I AM AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE WONDERFUL ‘SKORA SHOES’-RUN REAL MY FRIENDS…RUN SKORA

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I am soooo excited to announce that I have been chosen by SKORA to be an ambassador for their running shoes and company. This is very exciting and I am first of all so thankful to be a part of such an innovative company that is sparking huge forward movement in the natural running shoe industry and running in general.

I cannot wait to receive my new SKORA base running shoes and trail blaze up a storm in them. I will be most excited to parade them around at my next race. I am a small town gal making it BIG in life and BIG in the field of running. Thanks to SKORA for recognizing my talent and dedication and effort in the running world. I am so excited to represent such a fab company and spread the good word and continue my mission to encourage others to be fit and healthy.

So what is SKORA all about…well SKORA are a Portland, OR based company driven by the philosophy that running should be about running real, the way ‘your’ form means you to, and not the way the running shoe world suspects you should. Its about being true to yourself and running the way you were intended to. After all aren’t we all looking for something real in life.

”SKORA revolves around design, materials and functionality, and does not compromise when it comes to any of these elements. SKORA restores movement to its most natural form: Yours.”

I urge you to check out http://www.skorarunning.com

And learn more about their selection of shoes and find the right fit you. SKORA are not minimalist running shoes nor are they about that, but I can tell you they are REAL running shoes and as company they are keeping it VERY REAL!!

My bio etc should be up online very soon will keep you all posted on my SKORA adventures.

Happy running and RUN REAL-RUN SKORA.

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Golden Gate Coastal Trail Marathon-Sunday July 14th 2013

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So last Sunday I ran the GG trail marathon in the Marin headlands. It was a beautiful course taking in spectacular views and gaining an overall elevation of 4’840 feet in the marathon course. It was a tough course with alot of climbing for the first 6 miles really including yes…steps and stairs. And seeing that it was the same loop twice at least I knew what to expect from the half way mark onwards. It was definitely a race that made you work for it the whole way through.

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I guess what I didn’t expect was to place 3rd in my age group, what a wonderful surprise and I crossed the finish line in 5;02. The race was impeccably produced from start to finish the aid stations were stocked with not only real food and yummy treats but friendly and supportive people cheering everyone on.  It was definitely chillier than I had expected but  a great day and race. I will definitely be running more races with costal trails they were just superb. The course was clearly marked and the people running were just great I chatted with some people along the way and afterwards learned some new things but most of all this gave me the boost I needed to feel prepared for The North Face Endurance ultra in Dec and maybe ARC50 mile in april 2014…the world is my oyster who knows where I will end up running next, but I feel like nothing can stop me now.

I always get a lot of love out on the courses cuz of my hair ya know, everyone remembers me, so thanks to everyone who was giving me compliments along the way, heehee. And I also give alot of love too. Congrats everyone who finished in each distance on Sunday.

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Thanks to my wonderful supporters Paul – who never misses a finish line, and Desi, and for everyone who made Sundays race such a great experience for me.

Happy safe trails everyone.

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Destination Dusseldorf…well maybe…

So I found out last week that I won a free entry to the Dusseldorf Marathon in April 2014, which is very exciting and whether I will be able to attend is still up in the air at the mo. But it got me thinking to destination marathons and how to decide on one and what you would need to know.

So I guess firstly would be where would you want to run, what country…and then deciding if it is feasible to get there. With me being from Ireland, Germanys really only over the road so I could hop over there for the race and take in a holiday to Ireland too. So it is definitely a possibility.

So for people thinking of a destination marathon/race, heres what I have compiled that I think are important things to factor in;

Cost..overall cost, including flights, accomodation, entry etc.

How easy is it to get to, 4 hour flight Vs 10 hours or more – recovery time.

Discovering a little bit about the country; is there a language barrier, is there conflict there at the moment, obstacles in entry – visas and all that.

Location of the race-major town or country side.

Distance from port of entry.

Temperature at time of race – think equipment.

Food, we are so used to fueling a certain way, different countries have obviously different types of food and brands so think of experimenting with local types of food before you get there. I mean its easy if its Italy- pasta/pizza 😉

How many people are in it hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands,

Is it out and back or road terrain.

Beating jet lag, arriving a bit before the race a day or 2 to get over jet lag or drive lag…

So I will keep you all posted on what I decide, check out dusseldorf marathon if your looking for a small and cool race, both temp wise and people wise, germanys a great country to visit, plus beer gardens at the finish and plenty of sausages 😉 heeheehee.

http://www.metrogroup-marathon.de/

And you know what you would need for your trip…thats right….a NEW DURABLE BAG…that works as hard as you do.

So check out http://www.fitmarkbags.com/

Perhaps the

VELOCITY BACKPACK

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OR THE POWER DUFFEL FOR A LONGER TRIP.

Happy running.xxx