Saturday, April 21, 2018

#Gmas18 Marathon Training: Month Two Update

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Grandma's 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!

8 weeks down, 8 weeks to go in training for the Grandma's Marathon! 

First off. How was that for an EPIC Boston Marathon?! Des Linden pulled off a difficult yet amazing victory in the cold, wind and rain. I love her humble and genuine heart. Her tweet below applies so much to life as well as the marathon. I took a screenshot and pretty sure I'm printing it off and taping it on the treadmill.

Every day, with the strength only God can give, I will keep showing up!


Amongst the cold and flu bugs working their way through our family, I managed to have a doctor appointment for myself. Just a regular ole physical, nothing fancy, but I was so pumped to learn that my new doctor is running Grandma's Marathon, too - for her fourth time. She was amazing to visit with and so encouraging. I wish I would have had her for my first son's pregnancy!

We talked about how running is not bad for your knees. Running during pregnancy is actually good for baby and mama (for regular runners). And I really need to start wearing sunscreen more often... I'll get on that.

For the past 5 full marathons and all half marathons I have been either breastfeeding or (unknowingly) pregnant and my doctor gave me peace of mind as far as diastasis recti (gap in abdominal muscles after pregnancy) and pelvic floor strength.

I want to make sure I’m healed after each baby to have a strong foundation and build from there; whether it’s to be my best for daily tasks as a wife/mom, running or future pregnancy. It’s so helpful to have a doctor who understands runner things!


The past 8 weeks have flown by (not to mention my baby is 5 months old...time slow down) and training for Grandma’s has really been fun! As always, the training runs can be a challenge to fit in but I enjoy the challenge.

With 20-miler #1 under my belt now, I feel like I crossed a mental barrier and I’m really going to do this marathon thing again!

#Gmas18 Training W8 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Easy Effort 5 mi, 00:48 @ 09:40 pace with side planks + leg raises after. Frustratingly that right knee has still been bugging me on and off and now I’m wondering if weak quads and hips are to blame. I’m going that route and working on strength! The knee felt great today, so maybe the planks are already paying off. Core strength routine after run (side planks + leg lifts).

TUESDAY: 

Off. Today was supposed to be an early morning run but I skipped it due to the hubs not feeling well. He needed more sleep and I didn't have the heart to leave him with the baby, who tends to be an early bird (like his mama).

WEDNESDAY: 

“Goal Pace” 7.37 mi, 01:00 @ 08:08 pace run early this morning. It wasn’t my marathon goal pace, per say, or 1:30 like the plan requested BUT it was the best I could do today. Personally I’m okay with how it went! I could have kept going but my baby timer went off ;) Core routine post-run.

THURSDAY

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 5.12 mi, 00:45 @ 08:47 pace + core routine on this beautiful morning... Hubs still isn’t feeling well so I didn’t leave him with the baby. Thankfully we played outside a bunch today!

FRIDAY:

Off

SATURDAY:

Long Run 20.02 mi, 02:51 @ 08:32 pace and the first 20-miler I’ve ran since 2016! The time and miles flew by fast today (goal was sub-9 pace) I plan to run one or two more 20-milers before race day. The key is I need to fit them in whenever my hubs isn’t working on the weekend. Today worked great! The core routine is paying off because I had zero issues with runner’s knee. Praise the Lord!


SUNDAY:

Easy Effort + core routine.


TOTAL MILEAGE: 



What are your thoughts on Boston 2018?

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Solving the Pocketless Problem | FlipBelt Crops Review

Disclaimer: I received FlipBelt Crops 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!

April is here. Is it time to bust out the shorts? Nah, not yet! I have been able to wear a little less layering than over the winter though. That's been a refreshing change.

Eventually, when we really do get into the warmer temps, I lose my outer layers and there goes my pockets with them! On the run it's basically where I cram everything. My phone, gels, iPod shuffle.

Thinking forward to Grandma's Marathon in June, I was trying to figure out how I will carry my phone and gels on race day. I have stuffed them in my sports bra for past marathons but really that's not the most comfortable and can lead to some unusual chafing. (no kidding)

FlipBelt Crops + Compression Socks so I can wear them on chilly days too!

Then a lovely solution arrived in my mailbox two weeks ago.

As a BibRave Pro, I received FlipBelt Cropsthe mid-rise leggings that offer pockets to your little heart's content. Hop on over to watch my initial review and first ever YouTube video here. Improving my YouTube product intro skills is a goal of mine for 2018. It's about baby steps, people ;)


The FlipBelt crops feature a rear zipper pocket, a large front phone pocket with two openings and an internal key ring. The 76% Polyester 24% Spandex blend material is very comfy and I have worn mine for training runs, cross training and for non-running days as well. I pretty much could wear them every day, all day!

On the run, my phone (an iPhone SE) easily fits in the front pocket with the OtterBox case still on it. According to other BibRave Pros, the larger phones fit in the front pocket without any issues. Just a side-note, the pockets are not waterproof so keep that in mind for long, sweaty runs with your phone. Personally I put mine in a sandwich bag and then into the pocket to prevent moisture (a.k.a. sweat) from getting into my phone.

Along with my phone in the front pocket, I carry a couple gels and I tried out the key ring just for fun (I don't usually bring a key with on training runs). The internal key ring and back zipper pocket will be especially handy on race day to carry vehicle keys and any emergency $$$ or ID necessary. I thought the key would flop around while running but the point is to hook your key and then tuck it in the pocket, making it extra secure.


The length of the crops is very comfortable, coming to about halfway down the lower leg at my 5'8" height (or 5'7 3/4", if you ask my dad... ;). Depending on each runner's leg length, the crops will appear a little longer or shorter. Personally, this length is just right for me.

My Final Thoughts

Overall, I really enjoy my FlipBelt Crops! They are more expensive than running bottoms I have bought in the past, at $89.00 MSRP, but I do believe the product quality is higher at that price. According to the FlipBelt website, they offer easy exchanges for size or color changes within 30 days and products have a 1 year warranty.

I see the FlipBelt Crops carrying me through many training runs, race days and just everyday "normal" days, too!

Take advantage of this great deal: Use code "BIBRAVE" for 25% off FlipBelt Crops.


#Gmas18 Training W7 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Easy Run 7.01 mi, 01:07 @ 09:33 pace out this morning and I actually got to watch the sun rise!!!! The morning was still chilly but, wow, a nice sunrise is encouraging. Spring will come. Some day.


TUESDAY: 

This ended up being a loaded day with appointments and errands out of town and then wrestling practice in a neighboring town that night. I chose to skip the run and rest instead, hoping to ward off getting too run down on this mileage cut-back week.

WEDNESDAY: 

Fartlek Run 6.79 mi, 00:58 @ 08:35 avg pace that was originally supposed to be speed intervals. I goofed something on my watch and the intervals never started. This is a “down week” in the training plan and I’m taking full advantage of it. Lower mileage and shorter long run for this week before more building.

THURSDAY

Cross training included cleaning up puke and then puking myself... then being up with the 2-year-old that night when it was his turn. I'm thankful my mom was able to help with the clean up process and I feel terrible that we brought this "gift" of the stomach flu with us to my parents' place. Uffda.

FRIDAY:

Recovering from the flu... Better but exhausted and aching all over.

SATURDAY:

6.2 mi, 00:54 @ 08:40 avg pace instead of a Long Run due to our stomach flu fiesta. I felt pretty good today but am still gaining back strength. I’m SO glad to be done with that mess!

SUNDAY:

Off

TOTAL MILEAGE: 20 miles


How do you haul your necessities on race day?

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Brrr, It's Cold in Here + GODSPEED Review

Disclaimer: I received a sneak peek of the upcoming documentary GODSPEED 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!

Hey, all! Straight out of the gate, Spring 2018 has been a cold one. I just listened to the weather and apparently we're at near record lows. That seems to be the trend for many of my fellow midwest runners.

This morning the -17°F "real feel" easily persuaded me to pursue the treadmill and with little complaint. Being drenched in sweat feels much nicer than freezing my face off! But, in all seriousness, the treadmill has been one of the most useful tools as a mother runner.


When training for spring marathons in the past, I have told myself that those freezing cold runs will make me all the stronger for race day. It's a nice thought but, honestly, the cold weather training is really not that helpful. Many spring marathons I have ran end up being HOT and HUMID... leaving me flopping like a fish out of water. (What should I do, train in a sauna over the winter?!)

Anyways, on the topic of my weather ramblings, imagine the varying conditions you would run into covering 3,000 miles in The Race Across America. Crossing 12 states and competing 24 hours a day for seven days through deserts, mountains and plains. I can't imagine how they trained to prepare for all of the terrain and weather variables!


As a BibRave Pro, I received a sneak peek viewing of the upcoming documentary GODSPEED that follows two men, Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper, along with their support crew on this wild ride from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Not only is The Race Across America a cross-country adventure, it is also, as the name notes, a race against other 2-person and 4-person teams.


I was inspired by Team Enduring Hope's humble hearts, their absolute perseverance through physical and mental trials, and their dependence on their faith in God. Schemmel, Cooper and their team embarked on this amazing endeavor to raise money for orphans in Haiti.

Do they complete the journey? And how do they fare against the competition?

That's for me to know and you to find out when GODSPEED hits theaters on May 22! Mark it on your calendars and get your tickets now, endurance junkies.

I'm certainly not a biker yet I couldn't resist this amazing story of faith and endurance. For those of you with littles, the documentary is PG :) My kiddos watched the "cool biker guys" for the first 30 minutes... before attention spans wore thin.


#Gmas18 Training W6 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Extra Recovery Day. Runner’s Yoga with Elkhart Yoga on YouTube to help with right knee issue. Feels like symptoms of Runner’s Knee coming on... and another cold too (baby has one 😩). I’m guessing the knee issue is from running all on pavement for the long run instead of gravel+pavement and my pink Scott running shoes need to be retired. That’s my hunch and I hope it’s right! Back to running tomorrow.

TUESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 4.13 mi, 00:40 @ 09:41 pace in my Adidas UltraBoost X shoes... not the old(er) Scott shoes I wore for the long run on Saturday!!! The symptoms of Runner’s Knee are gone now and cold symptoms aren’t as bad as yesterday. On the mend!

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Speed Intervals 5.38 mi, 00:45 @ 08:21 pace this evening because I needed more rest this morning. 6x800m with 400m rest didn’t feel too bad because this cold is mainly in my head, not chest.


THURSDAY

Off.

FRIDAY:

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 6.2 mi, 01:00 @ 09:40 pace that I finally woke up early for. Snoozed my alarm to 5:15 and then got up. The -17°F real feel outside just wasn’t worth braving. Hope it’s warmer tomorrow! 🤞

SATURDAY:

Long Run 16.04 mi, 02:19 @ 08:40 avg pace in 25°F and 10-ish mph winds. I used the Orange Mud gear vest for hydration and my gels to run an 8-mile out, 8-mile back route. I ran in the Under Armour HOVRs this time and had no knee issues. Praise the Lord! Last week’s long run knee twinges had me a little nervous.


SUNDAY:

Off

TOTAL MILEAGE: 31.75 miles



What is the last movie you went to see in theaters?

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Friday, March 30, 2018

March Blizzards Bring April Sunshine?

We're currently riding the springtime blizzard rollercoaster with Easter and the start of April nearly here. (It feels a bit strange to have Easter fall on April Fool's Day. Just sayin.)

While we were in the cities for Easter last year, I am thankful to be celebrating Jesus' rising at our own home this year. After church, we plan to have a breakfast food feast, which is right up my alley. We're talking waffles, egg bake, fruit and possibly bread pudding. Breakfast is my favorite!

Preschool has been all about the real meaning of Easter this week. My 5-year-old said when he thinks about Easter, he thinks about egg hunts (I'm a fan of Cadbury Creme Eggs myself). Those are cute and all but I explained that we are celebrating what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross and that He rose again from the dead.

"So everything is about Jesus then?" he asked.

Yes, Exactly!

This image from HymnsIllustrated says is beautifully:


On the running front, we were in a warm streak of weather for a while. So much that I packed away my winter running coat. It looks like the cold is going to return for a while but I'm feeling much more hopeful that shorts weather is near.

Above-freezing temps make it so much easier to get out in the morning. And getting out in the morning makes it so much easier to fit in training runs!

I am very gradually increasing my mileage to avoid injury as, though I forget it sometimes, I am still in the postpartum recovery stage (Baby will be 5 months next week :).

Hopefully March blizzards bring April sunshine and snow-melting weather. I'm looking forward to bringing some great running products your way in April => think Orange Mud, FlipBelt and Under Armour. The running season is nearly upon us in the Midwest!


#Gmas18 Training W5 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

(Treadmill) Progression Run 5.02 mi, 00:45 @ 08:57 avg pace with intermittent breaks to nurse baby, answer questions, help toddler. Who decided to sleep in this morning? Me! I need to remember how hard it is to run with the kids awake => motivation to get my tail out of bed at 5 am to run solo!.

TUESDAY: 

Easy Effort 6.25 mi, 01:00 @ 09:36 pace in the early morning. I made it outside! I had to loop around home to add more layers. It was 30°F but the damp air and breeze made it chilly! I’m hoping to make it out early tomorrow too.

WEDNESDAY: 

Early morning Progression Run 7.07 mi, 01:01 @ 08:36 avg pace with first 30 minutes at an easy pace and last 30 minutes at 8:00/8:30 per mile. Strength in Stride Stability A exercises that night.

THURSDAY

Off.

FRIDAY:

(Treadmill) Easy Effort run 4 mi, 00:39 @ 09:40 pace because I didn’t make it out of bed early enough this morning. Excuses: Baby was up more than usual and it was supposedly 6°F/6 mph breeze outside. I said “nah” and snoozed the alarm! 🤷🏻‍♀️

SATURDAY:

Long Run 14.29 mi, 02:00 @ 08:24 pace on a chilly, windy day. The temp said 20°F in town but the 20 mph winds stole any warmth I may have felt! Breaking it up mentally into 4 x 30 minute intervals made this run more enjoyable.


SUNDAY:

Off. Easter => He is Risen!


TOTAL MILEAGE: 36.63



Do you have any Easter traditions? Or a favorite Easter food/treat?
Like Cadbury Eggs? <3

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

#Gmas18 Marathon Training: One Month Update

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Grandma's 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!

4 weeks down, 12 weeks to go in training for the Grandma's Marathon! The first month went fairly well considering a sick bug got to our family last week and we're all back to somewhat "normal" this week. I'm tired but that was expected as our family has grown to three kiddos.


Our littlest will be 7 months old on race day and this has brought back many memories from training with a baby back in 2013. Fitting in the miles with a baby isn't easy but some aspects are easier now. I feel like parenting is more relaxed with the third baby, we have a treadmill now and we aren't smack dab in the middle of the moving process. I may be three times more tired but the earlier factors do help!

The below picture is our oldest son, E, at 4 months old while training for the Blue Ox Marathon and now our youngest, C, at 4 months old while training for Grandma's. Oh, how life has changed since 2013!


Having three little boys (5 years, almost 3 years, & 4 months old) feels like a juggling act most days but they add so much joy and energy to our home! Each boy is certainly unique and a sweet blessing from the Lord.

As for marathon training, it's harder to fit in training runs with three but I appreciate getting out for a long run all the more. It's not easy to do! I am SO thankful my husband and my mom take turns watching the kids on those Saturday long runs. It's a great mental break that I don't ever want to take for granted.


Next month the long run mileage continues to grow and hopefully we will be able to try a run or two with the stroller! Granted, now that our oldest will ride his bike, we won't cover too many miles. Like maybe one :)

Running a marathon with small children seems like insanity to some but I see it as a nice break. A nap is fine but I would rather spend a free moment running instead!



#Gmas18 Training W4 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Easy Effort 6.2 mi, 01:00 @ 09:40 pace. Early morning run and just above freezing. This morning was SO nice! I debated on going for 7 miles but figured... meh, let’s not be an overachiever now. hehe. McMillan's Strength in Stride Stability A circuit that night.

TUESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Progression Run 5.37 mi, 00:45 @ 08:22 pace. I started with 9-min-ish warm up, then progressed to the 8-mins, ended at 7:30 for last 5 minutes.

WEDNESDAY: 

Easy Effort 7 mi, 01:07 @ 09:38 pace. I made it out on this snowy morning. It was coming down a little heavy for my liking at some points but overall very pretty fresh snow.

THURSDAY

Off.

FRIDAY:

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 3.13 mi, 00:30 @ 09:35 pace. Quick run at my parents’ house. I didn’t have the heart to leave my hubby with a fussy baby this morning at 5 am. The run waited til this afternoon — hoping to get out tomorrow!

SATURDAY:

Long Run 12.03 mi, 01:44 @ 08:39 pace. This was supposed to be a 1:50 run but I cut it short. 12 seemed long enough for now and we needed to get to my youngest brother's hockey game! I felt really good but it was crazy windy. Better to train in wild weather to prepare for anything on race day. That's what I tell myself at least...

SUNDAY:

Off.


TOTAL MILEAGE: 33.73 miles



What is your favorite part of spring? It's messy outside but I love the warming temps!

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Rest & Recovery Week | KT Tape Review

Disclaimer: I received KT Tape 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!

Marathon training mixed with "real life" requires flexibility. Some weeks go as planned but most don't and that's part of the beauty in it! Over the years, I have learned that allowing for extra rest and recovery time is worth it.

With the cold and a feverish baby in our house, this was one of those rest and recovery weeks. I cut back my mileage and did what I could in terms of running. Family always comes first! To aid my recovery, I have been foam rolling more and trying new-to-me kinesiology therapeutic tape, KT Tape.

KT Tape is an elastic sports tape designed to relieve pain while supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments and, as a BibRave Pro, I have been incorporating five products from the KT Tape family into my training.


The KT Tape family includes a wide variety of tape types, colors and patterns. I have been testing the following KT Tape products:

GENTLE TAPE: 100% Latex Free Cotton with Gentle Adhesive, Wears 1-3 Days
PROTM: Synthetic Tape Lasts 4-7 Days
PROTM WIDE: 4" Wide Stripes Lasts 4-7 Days
PRO EXTREMETM: Extra Strength Adhesive
ORIGINAL: Cotton Tape Lasts 1-3 Days

For a complete list of the KT Tape products, check out www.kttape.com/kt-tape-products.

The Full Support Knee Wrap

Postpartum recovery can leave the joints feeling wobbly so I decided to try a support wrap that focused on my knees. For the Full Support Knee Wrap, I used a half strip of blue PROTM and two full strips of black PRO EXTREMETM for each knee.


I am a newbie to the KT Tape products and was surprised at how easy the pre-cut 10" strips are to work with. To apply a strip, I tore the paper backing in the middle of a strip. Then I used the papered ends to apply tension while placing the tape down on my knee to prevent the tape from sticking to my fingers. As I pressed the tape down, I gradually peeled away the paper backing.

This application of KT Tape gives support, pain relief, and normal body mechanics without restricting motion or circulation like other treatments. By watching the easy-to-follow instructional video on the KT Tape website I was able to complete the Full Knee Support taping with ease.


Watch KT Tape's Full Knee Support video to see how the Pros do it:



My tape job wasn't perfect but it was definitely helpful and not bad for my first time using KT Tape! I went out on the run and the support was beneficial.

Back in the sophomore year of my collegiate tennis days, I wore a knee brace after having arthroscopic knee surgery. The knee brace was uncomfortably sweaty (gross!) and restrictive. This KT Tape would have been a much better option! My joints feel supported, the material is breathable and my movement still feels natural.

After your workout, don't rip the tape off your skin! The tape peels off best after a shower or by using baby oil.


My Final Thoughts

The KT Tape products are great quality and they have a wide variety that covers every athlete's needs.   Price varies per each product from $12.99 to $21.99 a roll.

For runners on the mend from an injury, or trying to prevent re-injury, the KT Tape products are a better alternative than a brace in most cases. The quality material, strength of adhesion, and taping lifetime (lasting from 3 to 7 days!) makes KT Tape the best kinesiology tape I have seen! Use code "BIBRAVE30" to take 30% off of your KTtape.com order.

#Gmas18 Training W3 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Off. The hubs has been feeling under the weather and I can feel it's coming in my direction now too. Ear pain and swollen lymph node. Hopefully a rest day will help.

TUESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 3.1 mi, 00:30 @ 09:40 pace. This was all I could muster up. I’m having ear ache/cold/congestion problems and baby was up sniffling last night too. This is going to be a slow down week and I’m okay with that. Time for us all to get healthy again!

WEDNESDAY: 

Sick day. Ear ache and sore throat is still lingering for me. Baby was up most of the night with a fever from his shots. Better to err on the side of rest!

THURSDAY

Easy Effort 6.06 mi, 00:58 @ 09:37 pace. Still fighting this ear ache and cold. The upside is baby’s fever is gone and we slept better last night.

FRIDAY:

Long Run 11.25 mi, 01:40 @ 08:55 pace. After two normal-ish nights of sleep, my ear is back to normal and lymph nodes aren't as swollen. Today was GORGEOUS! I was able to run long while Grandma watched all three boys. It was wonderful :)

SATURDAY:

Easy Effort 4 mi, 00:39 @ 09:41 pace. The hubs and I went out on a run together while Grandma and Grandpa watched the kids. Another beautiful day for a run. Snowy weather is soon to return.

SUNDAY:

Off

TOTAL MILEAGE: 24.41 miles



Which recovery products do you swear by?

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Celebrate Your Progress | ATHLINKS Review

Disclaimer: I am promoting Athlinks 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!

Back in 2010, I toed the line to my very first marathon. Many, many memories have been made and sometimes painful lessons have been learned since then. Eight more marathons, a few half's and shorter distance races later, each of those races has added experience into my lifetime running bank.

When I first started running, I made an account on ATHLINKS.com to keep track of my race results and it's a tool that I still use frequently.


What is ATHLINKS?

ATHLINKS is the largest results database for competitive endurance athletes in the world. They collect results for running races, triathlon, swimming, cycling, mountain biking and pretty much any timed endurance event that you can find. The results are then added to the database and linked to member accounts.

I can easily access my race stats with the click of a button and bring those old race memories back to my mind. See that "new runner that trained on flat roads for hilly trail marathon" look on my face? I remember Marathon #1 as clear as day: Pain cave. Hungry. Cold. But I finished!

2010 Finish Line of My FIRST Marathon Ever => Pain Face.

My training and racing strategies have changed greatly since that first marathon (thankfully) and it is encouraging to see progress over the years. My race times don't improve as drastically as they did in the beginning — like jumping from the 4:07 to a 3:34 — but I know I have come a long way personally!

I remember Marathon #9 as the latter of my first 2-week back-to-back marathon experience and an amazing experience with my mom and kiddos.

2016 Finish Line of Marathon #9 => Still Tired but More Smiley :)

Merging the Old and the New

My first ATHLINKS account, like my race results, was under my maiden name. After my husband and I were married in 2012, I simply made a new account with my married name to save new race results. That worked fine but I really wanted to have all of my results in the same account to see the progress from marathon #1 to #9.

Merging my two accounts was the goal and I wasn't sure where to start. That brought me to the ATHLINKS Help Desk.


I entered "merge accounts" into the search bar and this result popped up: "I have two profiles. Can I merge them?". From there, the Help Desk gave me exact directions on how to merge both of my accounts.


I sent the required information to the support team via email and, not even an hour later, they responded to my request. My accounts and all of my race results were now merged into one.

Thank YOU, ATHLINKS Support Team!


Get Started with ATHLINKS

Sign up for your FREE account on ATHLINKS to collect your past race results and add your name to future race starting lists! Of course you should stop by and "Follow" my profile, too ;) If we have ran some of the same races, you and I may even be considered "Rivals" <= It's a really cool feature. I encourage you to check out the running "Rivals" in your area!

Now I've added my name and race day goal to the Grandma's Marathon 2018 starting list. Let the new race season begin!


Connect with ATHLINKS:

#Gmas18 Training W2 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Off. After a beautiful weekend of sunshine and above freezing temps, the thunder/rain came last night and topped off with snow today. Lots and lots and LOTS of snow. Now we're back to square one again. (And back on the treadmill again)

TUESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy-Effort 6.2 mi, 01:00 @ 09:40 pace. It was around 20°F outside but much of our streets hadn’t been cleaned yet... After a not wonderful night of sleep, littlest one and I were up at 5:00 to hit the treadmill. He’s a morning person, that’s for sure! + Stability (A) Strength Training

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Progression run = 9:00/mile with last 10 minutes @ 8:00/mile. 5.1 mi, 00:45 @ 08:49 avg pace. Rough night of sleep with baby last night! I’m hoping to make it outside early tomorrow morning.

THURSDAY

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 6.2 mi, 01:00 @ 09:40 pace. Went with the treadmill because the cold, dark morning was unappealing. I’m hoping to avoid this cold that has gone through the family (except for baby and I)!

FRIDAY:

McMillan Running's Strength in Stride: Stability B Strength Training

SATURDAY:

Long Run 11.63 mi, 01:41 @ 08:41 pace. It was a nice morning for a run and I enjoyed a wet, heavy dump of snow for the last 40 min. I’m glad I had my yaktrax on. The roads were terribly icy in town but pretty nice in the country.

SUNDAY:

Easy Effort 3.12 mi, 00:30 @ 09:36 pace. Ran out on the gravel to avoid ice. They were still a little slick and snowy but I did get in some form drills. Feeling good and a little stiff from the all-terrain (snow... ice... snow... ice...) run yesterday!

TOTAL MILEAGE: 32.25


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