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@ashleekucinski

Morristown, NJ Raving since 2019 IRONMAN active 1 week, 3 days ago

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Past Races (11)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Ironman Boulder, CO Aug 3, 2019
10K Atlanta, GA Jul 4, 2019
Half Marathon Morristown, NJ May 19, 2019
Half Marathon Kalamazoo, MI May 5, 2019
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 27, 2019
Half Marathon Asbury Park, NJ Apr 6, 2019
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Feb 24, 2019
Half Marathon Dexter, MI Jun 4, 2017
Half Ironman Muncie, IN Jul 9, 2016
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 22, 2015
10K Chicago, IL 2013

My Raves

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder

Take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I did all of my training for this event in New Jersey (sea level), with the exception of a couple of warmups … MORE

Take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I did all of my training for this event in New Jersey (sea level), with the exception of a couple of warmups in Boulder before the race. It was likely more difficult than necessary for me because I hadn’t had any exposure to high altitudes prior to the race.
Anyway…
The good:
-Race swag was phenomenal. We got a really cool waterproof bag, and the shirt was really nice (much better design than the Muncie 70.3 shirt I have from 2016).
-Scenery. Watching the mountains on the bike course made 56 miles a lot more interesting than it could’ve been.
-Hydration stops on the run course had a ton of options (oranges, pretzels, cookies, chips, coke, gels, etc.), and were placed frequently throughout the course (at least one per mile).
-Swim start was self-seeded, and the other racers did a great job of placing themselves. Very little congestion throughout the swim, and the flow of swimmers getting into the water was very smooth.
-Post-race photo ops were great – lots of IM-branded backgrounds.

What could be better:
-The finish line crowd support was lacking. I had to try to hype up the crowd when I was running down the red carpet.
-The run course is 100% unshaded and mostly on gravel. Not the end of the world, but tough to transition from road running.
-Bike course nutrition was minimal (and very slim – I think the first station wasn’t until mile 15-20).
-Swimming at altitude is a lot harder. It feels like someone is sitting on your chest. Be prepared for that if you’re coming from sea level, and chill your pace, at least until you are comfortable enough to get into a rhythm.
-It would’ve been nice to have water handed out at the athlete briefing. Make sure to bring water with you to stay hydrated during all of the walking/exploring IM Village.
-Post-race food was pretty minimal (hot dogs, chips, cookies, salad). I was totally fine with the spread (because I could’ve eaten my left hand by the time I finished), but some racers felt underwhelmed.

Overall, I’d absolutely recommend this race. It’ll challenge you (especially if you’re coming from sea level), but the scenery and excellent organization make it worth pushing through the added level of difficulty. Plus, you feel more accomplished with the extra barrier! 🙂

DIFFICULTY
4
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SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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AJC Peachtree Road Race

AJC Peachtree Road Race

I'd recommend all runners experience this really cool and historical event. While it's HUGE (60k runners in total!), the race org does a great job of orchestrating the mass of … MORE

I’d recommend all runners experience this really cool and historical event. While it’s HUGE (60k runners in total!), the race org does a great job of orchestrating the mass of people. There were plenty of water stops and ways to stay cool on a 90+ degree 4th of July. The race swag was lacking (no medal, no dri-fit shirt, no cool giveaways at the Expo), but the experience made up for it. The race was easy to access for me because my friends and I stayed in an Airbnb less than a mile from the start line, but I could see it being tough to navigate around for people traveling via Uber or public transit. The Expo was underwhelming for such a big event, but it had everything you need.
Don’t expect a PR…this will be a hot and humid race with a small hill around mile 3-4. It’ll be worth it, though, to run with so much crowd support in a cool and interesting city! Also recommended: Hit up Varsity for post-race food!

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Superhero Half Marathon & Relay

Superhero Half Marathon & Relay

I ran this race coming off of biking as part of Ironman training, so my perspective should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Either way, here it goes: … MORE

I ran this race coming off of biking as part of Ironman training, so my perspective should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Either way, here it goes:

Pros:
-Easy access to start line from parking lot (<1 min walk)
-Really small race, which made for quick porta potty lines and no crowding at the start line
-Pace groups
-Some shaded areas on the course

Cons:
-First three miles have hills (especially mile 3), making it hard to PR but easy to negative split
-NOT ENOUGH WATER! I think there was water every 1.75-2 miles or so, but I needed more because of the sun/heat
-Expo was lame (took place at a running store)
-Medal/shirt was meh

Overall, the race seemed more like an organized training run. It was so small that I was running seemingly by myself for a good chunk of it. The course is very rolling, which made it hard to keep a consistent pace. For those looking to PR, I’d recommend starting slower during the first hilly miles and then ramping up for a strong finish. Wear sunscreen/sunglasses if it’s a sunny day – there are plenty of unshaded parts of the course that can leave you baking in the heat.

Another tip…bring gu/chews if you need them. The course had only water, so you’re on your own for any additional hydration.

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Kalamazoo Marathon

Kalamazoo Marathon

Overall, this race was very well executed. There were more than enough porta potties at the beginning of the race, and it was easy to park/get in and out of … MORE

Overall, this race was very well executed. There were more than enough porta potties at the beginning of the race, and it was easy to park/get in and out of the race area. My biggest area of feedback is MORE SWAG! There was no marathon branded apparel/stuff at the expo (or really much of anything, for that matter), and the race shirts were cotton (even for half/full marathon).

Pros:
-Easy access to porta potties/start line
-Pace groups (although the 1:45 pace group was flying and running faster than the necessary mile splits)
-Enough water/hydration throughout the course – tons of food (jelly beans, Gu, gummy bears, popsicles, etc.)
-Crowd support is great throughout (especially at the start/finish)
-Finisher medal is really nice
-Free beer for finishers! (And it’s actually high quality from local breweries)

Cons:
-Two hills (mile 8-ish and 12). Normally, I’m fine with elevation changes, but, for some reason, these two really messed with me. A lot of people walked up the hills. I think most of it was mental (you can see the steep incline at mile 12), and the late-placement of the hills on the course.
-Beware of starting too quickly – the first two/three miles are downhill and have tons of people cheering, so it’ll be easy to push it too early
-Not a ton of shade – definitely wear sunglasses/a hat if it’s a sunny day.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
2
SWAG
2

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St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Pros: -Expo is fantastic! Lots of vendors, free stuff, discounted stuff, and general race excitement. -Really cool sights and sounds - lots of bands play around the course, and downtown … MORE

Pros:
-Expo is fantastic! Lots of vendors, free stuff, discounted stuff, and general race excitement.
-Really cool sights and sounds – lots of bands play around the course, and downtown Nashville/the stadium are really cool to run around
-Shirts/swag are nice

Cons:
-Hilly course that can be extra tough if it’s hot/humid
-Not nearly enough porta potties/bathroom options prior to the start of the race for the size of this race
-Corrals are really clustered and people don’t go to their appropriate wave

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this race, unless you’re local and running it as a training race for something else. It’s too hilly to PR, and the weather can make or break your performance. While it’s fun to see live music and cool parts of Nashville, it’s better to do that in a non-race setting.

DIFFICULTY
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RunAPalooza! – Asbury Park, NJ

RunAPalooza! – Asbury Park, NJ

Pros: -Extremely flat. Very easy PR course. The only challenge is the monotony - you do a few out and back loops, so it seems like you see the same … MORE

Pros:
-Extremely flat. Very easy PR course. The only challenge is the monotony – you do a few out and back loops, so it seems like you see the same thing the entire time, aside from a couple of random neighborhoods.
-Pace groups, even though it’s a small race
-Ability to sit/chill inside of the nearby hall before the race
-Plenty of porta potties with short lines before the race

Cons:
-Water is on one side of the course, which makes for a lot of clusters of people during the out and back portions, since there were runners going both ways
-Boring course until the boardwalk portion, but even that gets dull because of the out and backs
-Post race party wasn’t great. Finisher shirts were very Microsoft Paint looking, and there wasn’t any food. It also smelled terrible with all of the finishers in a crowded hall picking up shirts.
-Parking was dicey. I was fine because I got there early, but there are only a couple of nearby lots. Most options are street parking in the neighborhoods near the start line.

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Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Pros: -Really flat course is perfect for a PR...if it's not 93% humidity like it was for me -Really cool to run through Magic Kingdom and Epcot, but the majority … MORE

Pros:
-Really flat course is perfect for a PR…if it’s not 93% humidity like it was for me
-Really cool to run through Magic Kingdom and Epcot, but the majority of the course is on a highway/backlot
-Corrals are extremely well organized.
-Pre-race entertainment to hype you up (although the National Anthem singer messed up the words…yikes)

Cons:
-Really early (5:30am) start means you run in the dark for much of the race if you’re in an earlier corral
-Definitely arrive very early to manage the inevitable traffic congestion (lots of charter buses with runners who stayed in the resorts)
-Expo is too big (three different buildings within the Wide World of Sports), but there are not many cool things. The Run Disney stuff was a little too cheesy/princessy for my liking, so I didn’t buy anything. 🙁
-Long walk from the entry area to the start line – it was about a 20 min walk, and there were no porta potties near the start line, so you have to make sure you time a trip to the bathroom well
-Finish line food is mediocre at best. For the price of the race, I expected a full blown meal, but instead received an applesauce pouch, banana, and unappetizing tortilla chips.
-NOT RECOMMENDED to run after three days of park hopping. My legs were gone, and the heat/humidity didn’t help. Otherwise, I think the course could make for an easy PR.

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Dexter-Ann Arbor Run

Dexter-Ann Arbor Run

Pros: -Packet pickup is quick and easy. There are not many vendors, so if you're looking for a big-race feel at the expo, you'll be disappointed. But this expo gets … MORE

Pros:
-Packet pickup is quick and easy. There are not many vendors, so if you’re looking for a big-race feel at the expo, you’ll be disappointed. But this expo gets the job done, and the venue is extremely accessible with tons of parking.
-Porta potties are very close to the start line, so you can make a last minute trip, if necessary. Lines weren’t too long (had to wait maybe 5 min. max about 15 min. before the race).
-You’re allowed to wait inside of the middle school prior to the race, which gives the opportunity to sit/stretch/use the bathroom/eat/whatever and set your stuff down.
-Pace groups
-The course is rolling and interesting. Starting and ending in downtown setting while spending the middle section around water/nature makes for a variety of scenery.
-While there are some hills (one around mile 7 and one at the end), the hills are manageable and make you feel more accomplished (who’s afraid of the big bad hill??). There’s enough crowd support at the end to push yourself up the final incline, too, so that helps!

Cons:
-The 2017 race shirt was unremarkable to me. This has been the case for a few years now.
-Not a ton of on-course entertainment, so I’d recommend running with music, if you need something like that.
-Having to take a bus to Dexter (if you live/park in A2) can be irritating, but they run very smoothly and on time.

Overall, fantastic race with a lot of history. Highly recommend running it!

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4
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IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie

IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie

The good: -Very great course for a PR: Swim is calm, bike is flat with a few rollers, run is challenging but fast -Crowd support at transitions is great -Plenty … MORE

The good:
-Very great course for a PR: Swim is calm, bike is flat with a few rollers, run is challenging but fast
-Crowd support at transitions is great
-Plenty of nutrition throughout run course
-Ice sponges on run course (this isn’t the case for all IM courses, so it was nice to see them here!)
-Run course is an out-and-back, so you know what to expect and when to push on the back half of the course

The not so good:
-Finish line was kind of underwhelming (on a grass field in the middle of people getting food from a hot dog truck – kind of anticlimactic)
-Race shirt was meh
-Post-race food did not have a ton of variety (bbq sandwiches and hot dogs)
-Muncie isn’t the most exciting venue – I’d recommend staying in Indianapolis and driving to the race site if you’re coming from out of town
-Swim may not be wetsuit legal (wetsuits were NOT allowed this year)

Overall, I’d recommend this race if you’re looking to PR, but it can be hot. As with other IM events, the organization and support is phenomenal, but this won’t be the most interesting scenery in the world.

DIFFICULTY
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Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

Pros: -Pretty flat course, with only one section with incline (even that wasn't too bad) -Easy access to start line and easy navigation to the front of the pack at … MORE

Pros:
-Pretty flat course, with only one section with incline (even that wasn’t too bad)
-Easy access to start line and easy navigation to the front of the pack at the start line
-TONS of crowd support near the finish and throughout the course
-Lots of history surrounding the course – so cool!
-Finisher medal and gear is great!

Cons:
-No corrals (at least the year I ran it), which might be irritating for some
-Food at the finish could have had more substance/variety
-Bag check/metal detector is far from the race start, so if you need to leave warmer clothes in your bag, you have to walk awhile without them (i.e., in the cold) to the start line and deal with being cold until the race starts

Overall, I’d absolutely recommend this race. The course is interesting, with the exception of a few monotonous park-like areas, and the swag/support is fantastic. Plenty of hydration throughout the course, and the chance to visit a cool city in the U.S. Will be back!

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BTN Big 10K

BTN Big 10K

The weather was really hot, and I had an injury, but this race was still a ton of fun. It was great to run with so many other B1G fans, … MORE

The weather was really hot, and I had an injury, but this race was still a ton of fun. It was great to run with so many other B1G fans, and the swag was outstanding! Very well managed and efficient, despite the large size of the race.

I’d highly recommend this race for fun. Great post-race food, tons of energy throughout the course, awesome shirts/fan gear, and a cool opportunity to run with friends in a fun city.

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