Blue Ridge Marathon Entry Winner

FLICorpLogo_4CBefore I announce the winner, I wanted to say how much I loved reading what you are thankful for. There are definitely inspiring stories of runners and I always love to read them. Whether you won or not, I hope you continue to strive for challenges and beat the odds. I used to select a winner.

Congratulations Jacy! I hope you enjoy running the race with your husband. I’ll get you in touch with Pete for the entry code.
Winner BRM

Oh and guess what? Jacy is also giving away an entry. I swear I did select her at random. I just happened to see that on her blog. So hop on over to her blog before Saturday and you’ll get another chance to enter the race.

Of course you can also register on the website of the Blue Ridge Marathon, don’t forget that the rates go up at the end of the year.



Being Thankful: Blue Ridge Marathon Entry Giveway

I can’t tell you how Thankful I am for running. I mean, I could try. It will be Thanksgiving in two days and I have so much to be thankful for. A wonderful husband who is by my side everyday, makes me laugh and takes incredibly good care of me. The full support of my family, a good workplace with amazing co-workers. A healthy pregnancy with a Lil’Pumpkin reminding me everyday how lucky I am with every single kick. Not everyone who wishes to have children can. It is my most precious gift this year, something I can’t stop being thankful for. On top of it, I can still run. I’m six months pregnant and still enjoying lacing my running shoes. Running has done so much for me in the last few years. I gained confidence and not only in my physical abilities. I met people. Running is my strength, it’s my balance, it saves my sanity every day and allows me to deal with stress. Running is my joy. It allows me to stay healthy.

I’m thankful that I got to run a marathon before getting pregnant. I know I will draw strength from it in a few months, when labor comes. I know I can be a tough cookie because I ran one of American’s toughest road marathons.

As promised, I want to share that joy, the reward to finish something people don’t think one can do, the 26.2 miles that most people will never attempt. This week I say thank you to running by offering you a chance to run the Blue Ridge Marathon.

When: April 20, 2013

Where: Roanoke, VA. The race will begin in downtown Roanoke, take you up to Roanoke Mountain by way of the Blue Ridge Parkway (and some amazing view spots), then up to the Star on top of Mill Mountain, down down down to Roanoke again for a last and mentally tough climb in South Roanoke, then along the Greenway to finish by the railroad track.

What: 26.2, 13.1 miles or a relay, including  7,234’ of elevation change for the marathon runners.

Whom: Half-marathoner, marathoner, Relay runners, double marathoner… A bunch of amazing people. Seriously take the time to talk with the runners besides you, you will be in awe. Yes you do have to be just a little crazy enough to attempt this but believe me, you can do it. The volunteers along the way are amazing and the people in South Roanoke will bring a smile to your lips and feed you goodies too.

How: to win an entry:

  • Mandatory: Comment below telling me what you are thankful for and why you want to run this race.
  • For additional entries: share this giveaway ( on your blog, facebook or twitter (I Want to #runBlueRidge from @Frenchyncarolin@brm26pt2) and comment below to tell me you did so.
  • Become a follower on my blog and leave me a comment

Contest will end on Friday 30th at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced shortly after (yes you’ll have enough time to train).

Disclaimer: I was provided a free Blue Ridge Marathon race entry and one free entry to give away.  The winner of the race entry is responsible for travel and lodging expenses.

Running one of the World’s Toughest Marathons

 There is something incredibly rewarding in finishing your first marathon. All the months of training, sweat, pain, commitment come to fruition in that moment. It’s hard not to have the NYC marathon runners hopefuls in mind as I write this. While also means even bigger thoughts about all the people who are struggling to rebuild their lives after the Hurricane.

But yes, running a marathon is a big deal. I was proud when I finished mine. I had tears in my eyes as I told myself I was now a marathoner. To see how far I was able to push my body. I feel like I’m a better person from it. It taught me things beyond putting one foot in front of the other. It taught me that I can achieve a lot of things when I put my mind to it. We can achieve so much more than what we credit ourselves for.

I would have had those feelings no matter what course I had picked. But this morning I feel well, both a little crazy and yet even more proud of myself. Of course I knew I ran a hard course. I’m sure the organizer of the Blue Ridge Marathon didn’t nickname it “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” just for fun. I felt it, my legs felt it. But this morning it was written for the English speaking, weather loving people to see. Yep, in the midst of the whole controversy surrounding the NYC Marathon, asked some big names of the running community for what they thought were the toughest marathons in the world. Now mind you, this is not a scientific study. I am sure there are really tough marathons out there that are not even on the list. But still, according to this article: The World’s 15 Toughest Marathons, The Blue Ridge Marathon places as #8. In front of Grandfather Mountain, which I hope to run one day, in front of the rival Mt. Lemmon too.

So I have to say, this morning I feel a little bit crazy. I’m kind of glad this list was not published before I ran the Blue Ridge Marathon. I am not entirely sure I would have had the guts to do it. But looking back… I am a mountain girl, I do love the hills. I feel incredibly proud and strong to know that I finished a marathon that some big names of the American running world call the toughest. I felt it after running that first marathon, and I still feel it: I want to run more. Not to mention that I did a pretty decent time for a first marathon, on a tough course. So I want to know if I can run one in less than 4 hours on something a little more standard.

Now for the fun part. Are you as crazy as I am? Do you love challenges? Do you love the mountains? Because on Thanksgiving week I will be giving away a free entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon. That’s my way to say I’m thankful for running. You will then be able to claim that you ran of of the world’s toughest marathons. It’s ok, you can thank me later, you know, once you recover from it and all…