibRave Pros:  Kelly, Karen, Corey, Deanne, Ryan, Mai, Mark, Christine, and Samantha!

Product Review: AfterShokz Xtrainerz

October 28, 2019 12:00 pm

 

Disclaimer:  I received AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone conduction headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.

I’ve been using AfterShokz Trekz Air bone conduction headphones for a while, and I have nothing but good things to say about them. My biggest concern when running outside alone is safety, and I love that I have the ability to listen to music while still being able to hear sounds around me. I had gotten away from listening to music on my runs, and having the ability to listen to music while also listening to my surroundings has made a world of difference to me.

Now that I am back on the music train, I was excited for the chance to test out the AfterShokz Xtrainerz. While the AfterShokz Trekz Airs are water resistant and sweat proof, the Xtrainerz are fully waterproof up to 2 meters of water. Though I’m not a strong swimmer (I can barely swim to save my life), I am a work in progress! Last summer I finished a sprint triathlon. I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to do another. With a backyard pool to ‘train’ in this past summer, being able to listen to music as I dog paddled my way through my laps was a welcome distraction from the monotony of swimming back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And even though pool season is officially over in the midwest, I travel a ton and almost always have access to an indoor pool, so I’ve been able to put these headphones to good use in recent months.

How, you may ask, is it possible to listen to music while under the water? Well, the Xtrainerz have a built-in MP3 player! To be clear, these headphones are not bluetooth compatible. Instead, they carry 4GB of storage space and can hold up to 1200 songs. Several years ago I took every music CD we owned (literally several hundred, if not more) and uploaded them to my computer, so I had plenty of favorites, old and new, to choose from. The Xtrainerz can be fully charged in two hours, and have an eight-hour battery life. Not that I’ll be in the water for for that long…but they are perfect for most any triathlon distance and while I’ll stick to the sprints for now, it’s good to know these can carry me through all three legs on a single charge.

Like other AfterShokz products, the Xtrainerz use bone conduction technology to deliver incredible sound, both in and out of the water. With their open-ear design and lightweight fit, I barely notice I am wearing them. While some people might prefer the ability to connect by bluetooth to their phone, I actually like the fact that these don’t. My phone’s battery life has been terrible lately, so having the ability to listen to music without draining my phone battery is especially appreciated on my long runs and during distance races. My phone battery died well before I finished my last marathon, which was such a nuisance since I couldn’t contact my husband at the finish and was unable to take photos after the race.

Another good feature of having my music stored directly on my headphones is that during rainy races like the Chicago Half Marathon last month, I don’t have to worry about my phone getting soaked and damaged in the rain. If you read my post about that race, you know it was an absolute slog fest and I was soaked to the bone by the time I finished. I happily left my phone turned off, wrapped in a plastic freezer bag during the race but was still able to listen to music using my Xtrainerz. The music was such a nice distraction from the weather and I’m sure it helped push me along to the finish.

I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to test out this product, and I’m sure I will be using them for a long time. They provide excellent sound quality, have a long battery life, and are versatile enough to use for all of my cross training activities.

Interested in trying AfterShokz Xtrainerz? Check out the AfterShokz website for more information and for a limited time, get $50 off the Endurance Bundle using code BRBUNDLE! Do you already own AfterShokz bone conduction headphones? I would love to hear what you think!

Check out more reviews by some of my fellow BibRave Pros:  Michael, Ken, Christine, Kelly, Mer, Corey, Jessica, Chris, and Lisa!

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On Sunday, November 3rd, I will be running the New York City Marathon as a charity fundraiser for Team in Training, an organization that helps The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) support cutting-edge research projects in the most promising areas of cancer research. If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts, you can still do so by clicking on the link below. Any donation, big or small, will help and is greatly appreciated!

Click here or on the picture to get to my fundraising page!

Race Recap: 2019 Chicago Half Marathon

October 8, 2019 12:00 pm

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Chicago Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.

Thou shalt not covet thy son’s race medal

Three years ago while (pseudo) training for the Chicago Marathon, my son asked me if I wanted to run the Chicago Half Marathon with him. I whined like a baby about the drive into the big city and decided to run a half closer to home. Queue the extreme jealousy and regret when he texted me a picture of his finisher’s medal. The Roman numeral XXs spin! He also absolutely loved the race, so when the opportunity to run this year came up, I was excited to check it out for myself. As an added bonus, since I had already run the Chicago Spring Half Marathon in May, I would earn an additional medal for completing both races.

Michael being a good sport despite the long lines

As with the Spring half, packet pickup was at the Fleet Feet in the South Loop. I planned to drive in on the Friday afternoon before the race, but the weather was horrible and even in good weather, driving in and out of the city (the big city!) on a Friday afternoon can be a pain. I decided to drive in on Saturday morning instead, but then I remembered my son and his girlfriend were coming in from the city on Saturday morning to spend the weekend with us. Um, Mike, would you mind doing me a really, really, really big favor? It was sort-of-on the way and they didn’t seem to mind at all. They arrived at Fleet Feet just after packet pickup opened and texted that it was very crowded and they would be in line for an hour. Oops. As it turned out, things moved pretty quickly and they were in and out much faster than the lines would make it seem.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but once again I was on weather watch leading up to the race. And once again, rain was predicted for the entire weekend. Here we go again. At least it would be somewhat warm. I got my things ready and went to bed early, knowing I would have to wait until morning for a final decision on the race. I set my alarm for 4:00 a.m., but thunder and lightning had me wide awake by 3:15. By 4:30 no definitive decision had been made, so I got in my car and I was on my way. I figured the worst that would happen is I would have to turn around and go home. The rain was so heavy that I pulled over at one point and debated turning around. I checked the race’s Facebook page and the race had not been called. I was more than halfway there, so I kept on going.

I had arranged for parking in the Millennium Park Plaza Garage and would take the train from there. Between the weather and the confusion as to how to enter the garage, I pulled in at 5:36 a.m., just 9 minutes before the train would depart. I had no idea where to go to catch the train. Another car pulled into the garage and the three guys that got out obviously were there for the race. Like me, they had no idea where they were going, so I said we would stick together and figure it out. We made a mad dash for the exit, ran through the plaza mall, ran down a staircase to find three locked doors, and then ran back up the stairs and found a rickety old elevator. I suggested we try it but they didn’t want to because it seemed to lead to the same locked doors. I went for it. They followed me onto the elevator and lo and behold it opened up directly to the train station. Another mad dash and we hopped on the train at 5:43, just two minutes before its on-time departure. Talk about a shake-out run!

About 20 minutes later we exited the train and walked in the rain to the start. I was wearing flip flops (that made for a fun run to the train station) and a rain poncho and also had a small umbrella that I would be fine with dumping before the race. I wanted to stay as dry as possible before the start. It would be an understatement to say the staging area for before and after the race was muddy. It was an absolute slog fest. The mud was inches thick and where there wasn’t mud there were puddles of water that were just as deep. It was raining pretty steadily and everyone’s shoes were soaked and muddy.

Save big money (on new shoes) at Menards

Except mine. Someone please nominate me for the Brilliant Runner of the Year Award.  I carried my running shoes, socks, and a small towel in my bag, along with four Menards shopping bags. If you’ve ever shopped at Menards, you know their bags are nice and thick. I also had a disposable hospital gown which is my usual M.O. as my throw-away to keep me warm before a race, but since I was wearing a poncho, I didn’t need it. I slogged through the mud to the gear check area wearing my flip flops, and about 10 minutes before the race, I laid the gown on the ground, sat on it while I dried off my feet and put my socks and shoes on, and then wrapped my feet in the Menards bags. I might have looked ridiculous, but my shoes, socks, and feet were completely dry as I made my way to the start area. Minutes before the race the rain had slowed, so I took the bags off of my feet but decided to keep them for after the race. I twisted them together and tied them around the back of my SPIBelt, and never even noticed they were there. I also kept my umbrella since it folds up very small and can pretty much fit in the palm of my hand.

Anyway, how about a race review? Despite the rain, moods were good and the race announcer was energetic and fun. He warned runners to stay away from the edges of the road and to be careful around cracks and potholes in the street since they would be full of water and there would be no way to tell the depth of the potholes or what else might be in them. The race started exactly on time which was a treat given the weather conditions. The race started and ended in Jackson Park in the Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The first two miles the rain was coming down pretty heavily, so I kept my head down and didn’t notice much around me. The rain started to ease and I was getting warm under my poncho, so I took it off and wrapped it around the back of my SPIbelt, since I knew I would need it later. At Mile 2 we hit the first aid station and I was thrilled they had Gatorade Endurance, since that’s what I’ve been training with this summer and what will be available at the Chicago and New York City Marathons this year.

We headed toward the lake and at the 3 Mile mark we turned north where we would run along the lakefront for the next five miles. By the time we got to Mile 7, us slowpokes could see the elite runners on the other side of the road with only three miles left in their race. We cheered for the lead runners and I might have gone a little crazy when the first female runner passed. Girl Power! As we approached the turnaround at Mile 8 I could hear thunder in the distance. Oh no, please don’t call the race now! We made the hairpin turn and I was again thrilled at about the 8-1/2 mile mark when the volunteers were handing out Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels. They were out of my favorite flavor (Blackberry), but still had plenty of my second favorite, Mango. Yum!

I turned around and saw none other than the three guys from the parking garage. What are the chances of that happening? We ran together and chatted for a bit and then I pulled ahead. I was trying to motor since I wanted to get to the finish in case the race might be called because of the weather. The rain started to pick up again so I put my poncho back on and just kept moving. At this point I was walking more and running less, but the rain had me walking at a pretty good clip. I kept pushing through and as I made the final turn into Jackson Park I knew I was close to my goal but likely wouldn’t make it, so I decided to walk for a bit. I wound up coming in just two minutes over, which was fine by me! I ran through the finish line and was immediately rewarded with an ice-cream filled Bomb Pop. How awesome is that???

Bomb Pops at the finish is da bomb!

I rarely check a bag but because of the weather, this time I did. I am so glad I kept my Menards bags because by the time the race was over the grounds were that much sloppier. I put the bags back on me feet and slogged my way to gear check. Unfortunately it was clear on the other side of the field. I’m pretty sure most everyone’s shoes were ruined. If you look closely, you can see some of the thousands of worms on the ground!

What a sloppy mess!

After I picked my bag up from gear check, I made my way to the tent where I would pick up my challenge medal I earned for finishing both races. All three medals fit together to make up some pretty sweet bling. And you know I like me some good bling!

Chicago Spring Half Marathon Medal
Chicago Half Marathon Medal
Half Marathon Series Challenge Medal
I couldn’t love this any more!

The post-race party included Home Run Inn pizza. I grew up walking distance from the original restaurant and though I was excited about the best pizza in Chicago, there was no way I was walking through that slop just to get a piece! Instead, I chatted with the very nice ladies at the challenge medal tent and then made my way back to the train station. Since I didn’t stick around for the post-race festivities, I had to wait a little over an hour for the train, but I noticed a bright orange hat at the train station and sure enough, it was my fellow Bib Rave Pro, Brandy. Again I say, what are the chances of that happening? I introduced myself to her and we chatted the whole way back to the Millennium Park Station. Running friends are the best friends, and I love making new ones everywhere I go!

Overall I’m very happy with my time. My first five miles were a little faster than usual, and in fact I beat my Mag Mile 10K time by over five minutes! The race was awesome and very well organized. I learned from the Chicago Spring Half to trust the race organizers to make the right decision regarding the weather. While packet pickup is a little inconvenient for me, as it turns out, it’s not all about me! I was happy my son and his girlfriend could do it for me, but it would have been just as fine to drive into the city myself. The race swag was awesome and if not for the weather, the post-race finish party would have been a blast. I will definitely be back for this race next year!

Have you ever run the Chicago Half Marathon? It seems many Chicago Marathon runners run this race as part of their final taper. Have you ever had Home Run Inn pizza? A little bit of Chicago trivia for you:  It’s named so because the original restaurant is right across the street from what was called Lawndale Park when I grew up, later named Piotrowski Park. So many baseballs kept hitting and breaking the windows – that’s how the restaurant got it’s name!

Upcoming races on my calendar include:

October 13:  Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 19:  Urban Bourbon Half Marathon (use code BourbonRave2019 for 10% off!)

November 3:  New York City Marathon

November 16:  RnR Las Vegas 5K (use code 19RNRBRP16 for $6 off the 5K/10K distances!)

November 17:  RnR Las Vegas Half Marathon (use code 19RNRBRP16 for $16 off the half/full marathon distances!)

March 1, 2020:  Tokyo Marathon

 

I’m linking up with Kim and Zenaida for Tuesday Topics! This week’s Tuesday Topic: Themed races – yay or nay? You can write about this or as I did, any topic you would like! If you’d like to join along, just follow this link for the linkup rules and a list of upcoming topics. Be sure to check out to Kim’s and Zenaida’s blogs, and visit some of the other linkers while you are there!

 

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On Sunday, November 3rd, I will be running the New York City Marathon as a charity fundraiser for Team in Training, an organization that helps The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) support cutting-edge research projects in the most promising areas of cancer research. If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts, you can still do so by clicking on the link below. Any donation, big or small, will help and is greatly appreciated!

Click here or on the picture to get to my fundraising page!

Race Recap: Mag Mile 10K

September 27, 2019 12:00 pm

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the Chicago Mag Mile 10K to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.

Let’s cut to the chase. This was an awesome race and I loved every minute of it! Though I live in Chicago, I have never run this race. It’s always exciting for me to try new races and especially to explore different areas of my home city on foot. When the opportunity to run arose, I jumped at the chance!

 

Packet pickup was at the Fleet Feet located in Old Town, which is convenient to my work location. Neighborhood parking was easy to find and the volunteers were so nice! As a special surprise, when I walked into Fleet Feet I saw a very familiar face – known as Miss Strange Fitness on social media, I had just met Shera at the EMPOWER Summer Camp in Watervliet, Michigan in August of this year. Isn’t it funny (and incredible) how social media connects us with so many people we might never have met?

When I first registered for the race, this awesome colorful swag shirt was what was advertised. The race was so popular that they ran out, so later registrants received a similar shirt in black. While the black shirt looked nice, I love the cool colors of the earlier version, so I’m really glad I registered earlier and was able to receive one. The race ultimately sold out, so if you might consider running it next year (and you should!) I would suggest you register early. I arrived at packet pickup shortly after it opened on Day 1 just to be sure I would get the colored shirt, but as it turned out, those who registered early enough had those shirts reserved for them and those who registered later got the black ones.

As always, I was on weather watch in the days before the race. As predicted, the sun was shining and the weather was beautiful. I had a convenient parking spot just a few blocks from the race start, so I didn’t need to get there super early. I arrived about 30 minutes before the start, which was plenty of time. I mulled around a bit, used the porta-potty, and then made my way to the corrals. Security was pretty loose but for the most part, people seemed to seed themselves in the correct corrals. I tried to spot fellow BibRave Pro Amanda in the Elite start corral but I couldn’t find her, so I headed to the back of the bus with my fellow slowpokes.

I had been using a run/walk interval along with Gatorade Endurance during my training, and this race would be the first time I would test them out together. My watch was set for a 2:30 run/0:45 walk interval and although I felt good enough to run longer, I pretty much stuck to that interval and instead ran a little faster than I usually do. The race started and ended in Grant Park near Buckingham Fountain. We headed west toward Michigan Avenue along Ida B. Wells Drive. The pavement was very bumpy and broken up during that first quarter mile or so, but it was smooth sailing once we hit Michigan Avenue. We headed north to Chicago Avenue and then looped around and headed back south along Michigan. We turned east toward the lake on Randolph, and at Columbus the 5K participants headed back toward the finish in Grant Park while the 10K participants headed to the lakefront. From there we looped south along the LakeFront Trail, then looped around at Roosevelt Road back to Randolph, then west to Columbus before making the turn back toward Grant Park.

I slowed down a bit after the first half of the course, and with about a mile and a half to go, I started doing some mental math and wondered if I would make it in time for my goal. I kept plugging along and about a half mile from the finish I didn’t think I would make it, but when I made the final turn I could see the finish line in the distance and I kicked it into gear. While my watch said I finished 6 seconds slower than my goal, my official time was actually 2 seconds under it. Not that 8 seconds makes that big of a difference, but I was thrilled to see I could push myself in the end and finish strong.

Looking at my splits, I ran my first mile a full 2 minutes faster than my usual pace, and then the second and third miles were 1 minute faster than usual. The last three miles were more of my ‘typical’ pace and I was happy not to have slowed down significantly in the end. I credit both the conservative run/walk intervals as well as the Gatorade Endurance for both my faster earlier paces and my endurance at the end of the race. I will definitely continue to tweak my paces as well as my fueling strategies as I continue to train for my longer-distance fall races.

The post-race party included a hearty brunch of eggs, sausage, a bagel, and diced peaches. We had the choice of a Moscow Mule or a beer. I thought I would do something different, so I chose the Moscow Mule and quickly discovered I do not like Moscow Mules! Someone offered me his drink ticket and I got a Revolution Brewing Ghost Ride beer instead, which was a much better option for me. I walked around for a bit and then headed back to my car for the drive home.

I haven’t done a lot of 10K races, and the older I get, the more I like the shorter distances! Running along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago is a fun way to see the city, and of course running along our beautiful lakefront is always a special treat. I like that there are 5K and 10K options available. The 5K route for the race included all of the Mag Mile portion of the 10K distance; just not the LakeFront Trail. The swag, the post-race party, the medal, and the FREE photos make this a race I will return to year after year!

Have you ever run this race? What is your favorite distance? Moscow Mule – yay or nay?

Upcoming races on my calendar include:

September 29:  HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon (use code BRCHIHALF19 for $10 off the half or $5 off the 5K!)

October 13:  Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 19:  Urban Bourbon Half Marathon (use code BourbonRave2019 for 10% off!)

November 3:  New York City Marathon

November 16:  RnR Las Vegas 5K (use code 19RNRBRP16 for $6 off the 5K/10K distances!)

November 17:  RnR Las Vegas Half Marathon (use code 19RNRBRP16 for $16 off the half/full marathon distances!)

March 1, 2020:  Tokyo Marathon

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On Sunday, November 3rd, I will be running the New York City Marathon as a charity fundraiser for Team in Training, an organization that helps The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) support cutting-edge research projects in the most promising areas of cancer research. If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts, you can still do so by clicking on the link below. Any donation, big or small, will help and is greatly appreciated!

Click here or on the picture to get to my fundraising page!

 

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