3rd Quarter 2017 Running Round Up #Giveaway

I always say that I am more of a “blogging runner” than a running blogger. I do like to write about running, races and tips/tricks for running but that is not enough to call this a running blog. That said here is my running recap of the third quarter of 2017. As I mentioned in yesterday’s Runfessions, I didn’t run many races this quarter. In fact, I only ran two in July. This is the smallest number of races I’ve run in any quarter since I started blogging in 2012. I enjoyed the break!

Fewer races but just as many smiles!

# of Races Run this Quarter– 2 -a half marathon and a 10K both in July. This is strange for many reasons. I don’t like running in the heat and I love running in the fall. I’ll provide brief recaps and photos below!

Rave Run Location: Berlin! I loved running in the Tiergarten.

Miles Run This Quarter: 523.1 which is avg. of 5.7 per day. 19.3 miles were in races.

Falls: None that I can think of! Woot!

Personal Records (PRs): 0 – no surprises here.

Toughest Conditions: Hands down, the 85 degree/78% humidity 20 miler with Kelli after standing and walking around at Expo East for 2 days straight. That was a tough one!

James, me and Nick Willis at Expo East!

Celeb Sightings and Cool Meet Ups: I met 2 time Olympic medalist Nick Willis and the team from SOS Rehydrate at Expo East. I got to run with Lauren and Lauren, too!

New Running Goodies that I tried: Can’t think of any! What!? Planning to try Zoom HRV!

Popular Running Posts:

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Races Planned for Q4: Milwaukee Lake Front Marathon and NYC Marathon. My crew for CIM is sidelined this year, so I’m going to pass on it and cross it off my bucket list another time. I’m also a Women’s Health Hero and will be a pacer at Run10Feed10 on 10/28. Join me and get $5 off with code R10HERO24.

Brief Race Reports – I included a few “how I did” postscripts on posts that I wrote on race days. Here is a brief recap of the races I ran this quarter:

1. Rock n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon – July 16, 2017
I typically steer clear of this race because mid-July is too hot for this runner. I got a free entry and VIP pass, so I decided to go for it. It turned out to be a pretty mild day. I got super lucky when I ran into Cait and Stephanie and their friend Arielle. They were all recovering from a wedding the night before and were planning for ~8 minute miles. We ran the whole way together and had a great time catching up. I loved every minute of it. Sometimes low expectations are the best kind!

Results: Net time – 1:46:35 (8:08/mile) Place – Overall – 882 of 9,837. Female 227 of 5,756. Female 45-49 – 14 of 534.

2. Big 10K – July 23, 2017

I didn’t fare as well with the weather at the Big10K! It was oppressively humid and pretty awful. I signed up to run with my friend, Amy. Well, at the same time, because she’s super fast! I enjoyed catching up with friends at the start. I ran pretty well the first 5K, but the heat beat me. I ran my slowest 10K in ages. I did get an awesome pic with Big Will and the Scarlet Knight so that’s a win!

Results: Net time – 49:22 (7:57/mile) Place – Overall – 498 of 5,946. Female 98 of 3,203. Female 45-49 – 5 of 138.

Fall running takes some effort, I’m going to share some of my fave running helpers. The prize includes Run Gum, Body Glide (for her but it works for dude’s, too!), a Camelbak water bottle, CEP sleeves (White Women’s size III only), a reflector and more!

The giveaway has ended. The winner is Hannah Stevenson! To enter, please leave a comment here telling me about your Q3 running. Extra entry – follow me on Instagram or follow my blog Facebook Page. Please leave a separate comment telling me your Instagram or Facebook name. Winners must be US residents, 18 years of age or older and the offer is void where prohibited. A winner will be selected and notified on October 8th.

How was your third quarter in running? Please tell me about it in the comments!

Please note: The products in the giveaway were purchased by me or given to me to sample. This giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the companies included.



  1. Amy Lauren says:

    Congrats on both your races and some strong mileage during the hot and humid summer months! I can’t believe you didn’t set any PRs in the crazy heat and humidity LOL. Sometimes just running with friends is the best way to run a race, especially a large one… you know you won’t win, the PR gods aren’t on your side with the weather, so you may as well just enjoy the ride :). Plus you got to run in Berlin and you ran a 20, which are both pretty amazing.

  2. Robyn says:

    I was at Rock n Roll in July as well and loved the weather! We did get really lucky. Can’t say the same for the Fox Valley 20 Miler or the Chicago Half Marthon😲 The Chicago Half was the worst of them all with limit shade & humidity…but such beautiful views along Lake Shore Drive. Good luck in Milwaukee & NYC! I’m running my first marathon in Chicago and cannot wait!!

  3. Robyn says:

    Robyn_phelan is my Instagram name and Robyn Phelan is my Facebook name!!

  4. monique s says:

    my Q3 running has been OK. I has been unseasonably warm so warmer than I like to have a good run

  5. monique s says:

    follow on FB Melanie corning

  6. monique s says:

    following on instagram @corningmelanie

  7. Hannah Stevenson says:

    My running has been great over the past few months! I’m new to running since January and I finally joined a 10k training group to get me past 3 miles. I’m still loving every moment of it and am already signed up for the half marathon training program!

  8. Hannah Stevenson says:


  9. Jen says:

    Congrats on hot weather races! I am much happier running now as the weather and humidity are a bit more comfortable.

  10. Megan says:

    No races this season, but I’ve been consistent with my training for the NYC Marathon! The 20 miler I already did was tough (one of the hottest September days in Chicago), but I’m hoping my next 20 miler is during more mild weather.

  11. Kristen says:

    I’ve run 3 marathons and hope to run another someday! Congratulations on your blog success.

  12. Caroline says:

    Mine started off strong but was derailed due to some injury. I’m learning (although it’s hard) to be smart though so I can get back at it soon!

  13. Beth DeMars says:

    Good luck tomorrow!

  14. Veronica says:

    I am still running CIM and you are welcome to come, stay, and run. We are a couple of miles away from the start…

    • Erica A says:

      Let me see how NYC goes! I know that Neal would love to see you guys. Today was pretty tough as my training has been a bit less structured than usual. The last 10K – oy! That said, I was grateful for every step and loved the course, too!

  15. Lori says:

    Great running, impressive races and running experiences Good luck in your marathon today!
    I knocked out 3 1/2s- Wisconsin (morning before a wedding), Massachusetts & Maryland!
    And you def need to run CIM someday! That was my best marathon ever!

  16. Amanda C. says:

    Run quarter 3 had only 1 race! I was nervous about the Atlanta hills, especially two days after a hot’n’hilly 16miler, but the course was awesome (mostly gentle rollers) and it went better than expected! Maybe this accidental hill training is giving me some wings that have been in hiding… we shall see in two weeks! Good luck today lady! Tracking you from afar

    • Erica A says:

      You’re going to crush the competition when you come back here! Race was slow and last 10K was especially but I enjoyed it and was grateful to be there so that’s a win!

  17. Farrah says:

    Heyyyy, Rutgers! 😛 The Scarlet Knight was hanging outside RWJ for EMS Appreciation Day last week! 😛 Congrats on both your races! :] I would nottt do so well in the heat and humidity!

  18. Lauren says:

    So glad I got to run with you in Q3 🙂 My marathon training has started this quarter and has been going along slow and steady. Lots of coaching and sweaty summer runs were had!

  19. Jeffrey says:

    I Pr’d in the Half Marathon distance, my first time dipping under 1:20. It felt great too! I just hit 2000 injury free miles for the year and am looking forward to the last quarter!

  20. Jeffrey says:


  21. Jeffrey says:

    Jeffrey Lammers

  22. Sarah N says:

    Awesome giveaway. I didn’t race at all in Q3 but I’m training for a fall marathon so my mileage has been high. I’m so glad the worst of the summer heat has passed and looking forward to crisp fall mornings.

  23. Lisa Brown says:

    Congratulations on your great performance! I’m enjoying following your accomplishments.

  24. Steph says:

    I follow on facebook 🙂

  25. Steph says:

    I also folow on IG 🙂

  26. Steph says:

    My running is sadly nonexistent lately. We moved, started new jobs, put the baby in daycare, etc. Hopefully it will return soon with the nice weather 🙂

  27. Laurie Nykaza says:

    not so great at the running

  28. Laurie Nykaza says:

    FB laurie nykaza

  29. Laurie Nykaza says:

    Follow on IG laurie nykaza

  30. Vilmaris Conigliaro says:

    Thanks for sharing your Q3 runs with us.. my
    Highlight is completing 17 miles
    For the first time
    For training for my first marathon

  31. Vilmaris Conigliaro says:

    Followed on Facebook name Vilmaris Conigliaro

    Instagram -momrunstherace

  32. Krista says:

    My highlight was placing 1st in my age group in a hilly 1/2 marathon. Finished 1:42:11, 3 minutes faster than 2years ago and was in top 5%. Great run the day before my 13th anniversary. Follow you on FB and instagram

  33. Samantha says:

    Just did a rugged manic today and am training for a 1/2.

  34. Caroline says:

    I follow you on fb (Caroline Moore)

  35. Brandi Goff says:

    Training not going well because arthritis flared up

  36. Kyle Kranz says:

    @kyle_j_kranz on IG

  37. Kyle Kranz says:

    3rd quarter was a transatory period, so in that sense it went well 🙂 Nothing too exciting, getting ready for a good 4th quarter 🙂

  38. Nicci Randall says:

    Way to go on those hot races! I had 1 race this quarter – my first trail race – and now I’m ready for more 🙂 Good luck this next quarter – can’t wait to hear about the races!

  39. Jamie King says:

    Way to go on those hot weather races – never easy with humidity and heat – you crushed it! I did two races this fall – a 20 mile trail run and a trail half – and I’m likely hanging up the racing until 2018 from here….being pregnant and racing is a little weird… 🙂

  40. Liz says:

    Woah, over 5,000 miles this quarter is amazing! And racing in July sounds… HOT! I had my first race in quite a while just a few weeks ago, and my first trail race ever! woot!

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