Monday, August 26, 2013

Grand Rapids Mud Run 2013

This weekend marked my 4th annual Grand Rapids Mud Run!  Unfortunately, the hubby was sick so he was not able to run with us, but my bestie, Cat, and our friend Jair represented our traditional team, and Jair's girlfriend, Ellie, rounded out the foursome.


Me and Cat Post-Mud

This year, the race was even bigger - unsurprising, as it grows every year.  They built a single-loop course instead of the two-looper of races past, which was fantastic.  I'm not sure if there were fewer obstacles than usual...it could just be that it felt smaller after doing the Tough Mudder, but there were some new, nicely built obstacles to conquer.

The footprint of the race start also expanded and was well organized.  Good packet pickup, good wave control, good showers.  With some big sponsors this year, it's clear that this is becoming a solid event.  I am excited to have a great run hosted only a couple miles from my house!  And with so many local businesses nearby, it was easy to find parking within a short walk of the race start.

If there is anything I could complain about regarding the GR Mud Run, it would be the t-shirt.  It's not bad, but it's just not very exciting.  I probably won't be wearing it around like I do some of my other race shirts.  But that's it.

I look forward to doing it again next year!

Results:

  • Me - 33:52
  • Cat - 33:52
  • Jair - 50:23
  • Ellie - 50:23
  • Eric (father-in-law) - 48:08
  • Helen (mother-in-law) - ?
  • Bruce - 41:34
  • Amy - 41:32

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Since Ancient Times

As a fan of running long distances, NPR, and The Oatmeal, I wanted to share this article with all of you!

Go check it out here!

www.npr.org

www.theoatmeal.com

Friday, August 9, 2013

B-Cycle Comes to Ann Arbor, MI

Exciting news!  B-cycle bike sharing is coming to Ann Arbor, MI in late 2013 or early 2014!  This will be the first bike sharing program in Michigan and is intended for short commutes within Ann Arbor.

See the article here.

Kiosks will be located in many areas around town including Kerrytown, Main Street, State Street, South University and more.  Membership will cost $5 for a day pass, $20 for a week, and $60 for a year.  Members will be able to use B-cycles in other cities for no additional cost.

How cool!