Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon

Marathon #9 and State #29 are complete

I did very much enjoy my time in Alaska, it is beautiful state and I highly recommend everyone go see it. And also take a Glacier cruise, cause wow, that is awesome. but this about the race itself so I will get into that.

The race started at Kincaid Park, which is lovely and has some amazing views. The did a wave start to keep it to 50 people starting at a time, which I am guessing is not the usual way they do it, but it worked, and getting started moved along rather quickly. The course was along a paved trail, the Coastal trail, lovely views lots of green and you also have to be aware, you might run into wildlife. They do have volunteers out to warn and keep people safe, and I did hear that the lead runners had to be rerouted because of a bear, so yeah, be prepped for that if you decide to do this race. At one point the trail turned into a dirt rock trail and it was a drizzly day so I didn’t really enjoy that part. The final .2 miles was also up a very steep hill…not cool. They did mention this was a whole new course this year, so there may be changes going forward, overall I did like the route, just those 2 points were not great.

As for how the race went for, not well. I started out good, first 10 miles I was feeling pretty good, taking it easy to hopefully speed up at the end. But then the side stitches started and just didn’t let up, and then I hit the 2 miles of unpaved trail and just walked it so I didn’t fall and hurt myself. I basically ran walked after that. I finished and I am happy I did, still very happy to be in person racing again and of course traveling cause wholly crap did I miss it, but this a new 2 races in a row that have gone badly, and I am disappointed. Spending the next week going over things and hopefully prepping to have better races in the fall. and of course working with my coach to make a plan. For now I relax, get my body healed, get my new tattoo healed and then start mentally preparing for summer running, cause, it’s gonna be hot.

Another state colored in
for those who wish to see, the latest tattoo

State 30 will be…

Disclaimer: I received entry into Fargo 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!”

NORTH DAKOTA

Not what I was expecting for state 30, but gotta get to all of them. I will be running the Fargo Half Marathon on September 25th.

Excited to hopefully be at 31 states by the end of 2021. Obviously that could change, but so far it is looking good.

If you want to join me, at any of the distances, use code RUN5 to save $5

Link to register is https://fargomarathon.com/

Review: Whitepaw RunMitts

Disclaimer: I received Whitepaw RunMitts 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!”

Do you live in an area with a harsh winter, you know, regularly gets below freezing with windchills making it even colder? Do you also have to go outside in that weather, be it running, or walking, or just have to go to the grocery store. Then you need to get yourself a pair of Whitepaw RunMitts.

I got the wind and water resistant ones but you could get the double velour fleece ones or the lightweight ones, depending on your hand warming needs. These are thumbless, which was odd at first, but man, it really helps keep your hands warm. They do fold over, so if you need to use your hand, it is very easy to do.

So super easy to still get to your watch, or phone if you need to.

I wore mine on some of the coldest and windiest days in February, like -10 windchill days and my hands would sweat, that’s how warm they were.

They are super soft, very comfy, they do come in sizes, I have VERY small hands and wear a small, so I would size up if you are not like me with the tiny hands.

Whitepaw RunMitts is also a women owned/black owned business and she is a baseball fan (that may matter only to me but hey, had to mention) so it is a great company to support. I have heard from non running friends who have bought these and claim this is the warmest their hands have been, so hey, you don’t need to be a runner to want these.

Go to https://runmitts.com/ to purchase them, and use code BIBRAVE5 to save $5. (Good until March 31st 2021) She sells other things as well, so purchase some other stuff while you are there too.

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/

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

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

Stepping up

Disclaimer: I received an Amazon gift card to  review and promote the FitnessBank Step Challenge with Des Linden 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 the past month I have been in a step challenge on the Fitness Bank app, and the one and only Des Linden was part of it too. Having this challenge this month has been great.  Having everything cancelled was a quite a downer and this was a nice positive thing to force me to get outside and get some walking in, Rosie very much approved of that.

The Fitness Bank app was super easy to set up and use.  There are lots of other challenges to join in so if you are looking for something to help you get out and walk, join in. You do not need to sign up for an account to use the step tracker, if you want to, cool but it is not required.  You can also get your friends to join and set up some step challenges with them, nothing like a little friendly competition to get you motivated.

While I am no where close to winning this, as my steps have gone way down with less running, that is ok, I still enjoyed it, and it was nice to say I got to compete against Des Linden, cause that will never happen again.IMG_20200421_112150_674

2020 Races

Oh yes, it’s time for the list of 2020 races.  I will do my best to keep this updated through out the year.  And if you live in any of the areas I will be in, let me know, I always love to meet up with people.

 

5/17 – Harpoon 5 Miler Virtual Run – Waltham, MA

6/6 – Shifter’s 5k – Waltham, MA

10/4 – Smuttynose Rockfest Half – Hampton Beach, NH

10/17 –  Urban Bourbon Half – Louisville, KY

Review: Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen

Disclaimer: I received Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen 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!

As someone who pretty much always runs outside, sunscreen is necessary, year round.  (The sun still comes out the winter I swear it does) I have tried tons a brands, and they keep me covered, but always were super goopy or would have to be reapplied more often because they would just sweat off. I have finally found the perfect running sunscreen and that is Sawyer  Stay put sunscreen.

It goes on easily, doesn’t leave streaks all over.  Also is dries quickly, so I can put it on, then touch my phone, and I don’t end up with sunscreen all over my phone.  It stays on through all my long runs.  I worn is for multiple hours and never once have I burned in the sun.  Also, doesn’t come off in my all my runs through sprinklers. It also doesn’t smell, which I really enjoy, I don’t need to smell like a giant coconut on my runs, plus I think that helps keeps the bugs away from me, since I don’t smell like food.

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I have a cute model 

I did use it for pretty much everything, running, walking, and sitting by the pool, loved it for all things.  If you are an outdoor athelete I would highly recommend this sunscreen for you, you can go here to purchase it. https://amzn.to/315wuwX

Check out my fellow pros reviews, we all kinda like it

http://roadbacktoboston.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-sunscreen-for-high-mileage-month.html

Protect Your Skin From The Summer Sun!

 

The Best Sunscreen for Runners

https://kenstandsonthings.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/product-review-sawyer-sunscreen/