Month: December 2016

A Snowy (Almost) 25K at North Chagrin Reservation

A Snowy (Almost) 25K at North Chagrin Reservation BY STEFANIE V. DEC. 23, 2016 I had the day off and no errands to run. The weather was in the upper 30s °F. In addition, there was no snow or rain in the forecast which made the perfect conditions to get my long, 15-mile run in the books before Christmas weekend. So, I headed to North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills, Ohio to check out the trail conditions and have some fun. I began my long run at the Wilson Mills Trail Head on the all purpose path. I wasn’t sure...

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December 2016 Top 5 Running Playlist

Dec. 2016 Top 5 Running Playlist BY STEFANIE V. DEC. 21, 2016 When I’m on solo runs, I love listening to music. Running has been a great way for me to discover new songs and artists and revisit old favorites. So, I’m going to write a post at the end of each month with my top five most listened to tunes. My favorite genres include ska and pop/punk, which you’ll see appear a lot. Feel free to suggest something new on this post, and next month you might see some new songs appear! December 2016 was all about ska for...

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A Reflection on 2016…and onto 2017

My 2016 Running Year 19 DECEMBER, 2016 This year was exceptional for me. I made some progress with my personal records, some tremendous leaps, others at which I’m slowly chipping away. I hate writing posts like this because it seems like I’m bragging about myself, but if you would have said to me in 2014 that I would be able to run a half marathon in under two hours, I would have laughed at you. I am, for lack of a better descriptive word, amazed at how far I have come and excited to see where I can take...

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5 Gifts for Trail Runners

13 DECEMBER, 2016 Whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday or just because, purchasing a gift for the trail runner in your life can be stressful. Well, worry no more! I sat here for a good week thinking about what exactly trail runners could use besides shoes, socks or other traditional running gear. Check out five things I think that special, crazy trail runner can use! 1. The Samuel L. Jackson Cardboard Cutout The Samuel L. Jackson deluxe cardboard cutout alerts you when there’s a snake up ahead! Don’t let the trail runner in your life end up like...

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5 Differences Between Road Races and Trail Races

5 Differences Between Road Racing and Trail Racing Are you ready to hit the trails? If you’ve answered yes, here are five  differences between road races and trail races you should think about before becoming a trail addict. 1 The Aid Stations The number one thing that I hear beginning trail runners say is, “I wish there were more aid stations!” So, take note now. Because parts of a trail race course can be inaccessible to vehicles, you’ll want to stock up on fuel and supplies. Stop at a local running store and pick up a hydration pack. The packs should...

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