My last marathon ended in DNF. When I signed up for the City of Oaks Marathon, I wanted one thing: redemption. I could have picked a flat course or course with more aid stations and less greenway running or maybe even one with huge crowds throughout the 26.2 miles. But I chose the City of Oaks Marathon with all of its 1275ft of elevation gain, 10 miles of greenway running, and some lonely stretches.
And the challenge made the redemption all the sweeter.
On July 26th, I ran in and won overall female at the Rockin’ Summer 5k, a race that is part of the Stubborn Warrior Resolution Series. I only wish I had known about this series of races earlier. I had a great time on this challenging course which is held at the Dorthea Dix Campus of the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
I appreciated their responsive customer service, ease of registration and packet pick up, dedicated volunteers, generous goodie bag, and fantastic prizes.
On June 26th 2014, I ran in and won the 10k in the Esprit De She 10k in Cary, NC. I had not originally planned to run any summer races until closer to the end of July (who in their right mind runs a 10k in 90 degree weather?), but I had heard so many positive reviews of this race, which had its inaugural run last year. It’s an 1600 participant, all-woman race held on a Thursday night at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre and billed as a “happy hour run,” ending with live music, free wine and dinner. Free Wine?! After Party? I was in, especially after learning some of my friends were running, too.
Before I go any further detailing that fiasco that was this race, I will say that the free wine and food has kept my mood mostly positive on this one. Sure, we were shirtless, (at times) waterless, crowded, pictureless and (in my case) without a working time chip, but there WAS free wine at the end. Promise delivered.