Heroes in Recovery 6K 2014 Recap

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Back on November 8th, I participated in the Heroes in Recovery 6K held at the Court Square here in Memphis. It is a smaller event, but is for a great cause, alcohol and drug recovery services. Their website shares stories of people in recovery talking about how they overcame addiction and mental health limitations to break the stigma. And since I work in the field of alcohol and drug recovery, I felt that I had to run in the race, if for no other reason than showing my face at event as a representative of my courtroom. Also, it was my first ever 6K, which meant that it was an automatic PR!

And we are off!

And we are off!

It was a cold morning, but nothing like this past week has been across the country. But it was not raining and the sun came out, so it was really ideal running conditions for myself. I was coming off my 5K PR at the True Blue 5K the previous night, so I was confident that I would run hard again. And I did!

The majority of the course is one that I have run multiple times over the past few years, and yet the scenery is not getting old. I started a little faster than I should have, partially because I was at the front with the real speedsters and partially because I was feeling really good. This caught up with my on the home stretch, especially the climb up the bluff, but I was still very happy with results.

Race medal and my age group award

Race medal and my age group award

The combination of the small race field and my strong running led to an age group second place finish for myself, which was my second age group award this year! It feels good to see some positive results on my running ability while also knowing that I can always improve.

Swag from the race, including my age group award.

Swag from the race, including my age group award.

Swag: A: Good looking tech shirt, race medal that was better than a few of the half marathons that I have run in this year, and a race decal. Post race refreshments were adequate, and plentiful. Also, the poster designs for each event is great, and reflects each city for the event.

Front of the medal

Front of the medal

Course: A: Downtown course that is incorporated in most downtown races in Memphis in some capacity. The uphill climb towards the end was a killer, but it always is. We still got to run along the river before making the climb, so at least we had a great view before the steep, but short climb.

Back of the medal

Back of the medal

Overall: A: This was a fun race for a great cause with some good swag for participants, especially the runners that registered early enough to get the $25 registration fee. This is a national race, with events in Memphis, TN, Leiper’s Fork, TN, Palm Springs, CA, New York, NY, Roswell, GA, Charlotte, NC, and Coconut Creek, FL.

As long as my schedule allows, I will return to this race in the future, even if it is just to try to break my 6K PR and this is the only event that will give me this opportunity in the Memphis area.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Medals Revealed

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Over the weekend, runners at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon festivities were treated to the first look at the Star Wars Weekend medals. Today, runDisney officially released the images of the medals for all the races for the weekend. And they are awesome!

2015 runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Medals

2015 runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Medals

It has been well established on this blog that I am a nerd. I am not ashamed of this. When both the Avengers and Star Wars Half Marathons were announced, I was beyond excited, even though I knew that I would be unable to run in either event. And then the Avengers race medals were released, and I was honestly underwhelmed by them. I guess I built them up too much in my mind. This is not the case with the Star Wars medals. RunDisney knocked it out of the park with these medals, and now I really wish I was able to be in California in January for these events. Good luck to all of you that will be running in these events and have fun!

2014 True Blue 5K Recap

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This is my fifth consecutive year of running in this event. It was my first ever race back in 2010, and now I run in it each year to celebrate where I have come from to be an active runner. I love the course through the University of Memphis, and the weather is usually cool, and with the race being on a Friday night, it opens up the rest of my weekend for other events.

I have written so much about this race before that there is not much more that I can say that avid followers of my blog have not read before.

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Back of the 2014 race shirt. The front had the logo from the bib small and over the heart.

Swag: B: They changed the race shirt this year which is the first change in five years. They stuck with the long sleeved cotton tee, which is very popular, but the overall design is not as good as previous years. But it is different, and a different color than my previous four shirts, so that is good.

Course: A+: I love that it runs around campus, including my old fraternity house.  For alumni returning to campus, it is a nice way to see what has changed since graduation.  It also is not too hilly of a course and is plenty wide to accommodate runners.  Runners finish in a giant inflatable tiger head on the Alumni Mall.

Overall: A+: I will always be partial to this race due to its significance in my weight loss and running.  It is always organized well and provides good value for the runner.  If I ever moved away, it would be a 5K that actually tempted me to visit specifically run.

True Blue 5K Race Logo

True Blue 5K Race Logo

Another note about this race is that in the five times that I have run in the 5K, I have set a PR three times! This year’s race saw me cut :23 off of my 5K PR time, which was very rewarding.

MRTC Road Race Series Half Marathon #1 Recap

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Last Sunday was the first half marathon in the MRTC Road Race Series. I would have posted about this race sooner, but it has been a long and terrible week. I will post about that later when I am mentally ready. For now, a quick race review.

This was race number 9 of 10 in the Road Race Series and I am 9 for 9 thus far. Just another 13.1 miles until Road Warrior status!

The 2014 MRTC RRS race shirt

The 2014 MRTC RRS race shirt

This race also was my eighth half marathon of the year, and thirteenth overall. This race certainly had the least amount of amenities of any half marathon that I have participated in thus far, but that was known coming into the event. No electrolyte replacement drinks, no medals, and no extra race swag. It was just a boring out and back course along Singleton Parkway from Memphis to the Millington Naval Base and back.

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

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

It was a very cool morning, which helped with my run. I love to run when the temperature is in the forties, and my results typically reflect this. This was my fastest half marathon of the year (and third fastest ever) with a time of 2:16:04, and it felt great! And this even included my fall around the halfway point of the course! This was my first fall while running in a long time, which is a surprise.

Running along the cold course.

Running along the cold course.

I have decided to include swag from a couple of virtual races into my two half marathons in the MRTC Road Race Series. Basically, I found two physical races that offered virtual options, and did what I needed to do to qualify for the events. Then I just but the medals away until each half in the Road Race Series, then I awarded them to myself as if the race awarded the medal. I still ran the miles for both events, but now my medal rack accurately reflects the number of completed events by me.

ODDyssey Half Medal

2014 ODDyssey Half Marathon Medal

For the first half, I used the medal and shirt from the ODDyssey Half Marathon. You probably have seen the medal from this event since it is already popping up on the best medals of the year lists all over the place. It is a mountable bottle opener, which is awesome ans quite unique. I ran the 13.1 miles for this medal back in July, but waited until last Sunday to “award” it to myself.

2014 ODDyssey Half Marathon Swag

2014 ODDyssey Half Marathon Swag

All and all, it was a good day of running, but I am very happy that there is only one more race in the Road Race Series.

Run Run Rudolph 5K

Run Run Rudolph 2014 Race Logo
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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.

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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!