2017 Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Recap

After the chaos of Florida I was looking forward to California and some warmer weather. Turns out, the weather wasn’t much warmer but the sun was out.

We flew in Friday and me and my boyfriend got an Uber and headed to our hotel. We stayed somewhat close to the Disneyland entrance which made logistics super easy.

After checking in and changing we headed over to the Race Expo so I could get my bib. The expo at Disneyland is pretty small compared to runDisney events in Florida which makes things a lot easier. I got my bib, which was super pretty and headed over to get my shirt and visit the Sparkle Athletic booth to pick up the remainder of my costume. This year’s half marathon shirt was black and I am so thankful it is! I don’t mind grey or blue but this means I can wear it more often. We then headed into the parks, did all of the big rides we could including a cold voyage on Splash Mountain and called it a night around 11pm. Saturday we went into both theme parks and saw a few of my running friends in Downtown Disney. We were able to find pasta for dinner in California Adventure which was a lifesaver.

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My costume this year was Jyn Erso from Rogue one. I made a makeshift holster and found a lightweight fishing vest on Amazon. I figured I’ll reuse the vest for halloween or another Star Wars related event. I was bracing for it to be much colder than it was but I am glad I ran in shorts because the temperature got warmer as the race went on.

Race day morning was a bit complicated, my dad met me at the hotel and we walked over the start line. We somehow ended up super early but barely made it into our corral. runDisney changed the corrals this year so they were smaller which made starting a mess.

The course was different than previous years due to the construction we did not run as much in the theme parks. They did have a bunch of fun music and lights when we were running backstage. We saw a few characters, Boa Fett, a bunch of Jedi and of course Storm Troopers all throughout Disneyland.

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I was feeling pretty good all things considered but around mile 10 my stomach got the best of me. I did stop and that seemed to help but my cramping kept happening. I kept running as fast as I could. My time was pretty respectable all things considered and I did have fun even though my stomach did not cooperate. In the finisher chute, I ended up getting my Coast to Coast challenge medal even though I did not run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon the week before. I was able to find both my dad and boyfriend quickly and we took a few photos in the trash compactor and Hoth photo stops.

All in all it was a great trip and I am very glad I ran this race again. I will definitely run this race again, hopefully I can use my Disney World Half transfer for this race next year. Also, who doesn’t love a reason to dress up and run with all the other Star Wars fans?

June Half Marathon Training

I am crazy- I am running two half marathons two weeks apart in June. Yes, I am running North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon on June 4 and then the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon on June 17 as a BibRave Pro.

My training is going pretty well, I decided to join the Spring Distance Program at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle in April as a way to keep me motivated to run. I will say most of my long runs have been hilly which makes it hard for me to gauge if my training is on pace or not. I am also tired a lot more, like the photo of Joey above. But, overall I do feel better about my running since joining the training program.

My goal is to run a PR during either race but I’m thinking NODM Half Marathon is going to be the best course for me to do so. I am also hiking Mt. Saint Helens the Friday before the race so we will see how I feel. 

Do you fancy joining me for either race? Use the codes below to save a few dollars!

 

North Olympic Discovery Marathon – June 4, 2017, Port Angeles; WA
Use code “BibRave17” for $5 off any event (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K)

Seattle Rock N Roll Half (This code is only for the half)
“BibRave15” for $15 off the Half Marathon

Product Review: Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set

Disclaimer: I received these Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

About a month ago a mysteriously large box arrived at my place. It happened to be the new Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set! I was so excited I immediately used them.

The Pack-It Sport Active Set comes with 2 bags, one for shoes that fit up to a large men’s shoe and another bag for clothes that’s double sided. They fit perfectly into another work or gym bag and even have their own carry handles for easy transport. I took mine with me to Blooms to Brews and was able to keep the stink of my racing clothes away keep from the rest of my clothes in my suitcase.

Another nice part of using Pack-It Sport Active Set is that it fits nicely with the rest of Eagle Creek’s packing system. I love my Eagle Creek packing cubes and the fact that I could fit all of my race day clothing plus the rest of my clothes and necessities nicely in my suitcase is a huge plus. I’ve never been more organized traveling to a race before.

I will say I use the clothing bag much more than the shoe, my Hoka One One Bondi 5s don’t fit very well in the shoe bag. But my other running shoes fit just fine.

Some pros about the Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set are:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Easy to wash
  • Ultra-light
  • Water repellent
  • Lifetime Warranty

The set comes in four different colorways and costs $40. Thanks to BibRave you can use code ‘SPORT15’ for 15% off any order!  Make sure you check out the Eagle Creek website for more organizational sets and other great luggage.

What do you like to use for organization? Let me know in the comments.

Product Review: Road ID Elite

Disclaimer: I received a Road ID Elite to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Many of you know I’m training for another half marathon PR in June. This has been a rough training cycle due to some hip pain and stomach/abdominal issues. I have had to stop running a few times and thankfully I’ve always been conscious and have had my cell phone on me to get a ride back home. But if for some reason in case of emergency, my Road ID is there with all of my essential personal information is on my wrist.

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For those of you who don’t know Road ID is a Kentucky based company that makes customizable ids for all types of sport. Road ID is perfect for anyone who is active and either has a current medical condition or wants some peace of mind. When I first found out about my allergies, I purchased both a Slim ID and a Shoe ID. I use both on a regular basis just in case something happens.

Recently, I was able to get the new Road ID Elite Black Edition. This newest finish of the Road ID Elite is perfect for me.  It’s stylish, or as stylish as it can be, and the new Black Edition plate is easy to read. I love how it can even wear it to work and it matches what I’m wearing. The Black Edition badges are a nice touch too. It doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing it on my wrist when I’m running or walking.

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Besides the functional reasons, Road ID Elite gives me peace of mind with an extra line of text so I can have three emergency contacts instead of two. If there were an emergency one of my loved ones would be notified and the person who sees my Road ID would know about my allergies.

Thanks to Bib Rave you can sign up here for $5 off your next Road ID purchase. Just make sure you use the code within 2 weeks.

 

Race Recap: Blooms to Brews 10K

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Blooms to Brews 10K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! 

This past weekend I ran Blooms to Brews 10k! Much to my surprised the race ended up being a lot of fun and I learned a lot about myself.

Expo
I drove down Saturday and arrived at expo before it opened. I ended up waiting in my car until noon when the door finally opened. The packet pick lines were a bit disorganized and it was a bit cramped due to the merchandise they had for sale. There were some sweet growlers!

Once I finally got my goodie bag with a super cute neon pink women’s cut tank, reusable bag, and printed program and map of the course I went to check out the expo. There wasn’t much. It was about five booths total. I headed back to the car and drove off to Portland to go explore for the rest of the day.

Race Day

Getting to the race was pretty was easy. Me and the boyfriend stayed in Vancouver, WA about 20 minutes away. We grabbed coffee on the way in and once we got to the race there was plenty of parking in the field next to the start line. I will say the weather was not as warmed as I hoped. I originally was going to race in shorts but ended up changing into tights the car right before the start. I will say their finish line was well organized except for the port-a-potties. My recommendation is to add two or three more to make the line move a bit faster.

All three races, Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k started right on time. People did a pretty good job at organizing themselves in the correct order. The 10k course is a lollypop where you run about farms and tulip field. Unfortunately, there weren’t flowers out but that was ok, it was still beautiful out. When the race started, I took off at a pace to PR, about 8:45/mile. I was feeling great and realized I was in the top 10/15 women for the first few miles. But the smaller turns and u-turns made it hard to keep my pace.

Unfortunately, just after mile 3 my hip started to hurt and radiate pain through my gluteus to my IT band. Yep it was most likely the hip that started the chain reaction. I tried to stay calm and kept telling myself less than 3 miles left but no such luck after mile 4 I had to walk and again with a half a mile to go I had to walk. The hardest part was watching myself get passed and passed by people as the finish line got closer. When I saw the finish line I was so happy I was trying my best to sprint without hurting.

The finish cute was well organized and I got my medal, a mylar blanket and a bottle of water. The finish line party was great. Each runner gets a free beer and bbq sandwich. Right after I found my boyfriend I immediately got my free beer, the Blooms IPA I believe, it’s brewed just for the race from a brewery in Vancouver. The bbq sandwich was great since I was freezing and need something warm to eat. About 10 minute later my boyfriend checked my time and it turns out I placed second overall in my age group!! Yes, my mess of a race turned into a first time ever age group place! So we stuck around until the award ceremony then got in a car and headed home.

This race was super fun and I am glad I ran! I am also happy I could get an age group place even though I wasn’t having the best race ever.