Latest reviews by Joe G

(2017)
"#Levante5k"
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This brewery had been on my to do list for a bit. They hosted a 5k, win-win! In general, isnt breweries hosting races the perfect combo?! Lol

Pre race: there is a 5k relay before the 5k race. Get there early, but park a few businesses down to stay out of the way.

Race: loop course x3. Loop starts with a few .2/.3's going around the nearby businesses. One of the turns seems a bit narrow during the first loop before the congestion breaks up, but not bad during lap 2/3. After going around the businesses, there is a straight away decline of about .5. Turn around and up that incline! It's got some steepness to it! You get to do that 3x! After the hill levels out, around the brewery to complete the lap. Repeat.

Post race: party at the brewery! Great beer and selection. There was a food truck, but that didn't arrive for at least another hour.
I don't require games at a brewery, but there wasn't any. Unlike a few other brewery races.

Swag: brewery pint glass and 1 beer of choice! (excludes imperials). I do like the option of choice, but I could see how it would move more smoothly if the one free beer was pre determined/ poured ahead. There was 4 ppl pouring, the line was a but slow. If you're hanging out after the free beer, it does get more manageable.

Elevation: decent incline for about 1/4, but feels like .5, loop course so it's x3.

Scenery: none, it's a business district.

Parking: 30 or so spots by the brewery. Brewery is in a business district with plenty of spots for overflow. There is a relay race before the 5k, encourage relay runners to park outside of the 5k course. There was a few cars trying to drive through the 5k.

Aid:I don't require water mid 5k. But someone pointed out there wasn't any? There wasnt. There was an ambulance on site just in case.

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(2017)
"Conshy's got some good hills! "
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My first review. Pls go easy on me.

Did this one last yr for two reasons, a good hill test, and the "free" beer at conshy brewing.

Did it again this yr, since it is for a good cause (ALS and police funds). And because I love the shirt so much, so soft! One of my fav cotton tee's that's not a sports team.

From the pic, the blue is last yrs vs grey for this.

The hills. Basically up a block, flat, repeat. There are some down hills, but you don't get to enjoy them for long! You start and end in/around a township park (baseball fields/basketball court), rest is through a small neighborhood.

Aid stations: I don't usually require water mid 5k, but there was 1 station if needed. There was plenty of water, bananas, and snacks afterwards.

Parking: about 50 spots by the park, some side streets, and a full lot a few blocks away if you are late.

The conshy hills kicked my butt again this yr, but a 22 second avg improvement. (7:48 vs 8:10)

Oh, and the "free" beer isn't bad either!

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(2017)
"#LoveRunPhilly "
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Hi Fellow Runners!

Looking back, my orig BibRave review seemed rushed. Making some updates.

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Background: This was my 2nd official half, 3rd 13.1. Third time through the half training program thus far. Still making some progress. After the Rocky Run in the fall, was quick to look for a race to train through winter for. I wasn't blogging or reviewing races yet, but there were some snowy long runs in there! This was definitily the perfect goal to get through winter for! Already signed up for 2018!

TShirt/Swag: sweet color, tech looks/ feels webbed. Nice! Cool medal as well. The pic of me (on my blog review) wearing the shirt is definitely not in Philly (but is my fav pic in it, Colorado, have to represent while on vaca!)

Aid: plenty of water, gatorade, aid stations throughout. Bananas, pretzels, Nesquik, etc afterwards. Cant remember if there was a free beer, I wasn't carrying my ID at the time.

Elevation/Scenery: advertised as "Flattest course yet" Race starts at the museum, first 5 miles go through the city, once back at the museum the course goes along the river across from boathouse row. There were a couple significant hills. Steep hill that goes up to a bridge, I still had energy and made the mistake of rushing it, well, should of looked into this, learned about another hill in Philly, "Strawberry Mansion" A good challenge for sure, definitely should of paced through the first hill! Once down from there is back along river to the museum.

Expo: i was unable to attend, opted to have my packet mailed.

Parking: public transportation is encouraged. pay lots nearby

Race management: everything was managed with efficiency.

Definitely recommend this race!

Additional photos can be found on my blog below:

http://caffienefeen.blogspot.com/2017/03/race-review-loverunphilly.html

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(2017)
"#Phillies5k"
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To forewarn you, the race itself is not that exciting.

If you like Phillies baseball, this is one week before the season starts, and game tickets are included! Best bang for your buck! (If you like baseball)

Before the race starts, there are mascots making their rounds, a live band, and a few former players on stage.

The phanatic kicks off the race on his 4 wheeler after the anthem.

The race goes around Citizens Bank Park, around the backside of Lincoln Financial Field, and down into the Navy Yard. (Actual scenery just the major streets by the stadiums). There are a few spots of soldiers cheering you on in the Navy Yard, which was pretty cool. A slight incline after the navy yard, then down broad, and the final straight away.

Post race: you get to walk the warning track to around home plate! And then you get a free beer over at Xfinitylive!

Aid stations: at least two water stations, more than enough for a 5k. Water, bananas, and pretzel after the race.

Parking: stadium parking, plenty of it!

Swag: tech hoodie. Hope it holds up better than last yrs Tee. The logo from last yr's shirt is scratching off. Medal, this yr was the liberty bell, last yr was a baseball cap. Both medals have magnets on the back side.

additional pics can be found below on my blog:
http://caffienefeen.blogspot.com/2017/04/race-review-phillies5k.html

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(2016)
"My first half! "
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Hi Everyone!

Backlogging.. Wish I was writing/blogging back then for this one. This was my first half, will forever be near and dear to me!

In June '16, I did my first 10k race, went way better than I expected and had me hungry for more! Had me looking for a longer race, a place to train, and to go on an actual training plan!.

Once I found this race, I found a training program, and then I found my trail! If you follow me, you will hopefully see at least one pic a week from Pennypack Creek. I love it there! Wish it didn't take me so long to discover my love for trails, and it's only 15 minutes from where I live!

Below is the training program I found and have used several times. One of the reasons I wish i was blogging back then, I'm not sure if it was the constant humidity, or just that it was my first time going each long run's distance, but every long was a challenge!

To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans.

Pre-Race:

Expo: this was my first expo, it was pretty cool to see all the gear and race vendors! Only set back is not everyone can get back and forth to the city mult days in a row. It was exciting, not sure if I would choose expo over mailing option if it was available.

Parking: public transportation is strongly encouraged for expo and race day. Parking near the expo is tough to find. On race day, there is a pay lot a few blocks away. Please send me a message if you need the location. I would post it, but don't want it to go viral and get over packed.

Race day!

About 17000 runners, my biggest participant race to that date!

Like many Philly races, the race starts/ends by the museum. The first 3-4 miles are through the city, returns and heads past boathouse row. This is where I learn Philly isn't as flat as I thought. A minimal incline for a few miles. Seems minimal, but starts to add up. Turn around point is up a bridge, across the Schuylkill River and back. Issue with ending at the museum, one last hill!

Music: DJ to start. Live bands throughout, a couple marching bands. Music was cool, but expected a a few more bands along the way.

Aid: plenty of water/gatorade along the way. Water, pretzel, bananas after, and a few other vendors with free health snacks/drinks

Swag: Will forever rock the florescent tech tee with pride! The pic doesn't do it any justice, the color is very bright!

The flat medal of the Liberty Bell, has some thickness to it, it's a heavy medal!

Exhausted, but worth the 14 week training plan! My standard long run before this was 6 ish. I have continued to work on my long run base since then, wouldn't be be a marathon runner without it! Also discovered my love for trails!

For additional pics, check out my blog:
http://caffienefeen.blogspot.com/2016/09/rock-n-roll-philadelphia-2016-my-first.html

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