Latest reviews by Stacey F

(2017)
"First 25k!"
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My first 25k! And I'm already looking forward to running this one again next year!

Pros: A small race, a low key start and finish, and great location. I enjoyed the loop course (the 25k does two loops) and the trail surface was very runnable. The aid stations were well stocked and provided nice breaks along the way. I appreciated that this course isn't super technical and was a great entry-level 25k. The medal is nice enough and I really like the chill atmosphere.

Cons: ummmm.... none? Maybe that I wish the shirt had been a running top instead of a cotton one? The design is great and I wish I could wear it while running.

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(2017)
"Hot hot hot and not dark enough!"
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Pros: packet pick up and the expo area are in a neighborhood park, which was surprisingly easy to find parking at and there were a good amount of vendors. I took home about a dozen Cliff bar gels and bites, so no complaints! The aid station at the 5 mile mark and at the 9 mile turn around were great and much needed! I loved the popsicles and families out cheering runners on. The medal was super cool and I appreciated that it is glittery. I enjoyed the finish line with the giant alien head. I also appreciated the cold towels - they were very very very much needed!

Cons: No chip time, and the start was very crowded with no real line up by pace. The half and 5k utilized the same bike path and those first few miles were congested. The course was ok - you run mostly alongside the river near residences but it was nothung to write home about! The course didn't really get dark until the last 2 miles (for me) and I was disappointed - I'd worn glowy things that didn't get to glow! Its also super incredibly humid in the Atlanta area in August!!

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(2017)
"Red Top Roaster July 2017"
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Pros: This race was SO well organized and well marked. The folks at Dirty Spokes had plenty of markers to keep runners on the correct trails and I appreciated that! They had aid stations set up at 3 points along the trail and offered water and gatorade. The size of the race is a giant Pro for me - only about 250 people. The trails were nice here - not technical and easy to get a nice rhythm going for long stretches.

Cons: The distance was "iffy"... I tracked around 9 miles of a 9.9 mile race. I get that GPS + trails sometimes creates a mismatch, but that's a big difference. There wasn't much on offer after the race - only bananas and gatorade/water. I appreciated the "chip timed" finish but there was no mat at the start of the race, so everyone had the same start time despite being probably 45 seconds difference between the first and the last to cross the start line. Runners do two loops of the Homestead Trail (a ~4 mile segment) and I'd have appreciated a little more diversity on the course!

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(2017)
"NRC runners are faaaaast! "
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This is the second race in NRC's "6 mile series" in 2017.

Pros: I love Bowie Park and loved the opportunity to run all of the trails in the park. The location is great and the trails offer a little of everything: creek crossings, single & double track trails, through fields and woods. Hosting this event at a park also means easy parking and actual restrooms. Win! Shirts were nice too and free photos are a plus.

Cons: These races don't offer a lot as far as post-race snacks go (usually banana, donuts and water/gatorade). The trails at this race got congested at times and it was hard to pass in some areas. Faster runners got a little lost in a few spots but they'd addressed confusing intersections by the time I came by.

All in all NRC does a nice job!

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(2017)
"FINALLY! Conquered this race!"
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So today was the RC Cola Moon Pie 10-miler that I have been simultaneously excited about and dreading since I signed up for it. It’s a race that’s known around these parts as notoriously difficult, hot, hilly, and is one of those races where a lot of people turn around after the first mile or two. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who ran it and I never was the running condition or physical shape to do it.
Until this year!
I completed the race in just under one hour and forty-five minutes – which is a 10:25/mile. A smidge slower than my ideal but it was HOT and HILLY, just like they said it would be!

I have to say, though, that whoever chose the course – 22 years ago! – chose well. In the first half of the race, you climb hill after hill before reaching the worst hill right around 5 miles. That’s the only one I walked – you can see on the elevation charts for the race that it is a STEEP hill! So I walked it and used that as a chance to shove a couple of gatorade chews in my mouth for salt & electrolytes. The second half of the race is a slow downhill – though there are still some rolling hills – before encountering the last challenging hill right at the 9 mile mark. I was proud of myself for not walking that hill – nearly everyone else was but I powered on through and wound up running the final mile the fastest!

I was pleased to have pretty even splits – each mile being between 10:11 and 10:36, which the exception of the Mile Five Monster Hill and the last mile. It’s always hard to not run too hard/too fast too soon so I’m proud of myself for keeping it nice and steady!

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