Allen Stone Run Swim Run
Allen Stone Run Swim Run

The Allen Stone Run Swim Run is one of my favorite races. I didn’t travel back to Virginia just to do the race but the timing worked that I was around anyway. The Allen Stone Run Swim Run is a 1k run on the beach followed by a 1k swim back in the ocean and then a 5k run on the boardwalk. The Virginia Beach boardwalk is cement so it is fast although you also dodge tourists on the boardwalk.

Many people know, but I grew up a swimmer. I have since stopped *really competing* in swimming events. I’ll occasionally do an open water swim but really the only time in recent years is at the Allen Stone Run Swim Run.

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Crown City Classic 12k
Crown City Classic 12k 50:29

The Crown City Classic 12k was my first post covid race. Before racing it, I hadn’t run any road race since breaking my foot in March 2020. I ran a couple of trail races, but none on the road. I definitely consider myself a road runner, and I prefer road running much more.

I was excited and nervous to run the Crown City Classic 12k. I had no real goals other than seeing where I was at. I guess I would average between 6:40-7:45 for 7.5 miles and that is exactly what I did.

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Truckee Running Festival Waddle Ranch Trail Half Marathon
Truckee Running Festival Waddle Ranch Trail Half Marathon Race Recap (1:54.05)

When I discovered the Truckee Running Festival Waddle Ranch Trail Half Marathon, I decided it would be a fun adventure. The thing about trails is no one cares about your time. I could run a 1:40 or a 2:40, and no one would know the terrain and course. My only goal for the Truckee Running Festival Waddle Ranch Trail Half Marathon was to finish and not hurt myself. I didn’t taper or really put a lot of stock in the race. That’s been my mindset for any trail race. Do it. Don’t hurt myself. Have fun.

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Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon
Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon Race Recap (2:03)

Wow, a race recap? Remember when I used to blog about those? The Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon was the first race I’ve done in nearly 15 months. Truthfully, it felt good to pin on a race bib. I’ve missed live races. I’ve come to enjoy virtual racing from time to time, but nothing beats an in-person event.

This week in the newsletter, I talked about precautions the Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon used, including wave starts, only 3 people across the mat, no communal food, masks at the aid station, and no cups. I felt everything was handled appropriately, and I did feel the risk of COVID was low.

It’s been so long; I might have forgotten how to write a race recap. Anyway…

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