Saturday, January 31, 2015

AROO Another Spartan Race giveaway!!!

Ok so you all know the I love Spartan Races.  In fact I will be heading back to Tuxedo, NY in May to tackle that damn course again.  The winner of my last Spartan giveaway is actually going to join my team this year too.

So when right before the holidays when Dan from Spartan contacted me again about all the new and exciting things happening and asked if I would share them again of course I said yes.  Plus he gave me another entry to give away and a discount code to use for everyone.

First up - The cool new stuff happening on

1. There is a new Season Pass for 2015.  If you are going for the Trifeca this is a must!!  You get entry in to any race plus travel discounts and more!!  

2. The Spartan Cruise - WHAT?!?  This in my opinion is a GAME CHANGER!  Imagine a Spartan race on an island just for the race?!?!

3. In 2015 the Spartan Championship is moving to Lake Tahoe in October.  They plan on giving out $500,000. in prizes!!! 

4. Last but surely not least there is a great new podcast from the founder of Spartan Joe De Sena.  It is called Spartan Up.  I am coping the description direct from the website to be sure to include all the info that you will hear when you listen.

The epitome of grit, Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking answers from experts like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Pressfield, Barbell Shrugged, and many more. Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life. The Podcast is now live here 


  • Former member of Seal Team Six
  • Olympic wrestling coach
  • Ultra marathoner (who carries a fridge on his back)
  • CEO of Virgin Group
  • Visually impaired wrestler
  • Emeritus US Army General
  • Founder of Seal Fit
Ok now for the second part of the post - the part I know a lot of you are waiting for is the give away.  I am only keeping the give away open for a couple of days so whoever wins can get registered for the race of their choice.  If you are local to New York or if you want to travel I would love it if you joined me in Tuxedo in May.  I think that would be such fun!!!  If you don't win (I am sorry) I do have a code that you can use for you and all your friends for 10% off an entry to the race of your choice.


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I can not wait for new pictures from the upcoming race so I can get one down the slide where it docent look like I had a bad accident in my shorts on the way down... LOL EWWWWWWWE

Friday, January 23, 2015

Top 14 of 2014

Because I am so behind I didn't want to do a year end post.  However I decided to just do a post with 14 pictures of some of my favorite events of the year.  I was not sure if I could find enough but then I had a hard time narrowing it down to just 14.  I really had a busy year!!

1. Meeting 2 of the greatest ladies at the start line of Rock n Roll Phoenix.

2. Ragnar Key West with the best team a person could hope for.

3. Meeting Jolene at Rock N Roll Raleigh after chatting on FB for a while. (She is amazing BTW)

4. Running many races with one of my favorite people. (This is my fave pic of us)

5. FINALLY PRing the half marathon distance.

6. Doing a mud run for a good cause and getting to hang out with some friends I had not seen in like 10 years.

7. Traveling to Chicago for another mud run and to hang with Christine for the first time in forever.

8.  Running Rock n Roll Philly again with Team Corey and meeting Marla

9. Actually getting a training run in that was longer than 13.1 miles.  And doing it with friends.

10. Running a full marathon and finishing strong.

11. MCM Weekend with Team Chris.

12. Yeah I met Meb and got to show him the picture I took of him at NYC 2013

13. Rock n Roll Vegas with my Sista from anotha Mista so she could do her first half marathon.


All in all it was a good year......bring it on 2015!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Key West Half Marathon

As many of you already know.  Tom and I love Key West.  When I did Ragnar in Feb 2014 I found out that in January they had a half marathon.  So while I was there I registered and booked our room for the race weekend. Fast forward 11 months and we were headed down one more time.

We got down there just in time for happy hour at the Inn we always stay at.  It may be over $300 a night but it is awesome, breakfast and happy hour every day and the pool is open 24 hours.  Oh and no kids allowed.

Friday we just did what we love.  Walked around in the beautiful weather, ate, relaxed and enjoyed spending time together.  Tom was bummed because as it seems to always happen our favorite places close down.  It was also extra crowded this time.

Taco Truck at 10pm
Even doing laundry is better in Key West

Found at the rare book store.....

Saturday I walked the whole 3 minutes to the expo.  It was crowded but it moved fast.  It was tiny but I got my stuff and luckily I was able to buy socks and compression sleeves since I forgot mine.  The shirt is pretty amazing.

Sunday was race day and even thought the weather had been perfect since we go there I woke up to 70 degrees and ONE FUCKING HUNDRED PERCENT humidity at SIX IN THE MORNING!!  Race start was 7am so I headed out my door at 6:45.  Got to the race, peed and got to the startline with time to spare.  LOL.  Just before sun up we started.

The first 2 miles were in the town and for some reason seemed to be the loooooongest miles ever.  Just as the sun was coming up we hit the beach.  Luckily the sun NEVER came out for the whole race.  The humidity was suffocating.  Along the water there was a nice breeze though.

Miles 3 through 6.5 were along the water and then we just turned around and headed back along the water.  Miles 9 - 13.1 were through the town but along a different route than we took out.  I didn't take too many pics because I was so sweaty and that sometimes messes with my camera.  I did stop at the mile 0 sign.  The girl who took my pic also took one of me fixing my shorts that is funny.

One thing I love about grey days is that neon colors are even brighter in the grey!!!  We did some weird loopy turns in Mallory Square then headed down artist row and across the finish line.

I didn't stay at the finish fest because I could get a nice breakfast and a seat 1 block away.  Plus it was so crowded and since there was only 1 stop with gatorade along the course I needed something more than water.

The rest of Sunday was lunch and then relaxing on the porch in my new favorite hammock with Tom.    Of course the sun came out and the humidity dropped significantly....... #alwaystheway

Monday we did the usual tourist things like the aquarium, Hemingway house and the butterfly conservatory.

Tuesday we actually got to have lunch with Tom's sister.  We walked around for awhile before she got there.  We saw some fun street art too.

After lunch with Denise, we headed home.  All in all it was a great weekend.  However, I think it will be our last trip to Key West.  It has just changed too much from out first few trips there and seems too commercial and crowded now.  We will be heading back to Belize for our next warm weather trip either over Christmas or in February for our anniversary.  We were married on keep day so next year will be our 2nd and also 8th anniversary so we need to have a fun trip.

Because of Belize I will not be running Disney in January, actually I think I am kind of over all the crazy traveling.  Starting in 2016 I am going to stay closer to home.  I will travel once or twice a year I am sure but not once or twice A MONTH.  There are plenty of races close to my home I just don't need to travel.  I think I might be a little burnt out on it too.

Just think of the money I will save too......