*RECAP* Inaugural Santa Hustle New England Half

SANTA … I know him!!!

Yes I gave the Santa Hustle Race Series a second try.

When did I first run into it (slow cap) you may ask? In December 2011 in Chicago, I did the Santa Hustle 5k.

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It was not my favorite race at the time.

BUT, when I heard about the inaugural Santa Hustle New England race my hopes for a different sort of race were lifted higher.


Because they would be offering a 5k AND half marathon option. Woo! I figured the half marathon would be more spacious than the 5k and possibly offer more candy! :P

So when offered a complimentary race entry by the organizers, I jumped at the chance and signed me and the BFF up right away.


(Note: while I did receive complimentary entry – all thought and opinions are my own … ain’t nobody got time for lyin’!)

The race was taking place in South Portland, which I hadn’t explored as much in the past so I was exited to run through it with my BFF.

We knocked out packet pick-up on Saturday and grabbed our santa hat, santa beard and dri-fit hoodie. The race organizers wanted the participants to wear all of it for the race, but I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable in that garb for 13.1 miles. I opted to break out my Santa Hustle shirt from 2011 so I could sort of blend in. ;)


If I had done the 5k I would’ve been fine dressing up, but 30 minutes in it vs. 2 hours is huge. Am I right? My friend opted to wear the hoodie.

I requested a men’s medium sweatshirt when registering for the race, but when I opened my bag I had a women’s medium. Ummm… nope! Definitely not fitting. It was like a fat guy in a little coat type incident. Not fun. So I tucked it away and planned on attempting to exchange on race morning.

When the alarm BLARED off at 5am, the chill in the air was fierce. Oh right it was late November in Maine. Yeah it was freakin’ cold. Yay! Womp.

We bundled up in the car at 6am and headed out to the Start Area. I will give the race credit for using The Maine Mall parking lot as their Start/Finish area as it gave PLENTY of parking spaces for the participants and spectators. We were one parking row away from the festivities. Woo!

I was able to exchange my sweatshirt for a Women’s Large and we headed back to the car to try and keep warm til the 7am start time.

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Just after 6:30, we begrudgingly got out of the car and into the cold to start our race prep. :P The race had a ton of port-o-potties so the line wasn’t too bad.

Plus we had this cute reindeer to chat with…


With 10 minutes to go, we shivered our way over to the Start Corral.

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I thought the race directors had done the pace markers just for me…


… oh I am not meant to be up here at the front? My bad. Let me shuffle on back to my proper corral.

As the half marathoners were shivering in the Start Corral, the announcer kept pushing the start back. It was it’s original 7am then 7:04 then 2 more minutes. C’mon dude. We were cold.

We then learned that they wanted to catch the start on live tv for the local ABC affiliate so the start would be 7:15am. C’mon? The 5kers were supposed to start 15 min after us so they could’ve been the live shot.

But we waited and I am sure the 6 people awake at 7:15am on a Sunday watching the news loved the shot. <<note sarcasm>>

I crossed the Start line, started the Garmin and promptly couldn’t feel my feet while running. Awesome. The BFF and I were debating how long it would take to start feeling our appendages. I KNEW we would start out too fast for what we were aiming for because we were just trying to warm up… and I was right.

Our goal was to have fun, eat candy, enjoy one of our last races together and finish in sub-2.

Mile 1: 8:14

During Mile 2 on Running Hill Road, we passed a Weight Watchers center. Yes I had to snap a pic.

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Taking the pic also helped distract me from my desperate need to hit the port-o-pottie.

Mile 2: 8:14

Mile 2 marker offered a water stop AND a port-o-pottie. YAY! Now he run could continue. Phew.

Just after exiting the port-o-pottie we headed up our first hill. But at the top we were rewarded with our first candy stop!

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I started jogging and trying to eat the mini m&ms, but knew that would be disastrous. So we opted to walk and snack.

We were in an office park (Sable Oaks Drive) I would say, which featured two separate out and back loops. At some point there must’ve been a lack of guidance because people were running towards us on both sides of the road. There weren’t any cones in the middle to indicate as you came up the hill you should stay to the left so instead people were coming up the hill and moving to their right. Does that make sense?

Mile 3: 9:39

I figured out the error when my Garmin buzzed for the Mile 3 marker and we were across the road from it. Thankfully the folks behind us had started to see the error of the earlier participants and they corrected the course themselves. So we really took m&ms from the Mile 3 station rather than the Mile 2 station. They were across the road from each other so easy to see the mix-up.

As we headed out of the tiny office lot, we did one more quick hilly out and back before retracing our steps to get back to Running Hill Road.

Mile 4: 8:27

Once back on Running Hill Road, we spotted Buddy The Elf

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and asked for a quick selfie.

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After shouting “I hope you find your dad,” the BFF and I continued on the journey.

Mile 5: 8:21

We ran back over the Maine Turnpike, the local cops helped usher us across Maine Mall Road so we could continue the race in the shoulder of the road on the right hand side. Luckily the shoulder of the road is an emergency lane so it was pretty wide and we weren’t in the middle of traffic.

Mile 6: 8:13

We got so excited to see a banner thinking it was a candy stop… nope just water! Womp womp!

I made a point of stopping at every water stop to keep myself hydrated. You know how easy it is to forget to do that when it is cold out!!

Just after the 10k mark, we crossed over to run alongside the Portland Airport. In case you are wondering, not scenic. You can see I am lacking in the scenery pics from this race because it wasn’t very pretty, but rather industrial.

As we made our way down the nice and flat Airport Plaza Road, the lead runner came running towards us. I wasn’t sure which side of the emergency lane to run on since there weren’t any cones. It seemed again the participants were making their own game time decisions on which side to use. Luckily the street wasn’t too busy at the time we were running so I wasn’t so worried about being hit.

Mile 7: 8:34

With another water stop that we thought was candy, we took a right on to Westbrook St and were finally in a little neighborhood. There weren’t any spectators out unfortunately and no music along the course so it was pretty quiet.

A volunteer tried to stop a woman from driving through the course, but she blatantly ignored him and zipped right in front of us. Thanks for listening jerk! Harumph.

I read the race would be having Christmas music along the course, but I didn’t hear any… until we started approaching the Mile 8 marker.

Mile 8: 8:44


YES! The prize for tackling yet another hill (Brickhill Ave) would be COOKIES!!


We took this as a chance to walk and eat – again no need to choke on a cookie during a race. ;) I haven’t typed that ever in a race recap.

We finished the trip around the Cul de Sac and headed back down Brickwell Ave.


Mile 9: 8:56

Since this was the third out and back of the race, we once again retraced our steps to head back along the airport.

We emerged back at the main intersection and headed left on Western Ave.

Mile 10: 8:34

The temps were rising and the sun was blaring. At this point in the race, I really wanted to steal someone’s sunglasses and toss off my Under Armour. But I battled through. I know I know I am a warrior. ;)

There was a barely noticeable incline all along Western Ave. If in a car I wouldn’t notice it, but of course running I did. This may be where I got a little whiny.

I was ready to be done and I was disappointed in the lack of Christmas music and candy on the course. I thought there would be more of both.

As we made our way down Western, we were once again in the emergency lane of the street. Not very scenic, but thankfully there were orange cones to our left so drivers knew what was going on.

Most of the racers did the 5k so the half course was pretty spread out in terms of participants.

We took a quick right on to Gorham Road before hitting the Mile 11 marker and heading back into the shopping area.

Mile 11: 8:15

You know how many malls have surrounding businesses? That was the road we were on. Oh hey it’s Home Depot. How exciting! Not. I didn’t get a “I’m running in Maine” vibe at all from the course. I did learn about all the factories and box stores South Portland has to offer.

It was like we saw the light as we rounded a bend and saw the Candy sign.


Did you spot my shadow?


But I thought it would be candy canes… nope! More mini m&ms. Boo!


Now don’t get me wrong I love a good m&m, but was hoping for some variety in the candy selection.

It was just after this point that we spotted our first photog of the morning and of course we entertained him with some leaps and jumps. ;)


As we approached the Mile 12 marker, we re-enetered the Maine Mall parking lot.

Mile 12: 8:50

We were so close yet so far away. My stomach was starting to reject the candy and cookie along the course and began acting up. I thought I was going to have to just sit in the fetal position and not finish the race. My BFF said we could walk and I said hell no. We needed to run faster so it could be over. I was in pain, but I wasn’t about to stop.

We made our way around the outside of the mall and were finally approaching the Finish.

I do want to thank the 5k participants who waited around to cheer on the half marathoners.

Mile 13: 8:22

We opted for the jump across the Finish line as our photo opt… and it was perfect!

Official Time: 1:52:28

Woo! We hit our goals of eating candy, having fun, and sub-2. Mission accomplished.


Fun medal – check!

I decided to trade in the sweatshirt one final time to go from a Women’s Medium to Women’s Large to Women’s X-Large. Finally it felt comfortable.

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Since I couldn’t get the live reindeer to do a selfie with me … I went for the next best thing.



When there is an after party, we will be there. So the BFF and I dropped our stuff in the car and headed to Jimmy The Greeks. We went inside and were told there was no free post-race beer. Sad face. I thought when someone invited you to an after-party there would be at least one free beer… but no!

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So there were some angry santas, but of course we were suckers and bought one any way.


The BFF’s family and my wife joined us so we could do some post-race photo ops and raid the snacks!

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Overall, the we gave the race a B-. I know I don’t normally rate them with a grade, but the BFF and I had some time to discuss it post-race before our crew got there.

I thought for $60/65 registration for the half it was a great deal. I rarely get a sweatshirt for race swag… and I have been living in it since the race. The volunteers were amazing. Plus there were actual reindeers at the party.

I wish the race had more on-course entertainment, additional candy stops (even though my stomach my disagree) and prettier scenery. South Portland I learned had little to offer in terms of beauty.

Now this was an inaugural race so I know it is a learning experience so I give then the benefit of the doubt that they would improve it if they opt to return next year.


Have you done a Santle Hustle race before?


2014 Road Races

Here is how the 2014 race schedule is shaping up so far:

January 1 – 1st Run 5k – 23:43 (7:39 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 9 – Disney Family Fun Run 5k – 32:05 (10:21 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 10 – Walt Disney World 10k – 1:05:40 (10:35 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 11 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon – 2:22:31 (10:53 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 12 – Walt Disney World Marathon – 4:45:57 (10:55 min/mile pace) – RECAP


February 2 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon – 1:55:43 (8:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

February 14 – Stop Stroke Shuffle 5k *Virtual* – 26:18 (8:29 min/mile pace)


March 1 – Black Cat 20-Miler – 2:57:59 (8:54 min/mile pace) – RECAP

March 16 – Craicfest 5k – 24:17 (7:49 min/mile pace) – RECAP


April 19 – BAA 5k – 25:08 (8:06 min/mile pace) – RECAP

April 21 – 118th Boston Marathon – 5:31:18 (12:39 min/mile pace) – RECAP

April 26 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon – 4:42:12 (10:46 min/mile pace) – RECAP


May 11 – M.O.M.’s Run 5k – 24:14 (7:48 min/mile pace) – RECAP

May 13 – Strides Against Stroke 5k *Virtual* – 26:16 (8:28 min/mile pace)

May 18 – 18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle 5k – 24:39 (7:57 min/mile pace) – RECAP

May 25 – Boston’s Run To Remember Half Marathon – 1:50:58 (8:28 min/mile pace) – RECAP

May 29 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #1 – 23:29 (7:34 min/mile pace) – RECAP


June 1 – Freedom Run 5k – 23:55 (7:43 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 7 – Runner’s World 5k – 28:28 (9:11 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 7 – Runner’s World 10k – 58:49 (9:29 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 8 – Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon – 2:08:52 (9:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 21 – Rock and Run Boston (Obstacle 5k) – 45:32 (14:38 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 22 – BAA 10k – 51:37 (8:19 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 30 – Summer Sizzler *Virtual* 5k – 25:21 (8:10 min/mile pace)


July 3 – Finish At The 50 (10k for me) – 53:01 (8:32 min/mile pace) – RECAP

July 13 – Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon – 1:57:44 (8:59 min/mile pace) – RECAP

July 17 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #3 – 24:19 (7:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

July 20 – Iron GirlWebster Sprint Triathlon – 1:26:54 – RECAP

July 30 – F.A.S.T. (Fighting Against Stroke Together) *Virtual* 5k -27:44 (8:57 min/mile pace)


August 14 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #4 – 24:57 (8:03 min/mile pace) – RECAP

August 17 – Falmouth Road Race (7 miles) -1:00:49 (8:41 min/mile pace) – RECAP

August 24 – Race To The Row 5k – 23:46 (7:39 min/mile pace) – RECAP


September 4 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #5 – 22:39 (7:18 min/mile) – RECAP

September 7 – Pumpkinman Half Ironman – 6:06:03 – RECAP

September 13 – Big Bad Wolf 5 Mile Trail Race – 41:41 (8:21 min/mile pace) – RECAP

September 14 – Buzzards Bay Sprint Triathlon – 1:27:01.3 – RECAP

September 17 – The Dani Ryan Holmes-Kirk 3rd Annual 30th Birthday 5k Run-Walk Ramble *VIRTUAL* – 26:03 (8:24 min/mile pace)

September 27 – ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon (Cape Cod) – 1:54:17 (8:43 min/mile pace) – RECAP


October 5 – Oktoberfest 5k – 24:16 (7:49 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 12 – BAA Half Marathon – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 18 – Runner’s World 5k – 30:29 (9:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 18- Runner’s World 10k – 1:01:11 (9:52 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 19 – Runner’s World Half Marathon – 2:10:35 (9:58 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 25 – *Virtual* Pug Run 5k – 25:29 (8:13 min/mile pace)


November 9 – Boston River Run 5k – 24:12 (7:47 min/mile pace) – RECAP

November 15 – Spartan Sprint Fenway Park – 58:54 – RECAP

November 16 – South Shore Half Marathon – 1:54:00 (8:42 min/mile pace) – RECAP

November 23 – Santa Hustle New England Half Marathon – 1:52:28 (8:36 min/mile pace) – RECAP

November 27 – Gobble Gobble Gobble 4-Miler – Starts at 9:00 a.m. ET

November 29 – The Ugly Sweater Run (5k) – Starts at NOON ET


December 6 – Jingle Bell Half Marathon – Starts at 9:00 a.m. ET

December 14 – Yulefest 5k – Starts at 9:30 a.m. ET




2015 Road Races

With 2014 still in full swing, I can’t believe I am already looking at my 2015 race schedule. Here’s what I have thus far:

January 1 – 1st Run 5k – Starts at 11:00 a.m. ET

Run Disney Rebel Challenge

January 16 – Star Wars 5k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. PT

January 17 – Star Wars 10k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. PT

January 18 – Star Wars Half Marathon – Starts at 5:30 a.m. PT

January 25 – 20th Annual Boston Prep 16 Miler – Starts at 10:00 a.m. ET


Run Disney Glass Slipper Challenge

February 20 – Princess 5k – Starts at 6:15 a.m. ET

February 21 – Enchanted 10k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET

February 22 – Princess Half Marathon – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET


April 20 – 119th Boston Marathon – Starts at TBD


May 8-9 – Ragnar Relay Cape Cod


September 26 – ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon (Cape Cod) – Starts at 7:30 a.m. ET


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TWOsday: Charity Edition

It’s TWOsday! You all see what I did there? Gosh I am so witty. I should probably trademark this before EVERYONE starts using it. I mean now I see where the folks came up with Three Things Thursday and Five Things Friday. But mine is just to another level. Am I right?

Anywho, let’s get back to TWOsday! I wanted to share a couple of donation opportunities with you all.


My friend Barry is taking part in the 2015 New England Classic 150 and 550 Tour De Cure bike ride. How awesome is that? I couldn’t imagine riding that many days for that many miles. More power to ya Barry! He is fundraising to Stop Diabetes!

To help his fundraising efforts, he is raffling off a Garmin product, which he is purchasing himself.


Options are:
1. Garmin Edge Touring GPS Cycling Computer, with GPS and Maps
2. Garmin Forerunner 310XT Multi Sport GPS Training Device
3. Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS enabled running watch

Here’s how to enter:
For every $10 Donated, you get ONE chance to win
For every $20 Donated, you get THREE chances to win
For every $30 Donated you get FIVE chances to win
For every $40 Donated you get SEVEN chances to win
For every $50 Donated you get TEN chances to win!

Seems like a pretty SWEET deal to me. Head on over to his website to enter today!!


Woo! Boston Marathon training with Tedy’s Team begins on December 13! I cannot believe I have the honor to run my third-straight Boston to help #FightStroke! :)

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I’m ecstatic to be $1,642 away from my first fundraising goal! ;) 

If you would like to help me reach my goal AND virtually share a mile with me on that day, a $20 donation to Tedy’s Team would make any mile you want yours!! Sound like a fun plan?

Let’s Do It!

Click here to donate today

Leave a blog comment letting me know which mile you would like to sponsor

Miles Available

7- Gregg Bard
13- Samantha Avnet
18- Sarah McDowell
20- Dan Foley
26.2 For ME :)


So if you are feeling in a giving mood today and want to help Stop Diabetes or Fight Stroke, we really appreciate it! :)


A Quick 24-Hour Trip To Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is quickly becoming a fun destination for a quick getaway with the wife. Yes It doesn’t hurt that my BFF and her family live there as well. Oh hey free place to crash! ;)

We headed up to Portland on Saturday, November 22 for a quick 24-hour trip to see the BFF and her family.

And maybe to run the Santa Hustle New England Half as well. :P There was a 5k option as well, but the BFF and I were going for the Half since it offered a Finisher’s Medal as well. Yay Bling.

We hit the road at 10am with a brief stop at Dunkin’ for plenty of road trip fuel. It was around lunch time when we arrived so we tried a new place for a sandwich – The Local Press.


It was an adorable place in Portland with just three tables and some barstools inside. The wife found it thanks to Yelp. She thoroughly enjoyed her Orchard Turkey panini, while I found my turkey club sub par. The two sandwiches, two chips and soda came to $20.94, which I thought was a little on the pricey side. It was fun to try a new local place, but not sure I would be returning back.

Once sandwiches were secured, it was time to invade the BFF’s house. We had to see our little Scrunch (Jo) before she took her afternoon nap. Her nap gave us a great chance to catch up, have a beer and enjoy some House Hunters. I love competing with friends to pick the winning house on House Hunters. Anyone else? ;)

After the little lady woke up, it was time to head to the Maine Mall for Santa Hustle bib pick-up.

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The packet pick-up was just outside of Bon Ton, which we learned is a department store similar to Macy’s or JC Penney’s. Yeah we had no idea either. Learn something new every day.


The swag for the race was pretty sweet: Santa hat, Santa beard and tech sweatshirt.

Since packet pick-up was a breeze (zero lines when we got there), we had time to check out the mall.

There was a sweet train set on display right behind packet pick-up.

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How cool is that? You could actually press the buttons to turn on the trains and the little saw mill seen in the bottom right corner of the second picture. It was cute, especially the four older gentlemen fixing and overseeing the trains.

After saying hi to Thomas the Tank Engine, Jo was ready to visit the carousel.

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I love that Sarah and Jo each went right for the tea cup. My stomach just started turning thinking about it. Yes I am the one that gets sick on the tea cups in Disney. Cool kid!

With the mall stared to be overrun with high schoolers, it was time to run home and be safe. We were making a delicious dinner and had the movie, How To Train A Dragon, on the docket.


Jo was super jealous of our Santa hat and beard that she took them as her own.

With a 5am wake-up call for the race, we called it an early night. Yes 9:30pm on a Saturday with your BFF is now a normal thing to do at age 32 and racing. :) Wild and crazy night I tell ya.



We had a great time at the race and I will be sure to share all the details in the upcoming race recap.


There was no free post-race beer (boo!) so we bought one to celebrate before heading out for some Dunkin’!

After a stop at the BFF’s house to collect our belongings, we headed out to get one more fun activity in: the playground! Woo! Their dog Wyatt decided he wanted to ride in our car and I took the opportunity to get a selfie.


Yes our dogs gave us the cold shoulder when we got home. ;)

Now the playground is NOT just for kids. The wife and I made sure to enjoy ourselves…



… before we attend the stand-up teeter totter, which did NOT end well. It is not the smartest piece of equipment to try when you have very different weights on there. Live and learn. :P

While we didn’t really want to leave, it was time for Jo’s nap and we needed to get back for the wife’s hockey game. After some hugs good-bye, we figured out that we had juuuust enough time to stop in Ogunquit for lunch at our favorite spot – Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza! Woo!

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This is a must stop every time we are in Ogunquit. The pizza and craft beer are all top notch. You are welcome in advance of your next visit there.

Since I hadn’t done enough activity so far that day (insert sarcasm), we opted for a quick stroll down to the ocean. But first a stop at an adorable little shop – Spoiled Rotten. The wife found some cute things for her mom for Christmas, while I got distracted by the faux snow.


It was even cold. How do they do it?

But no trip is complete without actually seeing the water … well according to my wife that is the rule!

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How gorgeous? We really lucked out with a beautiful New England day.


Ugh having to return to the real world wasn’t really what we wanted to do, but I guess that is what being an adult is all about. So we headed back to the car and took the long (not really long just feels long – that’s what she said – when you are coming home from fun) car ride home.


What is your favorite 24-hour destination?


Less Than 100 Spots Left In Cambridge 5k’s Yulefest 5k 12/14!

My FAVORITE Cambridge 5k race of the 4-race schedule is definitely Yulefest!


Long before Christmas, there was a quirky winter festival named “Yule” that people really loved.

Yulefest 5k takes place in Harvard Square at 9:30am on Sunday, December 14.

The race starts & finishes in front of Harvard Yard and is immediately followed by an epic block party on JFK Street. Have I mentioned the course is pretty flat???

Your $40 registration includes a great C5K winter hat and free food & beer at the post-race party (featuring MC Ren Select spinning old school hip hop & holiday classics).


Did you see that folks? A winter hat, food AND free beer!

And I am NOT talking ’bout Michelob Ultra! I am talking the fine local brews from NOTCH, Night Shift Brewing, Downeast Cider and of course my personal favorite Slumbrew! In case you are wondering, NOTCH is my second favorite.

There are less than 100 spots remaining in the sweet race and party so NOW is the time to register. Make sure when you do you join the outstandingly awesomely awesome Slumbrew Happy Soles! All paces welcome!!

We are currently the second-largest team in the race and by far the funnest. Yes making that a word no matter what.


Wouldn’t you like a gaggle of folks screaming for you as you came barreling down the Finishing chute?


Do you REALLY want to be left out of the coolest event of the year? I. Don’t. Think. So!


American Fresh Assembly, Slumbrew & A 5k Fun Run/Walk

Have I told you lately how much I love Slumbrew?


Well if I haven’t then let me do that now. What’s not to like about a local Somerville brewery putting out delicious beer and rockin’ a sweet running team – the Slumbrew Happy Soles – who welcome folks of all paces?


Nothing is not to like. Does that make sense? Did I use the right negative and not a double negative? Eh… moving on!

If you haven’t heard, the lovely brains – Caitlin and Jeff – behind Slumbrew have opened up a hot spot at Somerville’s Assembly Row.

American Fresh

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American Fresh can be found on the corner lot of Assembly Row across from FUJI and Off Saks 5th Avenue Off 5th.

I headed over there on Opening Night – Wednesday, November 19 – to celebrate a running milestone (hitting 900 miles for the year – pictured above).

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American Fresh is actually constructed out of old cargo containers. Cool right? Well since it is frigid in the Boston area in the winter, the whole area is covered by a large heated tent so we can enjoy good local beer into the winter months. Woo!

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In addition to serving amazing beer…


… American Fresh also offers a great menu featuring some great local finds.

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Like Fluff!!


But wait there’s more! ;)

You can also support other local artists and companies by shopping local like Q’s Nuts, TAZA Chocolate and more.

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Wicked cool space, right?

After joining some delicious mac and cheese


Photo via Facebook

or charcuterie


Photo via my friend Kim

you may want to load up on some Slumbrew swag!! They got your back!

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But parents may be wondering what they can do with the kiddos while enjoying a brew… enter the legos!


Photo via Facebook

It’s like a playground for all ages. :)

So when are you planning on stopping by American Fresh? When you do make sure to tip the staff, they’re pretty awesome!

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Keep an eye out for Slumbrew’s brewery to open – Boynton Yards – even more Slumbrew fun to be had in Somerville!

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Looking for a fun 5k run or walk to take part in during Thanksgiving weekend? Join the Happy Soles and I at 11am on Sunday November 30th at Assembly Fresh!

Check out the Facebook Event!


We’ll have bag check, water, snacks and beer for purchase! :)


What is your favorite Slumbrew brew?

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Weight Off My Shoulders In The News…

I’m wicked honored whenever anyone wants to chat with me about my weight loss, fitness or running journeys. Now I figured I should keep the pieces together in one place so I can truly cherish how lucky and blessed I am!!

September 21, 2011

Inspiration Of The Week – Just Weighing In And Moving On Blog

December 28, 2011

How I Lost It – TimeOut Chicago

April 3, 2012

Real Life Biggest Losers – FUDiet.com

May 14, 2012

BEE Active – Athlete Interview – Bee Well For Life

May 29, 2012

Biggest Loser Blog – “Losing It On Their Own” – phillyburbs.com

June 1, 2012 

Blogger Of The Month (June) – Sparkly Soul Headbands

September 12, 2012


September 17, 2012

Weight Loss Success Story – Half Size Me Podcast

October 3, 2012

CHANGE Spotlight  – TrulyJess.com

October 16, 2012

Twitter Can Help You Lose Weight – FOX 25 News

December 20, 2012

Fitfluential Ambassador Spotlight – Fitfluential.com

Fitbie.com - One of the web’s best weight loss stories of 2012

February 1, 2013

Featured Fit Friends – DivaOnADiet.com

February 14, 2013

Runner Spotlight – RunToTheFinish.com

March 21, 2013

Blog Post: A Boston Marathon Virgin – Runkeeper.com

March 29, 2013

Featured Blogger Friday – RunStretchRepeat.com

Dani Holmes-Kirk; How She Got Her Start – Fit-Journey.com

April 9, 2013

Marathon Profile: Dani Holmes-Kirk Runs For Stroke Awareness – SomervillePatch.com

April 15-22, 2013 – Boston Marathon Posts

Boston – MrsFatAss.com

Boston Marathon 4-15-13 – BusinessOfLosingWeight.com

Finish Line Heartbreak (For Boston) – FoodFoodBodyBody.com

Red Sox can help Boston cope – FOXSports.com

Phone Interview – Chicago Tribune Live

May 27, 2013

Featured Sneakers #28 – SneakersAndFingerPaints.com

May 29, 2013

I Lost Weight – HuffingtonPost.com

November 6, 2013

Dani’s Story: Running Helped Me Lose Over 80 Pounds – RunInspired.com

November 20, 2013

{Runners Who Rock} Dani – ThisCrazyLifeOfMine.com

December 16, 2013

I Wanna See You Be Brave – TheValentineRD.com

January 2, 2014

Blogger of the Month (January) – Sparkly Soul Headbands

January 8, 2014

1,150 Miles In 2013 – Runkeeper.com

January 23, 2014

Faces of Assembly Row (Video 5) – Youtube.com

February 22, 2014

Dani Holmes-Kirk Story – DietsInReview.com

March 31,  2014

Why I Run: Dani Lost 64lbs – UniversalSports.com

April 9, 2014

Why I Run: Meet Dani – UniversalSports.com

Meet Team X-1: Dani Holmes-Kirk – X-1.com

April 17, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight…Dani Holmes-Kirk – LittleFancyNancy.blogspot.com

April 25, 2014

Feature Fridays: Dani Holmes-Kirk – OnFireFitnessPT.com

May 27, 2014

Running Toward Her Goals – WeightWatchers.com

June 26, 2014

Guest Post – Running for Fun vs. Time… Can it be both? – CMDot.Blogspot.com

August 3, 2014

[GUEST POST] Top Threeve Things I’ve Learned From My Weight Loss Journey – TheFFKid.com (Fotographing Fat Kid)

August 10, 2014

Runner Spotlights #98 – RoadRunnerGirl.com

September 26, 2014

Health Nut Hero: Dani – HealthNutInTraining.com

October 10, 2014

Blogger Spotlight: Dani “Weight Off My Shoulders” Holmes-Kirk – 300poundsandrunning.com

November 13, 2014
Weight Loss Success Story – Dealing with your “Before” when you hit your “After.” – Comeback Momma

November 24, 2014

Motivational Mondays: Dani of Weight Off My Shoulders – CMCDOT.Blogspot.com


Half Marathon & Marathon Results

Half Marathons x 25

February 26, 2006 – Hyannis Half Marathon – 2:20:18 (10:43 min/mile pace)

August 14, 2011 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago – 2:12:15 (10:06 min/mile pace)

January 28, 2012 – F^3 Lake Half – 2:05:40 (9:36 min/mile pace)

July 22, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago – 1:51:43 (8:32 min/mile pace)

August 19, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace)

October 7, 2012 – B.A.A. Half – 1:48:16 (8:16 min/mile pace)

January 12, 2013 – Walt Disney World Half – 1:48:09 (8:15 min/mile pace)

February 24, 2013 - *Virtual* Half At The Hamptons – 1:58:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

May 5, 2013 – The Half Of Quincy – 1:44:30 (7:59 min/mile pace)

May 26, 2013 – Boston’s Run To Remember – 1:53:00 (8:38 min/mile pace)

September 15, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia – 1:44:12 (7:57 min/mile pace) —> PR

September 28, 2103 – ZOOMA Cape Cod Half – 1:47:35 (8:13 min/mile pace)

September 29, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Rock Providence – 1:54:22 (8:44 min/mile pace)

October 27, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles – 1:53:19 (8:39 min/mile pace)

January 11, 2014 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon – 2:22:31 (10:53 min/mile pace)

February 2, 2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon – 1:55:43 (8:50 min/mile pace)

May 25, 2014 - Boston’s Run To Remember Half – 1:50:58 (8:28 min/mile pace)

June 8, 2014 – Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon – 2:08:52 (9:50 min/mile pace)

July 13, 2014 – Old Port Half Marathon – 1:57:44 (8:59 min/mile pace)

September 7, 2014 – Pumpkinman Half Ironman (Half Marathon Portion) – 1:59:22 (9:03 min/mile pace)

September 27, 2014 - ZOOMA Cape Cod Half – 1:54:17 (8:43 min/mile pace)

October 12, 2014 – Boston Athletic Association Half – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace)

October 19, 2014 – Runner’s World Half – 2:10:35 (9:58 min/mile pace)

November 16, 2014 – South Shore Half – 1:54:00 (8:42 min/mile pace)

November 23, 2014 – Santa Hustle New England Half – 1:52:28 (8:36 min/mile pace)


Marathons x 6

September 24, 2006 – Clarence De Mar Marathon – 5:59:27 (13:43 min/mile pace)

November 3, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon – 3:58:49 (9:07 min/mile pace) —> PR

April 15, 2013 – The 117th Boston Marathon – 4:04:08 (9:18 min/mile pace)

January 12, 2014 – Walt Disney World Marathon – 4:45:57 (10:55 min/mile pace)

April 21, 2014 – 118th Boston Marathon – 5:31:18 (12:39 min/mile pace)

April 26, 2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon – 4:42:12 (10:46 min/mile pace)


Dani Dishes: 2015 Boston Marathon Goal

I’m wicked excited to run my 3rd Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association. Shalane Flanagan encourages people to vocalize their goals so here I am sharing what I hope to accomplish. :)

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