Freezefest 2017

Corridor Running Freezefest 5k

I am so excited to have something to write about. I ran and volunteered at the Freezefest 5k or should I say “Warmfest.” (More on that later.)

As most of you know, I am on the board of my local running club, Corridor Running. This is the first race of the year for the club. In addition to running, and creating the playlist for the event, I was on board to take pictures, post to social media, shoot video and anything else they needed me to do.
For my official race review – check out

Gear: Ice Cream Sparkle Athletic Skirt, xx2i France2 sunglasses, Garmin Fenix 3, Go Pro, Adiddas boy shorts, Lululemon shirt, Corridor Running Trucker hat, spi belt,  2xu Vectr socks, aftershokz

The event always takes place in February, and it has a later start time of 11 am. It is in Marion, IA at Squaw Creek Park. This is mostly due to the weather. It can be cold or as we saw this year, record warmth, nearing 60 degrees.

*Personally, I would rather have a race start at 7 or 8 am. I run in all weather conditions, so I would just like to get up and get it done.

This is a smaller race, and it’s capped at 350 participants due to the lack of parking.. This means that packet pickup is the day of the race, which works out well because of the late start I was whining about above. Anyway…. the lodge allows room for an easy packet pick up as well as an area to get information about upcoming Corridor events & membership. It’s also a good location to stay warm, if the weather is cold. There is also indoor plumbing, however the system seems to get overwhelmed and backs up….but don’t fear there are extra, clean port-o-potties set up outdoors.

It was time to start the race. While there were no signs encouraging people to line up according to pace, everyone did an excellent job of self seeding.  Mark – the club president said some words, and then the National Anthem was sung live, however if you were in the back of the corral, you might not have been able to hear it.

With this being a 5k, my usual goal is to run it sub 30 minutes, however I had a Go Pro in one hand and my phone in the other. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to tackle all of this.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The race course wasn’t too difficult, it was basically flat, and on all paved surfaces. Ok, so the finish was uphill and there were some potholes….but totally manageable. The course also has out and back type sections, so you can cheer on the others.

I crossed the finish line, while watching the clock…SUB 30!!! My official results:

After I was done running, I picked the camera back up and snapped some pictures of the award winners. Then I went to check out the post race food, since it was lunch time. Volunteers called the “cookie monsters” brought a lot of baked goods, and there were 2 different types of homemade chili. There were some sandwiches and fruit too. I waited too long and there wasn’t much food left, and I don’t care for chili, so I grabbed a cookie. There was also lots of beverages – bottled water, sodas, and some Miller Lite.

I really needed to get on my way, there was Hawkeye basketball game at 1pm… I was already late.

This is a great race! The price is right and it gets you out of the winter funk. The club does a great job too, everything runs smoothly. I also like getting to socialize with everyone. I also forgot to mention, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Boys & Girls club.

See you at the next Corridor Running event, the Shamrock Shuffle – PS registration is still open. There is a 3.17k and a 6.24k. They could also use volunteers.

Keep up with Corridor Running: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram & don’t forget to tag #corridorrunning





Why Should you Run Timber Trek?

The Top Reasons to Run Timber Trek

Hey all … I am part of my local running club, Corridor Running. From time to time I will feature some posts relating to the club. Today we have the top 10 reasons to run Timber Trek in the Amana Colonies.


What is Timber Trek?

This is a 4.3 mile trail run that begins and ends at the Amana Colonies RV Park, following along Price Creek and looping through the Amana Timber that borders the area. The race has obstacles including hills and a creek crossing. Prepare to have fun while getting wet and muddy! It’s a challenging, but fun event. It takes place Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2pm at the Amana Colonies RV Park, 3890 C St, Amana, IA.

Why should you run Timber Trek? With a little help from the board at Corridor Running, we give you the top 10 reasons to participate:

  1. Oktoberfest!!!! That’s right, there’s a party! Make sure to check the website for all the events taking place in Amana, including a keg tapping party, a parade, demonstrations and a brat eating contest to name a few.
  2. Escape game day in Iowa City – Hannah says, “The atmosphere – for individuals looking to avoid Iowa City on game day, why not spend the day in the Amana Colonies racing and drinking beer while celebrating Oktoberfest? “
  3. Finishers medals – what better way to celebrate #medalmonday (it’s a thing) than with a medal. Bring it to work, have the kids show it at school. It’s yours! Nikki reminds us you will have “Bragging rights for a lifetime!”
  4. BEER! – now that I have your attention 🙂 An ice cold brewski will pair nicely with a post race brat! 
  5. The Challenge – did you run “all the 5ks” this summer and are tired of pounding the pavement, well you are ready for this challenge on the trails. See what you are capable of, push yourself!
  6. Trail – maybe this is one of my favorite reasons, I love to run on trails! It’s great to be out in nature, no stoplights to wait for, no cars to run you over – maybe you will even see a deer. Mark reminds us there are “no bears.”
  7. Add to your circuit points – What is that you ask? Well as a member of Corridor Running you can enter into a spreadsheet, the races you have run in the area, for points. Then in January of next year (when the points are tallied) you could win prizes!!!
  8. Set a new PR – If this is your first time – you will set an instant PR, because who has run a 4.3 mile race before? I mean you would really have to take a wrong turn at a 5k to get to 4.3 miles, and an 8k is just under 5 miles…. so today is your day at that shiny new PR!
  9. MUD!!!!! – Thanks to board member Kelly for the 5 exclamation marks 🙂 Don’t be afraid to have some fun and get a little dirty. How else are you going to prove you were on the course? Mark says mud is good for the complexion.
  10. Support the Amana Parks Department – They are responsible for managing the land the event takes place. Thank you in advance!

Still not convinced? If you are a member of Corridor Running you will get a discount on your registration, this is done on step 2 of the online registration.

Save $5 and register online, don’t forget it closes Sept 30 at midnight!!! Shirt sizes are guaranteed through Sept 17. You can also register on the day of the race from 11:30am to 1:45pm.


Spring Couch to 5k Program

Attention Iowa City & Cedar Rapids area runners, or anyone who wants to road trip.

I am going to help again with the Couch to 5k program. This time the training will be for the Fifth Season 5k in Cedar Rapids on July 4th.  Training will start May 7th.

No experience needed. It’s a 9 week program. The group will meet once a week, and 2 additional runs will be done on your own.

Information / Register here! The training plan is also posted here.

I helped out with this program for the fall, the group trained for the Iowa City Run for the Schools 5k.  Not only will you complete your first 5k, you will have fun! Don’t be intimidated.

Any questions let me know, or use the link on the registration. Hope to see you there.



2015 Shamrock Shuffle Giveaway – 3rd time’s the charm

That’s right, one more giveaway for the Shamrock Shuffle. Thanks for playing along all week. For this chance I am adding many new options for entry…OHHHH AHHHHH…the link for entry is below.

Still on the fence about entering for your chance to win?

  • Check out my review from last years inaugural event at
  • Nike shirts!
  • Run in a fun costume
  • Proceeds donated to the United Way of Johnson & Washington County
  • Prizes at the race: Guiness Pint Glasses, Micky’s Gift Certificates, Running Wild Gift Certificates, Micky’s Shirts/Sweathshirts


SOLD?!?!? you can register at

Race Details

Who: You, your family, your friends, your pet

What: Shamrock Shuffle 3.17km (1.969746679 miles)

Where: College Green Park, Iowa City, IA

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30am.

Why: To show off your best green racing attire and have fun!

How: Click the link below, where it says “CLICK TO ENTER” (no worries it’s through rafflecopter)

One day contest, open February 20, 2015. Winner chosen Saturday Feb 21, 2015. One entry is all it takes for a chance to win. Share with your friends. Winner gets a race entry only, which includes the NIKE race shirt, bib and timing chip. The Micky’s Irish Pub post race brunch is not included.


Shamrock Giveaway pt 2

Good news! IF you didn’t win Monday’s entry, today I have another giveaway for a Shamrock Shuffle race entry. Not only do you have the chance to enter once, but 3 times!  Click the link below!

Check out this Facebook link of photos from last year

10996977_794344073973373_6625858794618099157_n Green makes you FAST!!!

Who: You, your family, your friends, your pet

What: Shamrock Shuffle 3.17km (1.969746679 miles)

Where: College Green Park, Iowa City, IA

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30am.

Why: To show off your best green racing attire and have fun!

How: Click the link below, where it says “CLICK TO ENTER” (no worries it’s through rafflecopter)

Proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.

Email questions to

If you don’t win this giveaway you can also register at

One day contest, open February 18, 2015. Winner chosen Thursday Feb 19, 2015. One entry is all it takes for a chance to win. Share with your friends. Winner gets a race entry only, which includes the NIKE race shirt, bib and timing chip. The Micky’s Irish Pub post race brunch is not included.


Congrats Amber S!!

100 miles – week 3

WOW – it’s already the third week of the #100miles challenge. As another week passes some more prizes will be awarded.

CONGRATS to Douglas H for winning the Corridor Running shirt!

CONGRATS to Jen D. for winning the Running Wild weekly prize.

I will contact the winners, for information regarding the prizes. Those who have won, would love to see pictures.

The last week is here. How are you doing? Will you meet the challenge? Surprised at your results so far? What will you do in December?

Just a few reminders / notes:

  • stay up to date with your log – never know when it’s prize time (trouble logging, just ask)
  • This week a winner for the Virtual 5k, where you can still sign up
  • There is a free Turkey Run in CR/Marion on Thursday through Corridor Running
  • The “Legend of the Fall” Race will be at Regina Thursday Nov, 27 in Iowa City
  • Track Friday will be at the City High Track on Friday Nov 28th – contact for info
  • week 4 will have a weekly prize winner
  • everyone who has logged 100 miles at the end of the month is eligible for the shoes
  • everyone who has logged 100 miles at the end of the month will receive a $10 off $30 purchase at Running Wild
  • There will be a scavenger hunt challenge in December hosted by #runchat to keep you moving


Finally have the PF under control, woohoo. Only to pull a weird muscle in my neck / shoulders. I went to the chiro where he snapped everything loose again and am on the mend. Went for a run today in the rain, it was 50 degrees, always better than the treadmill.  Ran with the hubs, we made sure to splash through all the puddles. Oh and wearing a running rain coat, that is a joke. Now if someone can make a “runbrella”

100 miles – Week 2

WOW, sums it up for this week.

Lets get to the important things:

  • $25 Dunkin Donut gift card. Who runs on Dunkin?!?!? This was meant to encourage runners to stay on task, to reach the 100 mile goal. Anyone who has logged 45 miles through Nov 15 at midnight was eligible. Using the page, the winner is……Philip H. Congrats!!! (all the confetti, music plays)
  • Weekly Running Wild Prize, choice of a Runner’s High shirt, Runners for Boston shirt or Running Wild Socks. To be eligible each week, just be current with your log. This week’s winner is…………Matt M. WOOHOO, party like it’s 1999!
  • Weekly Corridor Running Prize of a CR tech shirt, fingers crossed.  This prize is also awarded to anyone who is current with their log. The winner is ( drum roll please)……………….Tana Ohrt, congrats, fireworks explode!

If I haven’t contacted you, please make sure I have your mailing address


I reached out on twitter and @janieliz19 responded, the 100 mile challenge has partnered with her virtual 5k. Here are the official details for the race: Don’t Worry Be Thankful 5k. A virtual race is great, you can run it at any time, any where; within the rules, that fits in your schedule. One lucky 100 mile participant will receive a free entry Nov 24th. Jane is fundraising for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, as part of the 2015 Boston Marathon. If you would like to sign up on your own that would be great too, it’s only $22, there is a medal, and an opportunity to win some awesome prizes.

Thank you Jane, continued luck on meeting your fundraising and running goals.


I did not race this weekend, pick your jaw off the ground and continue reading. As you all know or may have heard, I have been struggling with plantar fasciitis (PF). This problem all started over a year ago, I went to the PT at that time and was given all sorts of exercises and an insert for my shoe.  I believe the problem flared up again when I donated the shoes that had the insert, I also pushed a pair of running shoes over 500 miles.

That brings us to today, I am on the mend, or so I believe. This challenge has really been tough for me. I was hitting over 100 miles per month, until October. Running anywhere from 30-50 miles per week. I really needed to stop running, so that is what I did, but it only lasted a week. I took to the bike, and workout videos.  I realized running is my sanity, I need to run.

I scheduled an appointment with the PT, I was custom fitted for inserts, for both feet. Through my chiropractor I was able to get a TENS machine, I have been rolling, icing and stretching, and I sleep in a night boot.  My foot feels better, and I am maintaining a min 20-25 miles a week, the challenge is pushing me to get out the door.

So thanks to everyone participating, you don’t need to run 50 miles a week, just a little encouragement and listening to your body still keeps me running.