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Breaking news: we have a winner… or two!!

I used to have a winner selected! This first GIVEAWAY ended on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by 12:00 Noon EST. To see the results click on this link: Congratulations to our first winner: Linda Lee!  I did another drawing immediately after using the same website and our second winner is Samara Epstein Cohen.

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Linda Lee and Samara Epstein Cohen please contact via email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to let me know you are still interested in your **FREE** gift by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM, EST or another drawing will be held. Thanks!

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon! The count down is on!!!!

It is so hard to believe that the famous Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon series, which ranks in the top 10 toughest events worldwide, is only a week from today!  Soon we will see if all the hard work and discipline you and I have been putting into training for this race pays off. Well, let me tell you – regardless of how you feel this race goes for you in the end – all the training – the time, the commitment, and the determination WILL pay off! How do I know? I know this because I had the honor of completing this half marathon course last year and I will be honest – it was TOUGH, but it was worth every single second.


As you approach this race do so with positive energy and with the knowledge that you are making history. As you embark on this course remember just like any other race there will be times during this race that you may NOT be able to give 100% because those mountains are no joke and that is “OK”. Remember you have done the training and you are prepared to know instinctively when your body is telling you to “ease up” a bit and when your body is telling you to “kick it into high gear”.


To me, that is the main purpose of training for a major event like this. When we train we learn how our bodies react to certain changes, we learn when our heart or foot does not feel right and we may need to slow it down some, we learn what fuel works for our body and which ones do not, we learn which socks work and which ones don’t and so on. The list is endless. The biggest point though – is you learn “you” and your body. You will know when to push and when to pull back and I encourage you to make sure you do what your body needs. Always, always listen to your body and follow through with what it needs.


So as we get closer to the start line on Saturday, 4/22/2017 I want to also encourage you to take it all in – the sights are quite amazing, the event is unbelievable – everything from the scenery, the volunteers, the spectators (throughout the course). You will come across some lonely signs from time-to-time that have been placed right there just for YOU to encourage you and to motivate you. As the old running rule goes, you know your body and your limits, but I caution you – to twice about indulging in the champagne and other goodies during the run unless you trained for it. (If you are prepared for those goodies and are up to it than by all means have at it – unfortunately I’ve never incorporated those treats within my run so I will not be able to enjoy digesting those amazing delicacies, but I will definitely stop and take pictures because the spectators on this course are amazing and deserve a moment in the spotlight).


Start getting your running list together now and increase your water intake today, too. I actually have a running bag that is always pretty much packed with the usual’s – Band-Aids, Aquaphor, aspirin, icy hot, and etc., but I also have a “running” packing list on my phone – so that I don’t forget the absolute necessities, such as: shoes, sports bra, cellphone, chargers, sunglasses, race fuel, earphones, epipens, socks, and etc. It may seem silly, but life gets busy and I don’t want to miss a thing. So – if you don’t have a list together now, start jotting it down. The run list on my phone is helpful because every time I need it I just uncheck everything and check them off as I pack.


Lastly, race day morning … If you’ve never ran a race this may be helpful – if you have it probably won’t be as much. Most of the times you need to be at the start line early, but the race may not start right away. So here are some tips to help you be comfortable during the wait.

  1. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready that morning & don’t be afraid to use the porta-john. Always better to be safe than sorry.
  2. Remember nothing new that morning. If freebies or other runner gifts are offered to you – take them and save for later.
  3. Make sure you bought your own race fuel. Nothing worse than planning to pick it up at the Expo or local running store and not finding it.
  4. Don’t forget Vaseline or some type of lube before the race.
  5. Pick up an old, oversized sweats or a robe at a thrift store or off a sales rack – so you can stay warm before the race and discard easily. (Oftentimes some localities collect the discarded clothes and donate to homeless shelters). A trash bag or poncho will work to keep you warm and dry, as well.
  6. Stay hydrated.
  7. Smile when you see the camera.
  8. Lastly, embrace the experience.

This will likely be my last “official” blog post before the race, but I would love to give away another piece of Foot Levelers Blue Ridge swag so for anyone that likes, comments, or shares this post between now and Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by 12:00 Noon EST you will be entered into a drawing. A random winner will be selected via A winner will be announced by Thursday, April 20, 2017 by 8:00 pm EST.

** For an extra entry share your race day tip(s) below.

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Straight from the good folks at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon:

“Want Blue Ridge Marathon bragging rights … without having to run the whole 26.2 miles?Now you can with The Blue Ridge Marathon Four-Person Relay! But there is only enough room for 14 teams, so grab your best running buddies and register right away for the race on April 22nd.

The hardest part is deciding who will tackle which section of America’s Toughest Road Marathon. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Runner #1: The leadoff runner will tally 6.2 miles, including Mill Mountain.

Runner #2: The “beast leg” includes 9.1 miles, including the Roanoke Mountain Loop along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Runner #3: The leg includes the notorious Peakwood Mountain; it’s not the longest leg at 6.1 miles, but is pretty darn tough.

Runner #4: The final runner will bring it home with 4.8 miles through South Roanoke neighborhoods and downtown Roanoke.”

Click here for details. 

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Making it count – this one is for Samantha Aragones

This past Friday night I learned about a lady who is literally in the fight of her life. As I read through the various posts on Facebook I knew I would be dedicating some miles to her.  I realized that our paths likely crossed at the Historic Half that we both ran this past year and probably countless other races before that, as well. It really makes you think about the battles folks are fighting. In this case, she didn’t find out about her cancer battle until a couple of months after the Historic Half.

Samantha Aragones has literally been on my mind ever since I found out about her. My heart aches for this lady who is a fellow runner and fitness enthusiast who is fighting for her life.  My thoughts drift to her family –  her husband, their three (3) young children, other family members, and friends.  Read more about Samantha and her story here.


This is right after Samantha and a friend finished the Historic Half Marathon.  Samantha is on the right in this picture.

Each run and every workout I set out to do is very important to me, but it always has to be about more than “just me“, or the calories burned, the pace, PR’s, the distance, and etc. – it has to be about so much more – it has to matter.  With that in mind, I ran today’s snow covered 5.07 miles for and in honor of Samantha Aragone. May she feel strength in her fight, and may her family and friends be comforted during this difficult time. May they somehow be at peace and feel God’s loving presence in the midst of their heartache, pain, and suffering.  My thoughts and prayers are with Samantha, her husband, children, and loved ones today.


Join me in lifting Samantha Aragones and her family prayer.  Show them some love today and check out her story by clicking here.

Each person that takes the time to view Samantha Aragones page to read her story and then shares this post by Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:59pm EST you will be entered into a raffle giveaway for some Foot Levelers Blue Ridge gear. For those of you that dedicate miles (or have already done so) in honor of Samantha Aragone please comment either here, FacebookTwitterInstagram for an extra entry and be sure to use the hashtag #runforSamantha.

A random winner will be selected by and announced Sunday, January 15, 2017.

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Foot Levelers Blue Ridge – Just in!!

I just received notification that a new coupon code is available in honor of CyberMonday!  Now is the time to sign up and take advantage of this incredible discount. 

Click here to register and save 20% on either the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, or Double Marathon using discount code CYBERMONBRM. This code expires on Wednesday, November 30, 2016!  Don’t miss out on this amazing deal.  

Breaking News!! Winner Announced!!!!


Here we go again with yet another drawing for our FIRST winner because the first 2 winners never reached out to pick and claim his or her prize!! So once again I used randompicker com again to have a winner selected! This first GIVEAWAY ended on 11/4/2016 at 11:59 PM, EST. To see the results click on this link: Congratulations to our “new” first winner (re-drawn since the original winner never claimed her prize), with the screen name: Janet Kemp!

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Janet Kemp please comment on this post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to let me know you are still interested in your **FREE** gift by Tuesday, 2:00 PM, EST or another drawing will be held. Thanks!

First giveaway (again)!

Hi everyone!! Doing this again because the first winner did not reach out to pick and claim his or her prize!! So I used randompicker com again to have a winner selected! This first GIVEAWAY ended on 11/4/2016 at 11:59 PM, EST. To see the results click on this link:×962

Congratulations to our first winner (re-drawn since the original winner never claimed her prize), with the screen name: ruffrtiana! Please get in touch with me within the next 48 hours to claim your prize or we will have to draw again. Thanks so much for your participation.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or at for future posts and contests and email me at if you have any questions or ideas for future contests. Also, please share this post with all your friends & family so they don’t miss out either on the fun, games, and prizes.

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Breaking News! This is the last day to enter 1st giveaway & Price Increase!

Breaking news – straight from the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon Headquarters!


Price increases  November 7th at Midnight!!

(Discount code does NOT expire, but the price for the race does increase from time-to-time, as with other races)


Also, this is the last day to enter my first giveaway – so head on over to for additional details and make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  Also, to earn an extra entry into the giveaway shoot a copy of your race confirmation to me at

Good luck to everyone!


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Sign up for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon! Read on for details, a discount code and more.

offical-blogger-badge-2017If you’re a runner, walker, fitness enthusiast, or just someone that enjoys staying active and having fun then by now there is a good chance you are already scoping out fun events you can get into in 2017! In fact, it is likely you’ve already registered for an event or two by now, but there is one race that is so good, so much fun, and so exciting that you must not miss.   Make plans now to join me at the Blue Ridge Marathon series because this is one event YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS! The beauty of this one is they have something for everyone. Yes, that’s right – it’s not a one size fits all, but rather there is a size just perfect for you – whether you are a walker, a runner or just simply new to getting active!

For starters this race is in the mountains so we are talking about a race at a whole new level – – after all it’s not every day you run mountains, is it?!?! (Make sure you follow me to learn about how I plan to tackle these mountains for the second time.)

This race is schedule for April 22, 2017, which is actually the perfect time of the year because it is not too cold or too hot and the scenery is sure to be pleasing to the eye.


Me on top of the world – at the top of Mill Mountain.  Truly a sight to see.  Don’t miss out!!

This past April was the first time I experienced the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon and one could say it was “love at first sight”. The entire experience was incredible – the course, the volunteers, the spectators, the weather, and the other participants.  I personally found everything from registration, to packet pickup, to race day extraordinaire to be highly organized, which is a big, plus – especially being an out-of-towner. (There is nothing worse than feeling rushed, lost, or unorganized come race day / weekend).


What an awesome way to make sure your questions are answered on race day!

At the time, I signed up for this race I would not have classified myself as an athlete or even a strong runner although I had already ran several 5k’s, 10k’s, and this particular Half Marathon would be my 3rd Half Marathon, but to keep it real – I am one of those people that uses the Galloway run / walk method. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous about getting myself in over my head, but what I discovered about myself is that I am stronger than I realized and capable of far more than I ever knew. I think that was the most important take for me with this race – I learned so much more about myself and I learned to love and accept my flaws and all. Even though I am still not the fastest, and I still use the Galloway method I now classify myself as an athlete.


One of the *FREE* pictures taken by their professional photographers!

So, are you ready to prove to yourself and show everyone else that you a hard-core, bad-to-the-bone daredevil? If so, then this is one race you MUST sign up for! Remember there is a size that fits you whether it is:

  1. the Anthem Star 10K, which includes an amazing incline to the top of the breathtaking Mill Mountain Star which looks over the city, or
  2. the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon that gives you the opportunity to climb the awesome Mill Mountain and Peakwood, or
  3. the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon which covers the famous Mill Mountain, Peakwood, and the Roanoke Mountain.


This volunteer was spotted near Peakwood offering chocolate!

** There is also a Double Marathon for that larger-than-life, brave risk-takers, too!


All registered runners receive access to the “runners only” food tent at the finish line, free photos, customized name on your bib, a complimentary beer ticket, live music at the finish line, one FREE pair of Farm to Feet Running Socks, an awesome Finisher medal, and for those participants registered byMarch 20, 2017 a cool shirt! Use discount code BRMFRIENDS to save 15% on any of the four race distances and sign up now at  This code does not expire.


One of the many random signs along the course! 


One lucky winner will get a chance to win a cool gift from the folks at Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon – all you have to do is comment and/or follow this blog or follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for a chance to win.

Also, use the discount code mentioned above and register by Friday, 11/4/2016 at 11:59 pm and send a confirmation of your registration to me at and you’ll be entered for a second chance in this first contest drawing!

A random winner will be selected using  Giveaway ends Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:59pm EST!

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Official Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Blogger here!


Friends and family, I am ecstatic to announce that I have been chosen by the Roanoke Outside Foundation to be an Ambassador for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge race series. This race series consists of four race distances to choose from which include the 10K, Half, Full Marathon, and Double.

(Pictured below is the famous Roanoke Star that you will see when you reach top of Mill Mountain.  You will have the honor of seeing this beauty up close and personal regardless of which course you pick!)image3


Not only is this popular race known for it’s beautiful scenery, but it is famously known as one of the world’s TOUGHEST Marathons! In an article published on March 22, 2013, this race was ranked as the 8th toughest Marathon because “there is more than 7200 feet of elevation change over 26.2 miles” and it ranked #1 in “The World’s 13 Toughest Half Marathons” in an article which was written on August 24, 2014 by Carissa Liebowitz.



Next year’s race is scheduled forApril 22nd and will offer four (4) race distances– a 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and a double to choose from! Every runner gets **FREE** photos, a finisher medal, farm to feet socks, complimentary beer ticket, and live music at the finish! Folks that register by 3/20/2017 will also get a really cool shirt! (Trust me this WILL become your favorite race shirt!) J


image2Not every race shirt says, “You Run Hills I RUN MOUNTAINS”, but pictured above is the 2016 shirt that runners received with their 2016 registration fee!  


Without question easily one can see why any of the distances offered in this challenging course is a bucket list race for runners everywhere and this is one you should NOT miss!

My goal as an ambassador for the Blue Ridge race series is to answer any questions you have, share my experiences in training and preparations for the upcoming race day, and to run a few contests in order to offer some really cool prizes between now and race day. So stay tuned and get ready to have some fun!!



Also, I have a discount code good for 15% off of this AWESOME race registration fee! Let me know when you are ready for it!!

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