Run Run Rudolph 5K

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Introducing the first annual Run Run Rudolph 5K to take place in Bartlett, TN on December 13, 2014. The race is being hosted by Rivercrest Elementary School and will be managed by Start 2 Finish Events. All proceeds from the event are being applied to upgrading the classrooms at Rivercrest with smart boards to create a higher level of interactive learning for the students!

Run Run Rudolph 2014 Race Logo

Run Run Rudolph 2014 Race Logo

This event will also have Dasher’s 400 Meter Dash for children under 9, along with a holiday costume contest, and age group awards with some holiday flair!

Registration is now open and only costs $20 for all events! If you cannot run that day, but would still like to participate, there is also a Christmas Spirit category that will still land you one of our awesome long-sleeved cotton race tees!

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Shoe Review

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Full disclosure, I was provided the opportunity to review the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 through FitFluential. This is a sponsored post with FitFluential for Mizuno, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Wave Rider 18

In early October, Mizuno sent me the newest version of their Wave Rider neutral running shoe, the Wave Rider 18. My first thought was that this was a very sharp-looking shoe. My wife agreed, and actually wanted me to use these shoes for my everyday sneaker rather than running. And since the look of a running shoe is not as important as the function of a running shoe, I opted to use these shoes for running to gauge their quality.

Wave Rider 18 in Box

Shoe Specifics

Color: White/Dress Blue/Vibrant Orange (Shown), also available in Black/Silver/Classic Green and Chinese Red/Silver/Black in the men’s category.

Weight: 9.2 oz.

Drop: 12 mm

Suggested MSRP: $119.99

Wave Rider 18 Laces

Mizuno advertises a balance between fit and performance with the Wave Rider 18, and I would agree with this notion. The shoe fits true to size, and feels very light on my feet. Even on my first run, the shoe felt good on my feet. I have not gone on a run longer than six miles in the shoe yet, but I anticipate this shoe being my choice for the St. Jude Half Marathon in December.

 Wave Rider 18 Back

The Wave Rider 18 has a high level of responsiveness, shock absorption, and provides a smooth ride. It is a light feeling shoe while still providing the needed support to log my miles. Mizuno is able to keep the lightweight feel while also providing a shoe that feels supportive and able to sustain the rigors of a runner’s weekly mileage. The shoe feels very durable on your foot, and seems to be constructed well. I cannot wait until I take these shoes out for a half marathon because I feel that I will be able to see some benefits on those last couple of grueling miles.

Wave Rider 18 Top

Verdict: I would buy these shoes for my running needs in the future. Honestly, I am purchasing a second pair of these shoes, in this exact color, to wear on a normal basis. The comfort is outstanding, and I find the design to be very sharp. Having a quality pair of shoes is always a good thing, and I feel that these shoes fit that description. This is a great shoe for those neutral runners like myself out there that get frustrated with the limited options that we have when it comes to quality running shoes.

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MRTC 10 Miler #2 Recap

This is the timing chip for this year's event.
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Sunday was the second 10 miler in the MRTC Road Race Series an it was not my best running effort. I was going on two hours of sleep due to the Ole Miss and Tennessee game and the nightmare traffic following the game the previous night. It ended up after the race that I spent nearly as much time running as I did sleeping during that twenty-four hour period. I was very proud to finish in the upright position, injury free.

The 2014 MRTC RRS race shirt

The 2014 MRTC RRS race shirt

This was my second close call at losing Road Warrior status. It would have been so easy to turn off my alarm ans just sleep through the morning. I am happy that I fought that urge and got motivated to make the forty-five minute trek to Shelby Forrest to run the hills.

This is the timing chip for this year's event.

This is the timing chip for this year’s event.

All that stands between me and Road Warrior status are the two half marathons for the series on November 2 and November 16!

Closing in on 1,000 Miles

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One of my goals for 2014 was to reach 1,000 miles running for the year. That would equate to 83.33 miles per month. Through the first nine months of 2014, I only eclipsed that mark four times. Not exactly a strong attempt to making my goal. I have had some issues with the heat, sinus infections, apathy, and foot pain.  But these are just excuses, but it has left me where I am today.

Log 1,000 miles in 2014

Log 1,000 miles in 2014

Through the end of September, I had logged 698.11 miles, which left me 301.89 miles short of my goal.  The remaining miles means that I need to run 100.63 miles per month through the rest of the year to hit 1,000. This is a daunting task, for sure, especially without a full marathon training regiment.  It is, however, not even close to an impossible task.

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I feel like I am up for the challenge.  I have four half marathons, two ten-mile races, and two 5K’s to finish the year.  My race schedule for the final three months has a total of 78.6 miles, so deducting this distance from my total needed, and I am looking at a shortage of 223.29 miles.  Spread that throughout the rest of the year, and it seems much more manageable.  Already for October, I am at 49.93 miles with a run pending for this evening. If the weather, and my body cooperate, I have a real shot at meeting and even surpassing this goal.

2014 Greenline Half Marathon Recap

Finisher's medal for the 2014 Greenline Half Marathon
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Sunday morning was the 4th annual Greenline Half Marathon at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, TN. This marks my seventh half marathon of the year and twelfth lifetime half marathon.

Weather for the race was the odd combination of cool and humid.  63 degrees at the start and 67 degrees by the time I crossed the finish line are always welcomed, even when the humidity is 93%.  It also helps when it is cloudy.  Actually, I thought that it was going to rain during the event, so we had an entire spectrum of weather forecasts for this event.

One very cool feature of this event is that it is the first sustainable sporting event in Tennessee.  The race medals and shirts are made from recycled materials, and the goal of the event is to reduce the carbon footprint in Memphis/Shelby County.

Finisher's medal for the 2014 Greenline Half Marathon

Finisher’s medal for the 2014 Greenline Half Marathon

Course: A: Even though the race is named after the Greenline, very little of the running actually came on the Greenline. The course was a nice combination of paved running trails and neighborhood streets. There were hills, and there were stretches of flat terrain. Crowding was a slight issue at the start, but quickly dissipated, which is why more of the event was not held on the actual Greenline.

Ummm, not quite...

Ummm, not quite…

Swag: C: The swag for the event was honestly lackluster. The medal has a nice design, but is smaller than most of my other race medals and the lack of a date on it coupled with pics of the medal from previous years makes me think that they ordered a ton of these a few years back, just changing the ribbon each year (which probably helps with then purpose of reducing the carbon footprint). I really like the shirt but it was advertised that the shirts run large, so order accordingly.  However, the opposite is true.  The shirts run small. Very small.  Like wetsuit small. This is very disappointing because I really like this shirt, and when I lose 50 pounds, I will be able to wear it! There were several people pissed about this mislead.  And that was all of the swag.  In previous years they handed out unique 13.1 stickers shaped like buffaloes, but I did not see one anywhere today.

Race swag for the Greenline Half Marathon

Race swag for the Greenline Half Marathon

Swag Update: According to the RD, the green buffalo 13.1 stickers are offered every two years, so they will be available during next year’s event.

Overall: C+: The event started off on the wrong foot for me. Packet pickup was from 12-4 pm on Saturday afternoon, and I was unable to make that, so I had to go extra early (6 am for an 8 am race) to the event to get my shirt and bib. Of course there were no signs or race personnel directing people to where we needed to go, so finding the proper place to go was a mile long treasure hunt in the darkness of the morning. I love Shelby Farms and the Greenline, but I was not impressed by this event.  Just tweaking the small things that were wrong would go a long way towards dramatically improving this event while not compromising the mission to reduce the carbon footprint in the community.

I really wanted to like this event more than I did. The lack of communication and flat-out misinformation about the shirts is very discouraging. At this point, I do not anticipate running in this event again.

Motivation Monday

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Very true

Very true

This was shared from the Route 66 Marathon Facebook page in a group I am a part of over on Facebook. I think it fits nicely with 99% of the runners out there, and certainly the vast majority of the readers of this blog as well as the author of this blog.  So next time someone asks you why you run or why you deserve a medal for finishing a half marathon in two and half hours, think about this. Have a great day!

MRTC Road Race Series 10 Miler #1

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Sunday was race number 7 in the MRTC Road Race Series. The race was the first 10 miler of the series and was held at Meeman-Shelby Forrest State Park.  The park is a well-kept secret in the Memphis community, partially because of the location.  The park is in a remote part of the county a good 45 minutes from my house.

The 2014 MRTC RRS race shirt

The 2014 MRTC RRS race shirt

When I arrived, it was still pitch black and cold.  A severe 180 from the first 6 races of the series.  I was not complaining about this. I think that this race is where people start dropping out of contention for the road warrior designation.  The race was noticeably smaller than the 10K 2 weeks ago, and I noticed on the results page that number of runners that have completed all 7 races has dwindled down into the 700’s.

This is the timing chip for this year's event.

This is the timing chip for this year’s event.

The course is billed as the prettiest in the entire series, and I would agree with that.  The entire race is on the service roads and trails in Shelby Forrest, with quite a bit of nature’s scenery. Most years the leaves are already changing for this race, but with the warm September that we had, the trees were still very green. The course is certainly hilly, with a very steep hill between miles 9 and 10.  It was so steep in fact that the trail was actually a switchback so we could make the climb.

At the end of the race, I was still feeling good, and I am certain that the cooler weather helped with that.  Also, since this was my first 10 mile race, it was an instant PR, which is always a great thing!  Sadly, this race, the last 10K, and the next 10 miler follow long days of watching and tailgating for football, which leads to less than ideal running prep.

I cannot wait until the next race since I know what to expect from the course and hills.  Maybe I can edge out my time from this past Sunday.