Crazy Hair Don’t Care

Not a whole lot going on in my running work, still training for Canaan Valley Half and it still is going to happen so fingers crossed that stays. I figured I would write a little bit about non running life.

So in late May, my company let us know that we would never be going back into the office. They were moving to smaller building and anyone who had been working from home was going to stay that way. We will have hot desks so that if we need to go in, we have a place to work but that’s about it. So I decided…I will never have a natural hair color again.

Now before you say I am having a mid life crisis…I might be…but really I have wanted fun colored hair since I was a teen, but the parents said no, and then I got office jobs and fun colored hair is frowned upon there. Well, now I no longer need to worry about the office, I mean hey, I currently spend my days in sweatshirts and sweat pants so having purple or blue hair won’t matter much.

First thing I did was rainbow hair, it was cool, but I was mostly still blonde.

This did get me into the idea of just doing my whole head a fun color though, so next up was purple…

pretty cool right?? I loved it, and it actually faded to a pretty cool pinky purple.

Last week…I went BLUE

it is so fun and cool, but let me tell you, when you was your hair, it looks like to just drowned a bunch of smurfs.

So that is the evolution so far, currently planning what the next color may be. Also I plan on letting whatever that is fade a bit in the summer, as I do enjoy swimming and fun colors and chlorine don’t really work well together. This really has brought me some joy in this not so joyful Covid times.

If you have any fun color ideas for me, let me know, always willing to take suggestions.

And I hope you have all found something to bring you some joy in this less then joyful times.

I also, want to give a huge shout out to my Hair Stylist Nicole Chaput who owns Colour Queen salon in Westborough, she really does an amazing job

Races finally scheduled

Disclaimer: I promoted Urban Bourbon Half 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!”

So, a couple races are finally booked and scheduled.

Signed up for my birthday race, Anchorage Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon, which will be on June 19th. Super excited to get up to Alaska and explore and run a full, since I haven’t run a full since November 2019. Gotta say it was pretty weird seeing the sign up and seeing age on race day of 40. I guess it isn’t all that far away now.

And hey, wanna join me for a birthday marathon or half, you can sign up here https://runsignup.com/Race/AK/Anchorage/MayorsMarathon?remMeAttempt=

I also got to finish my deferral from last year for Urban Bourbon Half Marathon. That will be on October 16th. And they are planning for a full race and after party, and I am pretty pumped about that. If you want to give this race a go, you can sign up here

and use code BIBRAVEUBHM2021 to save 10%

Hoping to get 2 more races in, they will both be fall/winter, I figure that is just safer right now, and once I sign up for those I will let you know. I am planning on one being a 50K to really celebrate turning 40, so that should be fun.

Adjusting

Disclaimer: I promoted Urban Bourbon Half 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!”

We all knew 2021 wouldn’t run smoothly, things would still be a little bit in flux and of course that continues with racing. I had signed up for the Little Rock Half, alas, they have had to move it to November, and with my winter race plans, it wouldn’t be doable for me ,so I have decided to defer it to 2022, which will actually work nicely with my 2022 race plans, yes, I already have races booked, thanks 2020.

So I have decided to try another Spring race, and hope it happens, the Canaan Valley Half in WV. So a state not checked off yet, and they have a good plan in place to hopefully get this race done. I am so looking forward to racing in person, I really do hope this happens in April, but if I need to , I will adjust again, it is all I can do.

Other racing news, looks like registration for Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Alaska is opening on February 1st, so I will be signing up for that soon.

Also, on February 1st, Urban Bourbon Half Registration will open, I deferred from 2020, so I am excited to finally get to KY and run there. Also, by October they should be able to pull off a normal race with a fun bourbon filled after party and man, I am looking forward to that. Also looking forward to meeting so fellow Bibrave Pros and you know, chat with them in person.

I hope 2021 is going as well as it can for you, and if you are from any of the areas I will be visiting, let me know, if you are cool with meeting I would love to.

Back as a Bibrave Pro

Excited to announce that in 2021 I am continuing being a BibRave Pro. Going into my 4th year and hoping to get to some in person races for them this year.

I love testing new products and I love my fellow pros, I even have a few that live near by, and once it is safe, hopefully we can hang out at the local brewery again. Being a Pro does let me have access to a lot of discount codes, for products and for races, and if you want to use any, just click the link above to look them up.

Also, don’t forget to read up on my goals for 2021, hopefully with travel involved.

https://runningformylife2015.wordpress.com/2020/12/20/peace-the-eff-out-2020/

Peace the eff out 2020

Well, I mean the title says it all, I am very ready for 2021. I will not try to tell you my year has been terrible, it hasn’t, I am very lucky, I still have a job and have been told we are now WFH forever. I love working from home, Rosie loves that I work from home, so this is a win. Lars still has his job, we are both busy and other then no traveling and not being able to see our families much this year wasn’t terrible. Do I miss traveling, of course, do I Miss just being able to see my family yes, but in the scheme of things, I am doing fine.

Before Covid went and ruined everything, I did get to travel a bit. I ran a half in Baton Rouge, LA and actually had a really great race and time there.

Then I got to run the Old Fashioned 10 miler in February and again, had another great race.

And at the end of February I got to go to Texas and see my cousin Garrett get married, which was a lovely time and I am so glad I went.

And that was it for traveling. I did keep up running, did a couple virtual races but that was it. I decided to take October off and rest and now I am back at it. Training for some big goals for 2021, which I will get into later.

Some wins for 2020, I did manage to do one big thing I have always tried and failed at, I finally stopped biting my nails. Being home all the time actually helped with this, as I wasn’t driving and sitting in traffic 5 days week, which would leave me bored and so, would bite my nails. Now if I get bored, I find something else to do, tweet, play phone games, read, clean. So yeah pretty happy about this

Around May, my office decided that almost all office workers, would be work from home permanently, so I made the decision that I would no longer have natural colored hair. So…yeah my hair is purple now and I love it

Now onto plans for 2021…

I also realize all of this could go to shit, I’m not that delusional, but trying to be positive. So, 2021 will be a big birthday year for me, in June, I will turn 40, so I needed some big goals for this year, and hopefully getting vaccinated will be on that list too.

March 7, 2021 – Little Rock Half Marathon (I have signed up for this) I have always wanted the medals they give out for this race, so I signed up. They have a great covid protocol and if it is cancelled, then I can defer to 2022, which is what I prefer, I am done with virtual.

June 19, 2021 – Anchorage Mayors Midnight Sun Marathon (not registered yet) I have been told registration will open in early 2021 so I will sign up then, but I have always wanted to go to Alaska for my 40th and hoping this will happen.

October 16, 2021 – Urban Bourbon Half, deferral from 2020

December: BMW Dallas 50k (not even open to sign up) but I want to do one Ultra and this one seems like a good one all road and get to visit my Aunt in TX. I know this is a repeat state, but I wanted to do an ultra for my 40th year and this race meets the criteria I want.

I do want to get some PRs in 2021, so I will continue working with my very awesome coach Kristen from findyourstridecoaching.com and hopefully see those lower numbers in 2021. Excited to get back to a “normal” life and travel again, and hopefully see some new and old running friends out there.

I send love to everyone who has had a rough 2020, I hope 2021 brings you peace and joy

Review: Smuttynose Rockfest Virtual Half

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon 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!

Well my final race of 2020 is done, this past weekend I ran the Smuttynose Rockfest Virtual Half. Now we all know in person races just aren’t happening right now, so running around my neighborhood is what had to happen. Rocked all the orange, as I had sneakers I had bought earlier this year all saved for this race, just sad no one else saw it but me and few people I passed on my run.

I decided to keep it pretty slow and just enjoy the run. I don’t really enjoy virtual racing and anytime I try to do it fast I just don’t, so going into this I knew I would just go at a comfy pace.

After the race, I hung out at the virtual afterparty, they had live music and gave away some very cool prizes and the whole this was hosted by fellow BibRave Pro Ryan Day, who did a great job. Should be getting the swag soon and once I do, I will be sure to post it on the gram.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad time, I did enjoy the run and the weather was great. But I am glad to be done with races and the disappointment of 2020. Hoping for some better times in 2021, and maybe getting to run this race in person next year.

My fellow pro and friend Riley also ran this, here is a link to her blog about it

http://fiveleveninety.blogspot.com/2020/10/race-review-2020-virtual-smuttynose.html

Aaaannnd…we’re done

“Disclaimer: I received entry to Urban Bourbon Half Marathon 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!”

So it is official now, Urban Bourbon is cancelled, they were not able to get enough people to sign up for the race. I understand, right now traveling isn’t really everyone’s priority and the world is pretty scary. So this was it for me, I am running a virtual race next weekend and then I am done running for the rest of October. Yes, done. I need a break.

I am already planning 2021, and well, 2022 cause who knows what will happen. But I did chose to defer Urban Bourbon until 2021, so Kentucky, I hope to see you next year, and celebrate getting through 2020 with some delicious Bourbon.

Run all the Miles

You know you have seen the shirts, if you follow me on Insta you have seen them on me. Those hilariously funny Sarah Marie Design Studio shirts. I love them, and now I am part of her affiliate program.

She does make more then shirts, I do also own one of the wine glasses. She makes travel mugs, pants, sweatshirts (I own about 5 of those) bracelets and many more things. They are all well made, fun and comfy.

If you want to buy some of her cool things and help me get some 2021 travel cash and save yourself 10% you can use this link https://sarahmariedesignstudio.myshopify.com/?rfsn=4601301.1385b4

Or you can go to her site sarahmariedesignstudio.com and just enter the coupon code RuninRedSox

I hope you all grab some things, I really do love everything she makes

Review: Knockaround Sports Collection

Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Sport Sunglasses 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!

You know I love me some Knockaround sunglasses, I mean I own, about 10 pairs. But when I learned we could test these out I couldn’t pass it up. How are these different you ask, well they have rubber nose pads, so they do not slip, move or bounce.

I made sure to really test them out, I took them on multiple long runs and even got to use them in some of my shorter speed work outs, and they are right, no bouncing. No slipping down my nose, which I generally have huge issues with, as I have a very tiny nose. If you are looking for great sports glasses at a really great price, I highly recommend these.

They come in some really cool colors, as per usual with Knockaround, and you cannot be their prices. These are really great quality glasses that will not cost you an arm and a leg.

Please go check out http://www.knockaround.com and you can use code BibRaveKnocks5 to save 20% off an entire order (only one time per customer)

Be sure to check out my fellow pros reviews….

https://runkaty.wordpress.com/2020/08/06/knockaround-sport-collection/

http://therift40.com/knockaround-a-review/

https://runwithcoachfischer.blogspot.com/2020/08/knockaround-sport-collection-review.html

Mask Up

Disclaimer: I received a Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask 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.

Strange times we are in right now, and with there being a pandemic, to be safe, you have to wear a mask.  I got to try out the Body Helix Ultra light face mask, and it was pretty great.

First off, there are sizes, not one size fits all, so it fits your face nicely.  It comes with extra filters it also has nose pieces to make sure it fits your nose perfectly.  The mask complies with CDC recommendations and it is washable, which is just what is needed right now. The parts that go over your ears are thick and comfy, no rubbing.

I wear this mask to walk Rosie everyday, easy to breathe with it on, and overall pretty great in the heat.IMG_20200817_135106_212

Also wore it out shopping, and let me tell you, doesn’t move at all I don’t have to constantly adjust it while I am looking at my grocery list. It’s really great.20200811_144225

You can go to the site to order one for yourself

https://bodyhelix.com/product/face-mask-helix/

make sure to use code BR15 to save 15% off an order of (sub) total $40 or more

also, check out what my fellow pros thought about it

 

https://bluegrassbamr.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/masking-up-to-runreview-of-the-body-helix-ultra-light-face-mask/

Road Tested: Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask

https://charbar1989.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/product-review-body-helix-ultra-light-face-mask/

https://tmilesandrunning.wordpress.com/2020/08/26/lets-face-it-its-the-new-norm-body-helix-ultra-light-face-mask-review/

BibRave Product Review: 2020 must-have Body Helix Ultra-Light face mask