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Falmouth Road Race Recap


Some races are just so good that everyone wants a chance to run them. The simple word of mouth about how amazing the race is can be enough to drive runners to sign up just for a chance to run the race. That is exactly what describes the Falmouth Road Race and this past Sunday I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to run this race thanks to the amazing people at BibRave.
I was really excited to run this race as I heard nothing but positive comments about the experience. The race weekend is a four-day event, filled with a really well-done expo, family fun runs, kids’ races, celebrities, and more!

I didn’t have much time to spend at the expo as we were stopping in after being in the car for three hours, but I was there in time to see the Hoyts on stage.


The expo was extremely well put together and made finding things really easy.


They had some great swag including a really nice bag and coffee mug!


Having the expo on Friday and the race on Sunday gave me an extra day to relax after the drive and get one more day of running in before the big race.


Saturday night was a horrific night of sleep. A neighbor had gotten into a bike accident just as I was going to bed and stumbled into my parents’ yard. I went out to put my EMT certification to good use and help him, and ended up having to call 911 which led to three little children waking up from all the commotion. Two of the children easily went back to sleep, however one little child decided that it was going to be party time all night long and boycotted sleep for the entire night.


Good thing he’s cute!

I dragged myself up at 5am the next morning and got ready early to make sure I was able to beat the traffic. Thankfully I made really good time, grabbed a parking spot and headed for the shuttles.


The wheels on the bus...
After a nice tour around Falmouth as our bus driver searched for the right route, we were finally on our way.


The walk over to the starting line was full of some great Cape Cod sights and it was so peaceful in the early morning with almost no sound at all, despite the large number of people. Everyone seemed to be collectively just taking in the views…or were collectively wishing they had a cup of coffee at that moment.


I had arrived really early for the race and had a lot of time to kill. Luckily, people watching made it fun.

The Mullet Marathoners
The wheelchair racers took off about 20 minutes before the race was to start, so I headed over to the starting line and got ready to run. Nerves hit as the sun was beating down and things were getting hot. Very hot. This was my first race in two months and I wasn’t sure how I’d fair against the heat.


But there wasn’t much time to dwell on it, Meb was there off his Boston Marathon victory to wish us luck and then we were off!

I had been told the first couple miles were hilly, and while there were some inclines, they were definitely nothing too bad. But the views were spectacular!

Before long, I hit the 1 mile mark at 7:55 and was feeling really good! I mean, I was feeling beyond good. I was feeling great! This race was awesome! There were so many people cheering the runners on. It couldn’t last, I thought to myself. But I was wrong.

As each mile ticked by, the number of people on the course cheering the runners on grew exponentially. And the views got better and better with each turn!

I ticked off mile 2 at just after 15 minutes which doing some math in my head meant that I was hitting just around a 7 minute mile pace. Not good! I didn’t think I’d be able to keep that up, and as I pressed through mile 3, the sun was starting to beat down. Mile 3-4 definitely took a toll as the heat made things difficult.

But after taking an energy gel and knowing I had just three miles to go, my legs pushed on. Crowds were lined up and down the beach area of mile and were providing such great distraction from the miles.


We passed through some great neighborhoods where people stood outside showering runners off with their hoses. I weaved into a few and it felt so good!

I hit the last mile marker and couldn’t even see the clock because of the large crowd. Then at the 10K mark I realized it was because that was where the clock was. I hit the 10K point at 48 minutes. I was pacing really strong and was loving it!

Just as it felt like the finish line should be coming soon, a steep incline appeared. Not cool, but not the end of the world as I knew that incline meant a downhill right to a beautiful finish and the stories I heard did not disappoint!


As I crossed the finish, the runner in front of me turned to say “Congrats on a great race!” and I was shocked to see that it was Bill Rodgers congratulating me! What an awesome way to end a great race.

The Falmouth Road Race is an experience not to be missed. It is a lottery to enter, but if you can make the trip to Cape Cod, it is a beautiful race weekend filled with great people and fun times.


Princess Half Marathon Early Registration

Today is the day that early registration for the Princess Half Marathon opens, and people are already excited. I've seen people saying they'll be taking off work for the day just to register, so here is how you can register early without the stress. 

Early registration opens today at noon EST and more details can be found on runDisney.com.



Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney WorldHere For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

Unfortunately, Disney Visa cardholders are no longer given the option to register early and it appears that the discount code for registration has also been eliminated. Sorry Disney Visa holders. 

A Hurricane, Tattoos, And A Party!

After what seems like an eternity, I finally was able to find time to get away from work and enjoy a family vacation! It felt so good to get away with my wife and kids and head to Cape Cod for our annual 4th of July trip, and it turned out to be one interesting vacation.

We left on Wednesday of last week and were able to enjoy a nice evening walk to the beach before calling it a night. On Thursday, my parents took my oldest two kids to a play for my daughter’s birthday, so my wife and I were able to get some running in as I pushed our youngest in his stroller. It’s always a weird feeling running while pushing a stroller, but I love the resistance.


When we got back, my parents were going to take the oldest ones to the beach while the baby napped. After getting him down, I ran out of the house while quickly saying goodbye to my wife. I had somewhere I wanted to be and couldn’t wait anymore.

For a while, I’ve wanted another tattoo. I already have her initial on my wedding ring finger and another tattoo on my back. But I had the urge to get something on my leg. Specifically, I had wanted to get the Ragnar logo. I had been debating it for a while, but with some encouragement from my wife who loved the idea, I was sold.

The first tattoo place I went to had told me over the phone that they’d be able to accept me as a walk-in, so I hurried there only to find out I’d have to sit around for 2 hours. No thanks. As I walked back to my car, I remember there being a second tattoo gallery nearby. I didn’t realize nearby was actually right across the street.


I went over and saw it was much less crowded and was thrilled when they told me they could take me without a wait.

I showed the artist what I wanted and he went off to set up. About fifteen minutes later I went in, nervous but excited. It had been a few years since my last tattoo and I completely forgot what it felt like when the needle first hit, but less than an hour later I was done and loved what I saw!


When I went back to the cottage, my wife loved it so much that she spent the next day working up the courage to finally get her first tattoo as we were trapped in with a hurricane bearing down on us.

Once the storm finally left on Saturday, we took a ride out to the tattoo gallery with my wife in full excitement to get hers, only to find that the shop was closed due to the holiday weekend. So we’ll be trying again next month when we head up for the Falmouth Road Race.

The weekend ended with a bang…literally! Each year my family’s neighborhood hosts a huge block party, and this year was the 15th Anniversary.


 It was full of a lot of great people, great food, and fireworks!


Sadly it was back to reality yesterday, but a great vacation is in the books. Luckily there is still so much time left to this summer and all the great things it holds. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Falmouth Road Race Recap


Some races are just so good that everyone wants a chance to run them. The simple word of mouth about how amazing the race is can be enough to drive runners to sign up just for a chance to run the race. That is exactly what describes the Falmouth Road Race and this past Sunday I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to run this race thanks to the amazing people at BibRave.
I was really excited to run this race as I heard nothing but positive comments about the experience. The race weekend is a four-day event, filled with a really well-done expo, family fun runs, kids’ races, celebrities, and more!

I didn’t have much time to spend at the expo as we were stopping in after being in the car for three hours, but I was there in time to see the Hoyts on stage.


The expo was extremely well put together and made finding things really easy.


They had some great swag including a really nice bag and coffee mug!


Having the expo on Friday and the race on Sunday gave me an extra day to relax after the drive and get one more day of running in before the big race.


Saturday night was a horrific night of sleep. A neighbor had gotten into a bike accident just as I was going to bed and stumbled into my parents’ yard. I went out to put my EMT certification to good use and help him, and ended up having to call 911 which led to three little children waking up from all the commotion. Two of the children easily went back to sleep, however one little child decided that it was going to be party time all night long and boycotted sleep for the entire night.


Good thing he’s cute!

I dragged myself up at 5am the next morning and got ready early to make sure I was able to beat the traffic. Thankfully I made really good time, grabbed a parking spot and headed for the shuttles.


The wheels on the bus...
After a nice tour around Falmouth as our bus driver searched for the right route, we were finally on our way.


The walk over to the starting line was full of some great Cape Cod sights and it was so peaceful in the early morning with almost no sound at all, despite the large number of people. Everyone seemed to be collectively just taking in the views…or were collectively wishing they had a cup of coffee at that moment.


I had arrived really early for the race and had a lot of time to kill. Luckily, people watching made it fun.

The Mullet Marathoners
The wheelchair racers took off about 20 minutes before the race was to start, so I headed over to the starting line and got ready to run. Nerves hit as the sun was beating down and things were getting hot. Very hot. This was my first race in two months and I wasn’t sure how I’d fair against the heat.


But there wasn’t much time to dwell on it, Meb was there off his Boston Marathon victory to wish us luck and then we were off!

I had been told the first couple miles were hilly, and while there were some inclines, they were definitely nothing too bad. But the views were spectacular!

Before long, I hit the 1 mile mark at 7:55 and was feeling really good! I mean, I was feeling beyond good. I was feeling great! This race was awesome! There were so many people cheering the runners on. It couldn’t last, I thought to myself. But I was wrong.

As each mile ticked by, the number of people on the course cheering the runners on grew exponentially. And the views got better and better with each turn!

I ticked off mile 2 at just after 15 minutes which doing some math in my head meant that I was hitting just around a 7 minute mile pace. Not good! I didn’t think I’d be able to keep that up, and as I pressed through mile 3, the sun was starting to beat down. Mile 3-4 definitely took a toll as the heat made things difficult.

But after taking an energy gel and knowing I had just three miles to go, my legs pushed on. Crowds were lined up and down the beach area of mile and were providing such great distraction from the miles.


We passed through some great neighborhoods where people stood outside showering runners off with their hoses. I weaved into a few and it felt so good!

I hit the last mile marker and couldn’t even see the clock because of the large crowd. Then at the 10K mark I realized it was because that was where the clock was. I hit the 10K point at 48 minutes. I was pacing really strong and was loving it!

Just as it felt like the finish line should be coming soon, a steep incline appeared. Not cool, but not the end of the world as I knew that incline meant a downhill right to a beautiful finish and the stories I heard did not disappoint!


As I crossed the finish, the runner in front of me turned to say “Congrats on a great race!” and I was shocked to see that it was Bill Rodgers congratulating me! What an awesome way to end a great race.

The Falmouth Road Race is an experience not to be missed. It is a lottery to enter, but if you can make the trip to Cape Cod, it is a beautiful race weekend filled with great people and fun times.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Princess Half Marathon Early Registration

Today is the day that early registration for the Princess Half Marathon opens, and people are already excited. I've seen people saying they'll be taking off work for the day just to register, so here is how you can register early without the stress. 

Early registration opens today at noon EST and more details can be found on runDisney.com.



Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney WorldHere For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

Unfortunately, Disney Visa cardholders are no longer given the option to register early and it appears that the discount code for registration has also been eliminated. Sorry Disney Visa holders. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Hurricane, Tattoos, And A Party!

After what seems like an eternity, I finally was able to find time to get away from work and enjoy a family vacation! It felt so good to get away with my wife and kids and head to Cape Cod for our annual 4th of July trip, and it turned out to be one interesting vacation.

We left on Wednesday of last week and were able to enjoy a nice evening walk to the beach before calling it a night. On Thursday, my parents took my oldest two kids to a play for my daughter’s birthday, so my wife and I were able to get some running in as I pushed our youngest in his stroller. It’s always a weird feeling running while pushing a stroller, but I love the resistance.


When we got back, my parents were going to take the oldest ones to the beach while the baby napped. After getting him down, I ran out of the house while quickly saying goodbye to my wife. I had somewhere I wanted to be and couldn’t wait anymore.

For a while, I’ve wanted another tattoo. I already have her initial on my wedding ring finger and another tattoo on my back. But I had the urge to get something on my leg. Specifically, I had wanted to get the Ragnar logo. I had been debating it for a while, but with some encouragement from my wife who loved the idea, I was sold.

The first tattoo place I went to had told me over the phone that they’d be able to accept me as a walk-in, so I hurried there only to find out I’d have to sit around for 2 hours. No thanks. As I walked back to my car, I remember there being a second tattoo gallery nearby. I didn’t realize nearby was actually right across the street.


I went over and saw it was much less crowded and was thrilled when they told me they could take me without a wait.

I showed the artist what I wanted and he went off to set up. About fifteen minutes later I went in, nervous but excited. It had been a few years since my last tattoo and I completely forgot what it felt like when the needle first hit, but less than an hour later I was done and loved what I saw!


When I went back to the cottage, my wife loved it so much that she spent the next day working up the courage to finally get her first tattoo as we were trapped in with a hurricane bearing down on us.

Once the storm finally left on Saturday, we took a ride out to the tattoo gallery with my wife in full excitement to get hers, only to find that the shop was closed due to the holiday weekend. So we’ll be trying again next month when we head up for the Falmouth Road Race.

The weekend ended with a bang…literally! Each year my family’s neighborhood hosts a huge block party, and this year was the 15th Anniversary.


 It was full of a lot of great people, great food, and fireworks!


Sadly it was back to reality yesterday, but a great vacation is in the books. Luckily there is still so much time left to this summer and all the great things it holds.