Marathons and half marathons on the brain

This is Baltimore Marathon week, so if you’re a runner and live around here, it’s hard not to have marathons and half marathons on your mind. My friends and I will be fielding two teams for the marathon relay this year, something we’ve been doing for 10 or 11 years now. And with the Ravens and Orioles both on a roll right now, the marathon is asking participants to wear either orange or purple this weekend at the races. I know I don’t need to explain which color goes to which team, so I just won’t.  ;  )

FreedomsRunLogo Marathons and half marathons on the brainAlso somewhat local this coming weekend is the Freedom’s Run line up of races. Race directed by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, these races (a marathon, half, 10k, 5k and kids’ run) are all set in the beautiful countryside near Harper’s Ferry, WV. You get to run through battlefields and national parks and the whole thing finishes off with an Oktoberfest–what’s not to like?

Speaking of fun and challenging race courses–I’ll be giving away an entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon, billed as America’s toughest road marathon, later this week. Keep your eyes peeled for this if this sounds like your cup of tea.

Finally, as many of us gear up for half and full marathons this fall, I’m writing about carbohydrate gels and their overuse today over at DietsinReview. Go check it out and see if you’re a user or an abuser!

Anyone doing any of the races I mentioned this fall or spring? If not, which half or full do you have planned?


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    Im toying with a half!!!!
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  2. Amanda,
    Thanks for the post. We are a beautiful old school event close to you. I’d recommend shoes for the Canal but Antietam is great for barefoot :)
    Here is a brief descriptor- Mark

    4th Annual Freedom’s Run
    Oct. 13, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
    Here’s your chance to explore Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, The C&O Canal, Antietam National Battlefield and the Potomac Heritage Trail with a variety of races. The 4th annual Freedom’s Run features a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids run. The courses are encased in National Park land, with some brief detours through the country roads and preserved historic towns. Events finish in historic Shepherdstown, W.Va. and feature a post-race Oktoberfest party—and it’s only 60 miles from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
    All proceeds from the event return to the community to support fitness trails at local schools and activities surrounding our history and heritage.

  3. I’ve definitely got race fever right now! I’m doing the Seacoast Half Marathon in November. For the spring I’m contemplating running Boston for a charity or doing the Vermont Marathon. So many races, so little time! The Blue Ridge Marathon sounds interesting!
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  4. I’ll be at Freedom’s Run!
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  5. Freedom’s Run was definitely scenic but you are right, it’s a challenging course! Lovely area, though. Will you be running one of the races?
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  6. No plans as of now, but I’m thinking I’d like to do a trail half relatively soon.
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  7. I’m running Hartford on Saturday! Still not feeling completely prepared, but I feel better about it everyday, so that’s good.
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  8. Michele @ nycrunningmama says:

    I’m signed up for the NJ marathon in early May….the Blue Ridge marathon sounds pretty awesome..if I weren’t planning on trying to PR in May, I would 100% consider running it!!! Maybe next yr =)
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  9. I miss running back East. When you talk about running through battlefields, it makes me a bit melancholic. I love the cool Fall weather and when the leaves change, it is perfect for running these races!
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  10. I have never been on a marathon relay team, but it sounds like fun. This weekend is the Spokane Marathon and they have a relay too. I would go watch, but I will be in Seattle.
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  11. I would love to do Disney in 2014!

  12. My marathon is on Sunday the 14th, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! Also understand there’s a big one in Hartford this weekend as well.
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  13. Your guest post is on a fascinating topic, heading over to check it out! I’m doing a local TriGirl half in December, (hopefully) the Houston full in January, and either the Austin half or Woodlands have in Feb/March. All this marathon talk with Chicago last weekend and now Baltimore is giving me marathon envy!
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  14. I wish I lived in a city that did crazy big marathons! they have to be so inspiring!

  15. No more races this year. But lots planned for next. I have a couple 5ks in Feb and my 4th half in March!!
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  16. Those races sound fun! So far I only have one half in October, but hope to run at least one more in December.
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  17. We volunteered at a water/aid station at the Good Life Fitness Victoria Marathon on Sunday and it was so cool to see things from the ‘other’ side.
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  18. Hope you have a great time this weekend. Tis the time of year, isn’t it??? :)

  19. My big race is the New York Marathon on November 4. Then possibly the Phoenix Rock n Roll in January and my first time for Boston in April! My marathon bucket list is overflowing.
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  20. Toni @runninglovingliving says:

    Good luck with your races, I am laying low until next year….
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  21. You’ve converted me! No more gels, lol! Just fueling properly before and after runs and feeling great!
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  22. Just have to share my excitement in finishing my first half marathon this past Sunday. The Urban Cow in Sacramento, CA. LOVED IT!!! Hopefully the first of many. Enjoyed your article on gels.

  23. This weekend really left me wanting to race a marathon. I am so glad I have the Disney Marathon on my schedule. I would love to finally go under 3:30, a time I never thought possible but think may be there this year.
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  24. I’m not doing any of the above mentioned marathons or half marathons, but I do have a trail relay this weekend put on by Ragnar Relay down in Zion National Park and then on 11/3, I’m doing the Really BIG Free Marathon in Las Vegas. The races you mentioned above do sound fun though.
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  25. My last race of the year is a local one here in Anchorage this coming weekend. It should be festive, as it has a Zombie theme. I wish I could swing a destination fall half, but that’s just not in the budget this year.
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  26. I no doubt have races on the brain…especially after watching Chicago last weekend! talk about getting a person in the race mood.
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  27. I came really close to signing up for the Freedom’s Run Half before the RW race came up.I’ve heard that’s a good, low key event. One year …
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  28. I’ll be at Freedom’s Run! Just signed up yesterday! Can’t wait for those hills! :)
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  29. Marathon relay sounds like fun! My next race is the Chilly Half Marathon. I’m already eying races for next year :)
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  30. So many races in the fall!! It definitely gets me excited to hear about everyone’s race (and a little jealous too!). My goal is to run a half in the spring. Fingers crossed!
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  31. Have fun! You are going to be wearing purple, I presume? My mom is an Orioles fan and she and I were talking about what we would do if it was Giants v Orioles in the World Series. Do you wear Orange? Or black? How can you tell which fans are which?
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