Why I Chose the Maine Coast Marathon

In case you didn’t know, I signed up for my fifth marathon in May 2016! I’m running the Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon on May 15, 2016.

I chose this marathon because of the good reviews it got on Marathon Guide. It boasts scenic views along the coast line of Maine, a place I have never been! I wanted to run a Spring marathon and this seemed like the perfect one.

I also signed up for the 39.3 challenge, which means I’m going to run the half marathon on Saturday, followed by the full marathon on Sunday! (No I’m not crazy, I’m awesome.)

I’m also a Race Ambassador for the marathon! So, if you are interested in signing up for the half or the full (or both!) keep in mind that early registration ends at 11:59 PM on 12/31/15.  Prices will increase by $7.00 for the Half Marathon, Bosom Buddy Relay and Marathon.  The price for the 39.3 Challenge will increase by $14.00! So sign up now! Use my discount code JenM for $5.00 of your registration.

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Also, check out their RaceJoy Mobile App. They are providing free live tracking this year for anyone who runs with their smartphone.  This means that spectators and friends will get mile split updates at every mile. For runners that carry their phones, there is also the new Text-to-Cheer function that allows friends and spectators to text the runner a message which is delivered in audio form.  (Think about how much fun you could have with that!)

So if you sign up for the Maine Coast Marathon, here is what you get:

  • Custom finisher’s medal for the marathon
  • Two complimentary beers after the finish from Shipyard Brewing Company
  • Post race food, including bagels, bananas and other snack foods
  • One complimentary slice of pizza after the finish from Portland Pie
  • High resolution race photos of nearly every participant will be made available about 4 days after the race: download to computer, email to yourself or friend, share on Facebook, and Tweet
  • Real time results on your phone, including splits via the Race Joy App
  • Live tracking, with mile splits at EVERY Mile, if you carry your smart phone on the run
  • The ability to rent locker space via The Mobile Locker Company or a free bag drop if all items fit inside a single one gallon zip lock bag

I’m really looking forward to heading to Maine next year to run these races. I will be a blast, I know it!


2015 Mohawk Hudson Half Marathon

Another Hudson Mohawk Half in the books! Sunday was my fourth HM Half, and we had the perfect day for it! It was a little bit chilly at the start, but not too bad. Turns out all I needed was a pair of throw-away gloves.


The first mile of this race is always super slow for me. It weaves around the Colonie Town Park and eventually goes to the bike path where I can finally get my stride going. The key to this year’s race was the fact that I had no goals. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go because I didn’t particularly train for it. I ran two long runs and hardly ran during the week…I don’t even think I ran 15 miles per week all summer. But I had spent A LOT of time on my feet hiking and taking strength classes at the gym, and mountain biking, with running squeezed in occasionally. Apparently that is good enough!


Running friends! My favorite thing about this race is that almost all my running friends run it too. Love!

I ran along–my miles never going above a 10 minute mile (except for the first one)-and before I knew it we were down at the Watervliet Bike Path.


I found Christine and ran alongside her for a little bit. Then we were at mile 10 with a 5K to go. I picked up the pace a little bit and was surprised I actually had energy left.

Amazing considering I don’t think I ran under a 10 minute mile all summer. But I’ll take it!


We hung out for a little bit at the finish line and took advantage of the post-race massage tent! My feet were feeling a bit sore but that was it. Afterward a few of us went to The Old English Pub for brunch, which is now a post-race tradition for me!

I didn’t race that much this year, I ran 1 marathon and three half marathons (and I’m running another in November) but all the race excitement of this past weekend has me thinking about race goals for 2016. I’m thinking of running another marathon! So after searching a little bit I found the Shipyard Brewing Maine Coast Marathon in Maine in May 2016! And they have a 39.3 mile challenge–a half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday–I think I’m going to go for it!

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Also–I signed up to be an ambassador for the race! It sounds awesome. If you are interested in signing up, use my promo code JenM for a $5 off registration!


Buffalo Marathon 

Back in January I signed up for the Buffalo Marathon. After running the Marine Corps Marathon in October and not hitting my goal, I was determined to run another marathon. Enter Buffalo! I wanted to train for a spring marathon and Buffalo seemed right–it was flat, decently-sized and not too far (4.5 hour drive from Albany).


My friend Jenna also signed up, with Buffalo being her first marathon. We arrived in Buffalo Saturday afternoon with enough time to hit up the expo (decent expo!) and enjoy the pre-race party. I got a free beer at the party with a purchase of a Buffalo Marathon pint glass. Score!

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We grabbed dinner at a restaurant near our hotel. We stayed downtown so we could walk easily to and from the start and finish of the race. After doing this race thing a few times, I’ve learned what I like to do–and paying a little extra to stay right near the race is totally worth it.

The race started at 7:00am on Sunday. We got up around 5am so we could eat and get dressed, and get to the start at about 6:30. I wanted to exchange my race shirt for a smaller size and starting at 6am I could see if they had any left. Thankfully, they did!



Buffalo kind of reminds me of a bigger version of Albany.



And we were off! My main goal for this race was to enjoy it. After having such a miserable run back in October, I wanted to enjoy my next marathon. My training didn’t go as well as I had wanted, but I knew I got two decent 18  milers in and was hoping that was enough to prepare me for another 26.2.


The course itself was great. It was flat and had some very pretty areas. We ran by Lake Erie and through some nice neighborhoods and parks. It was a good tour of Buffalo!


The red bibs were half marathoners. They were everywhere! Marathoners were few and far between. Especially once we broke off at the 12.5 mile mark. It was a dead zone!


I believe this was the 10K point, which is also downhill, and mile 25! The next time I’d be seeing this stretch I’d almost be done.

Starting from the beginning I felt really good. I kept telling myself “today is going to be the day” because I felt so strong and positive. I never hit the wall! Miles ticked by pretty quickly and soon I was at mile 20 with a 10K to go. I didn’t carry water, so I drank a mix of Gatorade and water at every stop. On the course I ate a Belvita bar, two Honey Stinger Waffles and a Gu + Caffeine. I’ve finally figured out that I need to eat real food during really long runs because Gus just don’t provide me with enough energy. Belvita bars and Stinger Waffles seem to work great.

At mile 25 we were running downhill and I actually had energy and picked up my pace. One volunteer told me how strong I looked and that “I had this!” –I felt amazing. We rounded a corner and there was the finish.


The time on my Garmin said 4:44:22, a 10 minute PR! (My previous marathon PR is from Vermont City in 2012–exactly two years ago).



Jenna finished not too far behind me. She did AMAZING for her first marathon! So proud of her!



It’s pretty crazy that my fastest pace was at the end of the marathon, but I’ll take it. Overall, I was extremely happy with this race and I really enjoyed it. Another one for the books. And another marathon pint glass for the collection!



A Marathon in 2015

Today I made the jump and registered for my fourth marathon!

Memorial day weekend 2015 I’ll be in Buffalo to run 26.2! It will be my first time in Buffalo and my first marathon in my home state, The Great State of New York. It will also be my first marathon in my new age category of 30-34. Eeek!

Anyone else running a marathon this spring? I start training in February!

Happy New Year!


Marine Corps Marathon 2014 Part 1

Friday afternoon after class I flew to DC with my friend Meg for the Marine Corps Marathon. Meg had originally planned to run the marathon with me as her first (she got in via the lottery) but got injured over the summer and couldn’t run the full marathon, so she opted to run the 10K instead. We were ready for a fun race weekend in DC!

Saturday morning after an awesome breakfast buffet at our hotel in Alexandria, we rode the metro to the race expo in DC. Our metro stop was right across from our hotel and that was magnificent. There was a huge line to get into the expo as soon as we stepped out of the metro station. The expo was gigantic and the most amazing race expo I have ever been to.




We spent about 2 hours wandering around and looking at everything, watching the Marine Corps Band and even getting our photos taken with some cute marines. 😉


Thanks, for your service, Marines!

We picked up our race bibs and shirts (they were fleece-lined mock turtlenecks!) and got some official race merch as well. Brooks had an entire store there full of MCM gear. It was quite awesome. I also picked up my shirt from the charity team I was running for, Team Azalea. I decided this would be my race-day shirt, along with a star spangled headband I got at there, too.

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We spent the rest of the day exploring DC near the National Mall and the Washington Monument.




We went to dinner Saturday night at a pizza place in Alexandria, Pizza Paradiso. It was a short shuttle ride from the hotel. We also walked around the area a little bit to check things out since neither one of us had ever been here before!


Pre-race carrot cake cupcake!



Once we got back to the hotel, it was time to get our race gear together. We were pumped!


Next up: running a marathon.

To be continued….