*RECAP* Gone For A Run Sole Sister *Virtual* 7-Miler

*RECAP* Gone For A Run Sole Sister *Virtual* 7-Miler

Wouldn't you like to end every training run with bling? Okay well that might just be me, but seriously I wish I could. I have been known to come home from a run and put on bling from a past race just to make myself feel that extra sense of accomplishment. ;)

Enter virtual races. I love using a virtual race to jazz up an otherwise hum drum training run.

So I used yesterday's 7-miler (which I wasn't really looking forward to) to complete the Gone For A Run Sole Sister 7-miler

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Just The Weekend I Needed...

Just The Weekend I Needed...

Everybody's working for the weekend! 

When I woke up Friday I was in a bad mental place. I opted to take a No-Weigh In for my weekly weigh-in and shifted my focus to recharging over the weekend.

For the first time in awhile we weren't traveling or racing so it was the perfect chance to dial back the "go go go" pace we've been on this summer and just be. 

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*RECAP* VERT Sasquatch Trail Run - The Race That I Almost Missed

*RECAP* VERT Sasquatch Trail Run - The Race That I Almost Missed

Welcome to the race recap that almost didn't happen.

On Sunday morning I woke up nice and early to sneak in 2 relaxing miles before the 4th Annual VERT Sasquatch Trail Run (2.35 miles).

After a cool run and a light breakfast, I began driving to pick up my friend and Slumbrew Happy Soles teammate Heather for the race.

That's when it happened.

My car died.

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Five Small-Owned Businesses I Love Supporting

Five Small-Owned Businesses I Love Supporting

I woke up this morning feeling really appreciative of all the people and companies I've met since starting this little slice of the internet. 

So I thought I would kick this week off by sharing five small-owned businesses that I love supporting because they have great customer service and amazing products!

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Freedom Run 5k Recap: PR City Baby

Freedom Run 5k Recap: PR City Baby

Ahhhh I gave away the whole story in the headline of this post, but I just can't contain my excitement!!!! So yes yes yes - I did get a PR at the Cambridge 5k Freedom Run 5k on Sunday, June 7.

But you HAVE to continue reading to find out how it happened... :)

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Running Free... Boston's Run To Remember Half 2015 Recap

Running Free... Boston's Run To Remember Half 2015 Recap

You ever have that dream before the night before a race or the week of where you leave a vital piece of race equipment at home? 

Like your sneakers... your sports bra... or maybe even your Garmin!

Oh yeah yeah me neither. <<insert awkward face>>

Well to be honest I don't have the dream about leaving my Garmin at home as much as doing it in real life.

Yeah it happened again. Womp womp!


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Weekend Wrap-Up: Friends, #LogOffRace Virtual 10k Recap & Getting Sick

Wait you mean I had a weekend without a marathon to prep for or run? No long run to be had. Whatever will I do with myself? I'll do all the things and none of the things at the same time.

Does that even make sense to anyone? It made perfect sense in my head.

Let's see what the weekend held for me:

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Three Awesome Local Somerville Road Races - Check 'Em Out!

It's no secret that I love racing. I have the pleasure of traveling all over the country to take part in some of the coolest races in the country. But sometimes the best races are the local ones put on in your own backyard.

Well let me rephrase - some of the best races are in MY backyard!

Let's see what Somerville is offering this summer... shall we?


M.O.M.s Run 5k - May 10 (9:45 - walkers; 10:00 - runners)



The wife and I have done this race each year since we moved back to Somerville, which means 2015 will be our 4th year. Yes I am doing the Ragnar Relay Cape Cod that weekend, but traveling back in time for the race because I cannot miss it!

In the past 13 years, M.O.M.’s Run has raised over $106,000 benefiting the Claudia Adams Barr Program. A full 100% of the funds raised by M.O.M.'s Run benefits the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, widely recognized as one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind.



This morning is a family affair as they offer a Kids 0.1 Mile Run at 9:30 (nine years and under, $5), a 5k walk at 9:45 ($25, 30 after May 1) and a 5k run at 10:00 ($25, 30 after May 1).

Now in addition to an awesome race and atmosphere - complete with carnations given out to moms at the Finish Line - there is the post-race party!



The entire Davis Square restaurant scene gets involved in addition to Harpoon Brewery. Hello free food and beer. Count me in.

This is a must-do race on Mother's Day (5/10). Register here to join the wife and I for a good time.

^^Tank top to first 300 registrants!


Mystic River Herring Run (5k) and Paddle - May 17 (9:00 am)

This race is legit AT THE END OF MY STREET on May 17th in Somerville, MA. I am less than 1/4 of a mile away. Thank YOU race gods! Thank YOU! The 19th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle is happening Sunday, May 18 at 9am.

The annual Herring Run and Paddle includes a 5K run/walk race, three paddling races (3, 9, and 12 miles), educational booths, children’s activities, and more. All events are held at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville. The 5K course continues along the Mystic River bike path and through DCR Torbert MacDonald Park. There are no street crossings on this flat course.   

You read that right. In addition to the 5k run, there are 3 paddle races (kayak or canoe) a person can take part in. You can run the 5k on its own, do any of the 3 paddle races on their own OR do the 5k and one of the paddle races as a combo. If you don’t have a canoe or kayak, you can rent on. I will only be running the 5k that morning ($25 registration fee).

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As you can see all proceeds benefit the Mystic River Watershed Association.


If you want to join me for this 5k (you can register here) then join me for the Slumbrew Fun Run 5k at American Fresh that same morning at 11am!


Race To The Row 5k - August 23 (9:30 am)

Amazing Race is coming back to Somerville.

Wait wait! That sounds misleading.

THE Amazing Race the show is not coming back to Somerville, but AN Amazing Race is.

The Somerville Road Runners are putting on the 3rd Annual Race To The Row 5k on August 23rd at 9:30am!



The race is a run or walk and is open to runners and families of all ages and abilities.

Additionally, there will be a Children’s Fun Run (age 9 and under) before the race with all kids getting a medal! Can I pretend to be an 8-year old? ;) I love a medal.

I will say the Fun Run was adorable to watch pre-race last year.

But more about the 5k:

The Race to the Row will run through the Assembly Square District and along the Mystic River! All proceeds will benefit the East Somerville Main Streets program (funding East Somerville business visibility and bolstering the community at large) as well as Somerville TrackPAC (provides college scholarships for Somerville High School students).



After coming through the finish, runners will be guided back to the post-race party. Your post-race meal will be provided by Ernesto's Pizza. Quench your thirst with beer from Harpoon Brewery (21+ only). Other beverages will be provided as well. And dessert comes from another local favorite and one of our big sponsors, JP Licks, who is providing six different flavors of ice cream to choose from. Meanwhile enjoy the live music from The IT Band.

The first 300 registrants are guaranteed to receive a race t-shirt, and all paid registrants will get free food, drinks and dessert afterward! But all racers, volunteers and members of the cheering crowds can participate in the post-race festivities.

Want in on the fun? Register here ($25).


So who will be signing up for this sweet Somerville hat trick of races? ;)