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@4inthefamily

Lexington, KY Raving since 2018 active 1 year, 8 months ago

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Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 28, 2018 4:40:15

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Past Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 21, 2019
Marathon Lexington, KY May 18, 2019 5:24:22
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 5, 2019 4:49:56
Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 8, 2018 5:24:26
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 3, 2018 5:06:36
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 15, 2018 5:03:21
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 28, 2018 4:40:15
Marathon Nashville, TN Oct 1, 2017 5:14:17
Marathon Columbus, OH 2005 4:56:00
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2005 4:46:42
Marathon Hyrum, UT 2005 5:42:34
Marathon Columbus, OH 2004 5:33:00

My Raves

This race is beautiful from start to finish. The roads are nice and the scenery was amazing. Unfortunately, it was a super hot day, so the water stations had a … MORE

This race is beautiful from start to finish. The roads are nice and the scenery was amazing. Unfortunately, it was a super hot day, so the water stations had a hard time keeping up. To the credit of the organization, we did get some ice cold Gatorade off one of the marathon trucks in the last few miles and it made a huge difference. They were driving up and down and checking on us and it was appreciated. I’d love to do this one again in 50 degree weather.

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This is my second time running Flying Pig, I also ran the full in 2005. The course has plenty of hills, but the worse of it is in the first … MORE

This is my second time running Flying Pig, I also ran the full in 2005. The course has plenty of hills, but the worse of it is in the first half when you still feel strong and what goes up, must go down, which makes for some fast miles later on.

The organization, volunteers and crowd support are all amazing. The whole city gets involved and you never go more than a mile without some kind of water/food/aid station. My favorite marathon foods are orange slices and ice pops and both were available several times throughout the course.

During the last couple of miles when the sun came out and people were noticeably fatigued, I was impressed with the number of cyclists riding up and down the course carefully checking on runners. I felt very safe during the marathon.

I’d also like to say that I think this is a great marathon for slower runners. Since my average marathon comes in close to 5 hours, I have had marathons where my last few miles were lonely with unmanned water stops and/or traffic hazards. This marathon was still going strong with plenty of love for the non-elite in the last six miles. It was very refreshing.

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With a forecasted high of 41 degrees for the day, wind and 100% chance of rain, I went into this marathon expecting it to be nothing more than a lesson … MORE

With a forecasted high of 41 degrees for the day, wind and 100% chance of rain, I went into this marathon expecting it to be nothing more than a lesson in grit and endurance. I was pleasantly surprised with every aspect of the marathon and despite getting my worst time of the year, this was my favorite to run, rain, cold and all.

This is the first race where we signed up for the pasta dinner the night before. The food was good. The speaker was wonderful and so inspiring. And, best of all, everything was just a short walk from our hotel room. It was well organized and definitely worth attending.

Marathon morning was wet, cold and windy as promised. We were able to stay in the Von Braun center, where the race finishes indoors, right up until a few minutes before the start. This was very nice and meant we started dry and happy.

The first half of the marathon is relatively flat. The course was very well marked and traffic control was flawless. The course winds through several neighborhoods of Huntsville, some quite lavish, and the miles flew by as we made our way downtown again.

The second half of the course was much more challenging. The rain and wind picked up and the temperature dropped. And there were hills…some were significant and others I might not have felt at all if I’d been running on fresher legs. But, in all their wisdom, the race directors used miles 17 through 20 (always the hardest for me) to show off the best of Huntsville. First, we ran through the Space center surrounded by rockets and cool military aircraft. Next were the miles through the Botanical Gardens which were lit up with an amazing animated Christmas light display. I felt like I was running through a winter wonderland and these miles flew by. After that, it was a bit of a journey back downtown, and I was cold and wet, but by the time I had a chance to start dwelling on it, I was only a few miles from the end.

We finished in the Von Braun center and after being wrapped up in a Mylar blanket and getting our super cool sparkle-y metal and finisher’s hat, we were escorted to a hall full of food, lots and lots of food. Given the conditions of the day, the warm soup was a heaven sent and we loved the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Seriously…these should be offered at every race.

This is marathon #9 for me and it was amazing and definitely one to have on your bucket list. Great job Huntsville Alabama, your attention to detail and southern hospitality were evident from start to finish.

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This race was well organized and flat as advertised. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. It was the ideal set up for a PR if it hadn't been for … MORE

This race was well organized and flat as advertised. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. It was the ideal set up for a PR if it hadn’t been for its two major downsides: an overcrowded course and some of the worst roads I have ever run on.

I went in with an injury and wasn’t expecting a PR, but the conditions exasperated the situation. About 3 miles in, the course was funneled into 2 small lanes as we went under a bridge. A girl running too close to me (everyone was too close) tripped in a pothole and grabbed my arm as she fell. Though I managed to stay upright, I felt my injured quad pull again and it bothered me the rest of the race. About 10 miles in, I had my own road incident and narrowly escaped a race ending ankle injury. After that, I spent entirely too much energy just trying to avoid the ruts and holes in the road while running in the one banked lane we were given. I couldn’t really enjoy the monuments and sites because I was afraid to look up, but I hear it is a scenic and beautiful course.

On a bright note, the finish was well organized, the water stops were well stocked and frequent and the downtown location made for easy access from any downtown hotel. We were also allowed to use the local YMCA to take a shower before our 3 hour drive home and that was a huge perk since our hotel did not have a late check out. This was some very good forethought on the part of the race and was much appreciated.

Overall, I do recommend the race, but will not personally be back unless Indianapolis decides to take on a few repaving projects. I’m just not that coordinated 😊

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This was a terrible race day for me and many others, but it had nothing to do with the amazing organization and great volunteers. I think the race organizers were … MORE

This was a terrible race day for me and many others, but it had nothing to do with the amazing organization and great volunteers. I think the race organizers were in a tough spot when the temperature and humidity got out of control and the safety of participants was in question. I was pulled off the course at 21 miles when the race was cancelled, but was bussed to the finish and allowed to complete the race and receive a medal. In addition, I was offered a complimentary registration for next year. I’ll be back as I’d love to experience this race in less extreme conditions.

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We must have just hit the weather jackpot in 2018, but it was a beautiful day for a marathon. As we ran through the tunnels at Churchhill downs the entire … MORE

We must have just hit the weather jackpot in 2018, but it was a beautiful day for a marathon. As we ran through the tunnels at Churchhill downs the entire pack at my pace sang an echoing rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home”….which was just awesome. The run through the park, though a little hilly, was my favorite part. The rest of the run was not as scenic, but it was flat as advertised a the crowds were great. I’ll definitely be back.

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