31 responses

  1. Jen
    March 23, 2014

    Oh….Dunkin’ Donuts! We don’t have the chain here in California, so any chance to eat them has me blissfully shoveling them in my face.
    I really do enjoy the smaller races, especially when they get support from local businesses.
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  2. Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby.
    March 23, 2014

    Those strawberries look amazing! I would take all of them πŸ™‚

    So I live in a suburb of Ottawa – so most of my races are all downtown/West end of Ottawa which can be a pain in the butt because of crowds/parking. I do have a couple of secret parking spots – including my big secret spot for all the big races that are held downtown, so it isn’t too bad, just a pain sometimes. We had one local race here in my suburb, for years the start line was no joke, 400m from my house. I could hear the music/announcements from my front door. It was great to just jog to the start, then jog back home to wait for the awards ceremony. However, the event organizers grew out of that location and we then had to go to another location 15 minutes away (technically I could ride my bike). But this year they went and cancelled the whole race, forever. So now, no super local races for me, despite having a wonderful riverside path and everything.
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  3. Laura
    March 23, 2014

    We have the Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh and it is an awesome race!
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  4. Angie
    March 23, 2014

    I was so,sorry to miss this run! I’ve been sidelined by shin splints (aka personal HELL) and I am saving it up to do a run with my son in about 2 weeks! I hoping one of these days we will cross paths, as I am in the Tampa Bay Area too (Valrico,,to be exact).

    Love reading your blog!

  5. mary @ minutes per mile
    March 23, 2014

    strawberries post-race?! that’s amazing. i feel like half-cut, old bananas are all i see around DC — must start racing in florida for fresher post-race produce πŸ™‚
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  6. Nikki
    March 23, 2014

    Any reason to take home strawberries is worth running for πŸ™‚ Even with walking breaks, that time is quite impressive πŸ™‚
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  7. Emily @ The Swallow Flies
    March 23, 2014

    Those strawberries look AMAZING!

    My favorite race in Des Moines is Dam to Dam. It used to be the country’s biggest 20k, but this year it switched to a half marathon. We start up at the dam on Saylorville Lake and run to downtown Des Moines. It’s a beautiful route, half through the country and half through various neighborhoods in the city. I can’t wait for this year’s race — May 31st!
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  8. Becky @ Olives n Wine
    March 23, 2014

    So much fun! This is why I love small races too… and heck, if they’re giving away strawberries, I’ll fly down to Tampa next year for the race πŸ˜‰ Great job!
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  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    March 23, 2014

    Strawberries post race is an awesome idea! I love local races because they are much easier to get in and out of. Looking forward to another racing season soon πŸ™‚
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  10. Emily
    March 23, 2014

    I need to get back to doing local races. There are so many in the SF Bay Area!
    Great job!
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  11. Caroline
    March 23, 2014

    Strawberries post-race sound so delicious! Add Dunkin Donuts and I would be sold! Congrats on 2nd place in your age group!
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  12. melissa @fitnessnycblog
    March 23, 2014

    Wow, that’s pretty impressive for a just for fun race! Great job.

  13. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger
    March 23, 2014

    Omg I would die at those strawberries! Looks so good!
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  14. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    March 23, 2014

    I am so jealous that you always get to run in the sunshine. Is it ever cloudy there? Looks like a super fun run and with donuts and strawberries at the finish, how could you go wrong? One of my favorite local races is the Dirty Half Marathon – a trail run that everyone comes out for.
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  15. Jojo @ RunFastEatLots
    March 23, 2014

    That’s so cool that they were giving out boxes of strawberries! And the benefit of doing local, small races is that it’s easier to place in your age division πŸ˜€ Congrats on the 2nd place!
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  16. Erin
    March 23, 2014

    I ran the race as well (15K) and I stuck around and saw people running with their dogs during the 5K/10K races, so I think you would have been okay to bring the pooch. Just a small side note – the race supported the pediatric cancer foundation (not pancreatic, although that would be good to support as well).

  17. Amanda Elizabeth
    March 23, 2014

    That is such a great 5k! I agree really well run!
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  18. Martina @ snapshotsandwhatnots
    March 24, 2014

    Woop congrats on placing that’s awesome. And ohh my dunkin doughnuts at the finish sounds like fantastic motivation to me πŸ™‚
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  19. Molly Rose
    March 24, 2014

    HOW did I miss the donut munchkins!? So unfortunate! Anyway, still sad I didn’t get to see you! I ran the 5k also, and like you (and allll the 5ks I do) my first mile is a bolt out of the gate, and then I slow down the next two miles, ha! However I PR’d and am very happy about it! (I finished right behind you in our age group, holler!) Great job with your finish and hope to see you at another local race πŸ™‚
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  20. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy}
    March 24, 2014

    We have some great local races in my area as well and I love running them! Great job on your place and time!
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  21. EB @ Running on E
    March 24, 2014

    Fun! I love small races too. Sometimes the informalness is a nice change!
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  22. Lesley
    March 24, 2014

    I want those strawberries, and now I’ve got DD on the brain.
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  23. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    March 24, 2014

    Wow, those strawberries look incredible. Definitely worth the three miles!
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  24. Ashley
    March 24, 2014

    Ummm strawberries and donuts?! YUM! Talk about a perfect post race combo!

  25. Lisa @ runnermamablogger
    March 24, 2014

    How fun and how fast you ran that even with a little walking, crazy! Awesome score with the strawberries!
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  26. Runner Girl Eats
    March 24, 2014

    I’m super impressed about your time and walking! I can’t run 24 min 5k let alone run/walk. congrats!
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  27. Mel
    March 24, 2014

    I love the idea of a pet friendly 5k! I wish more races would consider going pet friendly. I also wish more races ended in strawberries and donuts… Congrats on your time!
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  28. Christina
    March 25, 2014

    Strawberries are the best post-race prize of all time. Congrats on the race and age placement!
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  29. Danielle Hughes
    March 25, 2014

    Ah poor Maddie. She woulda loved the walk. But well done on placing second! And walking off with a whole box of strawberries is a bonus.
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  30. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily
    March 25, 2014

    Mmmmm….strawberries! I want to face plant myself into all of them!

    Congrats on a great race!!!
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  31. Mikel
    March 30, 2014

    I think this is the same race that I ran once in like 8th grade – except back then it was a cross country route! It looked like a beautiful day! Congrats on placing πŸ™‚

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