Race Review: 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon (1/8/2017), or: “Sky blue flight on a cold wind to Valhalla…”

I’ve wanted to run a COLD marathon since like forever, man. And by cold, I mean “Cold to someone who has lived in South Florida” for 90% of his existence, and the entirety of his formative years and most of his adult life. I want the Ice Age experience, and by that I mean something…

Race Review: 2016 Flanigan’s Rockin’ Rib Run 10K (11/20/2016), or: “You know it’s more than just some new sensation…”

The Flanigan’s Rockin’ Rib Run 10K has got to be, without question, my favorite local 10K in South Florida. Maybe even the BEST 10K around. A bold statement, I know, but one I’ll wholeheartedly support. Allow me to elucidate. 10K races are, by their very definition, a pretty popular race distance. It’s a step up…

Race Review: 2016 Everglades Half Marathon (11/19/2016), or: “Now I don’t move too fast, and my talk is kinda slow…”

Can I tell you a secret, from a nearly life-long South Floridian? Ready? I have never understood the appeal of The Everglades. What, exactly, is the big freakin’ deal with The Everglades? It’s a large, stinking swamp. Marshes and mangroves and gators and mosquitoes and steamy humidity and bugs and snakes that can swallow a…

Race Review: 2016 TCS New York City Marathon (11/6/2016), or: “I just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder…”

The TCS New York Marathon. The biggest marathon in the world. The bucket list item towards which, along with the Boston Marathon, most North American runners aspire. A member of the prestigious World Marathon Majors… for whatever that means. A signature event. A world-class experience. An indescribable moment in time wherein a single runner can…

Race Review: 2016 Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon (10/29/2016), or: “In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty…”

So on the morning of October 29th, 2016, I ran the 2016 Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon, in what has become an annual tradition for us here at Hokeyblog. This particular race is almost always a fun ride; I say “almost” because the 2013 race — my first time — had some serious bumps in…

Race Review: 2016 Labor Day Triathlon (9/4/2016), or: “All that I’ve been through, I’ll do it again…”

Here’s the thing to keep in mind when reading one of my (or any other self-absorbed, solipsistic, yet ferociously attractive blogging narcissist’s) race reviews, and that is this: what you’re reading is an overly elaborate judgement piece based on prior experience/exposure… or in the case of triathlons, PURE FREAKIN’ ANXIETY. No kidding, though. I mean it.…

Race Review: 2016 Wings For Life World Run (Sunrise, FL — 5/8/2016), or: “Spread your little wings and fly away…”

So here we are in May of 2016, which can only mean that it’s time for another go-around with the Wings For Life World Run. And this also means it’s time for another go-around for me to find a way to absolutely gush about this outstanding race and insanely positive experience without repeating myself for…

Race Review: 2016 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon (4/17/2016), or: “The boys are thirsty in Atlanta, and there’s beer in Texarkana…”

The Inaugural 2016 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon! You know, as I started writing this race review, I came to the sudden realization that over three weeks have passed since the event, and only now have I begun to collect my thoughts about it. I think that’s a record delay for me, which means…

Race Review: 2016 Star Wars Dark Side 10K (4/16/2016), or: “The pleasant notion of miraculous change…”

The Inaugural 2016 Star Wars Dark Side 10K! There are a lot of exclamation point opportunities in that preceding… exclamation, but I’ll curtail my exclamatory tendencies to just a single pinpoint punctuarial proclivity. What an utterly strange way to start a race review… hrmph. Anyway so here we are in April of 2016, at the…

Race Review: 2016 Race For Women’s Wellness Half Marathon (3/26/2016), or: “Ain’t it a shame to be shot down in flames…”

The Race For Women’s Wellness Half Marathon & 5K is held annually in Coral Springs, Florida, and all proceeds go to benefit The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. This fund provides free screening mammograms for women who cannot otherwise afford them. A great cause, to be sure, and as a smaller-sized local race, this was…