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3 Reasons Why You Should Run the Honolulu Marathon!

I’ve read before that something like less than one percent of the population has actually completed a marathon. You can Google it if you’re a stats person.  Less than one percent though.  Let that sink in for a second.  So either those people are pretty admirable or pretty crazy, it really depends on how you look at it.  I am not part of that group…yet.  I think one day I’d like to run a marathon, but then I flashback to pulling myself over the finish line of a few half marathons and second guess myself.  But, after learning about the Honolulu Marathon I’ve decided that I may need to add this to my bucket list of races!  And here are a few reasons why:

Scenery!  I think this is a pretty obvious one given that it’s Hawaii and all.  The course goes through downtown Honolulu, through Waikiki, and up and around Diamond Head. Also it’s in December, so the weather will be perfect!

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photo courtesy of honolulumarathon.org

Swag!  Swag for this event includes: commemorative shirt, finisher medal, post race festival, malasadas (yum!!), and breathtaking scenery!

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photo courtesy of honolulumarathon.org

And the number 1 reason you will want to run this marathon??  No qualifying times! No entry limits!  Walkers welcome!  That’s right!  This race is for EVERYONE over the age of 7!  First timers, marathon vets, everyone!  Now you might be thinking, “Wow, this race must be super crowded since they accept basically everyone.”  Well, it is.  I asked a two-time finisher of this event and she confirmed that yes, it is crowded.  However, she also added that it’s VERY organized and well worth the experience.  She also added that the malasadas were pretty amazing. 🙂

Have you booked your flight yet?  😉  Well here are some key event details:

Date: December 10th, 2017

Location: Ala Moana Boulevard/Queen St., Honolulu, Hawaii

Start time: 5am – that’s not a typo…but no course limits, remember?

Price: $185-$265 (Military and dependents – $85)

Bonus: Use code “BIBRAVEHNL” to save 20%

Not ready for a marathon just yet?  There is also a 10k and fun run option.

So if you are looking for a RaceCation or a Christmas present to yourself, the Honolulu Marathon is where it’s at!

Didn’t qualify for Boston this year?  Cheer up!  You will qualify for Honolulu! 😉

Hopefully, I will make it to this event one day.  But until then, I’ll just dream about it…sigh…

Have you run the Honolulu Marathon before?  I’d love to hear about your experience!

I’m off to review the next event!

Aloha!

~SM

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Imperial Beach 5k

Last month I participated in the inaugural Imperial Beach 5k Beach Run.  I was little hesitant to register since it’s the organization’s first race and I prefer all of the kinks to be worked out before I participate in a race.  But they offered a promo code and a military discount so I only paid about $25 after the fees (darn you Active.com!)…and I always enjoy a nice run on the beach.  So I decided to go ahead and run this one along with a couple of friends.

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If you’re wondering how close Imperial Beach is to Mexico, it’s this close:

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I found free street parking fairly easy (the race started at 8:00 am) and I only had to wait a few minutes in the line to pick-up my packet.  The race was held on the actual packed sand of the beach and there were probably about 250-300 participants.  There was also a 1 mile fun run option for those not quite ready to tackle a 5k which meant there were two separate race courses.  The 5k race route was a bit odd to me – it was an out-and-back followed by another out-and-back.  We will get to the details on that later.  The terrain was sand (obviously) but there was an added hurdle that I did not take into account for this run – rocks.  There were rocks buried all throughout the sand, which made for an obstacle course that I was unprepared for.  It wasn’t too crazy, but since the beach was also kind of slanted, I had to pay attention a little more to my footing so that I wouldn’t trip or roll an ankle.  My friend pushed a stroller during this race, so it wasn’t an impossible feat – just a challenging one.  There was also a water station about halfway in and some volunteers directing the runners along the course.

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Note the rocks in the last pic and in case you’re wondering…no, I did not fall.  After the run there was a big expo with lots of activities for kids, including a bounce house and face painting.  There were also fitness demos, a band and free pancakes!  I would say the free pancake breakfast – which included, pancakes, syrup, sausage and juice – was one of the best parts of the event.  I have no pictures of this delicious ensemble because I consumed the whole meal in about six and a half minutes.  You’ll just have to use your imagination on this one.  I also thought the band was pretty great.  Since this event was held to benefit the Calvary Training Center in Mexico, the band played worship music but with a Mexican flare…and I totally dug it.  I didn’t bring my kiddos to this event so I can’t say I participated in any of the activities – but they looked fun and the bounce house seemed pretty rad.  There was also a raffle, but they weren’t doing the giveaways until two hours later.  In the words of the great Sweet Brown – “Ain’t nobody got time for that”.

Participation medals were not given out at this race, but they were given to those who placed in the top three of each age group.  I ran with a fellow Stroller Warrior and placed first in her age group so I did hang around for the medal ceremony.

Now, back to the course.  There was a big issue that I had with the race course and that was the fact that it was NOT A TRUE 5K, which drives me crazy when races are not the length that they are advertised.  This one ended up being around 2.38 miles so there was obviously some miscommunication or miscalculation when the course was originally created.  I will give them a little bit of a slide since this was the inaugural race and like I said, I expected some things to not go as smoothly as they would in other established races.  However, since I did pay $25 for a 5k, I expect a true 5k.  Other than that, the views were beautiful and everyone was friendly; although I feel like all those people who placed 4th or 5th in their age group kind of got screwed since they would have had at least half a mile to pass the people in front of them.  Anywho, besides that hiccup I enjoyed the event and although I didn’t bring my kids this time I like that it was a fun event for the whole family to enjoy in beautiful Imperial Beach.

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So what was the SWAG?!

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Aloe Gloe is a refreshing drink that comes in a few tasty flavors!

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~ A cotton tshirt – I love the design, but it runs fairly large so I’m not sure I will be wearing this one very often.

~Clif bar trail mix bar

~Kashi Go Lean granola bar

~Larabar

~Homemade cookie

~Beachside FroYo keychain

~D’ames Day Spa tube of something (not sure what this is as there were no instructions, perhaps a face scrub?  But it smells divine!)

~Suicide prevention pin

~Various coupons and pamphlets

~And Scenery, of course!

See you at the next event!

~SM

 

Chula Vista Community Fun Run

Earlier this month I participated in the 8th annual Chula Vista Community 5k.  The first thing that drew me to this run was that it’s held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.  How cool is that?!  You get to run around a venue where actual Olympic athletes have spent several hours training for the grandest athletic event in the world!  Now, you can come at certain times during the week for a free audio-guided tour; however, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to actually run around the training grounds and pretend to be an Olympian myself!  The second thing that attracted me to this event was that it was only $10!  I like cheap – so a 10 buck run is right up my alley.  I did have to pay a two dollar online fee (those pesky fees), but the price included a custom bib with my name printed on it and a t-shirt.  Also, children 3 and under were free although they don’t receive a bib or t-shirt.

You could choose to pick-up your packet either the day before or the morning of – I had someone grab mine the day before and from what I heard it went pretty smoothly.  The parking situation was interesting.  I arrived to the venue about 10 minutes early (it was a fun run, not a timed race – so I wasn’t worried about being exactly on time.) But much to my dismay, I was met with a long line of cars waiting to get in and find parking.  There were a couple of parking attendees, but they didn’t seem really prepared for the amount of cars that morning.  By the time I got close to the parking lot, I was informed that it was full and I needed to turn around and drive back to a church I had passed earlier and park in a dirt lot behind the church parking lot.  This was a little frustrating because it did make me a later than I wanted to be for the start of the race.  I wish that there had been better communication between the parking lot attendants so that I didn’t waste time waiting in line and driving around in a circle.  But, eh whatever, 10 dollar race – you live and learn.

 

 

It was kind of a bummer that I started the run 10 minutes late, but I caught up pretty quick to everyone and it was a cool and misty morning (thanks, marine layer).  It was really amazing just running through all of the different event areas and imagining all of the athletes that have been there displaying their talents. There were plenty of volunteers at the start and end of the run and a couple of water stations.  Here are some course pics!

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My favorite part of the race was getting to run on an actual Olympic training track!  It was not only inspiring, but insanely soft and springy – it felt like running on a cloud!

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There was also a bounce house about 3/4 of the way into the course which was a nice touch for the kids!  The finish line included water and fruit and there was an optional $5 pancake breakfast.  Afterwards, we headed up to visit the sponsor tents and see the torch!  A few athletes were signing posters and Sea World had a big table with activities where they brought a few small animals for everyone to meet.

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The DJ looked lonely as usual until the raffle started and then he was surrounded.  I didn’t enter the raffle this time, but I did hear him announce a few restaurant gift cards.

Besides visiting the vendors and checking out the torch, there was also a gift shop and BMX bike museum to checkout and a podium to pose on.

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  • I already mentioned the t-shirt, although I will add that it’s a tech tee, so bonus!
  • A signed poster by a few athletes (although I had no idea who they were)
  • The Hubert’s strawberry lemonade was pretty good, I would probably drink it again
  • A custom bib as previously mentioned
  • Bottle of water
  • Tote bag
  • Magnetic clip
  • Flash light keychain
  • Free trial coupons from 24-Hour Fitness
  • Toothbrushes
  • Lots of toothpaste!

I will also say that I didn’t get a chance to hit up every vendor as I brought my squirmy baby-toddler with me this time and he doesn’t have a lot patience for swag shenanigans. So the haul could have been greater, but I really was just taking in the scenery and enjoying roaming around the facility.  Also, race photos were available for purchase a few days after the event.

I really enjoyed this event and since it is super family-friendly I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun run.  I will warn you that dogs were warmly welcomed to this event, which is great because I love dogs; however, I had to swerve and dodge a lot of them so you really have to pay attention to your path.  I also liked that the proceeds went to help afterschool health programs in the area.   My only recommendations:

  • Better preparation/communication for the whole parking situation.
  • Offer medals/awards so we could at least pretend to be winners of the day!  I would have paid a little extra in registration fees so that I could add an “Olympic medal” to my collection. 😉

Overall, it’s a great event especially for the price – so check it out!  Go Team USA!!

 

 

~SM 

 

The Super (Hero) Run

Last month, I ran the Super Run in downtown San Diego.  I learned about the run through Living Social so I only paid about $15 for this run.  It was advertised as a family friendly fun run with a scenic course along the Marina district and Seaport Village in downtown San Diego. Costumes were encouraged and the event benefitted the Down Syndrome Association of San Diego.

Packet pick-up was the day before at Road Runner Sports.  I was unable to attend, but I heard it was pretty chaotic with long lines and disorganization.  Parking the day of the race was a bit tricky because downtown parking is always a pain; however, I know of a secret parking lot so that made things a lot easier. 😉  I ran this race with my 3-year-old daughter and my friends from my Stroller Warriors group.  Fun runs are always way better when you do them with friends.  It was a pretty crowded event on a narrow pathway, so passing people was not easy!

This was not a timed event, which was a good thing because there were times that you were forced to walk due to the large crowds in the small areas.  I even saw a couple holding hands while walking during the race, so I would not consider this a competitive event by any means.

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It definitely was an excuse to dress up like a super hero and walk/jog with some family and friends.  Since I had to walk during many parts of the run, I was able to take lots of pics!  It was a gorgeous day and there was lots of beautiful scenery so get ready for photo overload!!!

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There were lots of signs throughout the course directing us to the right path and also some friendly and enthusiastic volunteers cheering us on along the way.  After the run, we snagged our medals and met up with the other ladies and kiddos from our group.  We headed over to the vendor area where there was a big bounce house for the kids to jump around and let out some more energy.  There was also a DJ that played fun music and tried to keep with energy going, but I never really saw anyone on the dance floor.  These poor 5k DJ’s just don’t seem to get any love. 😦

I almost forgot to mention my favorite part of the race…and that was getting to wear these dope socks!!

 

Overall, this was definitely a FUN run and I would do it again with my kids and friends!  I do wish that it had been a bit more organized and maybe on a wider course, but it wasn’t bad for the price.  So what was the SWAG?!

~ A cute medal

~A rad cape

~A couple of coupons

~Sweet scenery

See you at the next run! 🙂

~SM

 

 

 

Oktoberfest 5k/2 Mile Walk

Yesterday I participated in the Okterberfest 5k/2mile walk that was held on Naval Air Base-Coronado.  It was a small, free race offered to all military patrons and their dependents.  It also offered not only spectacular views, but an opportunity to run with some of my running friends.  It was a fun run (non chip-timed) that included the option to turn around at the 1 mile point rather than 1.5 mile mark. Parking was less than stellar…I had to park about a half mile out, but hey, it’s a good warmup right?  There were a few vendors present including a military housing association, DeVry University, and a few chiropractic care organizations.  There was also a DJ that kept the energy flowing by playing “The Cupid Shuffle” and holding stein-holding contests. The course was pretty flat and there was a water station, but there was no shade anywhere which made this run a pretty warm one.  The run ended with more music, lots of water, chips, and of course in true Oktoberfest fashion, bratwurst.  I also had the opportunity to speak with a representative from Pain Care San Diego who informed that they give great military discounts for their chiropractic and massage treatments.  I will definitely be checking them out!  Overall, a well organized fun and free run (no beer) that I found through Navy Life Southwest.  I enjoyed it and I will most likely participate in this run next year!

Fun Fact: The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810!

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So what was the SWAG?!

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A t-shirt

Yeah I know, a little anticlimactic…but it was a free run! And a beautiful day with an awesome view so I am also counting that as swag. My daughter also won a mini rubber ducky from a wheel spin, so I’m going to call that baby swag.  Aaaannd I found a chiropractor with a sweet discount, so I’m counting that too.  And it was a pretty decent bratwurst. 😉

Stay tuned for my upcoming posts:

Walmart Beauty Box

Green Moms Meet-WOW Summit

🙂 ~SM

The Color Run! (San Diego)

Well, I experienced my first Color Run (not to be confused with Color me Rad) last weekend and it definitely exceeded my expectations! I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly as I don’t typically participate in gimmick runs, but I thought I would give this one a shot as it’s a pretty hyped up event.  If I only had one word to describe this run, it would be: FUN! It pretty much combined two of my favorite things: running and celebrating.  Just imagine going for a run and then ending it with a big party!  I have run several 5k’s and this was by far the most laid back race with the most energy.  Now, if you are super competitive and like to see your race time published all over the internet, then this race might not be your cup of tea.  But if you are just looking to go for an easy run and experience something new, then this race is right up your alley.

The race is started in waves including a runner’s wave (for the more competitive folks) and a DJ keeps the energy flowing in each corral.  Then you are released and off to each color station where volunteers are more than thrilled to cover you in as much dyed cornstarch as possible.  This particular race included a “shine” station at the end, which was basically just silvery, shimmery cornstarch.  Once you cross the finish, you are given a medal, granola bar, water, and more color packets to keep the fun going.  Then you can head over to any or all of the backdrops for many excellent photo ops.  One of the most exciting parts of the race is the stage that is manned with a DJ and encourages dancing and more color bombing.  Heart-jumping, fist-pumping music is played loudly to provide a great club experience and it almost makes you forget that it’s only 9:30 in the morning.  I ran with my toddler and somehow she managed to sleep through the entire thing!

This is definitely a family-friendly event and I recommend running it with friends (which is what I did) as this is an event that you will not want to experience alone.  I also recommend bringing a towel and keeping your phone and any other precious belongings in a ziplock bag or other protective covering.  Now, with every pro there is a con.  One thing I did not like about this race was the location – Qualcomm Stadium.  It sounds cool because it’s where the Chargers and other college teams play, but running around a pot-hole filled parking lot isn’t exactly ideal.  Also, according to my Garmin, the race was only 2.6 miles which as a runner kind of irked me because it is not a true 5k…but, it’s a “fun” run so I’ll accept it.  I’m not sure if I will do any more gimmick runs as they are not as rewarding for a runner as chip-timed runs; however, I would probably do this run again!

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P.S. The color washed out of my clothes easily and came off the stroller with a quick rinse from the hose.

So, what about the SWAG?

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  1. Color Run shirt – which was very comfortable and I plan to wear it again
  2. Foil tattoo
  3. Sweet colorful headband – (not pictured cause I didn’t want to take it off)
  4. Super awesome medal-for you bling-lovers
  5. Extra color and shine packet
  6. Post-it notes with a coupon
  7. Crystal light packet for water
  8. Kind bar
  9. Water balloons
  10. Various coupons and discount codes for future local races
  11. Reusable clear plastic bag – which could be used to protect your belongings during the race.

Run Happy, my friends! 😉

 

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