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@ivy164

Somerville, MA Raving since 2017 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club, Half Fanatics active 1 year ago

About Me

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    I love to travel/explore and running let’s me see everything on limited time constraints. And it keeps me sane and in shape

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(Marathon &/or Ultra) + Half

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 5:43:34
Half Marathon Gateshead, United Kingdom Sep 10, 2017 2:35:00
10 Miler Philadelphia, PA May 7, 2017 1:58:00
7 Miler Woods Hole, MA Aug 21, 2016 1:32:15
10K Boston, MA Jun 26, 2016 1:19:37

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 20, 2020
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 1, 2020
Half Marathon Lowell, MA TBD
Marathon London, United Kingdom TBD

Past Races (45)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Athens, Greece Nov 9, 2019
Half Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jun 30, 2019
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 22, 2019
Half Marathon New Buffalo, MI May 5, 2019
Half Marathon Kenosha, WI May 4, 2019
Half Marathon Riverside, MO Apr 14, 2019
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 13, 2019
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 17, 2019
Half Marathon Celebration, FL Jan 27, 2019
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 12, 2019
Half Marathon Rehoboth, DE Dec 8, 2018
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 28, 2018
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Oct 14, 2018
Half Marathon Newport, RI Oct 7, 2018
Half Marathon Ocean City, NJ Sep 30, 2018
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 16, 2018
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 7, 2018
Half Marathon Tupelo, MS Sep 2, 2018
Half Marathon South Pomfret, VT Jun 3, 2018
Marathon Eustis, ME May 20, 2018
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 5, 2018
Half Marathon Newport, RI Apr 14, 2018
Half Marathon Danbury, CT Apr 8, 2018
Half Marathon Austin, TX Feb 18, 2018
Half Marathon Atlanta, GA Dec 17, 2017
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017
Half Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 21, 2017 2:48:00
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 5:43:34
Half Marathon Hampton, NH Oct 1, 2017 2:35:00
Half Marathon Gateshead, United Kingdom Sep 10, 2017 2:35:00
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH Aug 20, 2017 2:51:00
Half Marathon Portland, ME Jul 8, 2017
10K Boston, MA Jun 25, 2017
120 Mile Relay Northfield, MA Jun 16, 2017
Half Marathon Gloucester, MA Jun 4, 2017 2:48:00
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY May 20, 2017 2:39:00
10 Miler Philadelphia, PA May 7, 2017 1:58:00
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 17, 2017 6:11:23
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 5, 2017 2:59:09
Half Marathon Westerly, RI 2017
Half Marathon Cambridge, MA Nov 13, 2016 2:44:09
Half Marathon Boston, MA Oct 9, 2016 2:47:12
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Sep 25, 2016
7 Miler Woods Hole, MA Aug 21, 2016 1:32:15
10K Boston, MA Jun 26, 2016 1:19:37

My Raves

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

The whole idea being able to run the Las Vegas strip at night was pretty cool. It was a flat course. Too many walkers in duplicate blocking the course so … MORE

The whole idea being able to run the Las Vegas strip at night was pretty cool. It was a flat course. Too many walkers in duplicate blocking the course so I was left to dodge constantly around them. Expo was overly crowded and a little over the top in selling RnR goods…I felt there weren’t enough exhibitors.

Other complaint is they refused to change my race corral, which was very frustrating as i was stuck behind slower runners. Due to a death in the family and being out of the country, I missed the cutoff for changes in early October. I emailed and explained the situation. They responded saying there was nothing that could be done but I could have it changed at the expo. I get to the expo they said sorry we can’t.

As I mentioned nice idea to run strip at night but I wouldn’t run it again due to management.

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Baltimore Running Festival

Baltimore Running Festival

Overall good race. Good organization, swag, and expo. It was extremely hot and with a hilly course I didn't do my best. My biggest complaints were there weren't enough water … MORE

Overall good race. Good organization, swag, and expo. It was extremely hot and with a hilly course I didn’t do my best. My biggest complaints were there weren’t enough water stations and too many people on the course. Its extremely frustrating when walkers don’t pull to the side per racing etiquette….they had marshals on the course telling us to stay within lines but they they should have also taken care of the walkers…

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

This was my second marathon. The race was well organized with regular communications, security, and after party. Hydration stations every mile! Spectators lined everywhere and amazing energy similar to Boston … MORE

This was my second marathon. The race was well organized with regular communications, security, and after party. Hydration stations every mile! Spectators lined everywhere and amazing energy similar to Boston I PRed at this race and did almost 30 mins faster than Boston.

My only recommendation for prospective entrants is be prepared for the humidity/mid 70s weather. As I did the Half Marathon the prior year, which takes place 2 weeks before the full marathon, I was prepared and anticipated it. Several of my friends were not prepared for this: some didn’t do well and another had to pull off at mile 23 for dehydration.

For those who don’t want to deal with crowds on race day, I’d recommend looking into signing up for a Virtual Training with Chicago Endurance Sports (CES) for $150. In addition to regular emails/checkins, they provide you with free entry to the Race Day Resort, which is right across from the start line (open from 5am – 430pm) at 430 S Michigan Ave. They provide gear check, complimentary massages & medal engraving, food, $5 compression boots appts, etc. Made for a stress-free race day!

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Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon

Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon

This was by far one of my favorite half marathons! Fast and flat, right along the ocean! Great after party! Well organized with email communications regarding packet pickup/parking and race … MORE

This was by far one of my favorite half marathons! Fast and flat, right along the ocean! Great after party! Well organized with email communications regarding packet pickup/parking and race day start/finish line.

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Great North Run

Great North Run

Besides the London Marathon this is the biggest race in the UK with almost 60,000 people. After hearing from multiple sources what an awesome race it was my boyfriend and … MORE

Besides the London Marathon this is the biggest race in the UK with almost 60,000 people. After hearing from multiple sources what an awesome race it was my boyfriend and I decided to travel for it. They make a whole weekend out of it in Newcastle. Overall it was a good race with amazing crowds/energy and i had a PR at 2:35. Swag and after party were also good.

Suggestions for improvement:
-Field size: Too many entrants for too narrow of a course. Also too many walkers not following edict and blocking runners from great past.
-Packet Pickup: If you are coming Internationally for this race, there was next to no communication as to how you are supposed to pick up your bibs/goodies. We spent 30-45 mins being told by 4 different Great Run people they didn’t know or directed us to the wrong place. Race Organizers please provide better communication regarding this.

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Rock Hall Half Marathon & Relay

Rock Hall Half Marathon & Relay

Great race! Well organized, staffed along course, and fun venue. The course was fairly flat, which was great as I was I just coming back from a running injury. Nicely … MORE

Great race! Well organized, staffed along course, and fun venue. The course was fairly flat, which was great as I was I just coming back from a running injury.

Nicely located near downtown and along water for a few miles. Cool swag and thought including admission to Rock Hall of Fame was a nice touch. Though we used Uber/Lyft there was plenty of decently priced lots for parking.

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Brooklyn Half Marathon

Brooklyn Half Marathon

I'm not a huge fan of NYC because of crowds so I was thinking this race wouldn't be good initially. However I was pleasantly surprised. Nice course, well organized, and … MORE

I’m not a huge fan of NYC because of crowds so I was thinking this race wouldn’t be good initially. However I was pleasantly surprised. Nice course, well organized, and easily accessible. At the time I PRed for a half at 2:39…since then I’ve gotten it down to 2:35. Fun post party at Coney along beach! I don’t have any recommendations…NYRR keep doing what you are doing.

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Twin Lobster Half Marathon

Twin Lobster Half Marathon

I grew up spending my summers in Rockport and Gloucester. My first half marathon was Twin Lights in 2016, which I enjoyed. So I decided to give Twin Lobster a … MORE

I grew up spending my summers in Rockport and Gloucester. My first half marathon was Twin Lights in 2016, which I enjoyed. So I decided to give Twin Lobster a shot. While the course scenery itself was beautiful along the water, it was inadequately staffed. There was no medical staff nor police patrol in busy areas. A few runners (myself included) were need in need of assistance due to injury…no medical personnel were to be found on course. During the last two miles, no police patrol/volunteers were on course. I finished in under 3 hours so that was extremely strange. When I finally crossed the finish line, it took the race personnel nearly 10 minutes to find medical!

I emailed the race director voicing my concerns and received no reply. I’d avoid this race .

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B.A.A. Half Marathon (Race #3 of the B.A.A. Distance Medley)

B.A.A. Half Marathon (Race #3 of the B.A.A. Distance Medley)

I ran this in 2016 as part of the BAA Distance Medley. In terms of the course, this was by far my least favorite. The course is boring and doesn't … MORE

I ran this in 2016 as part of the BAA Distance Medley. In terms of the course, this was by far my least favorite. The course is boring and doesn’t showcase the best of Boston neighborhoods (being a Boston native I can attest to this). While weather is unpredictable, I ran this is in the pouring rain and being hilly it wasn’t the best experience. Swag and post race were good as always.

My recommendation: Change up the course a bit.

Swag and post race were good as always.

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