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Race News- Marathon Mezamashii Mizuno Week and More

Race News- Marathon Mezamashii Mizuno Week and More


Oh man, do I have some huge race news. I keep pinching myself every day to make sure it’s really happening.

Whelp, it is.

I’ve been a little hesitant to write my upcoming race plans on here since the last time I shared some big race news, well, it didn’t quite turn out so well. I’ve tried to block it out, but I’m pretty sure it was less than 24 hours after I wrote that post that I was sidelined for a good 5 months with torn hamstrings and hip dysplasia.

That was fun.

Funny how life works sometimes though. I needed a little time of rest, recover, figure some life things out and learn how to take better care of myself and my family. Training is a little different this time around. It’s much smarter with a little help.

And, well, truth is, there isn’t anything saying that my injury won’t come back. Who knows. I woke up one day with it back in March and I’m fully aware that something like that might happen again. But, I’m doing everything I can to prevent that.

I’m definitely not as fast as I was pre injury. I actually might not ever be speedy like I thought I might be someday and I’m okay with that. I also realize the day might come that I won’t be able to run at all again since hip dysplasia is pretty much something that sticks around for awhile. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that I should look into other sports or take up biking. Mom has told me a few times to find a new “hobby”.

I’m not giving up though. I feel great at the moment, I’m slowly increasing my mileage and I’ve been blessed with some huge opportunities coming up (that I really don’t deserve). If it’s meant to happen, if I’m meant to race them, I’m sure as heck going to work my butt off to make sure I give it my all.





I’m sure it’s no surprise that Mizuno is behind some of these amazing plans. Oh how I love Mizuno for so many reasons. Not just because I’m obsessed with their shoes that have changed my running (and my life), but because of what they stand for as a brand. Mizuno is not all about just the elite or distance runners, Mizuno is about each and every one of us that has a dream, a desire to enjoy the journey and just wants to be a better person.

You do NOT have to be fast, or be a certain weight, or look a certain way, or be a certain age or well, anything really to be able to have a “brilliant run”. ANYONE can have that Mezamashii experience. YOU just have to want it bad enough. I first wrote about the Mizuno Mezamashii project over a year ago here. That was way before I was given the opportunity to be an ambassador.

I’m so passionate about Mizuno and running. Ten years ago I would have never thought that I would be. Let me just say though that when you’re passionate about something, when you believe in it and in yourself, and you know in your heart it’s what you’re supposed to be doing….


you give it all that you have.

And then, eventually you realize that



Big dreams come true.



I have some races coming up in just a few short months that started out just as dreams. They’re becoming a reality all thanks to Mizuno and the Runner’s World Challenge, which by the way, is another thing I’m passionate about. I’ve only been working with them and my MCM training plan for about 6 weeks or so, but their experts, injury specialists and, in particular, editor (and inspiration) Jen Van Alan, have been so helpful and informative and are really guiding me through how to train smart.


I first learned about the program and the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival last October. Then in April I got a little taste of what it was like to run a race with them VIP style at Big Sur. I couldn’t race the Big Sur Marathon which I originally was supposed to race because of my injury, but I got to run the 10-miler (I ran “naked” and actually highly recommend it) and then be a post marathon party crasher.

Now I have the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge on the very top of my race “bucket list” since I didn’t get to do it last year. Some year I will do it. Crossing my fingers it happens in 2014, but since it’s already sold out and the wait list is full, it’s not looking to promising.


It was then and there in Big Sur that I knew that I needed to be a part of the Runner’s World Challenge. I’m so darn blessed things have worked out the way that they have.


So, upcoming race news.

Here we go.


October 19-20th- Runner’s World Festival Hat Trick (5K, 10K and Half Marathon)


I did the hat trick last year and got third place overall for the women. I really doubt that’s going to happen this year as I’m a lot slower and there are a lot of speedy blogging ladies going. Oh well, I’ll be the veteran old lady on the course cheering everyone on.

This particular weekend last year goes down in the books as the best racing weekend ever. So many amazing things to say about it I don’t even know where to begin.

Highlights include: meeting all the Runner’s World editors, hanging out in Bart Yasso’s office, meeting some incredible friends, getting a 1/2 marathon PR and running with Shalane Flanagan. Basically too many amazing things to list. You can read all my recaps (there are four total) here though.


October 27th- MCM Marathon


I’ve never been to Washington DC before. Holy smokes. I’m super excited and already a little nervous as this will be my first marathon back after the whole injury thing. I’m running this with the Runner’s World Challenge so will get to partake in all the VIP fun and really get to experience the full RW Challenger treatment. Woo hoo!


November 17th- Big Sur Half Marathon 


I’m ridiculously excited about this race. After I discovered how amazing the Big Sur Marathon and Monterey are I knew I had to go back. I really love that the Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit organization that also does other events to raise money for charity. The best part about this race? We’re making it a family trip. They have a JUST RUN 3K for kids as part of their event weekend. Yep, the boys are doing it. It’s going to be their first race ever. So fun, right?

Registration is still open for the half marathon, but it’s about 87% full. Here’s the link to register because it’s going to be awesome and I really think you should go so we can hang out.

Big Sur Half Marathon Registration


December 8th- Athleta Iron Girl Del Mar Women’s 10K


Just a little local race for fun. More info on this holiday themed race to come, but it looks like a blast with a lot of cool additional activities including crafts and a costume contest. Awesome.


Whelp, that’s the race schedule for now. I better not get too excited and add any more to the list at the moment. Although I AM applying for this new Mezamashii contest for the month of September.

Um, yeah, Mizuno is sending a lucky winner to Amsterdam to race.

Pretty freaking amazing.



You can apply here.


And, while were on the topic of Mizuno and running and such, I better show you what came in the mail the other day.


Oh heck yes, I got the new color of the Wave Elixir 8 shoes. I took about ten pictures of them because they’re so pretty, but I’ll only show you these two.


Can’t wait for my first run in them. I race in Elixirs and use them for my faster runs while training. I’ve been subbing in the Wave Sayonara lately, but these have been my go to shoes for awhile.

And how cute are these shirts?


I love the little sketchy style roadrunner.


Obviously everyone gets super excited about our Mizuno packages around here.


Yeah, I got that same shirt in purple too so had to put that one on right away.

And don’t be fooled by Joaquin’s face, he’s been telling me pretty much on a daily basis that he’s happy my leg feels better. What a guy.



Want to know what we do to celebrate big race news around here?

We go out to eat in our pajamas. We’re classy like that.



Disclaimer- We just went swimming, it was pretty darn late and we knew the boys were going to fall asleep in the car on the way home. Any guesses where we went though?


So, a HUGE thank you to Mizuno and the Runner’s World Challenge for sponsoring these two giant comeback races for me (RW Half and MCM Marathon).

I’m calling it STUFT Challenge Mizuno Mezamashii Week.

Mizuno PicMonkey Collage



I’m so honored, blessed, thankful, humbled…….

the list goes on and on.

Thank you for making dreams come true.

Hopefully this is just the beginning of many Mezamashii Run experiences to come.

We shall see.


A little quote for your day courtesy of Runner’s World.


I’m not sure if I was supposed to be a runner either, but I am and I can’t imagine it any other way.


What’s your fall race schedule?

Here’s a link to the 10 best fall races around the country. I’ve only done one of the ten.

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  1. 1
    Tess says:

    Awesome line up. I’m SO excited for you. WOW! you’ve really got some fantastic opportunities and you DESERVE every one of them!! Happy week end.

  2. 2
    Laura says:

    Yesssssss! I love your race news 🙂 Looks like you have some very fun races this fall. (can’t wait for Runner’s World of course!) I am loving your positive attitude about where you are with your running also. You are still amazing, friend!! Oh, and I really, really, love those shirts. I need one.

  3. 3

    Very cool! Congrats to you!

  4. 4

    love the blue and orange mizunos!!!! i miss runner’s world and am sad that running cannot be in my life right now – hopefully next year! 🙂 🙂

  5. 5

    So happy to hear you are feeling better! I know it’s been a long time coming. What an exciting race schedule for you!

    Love those shirts, too!

  6. 6
    Lexa says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!! I have been going back and forth on the Runner’s World Half since it is only a 5 hour drive for me. I would only do the 5K & 10K. We are trying for Baby number 2 and not sure where we will stand in two months. Is that Panera?

  7. 7
    Sandy says:

    Congratulations on all of these great opportunities! I love Mizuno too! Wishing you a happy an healthy year with your running plans!

  8. 8

    Wow!! How amazing! What great opportunities you have ahead! Look forward to following your journey! 🙂

  9. 9

    Oh yay! This is so awesome. I can’t wait to read your amazing race reports, and I just love how grateful you are to be running. I’m DYING to do the Hat Trick and still trying to find a way to make it work out logistically. But regardless of that, a bunch of half marathons are on the schedule, and maybe even a late-winter marathon!

  10. 10

    So exciting!!!! You are an amazing runner and I envy those arms of yours!

    I am part of the blogger group for the RW Half and Festival this year and I am also doing the hat trick! I hope to see you there!

    Love those shoes BTW!

  11. 11
    Marcia says:

    AMAZING news – Best of luck, you are going to do fantastic 🙂

  12. 12

    WOW those are some awesome Fall running plans! Good luck! I think you will be great 🙂

  13. 13
    Laura says:

    Wow good for you on all the cool races! Can’t wait to hear about the recaps.

  14. 14
    Michelle Kim says:

    OMG!!! Those Wave Elixirs look super duper pretty! I’m going to have to get my hands on those real soon 😀
    I love Mizuno, too. I have four pairs of their shoes (one for trail runs, one for long runs, one for speedwork…) and love all of them to bits. You are truly blessed to have all of these amazing opportunities!
    Fall races for me: SJ RnR Half, Malibu Marathon, and Berkeley Half.

  15. 15

    Congratulations on signing up for the races. I can’t wait to read about your recaps of all these races. You’re going to rock them.

    I have a full fall calendar. 4 half marathons and 2 marathons in the next four months. Plus, I hope to fit in a 10K and a turkey trot in there somewhere. Happy running!

  16. 16
    Natalie says:

    I’m so excited for you!! Congrats!! Now we really are shoe twins 🙂

    I just have MCM on my fall schedule. I may run RnR Philly, I really need to decide because it’s creepin’ up on me.

  17. 17

    WOW! That’s a lot of races! I love it! 🙂 Goodluck with everything and Have fun!!!

  18. 18
    Sheena says:

    I wish I still lived in San Diego, so I could enjoy beautiful races in beautiful weather. Can’t complain about living in the bay area though 🙂 If you fly into SF for Big Sur, we should have a Fitfluential dinner get-together or something!

  19. 19
    kolya says:

    I don’t run races though I would love to walk a half marathon but the Marine Corps Marathon goes right through my hood in DC so keep me posted. I’ll probably go and check it out. They changed the route so it’s little less grueling (one of the hills that they took out was a monster!!!!!).

    So glad I’ll actually know a runner….wear something distinguishable…stuft mama shirt maybe?

    • 19.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I will totally keep you posted. How cool if we could run into each other. 🙂 Maybe I should check out the course. I have no idea where it goes. Ha ha.

  20. 20

    You know that I am on the Mizuno bandwagon with you (actually I think the two of us might be in the front steering it) because I love them as a company and love that they believe in all runners. I am so far from an elite, but they still support me on my quests. You race calendar looks amazing. I am a bit jealous as I would kill to run Runner’s World or Big Sur. However, Ia m super excited as Mizuno is helping me get to MCM too and just like you I have never been to DC.
    We shall have to meet up somehow that weekend and get a Mizuno style picture!

    • 20.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh Abby, i was totally looking for your post so I could link it up. Darn it. All I could find was the old one from March. Sooooooo excited to be on the Mizuno MCM bandwagon together and yes, we HAVE to get a picture together at least! I’m so excited for YOU!!!!!!

  21. 21

    Wow! It sounds like you have a ton of racing awesomeness coming up!!! Good luck in all of your race adventures. I can’t wait to read about them and thank you for sharing about your Mizunos. I just got my first pair and loved my first run in them! Happy running!


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