Wednesday, December 28, 2016

10 Great Races to Add to Your 2017 Race Calendar!

1.  Cherry Blossom Ten Miler.  April 2, 2017.  Not to be missed.  This race is a DC institution and self dubbed "Runner's Rite of Spring".   People travel from all over the US, hoping to get perfect race conditions that line up with peak blooms!  The lottery is over, but they do allow for bib transfers and that window is open Feb. 1-Feb 28, 2017.  People are always selling their bibs as the race gets closer....so keep an eye out and put the word out that you are looking! 



2.  Marine Corps Marathon.  October 22, 2017.  "More Than a Race".  So true.  You will feel such emotion and pride for your country running this one.  You will feel an amazing sense of gratitude for our service members and their families.  You can't beat the amazing 26.2 mile tour of the Washington, DC area...staring at the Pentagon, running past monuments, the Potomac River and ending at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  Entry for this race is also by lottery which opens on March 22.  I have run this race 4 years in a row 2013, 2014 and 2015, 2016 and you can click on the year to read my race recap.


3. Navy Air Force Half Marathon  Sunday Sept. 17, 2017.  This race is a great PR friendly course - mostly flat, start at the Washington Monument, through the monuments of DC and Rock Creek Park.  It comes in early September at the perfect time when all your hot summer training lends to a PR on the cool race morning!  It's a perfect race too because it hasn't become so popular (YET!) as it's relatively new and so there is no lottery for this one.  But mark my words....it will grow every year!   Register here: http://navyairforcehalfmarathon.com/  You can read my race recap from 2014 here


4. Annapolis Running Classic  November 2017 Date TBD based of the Navy Football schedule.  Great race through historic Annapolis.  Not flat and not a PR race, but the after party will make the 13.1 mile jaunt well worth your time.  Lots of micro-brews and oysters in the party tent.  They always have amazing premiums for the runners as well.  You can read my recap here of the 2013 race.


5. Smuttynose Half Marathon October 1, 2017.  Great fall seacoast course and a great medal with the Smuttynose Harbor Seal on the medal!  The beachfront after-party in true New England style is fantastic as well.  Lobster rolls, clam chowder, and Smuttynose Beer!  You can read that recap here of the 2013 race.  I can't wait to make it up north for this one again one day! 

6. Love Run Philly Half Marathon.  March 26, 2017.  Was so fun to run past the rocky steps and run past all the flags that line the Ben Franklin parkway! 

7.  Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon and Lobster Bake.  Portland, ME July 8th, 2017.  Race field capped at 4,500 to keep it small.  Coastal course with Shipyard beer to refresh you at the finish. It's only $60 until 12/31/16 and save 10% by registering through this link: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=6871&promo=MRTT2017

8. Army Ten Miler.  October 8, 2017.  A great racing distance, the 10 miler and supports a great cause.  This is also a very popular race and sells out very quickly so you have to stay on top of registration when it opens on May 24, 2017. 

9. Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon.  April 29, 2017.  Downhill, speedy marathon starting in the mountains outside of Las Vegas.  Finishes in Las Vegas where I plan to celebrate and recover....racecation!   $105 with a $5 facebook discount. Plus select join a team and join "Team Nuun" for an extra $5 off.    Free photos and finishers video.  They also have the most liberal deferment policy I've seen of any race. 

10. Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon. August 2017 This race is already sold out for this summer and word on the street is that they WILL allow bib transfers this year.  If you don't get a bib, you can still attend the Sunset Festival attached to the race as tickets can be purchased separately if you aren't running.  A great waterfront course in Vancouver plus sunset yoga festival and concert.  You can read my recap of the 2015 race here.  If you did get in for 2017, I am super jealous of course, but  as always want you to have the time of your life!  Check out the guide I put together to help you make the most of your trip! 

11. Thinking Ahead to 2018!  January 2018, plan a trip to Florida for the Clearwater Distance Festival!  A beautiful course with great ocean views.  You can read my recap here.  A fantastic beach destination race but not for PRs as you will cross 2 bridges twice each.  Great post race festival with unlimited pasta and beer.
  

Product Review: Mizuno Breath Thermo Cold Weather Gear

It's no secret I love to run in the winter.  I don't let the cold weather stop me from my 5am runs.  I prefer to get bundled up and head out in 20 degree darkness than jump on the treadmill if I have a choice.  The key to being successful and maintaining my training over the winter, is the right gear.

Enter the new Mizuno Breath Thermo line meant to keep you warm on winter runs due to it's heat generating technology that uses your body's moisture to generate heat. 

I tested out the Base Layer Crew and I was very happy with it.  Not only was it comfortable, but it kept me at just the right temperature on my 40 degree run.  I also am really happy with the style.  It is a bit longer in the back and fits just right.  I will mention Mizuno does run small, so I normally wear an XS in most brands but I wore a Small in Mizuno.  I really like the blue and orange design as well. 


The Mizuno Breath Thermo Warmalite gloves kept my hands very warm.  I actually got too warm and a bit sweaty mid run and I took them off.  They offer reflective detailing and a storage pocket on top of the hand that could hold a key. 


I have been really happy with Mizuno products lately.  I am normally a huge lululemon and Nike devotee but Mizuno can give them a run for their money! 



Friday, December 23, 2016

Product Review: The Mizuno WaveRider 20 Running Shoe






Nike has changed their Lunarglide with the recent models and not to my liking.  The Lunarglide is technically a stability shoe but it was also such light stability that it was basically a neutral shoe.  The newer versions now have way too much stability.....so I am in the market for a new shoe.  Runners know that changing shoes is no easy task!  Have to test new models, take them for runs to see how they work for us....who's got time for that?




Mizuno contacted me to send me a pair of the new Mizuno WaveRider 20s and I was happy to test them out since I was in the market anyway.  Perfect timing!


I have taken them out on a 6 miler on the road and worn them during a track workout so far. 


Here are my thoughts:







Look:  I do like the way they look.  They are pretty sharp with clean lines and a bright blue color.  Not to mention the box that they came in was beautiful!




Fit: They are slightly more narrow and fit smaller than my Lunarglides, so it is worth noting that you may have to go up a half size in Mizuno to get a fit that you are used to.  I normally wear a 6.5 but those were too tight and I had to exchange them for the 7. 




Feel:  They definitely gave me a nice neutral ride with a good amount of cushion.  The cushion is a stiff cushion, not a pillowy feel, but I liked that I could feel the road.  They definitely felt responsive.









Overall, if you are in the market for a new shoe- I would try the Mizuno WaveRider 20.  They are definitely a part of my shoe rotation now and will get a lot of miles this marathon cycle. 



 

Monday, November 7, 2016

#OwnTheRun with GoreTex

I am so happy to have been sent the Women's Saucony Ride 9 GTX shoe to try out!  When I was contacted I was so thrilled as I was about to head to a Ragnar Trail Relay that would get soaked by Hurricane Matthew.  Unfortunately, the shoes arrived after I had already boarded my flight.  Major bummer as the GoreTex liner would have been a game changer!



Women's Saucony Ride 9 GTX is a neutral shoe with great cushioning and traction for the trail.  I am very excited for the GoreTex feature....wet feet are the worst on a run!  It has been super dry here in DC and it has not rained since I got them!  I have not been able to test out their waterproof-ness on a run yet but will be sure to update this post as soon as I can take them for a spin in the rain!  I am running a spring marathon again so lots of training will occur during the winter splashing through snow melt.  GoreTex brand is all about weather not being an excuse and encouraging runners to #owntherun no matter the weather.

Now the GOOD STUFF....


Goretex is celebrating their new shoe collaboration with Saucony, Brooks and Asics by giving away a head to toe Gore-Tex outfit: shoes, shorts, running pants, jacket, and headphones!   You can enter here:

http://www.gore-tex.com/owntherun



I know each of you #OwnTheRun in your own way- so tell GoreTex how and win!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Race Recap: Dogfish Head Dash 8k

Dogfish Head Dash




Registration: sells out in minutes.  Last year registration opened on April 1, so keep your eyes peeled to their Facebook page!


Location:  the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE.


Course:  the course was nothing spectacular but was a five mile loop around the surrounding neighborhoods and town.  It's a large race so there was a good amount of crowd support and distraction with all the costumed racers!  The real joy was the finish line!



Finish Party:  this is where the fun happens!  Each racer gets FOUR Dogfish Head brews.  Amazing!  Great food at the finish such as fresh bagels, a yogurt and granola bar, fruit, drinks, etc.  There were also a number of food trucks- even one serving apple cider donuts!



Lodging:  hotels book up quickly and hot fairly expensive even with the off season.  A friend was able to rent one of the town homes at the brewery for $100 a night on air bnb which is a great deal!  With the late start of the race (9am) we made it a day trip from DC. 


This was a great race and I hope I get in every year!  In addition to the fun after party that you earn after running a fast 5 miles, the race was able to donate $100,000 to the Nature Conservancy.  That is AWESOME in my book.  Plus I love any excuse to head to Rehoboth, DE!  

Friday, July 29, 2016

Giveaway: Two Entries to a Zooma Run Event (For You and A Friend!)




I am giving away TWO entries to a remaining Zooma Run 

event for 2016!  One for you and one for a friend!  The codes

can be used for the all new Cape Cod fitness weekend (9/24) 

and the Florida race (10/22).  Make a girl's weekend out of it!


Yoga on the Beach? Yes, Please! 

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island is the Host for the Event!  Beachfront!

This looks like an ideal place to relax post-race!




Enter below and good luck!


Women's Health Magazine Run 10 Feed 10

I am once again participating in the fight against domestic hunger with Women's Health Magazine and the Run 10 Feed 10!


About RUN 10 FEED 10

Right now, 49 million Americans are going hungry—they don't know when they will get their next meal. The reality is there IS enough food in the world today for everyone to get the nourishment they need for a healthy and productive life.

HUNGER IS THE WORLD’S MOST SOLVABLE PROBLEM.

It's something we can do something about. Together, we can make a huge impact in a very simple way. All you have to do is RUN!
This fall, Women’s Health will once again host our run with a mission. Run a 10K with us, and you will instantly provide 10 meals for those going hungry in your local and surrounding neighborhoods. You can join us by racing in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco, or you can join us at Fun Runs nationwide. If you don't live in one of our host cities - you can still participate! Sign up to run your own 10K or start a team and host your own RUN 10 FEED 10 run. The money from your registration and fundraising efforts will go to those metropolitan areas nearest to you.

There are a few options to participate:

1.) Race in cities such as NYC, San Fran, Chicago and Denver.  You can read about my awesome experience attending the NYC race here: NYC Run 10 Feed 10 Race Report

2.) Fun Run
Race and Fun Run dates and locations now available: hold the dates in your market! The schedule for

Flagship events and Fun Runs is as follows:

 9/8 – Chicago

 9/10 – Atlanta

 9/11 – DC

 9/18 – NYC

 9/24 – Boston

 10/1 – Los Angeles

 10/2 – Detroit

 10/22 – Austin

 10/29 – San Francisco

3.) Run Your Own

To Sign-up: Click here (Run10Feed10.com) and go to Register Now, then scroll down to RUN YOUR OWN. Then select JOIN A TEAM or CREATE A TEAM, select RUN YOUR OWN 5K. You’ll start the registration process and then will again select CREATE A TEAM or JOIN EXISTING TEAM and search for your team. Finish registration using discount code WHDAHLEM.

4.) Donate:  If you don't want to run you can still help the cause through a donation!  My goal is reach a minimum of $50 so any little bit helps!  https://www.crowdrise.com/womens-health-action-hero-colleen-dahlem/fundraiser/colleendahlem

Please consider joining me!  You can save $5 OFF any city's registration or 10% off the Run Your Own Option by using code: WHDAHLEM.   Do something good for yourself and for your community.  As a teacher, I know that hunger affects more than just bellies, it affects a child's ability to learn.  Let's #dogood together!  All of the money raised goes to the Feed Foundation

You not only will be raising money to feed the hungry in your local community, but you will cross the finish line with a sense of pride, accomplishment and some great SWAG.  Check out the Feed 10 bag.  I love mine and use it all the time!