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RACE WEEK!! Cap City’s 15th anniversary party is right around the corner!

This Saturday is RACE DAY! Anyone else excited (but anxious) for the Cap City Half Marathon? We have a fun week filled with a short group run, a 15th anniversary VIP reception, a visit to the expotique at The Vue Columbus, the race (duh) and of course, the after-party in the Cbus Commons! Many local companies will be present or represented this year, my favorites including Homage, Land Grant Brewery & Cameron Mitchell.

We have had a loooooong winter with too many cold runs. We have fought through wind, rain, snow and sub-zero temps. Some of us have dealt with injury. First timers and those trying to PR may be trying to control anxiety. Many ran & trained on vacations and business trips across the United States (and maybe beyond!) As you reflect back on your training and look forward to Saturday morning, remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve done and be proud of yourself, no matter what happens.

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Many of you are tried & true veterans, but a lot of you are first timers! Here are some tips that have helped us prep for “race week” and the big day you’ve been working so hard towards…  {revamped a little from our previous 2014 Cap City blog post}

Five Things To Keep In Mind During Race Week
1.  Stay hydrated and eat
 healthy.

  • Hydrate all week!  I’ve learned to hydrate Mon-Fri, but then cut back a bit at Friday’s bedtime and into race morning. I prefer not to have to stop for a pee break along the course!
  • The few days leading up to the race, try to consume only “normal” foods that your body is used to. This is not the time to try something new that may give you stomach issues. Eat clean so you feel great!
  • Pre-race dinner // Something you’ve tried before and know it works. Think lean protein, small serving of carbs and lots of vegetables. Nothing too heavy or spicy. One glass of wine may help you sleep, but a bottle will dehydrate you… so find some balance. 🙂
  • Race morning breakfast // your standard, pre-long-run breakfast ~ don’t try anything new! For shorter races I just have a banana with peanut butter, but for longer races (halfs and fulls) I’ll throw in a piece of bread or half a bagel. Eat early enough that you can hopefully make a potty stop before the gun shot start. I’m usually a ball of nerves and not at all hungry, so I have to force this. Heck, I’m nervous just writing this post and *thinking* about race morning!
  • Race day fuel // again, use only what you’ve tried previously. Some are okay on just water and/or a Gatorade type beverage along the course. I usually do some light fueling (a few HoneyStinger gummies) somewhere along the half way mark and a swig of water towards the end. This year, Cap City is offering a Carb Boom! Energy Gel station around the 6.5 mile marker.

2.  Try your best to get some quality sleep.  They say that its the “night before the night before” race day that you have a chance of getting some rest… and I’d agree. So for a Saturday race, you may not sleep well Friday night (pre-race jitters, early morning rise & run), but try to get a good night’s sleep on Thursday night. Some bed-time yoga may help you fall asleep!

3.  Make arrangements to get your packet at the expo. Don’t forget this important detail! This can be a challenge if you’re doing an out of town race and the expo ends at say, 7PM the night before, so plan accordingly. Many races will allow a friend to pick up your packet for you, but know the requirements.

4.  Plan out race morning & all the details.

  • Have your clothes, socks, shoes, race bib, safety pins, Garmin/iWatch, race fuel, music playlist, poncho, throw aways ~ anything you need ~ ready the night before. It’s also best if you’ve done a (long) run in your race day attire.
  • Figure out where you will park, what time you need to leave and where you will meet up with loved ones or spectators. We like to be down in the area around an hour before the gun start. You may also want to hit up the good ol’ porta pot!
  • Run through your finish line goals! I always recommend having more than one… that way you don’t feel defeated. I’m not going for a PR this race and ideally I’ll be able to hang with the two hour pace group… but any finish is an accomplishment, so that is always the main goal!

5.  RELAX!!!!!!  You have done the hard work! You have likely logged a training run somewhere close to your race distance [we got in a 12 miler]. Some like to do a yoga session or short, easy walk/run the day before to relieve some jitters. Some will do a SHORT “shake out” jog the morning of. Get some rest, show up on time, start your power play list (I usually save mine for mile 10 and try for a strong 5K finish) and be ready to take some fabulous pictures at the finish line! YOU GOT THIS! 

Cheers to another 13.1 or whatever your distance! See you at the finish line party Columbus!

Still got time? Check out some of our training memories from this year’s road to Cap City!

 

 

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Gearing up for Cap City (Year 4!)

This year is the 15th anniversary of the Cap City Half Marathon and will be my fourth time at the event. I really love this race and was honored when asked to be an ambassador and “Voice of Cap City” for 2018’s event.  Since I knew I’d be running the race anyhow, why not include some blog & IG posts along the way?

David Babner, Cap City race director, refers to this race as “the best tour of Columbus on two feet” and I would agree. What better way to view our city than a two hour jog through the streets! I have made a lot of great memories and met some amazing people along the miles of the Cap City events…

Year #1 – Cap City Half 2008 – Lifetime Fitness Run Club // Coached a few runners and helped them finish under 2 hours! Also ran 5 miles before the race, as I was training for my first full marathon in Cleveland later that spring… this was my longest run to date, 18.1 miles total! The race was fun and we had a blast at the finish line. Do I look 10 years younger in this pic? Wait, don’t answer that…

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Cap City Half 2008

Year #2 – Cap City Half 2014 – Living Fit Columbus Run Crew // I took a few years off from Columbus races as I was traveling around, conquering various states. After having my first baby in 2013, traveling the country became less feasible so I circled back to my roots. My BFF Katie ran this with me as her first half marathon, along with several other friends and my mom, who managed to carry a packH2O for 13.1 miles. Great race, even better after party.  See our full image gallery HERE.  Speaking of images, crazy how the iPhone camera quality has gotten so much better over the years!

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Cap City Half 2014

Year #3 – Cap City Quarter 2017 – Living Fit Run Crew // My hubby & bff’s hubby helped me chase down a new PR! We “weathered the storm” and finished the quarter before the race got called and were enjoying our VIP privileges as the storm rolled in. Check out our full recap and media gallery HERE.

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Cap City Quarter 2017

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Year #4 –> Cap City 2018! // There are so many amazing people and groups of runners training for this race.  Below are just a few, jump in and join them for a group run!

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I’m so excited for this race, but even more so, the after party. 🙂 I originally was training to run the half & break two hours with a couple friends and I’m hoping that is still feasible. As I work through a glute/hip injury… we shall see! If I can just get to the finish line, I’ll be happy… that VIP experience is top notch!

Today is the last day to sign up before the next price hike… so get registered if you haven’t already! I can promise you a great sweat, a fun event & a memorable experience. Use our code 18VOCLivingFit for $10 off and we’ll see you at the after-party!

 

Cap City Kick Off // Will run for food & drinks!

The most popular length of a half marathon training schedule is 12 weeks…. which means it is time to get started on that Cap City Half Marathon training! We’ve got a couple fun things we are attending and/or planning for the upcoming weekend involving running and then of course, some treats after.  Hope to see you!

Saturday, February 3

  • Hilliard/Galloway Sole Sisters (subgroup of MRTT Columbus) Ice Cream Run // Did you know the first Saturday in February is often referred to as “National Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day?!” Well, let’s burn some calories, then celebrate!  Meet at Cookie Dough Creamery in Worthington at 6AM,  head out to the OT for 6ish miles, then meet back around 7AM when they open for ice cream! One of our friends and regular runners, Amanda, is helping lead the way on this, let us know if you have questions & we can direct them to her. This is a free social run, all are welcome. Pictured below, their Run+Ice Cream from last year!

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Sunday, February 4

  • M3S Sports 5th Line 5K // 10AM  – not many spots left, sign up soon! Email or IG message us for a $10 discount code if you haven’t already registered!

 

  • Living Fit Columbus & Rocky Fork Running Club Cap City Kick Off! // Meet up with peeps from both of these run crews to celebrate the twelve week count down to the Cap City races!  Meet at Land Grant Brewing Co (official beer of Cap City!) at 2PM, head out around the Scioto Mile for 6ish miles, then meet back for drinks, photos and social time.  This is a free social run, all are welcome.

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Christmas gifts I’m loving…

As I sit here and watch my kids play with their new toys ~ most popular were the trampoline-turned-ball-pit, plethora of baby doll stuff and the Razor scooters ~ I thought I’d share a few of my favorites that were under our tree this Christmas! Time with family, a week off work and celebrating baby Jesus are the real gifts (of course)… but a few running & fitness related items are always fun to head into the new year! Many thanks to Santa, my hubs and our parents for helping me prepare for another 365 days of merry miles & time on the mat. 🙂

My Top Five Fitness Gifts of 2017

1. lululemon “The Towel” – I seem to be one of the few at Harbor Yoga without one of these! With their 103 degree temps, having an extra layer to absorb the sweat seems like a great idea.

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2. Training Journal – I’m big on journaling and recording my miles and workouts.  To me, its super motivational, and can help with goal setting & planning out your week. This could be a blog post on its own!  I’ve used several different types over the years ~ BELIEVE training journal, plain lined journal ~ and this year asked for an Erin Condren planner to try something new.  It has spots for writing goals, motivational quotes (which I’m a sucker for), weekly planning and more!

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3. Gift cards and a shopping trip with my mom – I’ll be heading to Dick’s & lululemon to start, searching for a new running coat. I am NOT a cold weather runner, so once it hits 20s or lower, I’m definitely in a jacket. I’ve been eyeing the luluemon Down for a Run and the Northface Thermoball Active Jacket.  I currently have the lululemon Fleecy Keen run jacket that I’ve had for a few years… LOVE it and want a white or more reflective option as well. Let me know if you have any insight!

4. Destination trip details!! –  Eeeek!  One of my absolute favorite things is to travel! Isn’t it fun to explore new places, especially while running?! Stocking stuffers included…

  • Registration to the Knoxville Half Marathon in March – this will be my 10th state and we are excited to spend a few days in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina for our spring break this year.
  • Denver Running Tour – we are headed to Denver in July for our anniversary (my first time!) and we are scheduling a City Running Tour! I originally was hoping to do the half marathon while we were there, but since its a short trip, this is a good compromise. I’m hoping to run stairs or do yoga at Red Rocks as well, it’s come highly recommended!

5. Hubby running Cap City – so this one wasn’t wrapped up under the tree, but within the last few days he’s committed to running the Cap City half marathon! This has become one of my top five gifts this week. 🙂 He will train with me over the next few months and will start at least the first half of the race with me in the two hour pace group… then he may pull ahead and finish strong. This will be his second half marathon and compared to the Flying Pig, will be flat & fast.  I look forward to the time we’ll spend during training miles, the race and the after-party!!

Other gifts this year included a NoxGear visibility vest, Honey Stinger fuel, some new water bottles, Nike running gloves, Nike running vest, oodles of running socks (which my husband will likely steal, even though they are pink), a renewed subscription to Runner’s World and a new book, Run Less, Run Faster.  Runners are easy to shop for, in my opinion.  Anything that helps us stay warm, stay focused or just look “put together” while we sweat gets an A+ from me!

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Completely unrelated to running – my mom wrapped up a coupon for our first Disney Cruise on spring break of 2019! This will be our first and I’m super excited! More on this in the future.  Can you turn a cruise into a running blog post?! Hee hee.

Hope your Christmas or holiday was a fun one! What great running, yoga or fitness gifts did you get (or give)?

Now time to put all this stuff to good use and start focusing on those 2018 fit goals!

Cap City Half Marathon… Who is coming with us!?

I’m excited to be signed up for the Capital City Half Marathon again this year!  I’ve done the half a few times and last year, squeaked by the bad weather and big storm by PR-ing in the quarter (whoop whoop – gotta love a PR!)

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And even more exciting… I was asked to be an official “Voice of Columbus” for this year’s event! I’ve lived in Columbus my entire life (well, other than that random semester I moved to the University of Wisconsin) and my love of all things Cbus runs deep.  The Cap City event is having its 15th anniversary and I’m SO very excited to be a part of it! I’ve always loved M3S events, especially the after parties, so much so that we’ve dedicated a page just to them HERE!

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Hope you’ll join us this year! As of now, we plan to stick with the two hour pace group and see that 1:59 on the finish line clock. Sign up before Dec 31st (or put it on your list – last minute gift idea without the hassle of long lines!) and save $10.  Use code 18VOCLIVINGFIT to save an additional $10 off registration.

Okay, heading to bed. Only two shopping days until Christmas and only 126 days until the starting line… gotta rest up! 🙂  Stay tuned for discount codes, training tips, and little doses of inspiration over the next few months!

Nite!

 

 

 

Emerald City 2017 Recap

I’m a sucker for cheesy hashtags so #medalmonday seemed an appropriate time to recap this! The OhioHealth Emerald City Half Marathon was half number 17 for me and another fun event executed by M3S Sports so a quick recap seems worth it!

I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this race.  I had been putting in the training and mileage over the summer, but with school starting I had really cut back on runs for the two weeks prior and probably not getting as much sleep as my body would like. Our running group has been training for the Scioto River Run half on September 23, so Emerald City was supposed to be an easy training run. My mom & I got a free entry through Fleet Feet with a summer buy-a-pair-of-shoes-get-a-free-entry special (woo hoo!) and I was supposed to run 11 miles for my training plan anyhow, so a complimentary half seemed like a no brainer.

The best thing about treating this as a training run (vs an actual “race”) was I had no anxiety the days leading up to the event.  When I’m training to race or attempting to PR, I tend to get inside my head and stress for a few days prior.  This “training run” mentality allowed me to relax and I even got decent sleep the two nights prior!  The night before the race I had a great salad & pasta meal from Piada, laid out my gear and headed to bed.

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Although most would call this perfect running weather, it was a chilly 52 degrees at the start, requiring a light zip up for me.  I almost always wear crops (a post for another day), but I decided to start with the hoodie and would just tie it around my waist as I warmed up.  This bothers some, but has never bothered me!

I really planned to just run & enjoy it, perhaps beating my 2:05 finish at our last half in Kentucky. I felt like I was in better shape after all those summer miles, and this course was MUCH flatter and easier than the Bluegrass. Although the website had stated there was a 2:05 pace group, the 2:00 and 2:10 pacers assured me there was no such thing.  So after some debating, I decided to hang in between those two pace groups and create my own 2:05.  I found a few fellow runners who had the same strategy and off we went.  IMG_3296

The sunrise race was beautiful. The weather was perfect. I was feeling good by the middle of mile two so I decided to try and catch the two hour pace group. It took me four miles, but about 36ish minutes in, I got ’em! I hung with the pacers and runners for the next several miles, sometimes chatting with those around me, sometimes just taking it all in. By mile 10 I still felt great. I thanked the pacers and the girls I’d been gabbing with, put in my headphones, turned on my power playlist and went for it.  IMG_3307FullSizeRender 10

I felt great even as I crossed the finish line (thanks for the photo mom!) and was very happy to see a sub-two on my watch.  This used to be common for me, but add in babies, life, too much work, too little sleep…. and its been a while since I’ve seen it! 🙂  IMG_3292FullSizeRender 8IMG_3306

We celebrated at the end, hugged some sweaty familiar faces & of course, grabbed our snacks and hydration.  Congrats to all the finishers, including our girl Mary who took over 10 minutes off her PR!  She attributes hard work and sessions at OTF Perimeter!

A few days later, with the help of some running friends, I finally figured out how to look at my mile splits on my new iWatch!  I was very happy to see negative splits the last few miles, a goal I always strive for.  #NegativeSplitsPositiveVibes they say!

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Thanks for sticking around this long!  Moral of the story… sometimes NOT preparing to race turns out to be the best strategy!

What is your race day strategy?  We’d love to know!

Summer Racing… and a one year RUN challenge

Racing Cbus and beyond 

Races are what some of us train for.  What keeps us going.  Maybe you are doing it for fun, to raise money or awareness for a charity or perhaps you’re chasing that next PR.  Maybe you like to travel and running/racing is a fun way to see a new city. Whatever your reasons, we understand them. And support them!

Personally, I have several race goals, including a half marathon in half the states and a new run goal this year, participating in at least one race (or at least an organized running event) per month for a year.  I didn’t start until April so I’ll be chasing this challenge into March of 2018. 🙂   Here is what I have on the books so far…

April 2017Run the Bluegrass Half (recap)Cap City Quarter (recap) 

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MayDuchenne Dash (Team Austin 5K) | FORE! Miler (hometown favorite, recap below)

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JuneFind Me Where the Wild Things Are – one hour night run (my first!)

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JulyLiving Fit Columbus Independence Family Fun Run/Walk 

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AugustEmerald City Half or Quarter | Rocky Fork Run Club Racing Series | SuperHero Bull Run and/or Irish Festival 5K (still pending)

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SeptemberScioto River Run Half Marathon

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October – Still pending, perhaps the Cbus Half?

NovemberHot Chocolate 15K

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I haven’t thought past that so if you have any favorites for December – March, send them my way!  Hoping hubby will let us go somewhere warm in the winter months!

So what are you waiting for?  Go sign up for a race!  Maybe by yourself with your race face on.  Or maybe with your kids to help them finish their first one.  Heck, you could even start your own race for a cause!  Just go do it.  You’ll be happy you did.  🙂

 


FORE! Miler 2017

I’ve been super busy and traveling and baaaaaad about blogging… but here is a quick recap from this year’s FORE! Miler.  This is our third year since the race began in 2015 and I hope to do it for years to come.

Race day was ANOTHER rainy Columbus day.  Almost all of my races this year have had rain, so it was nothing new to me!  Some bailed, most showed up.  Some had ponchos and rain jackets, some braved it in tanks.  This was another “run for fun” race for me personally, we were just out there to get in some miles, take some pics and enjoy the after party.  We all huddled under the Golden Bear Club until the race started, attempting to stay dry until it was time.

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My husband and his buddy wore their bathing suits.  We thought this was hilarious, but they thought it was perfectly normal…. if its going to be raining, why not? 🙂  I didn’t realize until now looking at this pic that I think they are both due for some new running shoes.

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It is a nice four mile course through my hometown of Dublin, Ohio.  The rain came and went, but it actually kept the heat at bay (the last two years it was HOT!!!) so it was actually a welcome change.

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I ran with my friend Jen and there were Living Fit crew that finished ahead of us and behind us.  We carried on conversation during the run, finished with a respectable time, grabbed our bling and then headed to what M3S is known for… their after party!

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Another great race and a fit happy hour with friends.  We will be back next year!


 

Well, I spent more time on this post than I’d planned.  Time to go conquer the day.  Make it a great week!  Hope you get to enjoy International Yoga day tomorrow!

Thursday night runs are BACK!

Spring 2017 Thursday Kickoff Run

Tonight is our first Thursday run of the season, come join us for 4+ miles of fun!  We will take a group photo, do a 45 minute-ish run on an out & back course and conclude with our last two M3S race giveaways.

  • Runs begin in the TOWN parking lot in historic Dublin, behind Starbucks
  • Aim to arrive around 6:25 if possible, allowing time for parking, etc.  We will start with a meet & greet and try to head out by 6:35.

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M3S Race Entry Giveaway

We still have two race entries to award to our runners!

  1. Join us tonight – must be present to win.
  2. Follow Living Fit Columbus on Instagram, Twitter and/or FaceBook.  IG is our jam. 🙂
  3. Must be active on social media [having posted within the last week, preferably something relating to fitness] and be willing to “promote” the race you won an entry to!  Details will be emailed after the giveaway.

Thursday runs typically conclude in mid/late October, usually around daylight savings time and the conclusion of fall training.

Hope to see you tonight!

 

Upcoming M3S Events & giveaways!

M3S Sports puts on amazing races in and around the Columbus area and they are one of our favorite event companies.  We try to hit up as many as we can each year, and have a goal to conquer them all someday! Whether you are a runner, walker, or looking for volunteer hours, they host an event for you.  Check out our M3S event recaps & blog posts on our M3S Sports page.

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M3S Sports FORE! Miler 2016

Upcoming races we are participating or volunteering

Although all M3S events are great, we have our favorites and ones we try to participate in each year, whether it be running, cheering or volunteering.  Here are the four we have on our schedule for 2017…

Ohio Health Capital City Half & Quarter – April 29 **Sign up by MARCH 30th before the next $10 price increase**

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FORE! Miler – May 25 **Sign up by March 30 before the next $5 price increase**

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Ohio Health Emerald City Half & Quarter – August 27

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The Ohio State Four Miler “Finish on the 50” – Oct 22

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Why 4 miles?

Several of the well known M3S events are a four mile distance, contrary to the more common 5K & 10K options.  In a past interview with M3S founder, David Babner, he stated that although he loves half marathons, the four mile distance has become a favorite as well.  He literally ‘ran into the idea’ while running from Corozon to Glacier Ridge Park back to Corozon, the now popular Dublin route for the Flying Feather Four Miler.  A four mile run for many people will give you over 30 minutes of run time… the recommended daily amount of physical activity as suggested by the American Heart Association!

Recent giveaways

Annually, we try to award M3S Sports race entries as giveaways and incentives for our readers, followers & runners.  Here are some of our recent winners…

  • Matt Baumgartner – Cap City winner via Living Fit Columbus 2017 Winter Challenge
  • Lauren Carder – Cap City winner via @LivingFitColumbus Instagram giveaway
  • Danielle Freeman – Cap City winner via @LivingFitColumbus Instagram giveaway
  • Jen Martin – FORE! Miler winner via Living Fit Columbus 2017 Winter Challenge
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Lauren aka @Wanderlustontherun ~ recent giveaway winner ~ states how much she loves the M3S Kinsale St Patty’s Day 4 Miler

Upcoming giveaways

We still have ONE Cap City and THREE Fore! Miler entries to award to our readers & runners!

We will be awarding one Cap City entry and two FORE! Miler entries at upcoming group runs. To be eligible for these giveaways you must…

  1. Follow Living Fit Columbus on Instagram, Twitter and FaceBook (preferably all three, but at least one)
  2. Be active on social media, having posted within the last week, preferably something relating to fitness (#LivingFitColumbus)
  3. Be willing to “promote” the race you won an entry to by posting something relating to training, etc on either Instagram, Twitter and/or FB within a week of the giveaway; tag Living Fit Columbus and M3S Sports
  4. Join us on one of our Spring kickoff runs…
    • Saturday, April 8 @ 9AM – Run+Stretch+Shop+Giveaways – one entry for FORE Miler and one entry for Cap City will be awarded
    • Thursday, April 13 @ 6:30PM – First Thursday run of the year!  We meet in the Town Lot behind Starbucks in Historic Dublin and do a 3-4 mile social run. We typically meet on Thursdays April – October.  One entry for the FORE Miler will be awarded.

Check back for more details on our spring events, as well as giveaway details.

Our last race entry giveaway will be for the FORE! Miler and details will be announced shortly via Instagram.

Hope to see you at one of our Spring events and of course, at all the M3S Sports events!