Latest reviews by Emily

(2018)
"A tough, but beautiful, race"
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This was the pinnacle of my race season. And it did not go as expected. At all. The hills were incredible, making this a very difficult race, but despite my personal struggle, this was a great race. It was tough, but the course takes you through a very cool part of Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine, past a lot of the new restaurants and bars.

There is one aid station, located just past the casino, but that is plenty for a 5K. There is no medal unless you are an age-group winner, but they are incredible Rookwood pottery medals. They also have a race at Washington Park (nearby where there is a finish line festival) for kids!

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(2017)
"Another year, another 14K"
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I have run this race several times now, and every time I run it, I am reminded what a tough course it it. This course winds through downtown Cincinnati, past historic breweries, and up and down a lot of hills.
I definitely recommend running this race and ennjoying the Oktoberfest afterward. It is a fun even with a lot of on course entertainment.

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(2017)
"A new PR"
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I ran this race early in my marathon training cycle, this past July. I have not run a 5K where I was trying to race in several years. They have often just been a hard effort at the end of a long run or something where I was just running with someone else for fun.
But I was trying to run a PR for the first time in years. I felt as though I had grown so much as a runner over the last several years, I felt like I was ready for a 5K PR. I was running the "Beast Challenge" that day, which consisted of a 1 mile, then the 5K, and a 10K to cool down (and round out my long run for the day).
The course was on the bike path in Miamisburg Ohio, with the only real inclines being getting on and off the trail. It was an out and back. The race is smallish, and it also started with a half marathon, but I never felt overly crowded on a bike path.
Bib pick up was at a brewery right near the start finish line (where there was a post race brunch and beers, along with real restrooms to use before and after the race. Things were very well organized and lovely for everyone.

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(2017)
"A Hard Effort, with a good result"
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I love the Flying Pig. It is my hometown race, it was my first marathon, and I enjoy running any event within the race.

This year, I ran the 10K as I was only 3 weeks out of Boston, and I knew that I was not going to be in the best condition coming in. My coach prescribed a hard effort and I executed, coming in at 14s off my PR.

This is a fantastic but difficult course with lots of climbs early (the bridges), but nice flat sections to give your legs a break. I definitely think this is a course you can run a PR on, but not for me this time.

There were plenty of port-o-pottys at the start and finish (runner priorities) with good swag and an enthusiastic crowd, especially considering it is on a separate day from the marathon. I highly recommend this as a race on its own, or consider the 3 or 4-way challenges as part of the weekend!

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(2016)
"A 10K PR"
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This was not the race that I wanted to run. I am slowly learning that I am definitely still in recovery from my marathon back in September. HOWEVER, my 10K PR is sorely out of date. I had one from this race in 2015, but I was only 2 weeks post marathon then, so I should be able to run faster than that.
I had set a goal for myself that was probably a little fast, considering that I am still in recovery a little bit, but I had a tough workout that was a big indicator to me.

I arrived downtown VERY early on Thanksgiving morning, I parked at my husband's office, and headed out for my warm up run. I ran 2 miles and some strides, then lined up.

I have run this course several other times, and parts of the course in lots of other races, but it is always shocking to me how significant the hills are in the first half. I was able to stay on my pace for the first 5K (7:05 avg), but then I hit the bridges. At that point, My legs were having no more climbing. I did my best to keep things rolling on the uphills, and then cruise the downs as much as I could. At the end, I walked away without hitting my goals, but feeling like I raced and earning a new PB!

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