Training Season

I have always said that executing a race is similar from either side of the coned lane – by the time you get to race day, most of your work should be done.  If you prepped right in the off season – race day should be easy.  You have to visualize what can go wrong and figure out ahead of time how to mitigate that.  But it does require you to DO THE WORK in advance to execute a great race.

This off season has been tumultuous, for sure – but I feel that challenging workouts make you better prepared for race day.  You want it more because you know all the tough times that went into it.  Executing a race from the other side of the barricade is no different.  While this first race is certainly not the first time we have produced it, we know what we are doing operationally – it is so different this year because we have something to prove.

We have made a lot of changes to this race, and kept much of it the same.  While the course itself is unchanged, we are trying to make the experience much more “runner friendly,” and also use the race for good.  I will explain…..

To start, we are very conscious about our ecological footprint so we will be recycling much of our trash, collecting the discarded clothing and donating it, using larger, returnable water bottles and reducing the size of the trucks that we use on course.

Additionally, we are partnering with charities and providing complimentary bibs and/or direct donations.  We are highlighting our runners in Faces of the Races to full-sized-promo-20help them in their missions.  We are working closely with our runners to provide a very personal experience.  We are trying to grow our running community by supporting other races, youth running programs and local running groups.  We host educational clinics, injury prevention workshops and shakeout runs with an experienced coach.

For a better experience – our post race festival will include a “photo booth” with RI props so you can create a remembrance of what it was like to run in RI.  The race will have food trucks, games and a beer garden sponsored by a RI icon – Narragansett Beer – so that our runners can enjoy their post race glow.  Pint glass AG awards, rather than a medal, will allow you to show off your accomplishment. A post race massage will be available for those that would like one.

There are a ton of moving parts to a race and we are examining each one in hopes to make it a bit better.  While we cannot execute all of them this year, we are always looking to PR and putting plans into place for next year too.

We are so humbled to have you join us this year.  Thank you and see you on the staring line.

A New Year, A New Company

We have undergone some changes here, behind the cones – one we hope is for the better.

We are keeping much of what has been working in these races – great courses, amazing volunteers, pacers, etc but changing up what hasn’t worked.  We have learned a great deal in the past and we hope to be better for it.

To start, our company is a sports event management company but it is also a Rhode Island Benefit Corporation.  This is a new designation which means we are a for-profit company but our core mission is to provide a social benefit.  Not only will our company provide the obvious health and wellness benefits that any endurance event provides but we have additional goals – to foster goal attainment and self-esteem not just amongst our participants but in the larger running community, to lessen our environmental impact, to be better partners to local vendors and businesses and to provide fundraising and monetary benefits to chosen charities.  They are lofty goals but we are trying to set the bar high.

But at its essence – we hope to execute amazing races and sports events. We want your feedback – what do you like about these races in the past, what would you like to see this year, what is your favorite part about participating in these events, what amenities are important to you?  If you have a few minutes – please consider filling out this survey.  We truly want to hear from you so that we can plan the best races in 2016.  We hope to give you a more personal experience – to help you attain your goals.  We have lots of ways to interact – FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+.  Talk to us and we will do what we can to get you across that finish line.

Please – sign up for our email list, like our social media and bookmark our website.  We hope you will continue to give us your feedback – good, bad or indifferent.  As runners – we are always trying to PR – that is no different if you are inside the coned running lane or out!

Hope you will join us this year.

http://www.RunRI.us

Why do I run?

I was given this poem by my HS coach.  I have referred to it often as it has helped me through some tough times.  I now have two kids that run HS XC country and you can only “coach” running to an extent.  Running is 90% mental.  The original hangs in my kitchen for every day viewing – for them and for me.

I won’t say it defined me when I was a 16 yr old HS runner and just wanted to hang out with my friends – but it helped me when I was a college runner, in the years of marriage and children and aging and death of friends that were WAY to young – it defines me every day now.

For that reason – this man gave me a gift.  And I am forever grateful.

WHY DO I RUN?

WHY DO I RUN? 
THOSE WHO DON’T CAN’T UNDERSTAND.
THE PAIN IS REAL EVERYDAY.
IS IT EASIER NOW? NOT REALLY –
THE SAME PAIN I FELT THE FIRST DAY I BEGAN.
ONLY EASIER TO COVER GREATER DISTANCES
IN SHORTER AMOUNTS OF TIME.
THE PAIN IS THE SAME AND I UNDERSTAND IT ALWAYS WILL BE.
I DREAD IT, AND IN A SENSE I CRAVE IT.
WHY DO I RUN?
TO STAY IN SHAPE, TO KEEP MY HEALTH,
TO FEEL BETTER – 
ALL PARTIAL REASONS, I SUPPOSE.
THE REAL REASON IS CONFIRMATION –
CONFIRMATION THAT I AM IN CONTROL.
EVERY DAY I MUST MAKE A CHOICE –
A CHOICE TO EXPERIENCE PAIN AND DISCOMFORT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER GOAL.
OR TO GIVE IN TO THE BODY’S URGING TO DO SOMETHING ELSE MORE COMFORTING AND PLEASURABLE.
WHO IS IN CONTROL? MY BODY OR ME?
EVERY TIME I RUN, I VERIFY TO ME THAT I AM IN CONTROL
AND THAT I CAN BE THE MASTER OF MY OWN DESTINY.
THAT IS ULTIMATELY WHY I RUN.
I FEEL GUILTY WHEN I DON’T RUN – WHEN THE BODY WINS.
RUNNING IS A TEST OF MY STRENGTH –
NOT JUST MY PHYSICAL –
BUT MY MENTAL.
RUNNING IS A CHALLENGE OF MY “WILL” – 
OF MIND OVER MATTER
OF ME AGAINST MYSELF.
RUNNING IS MENTAL CONDITIONING AS WELL AS PHYSICAL.
IT’S THERAPY OF THE “WILL” FOR ME.
EACH RUN IS SUCCESS –
THE RICHEST AND MOST DEEPLY SATISFYING.
STRANGELY BUT UNMISTAKINGLY TIED TO SELF-DISCIPLINE, SELF-DENIAL AND SELF-CONTROL.
IN A WORLD WHERE I OFTEN FEEL HELPLESS, VICTIMIZED AND CONTROLLED,
RUNNING HELPS REVIVE FEELINGS OF HOPE, STRENGTH AND CONVICTION
THAT I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND I CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ME.
AN ADDICTION YOU SAY AND YOU’RE RIGHT –
THERE’S A DANGER.
SO LONG AS I “CHOOSE,” 
THE VALUE REMAINS TRUE AND REAL;
SO LONG AS I CONTROL RUNNING AND RUNNING DOES NOT CONTROL ME.
POSITIVE ADDICTION OR NOT, THE VALUE IS IN CHOOSING.
WHEN THE CHOICE IS GONE, I BECOME CONTROLLED AND VICTIMIZED AGAIN.
ON MORE THING IN MY LIFE THAT TELLS ME I AM NOT IN CONTROL,
THAT I AM SIMPLY A PAWN OF FATE AND CIRCUMSTANCE.
I MUST RUN AS A CHOICE,
NOT OUT OF NECESSITY OR IT’S REAL VALUE IS GONE FOR ME.
WHY DO I RUN?
I RUN FOR SUCCESS,
SUCCESS IN THE ULTIMATE CONTEST –
THE CONTEST OF ME AGAINST MYSELF.