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Tag Archive for ‘Half Marathon’

2013 Philadelphia Rock & Roll Half Marathon Recap

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2013 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon

Getting a bit excited about tomorrow’s half marathon in Pennypack Park famously titled 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon. The hottest race in town – literally. Mid June is hot time to run in Philly and so is July, August, September as well.

You can check out my race recap from last year to get a feel for this fun, local race.

Recap:

A beautiful yet humid morning for a half marathon race in Pennypack Park.  This half marathon not meant to be a PR race as the hills on this course and a mile long trail run called Mount Cookoo will slow your pace.  The course has other features that make the event unique and fun.  I know of no other race where runners are serenaded  by “Uberhans”  the toughest accordian player in the U.S.  Oreo cookies at the finish line – yum! Also, who doesn’t like Bavarian food, beer and dancing post race?

2013 Half Sauer Half Kraut Half Marathon

 

The rains over the past few days made the trail extra muddy forcing me to walk carefully through mud puddles.  I am happy to report no falls or broken bones came from running this trail.  However, my running shoes collected a fair amount of mud during this run.  Earlier in the morning the were a pristine white with purple highlights.

 

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This is a local race which raises funds to support Pennypack Park and HCM Foundation. The race course is set entirely within the bounds of Pennypack Park in a lollipop configuration.   You will start and finish at the same place. Those who have decided to run the Half Sauer Half Kraut Marathon will repeat this course twice.  I’ll never chose that option. FYI –  I’ve registered for the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon and with fingers crossed hope to get into the 2014 London Marathon.

Overall, this is a wonderfully well organized local race on a course that will challenge your running skills. I would definitely recommend the half marathon to intermediate to advanced runners.

Tania

I Run DC – Have a Tiffany&Co Necklace To Prove It

NWM 2013 Finisher necklace #werundc

On Sunday April 28th, Washington DC played host to the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon. For the past ten years, Nike has hosted this race in San Francisco. This is the first year this famous women’s race has been hosted on the east coast. My Team Philly running friends jumped at the chance to run this and had a great weekend and fabulous run. I even managed a modest PR/PB on this half marathon and is the natural result of what happens when you focus on more consistent training.

The race course is essentially the Cherry Blossom 10 mile plus an additional three point one miles tacked on to complete the half marathon distance.
Race Course Map

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2013 Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon Recap

Shamrock Half Marathon adventure

The weekend of March 16 & 17th brought together 28,000 runners to Virginia Beach to participate in the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and Anthem Half Marathon.   A very flat (check out the elevation profile) and fast course that winds along woodland, beachfront and finishing up on the boardwalk.  The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier and with such flat terrain this race would be a good choice for those taking on the challenge of qualifying for Boston.

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Blogging and Running Update

April is fast coming to a close and I want to share a few updates and a rather interesting photo walk.

I had the opportunity to document the 24th annual Civil War reenactment held at Neshaminy Park in Bensalem, Pa. I brought two lenses, a 40mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/4. Let me tell you that there is a lot to love with both lenses. This year the battle of Mine Run 1863 was chosen for reenactment. Sorry, I’ve not as yet Googled the information on this battle. If you happen to know, feel free to leave a history lesson in the comment section. I chatted with two women representing the widows of the Civil War and spent time checking out the medical tent discussing triage strategies with a civil war battlefield physician. Also took a long look at a photo collage of soldiers who survived the war with amputations or disfiguring facial injuries and wondered how they managed with their disabilities post war. I’ve a love/hate opinion of reenactments. They are an amazing source of quality information about a time or event in history, yet I can’t help but think reenactments over romanticize brutal events in our history. Just my 0.2 cents on the matter.

Now it is time to look at pretty pictures:

Army of the Potomac

The full set of photos:

I run here, I run there…

This weekend I am heading to Washington DC to participate in the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday April 28th. The following Sunday, May 5th, I am running the 2013 Broad Street 10 miler – a race I am so looking forward to completing. A few weeks later, on June 15th I’m registered to run the 2013 Half Sauer Half Kraut Half Marathon in Pennypack Park.  I sometimes wonder how I manage to keep smiling with all the training miles needed to maintain a fitness level to complete these distance runs. In addition, I’ve been dealing with a sudden case of foot numbness which will require orthotic inserts to (hopefully) correct this annoying issue.

On the blogging front – I still need to post race recaps for 2013 Yeungling Anthem Half Marathon, Virginia Beach and Cherry Blossom 10 miler in Washington, DC. I have all the photos and information read to go, I just need to finish the darn posts.

So, it is a bit busy at chez Tania at the moment; but I will work on keeping you all in the loop :)

Happy running, y’all!

Tania

Running is my Drug of Choice

2012 in Review

Dear Nike,

Thank you for sending me a pair of FlyKnit running shoes this fall, I absolutely loved training with them. The colors are absolutely fabulous as well. I rock the shoes every time I wear them.

#First2Fly with Nike FlyKnit

With your gear and training support from Goals Fitness and Team Philly; I completed 4 half marathons, 1 Sprint Triathlon and the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012.   Working full time and training for these events took careful time management planning and a bucket load of desire to make this happen.  I’m not an elite athlete, yet I set improvement goals with each workout. That is the beauty of sport; there is an unending potential to become better than you were the day before.  Who wouldn’t want that?

All of what I have accomplished and what I will accomplish in the years to come will be through hard work and  proper training – no performance enhancers needed.  

I look forward to training with Nike gear and setting new records in my half marathon and marathon runs this year.  Now off to bed as I have an early morning fitness bootcamp class.

Happy Running!

 

 

 

 

Tania

2012 TCS Annapolis Half Marathon Recap

13.1 Miles at Annapolis Half Marathon

Half Marathon Finisher Bling

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the 2nd annual TCS Annapolis Half Marathon.  Funds raised by this run benefit local charities such as Food Link, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Wellness House of Annapolis.

I hadn’t planned on running at all in Annapolis. I planned a long weekend of absolutely nothing in a city other than Philadelphia in order to recuperate and recharge after completing the Philadelphia Marathon.  However, half marathons have a way of inviting themselves into my careful travel plans. When I discovered there was one during my weekend visit, I registered for the race.  Even though I was in town for some well deserved R&R, it would have bugged me to my core if I skipped this run.

I was aware of the problems encountered by the race organizers during the inaugural run in 2011 as the runner forum at Active Runner was buzzing about problems encountered during the run. I appreciated the acknowledgement of the problems by the race organizers on the front page of the race website and decided to give them the chance.

Despite the inaugural hiccups, 2600 runners gathered on December 1st on a cold and foggy morning at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium to participate in this fledgling half marathon. That says much about the hopeful character of runners willing to give the organizers another chance for improvement. We are good peeps.

Two weeks out from running the Philly Marathon, I had no time goal for this half marathon. I hadn’t even looked at the race map or elevation map. My plan was to show up a half hour before the run starts, warm up,  run a half marathon, pick up my medal and banana then head back to the hotel to finish reading The Book of Business UnAwesome/Awesome.   Crazy plan, I know.

The course itself was a challenge. Hills dominated miles 2 through 12 of the course with a particularly tough incline over the Naval Academy Bridge. Due to the out and back nature design of this course, runners crossed this bridge twice. To my Philly runners imagine the 34th street hill only steeper and longer then go run it twice.  You must work to PR on this course.

Now to the race recap:

What I liked about this race:

The organizers addressed and fixed the prominent issues popped up during the inaugural run in 2011.

The medal and technical long sleeve shirt were very nice.

Annapolis is a challenging and scenic area (when the fog is not present) to host a half marathon.

December is a beautiful time of year to visit Annapolis and run a half marathon.

A heated tent open to the runners prior to the race start was a welcome surprise. Warming up for the run in the tent was a delightful luxury that I greatly appreciated.

Local charities were the beneficiaries of the proceeds from this race.

The volunteers, as always, are so very sweet and encouraging.

Adequate water stops that were manned appropriately.

Loved the children handing out the medals, water and hats at the finish line.

The post race entertainment was fabulous. Kudos to The Rovers for a great performance post race.

Oysters on a half shell provided an interesting local twist to post race food.

What I find needs improvement:

Pre-race communications need to be more timely and consistent. There was a small discrepancy over the start time of the race that had runners scratching their heads.

Runners were frustrated over the lack of communication regarding early packet pickup at local running stores in Annapolis. This did not affect me as I was planning to pick up my packet at the Expo, but I can see how this could frustrate local runners.

Inbound runners heading towards the turnaround had to cut across the path of outbound runners prior to the turnaround (near the 8 mile mark). This absolutely needs to be fixed for 2013.

More volunteer recruitment – which can be said for any race – as you can never have too many volunteers.

2012 TCS Annapolis Half Marathon

Running is Fun!

Overall, the half marathon was a good experience and I can comfortably recommend this half marathon to runners of all skill levels.  There are still more wrinkles to be ironed out with this half marathon, however, the organizers have shown improvement over last year. I expect they will take the lessons learned from this year to host an even better 2013 Half Marathon.

Tania

Tuesday Toss Up

What a crazy two weeks! I completed a marathon, cooked a  delicious Thanksgiving dinner for 18 and continued to train for a half marathon in Annapolis, MD.  And somewhere in there I squeezed in my day job.  With all these activities blogging sort of fell to the wayside.

Now that my crazy schedule has leveled off for the rest of 2012, I can focus more on blogging and photography. Had a fun extended weekend in Annapolis and availed myself the opportunity to take a photo or two.  I’m in the process of writing my 2012 TCS Annapolis Half Marathon recap which I hope to publish by the end of this week. Of course, you can view my photos from Annapolis and the half marathon on Flickr.

Here is a sneak peak of the photos:

De Plane! De Plane!

What an awesome plane. I’ve never seen a live aerial performance by the Blue Angels but the planes looks fantastic on the ground.  So stay tuned, readers, I’ve lots of blog posts to catch up on before the end of the year!

Ohhh! I am so delighted to report my good blogging buddy and social media rockstar, Jimmie Bise, has found a new avenue to talk all things pop culture at Pop Cast.  Via the About page:

Pop-Cast is the one and only podcast dedicated to all things pop culture – movies, music, games, television, food, sports, style, fashion, and anything else that’s watercooler-worthy! With a variety of fun, young voices populating the microphones, our lively weekly discussions about the nation’s hottest buzz will have you coming back for more each week. Pop-Cast - If you’re talking about it, we’re talking about it.

 I will be tuning in, so should you!

Tania

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2012 Philadelphia Rock & Roll Half Marathon Recap

Heavy medal Philly style @runrocknroll

Finisher Medal – Philadelphia 2012

2012 Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon is run and done. This is the first distance run I’ve done with the Rock and Roll/Competitor group. I have read mixed reviews about this company and the races they organize, but I have to say they ran a well organized race in Philly.

My official chip time: 02:14:41. My goal was to beat my previous time and arrive at the finish line in 2 hours. That idea was crushed two days prior to the race. On Friday morning my IT band decided to flare up and cause excruciating knee pain. Walking was pure misery on Friday and steps were out of the question.  While I questioned whether I should run in this event, I started working out the knots in my quad with a foam roller and a little device called ‘The Stick”.  Saturday the knee started to feel better, but steps still bothered the knee. At the Expo, a ‘Stick’ sales rep used their product to work out the knots in my right quad and the knee felt remarkable better afterwards.

Sunday morning I awoke and walked up and down a flight of stairs and found no pain in my knee. If I felt any twinge of pain, I was prepared to stay home. I would not have been happy, but I have a marathon to complete this year and I need to stay injury free.

At 6:45 ish I met up with my Team Philly running friends to stretch and warm up before the race.  I find it is so much better to run with friends, especially Team Philly friends:

Running Trio - The world's greatest!

Trish, Moi and Pink at the start of the race.

The morning brought with it perfect running weather. The course started on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and wound its way through downtown Philly for four miles before turning back towards the Parkway and to ‘The Loop’ through Kelly Drive, crossing the Falls Bridge then looping back to the Parkway on MLK Drive. Live bands and cheer stations lined the entire route encouraging and invigorating the runners. My favorite – a little boy in a wheelchair cheering the passing runners with all his might. Seeing that little boy put into perspective how beautiful life can be – don’t waste a minute of it!  It is a flat and relatively fast course, no hills except for a tiny incline right at the end of the course. My advice to new runners –  just sprint up the incline and get it over with.

I’ve mixed feelings about my effort in this race. I felt capable of a faster pace per mile, yet did not want to push the knee as it did start twinging around 2.5 miles into the race. I’m happy my finish time did not fall beyond 2:14 but would have been ecstatic if the time were much closer to the 2 hour mark.  Patience, grasshopper, patience –  you will achieve your time goal.

After finishing the run, collecting a finishers medal it was time to eat, drink and be merry!  Seriously, the organizers feed the runners well post race. The registration may be a bit expensive but you get your money’s worth with the post race food.

If you have ever considered running a half marathon, Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon is a great choice for beginners and advanced runners.

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