Race Added: 2020 Race Across Durham 10 Miler (Virtual)

I was pretty bummed as I checked the Race Across Durham website on July 1st. Since the race began a few years ago, I would get up on my birthday (the day registration opens normally) and sign up, as a little present to myself.

This July, registration did not open…

However, I received a little surprise in my inbox just the other week. Race Across Durham is going VIRTUAL! I signed up immediately.

There are three race distances to pick from — 10 miler, Marathon and Ultra. I have signed up for the 10 miler. As in previous races, the race benefits the fantastic Life Skills Foundation in Durham, NC.

The race can be run anytime between Nov 1st and Nov 30th (you can still sign up until Nov 20th). I’ve managed to get a few friends signed up as well, so we’ll plan to run it together — on the actual race course!

So while it’s a virtual, it’s going to be fairly close to the real thing — minus the great snacks and post-party music and food — but I’ll take it.

I’ve already been down to the Eno for a training run on Sunday past, and it was amazing. The weather was beautiful and I felt in great form. Let’s hope we can hit that magic combination on race day.

Race Added: Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K Charlotte, NC

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k Charlotte race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Guess who signed up for more chocolate? This guy 👆

YES, I’m going back to Charlotte, North Carolina to run the Hot Chocolate 15K race on the 20th February 2021.

I’ve ran this race twice now – and had I known how 2020 was going to turn out I wouldn’t have skipped it last January. I was thinking I had enough races in my calendar. Anyway

As usual, I opted to have my race swag mailed to me for an extra fee. This saves me having to stress about getting down to the EXPO on time (since it’s usually on the Friday). I’ll still plan to visit it if I can, but since I’ll have my bib already, it’s not a big deal if I can’t.

I can’t wait to visit Amelies French Bakery again for some lovely pastries and buns.

To sign up, check out the Allstate Hot Chocolate web site.

Race Added: Savannah Bridge Run, Savannah, GA

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Well, lookey here! I know I’d blogged a while back that I was only promoting this race as I wasn’t able to travel on race weekend.

Just recently the race organizers had to make the call to convert the race to virtual only. This is obviously disappointing for them, the city and many runners, but for people like myself who weren’t able to travel, it allows us to participate AND GET ALL THE BLING!

If you had already signed up, you have a few options:

  • Run the race virtually.
  • Defer to 2021, 2022, or 2023 events.
  • Donate your registration to charity.
  • Or request a full refund (minus some fees and charges).

(see faqs for detailed information)

For the virtual race, all the same options are available — 5K, 10K and Double Pump (15K). I signed up for the 10K and will plan to run the distance locally.

I can complete my race any time between October 25th – December 5th. The medal and participant shirt will be mailed out to my home about a week after the race date.

Move Through COVID-19 with a Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask!

Disclaimer: I received a Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask Helix to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

By now we’re all fairly used to wearing and seeing other people in face masks. When it all started, it was hard to get your hands on a mask even if you wanted one. Fortunately now we have many options to choose from, and I’ve tried a few.

Masks come in all shapes and sizes these days. I did see a man walking into Target recently in what looked like a World War II gas mask. That has to be heavy and uncomfortable, especially in North Carolina humidity. Each to their own, is what I said to myself.

My first mask ever, during this pandemic, was kindly made by a friend of the family. It was a cloth mask that allowed us to go out in public, and feel protected. We bought several more cloth masks online as they became more widely available, and I had been using them exclusively until I received my Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask.

The Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask is made from a light-weight, ultra thin (0.5 mm) closed-cell fabric that prevents transmission of water, viruses, and germs. The included (disposable) filters add a further layer of protection.

The actual mask itself can be machine washed (with filter removed), and laid flat to dry. Once dry, you simply apply a new filter with the adhesive provided.

All the previous masks I’d tried were one-size-fits-all, but with Body Helix you have small, medium and large options. There is a sizing chart on the website to help you select the correct size for your face.

This ensures a snug fit and all day comfort — with or without the optional nasal bridge wire strip (great for spectacle wearers). The large over-the-ear strap design helps reduce ear discomfort during long-term wear.

The Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask comes in two colors — Black and Cool Blue — at $19.99 and $24.99 respectively. The mask comes with 6 filters and 4 nasal bridge wire strips. Additional filters can be purchased at BodyHelix.com in packs of 30 (+10 nasal bridge wire strips) for $14.99 (free shipping).

I have been pretty much wearing this mask every day since getting it. It’s my go-to for dropping Xander to daycare, going shopping, or eating out at restaurants. I’ve had quite a few people comment on how great this mask looks.

You may be wondering if it’s possible to run in this mask. I’ve tried it, but I’ll be honest — I hate running in ANY mask. I don’t think I necessarily need to wear a mask when running unless I’m unable to keep physically distanced from other people. For this reason, I’ll often carry my Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask with me in case I need it.

I do know other Bibrave Pro’s that do run with it and love it. For example, check out reviews from Teddy and Stephanie.

DISCOUNT CODE

This is a great, quality-made mask and if you’re interested I have a discount code. If you use code BR15 on bodyhelix.com you’ll get 15% off any order of $40 (subtotal) or more (expires Oct. 31, 2020).

TAKE ON ME – A-HA (ALASTAIR VANCE COVER)

This song is pure nostalgia for me. Growing up in the eighties, this is one song that never seems to grow old on me. Morten Harket’s vocal range is just phenomenal, and there’s not many who can hit those notes in the chorus of the original song.

This particular version of the song is one I first heard used in the movie, Deadpool 2. I later found out it was recorded as part of an MTV unplugged concert. If you’re an A-HA fan and haven’t checked out that album, go find it on any of the streaming platforms. Amazing.

Anyway, here’s my version of Take On Me. Enjoy!

Say Something – A Great Big World (Alastair Vance Cover)

I’ve having a lot of fun on the music front at the moment. If you want to follow along, my dedicated facebook page is the best option.

Why do you run, Lucky Vijayaraghavan?

About Lucky

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Lucky through Morrisville Run Club. He was good friends with another one of our runners. Lucky is a big Orange Theory fan, so I don’t get the chance to run with him much recently, but we did bump into each a lot during local races.

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Englishman In New York – Sting (Alastair Vance, Dillon Partin & Marshall Willner Cover)

I’ve enjoying picking up my guitar again and playing songs I’ve not played in the past. I had a lot of fun learning this Sting song. It’s always resonated with me in a way, being a recent immigrant to the States myself.

Thanks to Dillon Partin for reaching out with the opportunity to collaborate! I hope we don’t wait as long again before we play another song together.

This song was part of series from Harmonic Music Studios in Washington, DC. They were collaborating with different musicians to publish a song each day. I think Dillon and Marshall played on almost every video!

Check out some of the bands Dillon is involved in here:

  1. Zen Groove Funkestra
  2. Dave Hedeman & the Gone Ghosts

Instead Of A Show – Jon Foreman (Alastair Vance Cover)

This is one of my favorite Jon Foreman songs, and it’s based on words spoken by Amos, an old testament prophet. They are so applicable to today in many ways. You only have to skim over some “discussions” on social media platforms to see how distracted we have become with ourselves while ignoring the world’s injustices.

Let there be a flood of justice.

Why do you run, Matthew L Thompson?

About Matthew

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Matthew likes to run, and likes to run a lot! He is a member of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill chapter of Black Men Run. I’ve never properly met the famous MLT, but we’ve often passed each other on our runs and will plan to run together some day soon!

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