Time is Running Out

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The Key West Half Marathon and 5k is this weekend, have you signed up yet?  Well you better get on that, you don’t want to miss out on this race and the amazing weather they will be getting this weekend screenshot_20190114-181813_weather

You can go here to register https://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/register-now/

and make sure you use code BIBRAVE20 to save 20%.  Also, here are the latest details about the race you can go here https://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/event-details/

So hurry up, get over to that site and register for this fun race and get yourself away from this cold winter, cause who wants to run in the cold I don’t.

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Charleston Half Marathon

I went into this race not expecting much, I wasn’t sure how my hip would hold up as I hadn’t run more then 5 miles since my marathon.  My coach gave me a plan to run for 90 minutes and if after that I needed to run walk that would be fine, to just go with how I felt after that.  Well I ran that 90 minutes, and then I just kept running, and I ran the whole thing, no walk breaks other then going through the water stops, and I felt AMAZING, other then being the normal sore, I am in no pain, felt no pain while running and man was that AWESOME.  I finished in 2:39, totally not even close to my PR but after last year and having to walk every half I did this was a total win, and has me feeling really good about my goals for this year, I feel like I have my running mojo back and man am I excited to race the rest of 2019.

Now more about the race overall.  Charleston is a really cute city, and I would recommend a visit, especially in January, where it is 50 degrees there while it is 12 here.  The expo was easy to get to and navigate, it was a small one, but still had some cool things to see.  Bib pick up and swag pick up was easy and smooth, and after that I went into downtown to have some lunch (Charleston has some amazing food)

Race morning, was a cool morning (for the area) but a sweatshirt was good for me over my running stuff.  The race starts near a school and the school was open for runners to go in sit in to stay warm, which was really nice.  The marathon takes off first, at 7:15, then the half takes off at 7:30 there are pacers for both races, so I set myself with the 2:45 pacers to make sure I didn’t take off.  Once the race gets going , you immediately turn right and start running around the Citadel, which was really cool.  Then you head towards the coast and you run right along the ocean with all the beautiful old big houses and palm trees, it was so gorgeous and I wish I could live there.  Then you get to run on King St which is like the shopping district of the area, and where I had lunch the day before.  After that you head into a industrial area, not pretty, but it wasn’t terrible and the group with the 2:45 pacers was a fun group and we were having some great chats, made the miles go by faster.  There is one hill (yes one) to go over a bridge, around mile 10, wasn’t too big but a little challenge.  Then you head into the Naval Yard where the race finishes, and you finish is small park.  You get an awesome medal (it’s huge and sparkly) and then you get SHRIMP AND GRITS YAAAAAAAAAAS PLEASE and they were tasty, I very much enjoyed that.  You also get 2 free beers, but I didn’t partake of those.

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Overall, I really liked this race, it is flat and fast, it’s well run and put together and they have great perks that other races don’t have (shrimp and grits).  The race shirt is really nice and I wore it on my run this morning and the medal is great.  So if you want a race to run in SC, I recommend this one, smaller race so not huge crowds but sometimes that is nice.

So state 21 is done and dusted, and now I only have 2 states left on the east coast, MD and DE, I am having trouble getting a race for DE on June 2nd, so if you know of a 5k or 10k on that day let me know thanks.20190114_185427

Get away from Winter

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Key West Half Marathon & 5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Anyone who follows me on the socials knows how much I hate winter, and snow and ice and cold it is all terrible.  Having to run on the mill  or worse not run at all because of the weather is just awful.  So what do you do to get away???  Travel to a race, or a racecation as the cool kids call it, and man do I have a great race for you, The Key West Half Marathon and 5k.

https://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/

The race takes place on January 20th and here are the usual temps for that time of year PicsArt_12-30-04.09.14

Yeah, that seems so much better then 20 – 30 degrees and snow, right, right.

So go click on that link and register for the race, also use code BIBRAVE20 to save 20% off the half.

Enjoy the warm weather, parties, great food and not being in winter for a bit and go run the Key West Half and 5k.

2019 Races…so far

I generally try to keep one post going of all the years races and where I am traveling to, but I tend to forget about it mid year, so my resolution for 2019, is to keep this post updated with the races I am doing in 2019.  I love funny signs and to meet new people, so don’t be afraid to shoot me a message if I am going to be racing in your area.

April 27th – Cape Cod Race to the Pint 10k – Hyannis, MA

May 5th – Moody St 5k – Waltham, MA

May 18th – St Jude 5k – Waltham, MA

Harpoon 5 Miler – Boston, MA

May 26th – Run Madtown – Madison, WI

June 1st – Baltimore 10 miler – Baltimore, MD

June 2nd – Sallie Mae 5k – Wilmington, DE

July 27th – Bix 7 – Davenport, IA

October 20 – Detroit Free Press Chemical Bank Marathon

2018 onto 2019

It’s that time of year, Holidays, New Year, time to go over how 2018 went and what my goals for 2019 are.  Won’t lie I love these posts cause, man, I love planning things, especially travel, and I did lots of that in 2018, hoping to do even more in 2019.

First up, review time.

2018 was not my best running year, I spent a lot of injured, which sucks, I didn’t hit any of my time goals, but alas, it was bound to happen, and while I am disappointed, there isn’t much I could do about it.  I trained as best I could but when your body goes against you, you won’t win that fight.  I have been seeing a great new PT, who is really helping with my hip and leg issues, and I started with a great coach this year, and I will be staying with her cause I know with a healthy body she will very much help me get my time goals in 2019.  One goal I did reach was getting to 5 new places to run a race, I got Alabama, DC, California, Washington and Virginia checked off my map 20181113_181240

I enjoyed all my trips, and you can read all about them in my previous posts.  Heading to the west coast for the first time in my life was so much fun and it was awesome to see such awesome cities in San Francisco and Seattle.  Lars came with me to San Fran and we had such a good time there

Birmingham, DC and Richmond were great too, especially DC, that is easily one of my favorite cities and I would go back all the time if I could.

I also clearly need to take more pics when I travel, oops, another goal for 2019

So now, onto 2019 goals

First up Time goals and their Races
Sub 2 hour half at Run Madtown in Madison, WI

Sub 4:30 full at TBD I am in between 2 races for this The St Jude Memphis Marathon in Memphis, TN or the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon in Pass Christian, MS (if you have thoughts on either race let me know)

And what will I do to make these goals happen, more strength training, and keep up with my exercises that the PT has taught me, also, listen to my coach and body, I need to be better about the body one, the coach I always listen to lol

Travel goals:
At least 5 new states, and finish off the east coast

So far I have the Charleston Half in Charleston, SC in January , Madtown in WI in May and Baltimore 10 miler in MD in June so for the east coast I just need DE, which I believe I have found in the Blue Hen 5k which is the day after the 10 miler so I can get both states done in one weekend (birthday weekend) and then I will be done with the east coast YAS.  Then I just have to decide on the Full so that will get me either TN or MS.  And I might be considering a half in Arkansas in March, but shall see on that. (it has a glow in the Dark medal I mean, come on)

So that is the summary of 2018 and the goals for 2019.  I am already on my way to working on the 2019 goals, I am pretty excited for what this new year brings and can’t wait to see more new places, I hope I can meet some of you along the way.

Also for those wondering who my coach is, she is Kristen Griffin from Find your Stride Coaching  www.findyourstridecoaching.com

 

Review: Buff Dry Flx

“Disclaimer: I received a Buff DryFlx Head Band and Neckwarmer 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 it is winter in New England, and we all know that means very low temps.  I always try to run outside so finding things to keep me warm are a must, but I also need them to work with what I already wear, and the Buff Dry Flx does all this.

I tried out the neck gaiter and headband (I am not huge fan of hats, that’s me though) the gaiter is great, nice a soft, lose but warm, I didn’t think something so thin could be so warm, is also has reflective stuff on it, so keeps you warm and safe.  47681861_10212903876652001_4886476896449069056_o

The head band is nice and stretchy, it keeps my ears warm but also I can still wear sunglasses, they fit right under and it doesn’t push so hard on my ears that I end up in pain, which is great.47573022_10212903600925108_5054454201266995200_o

I am super excited to wear both things for the rest of winter (more excited for Spring to come back but I take the little victories) these are a great addition to my winter running gear, I would highly recommend them for anyone who has to run in cold weather.

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

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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