Race Recap: 2017 North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon 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 the North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon in Port Angeles! I went into it with high expectations that I quickly realized were wishful thinking.

The Friday before I summited Mount Saint Helens. It was over 5,000 feet of elevation and a very long trek to the top. On the glissade down I ended up face planting due to the snow conditions and tore my pants in the process. When I woke up on Saturday to leave for Port Angeles my right leg was covered in ice-burn and I have two deep purple bruises from my ice axe. Let’s just say, my legs were not feeling so good. The drive north was beautiful and we arrive to Port Angeles in good time.

Expo:
The race expo was held on Saturday only from noon to 6pm. The bib pickup was pretty organized, but due to a name mix up I had to go back and get the correct bib. I was very happy the long sleeve half zip was a womens cut! That was a wonderful surprise. We also received a reusable  gear check bag that had a place to write your bib on with a bunch of paper flyers. There weren’t many vendors at the expo, mainly local running races.

We checked into our hotel then found an early dinner. I highly recommend Barhop Brewing, their pizza and beer was great! We also swung by the natural food market for some snacks. I opted for fresh guacamole, hummus and chips which seemed to help my stomach instead of hinder it on race day.

Race Day:
Getting to the race day shuttles was a quick walk from my hotel. NODM did a great job organizing the start times for the Half and Full marathons so that it was easy to get on a shuttle to the start. The volunteers loading runners on to the shuttles were wonderful too!

After a 20 minute shuttle ride we arrived at the start line. It was an open soccer field. There was a marching band and a small shelter that had cups of water. There were also plenty of porta-potties! The lines were never too long for them which was wonderful.  I did find my fellow BibRave Pros Bradley and Jeremy  before the start! It’s always wonderful to meet fellow pros.

 

 

The start was pretty organized considering there were less than 1,000 runners. The course is relatively flat but the hills are pretty steep. I ran with someone from my Fleet Feet Seattle training program for the first 6 miles before I started to really feel my legs. By mile 10 I was not a happy camper and was having issues keeping water and my shotblocks down. I knew after mile 6 that my goal of running a small PR was a no go. I will admit, at mile 10 I did phone my BRF to have her kick my ass into gear and finish. Cassidy- you are the best BRF a girl can have. I even called my boyfriend and asked him to have a coke ready for me at the finish. Yes, coke somehow helps me intake some sugar after I finish a race, not sure why it’s the easiest thing for me to stomach but it is.

Even if the last 3.1 miles suck they were beautiful! The last 4 miles look out over the Puget Sound and are on a very flat trail. All of the volunteers on the course were wonderful too. They were super enthusiastic and did a great job giving everyone directions. I was very happy to see that finish line even though I was in a lot of pain.

The finish line was pretty well organized. I quickly got my finishers medal, a gatorade and my gear check back. There was plenty of post race food too. I didn’t really eat any of it until I got back to my hotel, I was trying to drink as much liquid as I could since I was dehydrated.

Overall I would recommend this race to anyone looking for a relatively fast course and some sweet swag. If I were to run it again, I would definitely not summit a mountain two days before. Onward to Rock n Roll Seattle Half for a PR attempt!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Training Update

 

Another week down, just 4 weeks more until Rock N Roll Seattle! I can’t believe it’s May AND my BIRTHDAY today! This year, and training cycle have flown by. This past week I took it easy and ran just 3 days. Two speed workouts, one on Wednesday as part of my Fleet Feet training group and the other Sunday playing ultimate. I cut my long run short to 9 miles, it was super hilly… I definitely felt the hills Sunday during the ultimate game. I even played some softball Sunday. Joey got to come with too 🙂

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One of the more frustrating parts of the week is my pelvis/ lower abdomen. I am not sure what causes the cramping and discomfort while I run and sit for a long period of time. I won’t know until the week before Rock N Roll and I’ve decided that no matter what I will run the 5K and Half that weekend. I know I am crazy but for me I’ve trained for the race, the least I can do is run it and hope I don’t do more damage.

On a happier note- today is my birthday and it’s going to be 80 DEGREES in Seattle! I will definitely take full advantage of the beautiful weather and spend spend some time outside!

If you still want to run the Seattle Rock N Roll Half, you have time to register! Use “BibRave15” for $15 off the Half Marathon. 

North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon Training Update

 

This past week has been rough training wise. The 9 miles I ran the weekend before made me so sore because of the hill route I had to back off of my mileage last week. It probably didn’t help that after the 9 miles I went to the Sounders game and stood up for the full 90 minutes! I also ran into a bush during a training run… yes I am exhausted.

I hope the bush looks as bad as me

My knees have been pretty sore all around so I figured running lower mileage would help the soreness. I taped my right knee to help alleviate the IT Band pain. But this week’s Wednesday workout is hills which I do need to complete since NODM is quite hilly.  The Course is quite hilly, they are rolling hills which running in Seattle has conditioned me for but not for 9 miles of them. I know the last 4 flat miles will be a challenge since it will most likely be hot and less covered as the route goes toward downtown Port Angeles.

So here’s hoping I survive my last long run and hill workout before North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon. If you want to join me – use code BibRave17 for $5 off you registration for any of the NODM races.

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