2022 Celtic Canter 5K - Race Recap

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The Celtic Canter 5K is a local tradition that combines Irish fun and festivities with a family friendly race experience.  It's typically an event that brings out a large mix of runners and walkers, people of all ages, running through the streets of my neighborhood.  But the 2022 Celtic Canter was a little different.  Let's just say that "I-rish" it was nicer weather!

This year, I had signed up for the Celtic Canter 5K with my 10 year old son to make it a family event.  He's been working hard training for soccer and swim and enjoys getting out there for some races.  He was also really excited to learn that his soccer coach and one of his teammates was running the race as well. We all know running is more fun with friends!  When we signed up, I had visions of running the race with my son and then heading out with some friends after to enjoy the Irish festivities - bands, vendors, pub crawl, etc. - but Mother Nature had other plans.  


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I've run this race several times before and it seems like it's always a chilly day.  If you know anything about Maryland weather, it can always be a little crazy. . .especially at the change of seasons like in March!  The day before the race was a beautiful 60 degree day with loads of sunshine.  Forecasters were calling for snow, ice, and winds. . .scratches head. . .REALLY?  Yeah, that forecast panned out.

I woke up at 6:30 to take the dogs out for their morning walk and the rain that was falling over night was JUST starting to turn over to snow - big, heavy, wet flakes.  By 7:30, the ground was completely covered, but roads looked OK still.  I was planning on just walking to the race start since it's less than 1/2 mile from our house, but decided against it not knowing how bad things were going to get.  My husband and 7 year old son agreed to be our race support and at 8:30 we left the house for a 9AM start time.  By the time we left, snow and ice were starting to stick on the road and we surprised to slide a little bit on the way there. 
 

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The race organizers had set up a tent the night before near the start which was nice prior to the race.  It was heated, dry, and home to some bagpipes.  We hung out in there and met up with our running friends until the clock struck 9 and we made our way outside.  Conditions had deteriorated rapidly and the road was a slushy covered mess.  We were anxious to start - really more anxious to finish - but minutes kept passing and the race wasn't starting.  Meanwhile, the cold slush was soaking into our shoes, freezing our feet and the wind gusts were pelting us with cold snow.  Not sure if the rumor was true, but we heard from another runner that the delay was due to the snow plows knocking over the cones on the race course - the race runs on roads through downtown Westminster, MD and the roads are coned so that one side is for running while keeping the other side open to traffic.  

By the time we eventually started at 9:17, we were already miserable.  My husband had moved our van from the start line to a spot before mile maker 1 to be able to cheer us on.  We hadn't even made it a tenth of a mile and my son was asking to bail on the race.  I can't say I could argue.  I couldn't feel my feet at all as they were thoroughly soaked through.  We planned to make it to the van and then leave.  Our running buddies decided to join us in bailing as well.


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It was the first time I've had a DNF, but I didn't care in the least.  The way we were slipping and sliding on the road had me worried about an injury just 3 weeks ahead of the runDisney Springtime Surprise weekend which I didn't want to risk and the weather was nothing less than brutal.  We were so excited to see the van, hop in, and go get warm!

I did finish the race in the afternoon - but from the warmth and safety of my treadmill!  I always thought my 2019 Frederick Half Marathon was going to go down as the craziest weather ever, but I think this race takes the cake.  

What's the worst weather you've run a race in?  Drop your stories in the comments below!
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runDisney 2022 - 2023 Race Information



Calling all mouseketeers, princesses, villains, and running fans!   runDisney marked the return of in person racing during the 2021-2022 race season and, just as the tutus and pixie dust of the 2022 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is beginning to cover those magical miles, we have some race dates releasing for 2022-2023!

For the upcoming 2022-2023 running season, we so far have dates for Wine & Dine as well as Marathon weekends.  There are no changes to race offerings or typical weekends with these. Dates are as follows:


Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend - Image from www.rundisney.com


runDisney Wine & Dine Weekend - General Registration Opens March 22, 2022

  • Disney Wine & Dine 5K - November 4, 2022
  • Disney Wine & Dine 10K - November 5, 2022
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon - November 6, 2022
  • Disney Two Course Challenge - November 5-6, 2022
  • Post-Race Party - November 6, 2022

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - Image from www.rundisney.com



runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - General Registration Opens April 19, 2022

  • Walt Disney World 5K - January 5, 2023
  • Walt Disney World 10K - January 6, 2023
  • Walt Disney World Half Marathon - January 7, 2023
  • Walt Disney World Marathon - January 8, 2023
  • Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge - January 7-8, 2023
  • Dopey Challenge - January 5-8, 2023


While a lot remains similar to past weekends, there are a few notable changes.  The past two Wine & Dine weekends have been incredibly popular with their villains theme. . .but this year we get something new - an "unforgettable showcase celebration."  Drawing of the popularity of EPCOT's International Food & Wine Festival, Wine & Dine weekend will this year showcase Disney favorites from around the world - representing the global community of runDisney including themes from Coco, Aladdin, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Soul.

Virtual race options also return in 2022-2023 for race weekends.  I'm glad to see runDisney continuing to offer these options for runners who can't make the trek to Walt Disney World Resort during a race weekend.  I always wondered why they didn't offer these and it's one change from COVID that I hope continues to stay.


Read all about my virtual runDisney Star Wars 10K in 2021!


Keep checking back as more information will be added for the 2023 runDisney Princess Half Marathon and 2023 Springtime Surprise Weekend as it is released!  

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Minions 5K Virtual Run - Race Review

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Bello!  (That means 'hello' in Minionese if you didn't know!)

During the pandemic, I fell in love with virtual racing - especially when I can combine my passion for entertainment with my love of running.  When I first heard about the Minions 5K Virtual Run, I knew it was a must-run for me.  I mean, who can pass up some sweet yellow swag?

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Minions 5K Run 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!

Why Virtual Racing?

Virtual races have become some of my favorites recently.  I used to think it was silly to spend money on a "race" that you run around your neighborhood - don't we do that all the time for free??  But during the pandemic years, virtual racing became the only game in town for a period of time and I gave some a try.  I quickly fell in love with the fun themes, cute swag, and convenience.

Let's talk about the convenience for a minute.  No race day traffic.  No packet pick-up.  No porta-potty lines.  It's pretty awesome.  I also like that I can adjust my race day if needed based on weather or illness.  For example, I registered for the Minions 5K run a few months ago, but pushed my race date back to January 22, 2022.  I tested positive for COVID in December and wasn't quite back up to working out for a few weeks. . .no worries though with a virtual race!

The Minions 5K Run Swag


Minions Run Swag - Image from www.minionsrun.com


Virtual races can come with some pretty sweet swag.  You won't be surprised to know that yellow is the featured color of all things for this race!  Runners get a comfy yellow t-shirt (available in both men's and women's cuts), a minions beanie, and a virtual race bib.  There is also a medal for this race featuring some of our favorite characters.  My medal hasn't arrived yet, but I can't wait to add it to my collection!

My Minions 5K Race

Ugh.  I should just take the word "race" out of this subheading.  As I mentioned earlier, I tested positive for COVID about 6 weeks ahead of when I ran my Minions 5K race.  Leading up to this, I really haven't been doing much running.  For about 3 weeks after testing positive, I didn't workout and, since I started back up, I have mostly been doing some low impact rides on my Peloton bike.  I knew I wanted to get out and tackle these 3.1 miles so I grabbed my trust BibRave pup, Tinker Bell, and we hit the pavement.  She was also a bit out of running practice, but I think she did better than me!


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I ended up walking more than I ran on a bone-chilling 24 degree afternoon.  Yeah, 24 degrees.  I actually waited until the warmest part of the day to run so that should tell you a little about the cold snap Maryland is in right now!  We had to stop for Tinker to go to the bathroom (like all runners tend to do!) and we had to stop because my shoes came untied. . .twice! Otherwise, we took it easy.  We enjoyed each other's company and being out in the fresh air.  My Shokz headphones were dead when we left (major runner fail) so we even had the chance to just enjoy the winter sounds.  

Overall, we traveled 3.19 miles in 47 minutes.  Super slow, but very steady.  Then it was home to warm up by the fire and watch some playoff football!  


Check out my review of this race and find TONS of race reviews over at BibRave.com!


Looking for more virtual race reviews?  Check out some of my other recent virtual events!


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