Wonder Woman Race Series

“Disclaimer: I received free entry into the Wonder Woman Race Series virtual run 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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Wonder Woman is a strong woman who empowers other women to be strong and independent!

Do you have a crew of women who you run or walk with that fit into that category? Are you ready to channel your inner Wonder Woman? Then why not run one or more of the inaugural races? This is a brand new series with 5 locations throughout California. They have a 5k and a 10k option. The first two of the series have already taken place but you can sign up for any or all of the other ones.

  • September 22nd – Sacramento, CA
  • October 13th – Oakland, CA
  • October 21st – San Jose, CA
  • November 4th – Los Angeles, CA
  • November 18th – San Diego, CA

If you do not live in California or are unable to head there, you can always join me in running the virtual option. I mean who wouldn’t want to earn this amazing swag?

And if that is not enough swag , head over to their shop and pick up some more! Here are just two of the cool items you can purchase.

Also, if you use code WWBIBRAVE you can save 10% off any or all of the races INCLUDING the virtual option!

Channel your inner Wonder Woman today!

Renee

Onward Shay

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting Onward Shay Boise 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!”

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Fall means cooler temps (usually) and who doesn’t love running/racing in cooler weather? I know I sure do! If you are looking for an awesome fall race then why not sign up for Onward Shay! Boise Marathon? Shay Hirsch is the inspiration behind this race. She lost her 11 year battle with cancer and this race is run in her memory with all proceeds going to some of her favorite charities . There is a race for everyone! A 5K, 10K, half and full (Boston-qualifying) marathon, plus relays & kid’s race, all located in the heart of beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho on October 28th, 2018! And if you are not up for racing you could always volunteer.

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Here is the weekend agenda:

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Expo and Packet Pick Up – there will be a full schedule of special guest speakers covering topics from the world of running!
  • 2:00 pm – T-Shirt pickup for the Run Toto Run Kid’s Race
  • 3:00 pm – Run Toto Run Kid’s Race – an opportunity for the youngest runners (2-12 years old) to meet legendary runners and Olympians!

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

  • 7:00 am – same day packet pickup at Payette Brewing*
  • 9:00 am – First wave of the race Starts! (the half and full marathon). The start/Finish lines are at Payette Brewing.
  • 9:15am – second wave starts (5K and 10K)
  • 11:15 am – Half Marathon Awards – Finish Festival at Payette Brewing*
  • 2:00 pm – Marathon Awards – Finish Festival (time to drink the Onward Shay IPA!)
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Course Closes
  • *Payette Brewing is located at 733 S Pioneer St, Boise, Idaho.

There are plenty of options for great hotels at an awesome price. There is also so much to do and see like several Museums, Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park, Idaho Botanical Garden, and so much more, so why not take a few extra days and see what Idaho has to offer?

There are fewer than 100 slots left so you don’t want to wait too long to sign up! Use code BIBRAVE15 to save 15% off of registration of any of the Onward Shay races.

Happy Racing!

Renee

Berlin Marathon/Prague Vacation

I was super excited when I got the email that I would be running the Berlin Marathon this year. This was my bucket list marathon. I was supposed to go with a Twitter friend as we had put our names in the lottery together. Another Twitter friend (Kat) had gotten in and the three of us decided to stay together. I rented a three bedroom/three bathroom apartment and was very happy with it but without going into detail (because it is still a sore spot with me) the one “friend” turned out to be not a very nice person. So, Kat and I were able to switch to a smaller apartment which was in an amazing location and we had a really great time.

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We also were able to meet up with another Twitter friend (Megan) from Australia who has been to Berlin for vacation in the past and she became our “tour guide” for the day. We had the BEST day ever! The three of us who had never met in person until this trip were like old friends. We had such an enjoyable day and I am blessed to call them both great friends now. I am hopeful that we will see each other again in the future.

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My training did not go the best for this Marathon so my goal was to just finish. Suffering from depression and a weight gain because of that depression made it hard to train properly. The day was a bit warm for me so I knew I would struggle. I have to say that as far port o potties go, this was by far the worst I had ever experienced. They did not have nearly enough at the start and a lot of the ones they did have were locked so you could not even use those. They had quite a few urinal buildings so it seemed like they were really catering to the men. On the course though I felt like they had enough, but my friend said they ran out of toilet paper. The first water stop was not until the 5k mark and the second one around the 10k mark so I was glad I had my own water with me. After the second water stop they became more frequent which was nice. They had tons of stops with fruit which I took advantage of. They also had a couple of spots that you could stop and get a massage if you needed one. I thought that was really cool. If I wasn’t going so slow at that point I maybe would have stopped for a quick massage. The crowd support was amazing and the views were spectacular! I was feeling great up until mile 10 when I hit a wall. I really started to struggle mentally and emotionally. At one point I wanted to stop and call my Dad (who is a seasoned Marathoner) and just have him tell me I could do it and to not stop. I decided to just keep going because of the time difference and not knowing if I would even get ahold of him, plus if I stopped I knew I would have a hard time getting going again. I normally do a 3 min walk/ 1 min run but at this point I was doing more walking than running. I just kept telling myself to keep moving and run when I could. It was a really tough day for me and even though it was not my worst marathon time, it was not my best either. I finished and could not have been happier!

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After Berlin I traveled to Prague by myself via train to spend 6 days relaxing and having fun. It was unseasonably warm so I was happy I packed quite a bit of summer clothing. My last 2 days in Prague were a bit cooler but other than that it was quite warm.

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Prague is a beautiful city and I really enjoyed it. I did a lot of sightseeing and people watching. I met several people from the States and had some great conversations. I walked everyplace I went in Prague. They had plenty of public transit but I just felt more comfortable walking due to a bit of a fiasco I had getting to my hotel via public transit. Thankful for a stranger who could clearly see that I was lost. He stopped and got me going in the right direction.

I also went on a 10 mile hike to their amazing National Park (Bohemian Switzerland). It was so beautiful and peaceful there. There were three ladies from PA (one of who is currently living in Prague) and a guy from AZ on the tour/hike. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We stopped at a quaint restaurant and had an amazing Czech lunch. I am really glad I took this hike and would highly suggest it if you ever find yourself in Prague.

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This was simply an amazing trip that I will never forget! A once in a lifetime kind of trip. I can’t wait to see where the next adventure takes me!

Happy Running/Traveling

Renee

Onward Shay

“Disclaimer: I’m promoting Onward Shay Boise 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!”

 

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Shay Hirsch is the inspiration behind this race. She was an avid runner from Boise who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a form of blood cancer) and she bravely fought this battle for 11 years. Now her memory is honored by incorporating into the race her favorite book which is the Wizard of Oz. All proceeds are donated to her favorite charities.

 

 

There is a race for everyone! A marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, relay and a kid’s race. On October 28th you will run through neighborhoods of the lovely Boise, Idaho. This is a flat, fast course so it is great for runners of all abilities. And if you are not up for being a participant you could always volunteer.

 

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This is an awesome fall race that you do not want to miss out on. Sign up now before it’s too late! Use code BIBRAVE15 to save 15% off registration.

Happy Running!

 

Renee