Dreams Come True- STUFT Mezamashii News and a Mizuno Wave Sayonara GIVEAWAY

 

I really feel like just rambling about life like I usually do, but haven’t really gotten the chance to this week.

Don’t worry. I won’t for two very important reasons.

1. I haven’t started packing for the MCM marathon yet and yes, I do leave in about 12 hours.

2. I promised a huge announcement and giveaway so I better keep my promises for a change.

 

Just really quickly I have a few things from the day today because I just can’t help myself.

I got my last little easy run in this morning. 4.8 miles at a pretty darn slow pace.

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(instagram- @stuftmama)

I dressed up in full Mizuno gear because, well, that’s what I do and because that’s what this giveaway is all about.

 

After my run I took it upon myself to start carbing up a couple days earlier than I really need to.

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Sweetener free roasted kabocha friends. I missed it while I was gone.

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The boys got to paint pumpkins at preschool today.

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Don’t they look thrilled? Wait, maybe it was just a bad picture.

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Whelp, nope. I guess not.

Ha ha.

 

And I’m fairly certain my turkey burger meatza pizza I had for dinner (along with quite a few other things) was the cutest thing ever.

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Okay, so I could really go on forever about how wonderful Mizuno is and how I want each and every one of you to find your Mezamashii and take that first step and fall in love with Mizuno shoes and with running.

But….

I’ll make this short and sweet.

 

Big news first.

 

This whole Mizuno Marathon Mezamashii Week thing that we’re in the midst of at the moment, well, it looks like it’s going to be extended just a bit.

We’ve got another HUGE trip to take.

Yes I said WE.

Yes I said HUGE.

 

The STUFT family is taking on WALT DISNEY WORLD!

What?

I know. I’m still in shock a bit.

We’re headed to Orlando with FitFluential and Mizuno for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

 

How amazing is that?

I’m not the only one racing there either, the boys are registered for one of the kid’s races. I can’t wait.

More on that and all the details as it gets closer, but I just had to share.

I’ve never done a Disney race before either so those of you that have will have to give me all the inside info. I just need to get through this weekend first.

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Deep thoughts:

 

So here’s the thing.

If you have a dream, it’s yours and no one can take it away from you. Believe it, be passionate about it and for goodness sake step out of your comfort zone, put yourself out there and see what you can do.

Worst thing that can happen?

You don’t succeed the first time. Join the club.

I’ve failed a bazillion times with a million different things and I’m sure I’m not done failing. I refuse to let it stop me though.

 

 

I’m a Mizuno ambassador.

I’m so proud to say that, but not sure if I truly deserve it.

Or the big box of some awesome new fall running gear that just happen to get here just in time for the marathon this weekend.

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I’m definitely not fast. I’m definitely not normal. I’m definitely not young. I’m definitely a bit of a basket case trying to do everything I do with toddler twins.

I haven’t run 30 marathons. I’ve run 6.

Heck, I was even sidelined for a good 5 months with my injury and hip dysplasia.

And you know what?

Mizuno stood behind me the entire time.

Sure, all I could do was log a bunch of hours on the dreaded stair mill or the elliptical for months in my shoes that were supposed to be running outside.

Sure, quite a few professionals and doctors told me that I should look into trying another sport and that maybe I wasn’t meant to be a runner.

Sure, Mom has told me more than once I should stop running so I have more time to clean the house and get chores done.

The list goes on and on really…….

 

But, I’ve experienced that Mezamashii. And I’m telling you, once you experience it, there’s no going back.

That’s what sets Mizuno apart from the rest.

They want runners to love running and love the experience. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow, how long or short, it just matters that you get out there and do it and find it.

 

By some miracle, I found it.

And now, we’ve been given some pretty darn amazing opportunities.

Like the Hat Trick last weekend at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival.

Like the upcoming Disney trip.

Like tomorrow, when I head to the MCM Marathon with the Runner’s World Challenge (which also deserves a post all on it’s own for the awesomeness of the program and the MCM training plan).

I would have never thought I would get to do these things.

It was just some crazy, wild dreams I had and continue to have.

 

They’re coming true.

Dang, running has given me a lot in life.

I used to say that running was just my therapy. It still is, but I guess the “therapy” is really paying off.

And, well, if it gets taken away from me tomorrow, I just want to know that I did everything I could with it. That I used my gift of running to the fullest.

Does that make sense?

 

And, I want to make sure you do everything you can too. You have gifts. You need to use them, yes?

 

So time to “Wave Sayonara” to being comfortable and say hello to believing in your wildest dreams.

You can totally make them come true.

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Time for a little Mizuno STUFT Mezamashii GIVEAWAY:

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One winner will receive a pair of Wave Sayonara shoes.

(Retail $119.99.)

 

To enter just leave a comment here telling me your favorite race you’ve ever run (or one you really, really want to run) and/or your biggest running dreams/goals.

 

You can tweet about it for an additional entry, just make sure to come back and leave a comment that you tweeted.

Time to find my #mezamashii and win @mizunorunning Wave Sayonara shoes from @stuftmama http://ow.ly/q9Yty

 

Good luck!

Giveaway will be open until Wednesday, October 30th, 10:00 pm PST.

Winner will be announced Thursday. Open to US residents only.

 

Okay, I’m off to bed so I can pack in the morning. It’s going to be cold in DC, yes? Dang, I have no idea what to bring to race in. Beavis.

I do know that I’m taking my Flat Bart with me though.

Anyhoo…

I’ll leave you with this little “Kick in the Butt” from Runner’s World.

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Never settle.

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Catch ya later! Maybe when I’m flying since all the cool planes have WiFi now.

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(*Still time to enter The 21 Day Sugar Detox Book giveaway too!)

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  1. 1
    Jennifer Murphy says:

    I am so stinking excited for you!!!! Next London. (Keep repeating that to yourself… or I can just contact Mizuno on your behalf and beg). Okay, a couple of running dreams. 1. That I would actually start again. No rhythm here yet. 2. To run in ANY race here (I just think that would be fun). 3. To start running with hubby and/or family. We’ve talked about it and have to get past the weather but I want my kids to grow up loving to move. And seeing us do that is what is going to inspire them. :)

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    Hillary says:

    I really want to run the oc marathon as well as the st george marathon this upcoming year. I haven’t run a marathon, but I want to start getting in to them.

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    Karen Brady says:

    My favorite race I have run in the 2013 Chicago Marathon. Not only was it my first marathon…EVER…but half the time I forgot I was even running. It was a brilliant race and I did so much better than I even anticipated on my time. I wasn’t running for time on this one. It was my first marathon. I wanted to enjoy it.

    My dream is to go and run the Boston Marathon. I qualified at Chicago by 7 full minutes…so 2015 I am registering. But, I would also love to run the Great Wall Marathon. It looks challenging…but fun. And hey…it’s China!

    My goals/dreams…to be able to continue to enjoy running for the rest of my life.

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    Gabi says:

    No favorite run here yet but I would love to run in these awesome shoes ;)

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    Danielle says:

    My dream race is to rune the Paris marathon!

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    erin says:

    My favorite race was my first half marathon b/c it was something I never thought I could do! I just accomplished a running dream last weekend when I crossed the finish line of my first marathon under 4 hours:-) Those last couple miles were brutal but I never stopped once and met up w/ some really amazing runners and we encouraged each other to kick
    at the end when I didn’t think it was possible, love runners:-)

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    Dana says:

    My favorite was my second half marathon, It was a 22 minute PR and I won my age group. For me it was exhilarating to see that after learning to run/exercise for the first time in my life that you are never too young to get started!!

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    Laura says:

    My favorite race was my first marathon, the Bayshore in Traverse City, MI. Not only is it flat and scenic, but the volunteers are great and I ran my best time (4:09). I’d love to run Big Sur someday.

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    My favorite race was a fun run at Seaworls called Pole to Pole- it was so special because I was pregnant with my daughter and it was such an exciting time and fun trip for my husband and I. I’m running my first half marathon on Nov. 3!!! I’ve never said it out loud, but I dream of completing a full marathon someday. I hear half marathons are the gateway ;)

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    Brittany says:

    I tweeted as well!!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m running my very first marathon in a couple weeks, so completing that (A, B, or C goal) is my current running dream. These shoes sound amazing!!

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    Bethp262 says:

    My favorite race? The Boston marathon. Nothing beats the crowds, the course, the excitement of Boston!
    I do love Disney races too and I think you and your family will have a blast at Wine & Dine! :)

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    Katherine says:

    My favorite race was the disney princess half! But I am so so excited to run the MCM this weekend! :)

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    Bethp262 says:

    I tweeted.

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    Tess says:

    Tweeted!

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    My favorite race is the RVA Monument Ave 10K. Not too long not too short! My goal: a half marathon in the 1:20′s!

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    Tess says:

    Disney!!! WaaHoo!! I grew up in Cocoa Beach FL so all our relatives would visit and we would go to Disney. It really is a fantastic place that does everything exceptional!!! Great memories to keep always!! Enjoy!! I would be out of this world to do the RWH along with the “hat trick” Your weekend looked amazing and so much fun. The speakers were great and the information was super! Congratulations on ALL your wonderful accomplishments! You Totally Rock! (and so do the Wave Sayonara)

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    Meagan says:

    I can’t choose just one race! I’d have to say one of my favorite had to be in college when I qualified for the Eastern Coast Athletic Championships in the 10k; I’ll never forget that feeling. I have to say I loved the Hershey Half because I love love Hershey!!!

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    Laura says:

    Well the runners world races were my favorite so far. What an amazing weekend. I can’t wait until next year!! I am going to try to do the Boston one, but not sure if the timing of it will work…..There are so many races I would love to do…a Disney one, La Jolla, Kiawah Island, the Kentucky Derby Festival….. oh, and you know my goal for next year’s RW festival….just one mile…. :)

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    Megan says:

    My favorite race so far is the rock n roll marathon in Arizona. It was a beautiful course and I set a pr there!

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    Becky Przy says:

    My favorite race was a tiny trail race Sour Grapes this past spring–it was my first trail race (10k) and it was my first race being pregnant….so obviously favorite does not mean fastest ;-)

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    Angel W. says:

    Congratulations on all the good news! Brilliant Run or as I call it Run Love is a real thing and I hope more people continue to find it. My all time favorite race is the Philadelphia Marathon. The first time I ran this one, it was the perfect conditions all around and my body and brain both showed up to race that day! 26.2 miles of pure joy!

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    Because the course was so beautiful, the Big Sur Marathon was my favorite and if dreams really do come true, I will BQ!

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    Angie Ouhl says:

    My favorite race was the Sunburst Half Marathon. The finish was on the Notee Dame football field.

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    Jess says:

    I would love to try the Runner’s World half marathon and festival hat trick. It sounds awesome. I do like the rock n roll series and wouldn’t mind trying one of their overseas races.

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    LeeAnn says:

    There is a 10K – “the most challenging 10K in Pennsylvania” – taking place here this weekend that I think I want to try. I’ve never raced before – I am NOT fast at all – but every race needs a last place finisher, right?!

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    my favorite race in the Montana half marathon, beautiful and fast course and so close to home :)

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    Kathy says:

    My favorite run…because mine are limited….was my first half marathon MONSTER DASH!! And with your inspiration I am working back slowly to tackle the 10 miler next year…and probably some smaller stuff in between to keep me focused.

    Love this post and all your thoughts on running…thanks! Have a great weekend and WHAT DISNEY with the FAMILY?!?! How great is that going to be! My family is headed there Jan. 15 so we will just miss all the action I think…bummer.

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    Catherine says:

    My goal/dream is still to run a full marathon. I’ve done about 6 half marathons. My favorite was running with my sister in the Dirty Half Marathon trail run in Bend, OR. Nothing like running with your best friend sister!

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    Cassie says:

    My favorite race I have ever run was my recent first half marathon- the Surftown Half in Westerly, RI. This race was a huge deal for me, because 2 years ago, I couldn’t even think about running 13 feet without feeling tired. I ran my first half in under two hours and have never been more proud of myself!

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    Sarah Mac says:

    My favorite race was the Disney marathon!! I loved getting pics with all the characters as my break instead of walk breaks.

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    Leah says:

    My favorite race was the one I ran last weekend, the Bourbon Chase! It is a 200 mile relay through the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and I had a blast!!

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    Erin Flanagan says:

    I read this on the treadmill and you just gave me that boost to up the speed and fight through my Friday tired brain! I would have to say, though any race would be amazing (I have a goal of 50 races in 50 states but due to the lack of funds it seems like this goal will take centuries to achieve), I think my ideal/dream race would be the Marine Corps Marathon. After my cousin deployed for his second tour to Iraq and dealing with all those emotions and fearing for his saftey over there, I really began to be a lot more emotionally invested in our troops. It is easy to forget about those who sacrifice so much for our country and I think the MCM would be such an awesome way to show just a morsel if my immense gratitude for them. Yah running a race jn Hawaii would be unbelievable but I think the MCM would be so much more gratifying.

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    Erin Flanagan says:

    PS-
    Forgot to add- my favorite race, that I am doing, will be the Victoria Soto 5k which is in my home state of CT and is raising money for Vicky’s charity and celebrating/remembering just one of the lives lost in Sandy Hook on that horrific day.

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    Natalie says:

    I am pretty sure my favorite race will be running MCM this weekend!!

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    Lora lee says:

    MY favorite race is the 26.2 with Donna in Jacksonville FL to support breast cancer. It’s a big race with a great cause and the crowds and racers are awe inspiring.

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    Brandt Michaels says:

    So far my favorite race was the Bird In Hand Half Marathon. 13.1 miles through the heart of Amish Country with both hot air balloons and the sun rising just before the race start. Water stations staffed by Amish children, and buggies as the lead/follow vehicles. It’s truly a destination race, and thankfully I live only 30 minutes away! Next race I really want to do is the San Diego Safari Park half, since I grew up about 15 mins from there and spent many a summer day at the park. Running goals? Nail a sub 2:00 half. When/if I get there, I might set my sights on a full marathon. But first I need to “wave sayonara” to a few more PRs!

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    Amy J says:

    My favorite race is the Detroit Free Press Marathon. You run over the bridge to Canada, then back to the U.S. through the underwater tunnel. It is an amazing race! Great people, great music. It winds you through downtown neighborhoods like Mexicantown and Corktown. Can’t say enough about how much I love the race!

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    Krista K. says:

    My favorite race so far has been the Ft Worth Marathon this year and my dream goal/race is Boston! I was only 30 seconds from qualifying at my last marathon (I know…), so I’m hungry for it! Good luck this weekend!

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    Becca says:

    My first 10k is probably my most memorable. It was the longest race I had ever done and I was so proud of my time and accomplishing my goal :)

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    Andrea says:

    My favorite race was my first half. I was sick the week of and the race was not at all what I planned. But, I finished. Such a great feeling.

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    Amazing! I haven’t tried these yet and mixuno are my fave. Add me in

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    What a great giveaway!! would love to try out these shoes! the best marathon I have ever run was the Chicago Marathon (granted it’s the only marathon i’ve run – 2x) but I loved it!

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    Carol H. says:

    My favorite race I’ve ever run is probably the Nashville Women’s half where I finally could keep up and got to run the whole thing with my sister! My biggest race goal is to run my first full marathon which I will complete Nov 3! Eep!

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    I tweeted as well (@LovingOnTheRun)

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    Amanda says:

    I would LOVE to run a Disney race! I love Disney World so much! I can’t wait to read about your trip!

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    marti says:

    Fav race twin cities full… wanna do one in canada…. sponsored by lulu lemon!!

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    Linda says:

    I’d love to do the d.c. 10 miler.
    Thanks

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    Vicki Taylor says:

    I just started running in January, and I have yet to run a race. I’ve been fighting an injured calf and am trying to be patient so I don’t injure it again. I’m looking forward to being able to run my first race!

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    Rebecca says:

    i loved my first marathon, NYC! i was born and raised, and still live in NYC so it’s extra special to me :)

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    Vicki Taylor says:

    I just tweeted, too @shovelmaker

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    Rebecca l says:

    Ahh my first halfarathon was my all time fave… I finished 16 minutes faster than I had set out to. It was small and ran through the countryside and then a garden at the end. Beautiful and simple :) my only goal is to run it again! Hopefully in some sayonaras!

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    Paige says:

    I love to run half marathons, but have not found the courage to train for a marathon quite yet. Any marathon at this point is a race that I want to run. It could be close to home or as awesome as the Disney marathon. Doesn’t matter to me, I just want to accomplish that goal for myself.

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    Love this post!! Mizuno is by far my favorite company!
    My favorite race is definitely Goofy’s challenge!!! Disney knows how to do races and expos!

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    Allison says:

    My running goal/dream is to gain the courage to run a half marathon!

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    Heather says:

    Eeeek! I am a mizuno running shoe fan! I have done a few short distance races this year but am really wanting to do a marathon next spring! Favorite race was a triathlon that I did with my hubby…awesome to finish together!

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    Val says:

    Favorite race was my first 1/2 just a few weeks ago (The RNR Philly 1/2) but my ultimate goal is the BIG Sur Marathon. The views look amazing!

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    Mackenzie says:

    I’m so happy for all the opportunities you have been given. You truly deserve it. I’m going on my third rock n roll half and I love them because of all the support and music. But the Disney princess half has been on my bucket list since my first mile I ever ran and in February MY DREAM COMES TRUE! I absolutely can not wait! :)

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    Kate says:

    I’ve just started running, so I just want to make it through my first race!

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    Jen H says:

    Awesome shoes!! After injury on top of injury I am just trying to be content with being able to even run again. I am allowed 2 maybe 3 days a week but no more then 4 miles at a time. Blah! Hoping to increase my mileage without another injury & eventually sign up for races again. Disneys races sound rely fun!

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    Adrienne says:

    I want to run the HAT TRICK with you and Janae next year!!!!
    (I didn’t even have to think about that answer)

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    Tyson says:

    My favorite race is the Bryan/College Station Marathon and half in College Station, TX! Great small town race!
    I would love to someday run my third marathon, but keep from cramping up this time!

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    Tyson says:

    I tweeted!

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    Bridget says:

    My favorite Marathon so far is the marathon in Lincoln, NE. I will be running Phoenix in March and am so excited for that! My dream marathon is NYC and of course my goal of Boston!

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    Linda says:

    I’ve only run one half so far (RnrSea) but I plan on many more! No outright favorites just yet!.

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    My dream is to qualify for Boston but also just to be the best runner I can be. Sounds like you have a lot of exciting races coming up. I’ve never run a dis eye ace before either, but someday would love to do the goofy marathon or even the dopey marathon. Good luck this weekend!!

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    Angela says:

    My favorite race was the 10K Trail Run. My dream would be to do a half-marathon trail run and run for time not just to complete =)

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    Haley says:

    The greatest race I have ran so far is the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon. I got to run through Lambeau Field and following the race was a huge concert and tons of free stuff. Truly a great experience. And of all the races, the one I would love to do the most, it the Disney Princess Half-Marathon!

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    Abby says:

    My favorite race was the only marathon I have done as of yet, the Albany marathon. I was not sure I could really do it and, despite stomach issues, I pushed through and finished in 4 hours!

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    Victoria Morgan says:

    I want so much to use my gift of running like you have done.It is my passion! How does one get started in the blog world ,and hooked up with Mizuno?I would love to know.Can you help me?When I first laid eyes on them shoes my heart fluttered,,,be still my beating heart,because those shoes are some beauties! Well anywho enough of my rambling.My most favorite race I have ever run was my first one.It was the Chicago half marathon and we ran it on 9/11/11.It was in remembrance of all the fallen on 9/11.It was a beautiful race.There were so many flags,and some runners ran with full flags on full flag poles.That was very inspiring to see them run with those heavy flags.I don’t have just one race that I want to run ,because there are many,but my ultimate dream race would be to run Boston, and to run it with superb time.

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    Katie says:

    My favorite race was one of my last halfs where I got my current PR, my goal is to run a full next year ;) love love love mizunos the only shoes that work for me !!!

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    Brandy Corrales says:

    There are a lot of races that I want to run like Big Sur, MCM, and of course Disney! My favorite race is the race I’m running in. After, being injured just getting to the start line was the best thing ever. But, recently after 5 1/2 months I was able to run a 10K without stopping! That was truly a Mezamashii experience because I’ve been fighting so stay healthy, get stronger and not let my mind tell me I can’t do it. I will be running my 4th half marathon next month and my first full will be in February!

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    Victoria Morgan says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway too!

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    Michelle Thayer says:

    I’ve only run two races and both were awesome but my favorite of the two was the Color Me Rad!

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    My favorite race to date was the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. It was an incredible experience! Last year I ran the 3rd leg of the marathon relay….this year I’m going to run the half marathon!

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    Ashley Floyd says:

    Richmond half marathon November 2012 14 weeks after the birth of my first child. I had this naive idea that I could just jump right back into running and racing right after childbirth so I was totally undertrained, but I really wanted to do it, my wonderful husband totally supported me, and seeing him at the finish line with the baby strapped on him in the baby carrier is just one of my most favorite memories.

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    Amy Otenbaker says:

    Good luck on your race! You got this! My favorite race so far was in northern michigan at a series of wineries called the Harvest Stompede. Running up and down the rows of grapes at harvest time and then wine tasting all day…doesn’t get any better than that.

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    Traci says:

    My favorite race was the Army 10 miler! Everything about that race is amazing.

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    Amie says:

    I’d love to run a Disney marathon!

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    Corey says:

    I’ve ran one half, Rock N Roll Dallas. It was amazing. I’m so ready to do another!!

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    Katherine says:

    My favorite race (so far) was my first full marathon this year, the Pittsburgh marathon. It was an amazing experience! My dream is to BQ at the same race next year

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    jill says:

    I ran a 10k as an alum for my college!

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    Sara says:

    My favorite race is the megatransect in lockhaven, PA. It’s an ultra, in the mountains, on the trails and it’s amazing!

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    Kelly Pearson says:

    My favorite race was a tiny , local 5K….Run for the children on Saint Patruck’s day… Why, because I finally realized the strength of the running community…I ran the whole way with an older, much older man, he wore a fishing hat and running tights, but he encouraged me the WHOLE way!

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    This post makes me smile. I’m so happy for you. I love love that you follow your dreams! I guess my favorite race wasn’t even my best. It was my worst time actually. But it was the first time I ran a half with Jason (his first half). We crossed the finish together. I hadn’t run in 6 wks due to injuries. So just crossing was a big enough deal, but to cross the finish with him? That made it all worth the pain.

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    Allie says:

    Those shoes are a beauty! I love Mizuno!! I don’t really have a particular race in mind, but I would really love to run a half marathon. With all my injuries here and there, there have been so many races that I have signed up for that I have had to miss. It’s almost like a jinx myself every time I sign up! But, you continue to inspire me everyday and I thank you for that!! Good luck this weekend!! :)

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    Angela says:

    My favorite race I ever ran was the goofy challenge at Walt disney world. I did a half marathon on Saturday then on Sunday I did my first marathon. It was so much fun!!

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    Kristen says:

    My running dream is to be able to finish a full marathon someday. i know it won’t be fast, but I want to feel the accomplishment of doing something so challenging and so big!

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    marie says:

    My absolute favorite is the annual 5k breast cancer support run/walk that I do with my friends.

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    MelissaC says:

    Before I get to contest stuff: I have so enjoyed reading about you, SkinnyRunner and HungryRunnerGirl’s recaps of the RWHalf weekend. What fun!

    My favorite race: probably the half-marathon I just finished (although if you had of asked me at mile 11, I would have smacked ya). Had a hard time myself (very hilly course), but brought 3 friends with me who had never done a half and they all finished and were so excited to put their 13.1 stickers on their cars, so I felt like I was a little part of that success for them.

    Races I want to run: Chattanooga 4 Bridges Half Marathon; Runners World Half Marathon (not sure I could pull off the hat trick though).

    Goal: possibly a full…I am thinking I want to try and do one before I am 50, so I have 5 years to think about it – maybe I can plan a big one for that. Other goals – doing another half in the next 6 months, just got to pick which one – I want to beat my time!

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    Sarah says:

    My favorite race is the Girls on the Run 5k! It is amazing to watch all the 3rd-5th graders meet their end of course goal of finishing a 5K.

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    meredith says:

    I would love to run the Lululemon Seawheeze half!

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    Angie says:

    Oh my goodness. What an awesome post! You are a very lucky, blessed lady. So happy for you. I’m running my first half marathon this weekend. I am as nervous as I am excited. It’s supposed to be 40 degrees when we start, yuck. I’m headed to the expo today and completely excited because of all your great posts about how awesome they are. Enjoy your run this weekend!

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    Tracy says:

    My favorite race was probably the tiniest little hometown half marathon I ran in 2012. The Ryan’s House Run in Scottsdale, AZ. It was challenging and well organized but only about 600 runners. I loved not feeling overwhelmed in the crowd. On the completely opposite end of the spectrum though, I would love to run a race a NYC!

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    Alexandra says:

    I have always dreamed of running the NYC Marathon…or actually ANY marathon for that matter haha So far a half marathon has been the longest distance Ive ever run so a Full Marathon is my goal within the next couple of years!

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    My favorite race was the Seaside Half Marathon this past year. I felt amazing the entire run and I set a PR! I wish all my runs could feel like that! Good luck this weekend! And you are going to LOVE the Disney race!!!!

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    Tracy says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway! I hope I win!!

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    MelissaC says:

    Tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/mlcwildlifepr/status/393728109033160704 Thanks again! Love my Mizuno Wave Inspires – but wouldn’t mind trying on a pair of Sayonaras!!

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    Heather C says:

    One of the best races I have ever run was the Boilermaker 15K in upstate NY many years ago….before kids, before a “real” job, when I could run 3x a day as I just had all the time in the world. I vividly recall running those 9+ miles all out with tons of people (it is the largest 15k in the country) and flying down the final hill into the finishing shoot feeling great and then experiencing the best post race party ever!! (think keg trucks every where with micro brew for all!) On the horizon I have my 1st full IM in Chattanooga TN in September and my dream race will be KONA in a few years! Big Dreams!

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    Joell says:

    My favorite race is the 5K I ran with my daughter this summer … she just started running and its awesome to have some to share the experience with :)

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    Katie says:

    Congrats on all the wonderful news! I’ve had a lot of fun doing many races, but two I absolutely loved were my just for fun races (while pregnant) this past year – a color me rad run and a mud run! So fun :)

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    Katie says:

    I tweeted too! :)

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    Kim says:

    My favorite run will probably always be MCM. It’s an incredible race that I look forward to doing again sometime. I’ve worn Mizunos exclusively for the past year and had them off an on for several years prior. The Wave Sayonaras are a great training shoe and I wear the Wave Creation for my long runs.

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    Ali says:

    Oh my gosh I would love to experience this Mezamashii you speak of! You speak so highly of Mizuno that I want to Wave Sayonara to my Reeboks and have a try at running in their shoes.
    I ran my first 5k in May of 2011, and 2 months later I ran the 13.1 MPLS and was absolutely hooked. It’s been my favorite run to this day. I felt like I was on top of the world during that run. I crossed the finish line and signed up for the next years event on the car ride home. Unfortunately they cancelled that race indefinitely. :-( So Sad. I’ve run a few different 5K’s, 7K’s, 10K’s and 1/2′s since then including Tough Mudder this year. That was a “shocking” experience.
    I do dream to one day run a full marathon. Possibly one in the Rock n’ Roll series?
    Wishing you the best of luck this weekend! OH and I Tweeted :-)

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    Catherine B says:

    I would absolutely love to be able to run ANY marathon again. I’ve only done one but I cant wait to start training for another . :)

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    Jennifer says:

    nike womens marathon

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    Melissa says:

    My favorite races are always local turkey trots that I participate in whenever I go to visit friends or relatives during thanksgiving. I’ve racked up quite a few fun ones over the years

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    Carolyn says:

    It’s hard to beat the Boston marathon as a best race experience. My dream is to break 3 hours…

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    Pam Walker says:

    My favourite race is the Detroit Free Press since I can see my parents on one side and my hubby on the other side of the border. My goal marathon is to race in Berlin as well as break the 3 hr mark in the marathon in the next 5 years since I’m not getting any younger :)

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    Charlene says:

    I ran the MCM in 2011 as my first marathon. It was one of the best experiences of my life. And now I’m really looking forward to the WDW Marathon in January. My first ever Disney race there too, and my first time down there period. Everyone I know has raved about it!

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    Rene' says:

    My favorite race that I have ever run was the Chicago Marathon in 2012. It was 2 days after my 40th birthday, the stars aligned and I had a huge PR. I still smile just thinking about it:)

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    Melissa says:

    I ran a ‘Hocking Hills 5K Fun Run’ in Southeast Ohio on the wood land trails….had lots of fun and had my best time and tied for 2nd place in my age group. I would love some great shoes, too!!

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    Becky says:

    I would love to run the Chicago marathon next year!

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    This post made me so emotional! I am so happy for you right now! As someone who has been knocked down physically, it’s an amazingly overwhelming feeling when you can push past the hard times to really enjoy how amazing the human body is. I am just so happy for you. Agreed. Mizunos are amazing! I have finally put too many miles on my first pair. I am finally at the point where I am confident in my abilities to run a half and still feel good when I’m done. I haven’t actually done a half marathon race, but hitting 13 miles on a Saturday afternoon in my favorite park was one of the most amazing feelings ever. Dare I say that Tony and I are now training for a full marathon? I can’t even believe I just typed that. Who am I? :) So, I guess I finally just said it out loud.

    Take me with you to Disney! I want to run wine and dine with you! Some day my friend! xoxoxo

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    Emmeline says:

    That’s so exciting!! I haven’t found that brand that just *works* for me yet but I haven’t tried Mizuno yet so maybe they’re my running soul mate. Favorite race I’ve run: Philly 1/2 marathon. It was my first race and I felt SO GOOD the whole way. Race I’m excited for in the future: Amsterdam marathon! Future race goals: in the super giant picture, to compete at a U.S. championships but in my general future running, to really focus on pure enjoyment on at least 2 runs a week (I.e. don’t focus on watches or the be disappointed if I don’t feel fresh, just run and love it for what it is!)

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    Genevieve S. says:

    I think my favorite race was the Rock n Roll Vegas last year. It was my first 1/2 marathon. I hadn’t trained for it (so dumb) and I didn’t do the greatest but I had 7 of my very best friends alongside me! We had the greatest weekend and we can’t wait to do it again next year! Disney would be my dream race and my two little ones would also be in tow for that one! We will make it happen soon :) . Good luck with your marathon this weekend!

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    Melanie says:

    Running my first marathon in 2 weeks- the Savannah Rock N Roll!

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    Emily says:

    So exciting!!! I would love to run a Disney race!! Looks like so much fun!!!

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    I’ve been “a runner” for about 3 years now, and it just never gets any easier. It’s much more of a mental battle for me than it ever is physical. My favorite race was the one I ran last weekend because I went into it without any pressure on myself – I decided that my goal for the race was to not watch my Garmin constantly, not go for a PR, but to just enjoy it – soak in my surroundings, smile at spectators, dance a little to my music, etc. and I had a blast!! It was such a great reminder about WHY I run!

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    Renee Watson says:

    Good Luck this weekend and HAVE FUN!
    My favorite marathon was my first. I ran the Honolulu Marathon in 2002 and finished in 5:55:07! I knew nothing about running, being active, or what I was getting myself into. It was amazing on so many levels and hard as hell! I have learned so much about running and myself since then. 8 marathons later, I’m HOOKED!

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    Stephanie says:

    I would love to run The Disney World Princess half marathon.

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    Kenzie says:

    My favorite race was my first ever half marathon (Canby Dahlia run 2013). I placed first in the 20-29 females division and second overall for females! Training for it was one of the most challenging things I’ve done. Completing a half marathon was on my bucket list for three years; I’d sign up for one only to get tendonitis or a stress fracture any time I ran over ten miles. Successfully getting to this race helped me learn to listen to my body.

    That race was life-changing though. All the days I drug myself outside for a training run I didn’t feel like getting in were worth busting my butt on race day! It lit a fire in me, and I ran a 1:34:20 race. I signed up for the full SLO City marathon April 2014, and I can’t wait to get into training mode four months out!

    I find inner peace when I run – I can forget about my graduate school woes and focus on how my body is working. It’s when I truly find a mind-body connection. I hope that running can continue to help me realize this 24/7 rather than just the hour or so 4-5x/week that I get it pounding the pavement.

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    jill says:

    My favorite race I’ve run so far was a local 5K I did in support of the Illinois Make a Wish Foundation in honor of one of my friend’s sons who had a wish granted earlier this year. It was special to me just because of what it stood for. On another note, I am totally looking forward to my first marathon this April!!!

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    My favorite run that I’ve done is a Hot Chocolate 15K in Seattle. They had us run across the Aurora bridge which gave us some wonderful views!

    I’d love to do a Nike Women’s Half Marathon (yes for the jewelry) or a Disney Princess Half Marathon or a Rock N Roll… Really, I just love races. It gets me so excited!

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    jill says:

    I tweeted!

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    Holly says:

    Great post! My running dream is to finally run a half-marathon (in Mizunos :) )!

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    Melloney says:

    My favorite race was definitely my first half… the Little Rock half marathon! But I’m very much looking forward to adding a marathon in the nearish future, just gotta find which one I wanna make my first!

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    Laura says:

    Good luck at MCM, and yeay for getting into disney world! I would love to run a disney race someday!!

    My favorite race so far was the Capitola half i ran this past may. I got a pretty good PR there and it rad beautiful running along the beach!!

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    Betsy says:

    My favorite race is the Shamrock’n Half in Sacramento. It was my first half, and it took place just a few months after ny younger brother died from complications of a seizure. I was well trained, and ready physically (but maybe not emotionally). I finished in 2:22, and loved ((almost) every minute. Now that I’ve done four halfs, I think I might want to try a full.

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    Jill Morris says:

    I am so excited to run my first marathon in February! I am running Cowtown in Fort Worth.

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    Rebecca Payne says:

    My absolute favorite race that I run is the Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. I’ve run plenty of races, but this one tops my list every year, and this year I am particularly excited about running it! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Why you may ask? Because it involves absolutely no stress of gifts and is all about blessing and family and spending time with the people I love most. This race is so fun because it was the first race I ever did, so many people participate, and I’m still home in time to enjoy the day and relax with my family after running my heart out that morning. This year, though, I’ve taken it a step further and chosen to run for something greater than myself by partering with Run Sixty Feet and the Sixty Feet organization to fundraise and help bring restoration to children in Uganda. I chose to be the team captain for the race this year, and yes fundraising has been a struggle, but so far the experience has been incredible! Such a wonderful organization! And that’s my favorite race, and I can’t wait for it to be even more incredible this year as it is also helping those precious children! Truly a Thanksgiving experience I believe.

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    Jessica Drake says:

    I’ve never ran a marathon (yet). I’ve actually had a few health problems myself that has kept me from doing much distance running for the past year or so. My current goals are to
    A. Get thru the next 7 months of being an incubator (yep, I’ve got a bun in the oven!) and
    B. Be the best mom and wife I can be while working a full time job and trying to get back on track with running.
    I’m so excited for your family and this upcoming trip!!

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    Jenny says:

    I’ve only ran a few 5k’s, so I really can’t tell you my favorite race. I am looking forward to next year, when I’ll be running the Half at the Illinois Marathon in April. I’ve already signed up! I could really use a pair of Sayonaras to look cool in while running it! I love Mizuno, there shoes, and their clothes. They are such a great company and you are so lucky to be an ambassador!

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    Laura says:

    This Thanksgiving is the anniversary of my first 5k race, so it will always be near and dear to my heart. Most looking forward to?…I’m running my first half marathon December 8 and I am beyond excited!

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    Kerry HK says:

    By far my favorite race is Big Cottonwood Half Marathon is sunny Salt Lake!! It is simply wonderful. FAST downhill course. Beautiful canyon. Amazing organization. LOVE!

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    alexis says:

    I’m just happy I can run a mile without dying!

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    Erin says:

    My favorite race was my first marathon in New York City.

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    Jenny says:

    I also tweeted :)

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    Ashley B. says:

    My favorite race wasn’t my longest or fastest, but was a an 8k turkey trot that I did with my Dad last Thanksgiving morning. It was our first holiday we celebrated after his Dad passed away, and the perfect “group therapy” session with my favorite running partner who lives much too far away.

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    Brandy Corrales says:

    I tweeted!

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    My very first race was the Hot Chocolate 5k in Columbus, OH and it was incredible. I ran without music and just enjoyed the excitement of the event. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it :)

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    elizabeth says:

    I don’t race or have big running dreams, but I enjoy running every day. I thought I might have to cut back on running, but last year I got a pair of orthotics made and they’ve really helped my feet.

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    Danielle says:

    I think my favorite race would have to be my first 5K. I not only had a great time running it, but it reminded me of what I loved about running high school and how great the running community is.

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    Catherine F says:

    My favorite race I have ever run is a local race called the Chilmark Road Race. The scenery is amazing! I would really like to run a 1/2 marathon in the future!

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    Janel Shanks says:

    My favorite race that I’ve ever competed in was a half marathon in Chicago in September. Since I graduated high school 6 years ago, I have run every single day….until I broke my ankle and had to have surgery in February of 2013. I got out of a cast at the beginning of April and started running/jogging again (slowly yet surely) in the end of May. I was determined to make a comeback so, I signed up for this race on the first weekend in September. All the dedication to training paid off- I PR’d by 5 minutes! My running goal is to keep on keepin’ on and just run to run at least 2 days out of the week!

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    Jill says:

    Well up until this past weekend I would have said my favorite race was my first half marathon on Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta in 2011 but I think I may have a new one – the Runners World Half which I just ran on Sunday and I PR’ed! I grew up in Bethlehem and something about the energy of being back home for a race surrounded by my friends and family propelled me to my best race ever! I’ll never forget it now. Oh and I did actually see you and all the famous bloggers inside the building after the race but I was too scared to come say Hi! You all were just so pretty! Good luck to you this weekend :)

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    Lesli says:

    I’m running my third half marathon on Sunday, the Rock N Roll in St. Louis. I really want to run a marathon sometime! Would love it to be a Disney race!

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    Anushya says:

    My favourite race I have ever run was the Prison Break race!! 5km and 15 obstacles along the way with prison guards trying to steal all 3 flags from you (like flag football). It was such an accomplishment! And a very tough race! Would love to win these shoes to wear at my next race :D

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    Hmm, I have a lot of favorites for different reasons, but I will have to go with Surf City. It was my 1st race ever, in 2008, a 5K (a distance they don’t offer anymore) that sparked my love of racing. I went back the next year for my 1st (and only to date) full marathon, then have been back every year for the half. It’s on Superbowl Sunday so it’s fun to see people in their team apparel and know when I get home to whatever Superbowl festivities we are doing I can eat and drink all I care to guilt free :)

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    Christie says:

    The Chicago marathon is my favorite because it’s my hometown, has a crazy amount of spectators and best of all, super flat!!! If you haven’t done it yet…you have to do it next year! I promise it’ll become your favorite too : )

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    Lisa G says:

    My favorite race was the Run to Victory! The proceeds go to a kids camp that serves youth with chronic illnesses. There were young children with disabilities who paticipated in the race and it was awesome! My running goal is to run a marathon and in less then a month I am going to accomplish my goal! I will need new shoes after the race, because I have put some major miles on these!

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    Jen M says:

    My husband and I are running our first half marathon in February…Rock n Roll in NOLA!! We are sooo excited!! My goal is to run under 2 hours…I know I can do it!! We had a New Orleans destination wedding in March of this year so this race will be very special for us both!!

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    Breanna says:

    My favorite race is the RAGNAR relay here in MN. They have them all over and some day I’ll do one in another state and then THAT will probably be my favorite race. There’s something about the camaraderie of running all together and sleeping in a van that makes it the best race. :)

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    I love love love the Nike Women Series! I just ran the Nike woman’s marathon and PR’d 3:42:24!! That brings me to my running goal. I’m not sure if it’s my biggest but it is my next. I want to qualify for Boston I just missed it by 7:24 this time!! Next time for sure!! Plus I really think I should really with those shoes because I just got laid off and can’t afford new shoes right now. Sad face!!! :(

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    cindy says:

    The Marine Corps Marathon! It was my first marathon last year and it was the most wonderful experience! I know you will LOVE it. :)

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    Lesli says:

    I tweeted!

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    Jessica says:

    My favorite race to date is the Tar Heel 10 miler in beautiful Chapel Hill, NC. I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and love the chance to run on campus. The atmosphere is so so so fun. Love it. I would love to run a full in either Chicago or NYC – one of the “big” races. I think the crowds would be totally inspiring.

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    Megan D says:

    My favorite race so far was the Red Rock Relay. I just love the team atmosphere of a relay race, and my legs were awesome. One of them had me running through the most gorgeous red rock canyon as the sun was coming up. I loved it so. I would also love to run the NYC marathon and of course Boston one day. All mezamishi runs for sure! I have been wanting the try these shoes for the longest time. What an awesome giveaway!

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    Jessica Dalton says:

    My favorite race I’ve run is the Broad Street Run (10 miler). My biggest dream right now is to recover from my stress fracture. After that my biggest dream is to run the Nike Women’s Half in DC. I will be entering the lottery this fall.

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    Lisa says:

    I love this post! So important to be grateful for the gift of running, no matter how fast or far it takes us. My favorite race is the first and only marathon I’ve done (so far), the Yakima Canyon River Marathon in Washington. It was a beautiful course and a great community of runners, and of course was really thrilling to complete a marathon. My next big goal is to do at least one more marathon in 2014 (maybe the same race again). Enjoy your races coming up!

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    Megan D says:

    Tweeted it!

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    Karen says:

    My favorite race is the the first race I ever ran without stopping (it was a Turkey Trot) I was slow but felt like a winner all day :) my running dream is to be 70 and still spending my Saturday mornings running with Matt. Cheesy, right?!?

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    Kaitlin G says:

    My favorite race was last year’s Baltimore half marathon! I was injured this year and couldn’t run, but not running just got me even MORE excited for next year :)

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    Kaitlin G says:

    My favorite race was last year’s Baltimore half marathon! I was injured this year and couldn’t run, but not running just got me even MORE excited for next year :)

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    Kaci L. says:

    My favorite race is the Race for the Cure. I sign up for it every year with my Mom who is a 2-time breast cancer survivor. I run the 5k first and then do the mile walk with her.
    My second favorite race is the St. Patty’s Day 7k that I try to do every year. Obviously the green beer at the end is the highlight :)

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    Nicole says:

    My favorite race was the tinkerbell half marathon at Disneyland!!! So magical.

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    I’ve been running for the past ten or so years, since high school, but I’ve just started getting into races, I’ve done a couple of 5k’s but my big goal is to run the Disney marathon next year! My mom and I have decided to do it together and I cannot wait!

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    Jasmin says:

    I live in a small town in Mississippi and races are pretty small here. But my favorite is something called 12ks for holidays put on by a local charity. I ran the 5k portion last year as a new runner and I’m finally ready to run the actual 12k this year and I can’t wait! They have beer and red beans & rice after. It’s a great race!

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    Erica says:

    My favorite marathon is the St. Jude’s in Memphis. I literally cried for miles. You actually run in front of the hospital and the kids who are well enough come out waving signs and cheer you on! It is truly amazing. I’m running it again December 7th in honor of my aunt Lisa who died from Leukemia when she was 12.
    My favorite local race is our own Spa 10k here in Hot Springs, AR! Great course, great volunteers, and hot soup and cold beer at the end!
    I have wanted these shoes since they came out but our budget won’t allow it right now:( This is an awesome give away for who ever wins!! Thanks!

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    Lauren N says:

    Love that quote! So true. I would love to run the Women’s Half in San Francisco! Good luck this weekend!

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    Kelly Jo says:

    I have ran the KY Derby Half Marathon and I would love to run the Full!!! You need to make that on your bucket list. During the course you make one lap around Churchill Downs, now how cool is that to run on the track of the fastest sport of all Sports!!!!! I love my Mizunos!!! Currently in Wave Elixirs like your pink ones!!! LOVE THEM!

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    Cynthia says:

    Favorite race has to be the Hot Chocolate! And maybe my first race ever…Zoooma Half in Atlanta!

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    Caroleen says:

    I would really like to do a half ironman but I don’t swim very well. It’s a dream I’ve secretly had.

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    April B says:

    I’m super excited about running my first half (RnR Savannah) in November! One day I hope to run NYC marathon! !

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    Laura W. says:

    My favorite runs were in college- running through the Santa Cruz redwoods. I would LOVE to run the Bug Sur marathon, but am not sure if my knees would let me :)

    By the way, this is my first comment, but I’ve been reading for awhile. I love your blog and disagree- you’re super speedy and awesome!

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    Jenn P says:

    My dream is to run Chicago or New York City marathon! I feel like every runner needs to experience the quintessential “big city” marathin at least once!

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    Jenn P says:

    I tweeted!

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    Amanda says:

    Great post! Enjoy Disney!
    1. My favorite race was my 1st 5k! I ran it in May and hadn’t ran since high school soccer!
    2. I’m looking forward to running a 1/2 then eventually a full. I was training for thunder road Charlotte 1/2 but I have a pinched nerve in my back so i have to wait until the spring :(

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    I tweeted!!!! Give my them shoes!!

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    Becca N says:

    My favorite race was the Corporate Cup half marathon early this year because it is my first and only race! Hopefully that will change soon because I’m now thinking about running the Biltmore marathon in Asheville. Thank you for your post today! I’ve been debating about whether or not to sign up for this marathon because I have been afraid to step out of my comfort zone, afraid I won’t be able to do it, but you’re right I’ll never know what is possible unless I try and what’s the worst that can happen? : ) Thank you for the encouragement! And for doing this awesome give away!!!

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    Amanda says:

    I also tweeted! Letting everyone know to come check out your blog!

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    Cassie says:

    My biggest goal right now is to run a half marathon under 3 hours. I know that doesn’t seem like much since most people run a marathon in the time it takes me to do half. But my 1st half I did it in 3:25, I’ve gotten down to 3:06 in a year and am trying to get under 3 by the end of the year (my 1st attempt on Sunday).

    My other goal, to do a half ironman. But don’t tell anyone. I think in 2015 that will be my goal. Also that year to run a marathon. (again my 1st was in 2005 – it was the hardest thing I ever did)

    I’ve been looking in to Mizunos and about 99% sure they will be my next shoe purchase.

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    Becca N says:

    I tweeted!

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    Apryle says:

    I really want to run the Avenue of the Giants Marathon next year. It is near the town where I grew up and it would be my first marathon.
    Love these shoes! You can’t go wrong with pink!

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    My favorite race I have run is the Dam to Dam (Iowa’s Distance Classic)! So many fun people and such a pretty course. The one race that I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to run is the Disney Princess Half Marathon, hopefully next year! And my main running goal right now is to get my half marathon time under 2 hours.

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    Brittany S says:

    I am looking forward to running in the Disney 5K this February with my mom. I love running and I am so glad that I can share the experience with my mom and help her become healthier. Training for this upcoming run has strengthened my mom and my relationship, she’s definitely my best friend. While I love how running is therapeutic, and a great form of exercise, I am grateful that, and love that it had brought my family closer together. I cannot wait to run the 5K with my mom, as its not about how short the race is, but the memories I am sure we will create that my mother and I will never forget.

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    Lindsay says:

    I realllly want to run a Nike Women’s Half and also a Breast Cancer run to support my fighting mama! I have a ton of dreams and goals for my running and one would be to someday run a full marathon. Right now I can’t even fathom it, but I’d be so proud to finish one!

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    Mallory says:

    My favorite race I’ve ever run was the Skunk Cabbage Classic half marathon. It was the first half marathon when I really pushed myself and was what I was capable of accomplishing!

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    Liela says:

    I have just found your blog and enjoy reading it very much! I will be running the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon run in February, I will be running it with my sister who is returning from Baghdad and I can’t wait!! I also will be doing my first Full in May, the Sugarloaf Marathon in Maine terrifying but so exciting! Can’t wait to hear about your Disney running experience!

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    Sara says:

    My biggest goal right now would be to run a half marathon under 2 hours & I would love for it to be The Wild Half in Wildwood, NJ spring of 2014!!

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    Megan Chism says:

    My favorite race so far was the Go Girl Run Half in Columbia MO. It was part of trails and part through neighborhoods. Very pretty and it poured down rain on me. Weird to say it but I loved running in the rain.

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    Anna says:

    My favorite race was the 2012 Akron Half Marathon. I got a PR of 2:01…..ten minutes knocked off from last half marathon!

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    Natalie says:

    My favorite race would be my first ‘real’ 5k (not a fun color one or obstacle course). I had no clue what to expect and was scared out of my mind but I stood at that starting line knowing I was going to do my best and be happy with whatever the outcome. I placed 3rd in my age group! That was my #mezamashii moment. I have my first half-marathon coming up next month and am so so so excited! I’d love some sayonaras to run in!

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    Christian says:

    I’ve only run 2 half marathons – but one 3 times and the other once. I’m currently training for my first full (Soldier Marathon, Nov. 9th . . .ran the half version last year). But I have to say my favorite of the two races I’ve participated in is the Athens GA Half-Marathon. One because it’s where I truly discovered my love and passion for runnings and two because it’s in my college town, Athens, GA that is home to the University of Georgia. A city that I love to death and nothing is better than finishing a race between the hedges in Sanford Stadium! I just ran the Athens Half last weekend, in my mother’s Mizuno Sayonara’s, and got my first huge PR.

    Anyways, love the shoes so I’d be thrilled to have my own pair so I don’t have to share with my mom all the time!

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    Frankie says:

    I would love to run the New York City Marathon and the London Marathon!

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    Ashley L. says:

    So excited your kiddos get to run in Disney! That will be so fun!

    Favorite race: Ironman 70.3 St. George (tough race but sooooo rewarding and beautiful)!

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    Jennifer says:

    I really want to run the Boston half marathon next year. My friend and I are starting a training program and we are super excited for it! Also, I look forward to running the Color Run next year!!!

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    Kelsey says:

    One of the best races I’ve ever run is the rock n roll marathon in Savannah. The rock n roll series is awesome, and Savannah is one of my favorite cities. I love mizunos, I’m currently running in wave riders but I’d like to take a more lightweight approach to running!

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    Luisa says:

    I discovered you on instagram. you are a huge inspiration. I enjoy your photos. I started racing almost one year ago. I have ran 3 half marathons, numerous 5k’s, 10k’s and 15k’s thru out Seattle, WA. Every race holds a special place in my heart cause running for me is an accomplishment that I am proud of. I am hoping to run the Nike Womens series SF next year and the Big Sur 1/2 marathon. those are big on my list right now. I am also contemplating training for my first full marathon. (I am still deciding whether or not to stick with the 13.1 for a while longer and then do 26.2) to date I would say my favorite race was Seattle Rock n Roll. since it was my first and I felt great, had great support, and I knew I was in it for the long haul. I would love to run in Mizunos. I also, discovered Halo headband and pro compression socks cause of you. I purchased my first visor and I love it. :o ).

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      Luisa- this comment just made my day! Thank you for being so nice. I so hope you get to do the races next year. I tihnk you should train for your first full too. He he. Glad you like the visor! HUGS!

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    Kari says:

    I want to run at Disneyland – so I can take my kids to the happiest place on earth! I love mizuno!

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    Denise says:

    Rock & Roll Philly was my first half so it will always be AWESOME!! So jealous you get to run Disney……can’t wait to run with my boys there too, maybe one day soon!!

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    Catherine says:

    My dream race is the Disney Princess.

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    Teresa M. says:

    My favorite race I ever ran was my first, and so far only marathon last May. the Wisconsin marathon. I’m going to run it again next year.

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    My favorite race, to me, was my first half in Philly last year. I crushed my goal time and accomplished my first half. I am really excited to run in Disney in January as part of the Goofy Challenge because my husband will be running his first half with me. It won’t matter about time, just that we did it together =)

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    Rebecca says:

    I would give my right arm (and I’m a sign language interpreter so that says alot) to run the Goofy at Disney World. I’ve sworn off marathons but I would come out of retirement for that one weekend of running. So incredibly cool.

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    Abby J. says:

    I would love to run the Chicago Marathon one day. I’m from there and it would be great to run through all the different neighborhoods and sights that are so familiar to me.

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    Anna says:

    My favorite race was the first 5K I ever did. I remember crossing the finish line thinking, I did it. I actually did it. It was an amazing feeling of accomplishment and I was hooked.

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    Alyssa says:

    I really want to run a marathon on the Big Sur! I’ve only ran the Rock n Roll half marathon in New Orleans so far.

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    Joy says:

    I’m so happy you get to run at Disney! I’ve heard such great things about their races.

    My favorite race has been a local one to me, a half marathon on the Bronx River Parkway. It’s a tough, hilly course and I’ve PR’d there, so it’s special to me. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    april says:

    woohoo, so excited for you & your family! i’ve never done a disney race before, but i would LOVE to participate in one in the near future. :) my favorite race was probably my first ever half marathon – rock ‘n roll los angeles in 2010. it was such an incredible experience and it really solidified my love for running and racing.

    good luck running the MCM!!! :)

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    KIM says:

    Chicago and NYC definately the best!!

    Enjoy the trips you have planned and GOOD LUCK!

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    Kacie says:

    I really really want to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon! I am so jealous that you are going to Disney, I’ll have to get my act together and start saving for some plane tickets. Good luck this weekend!

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    Smitha says:

    Congrats! What an honor! I love the Scripps Old Pros 10K in San Diego every 4th of July! It is a great race that doesn’t take itself too seriously!

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    Emily says:

    I really got into distance running only a few years ago, but have done 4 half marathons and many other small races (5K, 10K, etc.). I’ve run in the Baltimore Running Festival 4 years in a row and I have to say this past year was by far the best experience. I get chills just thinking about it. I below to an organization called Athletes Serving Athletes which enables athletes with disabilities to be able to complete races just like you and me. I pushed a 13 year old boy, Terrence, who has cerebral palsy for 2 legs of the relay to help him complete his first Marathon. I could have been more blessed to have been able to share my gift and love for running with someone who is unable to have this ability. My goal for next year is to run the Baltimore FULL marathon with ASA and be able to have my family there to support me as I cross the finish line. Traveling to CA for work, I’d also love to be able to run a race on the west coast (in hopes of meeting the one and only STUFT mama)!!! You’re amazing and thanks for such an amazing blog. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your inspiration. I learn something new every day and I hope to be an ambassador one day and continue to share my love for living a healthy life :) Good luck this weekend!!!!

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    Missy says:

    What an awesome post. It almost brought a tear to my eye! I started running almost 3 years ago now, and I’m still slow as heck. I have ran 4 half marathons and countless 5ks. Someday, I want to run a full marathon, but I just don’t have the guts to do it yet. People like you make it look possible and it inspires me to keep reaching for that dream! My favorite race has been, by far, the Grandma’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, MN. If you haven’t ran this race, you HAVE to get yourself there. The entire course runs along Lake Superior and the coordination of the entire race weekend is just unbelievable. If I convince myself to run that first full marathon, it will at Grandma’s.

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    Erica says:

    I REALLY want to win these! I need a new pair of running sneaks before my next race. OK- so my favorite race was the diva half marathon. Mostly because it was my half PR. My secret running goal…to make my next race a marathon instead of a half. I just am not sure I can do it…I signed up for the half….GOOD LUCK!! <3 <3

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    Monica says:

    My favorite race so far (I’ve only done 6!) was my first half back in May. The hibiscus half marathon. I am now addicted to all things running!

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    heather b says:

    Amazing that you & your family get to go to Disney!! Congrats :)

    I have only done 3 races, a 5k, 10k, and a half. My favorite so far has been the half! I did the Baltimore running festival half, and although challenging, it was SO MUCH FUN. The energy was crazy and the crowd was so motivating!

    My running goals are to continue running happy & healthy. I would also like to work on my speed to challenge myself :) If I ever have the chance, I would love to run any of the Disney races – I will always be a disney lover & they seem like such a blast!

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    Kori L. says:

    What a great and inspiring post!! My favorite race is the Denver Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon & Marathon! I’ve ran each year it started in Denver and it has been home to my first ever 1/2 and my first ever marathon so there’s sentimental value there PLUS it’s a beautiful setting with beautiful people to cheer you on!

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    Kori L. says:

    oh I’ve also tweeted about this awesome giveaway!! Thank you!!

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    Hannah Jayne says:

    My favorite race: Chicago marathon. My first and only full marathon (so far). My secret goal is to run Boston one day. I have a lot of work to do!!!

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    Melissa Jo says:

    Favorite Race so far the Park to Park 1/2 Marathon right here in Holland, MI. Would love to Run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. Thanks for the Inspiration in your post today :) I needed that little boost.

    @mjschrotenboer- I Tweeted
    Time to find my #mezamashii and win @mizunorunning Wave Sayonara shoes from @stuftmama http://ow.ly/q9Yty

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    kristen says:

    My favorite race would have to be the Cellcom Marathon where we ended in Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI!

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    Melissa says:

    Hartford full marathon in CT. Highly recommend!

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    Emily says:

    I also tweeted about the giveaway!!

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    Emily G says:

    I am not exaggerating when I say that your blog is 100% of the reason I started running recently. You inspired me so much and gave me the motivation to get out there and have fun. I did my first 5K in a few years last weekend and I’m signed up for another one this Sunday. I’m hoping to increase my endurance and really wish to complete a half marathon within the year. We will see how that goes, but I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration! So far, my favorite race was last weekend’s because it was the first step in my journey!

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    Caroline Porter says:

    My favorite race so far has been the Colorado marathon in Ft Collins. We ran through the Poudre Canyon in May. Temps were perfect, the view was incredible and we ran next to a river for the first 16 miles. So beautiful! Of course, Boston is a dream race!

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    Corrina says:

    My favorite race was the Nike Women’s Half in 2007–would love to run it again, or run the whole. My dream/goal is a bit cliche, but I would love to qualify for and run Boston. Or at least run one of the other “big” marathons.

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    Honestly each time I run a new race it becomes my favorite. There’s been something special to each one & I really LOVE racing. I love running, what it does for my mind & body & racing is even more exciting! IT’s like the icing on the cake.
    I just qualified for Boston. It was a dream to qualify & now it’s a dream for me to actually get there!
    You are one lucky gal & so wonderful that you appreciate everything !!

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    I tweeted: Debbie ‏@hlthyrunningmom now
    Time to find my #mezamashii and win @mizunorunning Wave Sayonara shoes from @stuftmama http://ow.ly/q9Yty

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    carmen says:

    St. Valentin marathon in Italy on my birthday last year!

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    Tracy says:

    My favorite race was Humpy’s full marathon in Anchorage. I’ve just recently switched to Mizuno running shoes. I went into the running store and told them about my hip flexor tendinitis and how I needed a good show, wide toe box, not too heavy, and that would let me run pain free and they recommended Mizunos.. I LOVE them!! Your blog has inspired me in so many ways, good luck at the race this weekend! :)

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    Emily says:

    My favorite race I’ve ever done was the Turkey Trot I think two Thanksgivings ago. My husband and I dressed up like indians and ran the whole thing together! It was so much fun! I’d love to eventually do some type of mud run!

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    I am really excited about the Charleston SC half marathon but would love to run the Myrtle Beach half marathon. My dream race is probably Marine Corps Marathon.

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    I love love running but my favorite race every I dont get to run in. I am a college student/runner/ part time PT aide but importantly I am also a race director for a road race in my town every Saturday after thanksgiving. It raises money for the Hearts for Hope foundation which was founded by my friends family because my friend has been battling her whole life with cystic fibrosis. Her sister also passed away from CF in 2010. This year will be the third year directing the race and its such a beautiful time because it makes everyone fight for a cause together and reflect and how lucky we are to have our health and be able to enjoy a run. (mansfieldraceforcure.org)

    I also hope to run this years Boston Marathon for cystic fibrosis. Living only a 1/2 mile from Boylston street and being at the finish line last year made me more determined than ever to finish Boston for a cause and city I love and I would to do it all in a new pair of Wave Sayonara :)

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    Kristen says:

    My favorite race was one of my first 5k races. My family has a summer house in northern michigan and every July 4th they hold a race through town before the parade. Towards the end we run past the house, and for the last half mile my 2 youngest cousins joined me to help me finish! I was definitely not giving up with them by my side :)

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    Lanna says:

    So awesome for you! My fav race thus far has been the Nike Half in San Fran, so much fun! I’m doing MCM too- hope to see you!

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    Jaime says:

    My favorite race…The absolute fave is the most recent 2013 Chicago Marathon. It’s my fave because I PR’d, met an awesome group of running friends while training, and my mom ran it too (her first marathon!). This marathon was by far the most memorable.

    My running goals…to speed up and qualify for Boston! My husband and I are hoping to start a family this year, and, to be honest, I was worried that this would disrupt my goal. After talking to the hubs, he helped me realize that qualifying for Boston after having a baby would be an even better goal/dream.

    By the way, I will also be at Disney during the food and wine fest! I didn’t plan the vacation early enough to sign up for any of the races :( but I’ll still be running the Boardwalk area every morning!

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    Annie says:

    My favorite race was last years Indy Monumental marathon. It was months after my first baby was born after years of IVF and being told I could not run through any of my cycles or pregnancy. It was not my fastest marathon, but the one that I was the most appreciative of completing!

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    Nicole says:

    My dream race is to run a Disney race!

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    Andrea says:

    My favorite race just happened – I completed my first marathon (Twin Cities Marathon)! Last year I ran the 10k (which was my longest distance at the time) affiliated with the marathon and I never in a million years imaged the very next year I’d be a completing the marathon! I loved every mile and have dreams of more marathons…Chicago, New York, Big Sur or maybe I can even qualify for Boston some day! Dream Big!

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    Mary Ann says:

    I am anxiously getting ready to run my first every marathon- Philadelphia! This was my year of “stepping out of my box”… getting comfortable with the uncomfortable… making my own history!!! I can not wait to see how it feels to cross that finish line!

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    Laura says:

    I have some big running goals in the near and far future! My first half marathon is this weekend (in New Braunfels, Texas) and I am thrilled to be running it. In the near future I am also running the San Antonio Rock N Roll Half Marathon. In the far future, I have bigger half marathon goals (time-wise) but I would also love to run a full marathon. One dream race of mine is the Houston Marathon (must qualify for) and the Woodlands Marathon. Those are the next big ones I am looking into! My favorite race so far was the Texas Independence Relay. I did a 200 mile relay race over a 48 hour period! It was so much fun and tiring but it also showed me how strong I was and how much endurance I had built up. I really loved that race!

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    Alexia Haynes says:

    Kristin! This is such a wonderful, passionate post. I love it! So moving. I’m so proud of you, and you’re such an inspiration. Thank you! I think my favorite run will be the Marble Run in Jasper, Georgia. (See http://www.georgiamarblefestival.com/5krun.htm) We used to run it every year in college. I loved it because it was a fast, fast course, and I’d always get my personal best of the year, and instead of medals, they give winners gorgeous marble slabs. I loved it! My mom used to joke that if I kept it up she could retail her bathroom in the pretty Georgia marble. Ha! :) Best of luck on more amazing achievements. :) #mezamashii for the win!

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    Lindsey says:

    My favorite race was the Twin Cities Marathon this past October. It was my first race back after having twins and being put on bed rest for over 18 weeks. My next goal? Breaking a 3:15 marathon!

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    Laura says:

    TWEETED!!!!

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    Alexia Haynes says:

    Ooh – I also tweeted a link to this blog! Doubly entry, woot-woot!

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    Erin says:

    Congrats to you, that is so awesome!

    My favorite race has to be the Baystate Marathon I just ran last weekend and that is because I qualified for Boston which was a huge goal for me! There are lots of marathons I’d love to run, of course Boston tops that list and I’m now going to get a shot at it! :)

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    Erin says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway as well! @gosupermamago

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    Susan Nutter says:

    My favorite race to date was the first 5k where I actually ran the whole thing. That was a big one for me. The race I would love to do I am actually signed up for. It is a 5 mile trail run; the second of three. I attempted the first one and had to walk up a couple hills which made me mad. So I have been doing hill work and come November 9 my goal is to run the whole 5 miles, hills and all. Wish me luck! My biggest dream/goal would be to run a half marathon at some exotic local. At 53, I think I better get that run in asap!

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    Julie says:

    My favorite race is my only race so far. Lol! The Adventure Addicts Buff Betty race, this past Sunday October 20, 2013. I was nervous about racing alone, so I started with a team. Next I am running a 5k with my daughter in November(St. Judes), but just started to get the itch to sign up and race! I want to run a half marathon and possibly a marathon. I have ran a half marathon on my own but not in a race. I really love your blog, the advice, pictures, etc.

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    Shaunna says:

    I want to do the Dam to Dam in Iowa next May!

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    Emily says:

    such exciting news! I can’t wait to “be” there with you every step of the way. :)

    My favorite race so far was my longest distance (10K) and I hope to run a half marathon soon. After that, maybe a full marathon?! Eeks! I am still new(er) at running but have already fallen in love. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Erin in IA says:

    The most memorable race that I’ve run and probably the funest is the first 5K that I did. I went in completely undertrained with my friend, tripped during the race but still managed to finish. Not a time to be super proud of but at the time it was my PR. :)

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    Steff says:

    My favorite race ever was Twin Cities Marathon–where I ran with my family watching! So fun.

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    Kendra D says:

    My favorite race has been the Pink Series Half Marathon in Park City, UT. It is in October and is beautiful. My dream is to run a Disney Half at some point in my life. I’m sidelined with an IT Band “issue” but I want it be able to run until I’m at least 80!

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    kira c says:

    I signed up for the Yellowstone Half Marathon next June. Its their inaugural race and I totally cant wait. I really really really want to do the rock n roll in Dublin :)

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    Sarah H. says:

    Dallas Half has been my favorite race. My dream is to run Big Sur full marathon someday.

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    Jessica says:

    I have two dream races and I’m hoping to knock them both out next year-the marine corps marathon and the Disney marathon! I’ve run the Air Force marathon with my husband who is an officer in the Air Force and now I want to add another military marathon to my resume! MCM 2014 I’m coming for ya!

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    Shannon says:

    I’m dying to try these shoes – I’m working towards qualifying for Boston 2015 but have been sidetracked with an injury that will most likely be pushing that goal into 2014. My favorite race has to be my first 1/2 Marathon in Philadelphia in 2012.

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    steph says:

    ive only run one big race so far and it was a half marathon in dallas.
    it was the best feeling of accomplishment ever and i cant wait for the next one

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    Carrie says:

    I love the Sayonara and can not have enough pairs. I wore them this weekend for my second marathon which also happens to be my new favorite race. It was not my best (hitting the wall at mile 19) and run/walking (mostly walking) the final 5 miles, but I ran with my bestest friends and smiled the whole time. I might have sworn off marathons for awhile during it, but I am taking that back a couple days later. I would love to go sub-4 and maybe someday when I move up a couple age brackets I can BQ.

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    Sheila Gibson says:

    My favorite run is always THE ONE I JUST RAN! That happens to be the Honored Hero Run that I did with my favorite running buddies this past Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. We aren’t young or extremely fast, but we still took 1st, 2nd & 3rd place trophies. Woot! Woot!

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    Sarah H. says:

    Tweeted as well!

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    Meagan Madere says:

    My favorite race that I’ve done is the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon. It was my first half ever and the atmosphere, volunteers, course, weather, EVERYTHING was incredible. I was so impressed with how many aid stations and porta potties there were and the volunteers made it extra special. Running for all of those who had their lives taken from them in the Oklahoma City bombing was very humbling. And seeing all of the people who were actually running for the person or people they knew from the bombing was so heartwarming. Made me feel like I was really running for something.

    All the cheering/signs/dogs gave me such a boost of energy and I have to say that it was probably one of the best days of my entire life. I didn’t even run with my headphones in, although they were looped around my neck, because it was so awesome to listen to everyone and really take in what was going on around me. It’s a feeling that I want to experience over and over and over again until my legs give out and I am unable to run anymore. My dreams/goals are to run countless marathons/half marathons/5k’s/10k’s/Whatever-k’s because the feeling I get from running is absolutely irreplaceable and it’s something I hope and pray that I can experience for the majority of my life. I really would like to go back to the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and do the full! I definitely want to experience that course again and obviously many others as well!!

    And, regarding Mizuno, I’ve really noticed how much people like this brand. I am currently a Brooks person but have been questioning/thinking about Mizuno’s. I would LOVE to win a pair and test them out to see what all the fuss is about ;)

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    Shelly says:

    My favorite was my first. The Chicago marathon!

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    Nicole says:

    So many “dream races” out there…Big Sur would be one. Chicago would be another…..
    My big goal is to qualify for Boston. Gotta stay focused!! :)

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    Nicole says:

    I tweeted like a bird: @NV1019

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    Meagan says:

    My favorite race so far was the first marathon I ran in Indianapolis. Perfect weather, flat course, and my first marathon!

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    Emily says:

    My favorite race was my first half marathon in Harrisburg, PA. I’ll never forget it!

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    Melissa says:

    I’m still new to racing, but my favorite race was my first one, a 5K. I surprised myself by finishing faster than I thought I would.

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    Erin says:

    So far I’ve only run one half marathon, which was it Pittsburgh PA. I guess I’d have to say that is my favorite race because I never thought I would be able to do it and I beat by goal time by 2:00 min. It really is a great course with a ton of fans to cheer you on but those bridges are deceiving! They are much larger running over them than they are driving over them in a car! I’d love to run the race again next May, especially with these cool shoes!!

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    Stacy says:

    I have only ran a 5K so I really don’t have a favorite race…yet. My goal is to sign up for a half marathon in 2014. My goal would be to finish in under 2 hours. Well lets me realistic I would like to just finish. Finishing in those shores = bonus!!

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    Colton says:

    To start of with, I have to say that I have been marathon-ing in the Wave Musha 5 all year and have absolutely been in love with it. I’m definitely a Mizuno fan as I have trained in the Wave Elixir 7 and 8 over there past year.
    As any runner would, a Boston Qualifying time would be the gateway to one of the most iconic races around, the Boston Marathon. For acouple years now I have literally had dreams allot qualifying and later running it. this past weekend I ran the Baystate Marathon up in Massachusetts and made my time with a minute and 20 to spare (after missing my qualifying time by 43 seconds earlier this year). With that goal currently checked of, I keep another in sight. I would love to run the Western States 100. I ran my first 50 at the Vermont 50 this fall and have a couple more planned in the spring but 100 miles is still a ways off. Fingers crossed for good health and swift feet!

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    Deb E says:

    Well as long as we’re dreaming…I’ve always wanted to run a full marathon since I was a teenager, running cross country. Problem was, every time I upped my mileage, I’d get terrible stress fractures in my feet. Terrible as in crutches for weeks, so I’ve learned my lesson. A girl can dream though.

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    I’ve done a few mud races and they are so much fun!

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    My favorite race I’ve run was the Bay to Breakers 12k in San Francisco. So much fun! I have such a long list of all the races I want to do that I don’t think I’ll ever near completion!

    My big running goal is to run a BQ for my first marathon (whenever I get around to that!) I don’t know how feasible it is, but there it is :)

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    Kourtney T says:

    My favorite race was my first marathon – the Twin Cities Marathon last year. It was a perfect race course, a perfect day, and a perfect run. I reminisce about it quite often as I train for the next ones :) My biggest running goal is to keep running marathons until I die! See the world on my feet…there’s so much beauty on the run!!

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    Nikki says:

    My favourite race is the Kauai Marathon. I ran the full in 2012 and it was by far the most challenging course I’ve ever ran and the most beautiful.

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    Kristen says:

    My favorite race (so far) was the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January 2012. This was the inaugural year and I really think it was the first time that I actually FELT like I was a runner and belonged there. Many times when I head out to races, because I am most definitely NOT the fastest runner (you are super speedy compared to my fast!) I oftentimes feel like I’m kind of faking it when I get in a race corral. I worry that everyone will figure out my secret that I’m not an athlete and am just a 40-something year old, chunky runner pretending for the heck of it. So when I did the Tink I had taken my training a lot more seriously and lined up feeling like I had the goods – I had the right shoes, the right clothes, the right training, the right fuel, and was ready to go!

    But I definitely don’t plan on that race being my best for long as I am only planning on getting better and eventually doing my first marathon!

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    vivian says:

    My favorite race was a halloween 5k where everyone dressed up in costumes

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    Christine says:

    i haven’t race in a few years but I really want to do this hot chocolate 5k and they give you mugs if free hot cocoa after you finish

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    sara says:

    my favorite race was my very first one!

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    Wow, Kristin, this is such a great post! First of all, it’s so cool that the whole STUFT family is going to Disney! And even better that you’ll be running with the boys! You’re such a great role model to them and I know that will definitely pay off for their entire lives. I wish my parents had been more active and encouraged me to be more active. I also love everything you said about running and overcoming obstacles. Running might be an inconvenience to other people every now and then, but obviously it’s an incredible source of comfort for you and that is JUST as important. What’s the point of being more “available” to cook and clean if you’re completely stressed and overwhelmed because you aren’t getting in your “run therapy”?! I’m not a parent yet, but they say you have to take care of yourself first before you can take care of your children. You’re definitely doing that by scheduling time for yourself and doing what makes you feel happy and healthy (and sane)!

    My favorite race was the Disney World Half and my dream race is the NYC Marathon. I live here and love this City- it would truly be a dream to run through it with thousands of people cheering on the sidelines. Someday. I WILL do it someday.

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      Heather- thank you for such a nice comment. :) Yes, you WILL do NY someday. Maybe we can do it together. :) And you’ll have to fill me in on all the Disney business. I’m a newbie. :)

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    Liz says:

    Favorite race was 2013 Chicago Marathon because it was my first full! Good luck at MCM!!

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    I want to run the Cherry Blossom 10 miler!! Beautiful course and scenery! Plus 10 miles is a nice solid run :)

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    Lisa Branch says:

    Haven”t ran my first race yet. Still training, clocked my 10k trail run at 58 min this morning. I would love to run the street but I have an addiction to trails and not to mention I could use a pair of street shoes. My goal is to run the 10k in downtown Richmond in March. I ran 5k on street the other day, I though I was gonna die, don’t know how you do it, but I’m working on it. I love reading your blog,
    You are a true inspiration!

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    Jen W. says:

    I recently moved to Florida (from Michigan) and can’t wait to run my first Disney marathon. I’m hoping 2014 will be my year! Thanks for a great giveaway…….

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    Ann E says:

    Currently right now I would love to run either a Disney race or Chicago. I am currently in nursing school and I have to remind myself not to get too jealous of everyone running their fall races because thankfully nursing school isn’t forever :) This time next fall I hope to be signed up for another full marathon!

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    Angela says:

    I want to run the Rock N’ Sole 2014 1/2 marathon with my sister. I’m sorry, I meant to say I will run it with her;)

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    Taylor Woods says:

    I would love to run a marathon in Hawaii!!

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    Jen says:

    My dream race is the NYC marathon which I will be running next year, God willing! :-)

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    Angela says:

    And, I tweeted, too!

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    Miss Irina says:

    My favorite race to-date was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon this past April in D.C! I loved everything about it and PR’ed in a major way :)

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    Kim says:

    Sadly the biggest race I’ve run was a bust but now that I’ve had a couple of weeks to regroup I’m already planning to try again!!!

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    Stephanie says:

    My favorite race was my first ever 5k because I ran it with good friends and under unexpected conditions. My next goal is an upcoming and my very first half. I am pumped! Some new shoes would make it top notch ;-)

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    Danielle Johnson says:

    well, i have a feeling that next weekend is going to be my favorite race of all time…the NYC Marathon! omgomgomg. did i say next weekend? excuse me while i go freak out.

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    Amber H says:

    My favorite race is the Chicago Marathon that I ran this year! You can’t beat that race experience. My biggest running goal is to keep enjoying my runs and keep my clients running healthy so they can meet their goals.

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    Casey says:

    I LOVE this post! Congrats on getting to run at Disney!! This might sound silly, but my favorite race was a measly 5k, my first race. I was so nervous and kept comparing myself to everyone else I saw. I ran with my husband, and we both ended up setting PRs! It was an amazing feeling that made me keep going back for more. I am currently training for a half marathon, and my ultimate (which seems almost impossible right now) would be to run a marathon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Lydia Munoz-Clark says:

    My dream would be Boston!! However I don’t know that I’ll ever qualify. I’d also like to run the Runners world weekend run like you all did last weekend!! My best race so far is the sf Nike Women’s Marathon. ..half of course. Love your stories!!

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    My favorite race was a little 5 miler that I did last weekend for our local YMCA where I coach gymnastics. It was loads of fun to cheer on friends and the weather was great! But I’d really love to run Disney. I have been to Disneyworld 30+ times but I’ve never run an race there and I think it’s time.

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    Heather says:

    I have two favorite races; one is the 10k girls on the run in Sacramento because I was able to run with my sister which made it magical and with all the other feminine power which was super amazing. It’s also a great flat course. My other favorite race is the SLO marathon. They also have a half. I did the full, my first, and it was fun to train on the course as I live here and I felt super confident on the course while everyone else was dismayed by our hills and wind. It was also very fun to have friends and family calling my name and cheering me on throughout the course and at the finsih. My dream would be NYC or Boston….also to do a race in every state.

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    lindsay says:

    My biggest dreams are to run ultras!

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    Tracie Lampella says:

    First of all running is challenging for me, so I think my favorite and most accomplish run was the San Francisco Nike women’s half. Such an experience!

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    Christine says:

    I would have to say my favorite race was the 5k I ran with my boys this last September. We trained all summer and they really pushed themselves to get ready and were really proud of themselves on e we finished. I hope they always remember that feeling of working hard and accomplishing their goal.

    As for me, I really want to run a Disney half someday. Definitely on my bucket list.

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    Melissa says:

    I would LOOOOVE to do a disney race! And my biggest running goal is to complete the 50 miler im doing on november 29th! Ive never done anything over a marathon so im excited and terrified! Lol

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    Heather says:

    My alltime favorite race is the Carlsbad half marathon! Ran it every year the last three years but now that I have moved to the east coast I don’t think I’ll make it this year :( . My ultimate running goal would be to run the Boston marathon!

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    Angie T. says:

    My favorite race so far has been Race to Robie Creek in Boise, Idaho. My dream is somehow combine running/fitness into my day job as s registered dietitian. Good luck at your race!

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    Dulcy says:

    Right now my dream is to run the marine corp marathon next year! I will be doing my first marathon in the spring, and my plan is for themcm to be my second…then just because I ALWAYS have to have a new goal…I’ll probably be moving on to ultras….but one never knows where I’ll go…all I know is it will involve running! P.s. Really hoping to win these shoes…because I just told my husband yesterday that I really needed these specific shoes to run my marathon…

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    Stacey says:

    I am by no means a runner but today I finished 6 miles on the treadmill and felt great. I have run 2 5ks for great causes! Would love to win these shoes.

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    Blair says:

    My favorite race so far has been the Baltimore half marathon because it was my first half marathon! My running goal is to run a marathon.!!

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    malinda says:

    my favorite was my first half marathon!!! Disney Princess Half Marathon @ Disney world!!!!

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    Cathy says:

    Oh my there are a lot of comments! My favorite race has been the 2011 Disney Half where I did a personal best of 2:11. I love the Disney races because my hubby and I love anything Disney. My goal race is the Goofy In Disney World. That’s a lot of running so I’d need to prepare ALOT! Good luck on your races…all of them. I’ll be in WDW the weekend before for work so I’ll be checking out all the eats at the Food & Wine festival in Epcot.

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    Amanda S. says:

    My favorite run was the “Run for the Whales” half marathon on Maui in 2010. My current running goal is to complete the Zooma Women’s Half Marathon in Florida on January 18th and feel good afterwards! As a type 1 diabetic and mom of two little ones, I need to run for my own health and sanity! Lol. I recently moved from Hawaii to Georgia and am still leery about running outside (snakes, alligators….), so I have been training on my treadmill. Definitely NOT my preferred place to run, but it’s better than not running!

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    Pam says:

    Oh, Disney sounds amazing. Congrats. Not sure that it was my favorite, but my proudest race was my first and only half marathon that I did in may.

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    Kristen T says:

    I am running my favorite race tomorrow, it is the Door County Fall 50. I am running this race as part of a relay team with 4 other speedy ladies and I am looking forward to a day of running and handing out with friends. My dream is to run Big Sur marathon with my dad in the next few years.
    Good luck this weekend!

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    Nicole says:

    Running Disney would be so wonderful! My dreams are small right now – try to run a half in the spring. It would be my first! Good luck in DC – you’re in my little area of the world! :)

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    Sam says:

    My favorite race so far was my first marathon I just ran a few weeks ago, PDX 2013! I ran with my 2 BFFs and we all finished with smiles on our faces, which was kind of unexpected but amazing. Loved it!

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    Sarah says:

    To be honest I have never run a race before, but my aunt is a major runner and she wants me to do the disney marathon with her next year! And guess what?!?! I’m going to do it!!!!! :) Better start training now!

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    Andrea s says:

    I am running the 2014 dopey challenge and so excited. I was suppose to run it last year but due to a knee injury had to defer to 2014. I have been traing carefully and this year I am going to run my dream race , with mizuno’s on my feet!!!!!

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    Nicole Dasilva says:

    My favorite race so far was the 2013 RnR San Diego Half… my running dream is to complete a marathon… working on it :)

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    Michelle Giese says:

    I love Mizuno, too! My favorite race was the Kauai Marathon, and Runner’s World was there. I got to meet Bart Yasso, and do a shakeout run with the Runner’s World crew, so your posts bring back those memories for me. The Kauai Marathon course was absolutely beautiful, and the locals got out there to support us. There were hula dancers, ukelele players, people passing out fruit from their trees, and best of all, a few rainbows. The race started with a prayer in Hawaiian and tiki torches lining the start.

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    Bryanna says:

    I would love to run a race in Alaska, and a Disney race. My next race is Vegas in a few weeks and I couldn’t be more excited!! It’s my first half :)

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    Jenny says:

    I would love to run the Maui Marathon. That is where my husband and I got married. It is SO pretty and peaceful.

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    Jo Anna says:

    That is a beautiful pink shoe!

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    kimberly says:

    SF will be my favorite because it was my first full marathon! LA is right behind it though because there was lots of crowd support and I did it with a great running friend. Biggest dream for running – to keep running til i’m 90-something!

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    Dana m says:

    I want my 10th marathon to be London!

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    kolya says:

    Heck I’m not a racing gal but I walk marathons (jog a bit too during it) but darn I would love to do the MCM or the marine corps ten miler since it’s in my hometown (:

    So envious of your being able to do all this….lots of luck this weekend. IT’s going to be gorgeous around here too (:

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    kolya says:

    Hey I tweeted…

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    Erin O says:

    I think my favorite race is the Prospect Park Track Club’s 5mi Turkey Trot. After so many competitive races, it’s fun to just fun with the neighborhood on Thanksgiving.

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    Kristen M. says:

    My favorite run was the Eugene Marathon half last April. The reason is that it was a daddy/daughter run. My dad ran the full and I ran the half, but he ran with me until the course split at around the 10 mile point. He lives in MI and I live in CA so it was truly a special way to spend time together. Running is his love language and one that is rubbing off on me. :)

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    Janelle says:

    Thank you for this giveaway!! My favorite race so far is the Almond Bowl half marathon here in Chico, California! I ran it last year with some good friends & running it again next wkend! Some running dreams would be running in the Maui Marathon, the Disneyworld Marathon, & one in Australia someday! I’m so grateful to be able to run & have this passion for it! Have fun this weekend in your race!

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    Amy says:

    My favorite run is the Snow Canyon Half Marathon in UT. Ran it for the first time last year and will run it again next weekend! I LOVE Mizuno!!

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    Keri says:

    My running goals include breaking 1:20 in the half and running a marathon in under 3 hrs!

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    Crystal says:

    USAT age group national championships.

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    donna says:

    My favorite race was CIM Marathon…..15 years ago!! Crazy.

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    Diana says:

    My biggest running dream is doing a half marathon, and I’ll be doing it at the Wine & Dine half in two short weeks! (Hope I see you there!) I still can’t beeline that the girl that could barely do a 5k las t year did a 10k last week and will do a half marathon so soon!

    Btw, you’re gonna have a blast at Disney World, especially with the boys. Get your costume ready for the run!

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    Ruth says:

    My favorite race is the Bix 7 in Davenport Iowa but my favorite marathon is of course, the Boston Marathon. All the fans are what make both of these races so wonderful! I have never run or bought a pair of Mizunos but I would LOVE to try those cute hot pink ones soon!!!

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    Carri Arrieta says:

    My favorite race was the OC Marathon in May. Not the most scenic race, but as an “older” (47 next week) runner I know my chances of winning more than my AG or Masters division are slim to none…But to see the look of excitement on my young daughter’s face when I finished 3rd overall female was priceless. My bucket list races are Marine Corps Marathon (to honor my son), Boston, and Catalina. I’ve already reached my goals…I’ve passed my love of running onto 3 of kids, who are top runners for the high school cross country team

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    Carri Arrieta says:

    i tweeted the giveaway (frazledmom5runs)

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    Jeffrey says:

    My favorite race was the local New Year’s Eve Midnight 5K this past year. I ran it with my two boys, 6 and 9 at the time (the 9 year old ran ahead of us). It was a great time, the race starts at 11:45 and you run through the New Year, unless your really, really fast!

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    Brooke says:

    A race I’d love to run is a marathon. ANY marathon. I just started my journey into racing, I’ve always just been a 3-4 mile runner. I finished my first half marathon last week, the Kansas City Marathon and it was such a rush! SO my goal is defiantly to run a full marathon, and to continue working on my blog. I just started it, and just got into the world of blogging and so far I love it! Thank you for this opportunity!

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    Brooke says:

    I tweeted this entry! (@BrookiferEllen) THANK YOU.

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    Emily says:

    Reall, really really want to run the Disney Princess Half!!

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    Chelsea says:

    I would love to run the Paris Marathon and the Disney Princess Half!

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    Jamie says:

    I love the Green Strides half marathon. Th crowd s great along the course and one day I will break 2 hours there. A Disney marathon is also on my bucket list as well.

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    I tweeted about this awesome giveaway! Thank you and GOOD LUCK and safe travels! XOXO

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    My favorite race was the La Jolla half marathon! It was my first 1/2 and my favorite, because I was so nervous, I had no idea what to expect, and you cannot beat that view. Gosh that feels like so long ago…oh wait it was. HAHA!

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    Jen A. says:

    My favorite race I have ever run was the Smuttynose Half Marathon in Hampton Beach, NH this year because if was my first half marathon! I really, really want to do the Princess Half Marathon in Disney too or any of the Disney races! MY biggest running goal is just to keep running. I am a special education teacher who loves her job and I find it so hard to find the time to hit the pavement!

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    Suzie says:

    The first 5k I ever did with my daughter. She ran the whole thing at 5 years old she amazed me!

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    i’ve only ran a 5K before and really want to run something longer. i use to live by chicago and have always wanted to run a marathon there because i LOVE the scenery.

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    Sheena says:

    I tweeted from @sheenabean13 :)

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    Sheena says:

    My favorite half is actually my PR half from April. I wasn’t really trained and it was in San Francisco (inaugural rock n roll SF). Because of those two things I knew I just wanted to make it a good one: enjoy the scenery and just run what felt good. I did that, stopped to take pics, took pics of others, rarely looked at my garmin, slowed down when I needed to and sped up when I felt good. I took in all my surroundings and just really loved the race – and surprising enough to me, I somehow still PR’d!

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    tam says:

    I ran Portland Marathon a few weeks ago and it’s my new favorite–a gorgeous day, all my family there and a PR! Bliss…

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    Robin says:

    My favorite race was my first half in New Orleans because it was something I never thought I could do.

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    Hayley says:

    My favorite race so far is the first half marathon I did this summer! I got first place for the women! when I am out of college cross country I really want to run marathons!

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    Claire says:

    It is hard to choose between the Columbus Marathon 2010 where I qualified for Boston or the Boston Marathon 2012. The Columbus Marathon was so awesome – well organized, great course, great pacers, exciting start and finish. The whole Boston experience was amazing. The actual running of the race was a nightmare (it the super hot year!), but everything else was awesome. Love Boston!

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    Beth says:

    Chicago marathon

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    Lindsay says:

    RnR Arizona 2011! My first “race”. My slowest, my most painful….but the one that left me feeling a huge sense of accomplishment, pride and get under my skin to keep on running!

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    Allyssa says:

    My favorite race so far has been the Rock N Roll St.Pete half marathon. Not only because it holds my PR, but because I made so many fun memories along the way being paced by two good friends. It’s also a great course and had good music.

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    Allyssa says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway! @MomE2MathU

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    Alyssa says:

    I’ve been wearing Mizunos (the waveriders) for the past 6 years and never plan to wear any other running shoe :) My favorite/most memorable race was winning my conference 2 mile championship race during my senior year of high school. I went on to run competitively at the Division 1 level during my undergraduate years, but I will never forget the joy and excitement as I crossed the finish line. I had been battling an eating disorder for several years prior to that, and this was the first season that I was deemed ‘healthy’ enough to be able to train and compete. My love for running was something that helped me overcome my own struggles with anorexia and low self-esteem because running became something for me that I was truly confident in and something that made me happy. For me, crossing the finish line signified the beginning of the next chapter in my life; a life without my eating disorder, and for this reason, I will never ever forget that feeling and that day.

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    Gerard says:

    I would love to run the cross country course at Mt. SAC, where my daughter competed numberous times.

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    Melissa O says:

    My fav race was the 2007 Chicago Half Marathon. I trained well + great weather + great company = an unforgettable day. The kind of day u comp all half’s to.
    I’d really like to run Grandmas Marathon in June.

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    Missy says:

    My favorite race is in my small home town. It’s a 5k and it’s coming up!

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    Shawndreka says:

    I would love to do a Disney race. The combination of the “happiest place in the world”, family atmosphere and my rekindled love of running would just be an incredible memory and experience!

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    Randyll says:

    My favorite race so far is the rock n roll half marathon in providence Rhode Island. My goal is to someday run boston marathon!

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    Rori says:

    My favorite race was my first half the Lewis and Clark half in Bozeman Montana. I would love to run it again it the full this time!

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    Dan says:

    I don’t have a specific race in mind, but I am looking forward to “the race” when I beat my coach. That will be something!
    BTW, I feel like I’m in a room full of women. Kinda uncomfortable. We all like to run though!

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    Amy Skelton says:

    I have only run one race! I trained for 8 weeks and ran the Leavenworth, WA Octoberfest half marathon. It is what made me fall in love with running!!

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    Kristen says:

    My running dream is for my Girlie (she’s 7 now and just ran her school’s 5k) and I to go on those long chatty runs you have with friends. I know these are a few years off, but I dream they’ll happen.

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    Libby says:

    My favorite race was the Chicago Marathon. I ran in honor of my brother who had recently overcome cancer. I began running when he first got sick, so this race was in a way a full circle.

    My running dream is to consistently move on to ultras in the near future!

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    Rebekah says:

    I’m really trying to get into running and would love to do the Disney World Half-Marathon. My family loves Disney and I think that would be a great race.

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    Sandy says:

    My biggest running goal is to run the Boston Marathon!

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    Sandy says:

    I also tweeted about your amazing giveaway!! I love Mizuno and I have been wanting to try the Sayonaras!

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    Erica says:

    My favorite marathon so far has been this year’s Chicago Marathon! I have a goal of running all 6 world marathon majors (I have two down so far: Boston & Chicago).

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    Jovan B. says:

    My favorite race I’ve ever run is the Air Force Marathon and my biggest dream would be to run the Boston Marathon.

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    Mandy S. says:

    My favorite run has probably been the Rock and Roll Dallas where I had my half marathon PR!! My running partner got sick the day of the race and wasn’t able to run with me, but I was able to PR even without her!
    My dream run is either the Disney half or the Maui marathon. Both are on my bucket list :)

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    Gabrielle says:

    The Chicago Marathon!

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    Gabrielle says:

    I just tweeted too!

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    Anita says:

    I recently found your blog through Twitter and love it! I wish this give-away was open to us Canadian’s because I love, Love, LOVE my Mizuno’s. My favorite race so far has been the Canada Army Run and I did it in my Mizuno’s. I have Sydney’s Running Festival full marathon on my bucket list for 2015 and will do it in my Mizuno’s too!

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    Shannon says:

    I desperately want to run the Disney Princess Half!!! It’s been a dream of mine for a while. :)

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    Lacey says:

    My favorite race I have ever ran has been the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure in the Fall of 2011. It was my 1st year away at college and I was experiencing terrible homesickness. My mom is my best friend/rock/#1 fan and it was really hard for me to adjust to daily life without her. As I was running that race on a chilly morning in Dallas, a runner passed me and the back of her shirt read “I am running for my mom.” I, no joke, starting crying while running as chills spread down my body. In that moment I realized how blessed I am to even have a mother that is alive and healthy. I held that thought with me for the rest of the race and had probably the biggest grin when I crossed the finish line. That experience has stuck with me ever since and has made me utterly grateful whenever I get to spend time with my mother. :)

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    Sarah says:

    My favorite race was the NYC Half marathon in March 2011. It was so awesome to run and see everything. Central Park and Broadway were so cool. There was music EVERYWHERE! I was so overwhelmed by everything that I didn’t take any pictures the entire run. I hope to run the Disney Half someday. Not sure I will ever do a marathon.

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    Michelle Kim says:

    Favorite race is the San Jose RNR Half. It was my first half marathon, and I’ve run it 5 times, PR-ing every year so far :)
    AWESOME GIVEAWAY, OMG.

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    Julie says:

    I would love to do the NYC Full marathon. But, I have the Disney half to look forward to! Love the giveaway~

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    Kristin says:

    My favorite race so far has been the rock n roll las Vegas half. It was amazing to run the strip at night! My new goal is to run a second full marathon with my sister and finish under my goal time of 4:30. There are so many other race that I would like to do, but I will have to do the disney world half!

    I also tweeted about this amazing giveaway! I would love to rock my next race in those shoes :-)

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    Tara says:

    Favorite race ever? WDW Half last January. SO. MUCH. FUN. I ran a huge PR and the entire race was a Mezamashii moment. Loved.

    How fun for your family to travel to Disney! My husband and I are heading out for the W&D and our anniversary, so I’ll keep an eye out for you and say hi…I like to meet famous people. :)

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    Vikki says:

    I’d love to find a way to run the Athens Marathon someday. My family lives in Greece two hours south of Athens and I think my heritage coupled with the historic course would be amazing!

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    Stephanie says:

    I love the Rock n Roll races.

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    Melissa says:

    I am a new runner and my favorite race has to be the Divas half marathon because it was my first half marathon and the feeling of finishing I will never every forget!

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    Carson says:

    I just really want to run a marathon. ANY marathon. With a few halts under my belt, I keep struggling with the extra time to train for a full without neglecting other aspects of my life. Being able to train for one (without injury) and complete it would be a running dream.

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    Carson says:

    I tweeted. (@runningsouthern)

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    Michelle says:

    My favorite race so far was a teeny, tiny 10K here in town because it was the first 10k my mom ever attempted and she was able to run the whole distance. Plus, because it was such a small race no one minded me looping back along the course after I crossed the finish line to find my mom and cheer her on for her last mile. I really want to attempt a full marathon in 2014 and I also think it would be really fun to run any of the Disney 1/2 marathons.

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    Colleen says:

    My fave race is the Chicago Marathon! Chi is my FAVO city and the fans are INCREDIBLE! Plus, Chicago is where I ran my first marathon! I would love to run MCM or an international marathon preferably London or Rome!

    So HAPPY for you and the Stuft family trip to DISNEY!! YAHOOO! Good things happen to good people!

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    Alissa A says:

    I ran the Twin Cities Marathon. Beautiful!

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    The Boston Marathon has been my favorite marathon I’ve run. I lucked out with a beautiful day and PR’d by 8 min and requalified there!

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    angela says:

    I’m running my first marathon in 3 weeks, so I’m really looking forward to that one. I hope I survive!

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    Maria L says:

    I just ran my first half marathon earlier this month – the inaugural Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Cleveland, OH. What a rush!!! I enjoyed it so much that I am starting to think about doing another in a few months, maybe the Rock ‘n Roll USA in DC.

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    Stefanie P says:

    My favorite race I’ve run so far is the Color Run 5K I just ran with my 4 year old. Shes been my training buddy in a stroller since she was an infant, but now that she’s older she wants to run and race with mommy too. So I signed us up for the color run and it was amazing! To be able to see the joy on her face was priceless. Watching my little girl smile and jog beside me is a memory I will always cherish. I learned to love running by tagging along with my daddy on his daily jogs and I am excited she’s following in our footsteps.

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    Tagnia Clark says:

    I am running my first half in less than a month in Galveston wearing my pink Mizuno Wave Elixir 8. I am hoping that will be my favorite!!!

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    Danielle says:

    I’ve run a few half-marathons and am dreaming of taking the plunge and running a full marathon one day!

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    Gretchen says:

    I’m new to running! I’ll be running the RNR Las Vegas Half in 3 weeks! From there, who knows?

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    Gretchen says:

    I’m new to running. My first half will be the RNR Las Vegas in just 3 weeks! My goal is to finish… :)

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    Kristin P. says:

    I have only done a few 5k races but am doing the “bridge run” in Charleston in April. I love my Mizuno’s and those Wave Sayonara look amazing!

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    Laurel C says:

    Man, I’ve run so many awesome races, it’s hard to say which one is my favorite because they’re all special in their own way. My bigger goals are to run a sub-1:30 half (pr is 1:31) and a 3:15-3:20 full. I just did Nike Women’s Half last weekend, and I loved it as usual! I actually passed you and SkinnyRunner last year along the course :) I also did Tinkerbell Half in January that was fun of course, but it wasn’t with my Fleet Feet Racing Team so I didn’t have all my people there!

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    Christine says:

    My favorite race was the rock n roll chicago half marathon–awesome course and support! My dream race would be the Chicago half marathon in 2015–I want to run it with my hubby to celebrate 7 years of marriage and my 30th birthday :) .

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    I’m SO excited for you, and 100% sure that you DO deserve this. You work so hard and are an inspiration to so many (like me!). Your family will LOVE Disney World – and the races are the best! My favorite race is tied between the Disney Marathon (my first) and the Allstate Dallas 13.1 (which has been my PR multiple times, including yesterday, and is such an amazing course!)

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    My favorite race I ever ran was my first. To feel the training come together and carry me through the finish line felt awesome!

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    Amy says:

    My favorite race was the San Jose Rock n’ Roll half marathon…but that’s because it was my first and only race. Best. Time. Ever. I had so much fun that I signed up for my next half the day after. I will be running my second race in November!

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    elizabeth says:

    Favorite race is Big Sur. So hard but so gorgeous!!

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    Danielle says:

    As a daughter and sister of Former/ retired Marines I’d love to run the Marine Corps Marathon as my way of
    Saying thank you to my father and brothers for their years of service! Semper Fi! Congrats to you Stuftmama on your run!

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    Jen Ressler says:

    My favorite race was my first half Erie PA Half Marathon 2012

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    Jen Ressler says:

    I tweeted

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    I loved the Pittsburgh Half!!

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    My fave race was the Carmel marathon, my first marathon. My next goal is to run a 100 mile ultra!

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    Lexa says:

    I would love to do any of the disney races. That is my goal for next year is to get to at least one.

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    becca says:

    AHHHHH — best race i have run so far, ragnar relay dc because of the amazing friends that came with me! race i want to run so bad it hurts: MCM (i was signed up this year, it was going to be my first marathon, but had foot surgery in july, knocking me out of the running) — plan to try and run in 2015.

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    Christian says:

    I tweeted as well! :

    https://twitter.com/casmittie/status/394829612280066050

    My profile is private so I’m not sure how that affects anything . . .I’ve already commented on the post :) Hope you had a wonderful time at the MCM!

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    Jasmine A. says:

    my biggest running goal at the moment is to actually finish training for a half marathon and do one!!

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    Courtney F. says:

    My dream race is either the Disney Half or full marathon. A few years ago I was training for the Disney marathon, but hurt my knee on a 1/2 marathon I raced on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I have been struggling with knee issues since that day. I’m still in PT for it and might agree to surgery. I’m hoping to fully recover and run the race I set out to run a few years ago!

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    Amy says:

    I don’t have a favorite race yet, I am running my first 10K this weekend and have signed up for the Yellowstone Half Marathon next year. I hope to run my first marathon next year as well!

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    Tracey says:

    Favorite race so far would have to be the Crater Lake Rim Run….aside from being an absolutely beautiful course, I ran it with a huge group of friends and we had a blast. Granted we definitely didn’t “race” it, but it was still a tough run that was a lot of fun!

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    Leigh S. says:

    I’m not sure I have a favorite race I’ve done, but a few ‘dream’ races that might be fun are the Bolder Boulder 10K (saw it on TV once) or maybe an international half-marathon (I just don’t think I could manage a marathon), if there are any, around the Berlin or Stockholm marathons or something else in a Scandinavian country where we could fit in a family vacation. Thanks!

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    Kristen E says:

    Favorite race I’ve ever done is definitely Tough Mudder this past summer. No times, just struggling through obstacles and bonding with fellow Mudders. It was awesome. And cool giveaway, thanks for hosting! :)

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    Emily says:

    I saw the MCM runners yesterday! I would love to do that race someday!

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    catie says:

    my favorite race EVER was just a few weeks ago when i finished my very first full. there was nothing like crossing that finish line and thinking, “dang, i really just did that. like, ran a whole marathon.”

    and it was awesome.

    the end!

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    catie says:

    i just tweeted! (@catie_joy)

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    Abigail says:

    I just finished my first ever marathon, MARINE CORPS!!!! I spent 9-years in the Marines so it was only fitting that it be my first marathon. I haven’t quite processed the experience yet. I finished just under 5:30, sporting my Wave Rider 16′s. Mizuno is the only shoe that works for me.
    Hope you had a great MCM!!!

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    Katie M says:

    This year’s Milwaukee Marathon is my fav race yet. It was a great course with fantastic crowd support and awesome weather. Plus, my Dad was also running the race (and I beat him for the first time ever!).

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    Tracy says:

    I would love to run the Las Vegas Rock n Roll Marathon or any of the Disney marathons – preferably the Wine & Dine – sounds awesome! Actually just booked our annual trip to Disney – can’t wait!

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    Sarah says:

    I just had my first kid I had a lot of big dreams for running for the year before we found out I was pregnant. I completed one: run a half. I was only ten weeks at the time and made my goal but know I could do so much better. I want my son to see us pursuing dreams and to know hard work. I want to beat my time in this next year. Running gives me something to push for that’s why I love it so much

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    Krystle says:

    You are my hero! I’ve been dying for these shoes! The best race I have ever run is The Iowa Dam to Dam 20k! I hope to run a full marathon one day

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    Meredith says:

    Oh! I want them!! My dream race/most amazing race was the Chicago Marathon 2012. It was my PR marathon & the best race & city ever!

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    I want to do a Disney Marathon more than anything. That is why I started running. However with all of the things in my life lately it is not financially right. It will happen one day though and I could really use a new pair of running shoes. :)

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    Jillian says:

    Favorite race so far……I really enjoyed the Nike half in SF….such good energy on the course. My goal is to run a full one day (or maybe more than one…?). MCM looks fabulous….maybe I’ll think about it. :)

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    Cindy says:

    My favorite race to date has been the Angels half marathon, because it was a small but well run race with a kids run in addition to the half – the family got to come out and play as well. My dream race is completing a marathon (any marathon!) – working full time with a set of twins (slightly older than yours) makes getting the mileage difference in between a half and a full difficult, but I’m trying to get it done!

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    Hyla says:

    I really loved the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon I ran in September. I’d like to run all of Destination Races wine country runs in the future!

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    Meredith Weisel says:

    First I am grateful for any race I am able to run. I’ve been sidelined before from injuries & therefore I know too that any run I have is a blessing! And I couldn’t do it without my mizuno shoes too, they are the absolute best. I recently ran the army ten miler, which was a similar experience to running Marine Corp marathon last year. Just knowing what those men & women do every day & see wounded warriors out there is an incredible experience. And to know that I can go out there & do something I love like running to help support them, well count me in! I’m hoping to do MCM again in 2015 for it’s 40th anniversary & my 40th bday year too. Hope you enjoyed MCM, from looks of it, it sounds like you did! And my pie in the sky dream is to one day quality for boston too! You just never know!

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    Alanna Shea says:

    My favorite race so far was actually two races – this May I completed the “Nut Job” challenge at the Frederick Running Festival. Twilight 5K followed by a half marathon Sunday morning. I had been injured and unable to train properly for 5 months leading up to the races, so I was extremely nervous, but my dad (a long-time runner who finally convinced me to join the dark side!) paced me through the 5K. On Sunday, I PRed in the half by nine minutes! (Dad did too, though not by that much!) It was a fantastic race that I’d love to run again. Next up on my bucket list is the Nike Women’s – either DC or San Fran would be fine by me, but I can’t resist that little blue Tiffany’s box!

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    Alanna Shea says:

    Also, tweeted too! @alannajshea I love my Wave Riders and have heard great things about the Sayanora as a compliment to them, so thank you for this giveaway :)

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    My favorite race is the NYC Marathon! It’s such a party I barely noticed I had been running for so long!

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    Kelsey M. says:

    I would LOVE to run a half marathon. The longest race I’ve ever run was a 10k!

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    Rakel Eva says:

    The best race I have ran is the Reyjavik marathon ( in Iceland) where I PR’d my half marathon with my mother by my side. Perfect day. My dream will hopefully come true in April 2014 when I will run the Boston marathon with my mother and father. But the best part is that I will know that my husband and my two year old son will be waiting for me at the finish line! I am so greatful to be able to go out every day and run and also to be able to run with my family is a privileges!!

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    Tommy says:

    I’ve only run one race and that was a 5k a year ago. I have been running consistently since then just haven’t entered any races. I will probably run a couple of local 5 and 10k’s that are coming up but really want to take a shot at a marathon early next year.

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    kristen says:

    I don’t run that many races, but this year my favorite this year was the Half Moon Bay International Half Marathon…

    I’ve learned that I prefer the smaller races over the biggies.

    My goal is to break a 1:45 half, which I’ve sort of done (the course was officially deemed 0.4 miles longer than 13.1…)

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    Amy b says:

    My favorite would have to be the Goofy challenge. MCM would be second though!

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    Katelin Eckert says:

    I have done the Indy 500 half and really want to do the Chicago Marathon. Hopeful!

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    Amy Steele says:

    My favorite was the Nike Women’s Full! Such a fun race. Thanks for the great blog!

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    Marcia says:

    Favorite race: hands down, Hospital Hill half mary in Kansas City, MO. My most challenging and rewarding race, to date. holy moley those hills…

    Running goals: (Current) to run a 2:00 half – (stretch) to run a 1:45 half. And, to run a full :)

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    Marcia says:

    I tweeted too :)

    @marciaelise

    P.S. CONGRATS on Disney chica!!!!!

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    Ashlei S says:

    This past year is when I started racing the most and I don’t think I could choose just one race. Each race I’ve improved my time for the distance in the 5k and 10ks. I completed my first half marathon with a time I didn’t expect to finish in. I also just completed the Chicago marathon, my first, as well. It’s been a great year of races and I have no intentions of slowing down! Next year goal is a triathlon. One day I’d love to do a 50 miler. You’ve done amazing in your races! You’re faster than me even after being injured! You’re awesome! Thanks for a chance at a giveaway.

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    tara says:

    I really want to run Boston…. came so close but I got injured – a nasty stress fracture! I know I can qualify if I can only stay healthy!

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    Kerri says:

    Rock and Roll Dublin was so much fun, but I really want to run my first full this Feb!

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    Rita Chu Ly says:

    Would love to train to run any marathon (any- in socal). Would need to conqueror a 10k then a half first. Running newb here!

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    Leah says:

    My favorite race this fall was the Bourbon Chase in Kentucky! It is a 200 mile relay that runs through all of the bourbon distilleries in Central Kentucky!

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    amanda says:

    Favorite race…. definitely the eugene marathon. WIth all the running history there it made my trip and race one that probably can never be beat.

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    Kelsey says:

    Favorite race… I loved how easy, pretty, and flat the Seaside Half Marathon was! Not to mention the Vera Bradley bag we received. I’d love to run the wine race that Skinny Runner just ran and I’m dying to do a Ragnar!

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    Lauren says:

    My favorite race so far was the DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler! It was so fun and a beautiful time of year. However I will be running my first marathon in Nov and I’m so excited!! I have a feeling this will be my new favorite race :) My next running goal is to run 2 marathons in 2014. I’d love to qualify for Boston someday!

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    Stephanie Rogers says:

    My dream is to run an ultra, any ultra to start. My favorite race was the Delaware Half Marathon because it was the first longer race my family (husband, kids, parents) were able to attend and greet me at the finish! I am running Philly Marathon in a few weeks and I’m super psyched. Would love to try out a pair of Mizunos! I’ve always been an Asics or Brooks girl.

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    Gordon Mikula says:

    Favorite race: the Falmouth Road Race held in Falmouth, MA. A little over 7 miles of some of the most scenic / gorgeous landscape anywhere in the US? Huge enthusiastic crowds line the entire course as you run by spectacular ocean views, past a lighthouse right out of a picture postcard and finally spot the finish line as you crest the largest hill on the course. What awaits is an awesome finish beneath the largest American flag You’ll ever see. Truly the most memorable run I’ve ever done.

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    Jessica Jones says:

    My favorite race I have ever ran was my first full marathon at the NWM in 2012. It wasn’t a race that I was running for time, I just wanted to do it for myself and in memory of my friends daughter. I had been battaling a stomach bacteria for 2 years and had just been treated with stong medication the month before. I was scared of how my stomach would feel but I did it anyways. I loved that I saw my husband at a few points throughout the race he was such a trooper being out there. There was a lady at mile 20 I think, with tortilla chips who made my day! I saw you lol for the first time flying towards the finish line while I still had to go around a lake:p lol. I never once stopped, I never walked I surprisingly felt amazing! Best race memory to date! I hope I win!!:)

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    Molly m says:

    It’s a toss up between seawheeze 1/2 marathon in Vancouver bc and rnr San Francisco. Both had such beautiful courses.

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    Martina says:

    Thanks for sharing your DC experience! I really want to run Frankfurt next year. I volunteered there last weekend and it seemed like everybody was having a blast. So I guess running one of the fastest European marathons in these flashy Wave Sayonaras would be really sweet :-) I also tweeted about the giveaway @MartinaBail!

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    Michelle Overby says:

    I started running a little over two years ago and completed my first half marathon this fall. It was one of the “Diva” runs outside of DC. Beautiful weather and lovely rolling hills. Running with my mom and sister in the same race also made it a great weekend! :)

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    Nicole C. says:

    My favorite marathon so far has been Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, MI. It is a nice, flat course that takes you to the end on a peninsula in Lake Michigan and Back. It’s an out and back course so no chance of getting lost. The crowd support and excitement of the Boston Marathon was pretty amazing as well!

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    Katie Hughes says:

    Have fun! I have decided that Disney will be my first marathon. I’ve also seen that there is a half marathon at the Grand Canyon. That one is definitely on my race bucket list!!

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    Jessica says:

    the Chicago Marathon, it was my first and by far the best experience ever!

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    Wendy says:

    My favorite race was the world’s best 10k in PR and i hope some day I can run a half marathon in Disney ;)

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    I’d love to do an IM someday! Dream big, right? :)

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    Miranda Kibler-Simon says:

    I’m really looking forward to the Finger Lakes Wine half-marathon – my mom and I are doing it next fall to celebrate my 30th birthday and her 55th birthday! We just did our first half last month and it was so fun to train together :)

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    Monica says:

    NYC half. So much spirit. Nice course. Lovely time of year :)

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    Lisa Branch says:

    Well, I take back my original comment, my goal was to run a 10k in Richmond Va in March, come to find out there is a marathon in 2 weeks and they have a 8k I think I can run. I hit the streets after reading many articles trying to figure out what I was doing wrong and finally can say I actually enjoy running on the road. After running trails for so long my pace seemed to be the problem. But I think I got it in the bag. I will be running the HSA 8K in 2 weeks, and hopefully be back next year to do the half. Thanks for all the inspiration, enjoy reading your blog.

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    Jill garrison says:

    Chicago 2012 was my all time favorite race, all the stars were aligned! The temps, the crowds, my mental state thru miles 21-26.2 :) I PRd & had the best time ever……I love your blog, & everything you are doing would be my total dream job! Thank you for sharing everything with us on here, I enjoy ALL of it!

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    lacey says:

    I really haven’t ran in any races that count, but I just signed up for a Holiday Half marathon in Portland. I can’t wait. Started training this week. Thank you for the giveaway

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    Erin says:

    My dream race is the nycm! Either that or the Nike Women’s marathon!

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    Jessica says:

    My favorite race so far has been the Seneca 7. It’s a relay race around Seneca Lake in NY. I’d really like to do a Run Disney race.

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    Melanie says:

    I want to qualify/run Boston with every single ounce of my being!!!

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    Hilary says:

    Favorite race was the WhistleStop Marathon where I qualified for BOSTON!! can’t wait to run Boston in 2015!

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