Saturday, September 17, 2016


After I finished #AP2TheLights back on August 13, the question that crossed my mind was "Would I do this again?"

The answer, "HELL YEAH!" I pushed myself and broke through big time that day. Of course, I didn't break any type of records, but I finished two races on the hottest day of the year. I enjoyed myself and it was awesome to do something that I never would have thought to do in the past. Plus, I had my friend Carol, one of my gym besties, with me for both too.

Since there aren't too many night races around here, a multi-race day will have to wait until next summer. But I am doing something ALMOST as cool next weekend: #Keyport2Rook!

I registered for The Rook Run 5K in Long Branch back in April. That race is on Sunday, September 25. My current PR is on that course, so I wanted to focus my energy on that race and another PR.

Until Keyport announced that the KeyportFest 5K would be on Saturday, September 24. I figured that I already did two races in ONE day, so I can totally do two races in TWO days, right? ;-)

Of course I can! I paid my $22 to enter KeyportFest, and now have my second multi-race weekend not just for the year, but EVER!

I know, nothing about this is normal, but when do I do anything by the book? Almost never. So I decided to make this another awesome race weekend! Hopefully, there will be MUCH lower temps that weekend. Racing with a triple digit heat index is not fun. Although I get bragging rights for finishing both...haha.

Here's the game plan:

KeyportFest 5K
This will be my FIFTH first-time race in 2016! CRAZY! I heard that this course is flat and shaded, with about half a mile on the Henry Hudson Trail and a waterfront finish. If conditions are near perfect, and a near perfect me shows up on race day, a PR is potential. The plan is for this to be the race where I actually race, and it will be a PR attempt.

Keyport to Long Branch
After some time to hang out at Keyport's post-race, it's time to hop in my car, cruise down 36 (since all the bennies will be gone) and hit up the Rook Coffee roastery in Long Branch to pick up my swag for Sunday. I already have the bib, but want to save time on Sunday. Plus, from past experience, race day pickup can be a little, um, insane.

Rook Run 5K
Ain't no party like a Rook Coffee party! Sunday will be the fun run. It will be all about soaking in the ocean views, high-fiving volunteers and spectators, and of course, enjoying some good coffee. I ran this last year and PR'd it, but this year, it will be about my time on the course, not just on the clock.

I can not wait for next weekend! I'm looking forward to an awesome weekend of running and making memories for the books (and the Hopefully, I can get a PR out of it, but either way, it is going to rock! 

Follow me on the socials (@Tradledee85 on Twitter and Instagram) and the hashtag #Keyport2Rook to check out the fun! 

Have YOU done a multi-race weekend?  

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