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New Albany, IN Raving since 2018 active 1 week, 5 days ago

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 9, 2019 5:07:09
30K Louisville, KY Sep 8, 2019 3:43:01
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Oct 5, 2019 2:24:16
5 Miler New Albany, IN Nov 28, 2019 51:11
5K Louisville, KY Nov 17, 2019 46:07

Future Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Quarter Marathon Louisville, KY Dec 28, 2019
5 Miler Louisville, KY Jan 26, 2020
15K Challenge (5K + 10K) Indianapolis, IN Feb 15, 2020
Marathon Carmel, IN Apr 4, 2020
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 2, 2020
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 22, 2020
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH TBD

Past Races (21)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5 Miler New Albany, IN Nov 28, 2019 51:11
5K Louisville, KY Nov 17, 2019 46:07
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 9, 2019 5:07:09
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Oct 5, 2019 2:24:16
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Sep 28, 2019 2:26:57
30K Louisville, KY Sep 8, 2019 3:43:01
Marathon Lexington, KY May 18, 2019 6:13:20
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 4, 2019 2:28:04
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 27, 2019 2:28:23
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 7, 2019 2:29:13
Half Marathon Carmel, IN Mar 23, 2019 2:25:51
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 3, 2018 5:08:19
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Oct 6, 2018 2:30:39
30K Louisville, KY Sep 30, 2018
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Jun 10, 2018
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 28, 2018 2:24:51
5 Miler New Albany, IN 2018 51:00
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 4, 2017 5:07:42
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 5, 2016 5:15:27
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 7, 2015 2:29:47
10K Hilton Head Island, SC 2015

My Raves

Fast Freddie’s Festive Five Mile Foot Feast

Fast Freddie’s Festive Five Mile Foot Feast

Fun local race for Thanksgiving morning - nice 5 mile loop starting at the Floyd County fairgrounds. One water stop in the middle and strategically located at the start of … MORE

Fun local race for Thanksgiving morning – nice 5 mile loop starting at the Floyd County fairgrounds. One water stop in the middle and strategically located at the start of the hill going into Community Park – so always a good time to slow up and walk with the water 🙂 The roads are mostly closed (opposite lane is open) but well supported with police at all corners. Already looking forward to next year … mainly because I missed a PR by 8 seconds.

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Harrods Creek Trail Bash 5K & 10K

Harrods Creek Trail Bash 5K & 10K

This isn't my first trail race ... I did a 4 miler a couple years ago but blocked it from memory when I decided in the middle of it that … MORE

This isn’t my first trail race … I did a 4 miler a couple years ago but blocked it from memory when I decided in the middle of it that I’d never do another trail race. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to myself! This race is part 1 of a 3 race series – you can sign up for the short versions (what I’m doing) or the long versions (which is just the longer options for the same races). It was my first time going to Harrod’s Creek and it’s a neat park that is in a residential area – so parking was on the street and then we walked down a rather steep hill to get to the start line. I didn’t realize how far I had to walk to the start line and had made the mistake of leaving my gloves and water in the car, thinking I’d be able to go back before the race started. Not a big deal and while there wasn’t a water stop in the middle, it was only a 5k for me and they handed out hand warmers before the start. The trail was still frozen so that was good and I’m glad I only did one loop because it seemed to be thawing and getting a little sloppy by the time we finished — those doing the 10k might have had some slippery spots on their 2nd loop. It was definitely a personal best since (again) I blocked out the 1st trail race from memory and I’m sure this one was at a faster pace anyway. Swag included a pretty sweet coffee mug for all participants plus a tech shirt. Age group winners (of which I was NOT one) received a handmade/rustic birdhouse – they were pretty neat! Looking forward to the next two races in the series and I’m also on the lookout for some trail running shoes — I ended up with muckity muck on my road shoes. I still prefer road running, but trail running and this race was a lot of fun!

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Race organization is amazing - first year all three races sold out early (marathon, half, and 5k) but the wave-start helped keep crowd under control where I was. The proceeds … MORE

Race organization is amazing – first year all three races sold out early (marathon, half, and 5k) but the wave-start helped keep crowd under control where I was. The proceeds from the race goes to public schools in Indpls – which is great and I think it should! – but it would be nice if the city could get around to repaving some of the roads. Potholes galore and I’m sure these are the same holes from when I started running this race in 2012. Scenery is nice but there are definitely spots where spectator support is zero – so be prepared to get lost in your thoughts. Water stops are plentiful and the finish line is well-organized with water, gatorade, banana, cookie, a beanie/hat, chips, mylar wrap, awesome medal, and a recovery tent with pizza. Runners who also participated in the Indy Half at Fort Ben the previous month could pick up their additional medal and/or charm, along with a bonus long-sleeve tech T for their accomplishment. Oh … and I got a PR! BOOM!

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Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben

Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben

Well, first off ... I don't know that I would have registered for this race again - last year was a doozie for me. But then I won a registration … MORE

Well, first off … I don’t know that I would have registered for this race again – last year was a doozie for me. But then I won a registration from RaceRaves so I couldn’t NOT do it! 🙂
Secondly … Personal Record, baby!! Even with a couple massive hills that I had to walk up, I was able to get a half PR on this course!! I know my framily are sick of hearing about it by now but I’m still riding that high.
And thirdly – this is a great race, from production to course to afterwards. Packet pickup was smooth as silk. Race day dawned with the arrival of cooler temps (finally!) and the campfires that were burning were welcome indeed. There are corrals that were clearly marked and seemed to start without a hitch. The course itself runs through neighborhoods, a state park, and some busy roads (course was closed on that side of the road) – there were several lonely parts, but runners were always close by so it’s not like you’re by yourself – just not many spectators along the way. Water stops were plentiful (including portapotties) and included both water and Gatorade. Clif Bars (a localy company) was a sponsor and they provided nutrition along the way too. Great weather and summer training prepared me for this, but the race atmosphere helped me cross the finish line when I did. I wasn’t able to stick around for after, but there’s a cookout for runners (hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers). All in all, a great race! And did I mention I got a PR?? 🙂

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Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

This is the 3rd time I've done this race and the 1st time it wasn't raining during any of it - with the heat, I was actually hoping for some … MORE

This is the 3rd time I’ve done this race and the 1st time it wasn’t raining during any of it – with the heat, I was actually hoping for some rain! There was also a course change from the previous two years (I skipped 2018, so I don’t know when the course was changed) – I definitely prefer this route to the one from 2016 and 2017. As mentioned in the title, great support for a women-only race. Water and Gatorade at all the water stops that were placed at every 1.5 miles. Portapotties aplenty too. Swag included choice of a tech tank or t-shirt, large medal, and backpack with some coupons/samples. Great way to see parts of the city that aren’t included in some of the other races I’ve run there (Indy Mini, CNO Monumental).

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Downtown Doubler 15K & 30K

Downtown Doubler 15K & 30K

New location this year and I liked it better than last year due to no car traffic and little to no running on concrete. An out-and-back loop done once for … MORE

New location this year and I liked it better than last year due to no car traffic and little to no running on concrete. An out-and-back loop done once for the 15k or doubled for the 30k – which meant you could give and get high fives and encouragement from the runners coming your direction. This really helped me on the 2nd loop! Three water stops along the way so a 30k runner had 7. Swag included a medal that was part of the larger 502 medal series and a long sleeve 1/4 zip tech shirt for the 30k (I think the 15k got a long sleeve tech crew) plus the needed banana, gatorade, snacks at the end of the race. Small-ish community race but great support and management. I hope it continues and at the new location! It definitely made realize I have GOT to buckle down on my marathon training. Cool early start turned into a humid morning and even with the water stops and carrying a handheld, I stopped sweating the last 6-7 miles … probably not a good thing, I’m thinking.

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Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon

Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon

This race almost undid me and if I didn't already have registrations paid for two more marathons, I would have said this is my last marathon. But that was all … MORE

This race almost undid me and if I didn’t already have registrations paid for two more marathons, I would have said this is my last marathon. But that was all on me – the race management is awesome and I really enjoy participating in RaceRise-led races. The scenery is nice – lots (and LOTS) of horse farms and gentle rolling hills – just one that was a true doozy that I can remember, but it was on the loop that marathoners had to do twice. Horses and colts were out to cheer the runners on. Plenty of water stops and aid stations — greatly appreciated! But it. was. hot. And I was so not ready for that heat, having only done marathons in November before this. There was also a cutoff of at least 6 hours and 15 minutes … provided you could make it to mile 25 by the 6 hour mark when they reopened the roads, you could take all the time you wanted on that last 1.2 mi. stretch. I was one of the last 10 in and they kept that finish line party rolling until the last one came through – I was so appreciative of this after hearing what the London Marathon runners went through. Swag included a medal and a tech t-shirt – I wasn’t able to get to the packet pickup/expo the night before so if there were any goodies offered at that, I’m not aware of them.

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OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indy Mini)

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indy Mini)

For being the largest race in the state and one of the largest half-marathons in the country, it doesn't feel that way. The corrals are set up and are mostly-monitored … MORE

For being the largest race in the state and one of the largest half-marathons in the country, it doesn’t feel that way. The corrals are set up and are mostly-monitored so those from later corrals don’t jump in with earlier ones … however I started in the 2nd wave with the I corral and I saw some participants right off the bat who should have been in the 3rd or 4th wave. No matter – for the number of people participating (30,000), the course was going to be fairly crowded at the start anyway. PLENTY of water stops, or “pit stops” as we like to call them in Indianapolis in May, lots of crowd support – even with the steady rain throughout the race. This is my 3rd year running it and I’ve already registered for next year. The medal always has something to do with the Indianapolis 500 and being able to run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is exciting for this Hoosier-girl. The race swag also includes a running hat and a long-sleeve tech shirt – virtual swag bag consists of coupons to other races and local businesses only (not applicable to runners like me who don’t live in the metro Indianapolis area).

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

I wasn't planning to run this race, but as I needed to get 20 in for an upcoming marathon, I purchased a transfer-bib. Considering I was up at 4 a.m. … MORE

I wasn’t planning to run this race, but as I needed to get 20 in for an upcoming marathon, I purchased a transfer-bib. Considering I was up at 4 a.m. to get my additional 7 miles in before getting to the race, I was pleasantly surprised to be only 3 minutes off my half-PR (which was on this course in 2018). It’s a flat/fast course, but there are a lot of walkers and quite a few people who take their corral placement as “suggestion” instead of actually starting with their assigned corrals. This has always bugged me about this race and I keep hoping that next year will be better. The weather was great this year, which brought out the spectators … which helped motivate the runners. For being the largest race in the state, they could really do more in the way of swag – half-marathoners just got a shirt.

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Filly Women’s Half Marathon & 4 Miler

Filly Women’s Half Marathon & 4 Miler

This is the 2nd year for this race and the two years differed greatly. 2018's race was in June when it was very hot and humid. The route was an … MORE

This is the 2nd year for this race and the two years differed greatly. 2018’s race was in June when it was very hot and humid. The route was an out-and-back and on paved roads and concrete and I had my worst time ever for a half. 2019’s race course was changed at the last minute due to impending storms … that didn’t show – but the safety measures were appreciated! To keep the half-marathon runners safe in case a storm did pop up, the route was a short out and back for 1.1 mile, then three loops of the 4 mile course … which made for some tedious hills and a bit of monotony. Swag included a medal and dri-fit shirt, plus food and beverages at the finish and a free massage (I wish I had stood in line for that!). It might be because the course had changed within 12 hours of the start, but it would have been nice to have had mile markers. The race proceeds benefited Women 4 Women – a local nonprofit. Also, for a race that was for women only, I saw two men with bibs (one running the half, one running the 4 mile) and I’m not sure how I felt about that. I didn’t see that they were running with anyone so if they were doing it for support, they could have volunteered at a water stop or at the finish line. Other than that, I’m looking forward to next year’s run and hope that we can get a good weather day!

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Sam Costa Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon

Sam Costa Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon

I mainly signed up for this one since it was new-to-me and I needed 12 miles that day for training for my full and a supported run is always better … MORE

I mainly signed up for this one since it was new-to-me and I needed 12 miles that day for training for my full and a supported run is always better for me than one on my own. I didn’t really know what to expect – but the packet pick-up area was a bit confusing. Luckily, I was able to get my bib and shirt and found a restroom before the race started. The course itself was very well marked and supported with a volunteer at every corner. Water stops were plentiful and there were multiple timing mats and photographers along the way. I didn’t notice any race swag at all – rather, participants could pay for what they wanted (just a shirt, add on a medal, add on socks or a buff or a jacket, etc.). But all of that was in the same room as the awards ceremony and door prizes so it was all very “busy” and hectic … I pretty much just got the slip for my race results and left. It would have been nice to have had some direction on where to go once the race was finished – there was a photographer at the finish line, but no one with water or gatorade. I wandered back up to the church and passed a table set off to the side with drinks – I wasn’t sure if I was able to have one or if it was set up for VIPs or something (along with bananas, apples, cookies). I just took a cup of gatorade and went inside to see if there was anything more to do. I guess I do recommend the race because it was a good run and very well supported … but more direction on what to do or where to go before and after the race would have been greatly appreciated.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

This is my 3rd time running the marathon and it's my go-to race. Lots of fan support along the way, great aid stations that are plentiful along the way ... … MORE

This is my 3rd time running the marathon and it’s my go-to race. Lots of fan support along the way, great aid stations that are plentiful along the way … honestly, this was the fastest 5 hours and I can’t wait to register for next year. The marathon registration has sold out the past several years and it’s a BQ-race. The Full and Half start together in a series of waves, then split off around mile 7. Lots of great scenery throughout Indianapolis – course runs through older neighborhoods, by the governor’s mansion, through Butler University’s campus, and the grounds of the Newfields Art Museum. There is also a 5k that starts after the Full/Half runners take off.

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Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben

Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben

Part of the Indython series (with the Monumental Marathon/Half/5k in Nov) and runs through Fort Benjamin Harrison - a state park smack in the middle of Indianapolis. I heard a … MORE

Part of the Indython series (with the Monumental Marathon/Half/5k in Nov) and runs through Fort Benjamin Harrison – a state park smack in the middle of Indianapolis. I heard a lot of “don’t let the hills deter you” but forgot about that until I saw the hills … however, definitely don’t let the hills deter you because this is an awesome race with great support. Plus, the cookout at the end was greatly appreciated! Nice medal and the quarter-zip tech shirt was very nice as well. Just when I thought I was going to ease out of races and running, I find another race that I want to add to my annual calendar.

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Downtown Doubler 15K & 30K

Downtown Doubler 15K & 30K

I think this was the first time this race was put on after a few years off. Since it happened to fall on my 18 mile weekend for marathon training, … MORE

I think this was the first time this race was put on after a few years off. Since it happened to fall on my 18 mile weekend for marathon training, I was glad to have found out about it. It was basically a 15k loop through downtown Louisville and runners had the option of doing the loop once or twice – I opted for twice. Unfortunately, the area had a lot of rain leading up to this weekend and the Ohio River flooded, making the course along the waterfront a bit too short. It wasn’t that big of a deal for me though – I needed to get the miles in anyway and I think it ended up just shy of 18 miles. The course ran through downtown and then along into areas I wasn’t familiar with – a lot of running on concrete/sidewalk, but it was still neat to see different parts of the city. Swag included a charm that would go on a larger medal (as long as you participate in at least 5 races in the series) and a quarter-zip long sleeve tech shirt for 30k participants (15k participants got a long-sleeve tech t-shirt).

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Fast Freddie’s Festive Five Mile Foot Feast

Fast Freddie’s Festive Five Mile Foot Feast

This is a fundraiser for Type 1 Diabetes research so the 'swag' is a long-sleeve tech shirt that includes the names of the previous year's top 500 finishers. It's a … MORE

This is a fundraiser for Type 1 Diabetes research so the ‘swag’ is a long-sleeve tech shirt that includes the names of the previous year’s top 500 finishers. It’s a nice 5 mile square around Community Park – though very few spectators, except for those at the start/finish and midway where the route goes through Community Park. There is also a 2 mile walk on a different route – and it’s mostly the walkers who are cheering for the runners at that midway point. It’s all good though because this is a great way to move your feet and earn your Thanksgiving carbs.

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