The Casual Runner



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Greetings Casual Runners! We had yet another great month here at Casual Runner as more readers are discovering our site than ever before! We are thrilled that so many of you continue to respond to us in such big ways, especially those that are finding our YouTube channel and Twitter feed.

Even more exciting is that our readers continue to reach out to us in bigger numbers each month (we LOVE hearing from our readers, so please, keep those messages and questions coming). While we cannot get to every piece of mail we receive in our monthly Mailbags, we’ll do our best to discuss as many of your comments and messages that we can, and we do respond to everyone personally So, without further adieu, lets open up the Casual Runner Mailbag!

It all begins with a simple step in the right direction.

Our readers know that any Casual Running adventure begins with a single step that leads to your First MileIsabel had this to say about Jennifer’s story of running her First Mile:

“This article is very helpful…I sincerely liked reading it.”

Thank you Isabel, we are glad that you found Jennifer’s story helpful. Best of luck to you as you embark on your Casual Running adventure!


Instagram Love

Ariel, (no, not THAT Ariel), thanked us for our coverage of the 2016 Goofy Challenge via our Instagram page, and reminded us to:

“Never lose your awesomeness!”

Thanks so much Ariel. Like we always say, as long as you all keep reading, we’ll keeping running and writing!


Acceptance Speeches

One of the highlights of the past month was the handing out of the first ever Golden Runner Awards. We recognized some of the best contributors and performers in the running community today, but perhaps we should give out an award for the best acceptance speech? There was a lot to choose from as our honorees had some fun with their newly-bestowed honors.

There was this one from the Run and Ride Race Series who won the award for Best Race Premium:

“Oh my goodness! What a fabulous honor just to be nominated. Who to thank first? The participants, without a doubt (because without you we couldn’t hold the event!). Cedar Fair Amusement Parks, for allowing us to host the Run & Ride at 6 different parks and for helping provide such great swag–a park ticket. The race bloggers, like, who spread the word and the fun. And our race staff, tiny but mighty and we love what we do. Thanks again and see you all at the Run & Ride! Off to make space on the mantel.”


Congratulations Run and Ride! We look forward to running and riding some great roller coasters with you again this summer (oh, and if you want to join in the fun with us this summer, you can still take advantage of our race discount code!).  

The great team at the Akron Marathon issued a very appropriate thank you following their win for Best On-Course Support – Community:

“@Casual_Runner awarded us the Golden Runner for Best Community Support. Thanks Akron for making our race so special.”

We LOVE on-course support, and the Akron community really does know how to bring it on race day in support of a great race.


Upon winning for the Best Debut Race, the Rock Hall of Fame Half Marathon in Cleveland, Ohio sent this out:

“@Casual_Runner just named @RockHallHalf @rock_hall the “Best Race Debut” race of 2015. Thanks to all who attended.”

And thank you to the Team at the Rock Hall Half Marathon for putting together such an amazing debut event. Congratulations!


Speaking of Hall of Famers…the Pro Football Hall of Fame took home the honors in the BestShiny Medal Objects (SMOs) category, as they “shared the love” with their runners who earned the amazing replica Hall of Fame rings.

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The speeches didn’t stop there, as the folks at the Across the Bay 10k sent along their thank yours and our own Jake got in the action, in a way that only he can:

“I’d like to thank all the little people I had to step on to achieve this major award.”

Who will take home the 2017 Golden Runners? Well, the competition is already off to a heated start, you’ll just have to stick with us in the coming year to find out.

Marine Corps Marathon

March also saw the opening of the Marine Corps Marathon lottery.  Donna has her eyes set on this race, after checking out Mike’s review of the Marine Corps Marathon and Jennifer’s review of the MCM 10k race, she had this to say:

“Congrats on a great time for your race. Good luck with your Marathon training. I start mine next week using one of Hal’s plans as well but I might be rethinking it. Running 4 days a week is hard for me. I think I’d rather squeeze in an extra cross-training session on the Wednesday. Good luck.”


Evelyn had similar thoughts on stepping up her training program:

“That is so interesting!! I’m staring to realize my body needs more cross training then I have been doing as much as I would love to run 4-5 days a week, I think 3 is more reasonable for me. At least for now. Even though I’m not running currently, trying to heal” from my running injuries.  

Donna and Evelyn both have different Casual Running goals in mind, and we wish you both the very best! Please do check back with us and let us know how everything goes for you.

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Well, that is going to do it for our latest installment of the Casual Runner Mailbag. If we did not get to your messages this month, don’t worry, we will be back next month with another edition of the Casual Runner Mailbag.

If you want to reach out to us, have any questions to ask, or just want to say hi to us, the free plug party at the end of this and every article will tell you how to do so! Thanks again everyone, and best of luck to you on your Casual Running adventures, we will see you out on the running trails.

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