Writing this post from the back of the van on the drive home from Cali. I’m reflecting on yet another amazing Ragnar weekend, this time at Ragnar So Cal in sunny California.
It was my first time doing So Cal. I knew going into this race that it was going to be fun. The team was made up of members from my local Moms Run This Town chapter. I’ve seen other teams that they had put together and had so much FOMO. I was stoked to be included in this group. Our team name was Wish They Could All Be Arizona Girls.
My buddy Tricia and I flew out to San Diego while the rest of our team drove out with the vans from AZ. We had a series of planes, trains and automobile mishaps trying to get there. Maintenance delay, missed train, then uber ride to meet our teammates. We rented 2 houses located just 1 block from the beach in Carlsbad. Um, yes please!
I was in van 2. Our team started at 5:15am from Huntington Beach. We took beach pics and lingered over coffee and then headed out to meet our team at the first major exchange.
Van 2 lineup:
Runner 1 - Foley
Runner 2 – Laura
Runner 3 – ME
Runner 4- Brecka (Captain)
Runner 5 – Tricia
Runner 6 - Jen
It was warming up as the handoff time approached. It wasn’t even noon yet and we were getting sunburned just waiting for the team to arrive.
Then right as we were leaving I found my friend Erica who was on another team.
Our first legs were hot and sunny. My first one was 3.1 miles and plenty of downhill (yay!). However, there were several stoplights along the way that we had to wait at. Not cool. I somehow managed 13 kills during this time, not sure how that happened!
Some of my teammates had brutal long runs during this time. We were happy when we wrapped up earlier than projected. We went back to our house in Carlsbad to freshen up and actually cooked a pasta dinner with garlic bread. Cooking at Ragnar – who knew that was possible! We laid down for a bit and then it was time to roll out again for our night legs.
My night leg would be my longest and most challenging run. It had over 700 ft of elevation gain over 5.3 miles. Some of the hills were so steep that it was more like hiking. Really tough. At least it was nice out!
I got to take my turn driving the van - a tattered 15 passenger van with a whole host of issues affectionately known as Bertha. After our night legs were over, I drove us back to the house again for a few more hours of sleep in an actual bed. It was unbelievable how many people opted to sleep outside at the exchange on the concrete. No thank you.
We continued to pull ahead of our projected finish time, so we had to hurry and make it to the exchange Saturday morning to finish our last legs. The exchange was at Torrey Pines, so the scenery was pretty epic.
Was fun meeting up with 2 more friends – my fellow BibRavePro Mai and a guy we both follow on Twitter (@touchted), who was running an ULTRA!
Most of our last legs were near the water (yay). My last run would be 3.8 miles through La Jolla. I enjoyed most of it – again except for dealing with stoplights and all the city blocks of downtown. I was happy to run along the beach, even for just a few minutes.
We went out and cheered on Tricia during her very long 9 miler by the beach. We had fun exhibiting a lot of girl power and helping to direct runners on the course)
We met our last runner at the finish line – right down by the water by the San Diego Convention Center. It was very congested. Parking was nuts. But finish line activities were buzzing with excitement. We only had to wait for a few minutes for Jen to come in – then we all ran across the finish together in our matching team outfits. We finished 2.5 hours earlier than expected!
The Hawaiian themed beer garden was fun and the dj guy was so impressed with our outfits that he came and took our pics, and gave me an extra beer ticket because I had done so many Ragnars. In fact, I earned another bonus medal for doing 3 so far in 2018.
I was glad for many things –
Top sayings from the weekend – (sorry these are mostly inside jokes)
Thanks again to this great group of strong, confident and chill women! Until next time! xoxo
It’s the Monday after Ragnar Tennessee, and the #ragnover is in full effect! I’m reflecting on yet another amazing Ragnar weekend.
Going into this race, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sure, I’ve done a ton of these now – but I only knew one person on the team, and the weather forecast was looking sketchy at best (t-storms).
The team was made up of Michiganders and former Michiganders (like me!). They drove the vans down from the Detroit area to the start in Chattanooga. I was assigned to van 1 (#van1forlife), but the ladies of van 2 were gracious enough to pick me up at the airport in Nashville and we made the 2 hour ride over to Chattanooga.
We had a 730am start time, and had a projected finish time of 6:30pm which is super late. More on that later.
Here was our Van 1 lineup:
Runner 1 - Stephie (Captain)
Runner 2 – Anne
Runner 3 – Shawn
Runner 4- Thad
Runner 5 – ME
Runner 6 - Mike
And here are the lovely ladies of van 2:
Ragnar has some of the prettiest start line locations! The start area was really cool, down at the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. It looked awesome at night and as the sun was coming up. I was runner #5, so it would still be a little bit until I got to run my first leg.
It was chilly at the start, but we were happy that the sun was out and there was no rain in sight. My first leg was 3.2 miles, and had over 200 ft of elevation gain. I was super tempted to stop and walk on the way up that darn hill, but I persisted and ended up with a great pace – 9:26 per mile. My leg started at the end of the Ragnar leg, which was a really pretty spot.
We wrapped up and handed off to van 2 and headed out to lunch. We found a cute old diner in the middle of nowhere. Then stopped at a waterfall nearby after.
Before we knew it, it was time to run again. It wasn’t dark out yet, and was only lightly misting. My 2nd leg was 4.3 miles. Luckily, it was somewhat in civilization and not totally in the boonies. I ran through some country neighborhoods, but felt safe. The temp was great, around 55 and still light mist. I was thankful it didn’t start pouring. I tend to run a little slower on the night leg because I’m more careful about where I’m stepping. Still ended with a decent pace – 9:40.
After a late night Mickey D drivethrough, we headed to the next major exchange and went inside to sleep in the gym. Unfortunately, I only brought a blanket, so that gym floor was hard as a rock. I was able to sleep in the van as we started back up at 4:20am. Miraculously, it was not raining, just overcast.
My 3rd leg would be my longest one – 6.7 miles. This one felt like it went on forever. It was more scenic, going past sprawling ranches. I knew my friend Carrie was going to meet me towards the end of this leg to cheer me on - this is what she looked like:
I knew she owned a dinosaur costume, but didn’t think she packed it with her from Arizona! I was so darn excited to be finished, I had 8 kills on this leg, which is pretty awesome for me. Another 338 ft of elevation gain and good pace – 9:33.
After we handed off to van 2 for the last time, we headed out for brunch near our hotel, got showered and even slept. Awesome. We were ahead of schedule this entire time, which was wonderful. We headed over to the finish area and waited for our runner, 2 hours early! Finish area was fun – whiskey tastings and local craft beer and good team bonding. Our final runner was injured but she did an amazing job. We went to dinner, all 12 of us in downtown Nashville. Good times!
I was glad for many things –
oh, and I earned a special bonus medal for doing 2 Ragnars so far in 2018! Looking forward to my next one in less than 2 weeks in So Cal!
"Disclaimer: I received an assortment of KT Tape products 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!"
I’m a believer in using all the tools you have in your toolkit to get you through your race training without causing any further injury. I’ve seen lots of people taped up in KT Tape at races before, but hadn’t really thought much of it for my own use.
Until I got injured.
After I had knee surgery for a torn meniscus, I saw a physical therapist for about a month afterwards. After one of the early sessions, he taped me up with KT Tape in an unusual burst pattern. It made no sense to me, but I knew he knew what he was doing. When I posted the picture of it, one of my fellow BibRave Pros immediately observed that I was taped to help with swelling. I was like how did she know that?
I’ve been pretty conservative (ish) with my running since then, cutting back from 6 days a week to 3 days a week. I added in body pump classes, which I love – but they are very rough on my knees with all the squats and lunges.
I received this variety pack of KT Tape for testing and immediately I thought I would try taping it for body pump. I watched a video on the ktape.com website that was specifically for “inner knee” issues. It was a super short video and I felt like maybe it wasn’t as intimidating as I thought.
So I followed the video and attempted to replicate the technique. I used the KT pro. It made my knee felt tight (in a good way) and supported. Knee felt good for the class and the 5 mile run afterwards. I kept the tape on until after my run the next day. It stayed on in the shower, never peeled off. Once it did come time to remove it, it gently peeled off so easily without any discomfort.
If you’re not familiar with kinesiology tape, it is an elastic sports tape that can help support tissues and help with drainage and inflammation. It can help provide relief from everything from plantar fasciitis to ankle, knee, shoulder and wrist pain.
From the kttape.com website:"When an area of the body is injured through impact or over-use, the lymphatic fluid builds up causing inflammation and swelling. This accumulation of lymphatic fluids may cause increased pressure on muscles and tissue which can cause significant discomfort or pain. It is believed that when applied correctly, KT Tape lifts the skin, decompressing the layers of fascia, allowing for greater movement of lymphatic fluid which transports white blood cells throughout the body and removes waste products, cellular debris, and bacteria."
I used the Extreme pro version for my half marathon. I figured with the longer distance I really wanted to make extra sure that the tape stayed in place. It did! It felt just a touch stiffer and stickier than the regular pro version. I also used it for body pump class.
I brought the KT Tape with me to Ragnar Tennessee. For my particular knee application, I cut one of the pre-cut strips in half to make the “X” over my meniscus area and then one full strip over that from shin to thigh. It was easy to apply on the fly in the van.
I also received both gentle and wide kt tape. The wide strips are good for larger affected areas – like lower back. I haven’t had a need for the gentle version yet. It was developed specifically for those who have skin more sensitive skin to take the tape off easier. If someone is having a hard time getting the Gentle tape to stick after doing all those preparation tips, I would recommend using PRO or even PRO Extreme.
When I first posted about trying out KT Tape, I had such a big response from my runner friends. It seems that pretty much everyone loves KT Tape, and if they don’t, it’s only because they haven’t tried it yet! Well, now is your chance - right you you can save 30% with “BIBRAVE30”!!!!
Every so often you come across a product that becomes a staple in your routine (like my Epsom salt baths, knuckle lights – and now this!) I’m so glad I gave it a try and that it wasn’t as intimidating to apply as I thought. There are tons of videos online on how to apply, so jump in and try it for yourself!
"Disclaimer: I received a pair of Skins DNAmic compression tights and Speed Crop to review 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!"
I’m a big fan of compression tights, for both running and recovery. This is my second time trying a SKINS product, and I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.
DNAmic women's compression comes in shorts, capris or full length. I chose capris since that is the most versatile for Arizona weather. However, they were sold out of the floral capris, so I ended up with black full length, which goes with everything. I also received a sports bra, which looked super cool. There were 9 colors/patterns to choose from!
There are 2 kinds of compression tights, in my opinion. Comfortable compression, and super tight -squeeze the life out of you- compression. Luckily, these tights were beyond comfortable, not too tight at all. I received a size M (I normally wear a size 6-8 fyi.)
The first time I wore them, I took a one hour body pump class with tons of squats and lunges, followed by a 1 hour run. I didn’t want to take these off! They are so comfortable, it's hard to believe they are actually compression tights. There are sheer spots down along the calf, but otherwise the coverage is great. I really like the style of the sports bra, but unfortunately it ran very small. I received a size M and wear a 36C. It was VERY tight. Hopefully when I finally lose that 20 pounds it will fit perfectly!
Technology behind DNAmic compression:
Dynamic Gradient Compression (from SKINS)
I went for a few runs in my tights – they were light enough that I didn’t get hot - even in Arizona! The tights really do move with you, they don’t feel constrictive or restrictive. These tights are designed to help reduce muscle fatigue, and I can say that my longest run wearing them was 9 miles, and my legs never got tired.
To keep their shape and integrity, I washed them on gentle cycle and let them air dry.
"Disclaimer: I received an Eat Smart Precision GETFITDigital Precision BodyFat Scale to review in exchange for an honest review.
I have had my current bathroom scale for somewhere around 10 years. Over the years, the display was getting harder to read, and the body fat % reader fluctuated wildly. I never really felt like I could trust the bodyfat portion of the scale readings.
I am giving the new sleek Precision GETFIT Digital Bodyfat Scale from Eat Smart a try. I have reviewed some of their other scales and have been so impressed with the precision of the readings. I knew I would be getting a quality product.
This scale uses Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis technology to easily calculate your body fitness by imputing information of gender, height, age, activity level and your weight. In bare feet, this technology sends a low-level electrical signal though your body fat and then measures the resistance the signal encounters. You don’t feel a thing!
Your weight pops up first, then some o's scroll across the screen while it calculates your bodyfat percentage. Then the percentage pops up. Next it scrolls through what percentage muscle you have, bone, water, etc. Pretty cool!
I was a little nervous that it would be difficult to set up my profile in the scale. It’s just simple arrowing up and down to get to your gender, height, etc. It also claimed to recognize individuals. My previous scale you had to manually select which profile was yours before stepping on. I decided to get my husband to set up a profile just to see if it could tell the difference between us automatically. Took just a few minutes to set up. He’s never measured his body fat before, so it was enlightening for him! This is my profile I set up below: 5'5" and 49 years old female.
Even with 2 profiles stored in the scale, it identified that it was a 5' 5" female right away and not the 6'3" male!
Here are the features of this scale:
I tried it right away and found it to be extremely accurate. I love that it doesn’t just show pounds or half pounds – it shows your weight in .2 increments! So every little bit of your progress made shows up!
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"Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armor HOVR Sonic shoes 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!"
Ever since knee surgery I have been on a quest for cushiony running shoes. I heard there was some cool technology behind the Under Armor HOVR Sonic shoes that were just being released to market. I had to see for myself!
I received these bright beauties just before Christmas. They came with instructions on how to connect your shoes to the Map My Run app. It turned out to be a piece of cake.
1st I had to download the map my run app. Then it was just a matter of setting the shoes on the ground near my phone and making sure Bluetooth was on, so that they were calibrated and connected. Then I was off and running!
My first impression was that the shoes were very light, but not quite as cushiony as I had hoped. Here’s a pic from my first run.
My phone at the time had barely any open space on it. So unfortunately using the map my run app drained my battery after just 2 miles. That was a bummer.
Like several other Under Armour shoe models, there is a chip inside that syncs with map my run. It can actually keep track of the mileage you put on your shoes cumulatively! No more guessing. Now that’s cool!!!
I also put the shoes through an intense muy thai cardio kickboxing class, followed by a run. That day the app didn’t drain my battery at all.
They advertise that you can run in the shoes without your phone and your stats will still be tracked (as long as you are under an 11 minute mile). I was not successful in getting it to sync on my phone, but I know that some of the other BibRave Pros were able to get it to work. Also, if you stop at any point during your run, it will show up as a separate run.
Summary of product benefits (from uarunning.com):
I will continue to wear these shoes on shorter runs, to save the wear and tear on my more cushiony shoes for longer runs. I enjoyed how light and airy they are (the whole front of the shoe is mesh). The shoes retail for $100 and come in 3 colors for women. I love this bright color, it got a lot of attention while I was out running!
You can learn more and shop here!
Wow, where do I start? I’m lucky to have a huge Ragnar race right in my backyard. I’m also grateful that I fell into a great team by chance 2 years ago and have been able to stick with them ever since.
Even though I am NOT a fan of Van 2 timing, I agreed/offered to be in van 2 for this race so that I could be with 2 of my girlfriends and 2 of my favorite Ragnarians. I also had a cool Ragnar veteran Bob on the team. It turned out to be just the right mix!
Our lineup in the van was:
Runner 1 – Bob
Runner 2 – Denise
Runner 3 – Me
Runner 4 – Alex
Runner 5 – Thanesh
Runner 6 – Tricia
Two of my friends from a women’s running club joined the fun, one of whom has never run a Ragnar before. She was such a good sport, nothing freaked her out at all.
I’ve never been in the 2nd van for Ragnar del sol before. It felt so weird to have the morning to ourselves. We loaded up the van and went to breakfast to get to know each other better. Then we drove to Tonopah, the first major exchange. It was already quite hot by the time we rolled in, in the 70’s. We had to wait over an hour for the first van to finish up. We took some pics and waited for our turn. I started around 2:30pm for a 4.6 mile run. It started through a subdivision then ended up along a highway. I ended up getting a fantastic burst of energy in the last 2 miles and enjoyed it.
While we waited for the next runner, we ended up talking to the legendary Ernie Andrus. He’s 94 years young and still does Ragnar Relays! His mind is as sharp as a tack and he regaled us with stories from WW2. He’s awesome.
Our last runner had the “Ragnar leg” which was 11 miles long. We planned on grabbing dinner when she finished, then heading to a hotel for a few hours. Yes, a real hotel! We ended up eating burgers and fries at like 10pm and headed straight to bed.
2 hours later, it was time to get up again. Ugh! Luckily, my night run was super short, just 2.7 miles. I headed out with my knuckle lights and hit the streets around 2:30am. It was a totally uninspiring area near storage units with big dogs inside the fences. I had to cross a few major roads, so I lost a little time at stoplights. The weather was really nice, mid 50’s.
We finished that round and were back in our hotel room (again) by 6am! Really nice to be able to enjoy that twice. Got another 2.5 hours of sleep, a quick shower, and free hotel breakfast & coffee!
The next day was cooler, with some cloud cover thank goodness. My longest run (6.5 miles) would be around 12:30pm. It had a gradual descent in the beginning, which was nice. It was along a busy road for a very long time and I almost got hit by a car getting off the freeway. Pay attention, people!! I then got to weave through north Scottsdale which was interesting. Found some extra energy during this leg which was awesome too.
We finally finished around 4:40pm. Our final runner had an emotional finish running through the neighborhood she grew up in, and was battling the heat and fatigue. She had us crying while she cried as she finished and we all ran in together. What a great experience!
At some point during our last legs, our van started talking about doing chest bumps at the handoff. I don’t think I’ve chestbumped anyone ever, but I thought it was pretty funny. It remained a common theme til the finish, and a new team theme for the future. Here are the last 4 handoffs in sequential order.
Van 1 left almost immediately after getting the medals, since they had been waiting around all day for us. Luckily our rockstar van 2 was up for a few beers and celebrating for just a little bit. We vowed to do it again together next year, and possibly even the trail Ragnar here in AZ this November. Time will tell!
Overall, I’m so glad I was able to run Ragnar again - grateful for my knee cooperating, grateful for everyone getting along and no injuries! Cheers to another great event!
One final shout out to our van MVP Tricia! She agreed to the Ragnar leg, giving her a total of 20.9 miles. Way to go, girl!
And one last reminder to myself not to limit myself - to keep trying new things. I swore I would NEVER run a Ragnar, and here I am 9 Ragnars later, hopelessly addicted. I love meeting new people and having these incredible experiences. This year, each medal had a cool saying on the back that captures the essence of the Ragnar journey.
"Disclaimer: I received a set of Bibboards 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!"
I run a lot of races, and I have a lot of safety pins. When it comes to racing, I inevitably poke myself with the safety pins, or pin it on lopsided. The worst part is when I’m wearing something cute for the very first time, and I hold my breath while I have to begrudgingly poke 4 holes in it to wear my race bib. Ugh!
I’ve been interested in alternatives for awhile, but hadn’t gotten around to trying anything yet. Enter BibBoards. They are snap on bib holders that won’t ruin your clothes!!!!!!!!!
My first opportunity to really try them out was at the Sedona Marathon. I wasn’t quite sure of the best way to apply them, but I tried it with me wearing the shirt. It was so easy to push it through the hole, line it up on the back of my shirt and snap it into place. I still ended up slightly lopsided, but it stayed 100% in place for the entire 2 plus hour race. Pretty easy to pull back off afterwards too. Absolutely no damage to the shirt.
Here's a super short video on how they work:
Here's what it looks like from the back side:
The next time I tried out the BibBoards was for Ragnar del Sol. That means using the bib 3 times on 3 different outfits. On and off 3 times, in daylight and darkness. This would be a good test!
It was very simple to snap them off and on. Sometimes it feels a bit tricky grabbing the back of it to pull it off. I feel like I'm going to break it, but they did stay intact! I still stink at pinning them on myself, and really need to try snapping them on the shirt while its laid out in front of me.
Here they are on all 3 outfits:
There are many BibBoard designs to choose from – from emojis to beer and wine themed options. I chose “Will Run for Beer” because anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy my craft beer, especially post-race! You can even CUSTOMIZE your own with a logo or photo! How cool is that. BibBoards are sold in sets of 4 and retail for $12.99, but right now you can save 20% with code #Bibchat!
When you’re done, simply snap them back onto the cardboard holder (or throw them in a baggie) until your next race. Easy peasy! I have also seen people wear them in other ways, for motivational purposes. Like on their hat, sleeve etc. Kind of a cool idea.
Check these out and let me know what you think! I bet you won't miss safety pins!
"Disclaimer: I received a complimentary race entry for the Sedona 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!"
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…If the Sedona Marathon Event isn’t on your bucket list, it should be.
I have attempted to run the half before, but had to drop down to the 10k the last two years due to injuries. This was my chance! I knew it would be a challenge – and I knew what the first 3.1 miles of the course was like already.
I was happy that my husband was totally on board to make a weekend out of this again. So cool. It’s pretty rare that I get my family to join me at races these days.
Packet pickup was in a tent at the Posse Fairgrounds this year. It’s a tiny expo, but it seemed more spacious and inviting this year than in the past. There were a lot of tempting shirts and skirts to buy. I had to drag myself out of there. I was in and out pretty quickly.
We headed straight from pickup to dinner to carb load. Seriously one of the best things about this race (other than the scenery) is the late start time. My race started at 9:10. I could take my leisurely time. Although the race offered free shuttle service, my hotel was close enough for me to walk. Yay!
The full marathon started at 9AM, with each race starting every 10 minutes after that. I had plans to meet two other BibRave Pros doing the race. We were all doing different distances, which was kind of cool. I couldn’t find Joshua, but found Barb right away. Also ran into other local friends doing the race. I unfortunately left my headphones in my hotel room but decided to stay put and hang at the start instead of walking back for them and stressing myself out.
The weather was fantastic. It was 43 when I was walking from the hotel and around 60-62 when I finished. I have a tendency to overdress because I hate to be cold. I wore my windbreaker jacket and gloves on the way there, but them put it in gear check. I wore a long sleeve tech shirt, but in hindsight I should have gone sleeveless. Within 3 miles I was too warm. I need to work on dialing it back.
This is NOT a big race (less than 1000 people run the half), but with the 4 races combined on this narrow road,, the start area is quite congested. They created a chute that led to the start area, and only the next group of runners queing up was allowed in. There were a number of vendors, from food to clothing, and massages available.
The course is full of rolling hills. One of the worst ones is at the 10k turnaround. There were a ton of aid stations out there with water and electrolytes. I went into it hoping for 215 or less but knowing how hilly it was, I figured it would probably take longer. I enjoyed the downhill sections the most, but obviously there were plenty of uphill sections too. I walked many uphill sections when I felt like I couldn’t push anymore. I will say this: there is not one single step of this race that does not have a killer view.
I finished the first 10k in 1:12, and my finish time was 2:28. I’m pretty sure that was my highest half marathon finish time ever, or at least close. Even so, that time was in the top 25% of my age group!
Shoutout to Athlinks - I went to Athlinks.com to claim my new results . My Athlinks profile stores results from all my past races, and I can even find friends who might be running future races that . I want to do. Check out results on Athlinks here and follow me so we can be friends (or maybe even rivals!) on Athlinks.
The medal is part of a series where each year is a piece of a 4 year pie. Every year I continue to be disappointed that everyone still gets the same exact medal and ribbon, no matter which distance they ran. This is one of my pet peeves and I am sincerely hoping they will consider changing for future races. Even a customized ribbon would make it more unique and special to the runner.
I had seen an email advertising their beer garden featuring some fantastic local beers. My husband & I really enjoy craft beers so we kept that in mind as a possibility for after the race. I’ve never stuck around after my 10k finishes in the past. But it was hot (and almost noon!) by the time I finished and walked up the hill, so we stuck around and enjoyed some wonderfully cold brews and enjoyed our red rock views! They had a limited number of tables to sit/stand with your drinks, but it was a nice touch! My son even enjoyed a snack from the food trucks.
On the walk back to the hotel, we had to cross the course around the mile 25.5 mark of the full marathon. I see a bright orange BibRave shirt coming towards me and I’m like “Hey that must be Joshua!”. He was struggling (that last section is unfortunately uphill) – but he actually STOPPED so I could take a photo with him. Impressive! I’m sure he was just anxious to be done.
We enjoyed an afternoon that included some amazing food, more craft brews, and capped it off with sunset hike. We love Sedona and I plan to come back again next year. I am determined to get my time down…and compete in a brand new age group!
"Disclaimer: I received a complimentary race entry for the Sedona 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!"
When you think of the perfect racecation, what do you think of? Great scenery, adventure, great dining, wineries? Sedona has it ALL!
You obviously already know that it goes above and beyond in the scenery department. Jaw dropping vistas with red rocks in cool formations. Throw in a quaint creek running through town, and come on! I can’t take much more beauty.
It would be a shame to come up to Red Rock country and not go hiking. There are dozens of trails from easy/family friendly to technical and challenging. Or you could take a signature Pink Jeep tour through the rugged beauty of the rocks. Or horseback riding! We chose to go hiking after the 10k last year at Cathedral Rock. There were stairs in some sections, flat in some sections, and just incredible to see. We may go back to the same spot or check out a new one. We just stopped in the tourism office on the main road. They were very helpful with recommendations!
Sedona has a number of fine dining restaurants with world renowned chefs as well as casual fun places. Last year we had seen a few restaurants featured on the PBS show “check please”. They featured Elote and Page Springs Winery. We went to both! Elote is a gourmet southwestern restaurant and it is out of this world! There are number of wineries within a 30 minute drive from Sedona. We visited Page Springs winery for dinner/drinks. It was off season, so there is no lush greenery, but still a cool atmosphere. Lots of unique local wines to sample and flatbread pizzas to eat. Yum! I wonder what kind of trouble we will get into this time??!
Sedona is a tourist destination, so there is no shortage of cool souvenirs to shop for! One of the biggest places to shop is Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village (easy for me to say, right)? It has a collection of unique shops and restaurants in a picturesque setting by the creek.
Top tips if you are coming for the race:
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Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!