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Virginia Beach Rock ‘N’ Roll Mile on the Sand

Virginia Beach Rock ‘N’ Roll Mile on the Sand

My first remix challenge! I figured it couldn’t be too bad doing the mile on the sand the day before the Half Marathon, right? This race was very different compared to anything I’ve run before. I never really ran on the sand (plus I don’t think many people do). I live about 2 hours from the beach, plus trail running is way more fun anyways! Before the race someone was telling me that some people believed the mile on the…

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Virginia Spartan Super

Virginia Spartan Super

Oh man and I thought the DC Spartan Sprint was bad! Boy was I in for a treat. “The Ultimate Goal is to really peel their muscles back like an onion,” said Jim Snyder, Director of the Reebok Spartan Race. He also calls it the Wintergreen Death March. I could not have said it any better myself. This was my toughest race yet and never have I been happier to see the finish line. The Virginia Spartan Super was located at the…

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Leesburg 20k

Leesburg 20k

This was my first 20k located in a small town called Leesburg in Northern Virginia. I found out about this race from an old college friend of mine who would post many of his runs on facebook. We started talking about running and he ended up finding this race. It was a pretty decent price of only $40 plus it benefited the local Loudoun County YMCA. I had not seen my friend in a few years and this was a…

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DC Spartan Sprint

DC Spartan Sprint

The infamous Spartan race! Oh boy where do I even begin!? One of the toughest racest I have ever done! Mudderella was a joke compared to this race!! Those who have never done a Spartan race will never truly understand how hard  they actually are until you actually complete one. Spartan is not only a big challenge physically, but mentally as well. To get a better idea of the race here is this year’s video of the DC Spartan Sprint. For…

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Mudderella

Mudderella

Mudderella Capital Region, my very first mud run! I never thought much about doing a mud run until I heard about this race from a friend of mine. Now what exactly is Mudderella? Mudderella is a 5-7 mile long muddy obstacle course designed by women (yay for girl power ha). The race included 12-15 obstacles and is not competitive at all (which is just what I needed). I had just ran two 5k’s that week so I am glad that this…

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Humana Richmond Fun Run 5k

Humana Richmond Fun Run 5k

Ahh another 5k. Now I know I just ran one 3 days before (for those who are keeping track), but I just had to do this one because it was a free race and it was very close by! I received an email about this free race because I am already signed up for the Virginia Beach Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon. The race was hosted by a local running store called Lucky Foot out in Willow Lawn. This run was…

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East Coast Aloha 5K

East Coast Aloha 5K

It has been a a few years since I’ve done a 5k. I believe the last one I ran was a Color Me Rad race a few years ago. I use to run 5k’s all the time back in high school so I was curious as to what my 5k time would now be. This race was located at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. I use to live out in this area back in college and I was due for…

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Independence Day Classic 17.76k

Independence Day Classic 17.76k

  As a runner I couldn’t think of a better way of celebrating the 4th of July than running a 17.76k. This race was located on Shirley Plantation in Charles City on the James River. For you History buffs, Shirley Plantation is Virginia’s first plantation founded in 1613. Shirley Plantation is the oldest family owned business in the US. The famous General Robert E. Lee’s mother was born at Shirley Plantation and he received some of his schooling in the converted…

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Gen Chesty Puller 10k

Gen Chesty Puller 10k

The famous United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General Chesty Puller was one of the most decorated war heroes in the Marine Corps. I love history so I thought it was pretty neat running this race in his hometown of West Point. Runners got to run right past General Chesty Puller’s waterfront home which was at the beginning of the course. A coworker told me about this race so I decided to sign up for it, plus it was a decent price….

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Corporate 4 Miler

Corporate 4 Miler

Since I work for the state, I started taking advantage of the free Gym that they offer which is just down the street from where I work (which is quite convenient). In the hallways they advertised this Corporate 4 miler race. A fellow coworker told me she was doing it so I emailed the person listed and was able to sign up for free! I could not turn down a free race (even after just running a Half Marathon on May 31…

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