Race preview: Mud and Chocolate Virtual Half Marathon [11/8/14 - 11/15/14]

Running, mud and chocolate–it’s one of those crazy combinations that just makes sense, right? That’s what the 5th Annual Mud & Chocolate races are all about–there’s even a chocolate aid station on the course, a chocolate medal, and CHOCOMANIA at the finish. The 4.5 mile and half marathon course options are on scenic forest trails with some hills. It definitely sounds like a good time. Unfortunately, the actual races on November 8th and 9th are sold out, but you can still do the Mud & Chocolate half marathon virtual run!

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New Name, Same Run: Girlfriends Run for a Cure Recap

Girlfriends Run for a Cause 2014

The Girlfriends Half Marathon is an annual tradition for me. Throughout the years different girlfriends have joined in, but one constant has remained: this event is outstanding. Sherri McMillan and her crew at Northwest Personal Trainers do an exceptional job setting the standard for a fun, competitive and memorable event, which is why I keep making the trip across the bridge to run this.  While the name changed this year from the Girlfriends Half Marathon (which it will always be called that in my head) to the Girlfriends Run for a Cure, the rest of this run remains the same. Continue reading

From the Heart: Joleen Skarberg

Joleen and her grandson, Brock Schoene. He raised $500 as a Pink Brigade Runner this year.

‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger’ ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I’ve loved the Girlfriends Half Marathon for years and am embarrassed to say I had no idea who was the woman behind this run. I’m not talking Sherri McMillan, although, she’s who makes this run happen. Joleen Skarberg wears bib #1 at the Girlfriends Run for a Cure (new name this year) because she’s the reason this run started in the first place. Joleen started training with Sherri McMillan 15 years ago, before Sherri opened up her own personal training studio in Vancouver, Washington. For years, Sherri, Joleen and some girlfriends would travel to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, until it became crazy popular and increasingly difficult to get into. Continue reading

Race Recap – Terrapin’s Run Like Hell 10k (Portland)

When I woke up bright and early on Sunday morning, it was dark, cold, and I heard the rain pounding against the window. Signing up for Terrapin’s Run Like Hell had seemed like a good idea back in August when it was warm and dry… So I got myself ready, waited for my carpool pickup, and we headed downtown to join the party.  Continue reading

Race Recap: Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon (Lebanon, Oregon)

2014 Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon goodie bag. This baby full packed full of samples, coupons, and just plain awesome swag.

2014 Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon goodie bag. This baby was packed full of samples, coupons, and just plain awesome swag. Gosh, I sure have missed goodie bags from races! Photo Credit: Bryan Mumme

I was so excited when, just days before the race, I found out I was able to participate in the 2014 Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon on Saturday, October 18. I absolutely loved this race! Having participated in the 2012 and 2013 events as well, I had my expectations set super-high for this event, as the previous two years the race has been simply a fantastic experience.

The weather could not have been better on race day; sun, sun, sun and mild temperatures. In 2012 when I first participated in this race, it was raining like no tomorrow. It was very nice to have two years in a row where the weather was on the side of the racers!

When I arrived at Cheadle Lake, where the start and finish line for the race was located, lots of friendly volunteers were there to get all of our vehicles parked. Parking was in a well groomed field and there was a very short walk to get to the packet pick-up area. The lines were moving very quickly, and it took only moments to receive my bib, timing chip, long-sleeved technical event shirt, and goodie bag. Yes, I said goodie bag! Continue reading

Race Recap and Results: Run Like Hell 2014

  On  Sunday, October 26th, I eagerly jumped out of bed and applied costume makeup as part of my “race gear” for Terrapin Event’s Run Like Hell half marathon.  The theme was “Under The Sea” and with the ominous, large octopus (or is it a kraken?) on the medal, I decided to dress as something a little ominous and possibly a little malevolent.  After weeks of putting together (and test running) my costume, I was ready to go!  I decided to dress as a ghost/victim from the Titanic for the theme.    Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Why Chad Stafko is a Genius

run_oregon_logoThere is a new blog post circling through Facebook that lays into runners about stickers on cars – and generally why we are all the worst. We aren’t going to link to that post, but wanted to bring back a few entries from last November, where there was a similar post by Chad Stafko at the Wall Street Journal called “OK, You’re a Runner. Get Over It.” We feel this post is once again viable for the newest incarnation of runner bashing. Enjoy.

In the wake of a certain Bizarre Angry Rant in the Wall Street Journal two weeks ago, the internet has been flooded with responses from runners that feel a need to justify their existence to a livid little man who lives in a tiny village in Illinois. In the midst of all this noise, everyone has forgotten the obvious. As Chad Stafko himself pointed out, millions of Americans are racing these days. The majority of us enjoy running or walking, or know someone who does and are competent to understand that another’s happiness doesn’t take away from one’s own joy. Stafko might as well have come out in favor of flag burning or against apple pie– and really, who’s against apple pie? It’s disingenuous.  Continue reading