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San Francisco Marathon Playlist

After my first marathon experience at Walt Disney World Marathon, I wanted to know how I could do when I hadn’t run races for three days before. So, I decided to sign up for Chicago Marathon. Not long after that, Katherine at http://mouserunner.blogspot.com/ encouraged me to run the San Francisco Marathon. I feel pretty crazy to be running three marathons in one year, not to mention running one just 2 1/2 months before my goal marathon, but I decided I’ll take San Francisco just a little easier than I otherwise would and use it to assess my readiness and weaknesses for Chicago.

In preparation for San Francisco, I’ve put together my playlist. Naturally, this playlist has a bit less Disney than my Dopey Challenge Walt Disney World Marathon Playlists. I added some music themed for California and San Francisco and timed the music for the race, with specific music at specific points on the course.

Read more about my San Francisco Marathon Playlist →

Charity GymBoss Auction for Team Red Cross

Do you want a (kind of) free GymBoss timer? This is your chance.

For the month of June, to help support my Chicago Marathon Fundraiser for Team Red Cross, I’m auctioning off an unused Jeff Galloway GymBoss Run Walk Run vibrating timer.

Here’s how:
– Make a bid in the comments below or in a tweet about my fundraiser.
– The largest bid in the month of June gets the GymBoss. If you see that someone has bid more than you and you want another chance, you can come back and rebid.
– The timer has a value of $20 and I’m covering shipping, so I’m setting a minimum bid of $20 (it’s for charity, after all). And just for kicks, donate $100 and auction’s over–it’s all yours!

I will send the timer to winner after I receive the donation on my fundraising page.

I won the timer at the RunDisney Meetup last year and I just haven’t used it. I want it to go to someone who will appreciate it and help support a great cause at the same time.

Pick a Song for My Chicago Marathon Playlist

If you saw my previous announcement, you’ll know that I am running the Chicago Marathon in 2014. I’m excited to be raising money for the American Red Cross as part of my journey to Chicago. As an incentive for donating, anyone who contributes more than $26.20 (ok, $27 because the site doesn’t accept cents) can pick a song for my marathon playlist or you can sponsor a song I’ve already got in mind. So make your donation now and let’s get your song on this list! Available for sponsorship:

Song Artist Sponsor
My Kind of Town Frank Sinatra  Karen Cunliffe
Supremacy Muse
Time Hans Zimmer
Game of Thrones Main Title Ramin Djiwadi
Dirty Paws Of Monsters and Men
Outro M83
Step Out José González
Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine Lisa Linney
What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World? Hans Zimmer
Survival Eminem
Below My Feet Mumford & Sons Kate Witheridge
Get over It Ok Go
Ultra Violet (Light My Way) The Killers
Tryouts Jerry Goldsmith
Running Up That Hill Placebo

Songs chosen by others:

Song Artist Donor
Eye of the Tiger Survivor Anne & Mike Cirillo
Patrick’s Pick (I chose Last of the Mohicans – “I’m running a marathon…y’all (expletive) are sprinters.”) Ja Rule Sheryl Gudelsky
Roar (Because she knows I can’t stand this song) Katy Perry Diana Mitchen
Too Legit To Quit MC Hammer Sarah Kong
Through the Fire and Flames DragonForce Russell Smith

Chicago Marathon Charity : Team Red Cross

I’m excited to announce that I will be running the 2014 Chicago Marathon!

Registration for the marathon opened today. While many people across the country were entering the lottery, I was busy setting up my fundraising page for the race. I chose to avoid the uncertainty of the lottery process by joining a charity team.

I will be running the Chicago Marathon for Team Red Cross: 2014 Chicago Marathon.

Downtown Chicago

Where I’ll be

Read more about my Chicago Marathon charity fundraiser →

Thoughts on My Long Run

Every marathon runner knows the sense of serenity and satisfaction that comes from a good weekend long run. It’s a chance to get out there and pound the pavement, nothing but you and your thoughts. Oh, the thoughts you will think. The longer the mileage, the more delirious you become. But I’ve found there seem to be certain thoughts that come up regularly in my mind anytime I hit the road.

Running shoes

Read more about Thoughts on My Long Run →

New Balance Fresh Foam Review and Launch Party

To help promote their new Fresh Foam 980 shoes, New Balance hosted a test run and launch party at Big Peach Running Co., my favorite running store.

New Balance Fresh Foam 980

Men’s New Balance Fresh Foam 980

Read more about the New Balance Fresh Foam 980 →

Dopey Challenge – Walt Disney World Marathon Recap

I was really nervous about the Walt Disney World Marathon. Not only would this be my first marathon, but I had already done three races over the previous three days. I had no idea how it would go, including whether I’d even be able to make it across the finish line. I had trained hard for months and hit all my mileage, but when the day finally came, anything could happen. But here’s what did happen:

Mouseketeer Costume

Mickey Mouse Club at the Walt Disney World Marathon

Read more about the Walt Disney World Marathon →

Dopey Challenge – Walt Disney World Half Marathon Recap

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon has special meaning for me. A few years ago, I visited Walt Disney World and it just happened to be the day of the half marathon. I saw everyone running through Epcot and was thoroughly impressed. But I couldn’t even run around the block at that point and said “I’d never be able to do that. Looks like fun though.” I also thought the people running in costumes were insane. Although I’ve run a few half marathons since that day, this was the day I planned to proved myself wrong and actually run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. And the costumes? Well, I can’t say I’m not insane, but I was doing that too.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2014 Start Line

Let’s get this party started!

Read more about the Walt Disney World Half Marathon →

Dopey Challenge – Walt Disney World 10K Recap

Of all the races in the Dopey Challenge, I was most excited about the Walt Disney World 10K. I was feeling a little too daunted by my first marathon to be excited about that race.

This race conveniently fell on my birthday, so I planned to celebrate. Just like in the Walt Disney World 5K the day before, I planned to take this race slow and fun, with plenty of picture stops. And for an extra bit of fun, I chose a Mad Hatter costume and called the race my “Birthday Unbirthday Party.”

Happy Unbirthday To You! Button

And a very merry unbirthday to you!

Read more about the Walt Disney World 10K →

Dopey Challenge – Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K Recap

The key to an endurance event like the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World is careful pacing. Four races in four days is a lot of running and you want to make sure your legs up for it all. My Dopey Challenge strategy was to run the first three races slowly and casually to save my energy for the marathon on Sunday.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Marathon training

I took that strategy to heart for the Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K. They call it a fun run and I sure had fun. I went into the race planning to stop at every picture stop to give my legs and feet plenty of rest between miles. Read more about the Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K →

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Chicago MarathonOctober 12th, 2014
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