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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 sunset 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!

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Summer Racing… and a one year race 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 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!