Latest reviews by Danielle

(2014)
"TCS NYC Marathon"
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The New York City Marathon is definitely a bucket list item for all runners! While the logistics of actually getting to the start on Staten Island and running a race with over 50,000 people can definitely be overwhelming, the experience or running the largest marathon in the world was well worth it!

Definitely be sure to include some hills in your training since there are many bridges throughout the course (especially in the second half!) bringing you in and out of the different boroughs! The spectator support can't be beat though - there was yelling, cheering, signs, tissues, pretzels and all sorts of snacks along the way!

I unfortunately also had the opportunity to experience the medical tent at the finish line and I have to say all of the volunteers were very helpful, well organized and professional - while I'd avoid the medical tents if you can, they were great when I needed them at the end of the race!

My biggest tip in being ready for all the logistics that come with this race would be to make sure to read all of the e-mails that you get from NYRR leading up to the race, they are filled with important and valuable information! Also, be sure to dress warm and bring lots of layers for while you are waiting for the start on Staten Island!

You can read me entire New York City Marathon recap here...http://liverungrow.com/2014/11/11/race-recap-tcs-new-york-city-marathon/

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(2014)
"Zooma Cape Cod Half Marathon"
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This was a well organized race at a beautiful location - any race on Cape Cod is sure to include plenty of running along the shore with gorgeous water views!

The Zooma races are small and women focused (men are allowed though!), but they are definitely professionally managed and the after party was held right on the beach just steps past the finish line!

Roads are not closed for this race, however there was not much traffic at all and I felt safe the entire time - be sure to save some energy for the hills on the second half of the course, I wasn't really expecting them and ran out of steam as I came to the last one to the finish!

You can read more on my blog: http://liverungrow.com/2014/09/30/race-recap-zooma-cape-cod-half-marathon/

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(2014)
"2014 Falmouth Road Race"
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The Falmouth Road Race is a "small" race in a small town on Cape Cod that draws some big names! The race is managed by Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, so you're guaranteed a good event. This year Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi was there speaking at the expo (and running!) and I had the opportunity to meet him, get a photo & an autograph - most likely not something I'd have been able to do at a bigger race!

One of my favorite things about this race is that their "gift" item is a coffee mug instead of a t-shirt! I don't know about you, but I have more race shirts than I know what to do with, but my Falmouth Road Race mug sits proudly on my desk at work! (Don't worry though, if you're a shirt type of person, there are plenty available for sale!)

The Falmouth Road Race course if gorgeous with coastal views almost the entire way! It starts in picturesque Woods Hole and finishes right outside of downtown Falmouth. The entire town seems to come out for this race to not only cheer on the runners, but to set up their own water stops, play music and hose down hot runners (being in mid-August it's always a hot day!). There are also a few unsuspecting hills (especially one right before the finish line!), so while it's only 7 miles, be sure to pace yourself!

Entry for this race is a lottery though, so be sure to enter while it's open!

You can read my entire Falmouth Road Race Recap here...http://liverungrow.com/2014/08/18/race-recap-2014-falmouth-road-race/

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(2014)
"Runner's World Heartbreak Hill 10k "
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The Heartbreak Hill 10k was an out and back race that went down Heartbreak Hill and the Boston Marathon Newtown hills on the way out and UP them on the way back. The race starts and finishes on the picturesque Boston College campus. It was easy to get in and out of the expo and to the starting areas (I did hear some people had issues getting out from the parking area after the race because of some road closures, but I didn't have an issue.)

It was a particularly hot and humid day and the course didn't offer much shade so it was definitely a difficult race, especially with all of the hills in the second half of the course, so be sure to pace yourself on the downhill portion!

The race was well organized though and it was a great opportunity to experience Heartbreak Hill outside of the Boston marathon - I'd definitely like to try this race again (hopefully not on such a humid day!) when I'm a little better trained for the hills because I definitely struggled!

You can find my full review here: http://liverungrow.com/2014/06/09/race-recap-heartbreak-hill-10k/

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(2014)
"2014 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run"
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After doing the Marine Corps Marathon I knew I wanted to run another race in Washington DC, I just loved literally running through all of the history in our nation's capital!

Although the cherry blossom's didn't cooperate with us in 2014 and weren't fully bloomed, the course was nice and my only real complaint would be that it was quite crowded for almost the entire race! If they could do something to spread out the runners a bit more I think it would have been much more enjoyable!

There's tons to do in DC though, so be sure to spend a few days and see some sights!

You can read my entire Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run Recap here...http://liverungrow.com/2014/04/08/race-recap-cherry-blossom-10-mile-run/

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