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@silvia.runs.meows

Champaign, IL Raving since 2017 Marathon Maniacs #13227, Half Fanatics #15452 active 6 days, 9 hours ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 29, 2018 4:23:01
15K St. Louis , MO Dec 11, 2016 1:16:54

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
15K St. Louis , MO Dec 9, 2018

Past Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
15K Utica, NY Jul 8, 2018 1:26:00
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 29, 2018 4:23:01
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 30, 2017 4:37:56
15K St. Louis , MO Dec 11, 2016 1:16:54

My Raves

Boilermaker Road Race

Boilermaker Road Race

I hope you make this a bucket list race if not a repeat race. The course is challenging, and the weather often makes it more challenging because it is often … MORE

I hope you make this a bucket list race if not a repeat race. The course is challenging, and the weather often makes it more challenging because it is often hot, but there are popsicles, 20 water stations for 15k, and beer from spectators in some spots on the course. The energy on the course is comparable to that of big marathons (with a little bit of a down time at mile 4 to 5 on the biggest hill, but there are still spectators at the top) and you will be excited at the finish to have unlimited beer. Hydrate well and do some 4-5% incline hill runs to prepare for mile 4 and 7 of this course. I’ve run 1:23 in 2016 when it was cool and misty and I’m excited to come back every year and try to beat it. My current PR is 1:16 (on a hilly course in december) and nothing would make me happier than matching it on the renowned Boilermaker course! Plan to be dropped off at the start for easiest race day because parking is not easy and you’d have to go before 5 am to park.

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4
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5

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Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon

This course is amazing even as a repeat runner. I got a different experience this year with cool air, thick clouds and slight drizzle but it was still such an … MORE

This course is amazing even as a repeat runner. I got a different experience this year with cool air, thick clouds and slight drizzle but it was still such an awesome experience. Last year’s review states how well everything was organized, well this year it was even better because Portola Hotel finished their renovations and the expo experience went smooth as butter. The hills are no joke but as a second timer I prepared even better than first time and I set a 15 min course PR (from 4:38 to 4:23) while still stopping for (according to watch) 3 min to take pictures or video in various iconic parts of the course. I hope I am healthy to come back for a sub 4:20 next year. Volunteers, the entertainment on course, the views and the hills make this course the most rewarding marathon I’ve ever ran.

DIFFICULTY
5
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5
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5
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5

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Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon

The course is tough but oh my so beautiful! I live in the Midwest so about 2 months out I started doing aggressive treadmill inclines of about 10-13 miles to … MORE

The course is tough but oh my so beautiful! I live in the Midwest so about 2 months out I started doing aggressive treadmill inclines of about 10-13 miles to get my quads ready for race day and it turns out it was enough to keep me alive! Made it to the finish without any muscle cramps or feeling like I was going to fall over.

The race organization was very smooth. The expo was a bit too crowded because of renovations at the Portola hotel but let’s hope next year it has more space.

The bus pickup in the morning was smooth as I stayed close to Carmel plaza. Everyone was super excited on the bus.

We got off a couple of minutes walk away from big sur station which was crowded with enough port’a’potties for a small army. There were bananas, bagels, coffee, hot water but after all the runners got there, the line was kind of long so I didn’t wait for that.(FYI line up early for food).

I wish the corrals were staged a bit differently. This is another FYI. You don’t have to go up when your corral gets called. Honestly I wish I used the bathroom a little later because I had to stop to pee like 1 mile in, due to lining up a bit too early because of what the announcer was asking … so take your time to pee at 6:15 for the 6:45 start if your bladder feels full just from thinking about not peeing like clockwork.

The race was a blast, honestly I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was my first without headphones and I LOVED IT. There were so many unique experiences along the way, drum players, piano man and so many people cheering, the volunteers (some of them) were hilarious “free Gatorade !!” I didn’t miss my headphones one bit.
I ran calmly first half since I knew hurricane point was coming up but it still took my legs out. Fortunately I took a lot of pictures along the way and didn’t feel very tired. After mile 22 ish weather started feeling a bit warm (we weren’t directly in the mild ocean breeze anymore), but the finish made it all worthy. Plenty of stuff at the finish though I didn’t have time to stay for the long massage line or long beer line.

I really enjoyed that everyone on the course was taking in the experience and there was no pushing and shoving in the first miles like in other marathons I’ve done (Chicago, Illinois, Naperville etc)

Getting in and out of the finish area was also really streamlined thanks to volunteers.

HIGHLY recommend if you can go!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
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Hot Chocolate 15/5k – St. Louis

Hot Chocolate 15/5k – St. Louis

I love this race to close out my fall racing season and I am usually in the best shape which really reflected in my2016 race. I never thought I could … MORE

I love this race to close out my fall racing season and I am usually in the best shape which really reflected in my2016 race. I never thought I could break 1:20 much less do so well on the downtown winding course (that includes quite a few steady inclines and a big hill at mile 8). The course has changed since then (it was in Forest park in Dec. 2017) but the new course is also pretty and moderately hilly. This St. Louis 15 k always makes for a good workout! The finish line treats are delicious and I can almost guarantee perfect running weather for you in December! Organization for the St. Louis Hot Choco has been on point all 4 years I’ve run it. Highly recommend!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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