Happy Global Running Day

Happy #GlobalRunningDay! Here I am after my first marathon! (#RnRNashville) One of my proudest running accomplishments and something I never thought would happen.

Running teaches me more about myself with every mile. I’ve been running for more than 10 years and I can say it’s honestly changed my life. #runhappy 💕

2019 Run Rock N Roll Nashville medals

Popping in today with a fun post about this year’s RnR Nashville medals!

If you’ve been reading for a while you now last year I ran this race as my first marathon and LOVED it. While the course was hilly and I think they could have extended the time allowed on the course, it was such a fun race. I’m bummed I’m not going back this year, but I did want to share the fun medals they have for the race’s 20th anniversary!

These medals shine brighter than Broadway at night. Get ready to rock your race and then show off some MAJOR bling around the streets of Nashville. With LED lights, glitter and colors that pop you will be lighting up the night on April 27-28.

Discount codes for RNR Vegas!

There is still time to register for RnR Vegas! While I don’t have the money or the vacation days to travel across the country, this race is definitely a bucket list item for me!

If you have the chance to run Vegas I would highly encourage it. The Rock N Blog even has a discount code for the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k to help you out a little.

Neon lights, light-up mile markers, fireworks, glowing signage, a volcano…this race has it all!

As the only domestic nighttime race in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, this event truly sparkles. Signage will light the way as you navigate the Start and Finish lines. You’ll flash across the Start Line while fireworks set you off on your tour of Las Vegas. Everyone will experience the electricity of Las Vegas as the course runs along the Strip and through Freemont Street. Brand-new mile markers will be literally “lit” from within for this nighttime race so you know how many miles you have left to shine. And finally, your energy will ignite as you cross the Finish Line at the Mirage volcano.

Join us in November so you can see just how LIT it gets on the #StripAtNight.

A runner’s guide to Seattle

In preparation for RnR Seattle and in collaboration with Brooks the team Bib Rave and Rock N Blog created the Infinite Energy Seattle City Guide! The guide was created to give folks participating in RnR Seattle (on June 10) ideas of places to check out and things to do!Blog_Opener_1280x1000.jpg

The guide will help you make sure you #runallthemiles, #eatallthefood, and more. From the best Seattle treats to post-race brunch, all of the recommendations come from runners with your race weekend in mind.
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Also. Don’t these Top Pot Doughnuts look AMAZING?!

Seattle is one of my top places to visit on my travel bucket list. I hope everyone running RnR Seattle enjoys the weekend, the views and the race! Hopefully one day I can join you!
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Wishing I was going to RnR San Diego next weekend…

For those of you running RnR San Diego next weekend … I AM SO JEALOUS. What a great opportunity to meet and run with some of the best in our sport!

For those who haven’t registered, there is still time! Registration closes Sunday night.

Friday
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth
2 p.m. – Featured athletes, race officials and government representatives will take part in a public press conference inside the Expo
3 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Meb Keflezighi at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth

Saturday
7 a.m. – Synchrony Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by Brooks with appearances by both athletes
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Brooks Merchandise Area

Sunday – RACE DAY
6:15 a.m. – Meb Kelflezighi will start with the 1:30 half marathoners
6:15 a.m. – Des Linden will start with the 2:00 half marathoners

Officially a marathoner — RnR Nashville race recap

I received a free entry into this race since I am a member of Rock N Blog. All opinions are my own.

First thing first, I AM OFFICIALLY A MARATHONER.

Okay, okay. Now to recap RnR Nashville race day. Ryan (my wonderful husband and cheerleader throughout this whole process) and I stayed at the Renaissance in downtown Nashville. We were just a few blocks away from the VIP setup and from the starting line.

After grabbing some fruit (I brought my normal breakfast bar from home) and using the restrooms, I started to get restless so we made our way toward the corrals. I was in corral 13 and had some time to kill before things really got going.

Once we sang the National Anthem, the St. Jude rockstars got to take off first and then each corral about every five minutes. Before I knew it, I was off and running! The crowd support was amazing throughout the entire race. I know I probably started off faster than I should have, but I was so excited to be racing AND for my first marathon.

I also got to see Ryan at the start! He got a video of me running and I love it so much!

Honestly, I tried to “be calm” (my mantra) and enjoy the race. I knew this might be the only marathon I ever run (more on that later) and I wanted to remember it all and enjoy every step.

BUT HOLY HILLS. I knew the hills in this race would be killer, but I didn’t really realize it until I was in the thick of the race. My quads were killing me about 1/4 of the way into the race and I knew I was going to have to earn the title of marathoner. I started walking up some of the hills and made lots of friends along the way who were doing the same thing.

Oh yeah. This also happened at around mile 9.

The wall at mile 20 is a very real thing. I was in so much pain and was ready for the race to be over. I tried not to wish it away since I had worked so hard to get there, but my feet were in pain, I was chafing and I could my shoulders getting burnt.

But like I said, the crowd support was amazing. That’s what helped keep me going. The cheers, high-fives, puppy power, popsicles and orange slices were so appreciated. People were even giving out shots of beer and jello shots. It was awesome.

The best feeling was when I got to mile 26. I KNEW I could finish. There was a bit of a downhill and then you make a turn into Nissan Stadium. Once I saw the finish line I almost started to cry.

I did it! I was about to become a marathoner!

I definitely didn’t run the tangets and ran a couple miles over the 26.2. But I stopped my watch at 26.2 and I’m so happy with the results!

Three days later and I’m still in shock that I ran a marathon.

This was 16 weeks of blood, (I fell off the treadmill once) sweat and tears. Training for a marathon is physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting. There were so many moments of doubt during this process.

My biggest takeaway from this experience is WE CAN DO HARD THINGS.

So thanks for the memories, Nashville. This was a day I won’t soon forget.