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Running Through 2014

What a crazy year of racing this was! 2014 had me running more races than any year previous with 22 races total for the year. It was a year full of training for my first ultra, breaking through three PRs and becoming one very Dopey runner. Here’s a quick look back at my year in running:

January: Nothing starts the year off like 48.6 miles through Walt Disney World as I took on and successfully completed the inaugural Dopey Challenge. While waking up early four days in a row was a challenge, it wasn’t enough to keep me away as I’ll be back to do it again next month.


February: While it might be the shortest month, it certainly wasn’t the case mile-wise as I found myself back in Disney World, this time taking on the inaugural Glass SlipperChallenge – a 10K and Half Marathon combination filled with a LOT of tutus.


April: Since I skipped completely over March for racing, I took on a quarter-marathon/half-marathon weekend at the start of the month with the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon and inaugural Hartford Marathon Legends HalfMarathon, and ended the month with the Cheshire Half Marathon.


May: May was a month full of running, as it started with the awesome Redding Road Race, followed next by Ragnar Cape Cod and then ending with the extremely challenging Hamden Hills Road Race.


June: June slowed the racing pace down for me as I only took on one race – the Lime RockPark Half Marathon – where I was joined by my son in the stroller for the race and still ended up placing third in my division.


August: After sitting out July, I jumped back into racing with the Falmouth Road Race, an amazing experience through one of the most spectator-packed races I’ve ever run.

September: September took me to a place I hadn’t been in four years – Half Marathon PR Land! After 4 years of struggling and coming up short, I was able to break through my old half PR and land with a new 1:38 PR at the Gulf Beach HalfMarathon that will likely take me at least another four years to break. I also ended the month with the Live Like Renee 5K where I placed second overall.


October: October was no doubt my biggest month of running. Weeks of training had led up to this month which started with the Hartford Half Marathon, a cold and soaking wet run. That was followed the next week by the Bimbler’s Bluff 50K Trail Race which while it kicked my ass, I was still able to complete and secure myself as an ultra-marathoner.


November: As the year wound down, one more trip to Disney World was in order for the 5th Anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, as well as the Jingle Jungle 5K. While it was another cold and wet race, it was a really fun trip! It also saw me take on the Run Santa Run 5K which put me in 5K PR Land which I hadn’t seen in three years!


December: Closing out the year was my absolute favorite race of the year – A ChristmasStory Run. This 10K race was just so awesome, and so was the entire trip with my family. Plus, this race also saw me breaking my 10K PR while getting my favorite medal to date!



2014 was an absolutely amazing year, and it has me extremely excited for what 2015 will bring. My race calendar is already growing, and I can’t wait to dive into a new year of races!

Under Armour Scorpio Review - Seriously Badass Running Shoes

It’s not very often I say this, but I found a pair of shoes that I absolutely love. I never used to be a big shoe guy, but lately after being able to test out different brands of shoes, I’ve started developing a new appreciation for how much shoes can really impact your run.

I used to be a very minimalist shoe wearer, opting for lightweight shoes with little support until an injury forced me to reconsider my footwear options. I was afraid to wear heavier shoes thinking that the weight would cause more resistance while running. Then I tested a few pairs of shoes by Under Armour and really fell in love with their design. The UA Clutchfit were especially nice, provide ample support with a lightweight feel.

But now Under Armour has really stepped it up with the introduction of their Scorpio line of running shoes. Thanks to the awesome folks over at FinishLine, I was able to test our a pair of these unbelievably stylish and downright badass running shoes, and I don’t know that I’ll ever wear another pair of shoes for racing again.


Right when I opened the box I was blown away. I mean, how could I not be? There, inside the box, were chrome running shoes! The look alone took me by total surprise.


Another noticeably different design element of the shoe from other running shoes is the treads. The Scorpio features a cleat-inspired design, much like those baseball and football player have on their shoes. The cleat-design helps add a spring to your step…literally!


The shoes, while having ample support, do not have an overbearing weight to them. But, the true test is, how do they perform?

I had the chance to break these in for a week prior to my first race with them, and my runs on the treadmill went awesomely, despite being very afraid of scuffing up the chrome on them. It actually holds up very well, and won’t crack off.


Now, I’m not going to say shoes will make you as faster runner….however….I ran a 5K with them and ended up PRing by almost a minute running a sub-20 race. Possibly a fluke, so I wore them for a 10K a week later and ended up PRing by almost two and a half minutes.

Like I said, I won’t say the shoes make a runner faster, however, they are a dream to run in. The cleat design was a huge plus in the snowy/icy/rainy conditions that I raced in as I never once felt like I was going to lose control. The shoes themselves are so awesome balance between the cushioning and the weight that there’s no noticeable additional effort that needs to be put into getting your legs moving while wearing these.


If you're looking for an extremely stylish, comfortable and high performance shoe, the Under Armour Scorpio will not disappoint! Be sure to check out FinishLine for a pair today!


I was given a pair of Under Armour Scorpio running shoes to test for this review, however, all opinions are totally my own. 

Jonathan's A Christmas Story Run Recap


On Friday morning I woke up and got dressed and we went in the car. In the car, we watched a movie and we went into a restaurant called Ruby Tuesdays. I had some macaroni and cheese at Ruby Tuesdays. The macaroni and cheese was very good.

We arrived at our hotel called the Renaissance somewhere in 11 o'clock at night. At the hotel I saw a ballroom, two crystal lights, two Christmas trees, a big water fountain and a lot of people in one room. And so we rode the elevator. We kept going in, press a button, go in, press a button and when we arrived at our hotel room, it was a BIG surprise because the hotel room was the Cleveland Browns room!


Inside the room I saw two more crystal lights, a huge sink and a HUGE bed! There was a dining room table. People must eat dinner in this room. And there was a Gangnam Style chair. Me and my sister sang Gangnam Style in it like the guy in the video.

And there was a phone in the bathroom next to the toilet! (That was funny).


We went to bed and me and my sister laughed a lot. That angered dad and dad yelled "Go to sleep!" And then we kept laughing.

We woke up the next morning. I nearly fell over because I was so tired. And then we did Gangnam Style on the Gangnam Style chair again.

We got dressed and we hid in the kitchen cabinets. Then we walked over to where the race was. We saw the Cleveland Browns dog and a boy in a pink bunny costume and people dressed as leg lamps and robbers. I saw 24 people dressed as robbers and 1 person dressed as a bully.


I lined up with my mom to start the race. Then we started off. We needed to walk to the starting line because there was a lot of people in front of us. We crossed the starting line and mom was going too fast for me. I ran over a bridge with my mom. She's afraid of bridges but she didn't want me to hold her hand.


My dad saw me while he was running. And then we saw the finish line. I was so tired that I couldn't sprint to it. There were balloons and Santa at the finish line!


I got a golden medal! And so did mom and dad.


And then we saw A Christmas Story house and we went in!


I got to hold the Red Ryder BB Gun! And then we went into the gift shop.


I thought the race was tiring, but it was fun. I would do it again.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Running Through 2014

What a crazy year of racing this was! 2014 had me running more races than any year previous with 22 races total for the year. It was a year full of training for my first ultra, breaking through three PRs and becoming one very Dopey runner. Here’s a quick look back at my year in running:

January: Nothing starts the year off like 48.6 miles through Walt Disney World as I took on and successfully completed the inaugural Dopey Challenge. While waking up early four days in a row was a challenge, it wasn’t enough to keep me away as I’ll be back to do it again next month.


February: While it might be the shortest month, it certainly wasn’t the case mile-wise as I found myself back in Disney World, this time taking on the inaugural Glass SlipperChallenge – a 10K and Half Marathon combination filled with a LOT of tutus.


April: Since I skipped completely over March for racing, I took on a quarter-marathon/half-marathon weekend at the start of the month with the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon and inaugural Hartford Marathon Legends HalfMarathon, and ended the month with the Cheshire Half Marathon.


May: May was a month full of running, as it started with the awesome Redding Road Race, followed next by Ragnar Cape Cod and then ending with the extremely challenging Hamden Hills Road Race.


June: June slowed the racing pace down for me as I only took on one race – the Lime RockPark Half Marathon – where I was joined by my son in the stroller for the race and still ended up placing third in my division.


August: After sitting out July, I jumped back into racing with the Falmouth Road Race, an amazing experience through one of the most spectator-packed races I’ve ever run.

September: September took me to a place I hadn’t been in four years – Half Marathon PR Land! After 4 years of struggling and coming up short, I was able to break through my old half PR and land with a new 1:38 PR at the Gulf Beach HalfMarathon that will likely take me at least another four years to break. I also ended the month with the Live Like Renee 5K where I placed second overall.


October: October was no doubt my biggest month of running. Weeks of training had led up to this month which started with the Hartford Half Marathon, a cold and soaking wet run. That was followed the next week by the Bimbler’s Bluff 50K Trail Race which while it kicked my ass, I was still able to complete and secure myself as an ultra-marathoner.


November: As the year wound down, one more trip to Disney World was in order for the 5th Anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, as well as the Jingle Jungle 5K. While it was another cold and wet race, it was a really fun trip! It also saw me take on the Run Santa Run 5K which put me in 5K PR Land which I hadn’t seen in three years!


December: Closing out the year was my absolute favorite race of the year – A ChristmasStory Run. This 10K race was just so awesome, and so was the entire trip with my family. Plus, this race also saw me breaking my 10K PR while getting my favorite medal to date!



2014 was an absolutely amazing year, and it has me extremely excited for what 2015 will bring. My race calendar is already growing, and I can’t wait to dive into a new year of races!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Under Armour Scorpio Review - Seriously Badass Running Shoes

It’s not very often I say this, but I found a pair of shoes that I absolutely love. I never used to be a big shoe guy, but lately after being able to test out different brands of shoes, I’ve started developing a new appreciation for how much shoes can really impact your run.

I used to be a very minimalist shoe wearer, opting for lightweight shoes with little support until an injury forced me to reconsider my footwear options. I was afraid to wear heavier shoes thinking that the weight would cause more resistance while running. Then I tested a few pairs of shoes by Under Armour and really fell in love with their design. The UA Clutchfit were especially nice, provide ample support with a lightweight feel.

But now Under Armour has really stepped it up with the introduction of their Scorpio line of running shoes. Thanks to the awesome folks over at FinishLine, I was able to test our a pair of these unbelievably stylish and downright badass running shoes, and I don’t know that I’ll ever wear another pair of shoes for racing again.


Right when I opened the box I was blown away. I mean, how could I not be? There, inside the box, were chrome running shoes! The look alone took me by total surprise.


Another noticeably different design element of the shoe from other running shoes is the treads. The Scorpio features a cleat-inspired design, much like those baseball and football player have on their shoes. The cleat-design helps add a spring to your step…literally!


The shoes, while having ample support, do not have an overbearing weight to them. But, the true test is, how do they perform?

I had the chance to break these in for a week prior to my first race with them, and my runs on the treadmill went awesomely, despite being very afraid of scuffing up the chrome on them. It actually holds up very well, and won’t crack off.


Now, I’m not going to say shoes will make you as faster runner….however….I ran a 5K with them and ended up PRing by almost a minute running a sub-20 race. Possibly a fluke, so I wore them for a 10K a week later and ended up PRing by almost two and a half minutes.

Like I said, I won’t say the shoes make a runner faster, however, they are a dream to run in. The cleat design was a huge plus in the snowy/icy/rainy conditions that I raced in as I never once felt like I was going to lose control. The shoes themselves are so awesome balance between the cushioning and the weight that there’s no noticeable additional effort that needs to be put into getting your legs moving while wearing these.


If you're looking for an extremely stylish, comfortable and high performance shoe, the Under Armour Scorpio will not disappoint! Be sure to check out FinishLine for a pair today!


I was given a pair of Under Armour Scorpio running shoes to test for this review, however, all opinions are totally my own. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Jonathan's A Christmas Story Run Recap


On Friday morning I woke up and got dressed and we went in the car. In the car, we watched a movie and we went into a restaurant called Ruby Tuesdays. I had some macaroni and cheese at Ruby Tuesdays. The macaroni and cheese was very good.

We arrived at our hotel called the Renaissance somewhere in 11 o'clock at night. At the hotel I saw a ballroom, two crystal lights, two Christmas trees, a big water fountain and a lot of people in one room. And so we rode the elevator. We kept going in, press a button, go in, press a button and when we arrived at our hotel room, it was a BIG surprise because the hotel room was the Cleveland Browns room!


Inside the room I saw two more crystal lights, a huge sink and a HUGE bed! There was a dining room table. People must eat dinner in this room. And there was a Gangnam Style chair. Me and my sister sang Gangnam Style in it like the guy in the video.

And there was a phone in the bathroom next to the toilet! (That was funny).


We went to bed and me and my sister laughed a lot. That angered dad and dad yelled "Go to sleep!" And then we kept laughing.

We woke up the next morning. I nearly fell over because I was so tired. And then we did Gangnam Style on the Gangnam Style chair again.

We got dressed and we hid in the kitchen cabinets. Then we walked over to where the race was. We saw the Cleveland Browns dog and a boy in a pink bunny costume and people dressed as leg lamps and robbers. I saw 24 people dressed as robbers and 1 person dressed as a bully.


I lined up with my mom to start the race. Then we started off. We needed to walk to the starting line because there was a lot of people in front of us. We crossed the starting line and mom was going too fast for me. I ran over a bridge with my mom. She's afraid of bridges but she didn't want me to hold her hand.


My dad saw me while he was running. And then we saw the finish line. I was so tired that I couldn't sprint to it. There were balloons and Santa at the finish line!


I got a golden medal! And so did mom and dad.


And then we saw A Christmas Story house and we went in!


I got to hold the Red Ryder BB Gun! And then we went into the gift shop.


I thought the race was tiring, but it was fun. I would do it again.