Nowhere to Run

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Detroit Freepress TCF Bank 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!

This week was a rough week, not so much because of the weather (though it has been hot, this week the humidity is back yaaaay) my head was not in it this week.  Training for 2 marathons and fundraising for one is not easy and everything was getting to me.  Add in that I was having trouble sleeping and then some rando creepy dude decided to hang out at the track when I was trying to do my speed work, it all blew up on Tuesday.  I sat, I cried, I scrapped the workout and just worked on pulling myself together.

I got a great nights sleep Tuesday night and the rest of the week improved, ending with a very good long run yesterday where I hit all my paces even with the humidity.  I stopped at one point, to get some water and take my fuel, and I just stood there, and said to myself, you can do this, and eff all those people who don’t believe in you, you believe in you, and that is all that matters, keep on kicking ass, you got this girl.  After that, I was just running like I was floating.  And I will take that with me the rest of this training cycle.

I also have this cycles theme songs, I usually just have one, but 2 spoke to me this time, so I am using both.  Rooster by Alice in Chains and Alive by POD, the first line to Rooster usually rings through my head on my hard workouts, “Ain’t found a way to kill me yet” cause it won’t and I won’t give up on this, 4:30 will be mine.

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Review: Road ID Wrist ID

Disclaimer: I received an Road ID Wrist ID to review 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!

I have known about Road ID for a while, an always meant to get one, because, extra safety precautions is never ever a bad thing, but I just kept putting it off and not getting one, so when Bibrave offered this to us I jumped at it and I am so glad I did.

I got the Wrist ID with the pin tuck band, in red and gold.  I was worried about it fitting on my wrist, since I do have such tiny wrists, but no issues.  It fits nicely, doesn’t move much and is very comfortable.  For my ID, I put my name, location and 2 emergency contacts, and a mantra.  You can also had any allergies you might have.  I wear this 24/7 now, I never take it off, I even sleep in it, and no issues with that.pic_shot_1564850594713

If you do any outdoor sport, I highly recommend you get one of these.  They have all sorts of products, not just the wrist ID, so if this isn’t your jam, you can get a sidekick which attaches to your garmin watch.  Also, Road ID has an app, it’s free, and it can track you while you run, and also list on emergency contacts and allergies.  If you want to get a Road ID, and I suggest you do, then go here and you will get 20% off

https://road.id/BibRave

Bix 7

So I am officially at the Half way point of my goal to race in all 50 states, I ran the Bix 7 in Iowa this past weekend and that was state 25.  To think, I am half way there, that is pretty cool, and I have started planning 2020, gotta more of the middle of the country checked off, and all future travels will be by plane, I no longer can drive to states, oh well, might mean less states in a year, but I will get it done.  Now let me tell you about the Bix

I flew into Chicago for this a drove across Illinois, fun little road trip.  I went to visit the town of Galena, IL and got to visit the Grant House (where Ulysses S Grant lived with his family) and the town itself was quite cute.  Then drove to my Air B&B, my first time using Air B&B, and I liked it, I will continue to use it.  I stayed in Rock Island, IL, not far from Davenport, nice quiet area.

 

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Grant House

Friday I went to Davenport and got my Bib, the race had buses that you could take into the city both for bib pick up and race day, and I used it, saved me money on parking, which I appreciate.  Bib pick up was easy and the expo was small but had some cool stuff.  I then finally got to see the Mississippi River, and yeah, it’s cool.  After reading about it in my school history books for years, it was super cool to finally see it up close.

Race day, I did my warm up on the trail along the Mississippi, which was pretty cool 67412114_10214474323872200_8248282751195676672_o

the race itself went pretty well, it was a hot day and HOLY CRAP IS THIS RACE HILLY, but I got it done, I slowed down knowing the heat was bad, and managed to finish in a good time and enjoyed myself.  The city of Davenport goes all out for this race, tons of people out, thankfully lots of hoses and sprinklers and lots of music, they really have a great time and it just makes for a much more fun race.  The after party was great too, lots of space and plenty of food and water.  If you want to run Bix I wouldn’t go into it thinking PR, it’s a tough race and it is in July, so it’s probably always going to be hot, but it is a lot of fun.

Sunday I went to Field of Dreams, SO COOL.  Bit of a ride from where I was but worth it, and if you love baseball, and you happen to be in Iowa, go, it’s cool.

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No, it’s Iowa

Overall, I really enjoyed this trip, and would recommend the race to everyone, it’s fun.  Also, Iowa is pretty fun to and it isn’t just full of corn, though there is a lot of it.

Did it even happen…

Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Summit subscription and Strava merchandise 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!

If it isn’t on Strava?  Have you signed up yet?  You should, it’s a great tracking app and it is free.  You get so  many cool features with it, challenges, you can join groups and running clubs, you can join a group for an up coming race you are in.

I love being able to look up my stats easily and just see how I have improved from week to week, month to month and year to year.  Also, Strava emails you your monthly stats which is always cool to get.

I have used other tracking apps and Strava is by far my favorite and one of the easiest to use, I hope you are enjoying it as much as I do

2 States in one weekend

First weekend in June I decided I needed to finish off the east coast, so I decided to run the Baltimore 10 Miler in MD, and the Sallie Mae 5k in DE.  I got them both done, and I am officially done with the East Coast YAAAAAAY.

The Baltimore 10 Miler was fun, hilly but fun.  I went into the race knowing it was a fun race, so I went in wanting to enjoy it, and I did.  The race starts near the Baltimore Zoo, and you run through the streets of the city, to another park, run around a lake, then run back to the Zoo.  It was all great scenery and a very safe and well run race.  Plenty of Volunteers and cops out and also, plenty of portopotties.  There was music at both ends, and it was hilly, not crazy steep hills, mainly just rolling hills.  Also, a lot warmer in MD and DE then it has been in MA, so my body was not having it, but I just ran/walk and was fine., also the medal was pretty cool.IMG_20190601_105238_419

The Sallie Mae 5k was in Bellevue Park in Wilmington, DE.  What a lovely park, if I lived in the area I would run there everyday.  The race was entirely in the park, it was some paved trail, and a dirt track, easy run, and mostly shaded so that was nice with how warm it was.  It is a very small race, but well run, easy everything and lots of space to park, and they had people taking pics so Lars and I got a photo taken 20190602_085511

Another fun run, and enjoyed the it the entire way, if you are looking for a small 5k to run in DE, I would recommend it, it was a very lovely race 20190602_095308

and with that, I am done the east coast, and I am now at 24 states, almost half way there.

I have had the past 2 weeks off and on the 15th I will be running the Timlin Memorial 5k in Hopkinton, MA which will be the start of Marathon training, so it all begins again.

 

Run Madtown

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Run Madtown presented by SSM Health race 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!

So state 22 is done, Run Madtown didn’t go perfectly but overall, I am pleased with this race.  First let me tell you about the race itself

The expo is small, but nice, still some shopping to do, and I did buy myself a new pair of sneakers.  I got my bib quickly and easily.  Also, Madison has plenty of parking, street and garage, so for both the expo and race, you should have no issue finding a place to park.

The race itself starts right in downtown Madison, right in front on the capitol building which is so cool.  Plenty of portopotties and bag check was quick and easy.  The race itself is hilly, but a really scenic one, through out the entire race.  The roads are not all closed, but plenty of volunteers and police officers are out to keep you safe and keep traffic moving.  Plenty of water stations, with plenty of volunteers to hand out cups.  You get to the run through the aboratorium which was lovely and peaceful until you leave it, and have to go up a HUGE hill.  After that hill though, it is fairly flat and you finish at the State House, overall, really well done race and I would recommend it to anyone.

Also, you get free race photos, yes I said FREE and hey I got a good one BJJ_0855-3

So for me, I was hoping for a PR, but alas, that did not happen, I did run 2:17 which I am pleased with, as I haven’t run a half that fast in 2 years.  Spring races are always tougher as my body is used to cold weather, and race morning the temps were in the high 50s, and it only got warmer.  I enjoyed Madison, it was a great walkable city with lots of restaurants and coffee shops and small shops.  And all the water, the views are just amazing and it is a very walker, runner, biker friendly city, so if that is your thing, go visit.

And now, another state checked off the list, slowly getting my way through the midwest

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New York, New York

Big News…..I’m running the NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

but wait, you say, aren’t you already running Freepress, yes I am.  Why am I running another fall marathon, easy, it’s to show my love.

My Sorta mother in law Holly, who was originally diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2015, fought it, and was in remission, so in 2016 I ran Boston in her Honor.  This week, unfortunately, we got some bad news, her cancer is back, and it isn’t curable.  So, I’m going to use my abilities to help, I am running the NYC Marathon for the V Foundation, a great charity that gives the funds to cancer research, I hope by raising money and running the marathon, that one day, no one will ever have to hear that their cancer is not curable.  So you will see me on the social, asking for donations, and I will ask here too.

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This is Holly

Please donate, the link is below, even just $10 will help.  I will be adding names to my singlet, just like I did in Boston, so if you have a loved one who you wish to honor or memorialize , please leave a note with your donation and I will add them to my shirt

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/teamv2019/daniellefogerty

Training for Madtown

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Run Madtown presented by SSM Health race 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!”

Figured  I should give you all an update about my Madtown training.  As you know I am looking to run a sub 2 hour half and my coach has me putting the speed work in.  My current pace threshold is 9:30, and I have been able to mostly hit it.  I’m feeling really good and overall, this training block is going quite well.

I am currently doing strides (20 second sprints with a 1 minute recovery walk) twice a week. Every Tuesday is track Tuesday and this past Tuesday I did mile repeats, other then some stomach issues I felt good.  My issue with Tuesdays is I need to eat before, but I am getting up at 4am to do them, so I need something quick, I tried a smoothie this week and NOPE bad idea.  So if you have any ideas for me on this, please message me, or hit me up on twitter (RuninRedsox) or instagram (same name).  My long runs have been a mixture of slow and speed, usually ending with a fast pace, and mostly I have done it.

I am feeling pretty good right now, and hope to keep up the hard but good work, and I am hoping for a nice shiny PR in May.

 

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Review: Knockaround Fast Lanes

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Fast Lane Sunglasses 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!

As you know, I already love Knockaround sunglasses, in fact, if you see a pic of me in sunglasses, they are Knockarounds.  They are well priced, comfy and cute, I may have about 5 pairs…maybe, who knows.  So it is established that I already love this brand, when I was offered the opportunity to test their new Fast Lanes, I jumped at it.

And guess what, I love these too.  In fast, these will now be my new running sunglasses.  The thinner arms, which work much better with my aftershokz head phones, and these do not bounce at all, I usually have that issue with my small nose I had no issues with these.  I have also warn them to drive and just hang outside and they are great.  These are meant for bigger faces and they really do fit my face the best.  Here is a snippet about them from knockaround.com

What makes Fast Lanes different from other Knockaround frame styles? These bad boys are designed to look great on medium and larger face shapes. And like all Knockaround sunglasses, each pair benefits from FDA-approved and impact-resistant lenses with full UV400 protection. With a pair of Fast Lanes there’s no pumping the brakes; these highway heroes are impossibly durable and strong enough to stand up to your fast-paced lifestyle without breaking the bank. Fast Lanes are finished with embedded “K” logos on the arms and come with a protective pouch, so they’re ready for you whenever you need to kick it into high gear.

Would you like a pair?? Of course you do, well I have a coupon code for you, use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 and save 20% off your entire order.  (this is good from 3/25 – 4/18 so get to buying) (also, one use per customer)

want to know what my fellow pros think…

http://themarathonlady.com/index.php/2019/04/14/brp-review-knockaround-fast-lane-sunglasses/

https://tmilesandrunning.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/join-me-in-the-fast-lane-knockaround-fast-lanes-product-review/

Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses Review!

https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/04/life-on-fast-lanes.html

REVIEW: Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses

Review: Knockaround Fast Lanes

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Fast Lane Sunglasses 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!

As you know, I already love Knockaround sunglasses, in fact, if you see a pic of me in sunglasses, they are Knockarounds.  They are well priced, comfy and cute, I may have about 5 pairs…maybe, who knows.  So it is established that I already love this brand, when I was offered the opportunity to test their new Fast Lanes, I jumped at it.

And guess what, I love these too.  In fast, these will now be my new running sunglasses.  The thinner arms, which work much better with my aftershokz head phones, and these do not bounce at all, I usually have that issue with my small nose I had no issues with these.  I have also warn them to drive and just hang outside and they are great.  These are meant for bigger faces and they really do fit my face the best.  Here is a snippet about them from knockaround.com

What makes Fast Lanes different from other Knockaround frame styles? These bad boys are designed to look great on medium and larger face shapes. And like all Knockaround sunglasses, each pair benefits from FDA-approved and impact-resistant lenses with full UV400 protection. With a pair of Fast Lanes there’s no pumping the brakes; these highway heroes are impossibly durable and strong enough to stand up to your fast-paced lifestyle without breaking the bank. Fast Lanes are finished with embedded “K” logos on the arms and come with a protective pouch, so they’re ready for you whenever you need to kick it into high gear.

Would you like a pair?? Of course you do, well I have a coupon code for you, use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 and save 20% off your entire order.  (this is good from 3/25 – 4/18 so get to buying) (also, one use per customer)

want to know what my fellow pros think…

BRP Review: Knockaround Fast Lane Sunglasses

https://tmilesandrunning.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/join-me-in-the-fast-lane-knockaround-fast-lanes-product-review/

Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses Review!

https://runbigfootrun.blogspot.com/2019/04/life-on-fast-lanes.html

REVIEW: Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses