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The North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Port Angeles Washington has been called the best boutique marathon in North America (according to their website).
What is a boutique marathon? Is boutique even a category? Googling this term didn’t yield many results.
Here’s what I can tell you about this marathon: (1) the scenery is grand, (2) parking is easy, (3) people are friendly, (4) the medals are cool, (5) and the post race food is plentiful.
Although I’ve got a few marathons under my belt I still learn something about myself at each race. Here are my discoveries from the North Olympic Discovery Marathon.
I Love a Small Town Race
I’m a small town girl from Lewistown Montana so small town races are just right for my comfort zone. At boutique marathons you can expect to share the road with only a couple thousand runners. Race officials work hard to add a personal touch. Each runner who crossed the finish line in Port Angeles was personally escorted through the finishing area by a friendly race volunteer.
Here Are Some Small Races You Will Love
- Napa Valley Marathon– rural feel, running through wine country, 2,300 participants.
- Amica Marathon in Newport, Rhoad Island- run along the bay; voted 4th best marathon in a Runner’s World poll.
- Missoula Marathon, Montana- July race in a beautiful place!
- Mount Desert Island Marathon, Acadia National Park, Maine
- And here’s a list of ten more
The Mountains Were Cheering Me On!
Washington’s Olympic Mountain Range is eye candy for photographers. Port Angeles has the double blessing of being by the ocean and the mountains. The mountains inspired me the most. Enjoying the course scenery always keeps my mind off my tired legs.
Trevor Gets a PR
Be sure to read his funny blog post about accidentally setting a personal record. He ran the half marathon and finished in 1:59:22. Maybe my competitiveness is rubbing off on him.
Running Back to Back Races
I talked to a couple of ladies before the race who were doing back to back races. One lady had just ran a marathon the day before. She is trying to become a Marathon Maniac. Her friend had completed 34 marathons with a goal of getting to 40 by the end of the year.
Now I find myself fantacizing about becoming a Marathon Maniac. Sometimes you can’t get an idea out of your head! I’m sign up for another race this weekend not too far from home.
If You Want to Run Back to Back Races I’d Suggest . . .
- Ice after running to decrease inflammation
- Refuel with healthy carbs and rehydrate
- Get extra sleep
- Get a massage or at least use the tiger tail roller
- Reverse taper (incrementally increase your distance after a race)
If you have a solid running base and train smart your body can adjust to back to back races. Soon you will need to buy a bigger house to hold all your medals. And you might need an extra job to pay for all the entry fees.
[Quick Tip] How to Balance Running and Raising a Family
Here is a question we received on our facebook page. . .
Hey guys, love the show. I’d love to get a parent’s perspective on training. My wife and I are expecting our first in a month. . . and I’m curious how you balance running/kids. Running strollers? Getting up super early? Thanks.
Good question! Here is my reply . . .
It’s exciting to hear about your upcoming little blessing. When I had my first baby I used a combination of a jogging stroller and getting out when Trevor was available to watch our son. Now with three kids it’s a matter of communicating about when we each want to run so that the other can watch the kids. It all comes down to being intentional and flexible. Good luck! Angie
If you’re a serious runner and plan to log lots of miles with your little one, the Baby Jogger High Performance Jogging Stroller, IceJogging Strollers)is the jogging stroller for you. It’s pretty expensive (I think we got it as a gift). But I’ve had the same stroller for six years and it’s still good as new.
Pictures from our Vacation
Port Angeles, Washington (a beautiful place for a race)
Trevor, Angie, Riley, Gavin, and Liam posing at the Salish Sea Circle in Port Townsend, WA
Liam prepares for an Irish dance in the Salish Sea Circle
Riley and Gavin captain this worthy vessel