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Tips for Running Your Best Boston Marathon

TGIF!  Another training week checked off!  What a week of weather (again!) It snowed twice here in Asheville. Fortunately it didn’t linger unlike the poor souls in the Northeast!


Today I’m hooking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the weekly #FridayFive link up. This is a very fun link up and if you have a blog I hope you join in! You can find out more about it here on Courtney’s blog along with a list of upcoming themes.

The theme for today is “Free Friday”. Since I have Boston Marathon on the brain I thought I would share some of my favorite websites I have found with helpful tips for running your best Boston Marathon.

1. Tips for Running  Your First Boston Marathon- MarathonKoach

This is a great site with very helpful information for someone running their first Boston Marathon. It includes tips on where to stay, where to eat, the Expo, what to do while you are in town, and of course race day logistics.


2. 11 Golden Rules for Running a Successful Boston Marathon- Active.com

This article includes some great pre-race tips as well as some tips on how to handle the 4 miles of downhill running at the start that can beat  up your quads and if not run smart bust your PR dreams!

3. 10 Tips to Tame the Hills of Boston- Runner’s Connect

Runner’s Connect has many great articles on preparing for and running the Boston Marathon.  This particular article focuses on the hills. Tips include how to incorporate hill training and pylometrics into your routine, getting cozy with your foam roller, drinking tart cherry juice for its anti-inflammatory properties and working on the mental side of running hills.

Boston Marathon Runners


4. Four Key Workouts to Prepare for the Boston Marathon Course- Runner’s Connect

Keeping with the theme of conquering the Newton Hills, Coach Jeff shares some race specific hill workouts.

5. Three Race Day Quirks You Must Prepare for  in the Final Days of Training for the Boston Marathon- Runner’s Connect

Another great article from Coach Jeff, here he shares tips on how to prepare for the mid-morning start time by starting your long runs later in the morning.  Also he covers how to practice pacing so as to not go out too fast at the start of the race especially on the downhill.  One tip I thought was really great was how to train for the weather.  All my training has been in 15-35 degree weather while race day will likely be 40-70 degrees. He suggests dressing to be too warm on your runs in the days leading up to the marathon so to be ready for a warm race day.

* I added these other two websites because they are so valuable and I found it hard to cut them from the list. The first is a video by Coach Luke Humphrey, professional runner with the Hanson’s-Brooks Distance Project. The video is a bit long but worth watching all the way through. He talks about the course mile by mile and at the end he has some great tips about preparing for the weather including the wind. Key take away point:  be patient the first half of the course and you will finish strong.

Running Your Best Boston Marathon- Luke Humphrey

Boston Marathon Pace Calculator- Runner’s Connect- Runner’s Connect

Plug in your race time goal and the calculator will spit out your target pace for each mile of the course taking in to consideration every hill. It will make sure you don’t go out to fast and have enough left in the tank to finish BOSTON STRONG!

Have you run the Boston Marathon? Are you training to qualify for Boston? What tips do you have to share?



Top Five Races to Run in Asheville

TGIF!  This week has flown by (thankfully). The weather has been rough across the country. In Asheville we have been hit with ice and snow and temps below 0 degrees!  So not typical of this area!

I’m hooking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the weekly  #FridayFive link up. The theme for today is “Five Races to Run in 2015.”  This is a very fun link up and if you have a blog I hope you join in! You can find out more about it here on  Courtney’s  blog  along with a list of upcoming themes.

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite races to run in Asheville in case you are inspired to road trip and tie it in with a race!

1. Coming up in a couple of weeks on March 15 is the Asheville Marathon and Half Marathon. Held on the beautiful grounds of the Biltmore Estate,  iDaph Events puts on a great race. The only thing to keep in mind is weather can be iffy.

Courtesy of iDaph Events


2. Another great race held on the Biltmore Estate in May is the Biltmore Kiwanis 15k/5k. I do this race every year with my dad. It was my first race to run! I love coming back to it and seeing how much I have improved.

3. Asheville is known as “Beer City USA” with more breweries per capita than anywhere in the country!  Here you can find out more info on exploring the craft brew scene in Asheville. One race director has come up with a series of races called, “Race to the Taps.”  It’s a series of 6 races held between April and October each being held at different breweries around the area. This is the first year for this event and I’m excited to run a couple of them!  Each race ends at a brewery with a complimentary pour. Food trucks and live music will be a part of the post race festival at the finish.

4. August is the hottest month in Asheville and a great time to head to the trails for the Springmaid Splash.  From the Carolina Runner, ” This run is tough, wet, and wild. YOU WILL GET WET! You will run along flat fields next to the river, and through the river four times. Paths wind through mountain laurel, challenging HILLS, numerous switchbacks, singletracks, soft sand, alongside ponds, over roots and rocky spots. The entire loop is “run-able,” but is totally acceptable to walk parts of the course. It is a great SUMMER COOL DOWN! ”

Now We’re Splashing! Courtesy of Mount Mitchell Races


5. The Thomas Wolfe 8k is a longstanding fall tradition. It is a great course that runs through downtown and the historic Montford neighborhood. Held in October the temperature is perfect for racing and trees are usually at peak fall colors. The date for 2015 has not been set.


If you are looking for a destination race in Asheville or western North Carolina I highly recommend The Carolina Runner.  Dennis’ site is the most comprehensive for races in the area and has grown to include races across North Carolina and South Carolina.

What race are you looking forward to in 2015?


#FridayFive- Five Things I Love About Asheville


Today I’m linking up with  EatPrayRunDC, YouSignedUpForWhat?  and MarOnTheRun   for the #FridayFive. The theme is “Five Things I Love About My Favorite City.” Well, it just so happens that my favorite city is my hometown!  Asheville is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  For being so small (pop. 75,000) it is packed with greatness!  Frommer’s just listed it as one of the number one cities in the world to visit in 2015! So here are five reasons why I love my hometown:

1. Location, location, location!  Asheville is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country! Smack dab in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains it’s close proximity  to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Some of the best mountain biking, trail running, white water kayaking, hiking, and backpacking can be found here. World class athletes live here because of the close proximity to trails.

2. Food!  Asheville is definitely a foodie’s town! It is starting to make a name for itself on the national food scene. Whatever you are looking for it is here! The hottest restaurant in town right now is Curate’. Chef Katie Button trained at the world renown elBulli and shares her talent and passion with the Asheville food scene.

3. Beer!  Deemed “Beer City USA” there are now more breweries per capita than any city in the US!  Some big names in brewing including Sierra Nevada and New Belgium have discovered this sweet little city and are calling it home.

4. The Biltmore House!  This beautiful estate is the largest private home in the country. If you like Downton Abbey you will love the Biltmore House. I liken it to a museum. It has one of the most amazing art collections including Sargent, Boldini and Renoir.  My favorite part is the grounds. Comprising over 125,000 acres I liken it to Asheville’s own “Central Park” as the grounds were designed by the renowned landscape architect  Frederick Law Olmsted.

5. The arts! There are hundreds of artists studios downtown and in the River Arts districts. You will find every style, every medium.  Many are known nationally and internationally. One of my favorite artists is Spencer Herr.

There you have it!  What I love about my favorite city! Have you been to Asheville? What do you like about it? What is your favorite city?

*Thank you Courtney, Cynthia and Mar for the link up!