Richmond Marathon

Well, this was the hardest race, and not because it was hilly or a tough course, my leg just wasn’t having it.  Around mile 15 my hip was on FIRE, so I ran/walked from then until about mile 25, when I made a friend and was able to run until the end.  A 6 hour marathon was not what I was hoping for, but it is what I got.  I did learn I can push through a lot and that I will fight hard to finish, but I start PT tomorrow and hope to never ever have a race like this again.

As for the overall Race, it is so nice, they call this the friendliest marathon and I agree.  Richmond itself is so easy to get around, and their are tons of local restaurants to try.  The expo is small,  but still has lots of stuff to see and do (they did have a beer tasting) getting your number is quick and getting all your swag is easy too.  Everyone was smiling and it was nice.  Also the expo has tons of parking so no need to worry about that.  Race morning, TONS OF PARKING like, there is no need to worry there is so much parking.  The start line was easy to find, and got into my corral, made a friend there too.  The weather was perfect, like couldn’t ask for better race weather.  The race itself is so nice, some hills but nothing crazy, running along the James River is just stunning and they had Bands and Djs all over the course.  There were also cheerleaders, and plenty of people to cheer you on.  The neighborhoods are fun to run through will lots of junk food stops and extra water (also some booze if you’re into that) The finish is down hill, and I mean steep down hill, but that felt nice.  And the after party is in a nice park, with plenty of room to move around.  If you park near the start line, there is a bus to take you back there.  They really did think of everything.

I would totally recommend this race, friendly, fun and mostly flat.  Plenty of parking, and the city itself is super easy to get around with lots of fun things to do.  Lars and I went to check out Hollywood Cemetery the next day and enjoyed that.

So state 20 is done, and there will be no more races in 2018, as I work on making my leg better so I can crush my goals in 2019.20181113_181240

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Race Week

As everyone knows I have been training to run the Richmond Marathon this coming weekend.  I was hoping to run a 4:30 marathon, a big PR for me.  Uh oh, was, yup was, about 2 weeks ago I started getting sharp pains in my calf, don’t know why, but it has made running difficult.  I am spending my last week on a bike and foam rolling and stretching as much as possible.  I am still running, and god I hope I surprise myself and get a PR, but right now, I want to finish, that is my goal.  Of course if the pain is too much, then I will stop, I don’t want to destroy my leg, as I have goals for 2019 and I will accomplish them.  I have signed up for PT starting after the race, I am going to get better and I am going to rock 2019 and on I am not done.

Just wanted to let everyone know what is going on.  Also, if you want to track me on Saturday, Richmond has an app, and you can look me up to see how I do and cheer me on. My bib number is 5361.

I have my heart set on finishing this, I don’t care if I have to walk, run walk, whatever, I am going to give my all to get this done.  Big goals don’t come easy, I know this, time to kick some a**

 

 

Review: SPI Belt Beam Hat

Disclaimer: I received an SPI belt Beam Hat 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!

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So I won’t lie, I am not much of a hat person, I have a large dome and I usually find hats uncomfortable.  They pinch my head or fall off, so I generally avoid them and just use a head band.  But a hat with lights, I had to give this a try, and I am really glad I did.

I do run early in the morning, usually around 5 am, and this time of year, that means it is dark out and dark for my entire run.  I do wear knucklelights and they are great, but they move with my hands, so having a light that would just say forward and steady would be nice.  This hat does that and doesn’t bother my dome.

The directions to get it working were a bit hard to follow, but I figured it out and got it all set up.  I did notice the battery for the front lights, was inside that hat and I was worried that it would dig into my head, it didn’t.  Overall the hat is super comfy, nice wicking material and also has reflective stuff on the top of it.  The lights on the front are nice and bright, and send a nice beam of light out ahead.  It also has lights on the back that flash, which is great too.

The hat didn’t move during any runs, stayed in place but didn’t squeeze my head, it is adjustable so should be able to fit just about everyone.

If you are a person who runs in the dark like me, you should really look into getting this hat, it would be great for you see and be seen, I do highly recommend it.44474698_10212571199855289_8669870715131920384_o

Review: NOW Foods BCAAS

Disclaimer: I received NOW Foods BCAAS 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’m always interested to try new things that will help me recover, especially after a long run.  When I am marathon training, the runger that comes after a long run can be a bit ridiculous, like I basically eat all day.  So trying something that actually helps calm down my runger was great.  I would drink the NOW BCAAS right after my long run, and obviously help get water into me, but it really calmed down the runger.  I’m not saying I didn’t eat at all, I did, I just didn’t need to eat everything all day, which is nice, and helps my grocery bill.

The NOW BCAAS come in 2 flavors, grape and watermelon, and I have to say I prefer the grape.  The watermelon didn’t taste bad, I just found it had a bit of an odd aftertaste, that the grape did not have.  Also, make sure you either get the NOW shaker or have a good water bottle to shake this up in, because it really needs to be mixed like that,. stirring just doesn’t work as well.

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Branched Chain Amino Acids are essential amino acids that serve as the building blocks of protein, which helps to fuel your muscles during workout and can also help support muscle recovery post-workout. They’re called essential because the body doesn’t make them on its own, so you need to supplement or get from them from your diet.

There is a discount if you would like to try some, you can go to Amazon.com and use code 20NOWBCAA or you can use this link https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A1G65M39SCQHX5 and you get 20% off (one time use only) and this is only good until November 15th, so hurry up

If you are looking for some extra help in run recovery I would give this a try, I am excited to keep using it to help with all my training.

 

 

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

State 22 is…..

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!”

 

WISCONSIN!!!

I am coming for all the cheese, and a half marathon too.  I will be running the Run Madtown presented by SSM health half marathon next May.  This will also be my first Bibrave race of 2019.  I know, already booking races for next year, but hey, these states don’t run themselves

And maybe, you would like to join me, of course you would.  You can use code RAVENSAVE which is good for 10% off any of the races (excluding the kid races)  There is a twilight 5k and 10k you could do, if you are not up for a half yet.  You can even combine races if you wish.

I am thinking this may be a goal race next year, as not having 2 goal races this year was kind of a let down.  I enjoy the training, I enjoy the hard work.  I will of course discuss this with my coach, but I think maybe sub 2 hour half??? shall see

Make sure you register soon, prices take their first jump on 11/1 so get in while the prices are low.  Hope you see some of you there

Jamestown Rhode Race

Hills, hills and more hills, why do I always pick the races with hills.  I really need to start running so more mid west races, I need some flatness in my life.  So, Jamestown Rhode race, HILLY, yes, and much warmer than I expected, so this race did not go as well we I was hoping.  Finished in 2:33, I was hoping for maybe 2:15-2:20, but alas not in the cards.  I am kicking but at all my speed workouts in training, so I really thought I had this race. but you can’t predict the weather and that hurt me more then the hills.  And while I am a full blown winter hater, I am happy to see the cooler weather coming in, I am done with running in humidity, so are my feet, which are currently covered in blisters.

Anyways, let me give you some race highlights, the course is B E A U T I F U L like, easily one of the prettiest courses I have run on.  The roads are not closed, and it can get a little tight, but I felt pretty safe most of the run.  They also use the Race Joy app for tracking, and um, that lovely little app tells you about Historical markers through out the race, which I loved, though, it didn’t set back the music, so it was a tad hard to hear, still loved it though.

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View at around mile 3, not bad right

Overall, I would recommend this race, just be prepared for hills, but also, be ready to see some beautiful views and enjoy the little island, it is really quite nice.  Lars and I stayed in Narragansett but there are some B&Bs on the island if you wish to stay closer.

Review: Knockaround Premium Shades

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround 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!

For a long time, I wouldn’t wear sunglasses when I would run, mainly cause I could never find a pair that would stay put on my face, and I do not want to be constantly adjusting glasses while I am out on a run.  Well, then I tried knockaround and I am now wearing shades for all my sunny runs.

They are so nice a light, and they do not move, no sliding no bouncing and they are super cute too.  You can go on knockaround.com to check out ALL the options for glasses that they have.  You can get all sorts of colors and you can also get them polarized to make sure your eyes are very protected.

I wore them for a track run, and also on 2 of my long runs 14 and 16 miles and they lasted through both of those and I had no issue at the track when I was picking up speed.40097758_10212233953784348_6672761564451307520_o

If you plan on getting  pair, and I really recommend that you do.  Until 9/30 you can use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS20 and you can save 20% off a pair (only one use per person) so hurry up and go to knockaround.com and get yourself some sunglasses that are stylish and also protect your eyes

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Dog approved as well

 

also, here are some reviews from my fellow Pros

https://marathang.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/game-day-ready/

http://themarathonlady.com/index.php/2018/09/01/knockaround-sunglasses-review-a-discount-code/

Review: Oofos Fiber Low Shoes

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos OOMG Fibre Low shoes 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! All opinions are my own

I should mention that this is not my first go around with Oofos, in 2016 I was training for the Boston Marathon with team DFMC and Oofos offered all of us free sandals, so of course, I got myself a pair. And they were pretty great, but these shoes, are really so much better.

The shoes are sooo comfortable, the really support your feet and they do not wreck the top of your feet, like the sandals did to me.  After a long run, I love to throw on the shoes to walk around in, as not only do my feet feel better, but my knees, and hips just feel so great too.  These shoes are just amazing and if you run, you should get yourself a pair.

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Here is some info about the shoes:

OOFOS are made of OOfoam
OOfoam recovery technology absorbs 37% more impact than other footwear foams
OOfoam impact absorbing recovery technology has been scientifically proven to reduce stress
on your body while walking, allowing you to recover faster after a workout and feel better all
day.
The Footbed Design
Our footbeds are designed to cradle your arches and move with your feet, allowing for a more natural
feel through your gate cycle
Also, if you were wondering why, Oofos was so generous to team DFMC,  Duncan Finigan, the Director of Marketing for Oofos was diagnosed with cancer, and was getting treatment at Dana Farber.  Now, when you buy Project Pink shoes, $10 is donated to project pink, and any shoes you buy on oofos.com 3% of sales goes to Dana Farber, a cause near and dear to my heart.
So not only do you get shoes that will totally help your feet and legs, you can donate to a great cause, it really is a win win
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Review: NuGo Egg White Bars

Disclaimer: I received the NuGo Egg White Bars 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

First off, let me give you the base info about these bars:

*NuGo starts with the highest quality real fruits and nuts, then adds in three Non-GMO egg whites, resulting in 12-14 grams of protein per bar. Egg white protein is a complete protein, containing all of the amino acids the body needs, while being virtually fat and cholesterol free.*

*Enjoy three paleo flavors: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Maple Pecan and Blueberry. Also available in peanut butter for all those peanut lovers!*

*Features of NuGo Egg White Protein Bars:*
12-14g protein
Whole Food
Paleo (3 flavors)
Non-GMO
Certified Gluten-Free and Kosher Pareve
Real Fruits and Nuts
No Dairy, Soy or Artificial Ingredients
No Added Sugars

So I got to try all of the flavors, and I really only like 2, not because the other ones are not tasty, it’s because I don’t like huge chunks of nuts, and the dark chocolate and maple pecan have large pieces of nuts in them.  But I know many, of the other pros who tried these LOVED the Maple Pecan (I will link to their blogs below)

Blueberry was my absolute favorite flavor, and I plan to purchase more of these, mainly cause I love these bars to eat before long runs.  They do have a sticky texture, but with a bottle of water, I find them fine to eat.  Before a long run I find them to be perfect, not too heavy, but keep my stomach happy for the extended time running.  They are also great to travel with, and I took them along when I went to Seattle to eat on the plan rides and to have one before my half.IMG_20180608_045015_406

So rather then have to make myself a small breakfast, or make sure that I buy stuff when I travel, I will now use these as my pre long run/race snack.  Tasty, not too heavy, and keeps your stomach happy, I do recommend these, and you wish to purchase some you can go here

https://www.nugonutrition.com/products/egg-white-protein/   (and until August 3rd if you use code BIBRAVE you can get 15% off a box)

also if you wish to find a store that sells them, you can go here

http://www.nugonutrition.com/where-to-buy/

here are what some of the other pros think about these bars:

eggs aren’t just for breakfast | NuGo Review

http://sararunsthecape.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-perfect-protein-bar-nugo-nutrition.html

What’s been going on

Been a while since I wrote something other then a race recap or product review, so I figured, it’s about time to update you all with what is going on with training and life in general.

Currently in the mix of marathon training for Richmond Marathon, it is going well.  Had some speed work and overall I am pretty much hitting my numbers.  This week was a first super hot week of the training season and I will still doing quite well.  Today I had to run 40 minutes at my marathon pace (10:15 – 10:25) and while I did have to take some pit stops (due to a mini summer cold) I hit the pace.  My knee is feeling good, hips is feeling good and I am really getting on great with my coach, she is keeping the workouts tough, but also making sure I don’t get injured again. I am feeling great so far, I hope this keeps up

I also decided to quit myfitnesspal.  I noticed it was no longer serving me and I was getting very anxious about food, so I quit it.  I am currently reading The Endurance Diet by Matt Fitzgerald and I am learning a lot about eating while being a endurance athlete.  I am trying to be more mindful about what types of food I am eating and not worrying about calories, because that does not serve me with the amount of running I do.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who is an endurance athlete lots of good stuff in there, and it is all really easy to understand.

I am already booking races for next year, and I will train for 2 races again, while still traveling.  I realized after not training for anything at the beginning of the year that I really need it, I like to grind of it, and it keeps me accountable.  So the travel goal for next year is the finish off the east coast.  After Richmond, I will have 3 states left, SC, MD and DE, I have booked the Charleston Half in January to get SC done, then I am thinking of 2 June races for MD and DE and get them done in one weekend.  I would like to book more, but there is a high chance, Lars and I could visit England next year, so I need to see about that and costs before I go on a race buying spree, but I would like to get at least 2 Midwestern states done next year as well.  I am thinking of trying again at the sub 2 hour half and making that my first goal, and then a full for the fall (will make a goal once I see how I do in Richmond)

Overall life is going well, I hope all if going well for all of you and enjoy the summer, I know I am