2018 Race Year in Review; Preparation for Hot Chocolate

Looking back at my 2018 race year, it definitely had it’s ups and downs. As I am ramping up my training for my first race of 2019, Hot Chocolate 15k Charlotte, I can’t help but reflect back on 2018. The first half of the year started well enough, I ran my first ever Hot Chocolate race(Charlotte) as well as knocked out a few half marathons. I was within seconds of running a new half marathon PR at Tobacco Road Half Marathon, and I ran Oak Island half marathon for the first time. The first half of the year was also bittersweet, because I ran Rock and Roll Raleigh for the last time. This was my home city’s Rock and Roll and I had run it every year since it began 5 years ago. All the complaints from downtown churches, finally took it’s toll because the Rock and Roll series decided it would not be coming back to Raleigh.
In June I traveled to kansas city to run the Hospital Hill Half Marathon. This was my 2nd year running it as a part of the Bibrave family. By far the hillest race, with its constant up and down. Unfortunately, I also think this race is where I injured myself. I was due to began my marathon training in July and my lower legs were just constantly giving me trouble after Hospital Hill. I admit I began to worry heading into the start of training. I had a goal to accomplish in my marathon…I wanted a sub 4. Since I only run 1 marathon a year, I had been waiting a year to try to redeem myself from 2017. In 2017 I ran the Chicago Marathon and was on pace to break sub 4 easily until mile 23. At 23 I caught cramps in both calves, I hobbled to the finish with a time of 4:01. I was mad and upset, and it bothered me like nothing else.
Training started and I decided to go with a new training program, I was going to do the 3 x 2 training.(run 3 days, bike 2 days) Needless to say, training did not start well, I couldn’t hit my pace marks and my legs were not getting any better. Regardless of the pace, I was still doing the set miles needed and hoping that would pay off when it counted. I finally gave in and seeked help from a physical therapist. Kari at Run Raleigh was amazing, and after 4-5 sessions I began to feel like I was turning a corner with my injury. My pace began to drop back down to normal range and the pain was not as severe. Richmond Marathon was in sight and I felt like I was ready, although I didn’t know if I had done enough in training to get that sub 4. Race weekend comes around and I do all my normal routines, which include carb loading at local italian restaurant. I won’t mention the restaurant we chose by name, but they had 5 stars and made their own pasta in-house. Everything was good the night before the race but when I woke up on race morning…..trouble was waiting. Serious GI issues, and I suspected that I could have food poisoning. I couldn’t stay out of the bathroom, but I knew I wouldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t at least still try.(crazy I know) I was drinking gatorade and ginger ale hoping to rehydrate. I made it to the start line and felt like I was going to go for it. I started out, and things were not too bad and I was running around 9 min pace. At mile 8 I began to feel some uneasiness in my stomach but tried to keep going. I made it all the way to mile 14 before, my body said no more. I was dehydrated and could barely walk. I sat down on the curb, securing my first DNF ever. My runners stopped and asked if I needed anything and someone since the cops back to check on me. Ended up having to be picked up by the ambulance and taken to the emergency room to get pumped up with fluids. I was still determined to run a marathon and luckily I found Kiawah Island marathon that was taking place 3 weeks after Richmond. I signed up.
In between richmond and Kiawah Island, I attended The Running Event in Austin Texas. If you don’t know about TRE, you should go back and read my previous blog posts about The Running Event. I returned home, ready to give the marathon one my try. My last chance before the end of 2018.
Kiawah Island is in South Carolina, which was about a 4 hour drive. Race day it was in the low 40s, almost perfect running weather. I started the race strong and was feeling good. I tried to keep my mind on the mile I was in, but I admit my mind would drift off at moments and I would think about Chicago Marathon. I couldn’t have a repeat performance. Other times I would get excited and think I am going to do it, before I again had to bring myself back to the mile I was in. Once I hit mile 23, there was no cramping but things got tough. My legs began to hurt but I didn’t want to stop, I could taste my goal. I crossed the finish line with a time of 3:57, a new marathon PR and MY SUB 4 Marathon. I was super excited but didn’t really show it as I limped around the post race festivities.
And that’s it, that is how my 2018 race year ended. It ended on the highest of notes and I couldn’t be happier. Now, what awaits me in 2019, I don’t know. I know it will start with Hot Chocolate 15k Charlotte. I will be running Cherry Blossom 10 miler in April and I still hope to run New York City Marathon, after being denied the past 3 years. If I can’t get into NYC, I will either to Marin Corps Marathon or try to redeem myself in Richmond. It will be my 5th marathon so I feel like it should either by NYC or back where it all began with Marine Corps(my first marathon). I don’t know but stay tuned for race year 2019, I think it will be an exciting one.


Upcoming Race Discount Codes

Enjoy the following race discount codes as part of my association with Bibrave. Hope to see you at a race soon.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Race Series


F: http://facebook.com/RunRockNRoll

T: @RunRocknRoll

IG: @runrocknroll


Washington DC – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 3/4

Mexico City – $15 or 270 Pesos off Half, vaild until 3/12

Dallas, TX – $15 off Half, valid until 3/12

San Francisco, CA – $15 off Half, valid until 3/19

Carlsbad – $15 off 20k or 5k, valid until 3/26

Raleigh, NC – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 3/26

Madrid – 3 €/£ off Half and Full, valid until 4/16

Nashville, TN – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 4/23

San Diego, CA – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 5/28

Seattle, WA – $15 off Half and Full, valid until 6/11

Chicago, IL – $15 off Half, valid until 7/9

Dublin – 3 €/£ off Half, valid until 8/6

Queretaro – $15 or 270 Pesos off Half and Full, valid until 9/24

Lisbon – 3 €/£ off Half and Full, valid until 10/8

Merida – $15 or 270 Pesos off Half, valid until 10/28

Hot Chocolate Race Series


F: https://www.facebook.com/HotChocolate15K/

T: @HotChocolate15k

I: @hotchocolate15k

Code: Every runner that registers with our code gets a FREE Hot Chocolate Visor

HC Vegas (2/26/17) – Code: BRVEGASHC

HC Seattle (3/5/17) – Code: HCSEABR

HC San Diego (3/19/17) – Code: SDBRHC

HC Philly (4/1/17) – Code: BRPhillyHC

HC Minneapolis (4/15/17) – Code: MinnHCBR

Palm Desert Half – 2/19/2017 – Palm Desert, CA


Code: BRPD2017 – 10% off registration for 1/2 marathon, 5k, relays, kids race, valid until the close of online registration (February 15, 2017 at 11:50PM PST).

T: #palmdeserthalfmarathon

F: https://www.facebook.com/PalmDesertHalfMarathon/?fref=ts

I: southlandevents, #palmdeserthalfmarathon

Bonus: Palf Desert Half have partnered with Latitude Pure Coaching to give participants free ½ marathon and 5k training plans. Sign up and you’ll get a 12-week plan for the ½ and an 8-week plan for the 5k. The 12-week 1/2 marathon plan starts on Monday, November 28 (last day to sign up is Sunday, December 11), and the 8-week 5k plan starts on Monday, December 26 (last day to sign up is Sunday, January 8 ). There’s also custom plans available at $49.99 for the ½ and $29.99 for the 5k.

Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half – 2/19/17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL


Code: BIBRAVE (all capital letters) – 20% off discount code.

F: https://www.facebook.com/FortLauderdaleA1AMarathon

T: https://twitter.com/A1A_Marathon

Images: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPDp6l_JnHC3GLCr3XR8q28zdu5uDFzap6pYCBzmAY0avNqrI9jXIVRvS8_bSBG_g?key=REhZX0FpQ2J5NjJLWEZWd3lNQjRGWVhheDRXV0Z3

BOMF Mardi Gras Chaser – 2/25/17 – Chicago, IL


Code: RAVE – $5 discount code through 2/23 at noon.

F: https://www.facebook.com/BackOnMyFeetNational/

T: @BoMFChicago

Images: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwIVOAGTH4SKejNxSWctVXphQ1U?usp=sharing

Alamo 13.1 – 3/19/17 – San Antonio, TX


Code: BIBRAVE17 for 20% off any distance Half, Relay (2 person), 10k or 5k.

F: https://www.facebook.com/alamo131

T: @alamo131

Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKQmxTYlhCSllyeGM

Livermore Half Marathon – 3/26/17 – Livemore, CA


Code: BIBRAVELIV for 10% off

F: https://www.facebook.com/runlivermore

T: @runlivermore

I: @runlivermore


Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKeUdTZVNteXBnZHc

Blooms to Brews – 4/9/2017 – Woodland, WA


Code: Lucky7 for $7 off

F: https://www.facebook.com/BloomsToBrews

T: @GetBoldEvents

I: @GetBoldEvents


Rhode Races Newport – 4/15/17 – Newport, RI


Code: BibRave for $10 off

F: @RacetheRhode

I: @racetherhode

T: @RaceTheRhode

#RhodeRaces #RaceTheRhode #NptRhodeRace

Pics: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwIVOAGTH4SKQV9WSjB4bDBhOTg?usp=sharing

Illinois Marathon – 4/20 – 4/22 – Urbana, IL


Code: “bibravebonus” will give $10 off all events excluding the Youth Run. It’s important to note that the discount code needs to be entered towards the end of the registration

F: https://www.facebook.com/illinoismarathon

T: ilmarathon, #illinoismarathon

La Jolla Half Marathon – 4/23, La Jolla, CA


Code: BIBRAVE10 for $10 off

F: https://www.facebook.com/lajollahalfmarathon/

T: #LaJollaHalfMarathon

IG: @lajollahalfmarathon

Glass City Marathon – 4/23, Toledo, OH


Code: brpsavings for $5 off


T: @GCM_Toledo

I: gcm_toledo

Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKM2xWUk1LT19JblU

Parkway Classic – 4/23, Alexandria, VA


Code: “17gwpBibRave” – $5 off 10 Miler & 5K.

F: @runpacers

T: @runpacers, #ParkwayClassic

I: @runpacers

New Jersey Marathon – 4/29 – 4/30, Oceanport, NJ


Code: “17njmBibRave” – $5 off Full & Half, Full & Half Wheelchair and Half Marathon Relay.

F: @NJMarathon

T: @NJMarathon, #NJMarathon

I: @njmarathon

Cap City Half Marathon – 4/29, Columbus OH


Code: “BIBRAVECC17” – $10 off race entry.

F: https://www.facebook.com/CapCityHalf

T: @CapCityHalf

I: @capcityhalf

Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKOXl0Z3FGVU9uejg

Willimantic Classic – 5/6/2017 – Willimantic, CT


Code: RAVE5 – $5 off – effective September 6, 2016 through April 15, 2017.

F: https://www.facebook.com/Willimantic-Classic-121750181357933/?fref=ts

T: @WillimanticRuns

I: #WillimanticClassic


NOVEMBER UPDATE: There will be a Cyber Monday discount as well as a ‘Hop TWO it’ Relay option for the Half Marathon Distance.

Destination Races Santa Barbara – 5/13/2017 – Cali


Code: BIBRAVE10 – $10 off the race.

F: https://www.facebook.com/sbwinehalf

T: winecountryhalf



Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon – 5/13/2017 – Harper’s Ferry, WV


Code: bibrave5 – $5 off the race.

F: https://www.facebook.com/Freedoms-Run-An-Event-for-Health-and-Heritage-75551068533/

T: @freedomsrunorg



Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKVGdkZWEzeWJJU3c

Maine Coast Marathon – 5/13 – Portland, ME


Code: bibrave10 for 10% off

F: https://www.facebook.com/MaineCoastMarathon/

T: @mainecoast262

I: @shipyardmainecoast

#mainecoast #runmainecoast #mainecoastmarathon #mainecoasthalfmarathon

Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKODl0WG5hZWo3dFE

Run Madtown – 5/27-28, Madison, WI


Code: RAVE15 for 15% off all Run Madtown adult races.

Discount code will expire May 24 at 11:59PM (close of online registration)

F: https://www.facebook.com/RunMadtown/

I: @runmadtown

T: @runmadtown


Vermont City Marathon – 5/28/2017


Code: BibRaveDsct17 – $5 off

F: https://www.facebook.com/RunVermont

T: @RunVermont

I: @runvermont


Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKckRBNWhjOUlkeHM

Buffalo Marathon – 5/28/17, Buffalo, NY:








Save $5 off any race entry.

F: https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloMarathon/

T: @BuffaloMarathon

I: buffalomarathon #buffalomarathon

Hospital Hill Run – 6/2 – 6/3, Kansas City, KS:


Code: BIBRAVE – 10% off the 5K, 10K, half marathon and Re-RUN distances. Not valid on the family 5K pricing. It cannot be combined with any other promotions and cannot be added after a registration has been completed.

T: @HospitalHillRun #HHR2017

F: https://www.facebook.com/HOSPITALHILLRUNKC/

I: @hospitalhillrun

North Olympic Discovery Marathon – 6/4/17, Port Angeles; WA


Code: Use code “BibRave17” to get $5 off registration of events on June 4th (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K).

T: @nodm2613

F: https://www.facebook.com/NODMRace

Image Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwIVOAGTH4SKMHI3bTdJM1NXdFU?usp=sharing

Grandma’s Marathon – 6/17/2017 – Duluth, MN


Score a jacket when signing up for the discounted price of $25.00!

F: https://www.facebook.com/GrandmasMarathon/

T: @grandmasmara

I: @grandmasmarathon

#grandmasmarathon #gmas17

Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKREZGZmtLTzhFclU

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon – 7/8/17, Portland, ME


Code: bibrave10 for 10% off

T: @oldporthalf5k

F: https://www.facebook.com/oldport/

I: oldporthalfmarathon

Images: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwIVOAGTH4SKWXhlQkVhTS10b2c?usp=sharing

Missoula Marathon – 7/7-7/9 – Missoula, MT


Code: “BibRave2017” for $5 discount

F: https://www.facebook.com/MissoulaMarathon

T: @MslaMarathon

I: @missoulamarathon


Images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwIVOAGTH4SKZHNUUXY0U2UyTlU

Mad Marathon – 7/9/17, Mad River Valley, VT


Code: “BR2017” for $10 discount

T: @Mad_Marathon

F: @mad.marathon.7

Madison Marathon – 11/12/17, Madison, WI


Code: RAVE10 good for $10 off Madison Marathon or Half Marathon

Codes will expire Nov 8 at 11:59PM (close of online registration)

F: https://www.facebook.com/MadisonMarathonEvents/

I: @madisonmarathon

T: @MadisonMarathon