Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WWU - Tag Team Run, Plus a Race Entry Giveaway and Discount!

As a group, we Renegades support our runners.  So when one decides she wants to run a marathon, we help in whatever way we can.  Which is how Julia and I ended up running a tag team with Diane on Saturday to keep her company while she ran 14 miles, which also happened to be her longest distance ever run to date.

Julia had an event to attend that morning and would have had to miss out on running with our group, seeing as we start at 6:00 am, but Diane wanted to get a head start on her long run, so she and Julia met up at 4:00 am and ran 8 miles.  I was waiting for her at the clubhouse just before 6:00 am; they showed up, Julia dropped off and I picked up the remaining 6 miles.  And even though it was 57 degrees with 100% humidity (we were running through light-to-heavy mist at times), the run felt great.  I also made an effort to down more of my Tailwind, on the advice of Wendy - apparently you are supposed to drink 20-24 ounces per hour, which is more than I normally do, but that's the ratio for not bonking.  The warm morning helped with drinking a lot, although I didn't end up finishing the bottle in an hour.  I'll keep working at it - I don't have any stomach issues with Tailwind, so if I don't have to add any chews or gels, I'd be a happy camper.

Considering I started with Diane after she'd already run 8 miles, she was looking good - we just cruised through the rest of her miles and boom - we were done!  She's in great shape and is going to rock her upcoming marathon, I can tell.  It's fun to watch her train for it, but I still don't have any desire to run one myself.


Speaking of marathons, I was offered a free entry for the Utah Valley Marathon, or half marathon, this coming June.  I have to admit I was tempted for the half, especially when I saw that it's a point-to-point downhill race...I love running downhill.  Unfortunately, Utah is not right around the corner from Texas, and I just couldn't make it work, travel-wise, with other trips we've already planned.  So instead of me running this race, the organizers have offered up two free entries to my readers - you can do any distance:  they have a 10K, a half marathon, and the full marathon.  This is the tenth year for this race, and they're giving away a commemorative jacket instead of a race shirt, plus you'll receive a huge medal at the finish.  This race is also a Boston Qualifier, if you've got that goal in sight.

If you'd like to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment saying "I'm IN!" - I'll announce the winners on Friday, March 3.  Be sure to link your email in the comment so I can send you the promo code.  And if you don't win, but still would like to run this race, I also have a discount code for you - use "sb15" to receive 15% off your race entry.  Good luck!


  1. I love how your group is so supportive and help each other train! How nice of the race to offer two free entries. I can barely walk a 5K let alone more. Good luck to those who enter to win!!

  2. What you did for Diane is what Pete did for me when I had to train for a marathon by myself as my running group had dissolved. It's nice that she managed to have people with her the whole way! And even though I've run several marathons, I really do not have a desire to run anymore. I think.

  3. I love the idea of tag teaming for helping her get her long runs in! And like you, have no desire ever to run that far!

  4. It's a whole change in thought process, drinking all that Tailwind. But I've done it for 3 marathons--it really works!

  5. I love your group. It's so great how you support each other.

  6. I'm IN! Love the opportunity to run the Utah HM.

  7. What An awesome idea to tag team her on the log run!!! Broke it up for her too and made it fresh and new (well as much as possible when running that many miles!!!). Go Renegades!!!

  8. What you say here has me rethinking my hydration plan. I never carry anything but water and even then it's a tiny bottle and don't even take a sip till after mile 7. I should consider the Tail Wind.

    Utah marathon must really need the publicity because many bloggers (including us) were asked to give entries away. I only know a few who are going. Like you said, it's not like it's just right around the corner!

    1. This year is out 10-year anniversary, and we are hoping to have our biggest year ever. Thank you so much for helping us out :)

  9. "I'm IN!" Thanks Shelley for a chance to run this race!

  10. I love that you did that for Diane! I bet it made her long run fly by!


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