Keep All Your Racing Stats In One Place With Athlinks

Disclaimer: I reviewed Athlinks 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!”

After one of my races last year, I got an email asking me to claim my race results. I thought, what’s this? So, I clicked on it and it took me to the Athlinks website. Once there I created an account and to my surprise, Athlinks already had the results of several of my previous races. I did some weeding through the results as not all the results listed were mine. From what I can tell, when you run a chipped race the results automatically show up in Athlinks within a couple of days. Races that are not chipped will require you to upload your results manually.

Why would you want to use Athlinks?

  1. Well, I like that Athlinks keeps track of my personal record (PR) for each distance. I do a lot of races and I often forget what time I’m trying to beat. Athlinks keeps all this information together for me in one spot.
  2. It also shows me the upcoming races of my friends. It’s a reminder to cheer them on and encourage them to do their best.
  3. It’s free!
  4. If you’re really competitive, you can see who else is running the same race. If it’s a friend of yours, they will show up as a rival. Athlinks will keep track of your time and your friend’s time and keep a win or lose point system.  You can see that RunStrongRun, a fellow BibRavePro ran the Hot Chocolate 15K with me in San Francisco and I have 1 loss to her. By clicking on the arrow on the bottom right, I am able to see the next screen which contains the exact time difference.I’ll undoubtedly have other races this year with RunStrongRun and I always reference back to our wins and losses by logging into Athlinks. She’s a better runner than I am, so it will probably mean more losses for me, but that’s okay.

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Carb DM 5K Review

Expo:
This was a small race of about 130 people, so there was no expo. It was clear that the intention of the race was to come out and enjoy time with loved ones, support the cause and exercise.

Swag:
The swag was a t-shirt and a bib. No medals were handed out. There was no goodie bag or samples. Typically, fun runs are like this, so it wasn’t a surprise.

Course:
The course was a 5K in Coyote Point Recreation Center in San Mateo. It was mainly a flat rate, but it has a hill that put you right above the ocean. The views were ever changing as you passed one mile to the next. It passed by a marina where you could see sailboats to your right, so it wasn’t your average park run.

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Aid Stations:
This race promotes diabetes awareness, so it wasn’t surprising to find two aid stations named “low stations” with both insulin and juice bags. There was one water station on the course about half-way through. However, there were plenty of snacks before and after the race.

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Atmosphere:
Many people were there as a family or with other runners. It was a friendly environment where people were out to have fun and get exercise.

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Post-race:
Once I passed the finish line, a person ripped off the bottom half of our bib, since it was our first time doing this race, we didn’t know what was that for. There were no chips on the bib. The time was manually kept for the top runners and posted on a board by the finish line. I didn’t stay for long after finishing the race. Based on the photos of the event, it seems like there were prizes raffled out. I thought prizes at the end meant that they were going to hand out medals to the top finishers. Had I known that it was raffle prizes, I might have stayed longer.

There were many tables set-up, but as in many races, the volunteers didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing. A recommendation for next year would be to have someone oversee the volunteers to ensure a smoother process.

There was plenty of parking spaces. You did have to pay $6 to park, but it was announced via email ahead of time and the organizers encouraged people to carpool to save on the parking fee.

I would be happy to do it again next year.

Hot Chocolate 15K San Francisco 2018 Review

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hot Chocolate 15K 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!”

What a great day! I can see how Hot Chocolate races are so popular. They’re so much fun!

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If you’ve traveled to San Francisco before you know that traffic and parking are a problem. I purchase a shuttle and parking pass ahead of time online. It was perfect. When I arrived at the parking lot I quickly found a parking spot. The shuttle service was fast. I didn’t have to wait a long time in line to get in a shuttle and the same was true for coming back to the car.

I was able to meet up with Christine and Stephanie, both are fellow BibRave Pros. Christine flew in for the race from Washington and Stephanie was one of the pacers. Christine and I were in different corrals, so we were only able to chat before the race.

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The weather was good. It was 48 degrees F in January, cloudy, with no rain. I didn’t do sweat check because I didn’t need to this time. The bib had a tear-off part on the top for sweat check.

I always invite my followers to Run with Me. Today I got to meet Bertha who was doing the 5K. It’s nice when you meet your friends in person, not just online.

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There was music at the entrance of the race. The announcer was actually quite funny. I enjoyed listening to him as I moved forward in my corral.

There were a lot of portapotties available strategically placed throughout the race.

The aid stations were awesome. There were plenty of volunteers with Nuun and water in hand to give out. Some stations had chocolate chips and even marshmallows.

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The views along the course were amazing. Golden Gate Park is so beautiful! The course even led us by the ocean and pass some buffalos. Surfers were trying to get past us on their way to catch waves.

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At the finish line, we were handed our medal with a special San Francisco keychain.

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I then headed over to find where to get my finisher’s mug. The bottom of the bib had a tear-off for the finisher’s mug. It included a lot of yummy goodies: hot chocolate, dipping chocolate, pretzels, biscotti cookies, rice crispies, and a banana. Once we were done with our finishers mug, we went back to catch the shuttle and quickly made it back to the parking lot to pick up our car.

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It was a great experience and I hope to do this race again.

Once home, I went online to Athlinks where I claimed my results for this race. Athlinks does a good job of keeping all my stats in one place. Once you’ve done several races, it’s hard to keep track of all the results. Athlinks makes that easy and you can also keep track of the results of your friends and loved ones.

 

Last Minute Details for #HC15K SF

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to HC15K SF 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!

Hot Chocolate 15K San Francisco is just days ago now. I can’t wait!! It will be my first sponsored race as a BibRave Pro. I get to wear my orange shirt loud and proud.

I checked on the weather it is expected to be cloudy and chilly with a high of 57 degrees F and low of 46. At least there’s no expected rain. Fingers crossed. I’ll need to wear layers to stay warm throughout the race. I always struggle with this aspect of planning for a race. I don’t want to overdo it and I also don’t want to look like a human popsicle. What is your strategy? Let me know.

I’ll post my flat runner on Instagram once I finalize the details of my outfit. Not following me, click here to follow me.

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I’m picking up my swag on Saturday. We’re driving into the city (San Francisco) to do the expo and then heading home. For whatever reason, locals in San Jose and the Bay Area call San Francisco “the city”.

There will be no bibs being handed out on race day so you will need to either visit the expo on Friday from 12-7pm or Saturday 10-6pm.

You will need to plan where you are going to park ahead of time. Parking in San Francisco is both expensive and hard to get. You can purchase a shuttle pass ahead of time. Note that the price for the shuttle is per person.

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In order to find out what your corral placement is, you will need to log into the RAM Racing website. Click on the log in link on the top right corner of the Hot Chocolate 15K SF website. Once in your profile, click on view registration. Under category, you will see the race you are registered for the 5K or the 15K and your corral placement. It will be a letter of the alphabet from A-N. Make note of this letter because you will need to know what it is in order to stand in the right corral on race day.

Don’t forget to claim your free cap when you register with code BRHCSF18″.

New Year’s Day Half Marathon 2018

On New Year’s Day, while my neighbor was just going to bed after their New Year’s celebration party, I was getting up and getting ready to go out and do a half marathon. I needed to complete this race if I was to earn my first mega medal. By 6 am we were in the car and headed to Castro Valley, California for the race. Neither one of us had ever been to Lake Chabot, so we didn’t know what to expect.

The race started at 7:30 am for us as we were in the hiker division of the half marathon. Being part of the hiker division gave us an extra hour to complete the course. Given that it was our first time completing that distance, we thought that having extra time would be a good thing. At the starting line, we were handed our maps. Little did I know what was in store for me.

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A chilly 42 degrees Fahrenheit at the starting line. Soon we were off. The trail went around the lake. I could already see how beautiful the area was. I couldn’t help slow down enough to take a photo once in a while.

Little did I know that the elevation gain was going to make me question why I signed up for this race. Turns out that there was a 2,075 elevation gain. It was painful! When the runners were released, I was amazed at how fast they were able to run through such a difficult terrain. It was steep hills almost all the way. My knees were feeling the steep downhill paths.

The top runner completed the course in 1:30!! Talk about hardcore!

There were several snack tables along the way. They had all kinds of yummy goodies: trail mix, gummy bears, chips, pretzels, and GU. In addition to water, they had cups with electrolyte fruit-flavored drinks.

Given that it was my first time doing this distance, 13.1 miles, at times I didn’t feel hungry, but Jim was pushing me to eat anyway. He said I needed the energy and he was right.

I did it! When we were done, Jim said he was proud of me. He saw how much pain I was in, but I kept at it and didn’t bail.

Brazen New Year’s Eve 2017 Race

If you read my earlier post, you knew that I would be racing on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For this post, I’m going to focus on the New Year’s Eve race in Fremont, CA. IMG_6197

We arrived at about 8am. There was plenty of parking. It’s hard to tell with some races, sometimes there’s more than enough parking, and other times it’s a problem. We attached our bibs and any remaining gear and headed over to the starting line to see what was happening there.

We looked for photo opportunities. Brazen had set-up an area for you to take your photos and there was a table with different props that you could use. We asked someone to take the photo for us and we did the same for them in return. It was a chilly morning at 43 degrees Fahrenheit. The morning did warm up to the low 60’s.

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We made note of where the sweat check was and noticed that the 10K was about to start, so we walked over to see them take off. There were music and a lot of positive high energy. Family and friends of runners were there at the starting gate cheering their loved ones on. I’m always touched by that, maybe it’s because there’s never anyone cheering me on. Jim’s all I have at this point in my life, and he runs with me. Oh well, that will change this year as I’m a BibRave Pro! My friends in orange will definitely be there for me at the Sedona Marathon in February 2018.

The 5K course was a loop around Quarry Lakes. There were two runners that started off too fast and had to pull over and throw up. I always feel bad for those people. I had my Aftershokz on and away I went. Jim knows better than to try to talk to me too much during a race. I’m focused.

Brazen had a surprising amount of volunteers taking photos. This nice shot below was taken by a volunteer and post online for me to download for free.

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I had a personal record (PR). I completed 3.35 miles in 48:33, which is a 14:28 pace. Before this race, I had a 50 minute 5K. My goal for 2018 is to finish a 5K in 30 minutes. I know it’s doable. I’m just not there yet. So while I can do longer distances and I have some longer races planned for 2018, I’ll be focusing on 5K’s mainly and try to achieve my goal.

I also finished the year having completed 357.83 miles in 2017. That’s the number to beat in 2018. I’m confident I can accomplish that.

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After the race, I always head to Athlinks.com to claim my new results and then BibRave.com to write my review. My Athlinks profile stores the results from all my past races, and I can even find friends who might be running future races that I want to do. Check out results on Athlinks here and follow me so we can be friends (or maybe even rivals!) on Athlinks.