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

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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.

 

Don’t forget, if you want to Run Madtown as well, sign up and use code RAVENSAVE to save 10%

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

Tracking my runs

“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!”

So I have been using Strava for a while now as a means to track my running.  It’s really a great tool for this and it has some added fun things to add to your running.

First off, groups and friends, there are so many groups on Strava you can join and you can create your own with friends.  Great way to have some friendly running competition.  There are groups for major races, so you can see everyone training for a race you are doing, it really is nice, and hey always cool to get likes on your runs

There are monthly challenges, which are some of my favorite things.  A nice little boost to the usual running stuff, they don’t always have prices, but sometimes they do and that is cool.  They almost always start the year off with a challenge with Lulu Lemon and you can get a decent discount on Lulu Lemon if you complete the challenge.  It isn’t only for running either, they have biking challenges and climbing challenges so whatever your thing is you can track it.

Of course, if you are a runner, you have to instagram your run, I mean, of course.  In strava you can add your photo and post your stats with it. so hey, now everyone knows.

Also, hooking it to your garmin is easy peesy and it auto uploads so there is nothing much you have to do other then start your watch, run, stop your watch, can’t beat that.

I am always learning something new about it as well, and I can’t wait to see what other cool things I can do with this app.

I like to run alone

Those early morning hours, quiet, other then the few cars out.  Maybe some bunnies scurrying around, just me, my feet hitting the pavement and my music.  I think about what the week has planned or what I have done that week.  I think about the process towards my goals, I think about work, and maybe how to solve an issue I have come upon.  I think about life, what is good what is bad, maybe try to solve the worlds problems.  Or sometimes I don’t think, I just listen to the music and the sound of my feet stomping down, those are usually the best runs, even with the beeping of my watch telling to speed up or slow down, weather I am on the road or at the track, I love to run alone.

I’m well aware of the dangers, I am always prepared, I have an app for my BF to track me, I wear lights and reflective things, I also stay in busy areas so I know there are always cars going by and they are all well lit with maybe a Dunkins along the way, cause they are up early like me.  But I would still rather be alone.  I am by no means, an introvert, I love people, I love talking with people, but I spend the rest of my day, with people.  I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my BF and my dog, it is in a very large complex so I see my neighbors frequently.  I work in a cube farm, so there really is no privacy, and I do really like most of my co workers, and I love my boyfriend and dog, I also love my alone time, and I get that when I run.

So please stop with the, You have to run with others, I get the safety aspect, I do, but I don’t want to run with others.  I want quiet, I want my angry music, I want my feet hitting the street, I don’t want someone elses chatter or their problems, I have enough of my own.  I want the peace that comes with my dark runs that turn into sunrise, the peace I feel after it is all over and I have everything solved, I want the peace of me just being with me.  Respect that, respect my alone time.

Review: CEP 3.0 Tall Socks

Disclaimer: I received an CEP 3.0 Tall Socks 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!

After my calf issues last training cycle, I have been trying compression sleeves and socks.  The socks I had tried before were soooo tight and so difficult to get over my large calves, which made me just not want to use them, struggling with someone at 4:30 am, not pleasant at all.  Then I tried the CEP 3.0 tall socks and boom they hit the spot.

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First off, they are easy to get on, without sacrificing the compression part, they are soft and roll right over my calves and hence, much easier to deal with at 4:30 am.  I have warn them for all my track workouts and long runs and they are comfy for both.  They are thicker in the foot area as well, so that felt nice while running, also super nice when winter running, a nice bonus when you have some extra layers for warmth.

If you wish to get some and try them for yourself, you can go here https://www.cepcompression.com/

I do really recommend these and I will be buying myself another pair because I do love them so much.  These will be my race socks for all my upcoming races.  Which reminds me, I need to go update that blog post, cause there are more races in my future.

Review: Addaday Massage Roller

“Disclaimer: I received an Addaday Pro Roller to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

All runners know about the foam rollers or stick rollers, you have a love hate relationship with them, they hurt but man, do they help.  I have a foam roller and a stick roller to travel with, but when given the chance to try the addaday massage roller, I had to try it, it looked so different from what I have already, and hey could only help.

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You will notice this roller, looks quite different, let me tell you, all those notches on it, they dig DEEP, and when my hammy was tightening up last week, it got right in there to loosen it up.  also, that lovely little red knob, great for your feet, as someone who has dealt with PF, this is great, trust me it stings at first, but your feet will feel so much better after 52440829_10213412523647858_7659066491483979776_o

If you are a runner, or do any sort of work outs, I would recommend this roller, it gets in so much deeper then regular rollers and really pushes on the points you need pushed.  You can go to http://www.addaday.com/ and buy it there, or check out your local runner store for it.  I have not traveled recently, but I would bet this is very easy to travel with and I will be taking it with me to Wisconsin when I do Run Madtown.

Overall, my advice, get this, it is great.

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I have seen this quote in many places, and I always loved it, always believed it too.  I never try to compare myself to others, I am my own person, and I handle life and running in my own way that works for me.  Up until last year, everything had gone pretty well in the running and life dept, and then it just didn’t and that’s when I realized, that you also shouldn’t compare yourself to your past self.

I started out 2018 injured and I should have listened to my body and just taken it slow, and just raced for fun (that whole 50 states thing requires racing to still happen if it can) but nope, I had to push, cause I had to top my PRs, I had to get better, and I couldn’t be complacent, always gotta improve on previous me. All this didn’t work, and I would get so down on myself, and then, I would eat, and not my normal healthy foods, I would eat junk and lots of it, and then my running would still not improve, cause of course it wouldn’t.  Eating works with running, and you have to eat good food to get your body to run at it’s best.  I just wasn’t and I would make all the excuses for it, but I didn’t want to change, I was enjoying all the candy and cookies and hey I was still running so it all worked out.  NOPE.  Then I started training for the marathon and got a great coach, but a coach can’t save you from yourself and she couldn’t slap the candy out of my hands.  I trained and it mostly went well, and then I got hurt again, cause of course I did.  I wasn’t eating right and totally not listening to my body at all, and it all blew up  in Richmond.

After Richmond, I sat with myself, and knew I had to stop running and go to PT and really get my hips right.  I also needed to stop with the junk and the excuses to eat them. I also needed to realize that every year is different and I am getting older so I can’t compare what is happening now to my younger self, that will never lead to happiness.  So I have been eating MUCH better, and my running is feeling great.  I am also working more strength training in to make sure my body stays healthy.  And while I do hope to get new PRs this year, I will listen to my body and if I need to step back, then that is what I need. Overall life and running are feeling much better in 2019, and I hope to keep it up, but 2019 is 2019 and not 2017 or 2016 and that is ok, I will no longer compare, because I would prefer to just be happy.

Heard it Through the Grape Vine

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Detroit Free Press/Chemical 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!

I have picked my fall marathon….and it is….

DETROIT FREE PRESS CHEMICAL BANK MARATHON

Super excited to head to Michigan and even run in another country (yes I do get to run in Canada) fingers crossed for other things, that this will be state number 26 for me (over half way YES)

If you would like to join me, you can register here https://www.freepmarathon.com/ and make sure to use code 2019DETROCKS to get 10% off

Hope to go visit so many things while I am there, but I really can’t wait to see where Motown started, that will be great.detroitmarathonlogo