Next Sunday, May 3rd I will be running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon. In talking with friends this past week, they asked, what is the signification of the race name, the “Flying Pig”? Not knowing, I went out and looked, and here is what I found out.
In the 1800’s Cincinnati was called “Porkopolis” because of all the stockyards and the meat packing industry. In fact, they often ran pigs through the downtown streets. In the 1980’s when the riverfront was being developed, they commissioned a nationally renowned sculptor/artist to design something that was indicative of Cincinnati’s history and we now have Flying Pigs welcoming you to the riverfront. When the founders of the marathon were looking for a name for the event back in ‘97 “Flying Pig” brought smiles to everyone’s face so that seemed most appropriate.
There is your unusual trivia to start the week.
On Saturday, I will be running the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon. This will be the first leg of a back to back half marathon with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon.
As a racing fan, mainly of Nascar, but also the Indianapolis 500, I am excited to do this race because we get to run miles 6 to 8.5 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In doing so, as you run across the race track Start/Finish line, you can take the opportunity to “Kiss The Bricks” just like the race winners do. I plan to take this opportunity, without regard to my race time! This is a chance I cannot pass up. You will get to see my efforts in the race recaps the week after the race.
It is Taper week! The calm before the storm next week. 2 half marathons in 2 days, May 2-3. On Saturday, May 2nd I will be running in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Half Marathon (Indianapolis, IN), followed by the Cincinnati (OH) Flying Pig Half Marathon on Sunday, May 3rd.
Monday (4/20): No workout
Tuesday (4/21): No workout
Wednesday (4/22): I ran 4 miles with my MUSC running group at 5:30 AM at a 9:29 pace.
Thursday (4/23): No Workout
Friday (4/24): No Workout
With the 2015 Boston Marathon in the books, adrenalized age-group runners are looking ahead and eager to qualify for next year’s race. Problem is, with less than five months until 2016 registration opens in early September, there’s not much sand left in the hourglass to nail down that elusive Boston Qualifier (BQ).
Many of the races traditionally targeted by BQ hopefuls are already at capacity (Mountains 2 Beach), limited by a lottery (St. George), held after Boston registration closes (California International Marathon), or in some cases all of the above (Berlin, Chicago, New York).
So we did our homework/legwork to offer up ten diverse BQ alternatives between now and early September, when 2016 registration opens.
If you happen to find yourself on any of these start lines, tell ‘em RaceRaves sent you – or if you’ve run one or more, please click on our “Review a Race” link above to post a review!
As always, races that include a shorter distance are indicated by a *.
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I am now only 10 days away for running the largest half marathon in the country (40,000+ runners) at the OneAmerica 500 Fesitval Mini Marathon in Indianapolis, IN on May 2nd.
Registration for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna opens next Tuesday, April 28 at noon ET.
In less than three weeks, I will be attempting my first back to back half marathons in two days. This will be my last big training week to prep for the races. On Saturday, May 2nd I will be running in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Half Marathon (Indianapolis, IN), followed by the Cincinnati (OH) Flying Pig Half Marathon on Sunday, May 3rd.
Monday (4/13): I ran 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym at lunch. I ran at a 7.0 mph 1% incline which equated to an 8:38 pace.
Tuesday (4/14): No workout
Wednesday (4/15): I ran 4 miles with my MUSC running group at 5:30 AM at a 8:31 pace.
Thursday (4/16): No Workout
Friday (4/17): No Workout