Who wants to race?

I have so many exciting events coming up, I can hardly control my excitement!!! On April 5th I have a 5.7K in Canton (Baltimore) hosted by the Brigance Brigade Foundation.  This race benefits ALS patients and their families.  Probably thinking, why 5.7?? Baltimore Ravens Senior Advisor to Player Development O.J. Brigance has ALS.  He founded said Brigance Brigade.  The distance for the race is the same as Brigance’s former jersey number, 57. Pretty sweet huh??

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The VERY next Saturday, I’m running the CharmCityRun Sole of the City 10K!! This event will also run through Baltimore, but will be a bit longer. 🙂 This event benefits the Erika Brannock Fund – Erika Brannock is a 29-year-old preschool teacher from Towson, Md., who was seriously injured during the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013. (information obtained from CCR). I’m super excited about this race… no it’s not the longest race I’ve done… but it’s supposed to be a WHOLE LOT of fun. A friend of mine ran it last year, and is STILL talking about it. So, should be awesome! 

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My next race will be my longest to date… My first half marathon!! *shudder*… just kidding, also super excited for this one! 🙂 It’s called the “Nut Job Challenge“.  A Twilight 5K on Saturday evening May 3rd, and a Half Marathon, yep, my first 13.1 at 0700 on Sunday, May 4th!!! Training for this bad boy has been a lot of fun actually.  I ran a 14K over valentines day weekend in Virginia beach (almost 9 miles), so my body had to prepare pretty quickly. (I had a medical emergency and couldn’t start training until the middle of January). This Half marathon is also 1/3 of the King Crab Challenge which I’ll talk more about later. Regardless, SUPER STOKED about my first half. (which will obviously talk place around historical Frederick) 

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Next….. On May 10th, is a race I hold near and dear to my heart. 🙂 The Warrior Dash. This race, last year, was my first ever mud run, first ever obstacle race, and first ever “oh crap… can I actually do this??”  Well, guess what ladies and gents… I DID IT!!! I reined victorious! Left with my Warrior horns, mud in places I didn’t think possible, a beer in hand, and the BIGGEST smile on my face.  If ever you have the change to do a race like this, please do it.  It’s incredible. Yea, it’s only a 5K, but with the 12 intense obstacles and the amazing camaraderie you get while on the course, it feels like so much more. Truly, an amazing experience. I can’t WAIT until this year!!  Also, this year I decided to become a St Jude Warrior! I’m a whackadoo and have forgotten my information for fundraising, but don’t worry, an email has been sent to St. Jude to retrieve!!! Funds will be obtained for those amazing kids fighting the amazing fight!! Let me ask you one question though?? Are you a warrior??

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On June 14th, I’m running part 2 of 3 of the King Crab Challenge. The Baltimore 10-Miler!!! All around Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, staring at 0730. 🙂 This event benefits Back on my Feet. (BoMF).  Back on my feet is a nonprofit organization that uses running to help those that are currently homeless.  Hoping to change the way they see themselves so they can make a real change in their lives that result in better living and employment. 

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On June 15th, Yes, THE VERY NEXT DAY!!! I (for the third year running) I have the GBMC Fathers day 5K benefiting the AMAZING NICU at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.  Having personal experience with both the hospital (I work for GBMC) and the NICU, (a handful of my dear friends babies have spent time there) I know that every penny counts. “Your support will touch more than 500 critically ill and premature babies cared for this year in the GBMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). These fragile babies are cared for by hospital staff specializing in newborn care and require equipment designed just for them. Remember, your support is the biggest deal to our smallest patients.” (taken from the GBMC website).  Definitely a cause I can get behind. My munchkin was in the NICU, not at GBMC, but in Germany… which was even more heartbreaking. This year I’m hoping to convince my Dad to run with me. 😉  This race will be run around the beautiful GBMC campus and through Towson University and SEPH. (really, it is very picturesque.) 

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The next weekend, June 22nd, is another AMAZING race!!! But, just for females!!! I mean, any race where you get a rose at the finish is pretty special. 😉 Yes, I’m talking about the Baltimore Womens Classic. 🙂 Another 5K, but a GREAT one. This race begins and ends around rash field in Baltimores inner harbor. This race is the Mid-Atlantic’s largest all women’s 5k. The BWC raise funds to provide direct support services for female cancer patients and their families across the state of Maryland.  At the end of the race (as far as I can remember from last year, you’re presented with a beautiful rose, a medal, a towel, (lol) and a glorious array of healthy treats!!! Yummy!! 

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On August 9th, I’m running the Charles 12.  This race should be really awesome.  Per the CCR website, it’s “Maryland’s most monumental race”. From the CCR Website – The Charles Street 12-mile race will begin at The Shops at Kenilworth and take you down one of Maryland’s most beautiful and scenic byways. The Charles Street 12 will treat runners to beautiful views of Maryland’s most charming neighborhoods including Towson, The Orchards, Roland Park, Homeland, Guilford, Charles Village, Mt. Vernon and Downtown Baltimore. While you will be running fast on this course, don’t miss the views of some our best universities, museums and landmarks including Towson University, the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, Notre Dame College, Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, the Basilica, The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery and the Washington Monument…. So nice!!! This race benefits the Children’s heart program at the UM Children’s Hospital, and of course their families, from before birth, through early adulthood. <3. 

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On August 17th, @ 1800… yes an evening run!!! I’ll be running a 5K trail run through the gorgeous vineyards of Boordy.  I ran this last year and actually PR’d. lol on a trail run. 🙂 Must have been the wine at the finish line waiting for me. 😉 Anyway, this race takes place in Hydes maryland and is mostly off road. Hopefully the weather will be as beautiful as last year!!! 

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And finally, the 3rd of 3 for the King Crab Challenge and the second half of the MD Double… On October 18th, I’ll be completing my 2nd half Marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival. At 0945 on the 18th, my last race (ha…we’ll see) of 2014 will begin. At the end of this half marathon, I will be awarded my Half marathon medal from that day, the Md Double medal from completing the Baltimore Running Festival and the Frederick Running Festival, and an Amazing Backpack for completing the King Crab Challenge.  It will be a truly monumental day!! 🙂 So much to look forward to this year…. LETS DO THIS!!!! 

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