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The Casual Runner Mailbag – July Edition

Greetings Casual Runners!

IMG_20150408_060306127Another summer month just went by like the blink of an eye. And what a month it was! July was a busy month: We logged lots of miles in some cool locales, checked out lots of new running gear products, checked out some new races, revisited an old favorite race, and even managed to celebrate Casual Runner’s First Anniversary.  And, like all great runs, Casual Runner is just beginning to hit its stride. This seems like a great time to finish off this month by once again opening up the Casual Runner Mailbag and turning things over to you, our readers and fellow Casual Runners.

First off, you know we love hearing from our readers and the great suggestions they have to share with one another. In last month’s June Mailbag, we noted how several readers suggested non-running uses for Body Glide, such as walking around amusement parks and theme parks in the hot summer months.

We received even more non-running suggestions for this running product, and we found the most noteworthy of which to be: use Body Glide when attending concerts. We heard of one particular Luke Bryan concert in Cincinnati where the temperatures soared into the high-90s and Casual Runners posing as concert goers were reaching for their Body Glide. We give you credit both for creativity and your music tastes.

Adriana sent an email to Jennifer (yes you can email us, just click on our Team page):

“Hi Jen!

I love reading your posts on the Casual Runner blog. I found your blog when I was searching for information on the Zooma 10k in Annapolis. This year was my first time running it and it was my first 10k.  Since then, I’ve signed up for a couple more races this year.

IMG_20150712_071502107In your latest blog post, you mentioned that you get a weekly email of races that are happening in the area. Can you tell me which email you subscribe to? I live near Baltimore and I’d like to see local races in the area. A lot of the local races that you run, I’ve never heard of until you post about them on the blog. Thanks for the fun posts! I love hearing about other casual runners.

Happy Running!



PS – I’m so sorry for your loss. Pepper looked like such a sweet pup.”

The Team is glad to answer any questions you may have. Here is part of what Jennifer sent to Adriana in case anyone else has the same questions as her:


IMG_6788Congrats on finishing the Zooma 10K!  I love running in Annapolis.  Best of luck on your future races.  Maybe I’ll see you out there.

The weekly email I referenced is from  I have an Active account so I’m sure it’s tied to my location in the settings.  You can also search for races in Maryland at and  Some of the local running stores will also send out occasional updates on upcoming races.  And often once you sign up for a race with an organization, you’ll get emails from them, too.  In no time I’m sure you’ll have lots to choose from!”

Krista from Cambridge, Massachusetts wrote to us on Facebook after reading our First Anniversary features:

“[I] really liked the Casual Running retrospective. I don’t read every post, but it’s a fun blog and I love hearing what you guys are up to!”

Thanks Krista! We cannot get over how fast this first year has gone by, but it has certainly been an enjoyable ride!

Louie from Pittsburgh wrote to us after discovering Part 3 of Mike’s coverage of the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare:

“Greetings from Pittsburgh! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during my lunch break. I love the information you provide here and can’t wait to read more when I get home.”

Thanks Louie. While we would never encourage people to be distracted while at work, we are not going to lie, we particularly enjoy hearing from readers for whom Casual Runner is a welcome diversion in the middle of their work days. We just hope that we can help give you that extra little motivation to need to go for a run when you get home.

IMG_20150509_073334142Sandy left us a note in our comments section on Jake’s CosRunning: Shadow Flight feature:

“Great costume! When I saw the picture I wondered if you would have a problem with the “no masks” rule. … I have also had someone run up to me with a costume piece that fell off. Disney runners are the best!”

Hi Sandy! We have found that the enforcement policy at runDisney races can be a little mixed. We have heard from some readers who had parts of their costumes questioned while others have not had any problems. Do not get us wrong, with some race fields topping 26,000 runners, the volunteers have their hands full and they are not there to ruin anyone’s day by being the costume police, they are just doing their best to enforce the rules.  The best we can advise is to read the official runDisney (or other running event you are entering) rules for costumes and attire and design your race kits to comply with the rules so you can avoid any issues on race day.

This is probably also a good time to caution our readers that the runDisney costume rules are NOT the same rules that Disney uses for adults wearing costumes while visiting their theme parks. While CosPlay and CosRunning are a fun part of the runDisney race events, and many of the costumes are quite spectacular and intricate, Disney prohibits adults from wearing many of these costumes during normal park hours.  Kids on the other hand are still free to dress as their favorite princess or heroic (or villainous!) characters!

HarborOk, we know you all Love Jennifer.  Yes, THAT Jennifer, the one who rocked our list of top 10 features from our first year.  This message came from Bob, who knows Jennifer professionally, but did not know that she is a member of Team Casual Runner or a badass Casual Running writer:

“I ran the Arbutus Firecracker 10K Saturday.  When Googling to find race results, I came across a blog form you describing your previous experience with this race – nice!  Hope you had a nice American Independence Day holiday.”

It is funny how you can find friends anywhere and how the running community really does bring people together. The Arbutus Firecracker 10k is a fun local race that just so happens to be one of Jennifer’s favorites.

Well that is going to do it for this installment of the Casual Runner Mailbag.  The Team loves hearing from you, so please keep those emails, messages, tweets, and Facebook and Google+ messages coming in.  And good luck with your training and have fun on your Casual Running adventures!

The Casual Runner Team wants to hear from you. If you have any questions about anything we cover here on Casual Runner, if you have any questions regarding running gear or training for your own Casual Running needs, or if there is anything that you would like us to cover on Casual Runner, please leave a comment or email us using the links below.  To ensure that you do not miss all of the great content from Casual Runner, please be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and add us to your circle on Google+.  See you out on the running trails!  



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