Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sean talks about Run3rd at Agua Hedionda Lagoon

On July 22, Sean ran in the Carlsbad Lagoon Days 5K at Agua Hedionda Lagoon. He talked with Mary Lou Baranowski from about Team #Run3rd and the Lagoon and the Discovery Center, as well as Sean's youngest daughter's birthday plans!

Read Sean's race report and see pictures from the event here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Duke City 5K/Marathon race report

Submitted by Heidi Corrado @ravennaneroon

TEAM #RUN3rd: Captain Heidi Corrado 5K run; Sandy Flores 5K walk; Frank Balderrama full marathon.

5 a.m. Oog.  I hate having anxiety dreams. I dreamt I woke up and it was Monday morning and I’d completely missed the race. Even worse, I didn’t realize it until I was at work and one of my teammates said, “Hey, we missed you, where were you?”

Thus began the morning of my very first race longer than 800 meters. I did track in Junior High. I was 12. Shot Put and sprints. I was lucky to get one mile, let alone 3.1. I’m now 41 (2 days older than Sean, ha!) and I’ve been running almost every day for 6 months. I know I can get 3.1 miles.

Quick breakfast of toast and yogurt, jasmine green tea to wash it down. I grab all my gear and go. My family will be getting up later to meet me down on the course to cheer me on.

San Jose Rock N Rock Half Marathon race report

Submitted by Lupe Steele @LupeSteele

The San Jose Rock and Roll Marathon was held on October 7, 2012—it was a beautiful Sunday morning with a high of about 68 degrees. It was the perfect morning to conquer my 3rd Rock and Roll ½ Marathon.

I knew the drill, I had done it twice before. Got up, got the necessary breakfast in, said goodbye to the sleeping boys and I was off before the sun was up. By the time I made it to the HP Pavilion (home of the hockey team San Jose Sharks), the sun was up. You could feel the energy as fellow runners put on their bibs, snacked on a bagel,  counted all their belongings and jogged over to the start line. As I made my way to the start, the thought of possibly doing a 5 mile run raced through my head as this was not an option that was provided in prior years. This year marked the 1st time that the Mini Marathon was introduced. It was comforting to know that should something wrong occur, there was an option for me to veer to the right and end my run early. However, a part of me knew that I would take my time and do what I was set out to do and run, walk or crawl, I would complete my half.

LifeKraze partners with Sean Astin

"LifeKraze Partners with Film Star Sean Astin"
LifeKraze leaders have tapped actor Sean Astin—of "Lord of the Rings" and "The Goonies" fame—to lead the company's seasonal running celebration. 
"Sean is an iconic figure, but many people don't know about his passion for running," Jonathan Yagel, LifeKraze director of communication and business development, said via email. 
Astin has been a long-distance runner for the past 25 years and has signed on to use LifeKraze to share and document his return to the sport after a recent injury. He will share his progress through his #Run3rd campaign, which is an initiative to encourage runners to use their activity to benefit others, according to a LifeKraze news release.  
LifeKraze is an online platform and iPhone application that facilitates active lifestyles and allows people to share accomplishments. 
Full article here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Energizer Night Race 5K race report

Submitted by Sarah Diamond @voxpax2

I have often seen the spirit of running during the day, but I began to wonder what that spirit or core of us looks like at night. I found out mine is green. :)

The Energizer Night Race 5K on October 13 was my second run since being inspired by Sean, and this one I think was just as much fun. However I think I have some plans for next year on how to make it even better!

It started off with myself arriving early and meeting a few people off the bus of which ended up us walking around the lagoon lake and doing at least 3k just to get there... I hope i haven’t tired myself out before the run LOL. I could hear the music playing and I must admit, I felt a little self conscious as people were already looking at me with wires on but you could tell they weren’t sure what to think.  The wires surprisingly were much lighter than expected and I had practiced a few times with just the wires taped on before I sewed it, so I could get use to the extra weight of the battery pack and running at the same time.

Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler race report

Submitted by Tony Conticello @RunDisney 56

The Inaugural Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler took place on Saturday September 29, 2012. While this was considered the “Inaugural” race, Disney actually had a prior Tower of Terror 13k race, which was discontinued in 2009. Over 11,000 people registered to race this event, which begins at Disney’s Hollywood Studio, weaves 10 miles through Walt Disney World, ESPN Wide World of Sports and then back to Hollywood Studio’s for a finish in front of the Tower of Terror ride.

For me, Saturday began for me at 5:30am. For the past week my family and I had been sailing on an Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Disney’s new flagship’s boat the Fantasy! As I looked out of my cabin’s window I could see the Cocoa Beach shoreline that would lead us back into Port Canaveral and back to land. We gathered our remaining items, had a quick breakfast, said goodbye to all wonderful memories and walked the gangplank back to reality. Luckily for us "reality" meant another trip to Walt Disney World so that we could race the Tower of Terror 10 Miler!

Agoura Hills 10 Miler race report

Submitted by Heather Stewart @captainstewie

There are some races you plan for.  You wait for registration to open.  You spend money you really shouldn’t on. The Agoura RAD (Reyes Adobe Days) 10 Miler on October 6 was not one of them. Two different people sent me coupons, so we signed up. This was perfect timing since it would be one week before my highly-anticipated Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. 10 Miles is a great last training run! So, I signed up.  Last June.

Sue, Sara, Me, Staci
But time flies by quickly and here it was race weekend. And what a busy weekend it was… You see, I got some Jason Mraz concert tickets for the night before. And my friend that I hadn’t seen in 7 years was coming out to visit. Luckily she’s a runner.

The morning of the race came too quickly.  Having gone to bed about 1am, I knew I would be overtired. I had to pick Sara, my out-of-town guest, up at her hotel at 4:45am.  This means my alarms started going off at 3:45am (YES, I’m one of those dreaded snoozers!) I picked up some coffee, picked up Sara and then went to grab Sue and Staci. The four of us would be running together this morning.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sean Astin Leads "Running Days" on LifeKraze with #Run3rd Campaign

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- LifeKraze, the social networking platform and iPhone application that rewards and encourages members' personal accomplishments, announced actor Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings) will be leading the company's seasonal celebration of running. Astin, a long distance runner for the last 25 years, will be using the platform to share his return to the sport after a recent injury and will also be sharing his #Run3rd campaign with the LifeKraze community. The celebration will feature a variety of co-sponsors, which provide different ways for LifeKraze members to engage in the celebrated sport.

Astin's #Run3rd initiative encourages runners to use their activity to benefit others. Since the introduction of #Run3rd, the hashtag has received international use and has harnessed over 50,000 followers. "I run 1st for myself, I run 2nd for my family, I run 3rd to help others," said Astin. "I'm excited to share my passion for running with the LifeKraze community as I gear up to start training again. The online community is encouraging me to move from injury and its attendant lethargy to optimal performance." The launch of the Running Days initiative also brings other running legends to the LifeKraze community, including Mark Covert, who holds the American record for longest continuous streak of daily running: over 44 years and over 150,000 miles run. Covert, now a collegiate track coach, will be sharing the continuation of the streak with daily posts on the LifeKraze site.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nike Women's Half Marathon Race Report

Submitted by Heather Stewart @captainstewie

Nike Women’s Half Marathon 10/14/2012

There were a few reasons why I was super excited to do this race…
  1. It’s HARD to get in to. They draw people by a lottery. I didn’t get in through the lottery, but found a loophole since I am a student. 
  2. It is in San Francisco…the city of my birth…kind of my hometown. Although I grew up in Southern California I spent my early years and EVERY significant holiday in the Bay Area. I found the idea of “going back to my roots” intriguing.
  3. THE BLING!!! This race is geared towards women and they know how to get our attention….a Tiffany finishers necklace…complete with little blue box and satin ribbon…oh and let’s have a fireman in a tuxedo hand it to me…  Really?  You don’t say NO to that! [Indeed not!]

Read the rest of the report on Heather's stRUNg out runner blog. It's worth it! :-D

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Project Homeless Connect Walk on Water report

Submitted by Linda Iroff @LindaofNote

Saturday, October 13, was a beautiful fall day. During the pre-dawn drive south and east to the race location, I watched the sky and high clouds shift through shades of grey, mauve, pink, gold, turquoise and more. Oh but it was frosty! Even by race time, the temperature had only "warmed" to 35•.
I explained #run3rd to other runners.

The Project Homeless Connect Walk on Water 5K was my first race. While I admired Sean and the other run3rd-ers, I didn't think it would be something I could do. I was worried about previous foot/leg issues I'd had and the effect that pounding the payment would have on my no-longer young bones and joints. (I turned 60 this summer.) "Why don't you just walk?" new Team Captain Tony Conticello @RunDisney56 suggested. So Labor Day weekend I bought some running shoes and started walking!

This was a fairly small event, with about 400 participants signed up. There were a total of 328 finishers in the 5K run, 5K walk and 10K run combined. We all gathered by the start line and then took off! The course took us first under the highway and through some quiet Akron neighborhoods. A depressing number of both runners and walkers strode easily past me in the early minutes, but I resisted the urge to look over my shoulder, concentrating instead on keeping a steady pace. A couple of times I heard voices behind me, so I knew I wasn't dead last! I have to say it was really cool to have cops stopping the traffic as I sauntered down the middle of the streets! I also enjoyed being handed a cup of water at each mile mark. I took it both times, even though the second time I wasn't feeling thirsty.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sean Astin: I'm a Competitor

Sean was the focus of an article in the September issue of Competitor Magazine. Sean talks about how he became interested in running and how the #run3rd idea started. Read article here.

Here are several photos from the shoot, courtesy of Scott Draper:

Video from Hollywood Half Marathon

Team Leader Sean Astin @SeanAstin appears at approximately 2:40, 6:57 and 7:45, and Team Captain  Andrea Barber @andreabarber appears at approximately 1:44, 2:35 and 7:12.

See photos and Sean's times from the Hollywood Half Marathon, run on April 7, 2012.

Sean shows off his medal!