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@TheWittyKnit

Louisville, KY Raving since 2019 Active 1 year, 6 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Monumental Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Marine Corps Marathon

  • I run because:

    Running is my outlet to deal with stress and keep some of the nastier elements of anxiety and depression at bay. Runner’s High is a hell of an anti-depressant.

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 9, 2019 4:32:23
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Oct 19, 2019 2:03:36
10K Louisville, KY Sep 21, 2019 58:15
5K Louisville, KY Sep 7, 2019 27:18

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Past Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 9, 2019 4:32:23
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Oct 19, 2019 2:03:36
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Oct 5, 2019 2:15:26
Marathon Columbus, IN Sep 28, 2019 4:41:23
10K Louisville, KY Sep 21, 2019 58:15
5K Louisville, KY Sep 7, 2019 27:18
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 3, 2018 4:36:49
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Oct 20, 2018 2:05:02
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 15, 2018 4:57:10

My Raves

2019 is the first year the Monumental Marathon was sold out across all distances. However, thanks to the amazing group of volunteers and race officials, the races and expo all … MORE

2019 is the first year the Monumental Marathon was sold out across all distances. However, thanks to the amazing group of volunteers and race officials, the races and expo all ran very smoothly! All race communications were timely and clear, the response times were fast for any questions—a very well-executed race, despite the sell-out race size! And the Indianapolis spectators were incredibly encouraging and enthusiastic, more so than I’ve experienced in any other marathon.

The course itself is a beautiful tour around Indianapolis in the fall, and the spots along the White River and through the Woodstock Club grounds were beautiful! The course was nearly pancake-flat, which is always a bonus for tired legs. The medals, shirts, and hats were nice, and of good quality. The post-race band was fun, and I enjoyed hanging out in the Beer Gardens to listen with a Sun King beer in hand! This is my go-to marathon, and they put on another great race in 2019…already looking forward to next year!

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This is my fourth time running in the Urban Bourbon, and this year was just as enjoyable as years past! Pre-race communication was timely and packet pick-up was easy. The … MORE

This is my fourth time running in the Urban Bourbon, and this year was just as enjoyable as years past! Pre-race communication was timely and packet pick-up was easy. The Race Expo was fairly barren, but the race organizers say this is done purposely to focus on the bourbon experience. Still, it would be nice to see a few more local running stores or running-related charities at the expo.

Getting into the race corral was very difficult this year, for some reason–I ended up at the very back of the pack after being unable to get into the corral any other way than through the gates at the very back. That was somewhat frustrating and probably added some minutes to my overall time. The course itself was much the same as years past, taking runners around the city to enjoy some of the fall foliage, period architecture, and the rolling hills through Cherokee Park. There ARE several hilly sections on the course, but they are largely manageable if you’ve run any hills during of your training.

Plenty of food and hydration was available after the race, and the volunteers were very helpful! The medal was pretty standard this year, very similar to the medal two years ago, but still nice. The after-party in 4th Street Live was a blast—loved the bourbon, loved the burgoo, loved the Louisville Crashers! All in all, this is a great local race, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

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This was my first time running this race, but it was a beautiful course! Although it's all on paved paths, you get the feeling of trail running for some portions … MORE

This was my first time running this race, but it was a beautiful course! Although it’s all on paved paths, you get the feeling of trail running for some portions of it. There are some hills to add some variety and keep the course fun and challenging, but nothing too crazy.

The post-race cookout was an awesome touch, and the swag for this race was ON POINT. The leaf medal was the reason I signed up for this race, and it did not disappoint. The quarter-zip long sleeve technical shirt was also awesome, and I look forward to wearing it for some of my fall runs! I would highly recommend this race for anyone looking for a pretty course to hit up next Fall!

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If you're looking to set your pace on a flat course, this is your race. The course itself isn't the most scenic, but it is nice to be able to … MORE

If you’re looking to set your pace on a flat course, this is your race. The course itself isn’t the most scenic, but it is nice to be able to run through a cute little town, and the view running over the bridge is great! The race is very well-run and well-organized, with thoughtful communication and good course identification. It’s carefully thought-out and executed, with nice swag and the chance to compete for an additional medal if you’re a top 100 finisher.

The time of year makes this race a little dicey for me. This year, the heat was just a killer. There are several parts of the course that are running on blacktop or cement with zero shade, so some miles towards the middle of the race are more challenging than others. To combat the scorching heat, race organizers and local families set up a TON of water and aid stations, which were life savers. I will say, the food available at the finish line was minimal and the food/beverages and at the after party had limited options available.

All in all, I probably won’t do this race again solely due to the likelihood for high temperatures on race day. But the race itself was great!

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This was my first time running the Norton Sports Health 10k, and I did it as part of the Fall Runathon. The park itself was pretty, with nice views and … MORE

This was my first time running the Norton Sports Health 10k, and I did it as part of the Fall Runathon. The park itself was pretty, with nice views and varied terrain (mostly flat, but with several mild to moderate hills). It started later in the morning than I would have expected, which is not great during such a hot time of the year. The race shirts were bland, and the medals were pretty basic as well.

It wasn’t a bad race, but it wasn’t anything special. I would do it again if I signed up for another Fall Runathon, but wouldn’t sign up for this race on its own merits.

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This race was a quick 5k along River Road, starting at the scenic Louisville Water Tower. The parking was easy, and the race itself was pretty well-organized, the course was … MORE

This race was a quick 5k along River Road, starting at the scenic Louisville Water Tower. The parking was easy, and the race itself was pretty well-organized, the course was well marked, and packet pick-up was a breeze.

It’s a great, flat race that is mostly shaded (which is great, since the race is at a hot time of year). There were bagels and bananas at the end of the race, along with Lousville Pure Tap water. I don’t know if I would sign up for this as a stand-alone event, but it was a great first race in the Louisville Fall Runathon series!

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I would like to personally thank Indianapolis for its flatness. Truly, it is a gift to all runners. The course was FLAT, and there were lots of opportunities to take … MORE

I would like to personally thank Indianapolis for its flatness. Truly, it is a gift to all runners. The course was FLAT, and there were lots of opportunities to take in scenic views. The trees had exploded into riotous fall colors, and it was beautiful to run through some of the scenic neighborhoods amidst the reds and yellows and oranges of the season.

The race is well-organized, and they are very informative with their pre-race information. The race festival for packet pick-up has a ton of vendors, and there’s something for everyone. The race had great volunteers with lots of water stops (endurance gels and bananas were offered towards the higher mile markers, as well).

I would recommend this race to anyone whose training gets them ready for any of the Fall full or half-marathons. There is good swag (I wear my Monumental beanie hat for all of my cold-weather runs,) and ample food available afterwards. I’m already signed up to run this year’s full!

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This was the race that got me into running! I did it for the first time in 2016, and have done it and loved it every year, and am signed … MORE

This was the race that got me into running! I did it for the first time in 2016, and have done it and loved it every year, and am signed up for this year. This is a well-run race that is at the peak of the Fall season, allowing runners to enjoy some of the beauty that Louisville has to offer. There are a few hills, but being able to see the colorful autumn leaves in Cherokee Park makes it worthwhile!

The packet pick-up usually has a good selection of booths and vendors, with ample parking opportunities. And the after-party for this race? AWESOME. You can choose which bourbon vendors to patronize, and enjoy a bowl of burgoo (a regional favorite) with a beer or bourbon in hand. The Louisville Crashers put on a great show, and they do a phenomenal job interfacing with the crowd! The race organizers do a great job encorporating the theme throughout, and I especially love the awesome medals!

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This was the first marathon I ever did, and the race organizers did a good job with communication and organization of the event--packet pick-up was easy, with ample parking, and … MORE

This was the first marathon I ever did, and the race organizers did a good job with communication and organization of the event–packet pick-up was easy, with ample parking, and tons of booths and vendors. Race morning was a little chaotic, as getting onto a US Air Force base and parking comes with some unique challenges (it was quite a hike from the parking area to the starting line, especially on aching legs at the end of a marathon).

The course itself was mostly flat, which was great. However, this race started a little later than I would have expected, and the course got very hot very quickly. There were many stretches of the course without any shade cover, which became brutal towards mile markers 16-20. I have NEVER seen so many people doubled over on the sidelines, or stopping at the medical tents. Mid-September is too early for a course with minimal shade cover in a race that doesn’t start until 8 AM (when most runners are used to starting their long runs far earlier to beat the heat).

The race had a TON of local support and cheering galleries, which helped keep me moving. I probably won’t do this race again due to the hot conditions at that time of the year, but if you’re a faster runner, you might be able to finish before the heat of the day gets too bad.

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