This Runner's Trials

Rock & Read 5k giveaway

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I have a fun giveaway for my fellow Charlotte-area friends this morning: who wants to run the Rock n Read 5k?


The Rock n Read 5k run/walk, 1-mile fun run, and kids’ dash will be held in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte on Saturday, September 6. This 5k is unique because it offers live music along every mile of the course – hence the “rock” part of the name! At the finish line, there’s also more live music plus plenty of food and adult beverages.

The race benefits the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. The goal is to raise $25,000 for the library’s books and materials budget. I absolutely love the cause because I take my kids to the library’s (free!) programs all of the time.

I’m going to run the 5k and Wyatt is going to do the kids’ dash – I’m so excited! I actually ran this race back in 2011 when I was pregnant with him so it’s nice to come full circle.


If you want to register for the Rock n Read 5k, you can do so here. The organizers of the race are also giving away a free entry to one of you. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me why you’d love to run the race! The giveaway will be open until 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, August 21, 2014. I’ll announce the winner next Friday. Good luck!

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Belmar Chase 5k race recap

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This past Saturday, I ran the Belmar Chase 5k!

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As I mentioned on Monday, I didn’t run this race all out. I kept thinking this race was on Sunday when it was really on Saturday. I ran 12 miles on Friday, and I usually never run the day before a race. I also ran a route that’s historically aggravated my IT band, so I was not feeling my best on Saturday morning.


This is yesterday – check out what I did to my IT band when I was foam rolling on Friday. #pro

There was no way I could PR, and I was pretty tired so I didn’t even think I could run the 3.1 miles as fast as my speed workout a few days earlier.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized this could be a good thing. My big goal right now is NYCM. I’m trying to stick to the training plan as closely as possible because I’ve never run a marathon well. My recent challenge has been to try to run my easy runs at an “easy” pace – so I didn’t really think it was a great idea to run a 5k all out on fatigued, tight legs when I already completed my speedwork for the week.

I met up with Ashley – and her mom and sweet baby Jennie! – before the race and we decided to run together.

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It was so much fun chatting with her! It was also a welcome distraction. A certain baby girl did not want to nurse right before the race so I was in a bit of pain. Plus, I’m not used to running at 8:30 a.m. Even though it was a cool morning, I forgot how hard it is to run in direct sunlight. It was hot and I didn’t wear a hat!

Still, the 3.1 miles flew by and I loved running along the beach. I miss NJ so much and made a mental note to do more races around here the next time I’m visiting.

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Cutest spectators ever – they were both wearing cupcake shirts!

Our finish time was 26:45, which I was really pleased with. The Belmar Chase was a flat, fast course and a well-organized race. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a 5k PR!

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Race wish list

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I have a problem. I want to race again. Like right now. The issue is that I’m not in shape – and I really only like racing when I can be competitive (with myself). Racing is fun and I know I could just race “for fun”, but racing is also expensive. I have a handful of races I’m considering doing before NYCM. I guess only time will tell if I toe these start lines or not!

1) July 4th Spectacular 4-miler – July 4.


I’ve run this race the past two years pushing Wyatt (recaps here and here), and we won the stroller division both times. I wanted this to be our tradition and push him every year until he got too big. But he’ll have zero shot of keeping his winning streak alive if I push him. Plus, I’m really out of stroller running shape! So, do I push him and be miserable just to keep the tradition alive? Do I let Jeff push him so he has a shot of winning? I could run alone in that case, or try to keep up with them. My parents will be in town so they could watch Hadley, so the rest of us could race. It’s a new course this year, which makes me really want to do the race since the old course had a killer hill.

2) Turkey Swamp Race Day – August 17.


This is my favorite trail race, and it just happens that I’ll be home in NJ for it this year. It’s a 2.5mi looped, flat course and the event is so laid back – the perfect “no pressure” race. I ran the 10-miler in 2009 and the 20-miler in 2010. This year, I’d likely do the half marathon distance because it would fit in nicely with marathon training.

3) Carowinds Half Marathon – October 5.


I really wanted to do a (road) half marathon before NYCM – preferably in September – but there aren’t any nearby. This half is in the beginning of October, so not too close to the marathon. It’s in a theme park and it’s a two-looped course with a lot of turns, which I’m not thrilled about. But it’s a local race and a flat course, which makes me happy enough to overshadow the negatives!

Decisions, decisions! If anyone knows of any fun Charlotte- area races between now and November, send them my way!

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