Preparing for summer races.

With Pi Day out of the way, I can now turn my attention to the rest of my race season. Since I am still waiting for the day when I magically start feeling well, I am only plugging in a few races here and there. (I have burned too many times with signing up for races and not being able to run due to my autoimmune stuff).

I do have a few races on the calendar that I am really excited for. Up next is Hospital Hill Half Marathon!

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At the 2015 Hospital Hill Expo

I have run this twice. The first year I did the Re-Run with both the half and the 5K. The second year, I signed up for the re-Run but only ran the 5K due to autoimmune. This year I am signed up for the Re-Run again. This is a really great race!

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Start line 2014

First, there is the course. Known for its nasty hills, Runner’s World rated it one of the hardest half marathons in the US. I highly recommend a lot of hill repeat training before tackling this bad boy. The first year I trained for this, I was running KU campus Campanile Hill over and over again. To be honest, the race course hills were not bad. My strategy of training heavy hills worked! DO NOT GO IN UNPREPARED!

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Hospital Hill Half course elevation from my Strava

 

The 5K course had a serious climb at the start. Bowie kept saying, isn’t this hill done yet? It was kind of ridiculous. After that, it wasn’t so bad!

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2014 bibs and medals for Re-Run

Second, there is the swag. Each year they have neat extras. One year I got a fleece blanket, another year I got a backpack. This year, it’s jammie pants! When you run the Re-Run, you get not only the 5K and half medals, you also get a Re-Run medal. Very cool!

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I am all smiles at the 2014 half!

Finally, I have to mention the race staff. The volunteers are awesome! One year, they were handing out towels because of excessive heat. The next day, handing out ziplock bags to save our cell phones from the rain. Through it all, they never left. (And can I thank the neighbors turning on sprinklers so we could run through?!?)

Also, the social media from this race is spot on. They do a great job hyping the race. They even used a picture of Bowie on Twitter and Facebook! How neat is that?

If you are interested in joining me, you can use code BIBRAVE for a sweet discount!

 

Disclaimer: I received a race entry 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!

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