HEC Recap Part 3: Matter over mind

The last time I did a night run, it was 2015. I did the 4-mile loop at Ragnar Appalachians with a few Team Red, White and Blue members. It would be my last activity with the Morgantown chapter, as I moved the week prior.  My headlamp went out, there were rocks you had to climb…

HEC Race Recap: Course description

Name of race: Hoorah 2 Heroes Law Enforcement Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge When held: Last weekend in February. In 2017, there were Saturday night and Sunday morning races. Plans in 2018 include these races, a mountain bike course and a high school race. Where held: The Highlands in Ohio County, W.Va. Course description: Looping 6-mile course…

Finding the hero within

This is the first of a three part race recap of the Hoorah 2 Heroes Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge. Parts two and three will deal with each part of the two-day race.   The first time Mike and I meet to form our local Team Red, White and Blue chapter, we brainstormed on which groups…

GORUCK recap: Part 2

Since I started my fitness journey in 2012, I have tried to one big race every year.  So far, I’ve done a sprint triathlon, two metric marathons (26.2 kilometers), a Ragnar and a marathon.  They all have been rewarding in their own way. My favorite was my first metric marathon. I had just gotten out…

Race recap: Barnesville Pumpkin Festival 2016

Often when I go to a race I’ve been in before, I have expectations. I know the course, so I know whether I should take it easy early in the race. I know I need to stay hydrated because it’s always hot when I do a certain race. It’s a redemption run: A chance to…

Race recap: Ohio Hills Folk Festival 5k & 10k

QUAKER CITY, Ohio — Nestled in the hills of Guernsey County, Quarker City is a quiet, golf-cart friendly town (look at its welcome sign) of maybe 500 people. But in early July, the village hosts one big celebration, the Ohio Hills Folk Festival. Started in the early 1900s, the festival is one of the longest…

Race recap: McRun 5k photo essay

Name: McDonald’s 5k Charity Mc Run Where: Heritage Park, McDonald, Pa. When: First Sunday in July. Part of the town’s McSunmerfest. Course: Rail-trail, asphalt Benefits: Society of St. Vincent de Paul  Awards: Overall; really big age groups (18 and up) Overall: Cost was $30 on race day. They had a decent after race food selection….

Race recap: Wellsburg 5K

WELLSBURG, W.Va. — In 2013, my mountain family embarked on an amazing adventure to the northern panhandle of West Virginia. You can read the recap here. This race was the same, except I was guiding Mountain Kid 3 through his first 5k. The race, held July 2, was attended by members of Team Red, White and…

Recap: Chester Freedom Run 5k

Where: Chester, W.Va., top of the northern panhandle When: July 4 Course description: Asphalt roads throughout town, not quite an out and back, as you don’t repeat the first mile. Little to no hills. Number of participants: about 350 Cost: $15 on race day Bling: race shirts in either red or blue Description: This is…

Race and Book review

What had I really lost? A race. That’s all. Nothing was stopping me from going back out and trying again. Nothing but my own fears and insecurities. — Bill Rogers, “Marathon Man” In 2013, I meet this wonderful runner named Jim Bailey. We were running a 10K in Coopers Rock State Forest, a hilly course…

Race recap: My first marathon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “You got this. You got this. You, you, you got this,” said a enthusiastic woman in Georgetown like a grown-up cheerleader. “You have run 24 miles. Today, you are the heroes,” a muscle-bound Marine said as we entered Crystal City. “Who said you can walk? I see walkers in my running course,”…

Final thoughts…

Tomorrow I will cross a finish line and become a marathoner. Right now, I’m getting my gear together. While my friend on Facebook have been sweating bullets for a few days or maybe even weeks, I was fine. Until today … I’ve spent four months training for this, but mentally I feel unprepared.  So let…