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@MeditationsinMotion

Lititz, PA Raving since 2018 Boston Marathon finisher active 1 week, 5 days ago

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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 28, 2018 5:42:13
Half Marathon Purcellville, VA Jun 2, 2018 2:10:10
17.75K Triangle, VA Mar 23, 2019 1:51:39
10K Harrisburg, PA Jun 15, 2019 55:39
5 Miler Downingtown, PA Jun 13, 2019 51:31
5K Lititz, PA Jun 22, 2019 26:20

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Past Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5K Lititz, PA Jun 22, 2019 26:20
10K Harrisburg, PA Jun 15, 2019 55:39
5 Miler Downingtown, PA Jun 13, 2019 51:31
5K Lititz, PA May 11, 2019 26:21
17.75K Triangle, VA Mar 23, 2019 1:51:39
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 28, 2018 5:42:13
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Aug 19, 2018
Half Marathon Elkton, MD Jun 16, 2018 2:46:32
Half Marathon Purcellville, VA Jun 2, 2018 2:10:10

My Raves

Wheels and Wings 5K

Wheels and Wings 5K

My hubby and I traveled three miles to our small local airport last Saturday to run the Wheels and Wings 5K road race. The morning was cool for late June … MORE

My hubby and I traveled three miles to our small local airport last Saturday to run the Wheels and Wings 5K road race. The morning was cool for late June and I donned a long-sleeved T-shirt over my race gear before visiting the registration table.

Roads were open to traffic in this race, which I typically do not like, but it was not too much of an issue on these lightly traveled roads. We ran up a slight incline as we continued on Airport Road, but overall, the race course was fairly flat.

After turning off Airport Road, we ran a short distance, then entered a neighborhood where we ran a loop around a big block.

We exited the neighborhood and retraced our steps, heading back toward the airport. At mile two, right on cue, I saw Bill off my left shoulder. After running the first two-thirds of the race ahead of him, he was surging and I was fading. I stopped for a few short walk breaks.

I entered the terminal drive and headed for the finish line feeling tired, but good. Bill finished in 25:53 and I crossed the line in 26:20.

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Central PA 10K

Central PA 10K

My hubby Bill and I traveled to Harrisburg, PA on Saturday morning to run the Central PA 10K. The one-mile fun run associated with the 10K race was named “The … MORE

My hubby Bill and I traveled to Harrisburg, PA on Saturday morning to run the Central PA 10K. The one-mile fun run associated with the 10K race was named “The MIlkshake Mile” because all participants in both races received a world-famous (OK, maybe just state-wide famous) Farm Show milkshake after the race.

The course begins on the campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. It quickly transitions to a flat bike path, which is part of the Capital Area Greenway. After running on the bike path for about 1.5 miles, runners circle Wildwood Lake on some rolling trails, some paved and some cinder for about 3 miles. You then return to the same bike path and return to HAAC campus and the finish line.

Waiting at the finish line is a good array of post-race food, including soft pretzels and milkshakes, a DJ, vendor stands giving out free samples of various products.

I loved the race and the post-race festivities. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth running.

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Friendship Community 5K Run for Capabilities

Friendship Community 5K Run for Capabilities

This race is held with a festival to help adults with developmental disabilities. Bring the whole family and spend the day. Lots of free activities for the kids! Race planning … MORE

This race is held with a festival to help adults with developmental disabilities. Bring the whole family and spend the day. Lots of free activities for the kids!

Race planning and execution were awesome, the course was run on a variety of surfaces, which I love, and the goody bag contained several awesome surprises!

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Marine Corps 17.75K

Marine Corps 17.75K

Hubby and I had to get up early the morning of the Marine Corps 17.75K race, before sunrise, before the hot breakfast was available at our hotel. The U.S. Marines … MORE

Hubby and I had to get up early the morning of the Marine Corps 17.75K race, before sunrise, before the hot breakfast was available at our hotel. The U.S. Marines are master event planners; when they tell you to be at a shuttle location before 6:00 a.m., you get to a shuttle location before 6:00 a.m.

3,300 runners registered to run this race. Registration opens on February 20 at noon for the March 23 race and sells out in a matter of hours. It may seem surprising that thousands of runners wait by their computers to sign up to race this unusual distance, run entirely in Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia, but (1.) the race is sponsored by the Marine Corps and (2.) finishing the race in under three hours gives you guaranteed access to register for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. (You can read about my registration saga here.) Typically, you must take your chances in a lottery in order to run this very popular marathon.

At exactly 7:00:00, as the sun was just peeking over the horizon, the starting horn sounded and we were off.

After running for a very short time on a highway, we quickly transitioned to a narrow dirt and gravel park road. The road, rutted and full of potholes that had filled up with rain from the previous day, gave the race almost a trail race-like feel for the first four miles, which I liked. The gravel road had some pretty good rolling hills, some of them steep, but none very long.

To read the full race report, please go here:
https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/marine-corps-17-75k-race-report/

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Trail Blazer Run

Trail Blazer Run

My hubby Bill and I traveled to Downingtown, PA last evening to participate in the Trail Blazer Run five-mile trail race. After picking up our goody bags and T-shirts, we … MORE

My hubby Bill and I traveled to Downingtown, PA last evening to participate in the Trail Blazer Run five-mile trail race.

After picking up our goody bags and T-shirts, we looked around the pavilion and grounds where registration was held. The place was hopping! There was a cover band playing some fine tunes, corn hole games set up to play, and the Vicory Brewing beer-mobile was getting set up for the post-race festivities.

At exactly 6:30 p.m. we lined up at the starting line and were off.

The race began on the grass, but we quickly transitioned to a paved park road. We were on the park road for only a quarter mile, all of it downhill, before we turned onto a dirt path through the nearby woods.

The trail, which had a few rocks and a few more roots, climbed up, up, up the hillside and Bill and I began taking walk breaks to catch our breath. Eventually, we reached the top, where it leveled off, followed by a very nice, gradual descent.

To read my full race report, please go here: https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/trail-blazer-run-race-report/

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Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon

After months of agonizing over the best course of action to take regarding whether to run the Marine Corps Marathon on an injured hip, race weekend was finally here. The … MORE

After months of agonizing over the best course of action to take regarding whether to run the Marine Corps Marathon on an injured hip, race weekend was finally here. The moment of truth. There was actually very little doubt about whether I would go. As my friends and family know, I can be a just a tad stubborn. Giving up on running the race without giving it my best shot is just not in my nature.

Sunday morning dawned overcast and cool. Perfect running weather. We made our way to our corral, took a quick selfie at the start line in our throw-away shirts and watched the skydivers do their heart-stopping plunge with the American flag that kicked off the official pre-race ceremonies. After the flyover by an MV-22 Osprey (a helicopter/airplane hybrid) and a very stirring rendition of the national anthem, the howitzer, signaling the start of the race, went off and we inched toward the start line.

I was people-watching more than scenery-watching at the beginning of the race, and there was plenty to see. I saw many husband-and-wife teams running together, which made me wish Bill was running with me. There was a fireman running in his boots and full gear, including an oxygen tank, and a group of men running together who made me do a double-take.

Three men were making their way through the course, one of them in a wheelchair. One man was pushing the wheelchair and one was running interference as they wove through the crowd of other runners. I realized at second glance that the man pushing the wheelchair had one leg and one prosthetic running blade.

To read my full report, please click here
https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/marine-corps-marathon-race-report/

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Tunnel Vision Marathon

Tunnel Vision Marathon

This is a race report that I don’t know exactly how to write. It is uncharted territory for me. Usually, the gist of my race reports is this: the race … MORE

This is a race report that I don’t know exactly how to write. It is uncharted territory for me. Usually, the gist of my race reports is this: the race was wonderful; I had a fabulous time; I would recommend this race to everyone. Well, this race was wonderful; I would recommend this race to everyone, but, I most definitely did not have a fabulous time.

First, this is a seriously fast course. It is without a doubt the easiest marathon course I have ever run. I just wasn’t having a good day.

The race, a point-to-point, started about an hour east of Seattle at Hyak in Snoqualmie Pass. My hubby Bill drove us to the race start, which meant we didn’t have to ride the shuttle bus, always a plus. It was chilly at the start, so we were glad to be able to sit in our car to wait. You can pick up your race bib the day of the marathon, a nice perk.

A unique feature of this race is the old railroad tunnel that you run through beginning half a mile into the race. Runners are instructed to wear headlamps or carry a flashlight. The tunnel is almost 2.5 miles long, and it is completely dark inside. I never felt claustrophobic, however. There are hundreds of runners, all wearing lights, going through the tunnel at the same time. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel almost a mile before you reach it, so that gives you a nice point of reference.

You can read my full race report here: https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/tunnel-vision-marathon-race-report/

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XTERRA Big Elk Marathon & Half

XTERRA Big Elk Marathon & Half

My hubby Bill and I got up super early on Saturday and drove to Elkton, MD (about an hour from our house) to run the XTERRA Big Elk Half Marathon. … MORE

My hubby Bill and I got up super early on Saturday and drove to Elkton, MD (about an hour from our house) to run the XTERRA Big Elk Half Marathon. This was part of a running festival that included full and half marathons, as well as a 5k, 10k, and kids’ race. The race is part of the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run series.

We pinned on our bibs, visited the indoor restrooms (nice!), and chatted with a friend while we waited for the race to start. The full and half marathons began at 7:00 a.m. The other races started after this to alleviate congestion. Good planning!

At 6:50, we lined up at the starting line marked on the ground with chalk and listened to the race director’s message, (basically, follow the signs). The race began promptly at 7:00, and we were off, down a gravel road to the trails.

My favorite kind of trail race is one run on a variety of surfaces, and this course definitely checked that box. While the vast majority of the course was wooded single track with plenty of rocks and roots, there were stretches of double track, gravel road, fields of high grass (tick check after the race!), and dirt single track through low cut fields for variety. There were mile markers at each mile, and the trails were extremely well marked.

Most aid stations, except for the final one, where I saw pretzels, had only water and Gatorade. The volunteers were helpful and enthusiastic, and the aid was adequate (approximately every two miles), but many trail races have more abundant food and drink at the aid stations.

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Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon

Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon

This race featured a rolling course on country roads through beautiful Virginia Wine Country. Some of the course was on paved roads and some was on gravel roads. I love … MORE

This race featured a rolling course on country roads through beautiful Virginia Wine Country. Some of the course was on paved roads and some was on gravel roads. I love the T-shirt and the medal can serve as a corkscrew. The post-race festival featured wine tasting from various local wineries and a very good blues band playing live music. My one suggestion for improvement is to set up changing tents so that racers have a place to change out of their race clothes to enjoy the festival.

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