The Casual Runner


Greetings Casual Runners!

OK, please do not shoot the messengers, but we are sad to report that today is the last day of August, which means that, for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is unofficially over. The seasons they are a changing. We’ll give you a minute to compose yourselves.

Better? If not, please keep this in mind: Fall race season is kicking off! Yup, that’s right. Cool weather, awesome foliage-lined running trails, and plenty of opportunities to get out there and go running with your favorite running buddies. So let’s put a cap on August by once again turning things over to you, our readers and fellow Casual Runners, as we open up the Casual Runner Mailbag.


Now THAT is the way to celebrate a new PR.

A big topic of conversation in August was PRs as many Casual Runners chased the rabbit in search of their own personal best times. Jenny, in response to Jake’s article on recording a PR at a runDisney race, had this to say:

“I PR’ed at the 2014 Wine & Dine [half marathon], but that’s because I’d never run a race before! 🙂 Actually, I ran a lot faster than I thought I would given a couple of stops and fatigue and the rain, so I do believe something magical happens when you run at Disney.”

Congrats Jenny., we are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon as well! Whether it is faith, trust, or pixie dust, you can never know just how much race day adrenaline will kick in and help you to a better finish time than maybe even you thought was possible.  But, even if you do not get that illusive PR, just remember to enjoy the experience, you will always have another shot at chasing the rabbit.


Just one of the growing list of products that Team Casual Runner is reviewing to help you on your own Casual Running adventure.

We are starting to hear back from even more readers about our Casual Runner Team’s series looking at products to help you in your own Casual Running adventures.

Yoshi wrote in on Mike’s reveiw of the Soleus GPS Pulse Watch to say: “Thanks for the information, I think I’ll try it out.” Thanks Yoski, please do let us know how it works out for you.

Steve, from Ohio… hey, wait a second…Steve, is that YOU? It is! Steve just wanted to let you know that, after a summer of training and racing half marathons, he started to experience some minor foot pain. Nothing too bad, but it has definitely forced him to cut back on his training miles. To help out he busted out the Icy Feet that he tried out for his product review (which you can read here).

At the time he tested Icy Feet out he was healthy, but now that he is using them on an actual injury (we swear we didn’t ask him to injure himself for the sake of the website), he reports that he is pleased with the way they are working and says they are helping him get back on his feet (pun intended). There is still no word on whether, during his recovery, he is wearing sunglasses at night, but we will keep you updated.


Icy Feet to a Casual Runner’s rescue!

Recover fast Steve, there are lots of great Casual Running miles we plan on logging with you in September.

We like hearing from our readers, but please do remember to let us know who you are.  We received two notes from readers who forgot to sign their names.

The first reader commented on Stephanie’s Guest Contributor Review of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in Washington, D.C., and had this to say: “I really like it when individuals get together and share thoughts. Great site, continue the good work!” 

Thank you, whoever you are! We have been contacted by several readers who want to share there stories. If you would like to do so as well, please get a hold of us using the contact information at the bottom of this article.

Another reader had this to say about Mike’s review of runDisney’s Dumbo Double Dare and Disneyland Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort in California: “WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for runDisney!”


The CR Team is looking forward to meeting other Casual Runners at future runDisney race weekends and other race events.

We are hearing this a lot – readers in search of more information about runDisney races are stumbling upon Casual Runner, and we are glad to hear it. Don’t worry, we have plenty of more runDisney coverage coming your way, starting with Septembers’ Dumbo Double Dare and Disneyland Half Marathon, then onto the Wine and Dine Half Marathon (Walt Disney World), Avengers Half Marathon (Disneyland), the 2016 Goofy Challenge (Walt Disney World), the Star Wars Half Marathon (Walt Disney World), and, well, lots more!

Speaking of runDisney, Michael Cherry wrote in after reading Jake’s piece on how he brought Lightning McQueen to life to let us know that he is a big fan of Jake’s entire CosRunning series.  Thanks Michael. Be on the lookout for even more great original costumes that Jake assures us he has planned for future races.

We love when new readers find something of value in Casual Runner. Jamel had this to say about Mike’s review of Marine Corps Marathon“I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blog’s really nice, keep it up!” Thanks Jamel, and best of luck to all of those Casual Runners getting ready to run this year’s Marine Corps Marathon, it really is an awesome event.

Since our readers are turning their attention to future races, Kevin Daley, thanked us for Mike’s review of the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: He wanted to let us know that it was an “Excellent article” and added that it was “Well written.”

Reserve - Mike - 2014 Pitt Half Race Review Pic I

The starting line of the 2014 Pittsburgh marathon and half marathon.

We appreciate this Kevin. One of the aspirations we had from day 1 at Casual Runner is to, first and foremost, be good story tellers. We believe that honestly sharing our stories and experiences with our readers is part of our DNA and sets us apart from other sites. We plan on continuing to do so and we look forward to you staying tuned.

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!

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