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

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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

The Infinite Energy Seattle City Guide

Disclaimer: I am promoting the Infinite Energy Seattle City Guide 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!”

Having a map of all the great places to visit and eat, what could be better?  And it was easily used on my phone, to help me get around a city I had never been to.  I got to visit Pikes Market 20180608_125123

then brought up the map to help me find the OG Starbucks (I didn’t go in, the line was crazy long everyday)20180608_133258

and then after I ran Rock and Roll Seattle, I used the map again to help me find the closest Top Pot Donuts.  Cause after you run 13.1 miles you need some donuts and man these are some amazing donutsIMG_20180610_105845_035

if you’re visiting Seattle you should check it out, there is a Pinterest board and then the google map to help you get around, it is the best when you are visiting a city to know the best places to go.  I really enjoyed having it on my trip

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1A6xRIU7dREKTNYprhhe7Ji79UsvfyBXD&hl=en&usp=sharing

Review: Rock and Roll Seattle

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Rock and Roll Seattle 1/2 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 was my first ever Rock and Roll race, I have heard both good and bad about it.  I would say my overall experience was good, and I quite enjoyed the race, let me tell you about it.

First off, Rock and Roll does great with the emails, I knew where things were, what times they were, when the park would open for the race, all of that, never had a question about anything and what time it was.  Also, they have an app, that also has all the info, which also tracked me as well.  The Expo was small, mostly Brooks stuff (their shoe sponsor) and then about 3 rows of other things.  I walked through fairly quickly, but getting my bid and bag and shirt was all super quick and smooth.  They have lots of shirts and sweatshirts to get if you want one, I did end up getting a sweatshirt.

Race Morning, was early, but I don’t mind that.  Race started at 6:30 am, and the park near where the race started and ended, opened up at 4:30 for runners.  I stayed at a hotel that was a bit out of the way, so I made sure to get my lyft early and I got there around 5:30 am, which was nice, the park was fairly quiet, I dropped my bag off at bag check (all UPS trucks, pretty easy to spot) and then made a visit to the portopotties, which they had tons, but being one of the first people there, I got a never used one (race gods smiling upon me) I then just relaxed and waited until it was time to get into my corral.

Once in my corral, I didn’t have to wait too long for the race to start.  I was in Corral 13, so I did have to wait a bit, but they sent the corrals off about every 2 minutes.  Also the corrals were not packed, which was nice, I could stretch and warm up without smacking people.  Once off, it was hills, oh yes hills.  The course was really nice, lots of see and while not tons of people out, there were people out there cheering us on.  Also, HILLS, not easy hills, SUPER STEEP hills, but hey, not all races can be flat.  I will say, by the end the water stations were a bit bare, there was always water, but they were pouring it sometimes.  There is also a mile where they put of pics of Military members who were KIA and then their families are there holding flags, holy moly, that was amazing and I think I picked up speed there with all their cheers.  Also, after the steepest hill, you go through the St Jude section with pics of kids who have survived cancer, which was just awesome.  After that we got to run on the freeway and I got this shot IMG_20180610_160417_412

One last hill, then you finish and they send you through the shoot, and you get water, your medal, and chocolate milk, there was also fruit cups, and KIND bars and bananas, then you could go hang out in the park and stretch and just relax, it was a beautiful day so I hung out for a bit, then went off to find Donuts.IMG_20180611_175920_215

Overall, I really enjoyed the race, and I really enjoyed visiting Seattle.  I thought the race was well run and even though the course had some seriously tough hills, I enjoyed it.  I would recommend it.

 

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Review: Brooks Levitate

Disclaimer: I received the Brooks Levitate Sneakers 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 worn Brooks before, I used to wear the Ghosts, but I found them to be a bit wide for my feet and they caused blisters.  So I had moved on to another brand, but when I was offered to test these I hopped on,  and I am glad I did.

I have run for the past few weeks exclusively33125703_10211631518843851_2094085234436866048_o in these shoes.  I ran 2 races, Bay to Breakers and Rock and Roll Seattle Half.  And, I love these shoes.  I have no blister issues, they are a bit heavier then other shoes, but I do not notice when I am running in them.  They have a great bounce back and I have had way less PF pain since I started wearing them.  Pretty sure these are now going to be my go to running shoe and I need to get myself some more pairs.

I normally wouldn’t get white sneakers (cause dirty) but these stayed clean for a while, until it started raining all the time.  Oh well, they were not going to stay white forever.  And then because it always rains in Seattle, they did get some mud on them, oh well.

Even after the race today, walking around town in them to find donuts, they were super comfy.  I really do recommend these shoes, they are great, I can’t wait to get more colors

San Francisco Vacation

Since this is the first time since 2015 that Lars and I have taken a full vacation, I figured a blog post was needed, just to tell you all about our fun trip.  We did go for me to race, but we did spend 5 days there, the last time we spent more then a weekend anywhere was when we went to Paris.  I would say this trip was a close second to Paris, but it is pretty hard to beat Paris.

We flew over on Thursday May 17th, we had  a lay over in St Louis, ended up in SF around 2pm.  Headed to our hotel, then decided to check out the local area.  And lo and behold we found Ghiradelli Square, lots of restaurants a wine tasting place and of course, CHOCOLATE!!  This was also right near Fisherman’s Warf so we walked down there, got lunch (In and Out Burger) then went to taste some wines.  And well, after being up early flying, the time change, a few glasses of wine had me very drunk, and I ended up signing up for a Wine Club LOL.

The next day we got a tour of Sanoma and Napa.  We were picked up at out hotel, then driven to Cline Winery, had a tasting there, which I enjoyed just about everything, even the reds, and I generally do not like reds.  Then we went to Larson Family Winery, which has vineyard doggies, all Labs and I pet them all, so friendly and cute.  The wines were quite tasty too.  Then onto lunch in Sanoma, which was delicious then some ice cream.  Then onto Napa where we tasted sparking wines at Chandon (can’t call champagne since only wines made in champagne can be called that) I loved the sweet one we had there and I brought a bottle home (we brought 12 bottles home, we like wine) then on our way back to SF, the driver stopped to let us take pics at the Golden Gate Bridge

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after that, we went to dinner, then walked up to check out crooked Lombard St32767632_10211598978070352_5633999122341036032_o

Saturday, we went to a Giants game, loved the ball park, and the Giants won, we also had great seats

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after the game we went to a local bar, to watch the Celtics get their butts kicked, but still had fun.

Sunday was race day, and I have already blogged about that, you can check that out here.

https://runningformylife2015.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/bay-to-breakers/

 

After the race, we went out to Brunch with some of my local friends, including Alasen who I ran the race with.  Which was so much fun and the food was so good.  Then Lars’ friend Chloe took us on a mini tour of SF, and I FINALLY GOT TO SEE THE FULL HOUSE HOUSE

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Whatever happened to predictability 

We also went to the Twin Peaks and got an amazing view of the entire city.  The drove along the coast for a bit and had some yummy crab cakes at a fancy place along the ocean.

Monday….my favorite….Alcatraz

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I love History, and I especially love creepy History and Alcatraz has SO much of that.  We took the first cruise to the Island, it is about a 10-15 minute boat ride.  Once you are there, you can stay there pretty much all day if you want.  We went to take the audio tour of the prison, which was great.  You can do it quickly or pause it and take your time checking out the place.  It was a great tour and I learned a lot, and seeing the inside of it was just amazing

After that, we relaxed then went to dinner at Pier 39, and then we got to see ALL THE SEA LIONS and it was so great

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it was amazing to see, and they all swim and play and shout at each other.  We then bought some more wine (cause needed to fill that suit case) then packed up and got ready to go home.

 

This trip was great and I really recommend visiting San Francisco, it is a great city with lots to do and so much wine to drink.  I would go back in a hot second.