2015 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon Recap

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Man was I sloooooowwwww during this race, and I did not care one bit. I had other priorities this fall and hence, I did a poor job of training. The name of the game on this particular race morning was finish, and I did just that, so it was deemed a success. Especially because of my awesome cheering section, including the newest and youngest member of the family.

 

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2015 St. Jude Half Marathon Finisher’s Medal

I love this race, raising money for the kids of St. Jude, and remembering what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. This race always is rewarding for me, even when it is not a success in terms of my finishing time. With Susan’s pregnancy and the the birth of our son, my training was virtually nonexistent. I would go for a run here and there, or do a quick workout at the house, but I by no means followed a set schedule and my mileage was not ramped up near where it should have been. Therefore, this event became one in which crossing the finish line was all a cared about and even though my running watch was still going (I mean, I need to track those stats!), it was not something I was using to gauge my success.

 

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Greatest cheering section ever!

It several ways, this was the perfect year for me to have my slowest race of all-time. There was a new course to enjoy (I love the changes), I saw more friends along the course than all of my previous years combined, and my newest family member made his public debut to cheer me along the way.

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Heroes swag

Another positive about the 2015 race for me was that it was my highest fundraising total for the kids of St. Jude ever! Thanks to several generous donors, including multiple readers of this blog, I was able to raise $1,000 for the kids of St. Jude, which was twice the total of my goal! Thank you to everyone that donated!

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2015 St. Jude Half Marathon swag

No need to go through all of my usual grading for this event, but I will just mention a couple of things. The Heroes singlets are still tiny, so if you run as a Hero, order accordingly. I remembered to go up a size in the shirt this year, so I can actually wear it, especially since the shirts ran bigger anyway this year. The medal had an extra bling factor and incorporated the Memphis skyline and St. Jude’s campus again this year. And the course being reworked to avoid Overton Park and instead use Madison Ave. was an outstanding change. It allowed for more spectators, better crowd management along the route (both spectators and runners), and had less debris to avoid along the way. I am not sure why the change was made (Overton Park had been having some challenges with park usage and conservation recently), but I fully support it being a permanent change.

In 2016, this will again be my race to cap off the year, and hopefully I will be fully trained for it and I will be closer to chasing down a PR than a PW.

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Kindrunner Has Officially Launched!

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Today is the day!  I am an ambassador for KindRunner and today you can finally see what KindRunner is all about!  KindRunner is a new and exciting shoe buying experience.  If you are like me, you probably do extensive research on the shoes you want to purchase, visit multiple stores, and end up buying them online at a discounted rate.  Now, you do not have to do all of that work!  KindRunner will have the expert analysis, reviews, and top-notch selection for you shoe selection needs at a reasonable and competitive cost.  You will get these benefits while also significantly reducing your carbon footprint by recycling your old shoes!  The shipping of your returned shoes, as well as your purchased shoes is always free!  In addition, there are several features at KindRunner that you will not find anywhere else.  Let’s explore some of the KindRunner features.

Be A KindRunner

Be A KindRunner

Free 3 Way Shipping: This is a very simple concept.  You get free shipping on all purchases, you get free shipping on any return for any reason, and you get free shipping on any shoe that you donate to KindRunner.  Your donated shoes will then be re-purposed to Soles 4 Souls or The More Foundation Group.  This is a win, win, win, win situation!

Soles 4 Souls

Soles 4 Souls

Confident Runner Pricing: This will be an option at checkout for those of us that are confident that we know what product that we want.  In this option you will waive your free return shipping (because you know the product that you need and will not be making a return) and in turn, you get a discounted price on your item.  Your shipping is still free, as is your donated shoes shipping, but by saving KindRunner the postage for return shipping that would not be used, you get your shoes below retail price!

Is this your closet?

Is this your closet?

Kindness Cash Rewards Program (KCR):  This is the program in which you get paid to donate your old shoes, thus eliminating them from landfills and the 90-100 year wait for them to begin to decompose.  Credit that is earned in this program can be applied to anything on the website, so if you have all the shoes you need for now, you can buy a watch or another accessory with the credit.  KCR are available to anyone that purchases shoes at KindRunner.  Once you receive your new shoes, you have the option to place your old and worn out shoes in the box and affix the pre-paid return label.  Once your old shoes are received at KindRunner, your label will be scanned and the KCR will be placed into your KindRunner account.  Each return label, regardless of the amount of shoes within (1 minimum obviously) is worth $10 per purchased shoe!  So if you buy five pairs of shoes and return one pair of old shoes, you would get $50 KCR!  KCR is goof for any item on the site and will never expire!

1 year on feet, 99 underground

1 year on feet, 99 underground

Expert Product Reviews:  There have been a few floating around the KindRunner YouTube page, but everything sold on the site will come with an expert product review video on the same page in which the product is listed.  This will be very beneficial when trying to decide between two pairs of shoes or it a watch is worth the purchase price.  Reviews are conducted by various individuals that have worked in the running industry for numerous years as shoe reps, store owners, or expert shoe fitters at one of the oldest shoe stores in America.  This knowledge and expertise helps bring you the feel and knowledge of you local specialty shop to your home computer (or smartphone or any other web enabled device)!

The More Foundation Group

The More Foundation Group

Easy 365 Returns:  If you buy it at KindRunner, you are guaranteed 365 days to return the product provided that it is in its original packaging and in its original condition.  If you get injured and cannot use the shoe, return it with zero cost and hassle.  Or if your doctor wants you to use a different shoe, return it with no issue.

Facebook:  Like KindRunner on Facebook here, and for every 500 likes, they will give away a pair of running shoes to one lucky winner and a running partner of their choice, provided that said partner is also a fan of the site!

Donate your shoes & help those in need

Donate your shoes & help those in need

Early Adopters:  As an added bonus for the first 500 customers of KindRunner will be entitled to “Free Socks for Life!”  Each time one of the first 500 return to the site and purchase a new pair a shoes, they will be allowed to choose a free pair of socks that will be shipped with their new shoes!  As long as you keep running, you will keep getting socks, and reducing you shoes’ carbon footprint!

If I left anything out of this post, you can check my earlier blog entry about KindRunner here.

Be a Kind Runner

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There is an exciting new website launching on 6/1 called kindrunner.com.  The idea behind the site is simple.  As runners, we have to buy shoes.  Lots of shoes.  Especially when we are training for a race.  And of course, the larger runners out there, like me, tend to be even rougher on shoes and thus, require even more shoe purchases.  This can leave a very large burden on the environment because a typical pair of shoes takes between 90 and 100 years to begin to decompose.  Or, if you are like me, these shoes just pile up in your closet because you think you will find a use for them, even though we all know that this will not happen.

Kindrunner is shoe store with a mission.  You will still receive expert advice and assistance with shoe orders, but there is an added bonus.  If you trade in your old shoes, you will receive cash/credit towards the purchase of new shoes.  You are going to buy new shoes anyway, and you need to do something with your old shoes, so why not get paid to do so while helping those in need?

Donate your shoes & help those in need

Donate your shoes & help those in need

And what is happening with these old shoes?  They are being donated to those less fortunate than us.  We may have maxed out the mileage on our shoes for running, but there is plenty of life left in them for someone that has no shoes.  Soles 4 Souls and the More Foundation are a couple of examples of where your shoe donation will be going.

Even though the site does not launch until June 1, Kindrunner is having several giveaways on their various social media platforms.  One example is for every 500 “likes” on Facebook, Kindrunner will be giving away a selected pair of running shoes to one lucky Facebook fan and a running partner of their choice, provided that the running partner is also a Facebook fan.

Kindrunner Social Media Platforms:

More information will be coming soon!