What? Is it weird to run a 5k and a 1-miler the day after a marathon?Read More
It was the morning of my seventh triathlon and I was a ball of nerves and excitement! I was actually looking forward to tackling the Max Performance Title 9 Women Only Sprint Triathlon.
Not only would I be racing, but I would be there to support three of my Weight Watchers members, as well as, a fellow WW leader and friend. They would all be doing their first triathlon. YES!! I love being there to witness friends push their comfort zones and prove to themselves how strong they are. :)Read More
I HATE being underprepared/underplanned for anything in my life: work, races, vacations, etc.
So you can only imagine the level of fear and self-doubt that lay over my head this past week like the little rain cloud that used to cover over Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh.
What was causing this cloud of self-doubt? Lack of training for the Max Performance Triathlons Escape The Cape Sprint Tri.Read More
Recently I was asked: "What goes into your decision to choose a particular race to participate in?"
Well, I would say my Top Five criteria would be:
1) Bling ... race swag in general can be considered!
2) Location ... especially if I'm considering a destination race (aka racecation)!
3) Post-race celebration ... aka beer selection (from race itself or the city)!
4) Friends ... who can I potentially run with or hang out with at the run! Oh and who will let me crash on their couch to save $$$! ;)
5) Race Atmosphere ... including race organizers, entertainment during the race, etc!
So which race series fills each of my criteria?
I've been participating in RnR races since I rekindled the love of running after back surgery in 2011.
You're probably wondering which cities I've Rocked and Rolled through. Well I'm happy to share. ;) If you click on the year below, you will be taken directly to the recap for that race.
*Brooklyn (10k) - 2013 - a one time race
*Los Angeles (Half) - 2013
*Nashville (Full) - 2014
*New Orleans (Half) - 2014
*Philadelphia (Half) - 2013 - where I set my current Half PR (1:44:12)
*Savannah (Full) - 2012 - where I set my current Full PR (3:58:49)
Wow! I have really taken advantage of the RnR Series to see some of the best cities in the US.
So where will 2015 take me?
*San Diego - May 30-31 - for the 5k and the Full
*Philadelphia - October 31 - possibly. This is still a wild card. I would love to return to the city of my PR if $$ can work out!
*Brooklyn - October 10 - for the all-new half marathon!!!
*Savannah - November 7-8 - for the Full and the 5k. Excited to try and go for a new marathon PR! The city was absolutely a BLAST when we went in 2012 and I can't wait to go back.
If you are thinking about signing up for a Rock 'n' Roll race, be sure to use my discount code to help save some $$ for the post-race beer! ;)
And now the big question... which city will I see you in during the 2015 season?
2014 Total Mileage To Date: 1,111.1 January: 90.0
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) - RECAP
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) - RECAP
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) - RECAP
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) - RECAP
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) - RECAP
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 - Garmin Time: 42:24 & Mass Start Time: 43:09 - RECAP
November 29 - The Ugly Sweater Run (2.5 miles) - *NOT TIMED* - Garmin: 20:43 (8:16 min/mile pace) - RECAP
December 6 - Jingle Bell Half Marathon - 1:51:37.2 (8:32 min/mile pace) - RECAP
December 14 - Yulefest 5k - 23:08 (7:27 min/mile pace) - RECAP
On this week's #DaniDishes, I am banishing the immediate thought of laziness and replacing it with recovery!