What’s next?

WHAT’S NEXT?

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It’s been a while since I had a plethora of races on my calendar, but there was a time that the schedule was always full. I go to gatherings and what not and people keep asking me what am I running next? Well I finally have an answer, the Pittsburgh Marathon!!

A picture from a run along the river in PGH when I visited for a baseball trip


Ok, so I will run a shorter distance race here and there, in fact I am signed up for the Holiday Bowl 5k on Dec 26th and I will always try to run the Amana Freezer Run, but I need a goal.

It’s also been a hot minute since I actually trained for a marathon. I am out of shape and need a kick in the butt. This could be it!

I have been to Pittsburgh a couple of times and I have really enjoyed both trips. I look forward to discovering more about the city on foot. I also hope to enjoy some perogies.

I plan to run the Steel Challenge. This includes the 5k on Saturday (May 2nd) and the full marathon on Sunday (May 3rd.) If you want to run the full, half or relay code “BIBRAVE10PGH” will save $10

Madison Half Marathon Recap 2019

Conquer the Capital Half and Half Challenge Complete

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Madison Marathon 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!”

It was finally time to go to Madison. On Saturday, after a quick stop to drop off the dogs, Josh and I were on the open road and ready to get our weekend started. The drive was nothing exciting, and that’s why it’s very easy to get to Madison.

We had a full day ahead, so we planned to grab some pizza. We phoned in an order to Glass Nickel Pizza in Fitchburg, and picked up our order on the way to the marathon expo. We couldn’t wait until we stopped, so we snacked on the cheese bread as we navigated the mean streets of Madison.

Since we have been participating in this event for a while, we know that you can find close, on street parking for less. Sure it’s easy to park in the ramp at the Monona Terrace, but we are frugal. We found a spot on the street and made the walk to the expo.

It appears we made a good choice to park on the street as the Terrace was hoppin! There was also an art show in the same space. Even though there were the extra people, we were able to easily find the entrance to the expo.

It was just before noon, and the expo was very busy (or maybe it felt that way as it was in a small space.) We walked straight to the packet pick up area. I told the volunteer my bib number and he asked for my ID. I was then given a reusable bag with 2 shirts, goodies and my bib. I realized after that only challenge participants were given these bags as Josh received a plastic sack. *Josh was also running the challenge, but he was not able to register for it after the fact, so a person will be in touch via email.

I was hesitant when I saw the shirts. They are all long sleeve, gender specific and I really like the blue race shirt as it’s a soft cotton blend, however I read the tag for the gray one and was like, hmmm a cotton shirt? Spoiler alert, I wore the gray shirt after the race and it fit really nice and I will wear it!!

After we got our things, we took a picture or two, walked quickly around the expo and then we met up with fellow BibRave pro Amy.  She was working as a vendor. We stopped and talked for a minute, then needed to be on our way.

It was a quick in and out with the expo, but it is designed that way. It’s easy to grab and go, or take your time – grab a water, explore the brands, races and vendors that are on display. We, however needed to be at our hotel to grab a shuttle at 12:30

We were back to our truck and headed to the hotel. We also had a slice of pizza. (Best decision of the weekend.)

The hotel had no rooms ready, but that was ok, we were able to leave our things with them, and would just check in later. We did need to get moving though as it was approaching 12:30 and we had paid $5 for a shuttle that would take us to the Camp Randall area for the football game. This was a great option as parking is expensive and it’s super congested.

Welp at 1:02 PM we were on the shuttle. As it turns out there was only one shuttle van and every time it made a run to the stadium area it was getting caught in the traffic. The game didn’t start until 3, so we had some time, but it was annoying. The shuttle driver said he would pick us up 1-2 hours after the game by the Union South, I was like that’s a big place, what street? Even more annoying was this woman on the shuttle, having to explain to some kids that it was ok to be a Hawkeye fan, but she really hoped her team won… no one cares your thoughts, just be quiet or talk about the weather. Well, it didn’t stop there, the shuttle driver encountered heavy traffic and she was all, we have to get some tickets at this bar… and she was all amazed her phone wasn’t working and she didn’t know where the bar was. Another person on the shuttle was oh, that place is just up ahead… so the annoying lady was like, just let us out there. Well the shuttle driver was all flustered and was like, ok I will stop there and you can all get out. UM, that is not where I wanted to be dropped off. AHHHHHHHH! I understand his frustrations and running behind, but we all were hurried off, and I had no clue where we were… and because there were so many people my phone wasn’t working, so we followed the mass of people…. I was borderline going to have an anxiety attack. Finally we were somewhere where I recognized a landmark…. and we had found the location we were supposed to be dropped at, the Union South, also the location of the Hawkeye pre-game party.

Anyway that is not why you’re reading this post. We met up with some friends at the huddle, then walked over to the game. I am not sure we need to go into any details, but my team did not win.

After the game, our friends graciously offered to give us a ride back to our hotel. Whew, no more shuttle drama for us. We got back to the hotel and officially checked in around 7 PM. When we were checking in, the guy at the front desk answered the phone, and it sounded like unhappy people still waiting for a shuttle to show up.

We made it to our room and devoured our leftover pizza. Yet, we felt we needed something else, so we bopped on down to the hotel restaurant and enjoyed a salad and soup.

We were back to the room in good time to lay out all the things we needed to run, and luckily were able to get a good night’s sleep.

Gear: Sparkle Athletic skirt, Flipbelt pants, Turtle Gloves, Rabbit Tank, UA t-shirt, Long Sleeve, Rudy glasses, Aftershokz Aeropex, Garmin, Brooks Ghost 12, Big Grove Nike hat, Hawkeye stocking hat, Moving comfort sports bra.

RACE DAY!!

We were awake at 5 AM and brewing coffee in the room. Then by 6 AM we were ready to go to the race start. The best part about this race is you can park on the street, just blocks away from the start for FREE!!! So after we found our spot, we just waited in the warm truck. It was a cloudy day and temps would be topping out at 30 or so.

Around 6:30 I decided to utilize the many port-o-potties that were set up. Then I ventured to the starting area and stumbled upon Amy near gear check. She was meeting with various groups for photos. Since we parked so close there was no need for gear check, but you could use any bag.

There were announcements and the singing of the National Anthem, and around 7 AM the marathon was off. I proceeded to the starting chute and since I really didn’t have a pace goal, just found a spot. I started my music, put my watch to “run.” Then it was time to go.

As you know I have run this event before, so I was ready for what the course had to offer. It’s not my favorite route, it skips many things that Madison is known for, but I knew I had to get to the finish line.

The first few miles are a bit crowded. I found Amy and ran for a while with her. Then as we started to climb a hill, I powered forward. Around mile 5ish, someone thanked me for choosing to run in Madison and we talked for a bit. They saw my Hawkeye hat… this was not the first comment on the hat on the course. I heard many Go Hawks throughout the race. Madison is a great place, just not on game day.

From there those women were back and forth with me through the race. I was also back and forth with the weather, I was super sweaty when we were out of the wind and then I would be cold in the wind, just before mile 8 I lost my long sleeve.

I knew there was a big hill coming up just before mile 9. Ok, Madison has hills, this one is just the steepest climb. I turned the corner and there it was… and so was a guy in costume. Social media can be a fun place, just the day before Steena had run the Indy Monumental Marathon and John had spectated in a Shakespeare costume, holding fun signs…. and here he was on this hill. However, that was not all… Steena was there too. This was just the encouragement I needed at this point. I stopped and took a selfie, congratulated her on her marathon and powered up that hill!

I motored on feeling good until I heard some whoops from a police motorcycle. The lead marathoner was coming through. I was just past mile 11.5. Ah shucks, a goal is to always run my half faster than they can run a full…. but wait – they started 10 minutes before we did. Then it was time for running math, and I am pretty sure he was beating my half time. I was then on the alert for the rest of them, but the second place guy didn’t come through until a mile later maybe.

It was time for the last climb to the finish at the Capital. I kept thanking all the officers at the intersections, turned on State Street and there I was jumping across the finish line. I had a Garmin time of 2:18 or so and 13.25, but I later saw the tracking and it had me at 2:16. I should check the official results, lol.

When I was finished a volunteer placed a medal around my neck and said congratulations. (This is a small gesture, but it’s much appreciated.) I was then handed a bottle of water, and I passed on the mylar blanket. I then waited in a short line to have my finisher picture taken. Then there was the place to redeem your beer ticket for a Michelob Ultra, there was also soda available. I don’t care for that beer, and wanted a Coke. ( I don’t even drink soda and it sounded good.) When I asked for one I was told it was for 21 and younger, I hope no one pregnant received that answer. I also understand they probably have a limited amount.

Next stop was the food line. They changed things up this year, which I was very happy about. There were 3 options – chili and cornbread, mac and cheese, or a brat with potato salad. Each came with a cookie. I choose the brat. The chili was vegetarian, but not sure if there was a GF option, and there was no fruit this time. I don’t have allergies or a special diet, but something I observe.

With my hands full, I was able to still talk to Josh on my Aftershokz headphones and we were able to discuss where to meet. I grabbed a chocolate milk  and then found the tent with my half and half medal for the challenge. Also in this space after the finishing chute there was craft beer for purchase, I like this step…. I also wish I had remembered some money as the dollar I found in the parking lot pre-race wasn’t enough.

I met Josh and he gave me my coat. My hand were freezing and it was hard to hold all my things. I stopped at a bench to get my coat on and put things in the giant pockets. I wasn’t sure where Amy was, but sent her a message as we were cold and decided to be on our way.

We stopped to take some post race photos and then we were back at our truck and headed to the hotel. We were back within 3 hours of the race start. Madison is a big place, but if you know the hacks it’s easy peasy on race day.

We didn’t need to late check out, and were out of there just before noon. We went back down to the Capital to take some photos with my medals over the years. I have one more medal to earn so I can finish the series.

Then one last Starbucks stop and we were on the road home. With such a filling post race spread we were not hungry…. well until we got to Dubuque where we stopped at a new brewery, 7 Hills Brewing Company.  It was right off the main road.

After watching the Iowa Field Hockey team win the B1G Championship game in overtime, we made the remainder of the trip home as snow was coming.

I will be back for my 4th medal next year, but I hope there are more Steena’s out there to spice it up. I also hope that the push for craft beer gets closer to being the free beer. Madison is a great place, except on game day. Go Hawks!

*Also race pics were available the next day for FREE

What To Pack For Race Day

What (& How) To Pack For Race Day

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Madison Marathon 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!”

When traveling, it can be stressful to remember all the things you might need, throw in running and you’ve just increased your chance to forget something. As I travel to my next half marathon, I will highlight some of my tips to make sure you are ready on the starting line.

The first thing I do is to start checking the weather. Then I know what to season of running clothes I should consider.

Next. I start putting together a list in my head. How many days will I be gone? What size of bag will I need to bring? Will I be going out to dinner?

Once I have a general idea, it’s time to make sure everything is clean, do I need to do some laundry?

I then pull out all the things I have thought about and throw them in a pile on my bag. I then group my clothing by day. So I will put together day one running outfit, day one normal day outfit and so on.

Then I make sure to have a pair of running shoes and for good measure I throw in 26 extra pairs of underwear. Ok, maybe an exaggeration, but I tend to over pack that item.

For race day I always pack: running shoes, running pants, a running skirt, sports bra, running shirt (tank, short sleeve) Aftershokz, race belt, running glasses, a hat, compression socks. Weather permitting – a pullover, BUFF(R), hydration pack with supplies.

It’s then time to stuff all the things in my bag and hope the toiletry things fit on top. I always do a twice over of my contact solution, toothpaste, etc. Most hotels are good for these things, but I need my prescription glasses.

This next step is the most crucial – I then open the bag back up and check for everything I can not buy at a big box store. For me that is my running shoes, running shorts and a sports bra. Then I check one more time.

That’s it.

Ok, I lied, when it’s time to leave, and after I have tossed my bag into the car, I then check again to make sure I have all the things I can not buy at a big box store. I am then satisfied and am ready to go.

If you know me or have followed along for a good while, you might know that I once forgot my running shorts. GASP!!! Lucky me, there was a store close by and I ended up with some capris that would work last minute. Believe me, the last thing I want is to wear something new on race day. Chaffing is no joke. When I looked back at that incident, I did not quadruple check my items.

I have already started the mental checklist for Madison. I am in town for 2 days and one day includes sitting outside at a sporting event, and going to the expo. (PS expo is 10-5, maybe I will see you there.) Then there is race day. These things involve a little extra like blankets and heavy coats. One things, for sure, I will be checking that bag a bajillion times.

 

Bring on medal #3

Prepping for the at Madison Marathon, Conquer the Capital Half and Half Challenge

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Madison Marathon 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 can’t believe it’s time to go back to Madison. In the midst of the 100 Miles in November, I have an upcoming half marathon. Time is the trickiest thing ever, it just creeps by faster and faster, then you are asking your phone to make reminders so you don’t forget and BAM… there’s another race on the calendar.

There is a lot to this race. I signed up way back at the beginning of the year as part of the Conquer the Capital Half and Half Challenge, you run the Run Madtown events in the spring and one of the races in November and you earn additional bling. Now, that is not the only unique thing about the medals. The race started a 4 year medal series and this will be year 3, so I am really excited to continue my presence at the event. Then… then to top it all off, the Hawkeyes will play the Badgers the day before the race over at Camp Randall.

I am a little excited for all the things to come together. Even the 3 PM football game time will be perfect. I can hit the expo at the Monona Terrace before the game (it’s open Saturday 10AM – 5PM.) Then I wont have to be up late at night, so I can get to the 7:10 AM start.

Now, I know I will finish, but let’s hope the weather turns itself around and warms up a bit before now and then.

If you would like to join me in Madison on Sunday, November 10th; Use code “BRMSN19” for 10% off the half or full marathon! http://www.madisonmarathon.org/ 

GO HAWKS!

IMT Half – 2019

Des Moines Half Marathon – 2019 Race Recap

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It’s felt like forever since I ran a race, I miss running all the races. However, it’s football season, so I do what I can. If you want my to the point review you can check it out here – https://www.bibrave.com/races/imt-des-moines-marathon-reviews and now for my all details, all opinionated review.

As I mentioned it is football season, so this meant in order to complete my transfer from the marathon to the half, I needed to get to the expo on Friday. However, it was also homecoming weekend and the U of I parade started at 5:45 PM. So, I was in my car and on my way to Des Moines just after 1PM.

I arrived and found that parking near the Iowa Events Center would cost $10. I am a small town girl, paying to park to in a GIANT lot designed for the event space, isn’t something I was going to do. I strolled around the block and found a parking meter on the street. As luck would have it, there was already 24 minutes on the meter, I threw in another quarter and I had 44 minutes to get through the expo.

I found a door to the event complex, but it was a walk to the actual event space. There were many signs guiding the way. I found the expo and proceeded to the back to get Josh’s bib first, which was super easy, no questions asked by providing his bib number. *The bibs came in pre-filled, clear bags. They were full of goodies like food, toothbrushes and papers. The bag also doubled for gear check.

Then I went to get my bib, but asked how I should proceed to complete my transfer. I had to get my full marathon bib first, then go to the registration computers. I then had to go through the online process of registration, but there was a check box for transfers. Participants could switch to either race for a fee. I was confused why I couldn’t have done this online in Iowa City, and someone else could have grabbed my things for me? Maybe just to be sure it was me? After I had a new registration email, I went and gave them my old bib, they gave me a half bib. It was simple and easy.

Then I went to the line to grab our finisher jackets. The race does a great job, no t-shirts. Instead they give gender specific, zip up light weight coats. They are also race specific.

I was watching my Garmin and had a few minutes, so I did a walk through of the expo vendors. There was a variety of things to explore: area races, products, race merchandise, speaker series, etc. I stopped by the Grandma’s booth to try for a free entry. I then noticed a stocking cap at the race merch booth… it was black with a gold stripe, and the race logo. I could not resist, when is the race gear Hawkeye colors? I then walked by Jeff Galloway and made my way out of the expo to see more vendors set up in the hallway. Nothing I needed, so I hoofed it back to my car. I had 2 minutes left on the meter, phew! Parking for $0.25!

I made my way back to Iowa City and was only a few minutes late to the homecoming parade. It was just as I remembered except there were not any Greek floats?? I did meet up with Josh and we ate Chipotle for dinner and called it a day.

On Saturday, I met with my tailgating friends and we cheered the Hawkeyes onto victory against Purdue, in the rainy mist. Then we packed it up and Josh and I made the trek back over to Des Moines. We were both very tired and looking forward to getting some rest.

When we got back to Des Moines, we checked into the hotel and just decided that Fuzzy Taco’s would be the place for dinner, something cheap and quick. Well, it was cheap, but it took some time. After some tacos, it was time to call it a night.

Race Day!!

I woke up at 4:30 AM… oh yes, the race didn’t start until 8 AM, but I had been presented with a unique opportunity, and when do I ever say no? Through BibRave and with the help of Corridor Running, the race allowed us a space in a parking lot near the festivities to set up a tent. This tent could be a meeting area, a place to showcase the group, and a place to keep gear during the race.

I met up with the club president around 5 AM and we popped the tent up, and made our space eye catching – banners, table cloths, swag to giveaway. We are the dream team!! However, it was only about 5:30 and I needed coffee! The nearby Starbucks didn’t open until 6 am, but it is located in a Hy-Vee. When it finally opened I was able to grab some coffee and a bagel with peanut butter. When I got back, Mark went on a journey, but brought back donuts and bagels!

As race time approached, the sun started to shine. It was going to be a beautiful day for a race. People gathered around the tent, pictures were taken, luck was shared. Then it was time for the race to start.

I was not in a rush, but made it near the starting corrals to listen to the singing of the National Anthem. Then I proceeded to get in the corral, which are back fed, so I just had to be happy with where I was starting, as I couldn’t get ahead to a faster pace group because there were so many people. We started with the full marathon. There were some announcements on the loud speaker too. Jeff Galloway was there and so was our governor, and for some reason the announcer kept pushing the fact our governor was there. I was not impressed, don’t make it political. I would have been more impressed if she were running. Anyway………..

I took off on the streets of Des Moines. The first 3 miles are run near the downtown area. My friend Bethany found me in the first mile, she was running her first marathon. Time passed so fast as we ran together until the two courses split. I wished her well as she climbed the hill into the residential neighborhoods of DM.

The half marathon course then went out to Water Works park. To get to this area, there was a small portion of out and back. It was cool to cheer on the other runners as we passed by each other. I saw some people I knew including Josh!

Then we had a loop around this area. There were many aid stations with water and Gatorade, however they were all different. It was hard to tell which liquid was in which cup, I then had to ask. I was also on the look out for some vaseline, there were plenty of medical stops, but no Vaseline in eye sight. I finally asked at a stop, the medic said he did not have any, but there was a traveling bike support guy and of course he had some in his bag of tricks. The traveling bike people were the best!! They had candy and tissues too.

I left the Water Works area to the Gray’s Lake area. There were also a lot of musical acts along the course. Solo acts, symphony bands, and DJ’s. I would say they give the big name race with musical acts a run for their money.

Gray’s Lake is a really pretty place to run, there is really long bridge that goes across the center of the lake. I just kept plowing along. I really felt great! I also managed to see Tim, and eventually Lois. I like a race that’s big enough, yet small enough to see running friends.

After this portion, there is a small little hill and then we are headed back towards downtown. The miles really go by quickly on this course.

I kept searching for the best song to bring me to the finish, I landed on “Some Nights” by Fun. It reminds me of my friend Kelly, so I hustled the last few turns and I could see the finish line.

I could hear the announcer, but he was excited as the lead marathoner was turning the corner behind me. I knew I had to beat this guy!

I crossed the finish line with a time near 2:16. However, the lead marathoner was just behind me, so the finish line was a mess. The half marathoners were told to go to the right, but everyone who had finished was lined up at the finish line with their phones out to take photos of the lead marathoner. There was a GIANT bottleneck to get through. I was not happy, I found a bottle of water, but could not find the finisher medals. There were so many people in my way and they might have met the wrath of Ang. Everyone should get the same finisher treatment, snaking through lollygaggers that only wanted to congratulate the fast guy did not make me happy.

There was another woman that was also on the hunt for her finisher medal, eventually we found someone handing them out. This did not leave me with a good feeling, luckily as I walked the finisher chute, I had time to cool down.

I passed on the photo with the backdrop as MarathonFoto was the official photographer. I then ran into Tiffany in line for food, so I was able to talk with a familiar face. The food line was insanely long, so I took a pass on it for the time being and hit up the beer area.

The next block was filled with a stage for the band and an area to get a Sam Adams or a Truly seltzer drink. It took me seconds to grab a beer, wahoo!! I then remembered there were donuts back at the tent. I took my beer and went and enjoyed a sprinkle donut!

This was my 56th half marathon and my 5th of the year. I was very pleased with my finishing time. It’s a far cry from the days of running sub 2 hour, but it was the best of the year for me. I also felt really good, no aches or pains.

I celebrated with friends at the tent. People came and went and we had chairs to enjoy the beautiful day.

I checked the time of day and realized Bethany should be coming towards the finish line, so I walked over to the finishing chute. I also then downloaded the race app (yes, it took me that long) to see where she was. The app had her near the finish, but I didn’t see her. So Josh and I way made our way to the last turn and found Jen and Molly cheering runners in near DJ Hollywood. We danced and cheered, then we saw Bethany coming towards us, wahoo!!!

I then walked back to the tent to follow the progress of Carol and Amy. Carol was running her second marathon in as many days, and Amy was running her second in 3 weeks. We watched the app as the wind picked up.

We saw that Carol finished and then Amy. They each came back to the tent area and we congratulated them. The tent was the perfect thing for the organizations to have at a bigger race.

It was after 3 PM and I was tired! We picked up all our things and loaded them in the vehicles and it was time to make our way back to Iowa City. I drove as far as Williamsburg, as Josh napped. Then I made sure we stopped at McDonald’s for french fries to switch drivers.

What a weekend! A great race and a Hawkeye victory.

I may have some issues with the aid stations and finish line, but it is a nice event just a few hours from my door step. Plus those things can easily be fixed and happen with volunteer turnover year after year. If it fits in my schedule, I will always try to run this race, and I think I will always try to train for the full, just a better tour of the city, and some hills.

*A note on my time. I never watch my Garmin for timing splits. Every once in a while I check to see what mile I am at, but I am never watching my pace. A few days after the race I took the time to review my stats and discovered I ran negative splits. The course is flat and the weather was so great, I just kept pushing myself and had a good run. Sometimes it really isn’t about winning, it’s about doing your best.

Giving Up

Giving Up…. On Myself

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the IMT Des Moines 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!”

If you follow me and watch my Instagram stories, you already know this. (Also why don’t you watch them?) I am dropping down to the half marathon at the IMT Des Moines Marathon.

Yes, I feel I have failed.

Yes, I feel I have given up.

Yes, I sat through a football game thinking about this decision.

However, I am now at peace with this choice. I feel sooooooo much relief!

Training for this marathon was stressing me out. I am a slower runner, so running 20 miles takes more of my time. This makes me anxious. I am also choosing to attend all home and away Iowa football games this fall, it makes my time limited. I am just not invested in spending 5 hours of time running a long run.

Running is also something I don’t mind doing alone, but I am also tired of being my own cheerleader, it’s draining! I need a break of trying to pep myself up. This is why I feel like I have given up on myself…and at the same time…. no one asks me how I am doing, so here is my answer…. I am stressed, anxious, and bored….

This also leads me to my current financial situation, I love to run all the races, but currently I don’t have the funds to do so. These races helped keep me motivated, it was also a way to get in the training miles with others. The struggle is real!

I have also run over 30 marathons, I respect the distance and know what it takes for me to be prepared. I don’t want to be miserable for 26.2 miles because I didn’t properly train even though I know I can complete it in the time given.

I wrote a blog post about this race a few weeks back, I didn’t quit then because I couldn’t find how to transfer race distances. I did a deeper search and found the information. However, so much time has passed, that I have to do this at the expo for a fee. Which is also fair.

So here we are with just 2 weeks to go. I will be able to finish the half marathon distance, proudly. I am excited as it will be a new race course for me, and I don’t feel stressed and anxious.

I once posted I like a challenge, it pushes me. I am still challenging myself – healthily.

If you want to run an event in Des Moines, registration is still open and if you use code “dmmbibrave2019” you will get a $10 discount on the following races: IMT Des Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, 5-Mile Run + Marathon, 5-Mile Run + Half Marathon. https://www.desmoinesmarathon.com/

 

 

Catching Des Moines – Again

Another Marathon – Des Moines 2019

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the IMT Des Moines 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!”

Des Moines, IA is known for it’s slogan “Catch Des Moines,” well here I am, ready to catch the 2019 IMT Des Moines Marathon.

This race is special as it’s where my marathon PR was set, just last year. It was so unexpected, but awesome!!!

However, this year… I am just hoping to finish within the 7 hour cutoff time. My training is lacking – yes there is still time, but I am just not motivated to get my butt moving. Maybe most of that is the weather, we have been very hot and humid, including high dew points. I still haven’t run inside in over 150 days. Then I also look back at last year and I trained in the same conditions, sooooo who knows. I know I will finish, but I would like to do my best. Here’s to the next 20 miler!

There was just a price increase for this race, if you missed it don’t worry, I have a $10 savings code – “dmmbibrave2019” for the following races: IMT Des Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, 5-Mile Run + Marathon, 5-Mile Run + Half Marathon. https://www.desmoinesmarathon.com/

If you are still on the fence, here are some of the things I enjoyed about the event. The course – it winds just about everywhere you would want to go; including the blue oval and Water Works park. The course also has an elevation profile I prefer, there are no super steep climbs, but it’s not flat. There’s a bacon stop and I never felt alone out there.

Here are also some additional features you can add to your race day experience: