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five goals for hospital hill | Friday Five

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Hospital Hill Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! 


When I first signed up for Hospital Hill Half earlier this year, I decided that I was going to shoot for a new PR. After all, my previous PR was on a very similar course in KC – the KC Half Marathon. 

After some health struggles and figuring out that my thyroid stopped working, my training took a back burner just long enough for my priorities to change for my Hospital Hill Half experience this year. While a PR might still be in the cards, it is not my top priority.

For this week’s Friday post, I am going over my top 5 goals for Hospital Hill this year!

Friday Five

1 take in the pre-race experience – the expo

There is nothing like a great expo to add excitement to a pre-race experience! As I have experienced a couple of Hospital Hill health and fitness expos in the past, I know they are top notch! There are many vendors, local and beyond, that come out to show support to the runners of the weekend.

I will have a little time to spare between dropping off little man with the grandparents and my volunteer duties, so I plan on walking around the rows and rows of new faces and see what all I can see : ) 

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2 enjoy the volunteering experience Friday night

I do not always have the ability to volunteer at races. I don’t always have someone to watch little man since he can’t stand around for more than 20 minutes… 

Image result for volunteer memeThe Hospital Hill Re-Run gives me an opportunity to volunteer for the 5K on Friday evening and run the half on Saturday morning!

Yeah, the Re-Run is set up for you to RUN BOTH events, but since (1) I only signed up for the half and (2) I will already be in town, I decided to volunteer for Friday evening as a course marshal! 

I have several cowbells I plan to bring and ring…and I am always full of empowering things to say to other runners… It’s perfect! Plus, there are some GREAT perks!!

  • Free Volunteer Crew T-shirt 
  • Refreshments
  • 3 Hours of Free Parking WednesdayFriday, Free Parking Saturday
  • Virtual Swag Bag with coupons and discounts
  • Post Race Party Invitation after shift completion Friday and/or Saturday
  • Rock and Run hosted Volunteer Party Invitation (date determined after race weekend)
  • AND Course Marshal volunteers receive a 50% discount off of their 2018 Hospital Hill Run race registration. Friday night Course Marshals can use their discount for June 3, 2017 if not yet registered to run.

They are still looking for volunteers for both Friday night and Saturday morning. If you want to come out and support the runners, go ahead and volunteer

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Tweet: Come conquer the hills of KC, MO with me in June!! @HospitalHillRun #HHR2017 #bibchat https://ctt.ec/60ne0+

3 & 4 take the uphills easy & storm the downhills

As a Smart Pacer, I have found these two running techniques quite valuable! Also, walking through the water stations…

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Hospital Hill Half – oh, those hills!

There are many, many hills of the Hospital Hill Half (*heck, it has “hill” in the name of the race, you can expect some hills)…and running them well can make or break your race! 

My plan is to take the uphills a little easier, possibly walk/run them in sections, and take the downhills fast to make up some of the time. No biggie…in theory. My legs will very likely be trashed for a little bit after the race depending on how hard I take the hills… 

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5 above all else, have fun

Have Fun! This is one of my main goals for this year in running…and when other goals go out the door, you bet that HAVING FUN is at the top of the list! If I am not having fun, what else is there? 

How will I have fun??

Cheering on other runners and making sure that I am smiling more than grimacing…ha!

If I see the photographers before they see me, you bet that I will be jumping around to get a jumping shot!

Making the most of the day will be a top priority.

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There is still time to save!! Use the code “BIBRAVE” at checkout for 10% off your registration (not valid on the family 5K pricing). Register today and save a little cash and use the savings at the Health and Fitness Expo!

Tweet: Come conquer the hills of KC, MO with me in June!! @HospitalHillRun #HHR2017 #bibchat https://ctt.ec/60ne0+

I am linking up with the Friday Five 2.0 today!! 🙂 

Check out some awesome fitness #linkups next week! 

Weekly Wrap link-up with Holly & Tricia     —     #MotivateMe Monday with Lucie & Janice

IlkaAngela’s Sunday Fitness & Food     —     Courtney‘s weekly Training Recap

Tuesday’s on the Run with Patty,  Erika,Marcia

Wednesday’s are full with Annmarie, Jen, Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday and Coaches Corner with Suz, Rachel, Debbie,Lora!


Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Hospital Hill Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

19 thoughts on “five goals for hospital hill | Friday Five

  1. I LOVE that you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer! I’ve always wanted to volunteer at a race or an expo, but my schedule is usually so hectic during race time I don’t even have time to make it to the expo, let alone volunteer! Maybe next season I can try and block out more time to volunteer! Good luck at Hospital Hill!

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  2. I love that you’re volunteering at the 5k and that you’ll have a cowbell with you. It makes supporting runners so much easier. My throat always sounds coarse after cheering for runners. Haha Have a great half and crush those hills!

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  3. I must run fess that I’ve not volunteered for a race before. Well, I’ve volunteered for a few really small races, but they were like charity kids races rather than organized races. Thank you to all volunteers always! Those are going to be some goooood hills–talk about your glutes working! Good luck!

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