LockLaces Giveaway!

Check out my Locklaces give away on my new blog!  Also, I get to interview today with the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.  Check it all out here

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Huge announcement!

Huge Announcement!

There are a lot of things in the works that will increase the level of Alzheimer’s awareness here at The Wannabe Runner.  I have a meeting with the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association next Wednesday.  I’ll be talking about running for my mom and for Alzheimer’s.  I’ve also been working with some companies to come along side my efforts to raise the awareness of Alzheimer’s as well as achieving my goal of 13 5Ks in 2013. They have been awesome!  I’m excited about the big things to come.

The major change I’ve been working on with my good friend, Tim Arthur is to get my site moved off wordpress.com to a hosted domain. A huge thanks to Tim for his hard work. Head over to the new site at www.thewannaberunner.com  You’ll find all the same charming wit by your humble-wannabe-writer, and then some!  I’ll be transitioning over the next couple weeks to post all blogs solely there and vacate rifflewader.wordpress.com

Another big announcement!!!! Two words: More Giveaways!!! The great folks at LockLaces gave me a few sets of LockLaces and I’m spreading the love.

So, make sure you bookmark my new page www.thewannaberunner.com because the new Giveaway will be over there.

See you on the road!

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LockLaces review

I ran this past weekend in the ShamRock&Roll 5K in Whispering Pines, NC.    It was really nice running weather, cloud coverage and mid 50s. 530+ runners in the 5K lined up at the start line and the gun went off at 9:15am. Within a half mile I already passed a runner off the side of the road tying his shoes. My brain was already adding those minutes he lost to his final time. I then saw two more at the water station at the halfway point re-tying. And another two more a half mile before the finish line re-tying.  The last sprint to the finish line and you’re stooped over re-tying your shoe? All I could think was, “Man, I hope they’re running just for fun and not a PR.”  Shoe tying has to be the most mundane and frustrating thing to have to do while running any length of race. It doesn’t have to be though.

A runner bends down to tie his shoe before the start of the 2009 New York City Marathon

About a month ago I was online looking for purple laces to add to my running attire to show support for Alzheimer’s and I found this company called LockLaces. The laces looked really cool and innovative   I have a confession to make, I originally bought them because they were a more manly purple than other laces I looked at. They seem to be the only company offering dark purple laces that a guy like me would want to wear. Trust me, I looked at a lot of purple laces.  I now have over 30 miles and 2 5Ks in them, and I can say I love my LockLaces.



The package has clear instructions right on them. But, if you need, they made a great video explaining how to lace you shoes.  All parts are included and the initial lacing takes the same amount of time as it does with regular laces. It may take a few runs to dial in the tightness of your shoe by quick adjustments of the “lock mechanism” (there is probably a technical name). I originally cut the laces about an inch longer than recommended and I’m glad I did, cause when I strung up my shoe I was ambitious and it was really tight, so I had to loosen a couple times.  I have them adjusted perfect now and it feels like I am putting on a slipper. I used to have to tie and re-tie to get the tightness just right.  Now, I just slip my foot into my shoe and off I go .


I took advantage of a spring deal LockLaces has going on right now on their Facebook Page.  You have until March 31st to take advantage of this offer. If you send in your old laces they’ll send you a coupon for a free pair. So now the hot pink ones are on their way for my 7 year-old daughter.  She’s been asking when she’s gonna get a pair of LockLaces for her shoes.  If you decide to order some let me know how you like them, and see if they don’t shave some time by not having to stop and re-tie every mile or so.

Disclosure: I bought the LockLaces pictured here.   It was my decision to do this review about them and all opinions expressed are on my own.

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Race Week!

ShamRock-N-Roll-LogoMy next race is this Saturday in Whispering Pines, NC. The ShamRock&Roll 5K/10K is in its 5th year. I chose this race as part of my 13IN2013 races for a couple reasons. First, I think the proceeds were going to a great cause. They support the following places:

The Athletic Club of the SandhillsThe non-profit Athletic Club of the Sandhills has a 30 year philosophy to make better athletes in the Sandhills of North Carolina through soccer, both recreational and travel, volleyball programs & most recently, its Tri Program.  Race profits will help AC Sandhills further initiatives like after school soccer programs for Moore County students and scholarships to allow deserving athletes opportunities within the club.

Moore County Schools: Moore County Schools is dedicated to promoting achievement through continually improving our facilities and providing the education our students must have to meet the needs of the changing times.

Supporting athletics and the “Now” generation is a no brainer for me.  To come alongside them and run for these causes is a valuable investment of my time and energy.  Energy….that brings me to my second reason.

I love the idea of running in the Sandhills and assumed it had to be a flat race. My last two felt like I was climbing mountains not “rolling hills.”  How difficult could this course be? I mean sandhills at the beach are pretty docile. The beach is fairly flat. I got this! I might even break a 30 min 5K (I’m dreaming) I was really excited until…

One of things I’ve been learning is to research where you run so that you can get a better idea of how to train for the race. I mapped the course on Runtastic and really loved the course. It cuts through a golf course, nice view of a couple lakes and just some great scenery. Unfortunately I pressed the “elevation” button. Why do guys press buttons?  It only leads to harm. At mile marker 1 I will hit a 50ft climb in less than a 100 yard distance and then again at the 2 mile mark. But from there to the finish line its all downhill. So it may not be too bad after all. I read this week on Coach Patrick Reed’s blog  that you should “run your hard parts easy and your easy parts hard.”  My strategy on Saturday and every day from here on out.

See you on the road!

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We have a winner!!

Thanks so much to all that entered my 1st ever Giveaway. I had over 40 entries to the Yaktrax Pros.

Heather Rae McKay won the Med. Yaktrax Pros.  Thanks Heather for entering. Theyll get a lot of use up there in Ill.

It was a success and I’ll be doing a few more in the future. Stay tuned.

See you on the road!!



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My 1st Ever Giveaway!

I’m excited to do this giveaway. I have been trying to find ways to get the word out that I’m running to raise the awareness of Alzheimer’s. After reading a million several blogs about increasing traffic, they all say to run giveaways. “If you give it they will come” -is what it boils down to.  Everybody loves free stuff, right? I looked through some running stuff that I had gotten over Christmas, that I probably will never use down here in Raleigh, so I’m passing it on to you.

Who loves to run in the snow? I’ve read a few blogs over the last couple months of folks braving the ice and snow to get a couple miles in. Burr, sorry, I’ll stick with the dreadmill. I like running outside when I hear the birds chirping and the smell of dandelions and car exhaust but having to thaw your feet over an open hotplate just to peel your frozen socks off your blue feet, no thanks. Having grown up in CT, I remember the winters in high school when my hair would freeze leaving the pool after early morning swim practice. Now that I live in NC, I have thawed a lot in my older age and really only have to run indoors for about two months of the year.

Alright, so here’s the give away. I’m giving away my Pair of YakTrax. I didnt even take then out of the box. They are a size Medium, sorry that’s the only size I have. They were a gift to me and so I’m sharing the love with my readers.

From The YakTrax webpage:

The Yaktrax Pro will instantly give you better traction, confidence and safety on packed snow or ice. Walk, run, or work on slick surfaces with the same stability you’re accustomed to on dry surfaces. Don’t let the winter weather put a damper on your outdoor activities or athletic training with the Yaktrax Pro!


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What do you have to do?  Simple, head here: My 1st Ever Giveaway! and run through the Rafflecopter and tweet like crazy!  Good luck y’all!


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I’m Humbled

I have been meeting all kinds of people since starting this goal who are running for Alzheimer’s Awareness. There’s a gentleman (Jack Fussell) @acrosstheland in Georgia. He and his running “partner” Wilson are running to California, yes, you read that right-he’s running from Georgia to California, to raise Alzheimer’s Awareness. I also found and started following another gentleman (Keith Waite@4GDad whose running 1000 miles in 2013 to raise Alzheimer’s Awareness. 1000 miles!!! Keith also adds a purple ribbon to his race shirt for every person affected by Alzheimer’s. This week he added my mom. Thanks Keith for honoring my mom with a ribbon.

Wow, I’m just blown away by these other guys and their goals for 2013. And I thought my goal was huge. You gotta check out their Blogs, follow em on twitter, and watch their progress. I know there are more folks out there fighting this disease and I’d love to meet you all. Come by, say “hi” and tell me your story.


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A Cold, Wet, Rainy 5K



Saturday morning was not the type of morning I signed up for when I made this goal of running 13 5Ks in 2013. It was cold (35 degrees) and wet. (I think I saw ducks swimming in the road). I followed a few of the pointers I learned from last weeks blog. I had a separate pair of shoes for warm-up; my trash bags had cut outs for my head and arms for standing at the start line; and I had an extra change of clothes and towel for after the race.  But, none of that prepared me for the cold wet slosh I would endure for 3.11 miles.

When the gun went off I was towards the back of the pack again. That’s been my race strategy. I’m slow, so I let the fastest runners stay in front so I don’t feel the urge to run faster as they pass me. It worked.  I stayed at a 9:30 pace for the first mile and slowed for mile 2 and 3, but I didn’t feel like I was over doing it. I felt good at the end, other than the soaked clothes and cold finger tips.


 I’m ready for a sunny race again. I’m glad my first 2 races were sunny otherwise I might have hung up the shoes and said, “I’m done.”  But, you know – I’ve learned over the last couple months that every type of run is important to experience. They make you stronger for the next race. Thirty three minutes in a cold, steady rain is definitely an experience, confidence building one.

My next race is down in Whispering Pines March 16th. Come run with me or just stop by to say, “Hi.”   I’ll be the slowpoke in the back.


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Saturday’s forecast

I’m pretty sure I’ll be running my third 5K of #13N2013 in the rain.

Saturday rain

I’ve never ran in the rain before. Maybe a little sprinkle toward the last mile or so, but never a whole run.


Christine Luff writes a great article about running in the rain. Here are 10 tips that she has for running in the rain:

1.Dress in Layers if It’s Cold: If it’s very cold and rainy, you may need to wear a couple of layers. The most important layer is the one closest to your body. Make sure it’s a technical fabric such as polypropylene or CoolMax, which wick water and sweat away from your skin. Your outer layer should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket or vest. Don’t wear a waterproof rain slicker because it will trap moisture and heat.

2.Wear a Hat With a Brim: A hat with a brim can be your best friend during a rainy run. It will keep the rain off your face, so you can see, even in a downpour.

3.Don’t Overdress: This is one the biggest mistakes runners make when heading out for a rainy run. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Unless you’re running with an umbrella over your head, you will definitely get wet. If you have tons of layers on, you will just be wearing more wet, heavy clothes. Dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day.

4.Be Visible: Select an outer layer that’s light-colored or has reflective strips, since running in the rain often means poor visibility.

5.Use a garbage bag: If you have to wait outside in the rain before the start of a race, a big trash bag with armholes and a neck hole cut out can help you stay dry. You can take it off and throw it to the side once you get moving.

6.Wear Old Running Shoes at the Start: If you’re running a race, keep your race shoes and socks in a plastic bag while waiting at the start. You can check your old shoes in your gear check bag, and put on your race shoes and socks right before you head to the starting line. If it has stopped raining by then, you’ll be able to run the race in dry shoes and socks.

7. Prevent Chafing: If you’re running long, spread Body Glide or Vaseline on parts of your body where you would normally chafe or get blisters — such as your feet, inner thighs, underarms, sports bra lines (women), and nipples (men).

8.Protect your electronics: Store electronics, such as your cell phone and iPod, in a ziplock bag or a water-proof carrier.

9.Just Run!: The hardest part of running in the rain is often just getting started. Once you begin running and warm up, you may find that you actually enjoy it! And it’s good preparation in case you ever have to run a race in the rain.

10.Dry Out Your Shoes: When you get back from a wet run, take off your running shoes and stuff them with crumpled balls of newspaper. This helps the shoes keep their shape, and the paper draws moisture away from the shoes.

Whew! I hope the rain stays away for the race, then it can downpour while Im driving home. One could wish.

See you on the road!

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Five days to race #3 of 13N2013!

I’m excited! I’m really getting into running 13 races in 2013. When I made this my goal for this year I had no idea how many folks out there were running 13 of anything. The folks I’ve “met” write many great blogs about how to run, how much fun it is to run, and some great causes. I’ve read about the best socks, shoes(im partial to these), music mixes, and nutrition. I have learned a lot and I can say that I now look forward to every race I have signed up for. My goal in running 13 5Ks in 2013 is to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and know that every one of these sites are helping me along the way.

This Saturday I’m running the Miles for Missions race in north Raleigh. “Grace Community Church will host its 2nd annual 5K on Feb. 23, 2013 to raise funds for local outreach efforts that support non-profits such as North Raleigh Ministries, Christian Library International, Raleigh Rescue Missions and Resources for Seniors.”-website. I’ll make sure I take more pictures than the last race.

Stay tuned!


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