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8 Days to Reggae Marathon: Running Hat

This is my 6th consecutive year at Reggae Marathon.  And every year I remember to pack my running hat.  If you’re running the Full or Half Marathon you’ll appreciate a running hat or some head covering once the sun comes up.  Especially if you’re from ‘Away’:  Northern US, Canada, UK and Europe where the sun is less intense at this time of year. A running hat will mak ...[Read More]

9 Days to Reggae Marathon: Sunscreen

Along with your running gear and beach wear, the next most important thing to bring to Negril is Sunscreen.  With miles and miles of soft white sand and warm Caribbean water gently lapping the shores, ‘catching some rays’ is one of the major activities before and after Reggae Marathon.  Worshiping the sun safely is only common sense.  Bring lots of Sunscreen.  Splurge for the waterproo ...[Read More]

Sunset Celebration Anyone?

There can be no finer reward for successfully completing the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K than heading to Negril’s West End for a sunset celebration.  From high up on the cliffs, most vantage points allow for a breathtaking view of the sun sinking into the Caribbean Sea. One popular location is Rick’s Cafe.  It’s a busy spot but there are many great vantage points from w ...[Read More]

Negril 2 weeks today!

Road Trip!  Negril 2 weeks today! My second favourite part of the drive from Montego Bay to Negril is at the high point in the road on the approach to Lucea.  From that vantage point you can look across the bay itself and see the bustling town of Lucea.  It is my gateway to the other world experience that is Negril every December at Reggae Marathon.   My favourite part of the drive is driving into ...[Read More]

Ahhh…The Negril Beach!

In just over 2 weeks you’ll find me running along this stretch of Negril beach early morning.  While I won’t exactly have the entire beach to myself, it will sure feel that way.  If I really do have a spiritual home, the Negril beach is it! Years ago when my family and I started coming to Negril, it seemed like a world away.  In those days the drive from Kingston took forever!  Dad lik ...[Read More]

You’re Invited!

Here’s your invitation:  Reggae Marathon Registration.  I expect your RSVP this week 🙂 Reggae Marathon is a multi-day event.  First up is the Pasta Party Friday night.  A lot’s been written about “The World’s Best Pasta Party” held outdoors under the stars at the Couples Swept Away Sporting Complex.  “Rasta Pasta” is a favourite but there are a lot other p ...[Read More]

Training tips to improve your running

Running and training are not the same thing.  I came to that conclusion recently while doing speedwork at a local track.  I know that sounds obvious but you know how you can sometimes come up with something that seemed profound at the time but later seemed glaringly obvious.  That was one of those times. As a long-time runner, I’ve experienced the joy of fantastic, effortless runs when it fe ...[Read More]