Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I love to Rock AND Roll

In 2008 my friend Erin did the Walt Disney World marathon with Team In Training, and while she was paroozing all of the booths at the expo she came across the Rock N Roll booth, noticing the Country Music Rock N Roll Marathon. Country music every mile, yes please!!  I was running my first race that same April {10 miles} and thought, "what's 3 more miles!?" so we signed up, and started planning our runcation.  This would be more than just a race, it would be a girls weekend filled with site-seeing, touring, cowgirl boots and hats, AND running! 

A trip to Nashville isn't complete without cruising on the General Jackson,


 taking a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame


and of course running! {the pose in an inside joke from out trip on the General Jackson!}


 After running the Country Music Rock N Roll half marathon, I had a goal to run all of the races in the Rock N Roll series.  As so my tour began...

NEXT STOP: Arizona

A girls trip to Scottsdale isn't complete until you've dined with The Brioni Brothers 


NEXT UP: Denver

I went to college in Boulder and love any excuse to go back! I saw Denver was having a Rock N Roll event and was one of the first 100 {or something; they offered a BIG discount for the first people to sign up} to sign-up! And of course, I convinced friends to join the tour with me {Heather was actually a cheerleader for this race and her husband ran with me}

I loved spending time with college friends!


This was a family trip, so we took a trip to the Denver Zoo.


THIRD STOP: Portland 

I love making new running friends! 


I love running with girl friends, but nothing beats running with my dad!


Even though we are Native Oregonians, and grew up in Portland, its still a treat to visit Hubers and enjoy their signature drink, a Spanish Coffee


UP NEXT: Seattle

I knew the only way to convince my Mid-West friends to run a marathon was if it was part a trip to the beautiful PNW! 


Joining my friends AND my dad for their first marathons...priceless! 


The Space needle tends to make its way into most pictures taken while in Seattle



FIFTH STOP ON THE TOUR: San Antonio
In case you haven't noticed, my dad is just as addicted to running Rock N Roll races and the bling 


 Of course, while in San Antonio you can't help but enjoy great sites, sounds, food & drinks along the Riverwalk.  And we always love a good zoo. 


NEXT STOP: A trip back to Portland and San Diego

Now, I can' forget one of the best parts about running a Rock N Roll event: The BLING!!!



Location, location, location!!! Rock N Roll events are about more than just the race itself.  Held in fabulous places throughout the US {and now international too} they are perfect for runcations where site seeing, great food, entertainment, friends, etc are included.  

I will be running the Portland Rock N Roll again this year {May 19th} and will be blogging about ways to make it a fabulous runcation. What would YOU like me to highlight that are essential for a perfect runcation? Hotels? Restaurants {of course you have to hit up one of the infamous food trucks}? Site-seeing? Attractions? 





4 comments:

  1. You have collected some serious rock and roll bling! I think that these races are my favorite; so much fun and worth the price. I am ecstatic to be running the rock n roll in San Francisco next weekend. I will sadly miss PDX because it is the same day as my marathon.

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  2. Lol, I don't think I'll ever run a R&R! #thriftydrunkpuppet

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  3. i will always wonder if we unknowingly bumped into each other in nashvegas!! it was my 1st 1/2 & 1st r&r!! love that your on "tour" trying to run all of their races!!!

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  4. I like these kind of trips where we go with all our group as we can enjoy a lot in these trips. Your trip looks amazing, you must have enjoyed a lot. I also gone with my friends in our college trip and had lot of fun. We went to have a inter college match and that trip was a real fun. There are many places where i went on vacation with my parents and that were fun places too. Wherever i gone for the trip we always hired car as because of which journey became easy and comfortable.

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