I’m Running the 2018 Boston Marathon!!!

I'm Running the 2018 Boston Marathon

2018 Boston Marathon, here I come!

Say what now?! 2018 Boston Marathon here I come!

The Boston Athletic Association’s communications team has graciously granted me a media entry. (They provide access to a bib; I pay the registration fee.) But I’m also running for charity in honor of the 2018 Boston Marathon’s campaign, “Year of Service.”

The 2018 Boston Marathon “Year of Service”

In 1918, the Boston Marathon was run as a military relay race to keep the race going in the midst of World War I. As the 100th anniversary of that event, the 2018 Boston Marathon will include a military relay, with service members from the eight towns along the course passing a baton like they did in 1918.

First responders and volunteers who served at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 will also be honored to commemorate the five-year anniversary of that day’s tragic events. And as a whole, the “Year of Service” pays homage to all the people who serve our country and their communities: military members, law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, EMTs, and race volunteers.

So I want to run my miles in service to others. I’ve joined Team Red Cross to raise money for the American Red Cross, a charity that makes service its mission. I hope you’ll consider donating. Read the rest of this entry →

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Jan 2018

Post-Baby Running Goals: 13.1 and 26.2!

Post-Baby Running Goals: 13.1 + 26.2

Tackling my running goals 8 months post-baby in Boston.

“Don’t call it a come back…” Nearly one year ago, I had a baby. Over the course of that year, I clawed my way back to running.

I wanted to give myself 9 months to get back into shape. It takes that long to make a baby, so I figured I’d give my body an equal amount of time to unmake it, so to speak. I focused on getting my fitness and speed back before even contemplating upping my mileage and endurance. Why? It’s just what I could wrap my brain around and, honestly, all I had time for.

So over the course of those 9 months I raced three 5Ks and a 4-ish-mile trail run. I didn’t follow any particular training plan. At first, I just ran however far or fast I could muster that day. Eventually, I threw in some faster workouts. And only recently have I started upping my mileage.

Now, I’m training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, and a marathon later in the spring! I really wanted to target one year post-baby for some big running goals. The Disney Princess Half just happens to perfectly coincide with my daughter’s first birthday, so we’re going to Disney!

I’m not even going to pretend that her first Disney trip is for her. It’s 95 percent for me and maybe 5 percent for her. She’s registered for the Diaper Dash, and has been crawling up a storm in training. Who knows, she might even be walking by then.

And me? The current plan is to run this one as hard as I can (Florida weather permitting) and see where that gets me. And, yes, there will be costumes. Read the rest of this entry →

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

The 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon celebrates 25 years. (Photo: runDisney)

The 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna from January 3-7 at Walt Disney World in Florida marks the 25th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon. The four-day Dopey Challenge celebrates its 5th anniversary.

The racing extravaganza is the largest running festival in the U.S., according to RunningUSA, with five main events: Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, Walt Disney World 5K and runDisney Kids Races. That includes runners doubling, tripling, or quadrupling their fun with the Dopey Challenge, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, and Castaway Cay Challenge for runners taking a Disney cruise after the race weekend.

It all adds up to one big event. Nearly 69,000 finishers completed races in 2016. So take a look at Mickey Mouse’s favorite race weekend by the numbers. All stats provided by runDisney prior to the start of the races.

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

The first Walt Disney World Marathon starting line in 1994. (Photo: runDisney)

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

Participation

808,000—runners have participated in Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events since 1994

363,000—runners have tackled the Walt Disney World Marathon alone

187,000—runners participate in runDisney races each year

100,000—runners and spectators expected at the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

97,000—registrations for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, with many runners completing multiple races

26,000—runners registered for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon

25,500—2018 Walt Disney World Marathon registrations

15,000—runners registered for the Walt Disney World 5K

14,700—registations for the Walt Disney World 10K

9,000—Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge registrants, who complete both the half-marathon and marathon

4,000—kids registered for the runDisney Kids Races

7,800—Dopey Challenge registrants, who complete all of the 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon. *Ed. Note: This is an estimate. runDisney provided 2,800 as a number, but based on the number of Dopey finishers and the 2017 registration number, 7,800 is likely more accurate. Thanks to readers for catching the mistake!

600+—runners have completed every 48.6-mile Dopey Challenge since 2014

88—countries represented

76—”Perfect” runners, who have finished every Walt Disney World Marathon since 1994, are registered in 2018. 45 of them are from Florida. Read the rest of this entry →

Running Through Pregnancy And Beyond…

Running Through Pregnancy & Beyond

Running through pregnancy & beyond: 10 months postpartum

In the words of the immortal Austin Powers, I’m back, baby, yeah! And I have a baby! An actual human being! Baby K was born on February 21, 2017, 7 pounds and 7 ounces of pure magic.

Running Through Pregnancy & Beyond

At birth

The 10 months since then have been a mixture of magic and mayhem, sleepless nights and snuggles, and an attempt to find my new normal.

Running Through Pregnancy & Beyond

10 Months Old!

Running Through Pregnancy

During pregnancy and the months afterward everything non-essential fell by the wayside. I had a healthy, textbook pregnancy that included plenty of nausea, exhaustion, swollen feet, and the like. But I kept on running through it all, up until Week 38, when running became just too uncomfortable.

I wrote about running through pregnancy for Shape and Redbook:

Running Through Pregnancy & Beyond

Running at 30 weeks

The Ups and Downs of Running for Two

Or, how to run 13.1 miles during your second trimester without vomiting everywhere. Yup, running for two hasn’t always been an easy road. But it has been #worthit.

How Running During Pregnancy Prepared Me For Giving Birth

Running during pregnancy was a lot like giving birth. There were good, bad, and downright ugly moments. But pounding the pavement was worth every ~bump~ in the road.

Running Beyond Pregnancy

I got back to running when my doctor cleared me at 5.5 weeks postpartum. Yeah, that wasn’t easy. I felt like the entire contents of my pelvis were going to fall out during those first few runs. But I took it easy and stuck with it. Plus, my runs were the only time I got to myself. I relished being able to get outside on my own, no matter how difficult it might be.

I read somewhere that it takes as long to recover from having a baby as it does to build a baby—nine months. I found that to be right for me. I initially had delusions of running a fall marathon. By summer I realized that was a pie-in-the-sky dream. Just getting out for a 30-minute run was either a carefully orchestrated ballet or a strike-while-the-iron-is-hot occurrence. I stayed home with K full-time for the first seven months, and relied on a network of friends, family, and paid babysitters to squeeze in workouts. I often had to choose: nap or run. Sometimes nap won. Sometimes run won.

Running Through Pregnancy & Beyond

6 months postpartum

As a result, it’s taken me so much longer to rebuild my mileage post-baby than I thought it would—thanks to sleepless nights, pervasive exhaustion, breastfeeding a bottle-refusing baby, and, at times, limited babysitting resources. There were times I felt like I’d never get back into half-marathon or marathon shape. Then I remembered, I’ll get there: one step at a time, figuratively & literally.

To help me, I ran a benchmark 5K in April to give myself a baseline starting point. Then I ran two more 5Ks and a trail race through the summer and fall to check in on my progress. The last was a Turkey Trot during Thanksgiving weekend.

Prognosis? Positive! I feel fast and strong. Baby and I still don’t sleep as much as I’d like, but I’ve got a regular babysitter, I take naps, and I’m ready to dive back into training.

So here goes: 2018 is my comeback.

Happy New Year!

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Dec 2017

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

The 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon kicked off with a 5K (Disney Sports)

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UPDATE: 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers Is Here!

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The 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna kicked off January 4 and runs, literally, through the title event on January 8 at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Walt Disney World Half Marathon celebrates its 20th running this year.

The five-day extravaganza is one of the largest running festivals in the U.S. with five main events: Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, Walt Disney World 5K and runDisney Kids Races. That includes runners doubling, tripling, or quadrupling their fun with the Dopey Challenge, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, and Castaway Cay Challenge.

New Balance released their 2017 runDisney Collection of shoes at the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, with designs that pay homage to iconic Disney parks rides Space Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Mad Tea Party, and Toy Story Mania.

It all adds up to one big event. So take a look at Mickey Mouse’s favorite race weekend by the numbers.

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

7,800 runners will take on the Dopey Challenge in 2017. (Disney Sports)

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon By The Numbers

Participation

323,000—runners who have registered for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in its 20 years

230,000—runners who take part in runDisney events each year

100,000—runners and spectators expected at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

78,000—registrations for the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Read the rest of this entry →

How To Buy 2017 New Balance Disney Running Shoes

How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2017

“Mad Tea Party” New Balance Disney shoes

The 2017 New Balance runDisney Collection of running shoes makes its debut at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna from January 4 to January 8, 2017 at Walt Disney World in Florida.

The collection features shoes themed to iconic Disney rides like Space Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Mad Tea Party, and Toy Story Mania. Space Mountain and The Haunted Mansion are Vazee Pace v2 neutral running shoes; Mad Tea Party and Toy Story Mania are 880v6 cushioned running shoes.

Want to snap up a pair? They’re only available at runDisney Health & Fitness Expos during race weekends at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California (and not online). Check NBvirtualqueue.com before each race weekend for up-to-date instructions on how to get your hands on a pair. Here are the details.

How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2017

Glow-in-the-dark “Space Mountain” Vazee pace v2 New Balance shoes

Read the rest of this entry →

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 race day (Courtesy NYRR)

The TCS New York City Marathon 2016 was the largest 26.2-miler in history with 51,388 runners crossing the finish line on Sunday, November 6. The final finisher count won’t be ready until a full review of all the results, but it will likely top 2014’s final number of 50,530. And it takes a village to put on an event of that magnitude.

I spent nine days emceeing marathon events (I’m a race announcer for New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the marathon), and in the process learned a lot of trivia about the race. Here’s a look at the TCS New York City Marathon 2016 through some of its glorious stats.

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

35,000 Marathon ponchos were on hand at the finish. (Courtesy NYRR)

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Finishers

55 finishers in 1970, the first New York City Marathon
51,388 finishers (initial count) in 2016, the largest marathon in history
50,530 finishers in 2014, previously the largest marathon in history
51,995 starters in 2016
1,107,717 starters from 1970 through 2016
1,125,770 finishers from 1970 through 2016 (initial count)
4:38:27 average finish time in 2015

Demographics

76% runners tackling the New York City Marathon for the first time
58% men
42% women
1,108 runners who completed more than 15 New York City Marathons leading into race day
256 runners celebrating their birthday on marathon day
88 oldest runner
40.6 average age
18 youngest runner
34 miles the average TCS New York City Marathoner runs per week in training Read the rest of this entry →

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Nov 2016

Disney Wine and Dine Half 2016 By The Numbers

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Jason Simpson set a race record at the 2016 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. (runDisney)

The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 presented by MISFIT from November 3 to 6 at Walt Disney World in Florida hosted 31,000 runners tackling food-themed races.

The three-day extravaganza featured the new Disney Wine & Dine 10K along with the inaugural Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge, which had runners feasting on the 10K and half-marathon on back-to-back days. The weekend also included Mickey’s Holiday 5K, runDisney Kids Races, the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, and the weekend’s signature post-race party where Epcot and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival stayed open into the wee hours for runners and ticket-holders.

Take a look at the numbers behind Disney’s tastiest race weekend.

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

For the first time, the half marathon took place in the morning. (runDisney)

225 million—dishes will served during the 62-day 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

266,000—cups of water given to runners during race weekend

250,000—runners who take part in runDisney events each year

31,000—registered runners for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 Weekend 

14,000—runners registered for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

12,651—finishers at the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

10,000—runners registered for the Disney Wine & Dine 10K 

9,260—finishers at the Disney Wine & Dine 10K

6,000—runners registered for the Disney Wine & Dine 5K Read the rest of this entry →

#OwnTheRun To Win GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Own The Run with GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Running DC’s Lincoln Park in my GORE-TEX Saucony Ride 9 GTX shoes (RunKarlaRun.com)

This post is sponsored by GORE-TEX. Why? I love their running shoe liner and want everyone to have the chance to win a pair of GORE-TEX lined running shoes.

What does it mean to you to “Own The Run?” For me, it means enjoying the day, no matter what my run brings. Sometimes I feel great and crush it, sometimes I’m sluggish and struggle to get through three miles checking my watch every minute, sometimes the weather is perfect, and sometimes it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too humid, like I’m the Goldilocks of running.

Own The Run With GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Washington DC’s Rock Creek Park (RunKarlaRun.com)

But when I #OwnTheRun, I embrace whatever the day throws at me, happy that I get to run, that I can slog it out, rain or shine, good or bad. It’s my run and I own it, no matter what happens out there.

How do you #OwnTheRun? Between now and November 8, 2017, you can enter to win GORE-TEX shoes and gear at gore-tex.com/owntherun. In addition to weekly GORE-TEX lined shoe giveaways, one winner will receive head-to-toe gear—shoes, running shorts, running pants, a jacket, headphones, and more—to help them #OwnTheRun in any weather. Enter at gore-tex.com/owntherun.

Own The Run With GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Running NYC’s East River path in Saucony Ride 9 GTX shoes (RunKarlaRun.com)

GORE-TEX lined shoes have been a staple of my running closet since I first tried them in 2014. I’m on my third pair with the Saucony Ride 9 GTX, given to me by GORE-TEX. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nov 2016

How To Watch TCS New York City Marathon 2016

How To Watch The TCS New York City Marathon 2016

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 is Nov 6! (Courtesy NYRR)

The TCS New York City Marathon 2016 is almost here! Marathon Sunday is my favorite day of the year; I love it more than my own birthday. I have the privilege of being a finish line announcer on race day, emceeing events in the Marathon Pavilion during the week, and making a cameo on ABC’s pre-race coverage.

If you want to catch all the action from the world’s largest marathon, here’s how to join in the fun race week and tune-in on TV and online on race day.

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 Race Week

TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion
Yours truly is master of ceremonies for the week! Located near the finish line at 67th St. in Central Park next to Tavern on The Green, the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion is the official visitor center for the TCS New York City Marathon. It’s free and open to the public all week with a full schedule of interactive experiences, including daily yoga and barre classes hosted by Exhale, athlete appearances, shakeout runs, giveaways, course strategy sessions, live music, and more.

You can also buy official TCS New York City Marathon merchandise, store your gear in an Airbnb locker while you run Central Park, or grab a bite and sip some wine at the cafe & bar. If you’re running the 2016 race, find your name of the name wall with all 50,000 runners or check out the Virtual Reality Race Course or Augmented Reality Course Map powered by Tata Consultancy Services. Come on down and say hi!

Sunday, October 30—Thursday, November 3
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, November 4
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out the full schedule at tcsnycmarathon.org.

TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines 
The TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony presented by United Airlines is the official kick-off celebration at the finish line of the world’s largest marathon. The festivities are free and open to all. Tickets are available at the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo and the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion throughout race week, as well as on site.

Friday, November 4
4:45 p.m. Pre-show, hosted by yours truly
5:30 p.m. Parade of Nations

Watch It:
5:30 p.m. on ABC-TV Channel 7 in the New York-metro area
5:25 p.m. at 7online.com everywhere

Countdown to the Starting Line
Get pumped for race day with “Countdown to the Starting Line,” a preview the TCS New York City Marathon. I (yes, me!) pop-by to give a rundown on the top runners to watch.

Saturday, November 5
7:30 p.m. on ABC-TV Channel 7 in the New York-metro area
Also streaming on ABC7NY.com

How To Watch The TCS New York City Marathon 2016

2015 TCS New York City Marathon (Courtesy NYRR)

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 Race Day

NYC Metro Area

Watch on ABC-TV, Channel 7, Sunday, November 6

Pre-Race Features
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Live Race Broadcast
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Live streaming will also be available on ABC7NY.com and via the WatchABC app from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nationally

Watch on ESPN2 and WatchESPN, Sunday, November 6

Live Race Broadcast
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Pre-Race Coverage
Watch ESPN3 from 7:00 to 9:00a.m. ET
Available on WatchESPN platforms Read the rest of this entry →

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Oct 2016

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon By The Numbers

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon By The Numbers

Paula Radcliffe joins Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Paris Half Marathon (Disneyland Paris)

The inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend is finally here! From Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, I’m here to catch all the action as a media guest of runDisney.

The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney’s first event outside the U.S., includes the title half-marathon, Disneyland 5K, runDisney Kids Races, and ticketed parties the night before each event.

Disneyand Paris Half Marathon Medals Revealed

The Castle to Chateau Challenge medal (Disney)

The courses tour runners through Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village and environs, including jaunts down Main Street, U.S.A. and through Sleeping Beauty Castle. And like all runDisney races, runners will find Disney characters and entertainment all along the way.

In true runDisney fashion, the race will be part of the new Castle to Chateau Race Challenge. Runners who complete the half-marathon at Disneyland Paris and a half or marathon at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in the same calendar year will earn a special medal for the occasion.

What else? Here’s a look at just some of the stats behind the first Disneyland Paris Half Marathon.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon By The Numbers

230,000—people participate in runDisney events each year

13,000—runners registered for the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

5,000—runners registered for the Disneyland Paris 5K

2,300—participants in the Castle to Chateau Race Challenge, who will complete the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon and a half-marathon or longer at Walt Disney World or Disneyland in the U.S.

Read the rest of this entry →

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Sep 2016

Running Through Life’s Biggest Moments

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

Running through life’s smallest and biggest moments (RunKarlaRun.com)

My husband, Phil, and I keep a mental list of the best things we’ve done as a couple. Some of our running exploits are definitely Top 10. Running through life has definitely been fun.

But the Top 3 are (and we’re in complete agreement on these):

1) Adopt Cinderella

Our beloved doghter easily takes the top spot. She brings so much joy to our lives. All I have to do after a bad day is simply look at Cinderella and I feel instantly better. She is the furry love of our lives.

2) Move In Together

This was the big commitment. We tackled the tough life decisions before that point because we didn’t want to move forward unless we both thought this was it. Thankfully, it was.

3) Get Married

Some people told us, “You’ll see, it’s so different once you’re married.” Meh, not really. It was so different once we moved in together. That was the really big step for us. I was never the girl who dreamed about her wedding. But throwing a wedding was pretty darn fun.

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

15 weeks preggers in Quebec (RunKarlaRun.com)

Of course, we ran through it all.

Now, we’ve got another potential list-topper in the hopper.

Yep, I’m pregnant. I’m 20 weeks—almost 5 months along—and half-way to my due date. Cinderella 2 is due in early February. It’s a girl! I’m running through life’s next challenge. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sep 2016

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Registration Opens

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Registration Opens

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 registration opens soon. (Disney)

Registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry opens Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 12 p.m. Eastern. The women-focused race weekend takes place from May 11-14, 2017 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The race is the third largest women’s running event in the U.S. with 11,435 finishers in 2015.

In addition to the title half marathon, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Weekend also includes the Pixie Dust Challenge presented by PANDORA Jewelry, Tinker Bell 10K presented by PANDORA Jewelry, Never Land 5K presented by PANDORA Jewelry, and runDisney Kids Races.

The runDisney Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public Thursday, May 11 through Saturday, May 13. That’s where runners pick-up their bibs and race gear, find official runDisney merchandise, along with the coveted runDisney New Balance shoes, other retailers showcasing running apparel and products, and more. Read the rest of this entry →

Disneyland Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Disneyland Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Donald Duck cheers on runners. (Disney)

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna celebrates its 11th anniversary over Labor Day Weekend with more than 32,000 runners. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, 2016 in Anaheim, Calif., runners will take on everything from a Diaper Dash for the littlest among them to 13.1 miles in the main event on Sunday.

The weekend’s races include the Disneyland 5K, Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare, runDisney Kids Races, and the Disneyland Half Marathon with a flat and fast course through Disney California Adventure theme park, Disneyland theme park, the streets of Anaheim, and Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels.

Here’s a look at the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend by the numbers.

Disneyland Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Runners at Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disney)

2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend By The Numbers

96,000—safety pins that will be used to pin runners’ bibs

32,400—total race registrations for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, including runners participating in multiple events

16,000—runners from California, the most represented state

14,900—runners in the Disneyland Half Marathon

10,000—participants in the Disneyland 10K

6,000—entrants in the Disneyland 5K

6,000—challengers in the Dumbo Double Dare, who run the 10K on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday

1,500—children in the runDisney Kids Races

Read the rest of this entry →

02

Sep 2016

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon 2016

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon 2016

Wild Dog Triathlon ready! (RunKarlaRun.com)

The Wild Dog Triathlon in Bristol, Rhode Island was my first time participating in a triathlon on a relay instead of on my own. The takeaway? Being part of a team is so much fun!

I participated in the Wild Dog Triathlon in 2013, and loved the event. (You can read my Race Report here.) The course was gorgeous, it was well-organized, and low-key at the same time. Perfect for a summer tri on vacation.

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon

Coming out of the water at the Wild Dog Triathlon in 2013. (Phil Hospod)

I debated doing the race on my own, but I honestly wasn’t even remotely trained. I’ve been on a bike exactly once this year—a solid 26 miles, but still—and have swum just a handful of times. Throw in the fact that race week was my first week back to exercising after being sick for three full weeks, thanks to the flu and bronchitis. Sure, I could have “jogged” it. But I know myself; I’m totally able to do that during a half-marathon where I’m taking in the scenery or having fun. But during triathlons and shorter races, I get too competitive.

It just so happened that my husband, Phil, and I were spending the weekend with a friend who’s done a few triathlons, so I recruited them to join a team with me. Enter team KAP’n Crunch—aka Karla, Adam, and Phil. It was a last-minute affair. We registered just two days before the race.

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon 2016

Yay team! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Sorting out who would do which leg was pretty easy. Phil is hands down the fastest runner among us, with his 18:37 5K PR. That’s a 5:59 pace, folks. A ringer on the run? You, bet!

Adam and I are both strong swimmers—and faster than Phil—but Adam is a much better cyclist than me. He can knock out 20 mph in his sleep, whereas my fastest overall racing speed was 17.2 mph at the 2015 Boston Triathlon. So biking it was for him.

That meant I would swim. We managed to cobble together a team where each of us was competing in a strong leg for us. A recipe for success. Read the rest of this entry →

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Aug 2016