Friday, August 10, 2018

5 Weeks Into Hansons Marathon Method

When something is working, I usually don't change it. Shoes, daily routines, parenting tactics, meal planning, what have you. But this year I caught the bug to try something new in the marathon.

Back in January, I posted a question about training approaches on IG as I was contemplating a change. Training for the past 10 marathons has been a mix of Hal Higdon, Marathon Training Academy and Greg McMillan plans but this Hansons Marathon Method had peaked my interest.

The past plans helped me to cover the 26.2 mile distance and BQ a few times, but could a change help me to break through the 3:22 wall?

For Grandma's Marathon back in June, I decided to stick to the familiar rather than jumping into Hansons at 7 months post our third baby. In hindsight, that was a great decision. There is no way I could have handled the volume so soon after having our littlest and while learning the new groove of balancing three kids!

Enter Marathon #11...

The Grand Forks Marathon in September. This has been my chance to give Hansons Marathon Method a shot! I could always switch back to my comfort zone if it wasn't working for me.

There were a few factors that intimidated me with Hansons:

  • Running 6 days a week - I hadn't done that since my pre-marriage, pre-kids days!
  • 16 miles for the longest long run - What? No 20 milers?!
  • Increased Mileage - How could I fit higher mileage while juggling young family life?

Five weeks into Hansons (technically week 11 of the beginner plan) and I'm enjoying this new challenge. The variety of SOS (something of substance), easy and long runs keep training fresh and my body seems to be responding well to the varying training load.

The goal paces serve as a motivator and accountability partner for me as a solo runner. They have pushed me to run faster than I realized I could! The biggest difference I notice so far is that the training volume is spread out throughout the week rather than putting all of the weight in the weekly long run. That is something I really like about Hansons — these set up makes me feel like a more "well rounded" runner.

On the homefront, our boys are a busy 5, 3, and 9 months and so full of fun! E will be starting Kindergarten at the beginning of September so I'm trying to get my ducks in a row this month — to teach E, to keep W busy with pre-preschool things, to keep C from self-destruction (my baby vacuum cleaner).

Fitting in an increased training volume with three young kids is making me get creative. Most mornings I'm up at 5:00 am to sneak (literally) outside. Once a week (or sometimes more, depending on baby's wakeup) I run on the treadmill, usually for an easy-paced 5 miler.

Long runs are hopefully done outside but I have split them into half outdoor, half indoor runs depending on my husband's schedule. If he's home over the weekend, I will take a kid or two with in the stroller occasionally as I don't run with the stroller much anymore! E is a strong biker but not quite ready to keep up for a long distance bike/run.

Basically I fit in a run at whatever time it works best for my family — serving God and my family always come before running. 

There is so much freedom in that!

Having my identity wrapped up in Jesus makes pushing my limits exciting and frees me from the fear of failure. Whether it's "officially" homeschooling for our first year, starting up a conversation with a new mom at the pool or pushing for a marathon PR, I can jump out of my comfort zone and not worry about being a personal failure if all doesn't go as planned. Give God the glory and do my best. That's all I have to do.

As for fitting in the training around my family's schedule, preparation and flexibility in my schedule is key. Setting out my clothes before a morning run. Pumping a bottle for the baby if I'm running long. Spending time reading my Bible the night before an early morning run. Having supper ready to go if I'm running in the evening. Once school starts, having our lessons and resources ready to go as soon as we finish breakfast. Getting my tail out the door early on days with appointments or other commitments.

Those are all little preparations that help me adapt to this ever-changing life schedule.

Five weeks down, eight to go until race day. I'm seeing big improvements with the Hansons Marathon Method and I'm going to keep running along one week at a time!

Which training method do you use? Do you like to switch things up occasionally?

GF Marathon Training W5

Follow my journey as a I train for the Grand Forks Marathon coming up at the end of September. This is my 11th marathon but first time using Hansons Marathon Method for training!

To briefly catch me up for the past couple weeks:
Week 3 Mileage - 37.26 (baby's first ear infection)
Week 4 Mileage - 44.25 miles


W5D1 Easy Run 5.12 mi 00:45 08:50 pace after church on the gravel. A little toasty this afternoon!


W5D2 Strength 8.1 mi 01:01, 6 x 1 Mile intervals (7:10-7:20 goal pace). Getting out of bed stunk big time, especially to do intervals, but I’m glad I drug myself out.

Intervals were 7:15, 7:17, 7:06, 7:14, 7:06, 7:08. This workout was a confidence booster and I really enjoyed it. I struggled to hit the mark in some of the past shorter distance speed intervals but this 1-Mile distance went MUCH better! Hopefully that means I’m still on track for a realistic 3:15 goal.


W5D3 Off


W5D4 Tempo Run (7:26 goal) 8.01 mi, 00:59 @ 07:24 pace. Ended up running 7:25 average but my watch was all over the place! I’m trying to dial in running by effort but I can’t always trust myself — especially when it’s humid. Certainly wasn’t too hot this morning but I was sweating buckets!

Miles were all over the place too,  8:19, 7:30, 7:13, 7:08, 7:17, 7:14, 7:19, 7:21. (First mile includes warm up because I was short on time.)


W5D5 (Treadmill) Easy Run 5 mi, 00:45 @ 09:05 pace trying out new Scott shoes to rotate with my UA ones.


W5D6 Easy Run 8.03 mi, 01:09 @ 08:38 pace early this morning. Feeling pretty good. Hansons is forcing me to stay more accountable with my paces. This run could have been a bit “easier” paced but I was running out of time and felt like I needed to rush. Hope I still have gas in the tank tomorrow.


W5D7 Long Run (8:05 goal pace) 16.08 mi, 02:08 @ 07:56 pace. The littles and I headed to my parents' farm for the weekend since my husband is busy with work and helping with harvest. Mom kicked me out the of house early this morning (Thanks, Mom!!!) and watched the boys while I ran. I'm glad I did get out early - forecast says 93 degrees this afternoon. Uffda!

Miles were as follows - 8:17, 8:08, 7:44, 8:01, 8:09, 8:11, 8:11, 8:07, 8:04, 7:50, 7:52, 7:53, 7:44, 7:40, 7:45, 7:36. Slightly faster than goal but I was fine with it because of negative splits. I have been needing more practice with those!

TOTAL MILEAGE: 50.34 miles

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Five Reasons to Run the 2019 Torchlight 5k

Disclaimer: I am promoting the Torchlight 5k 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!

My race calendar usually includes a full or half marathon (or two) for the year and then I run shorter distances spontaneously as the race opportunities pop up. If you're always up for a summer race like me, the Torchlight 5k is one you won't want to miss!

The Torchlight 5k in Minneapolis is the hottest night-run-party race in Minnesota where runners experience the magic of a summer night in the Twin Cities! Some years this race can be a hot one (their hashtag is #RunWithFire, after all!) but 2018's weather proved to be absolutely perfect for a run.

Live music, sunset scenery, the energy of the runner community, and complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available) plus food and snacks sound like a perfect way to spend a summer evening. If that's not enough, here are even MORE reasons to run the Torchlight 5k next July!

Five Reasons to Run the 2019 Torchlight 5k

1. It's a NIGHT Race! Run off into the sunset at the Torchlight 5k with the starting time at 7:30 pm and the Torchlight Finish Festival rolling 'til 10 pm.

2. Take Off with Live Music. This year's starting line featured live music and even more live music at the legendary Torchlight 5k Finish Festival!

3. FREE Race Photos courtesy of Athlinks. Aren't free race photos THE BEST?! Thanks to Athlinks, participants receive free race photos and live race results.

4. Unique Minneapolis Race Route. This year's spectator-packed route ran along the Aquatennial parade route and included two aid stations.

5. Voted One of the BEST 5k Races in the U.S. Enough said. The Torchlight 5k has received a stamp of approval from the BibRave 100, so you know it's a good one!

Mark your race calendar now! 

The Torchlight 5k's race date is set for 7/17/2019 and early bird registration is open NOW! The registration fee is very reasonable at $25 for Adults. Check out my fellow BibRave Pro Casey's review to get all the details on this year's race!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Going the Distance | Under Armour HOVR Sonic Review

Disclaimer: I received Under Armour HOVR Sonic running shoes in exchange for my 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!

When I find a good thing, I stick to it — that's true in both running and every day life — and I'm back to tell you about my experience with my latest running shoes!

As a BibRave Pro, I received Under Armour HOVR Sonic running shoes to review. If you have been following me for a while, you may remember that I reviewed HOVR Sonic shoes back in January, too. So what's the difference now?

HOVR Sonic in Graphite/Metallic Silver

These shoes are the "not connected" edition (meaning they do not pair with my smart phone), they are  in this fancy grey color that I love, and I have put mega miles on this same style of shoe over the past seven months.

I trained for and ran the Grandma's Marathon in my last pair of HOVR Sonic shoes and now I'm back for more in the HOVR Sonic as I train for my next race. After all that training time, I feel like I now know the "in's and out's" of this shoe.

These shoes have been through everything from speed work to long runs, treadmills to road running, stroller pushing and strength training. Through miles in the snow with Yaktrax strapped on this winter and now hot, humid miles on the road this summer, these shoes have been comfortable and gotten the job done.

As this pair of shoes not being connected to Under Armour's smart phone app, I haven't been disappointed as I found I rarely used the app with my earlier connected pair (my Garmin tracks all the data I need). The "not connected" edition is fine with me!

My Favorite Features of the HOVR Sonic:

Breathable Material

The soft knit upper dries fast and provides a breathable, compression-like fit that has kept me comfortable even on those extra hot, humid runs. I credit the breathability of this shoe as one of the reasons I had ZERO blisters or black toenails after the Grandma's Marathon in June! 26.2 miles and I walked away without even one hot spot or sore on either foot. Over ten marathons, that's a first for me.

Energy Return

The HOVR Sonic shoe weighs 8oz, which isn't the lightest shoe I have ran in, but the UA HOVR™ technology provides a ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step. The UA HOVR™ foam makes these shoes feel like a lightweight shoe.

Neutral Fit

These are a great fit for runners who need a balance of flexibility and cushioning. As a neutral runner, the HOVR Sonic's fit feels natural for me.


Can I just say I love this Graphite and Metallic Silver color scheme? The "Static Blue" color scheme looks really sharp, too. (Check the color options out on the Under Armour website!)

The HOVR Sonic running shoes (not connected edition) are available for $100 on the Under Armour website. I liked these shoes the HOVR Sonic shoe the first time I tried them back in January and now I appreciate them even more after putting them through the marathon training paces.

Though I am reluctant to retire my old pair as they are hitting that "mileage retirement age", I look forward to covering the miles in these new HOVR Sonics.

I've found a good thing in these shoes and I'm sticking to it!

What is a "must" for you when it comes to running shoes?

GF Marathon Training W2

Follow my journey as a I train for the Grand Forks Marathon coming up at the end of September. This is my 11th marathon but first time using Hansons Marathon Method for training!


W2D1 Easy Run 5.04 mi, 00:47 @ 09:14 pace with double stroller and my husband pushing our oldest in the single. They stuck with us for a few miles and then headed home.


W2D2 Speedwork 6.02 mi, 00:43 @ 07:10 avg pace, with 5 x 1k with 400m recovery with interval goal of 4:00-4:06. My intervals ended up at 3:52, 3:58, 3:56, 4:09, 4:07. Undershot the first 3 intervals and felt it in the last 2. Overall it went well as this was an evening workout. The temp was a comfy 75°F but I still tend to lose my “zing” in the evening.


W2D3 Off


W2D4 Tempo with goal pace of 7:26... 5.01 mi, 00:38 @ 07:35 pace. I covered the miles but zero were done at goal pace! I struggled to find my groove for the first two miles, so they were too slow, then the last three were 7:12-14, which is too fast. If I were actually a Hansons runner, I would have been doing a lot of pushups for my pacing issues! Apparently that’s the consequence they used to encourage the runners to stay on pace (per the book). Makes sense!


W2D5 Easy Run 5.11 mi, 00:45 @ 08:48 pace down the gravel near my parents' farm.


W2D6 Easy Run 6.01 mi, 00:53 @ 08:52 pace on the gravel at home.


W2D7 Long Run 10.01 mi, 01:19 @ 07:53 pace with goal pace of 8:00/mile but I forgot that part and started at tempo pace for the first couple miles. My in-laws from CA just arrived and my mind was focused on other things!

TOTAL MILEAGE: 37.20 miles

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Need for Speed

This week has felt like a hurricane. Long days and late nights make for moody littles and a tired mama! Summer is so fun. Let me repeat. SO FUN.

In the northern Midwest, all things "fun" try to cram themselves into July. Swimming and ball and parades and vacation bible school and more parades and camping. So much fun, in fact, that July feels overwhelming.

The days have been long and nights have been ending after 10 pm, which has made waking up at 5:00 am not my favorite thing this week. I love quiet mornings to myself, as time to pray and enjoy the outdoors before life speeds up, but I need to get more disciplined with sleep.

What I'm LOVING about the Hansons Marathon Method so far: 
Weekly Speed & Tempo workouts.

What I'm NOT LOVING about the Hansons Marathon Method: 
Waking up early 6 days a week.

The speed work, tempo runs and specific goal paces in this training plan definitely keep the runs exciting and fun. Now the 6-days-a-week thing...

I used to run 6 days a week in my pre-marriage and pre-kids life, and I actually enjoy it, but I'm not sure this is maintainable right now. We'll see. I'm working on an earlier bedtime (9 pm) this weekend and I'll reassess in a week or two. Chalk that up as a #LIFEGOAL.

Until then, one day at a time, one workout at a time.

In other news, I went to my first chiropractic appointment in TWO YEARS! Oooh it was nice. I was way overdue for an adjustment and she did a mix of the Graston Technique and dry needling to my stiff left knee.

Baby was very fussy near the end. I made the mistake of releasing him from the carseat before the appointment. Once he tastes freedom, he is not happy to be buckled up again. Fussyness aside, I hope to go to the chiropractor once a month or at least every other month for adjustments - not the dry needling or Graston. Yet another #LIFEGOAL.

After the past two years of growing/birthing a baby, breastfeeding with subpar posture and running marathons, my body seemed to appreciate it and I count that as stewarding the body that God has blessed me with. I'm thankful to feel as great as I do - tired and all!

Thoughts on regular chiropractic care? Have you experienced "dry needling" before?

GF Marathon Training W2

Follow my journey as a I train for the Grand Forks Marathon coming up at the end of September. This is my 11th marathon but first time using Hansons Marathon Method for training!


W2D1 Easy Run 4.01 mi, 00:36 @ 08:58 pace with left knee feeling slightly stiff, possibly slightly swollen (feels "fluffy", the only word I can think of to describe). Pretty sure the tight calf/quad and IT band is to blame. I cut two miles off this run to recover extra from the wild week of camping and then will do Runner's Yoga tonight.


W2D2 Speedwork 6x800m with 400m recovery. 6.02 mi, 00:46 with interval goal pace at 3:15-3:20 min per 800. Getting out of bed this morning was a bugger! I have fallen out of practice for the 5:00 running... snoozed my alarm till 5:20 and got out there. The run went well and my knee didn't feel weird at all. Intervals were at a fine pace overall - 3:21, 3:20, 3:21, 3:17, 3:21, 3:21. Room for improvement, felt like a successful workout.


W2D3 Off.


W2D4 (Treadmill) Tempo Run 5 mi, 00:38 @ 07:32 pace because 5 am alarm went off and baby thought that meant nursing time. Ran inside instead this afternoon. Slower than 7:26 pace goal but I’m just glad this run got done today. Good enough.


W2D5 Easy Run 5 mi, 00:46 @ 09:09 pace that I finally got outside for. Baby was up to nurse at 5 am but went back to sleep after. I feel tired and well baked... Three days of VBS done and baseball finished today. Summer life!


W2D6 Easy Run 6.01 mi, 00:55 @ 09:09 pace. Waking up early for this run felt HARD. I like mornings but a regular 5:00 am alarm (which I regularly snooze till 5:15) is wearing me out. I suppose the late nights aren't helping either... working towards a 9 pm bedtime tonight...


W2D7 Long Run 10 mi, 01:20 @ 07:58 pace with goal pace 8:00/Mile. Went well! I was able to beat the heat and we had so much fun making a 5k aid station with friends after!

TOTAL MILEAGE: 36.04 miles

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Camping with Three

We're back home after a wild week of life and camping — our first camping trip with three kids! This time away was such a blessing. I love being with family, spending time outside in God's creation and Itasca State Park is my favorite place to camp.

On camping with the three kids... our 3-year-old and 5-year-old boys are a dream to camp with aside from occasional attitude probs. That's #reallife for ya. They are both crazy about s'mores, fishing, biking and Grandma & Grandpa's RV.

Mr. 8-month-old enjoyed his first ever camping trip but he was much harder. Being such a busy crawler (he has been since 6 months!), he took any opportunity to eat rocks, sticks and anything else within reach. He spent most of his time in the stroller, packed along in the baby carrier or being just plain old carried by someone (mostly me).

Four days of camping was amazing but by the end I was pretty well exhausted. Being back home has been nice, especially since the baby can crawl on the floor freely here. Note to self: Bring the baby walker on camping trips with crawlers present.

Just a few of my favorite memories from the trip:

After a two week break from running, I started back at it this week and am easing into training for a fall marathon with the Hansons Marathon Method. This will be my 11th marathon but my first time using a Hansons plan. When I get a chance, I'm reading through the nuts and bolts of their approach and it's helped me to gain confidence in the plan and ramping up to running 6 days a week again (it's been a while).

My main focus for this first week back has been to hit the goal training paces. Especially running slow enough on easy days. Those "easy days" will be vital as active recovery through this plan. With the camping trip mixed into training, the "easy" runs were a bit more challenging than usual with the hills and double stroller added in. The coming week should be much more normal. Whatever normal is.

It was a great week and I'm enjoying trying something new. I'll be sharing more on Hansons Marathon Method and race goals in later posts :)

That's a wrap for now!

How did you celebrate Independence Day?

GF Marathon Training W1

Follow my journey as a I train for the Grand Forks Marathon coming up at the end of September. This is my 11th marathon but first time using Hansons Marathon Method for training!


W1D1 Easy 4.01 mi, 00:36 @ 09:05 pace to kick off training for my Fall marathon! I’m using the Hansons Marathon Method for the first time ever, so this training cycle will be a whole lotta newness for me. Goal this week: hit the training paces, especially on easy runs!


W1D2 “Easy” 4 mi, 00:43 @ 10:50 pace with the double stroller and E on this bike at the county park. We made the journey around the lake (and then some). When he needed a break, I ran intervals on the hills to keep moving. I am so proud he biked that far! Personally, I’m wiped and not feeling the greatest. Cold or allergies, not sure which?


W1D3 Off.  In between packing, groceries, and what not, I fit in some foam rolling and stretching on my tight calves (especially left side) and hips.


W1D4 Happy Independence Day! Tempo Run 5.01 mi, 00:37 @ 07:25 pace that was actually on pace! I want sure what to expect coming back after my break. Feeling recovered and ready to work on speed.


W1D5 Easy Run 4.91 mi, 00:49 @ 09:58 pace with double jogging stroller to the Mississippi Headwaters and back to our camp site at Itasca State Park. Those hills really worked me over!


W1D6 Easy Run 6 mi, 00:57 @ 9:29 pace with my sister-in-law Danielle on the route to Douglas Lodge, out 4 miles and back.


W1D7 Easy Run 5.29 mi, 00:56 @ 10:31 pace with double jogging stroller to Headwaters and back again, this time with E riding his bike. We took some walk and water breaks but he made it the whole way! I was very proud of his first trip there on those hills and in the heat! This run was supposed to be my 8 mile "long run" but I cut it short. Those hot, hilly miles with the stroller were enough for me.

TOTAL MILEAGE: 29.22 miles

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Styles for Miles | Mercury Mile Review

Disclaimer: I received 50% off my Mercury Mile box + a free styling fee in exchange for my 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!

Runners come in all shapes and sizes and about every style preference under the sun! So instead of trying to copy something your runner friend is wearing or taking the time to sift through racks of clothing to find something that appeals to your taste, what if there was an easier way?

WHAT IF you had your own personal stylist that picked out an outfit for you? Just your style, in your comfort zone or, if you're feeling adventurous, something new to break you out of your box?

I have personally never tried a styling concept like this before. As a BibRave Pro, I received a free Mercury Mile styling fee along with 50% off any products I chose to keep.

It started like this: I created my "Runner Profile" on the Mercury Mile website and they asked me specific questions to get a better picture of my style and what kind of runner I am. Beginner or Advanced? Trails or road? 5ks or ultras? More modest or showing some skin? They also requested my social media profiles (IG & Pinterest) to give my stylist more insight into what I would like.

After completing my Runner Profile, I put in a request for my first Mercury Mile box and selected a date for the box to ship. That just so happened to be my 31st birthday week as well! I put in my order and four days later (including a Sunday) the box was on my doorstep!

As I explored my Mercury Mile box, what really caught my attention was the personalized note from my stylist, Helen, and the highlights of what she picked out for me.

What's In My Box?

  1. ASICS Performance Cool Tank in Corralicious
  2. Saucony Gait Tank in White
  3. Adidas How We Do 3/4 Tights
  4. Brooks Distance Short Sleeve in Race Pink/Track
  5. ASICS Cool 3.5 Short
  6. A free sample of SweatX Sportswear Detergent

Stylist Helen really rocked these picks and I asked my IG friends for feedback on my new Mercury Mile outfits. There was a strong lean towards keeping everything, and you didn't have to tell me twice! Happy birthday to me! (Mercury Mile totally saved my husband haven't to get me a birthday present ;) 

If you do decide to return something from your Mercury Mile box, it's as easy as pie. At the bottom of my box they included a ready-to-mail bag that you simply put the return items in and send in the mail the next day! It's a breeze.

My final thoughts on Mercury Mile are: it's AWESOME! A huge plus, in my opinion, is that it is NOT a monthly subscription box. Your boxes come only per your request and there is no pressure to request more boxes. The skill of their stylists and quality customer service will keep you coming back for more.

I could go on and on about how much I like each of the items Helen picked for me but I'll spare you. If you want more outfit-specific deets, just ask in the comments ;)

Use "BibRave10" for $10 off your Mercury Mile styling fee! 

Meet up with us for #BibChat at 8 pm CT on July 10th to talk style and have a chance to win a Mercury Mile prize!

Weekly Wrap: No Running, Week 2

No running again. That makes for a very uneventful Weekly Wrap but I'm holding fast to the Hansons Marathon Method advice:
"A planned break most certainly can prevent a forced break due to injury or overtraining... The bottom line is to refrain from running for these two weeks to let your body completely recover before getting out and pounding the pavement again." (Hansons Marathon Method, p242)


I haven't ran in over a week but somehow still find myself tired by the end of the day! Trying to fit everything fun into these short summer months.


Time outside with the boys in the morning, Tee Ball and McMillan's Strength in Stride Stability A routine in the afternoon.


Bible study and a trip to the pool that afternoon.


Teeny Ball & Tee Ball making for a hot afternoon in the sun followed by the big boys fishing with dad that night while baby, the dog and I went out for a walk.


The boys and I went out for a walk with the dog, two littles in the stroller and biggest on his bike.




My first post-Grandma's Marathon run is planned for today. Let's make it happen!


What is a staple item to your running style?

Let's Connect!

Linking up with Holly and Wendy's Weekly Wrap Up.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Refreshing Flavors of Summer | Gatorade Endurance

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels and Endurance Formula 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!

While I'm riding the recovery train after Grandma's Marathon last Saturday, we're spending as much time as possible outside enjoying the drastic change in temperature (remember what a crazy cold, long winter it was?!).  Hello, 87°F, I think I love you.

Timed perfectly with this hot summer weather, as a BibRave Pro, I received the Gatorade Endurance Thirst Quencher Powder and Endurance Energy Gel in two tasty new flavors; Watermelon and Mango!

I received these products in my taper week for the race and, while it was too late to use them as fueling during the race, I did test the Energy Gel on a taper run and pre-hydrated for the race with the Thirst Quencher Powder.

In the past, I haven't been crazy about sports drink flavors but I will say I'm liking this new watermelon formula! The Thirst Quencher Powder's watermelon flavor isn't overwhelmingly sweet, which I like, and is designed for longer, more intense workouts with added sodium and potassium to help you push it to the limit.

To mix up a bottle, I simply added two scoops of the powder to my water and shook it. Then it was ready to go! One canister of watermelon contains 32 oz which makes approximately 38 servings.

When it comes to energy gels, most runners seem to either love 'em or hate 'em. Personally I'm a fan of gels on the run because I don't have to chew them. The thick consistency of many gels isn't my favorite but find the right flavor and I can handle it.

So here's the deal. The Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels in mango are much lighter than any gels I have used in my training. The texture is light, the flavor is refreshing and each 1.3 oz gel packs 80 calories. If gels haven't agreed with you in the past, I would recommend giving these a try. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Though it's tempting to lace up my shoes and head out for a run, I'm going to take one more week off of running. Dare I say I actually miss running after just a week off? I know it's important for me to take some time off, especially being only 7 months postpartum, and to get back on the strength training train.

Once mid-July rolls around, I will start training for my 11th marathon, the Grand Forks Marathon. The Gatorade Endurance products will be extremely helpful for training through the summer heat!

The Gatorade Endurance New Flavor Pack retails for $52.99 on with free shipping on all purchases over $50. Check it out :)

Weekly Wrap: No Running Week 1


My legs are feeling great except for going downstairs. The hills at Grandma's shocked my legs a little. I'm such a flat-lander!


I have no plans of running this week but staying active with the kids has helped to loosen up stiff muscles.


Bible study, pool time and stretching that night.


Hot, hot, hot! Teeny ball and tee ball had us all sweating. I'm getting back into the swing of strength training with McMillan's Strength in Stride routine, in the air conditioning of our house of course ;)


We went on a nature walk with friends at a nearby state park that morning before the day really heated up again.


Stretching and strength planned



TOTAL MILEAGE: 0.00 miles

How do you fuel during training and racing? Gels - love 'em or hate 'em?

Let's Connect!

Linking up with Holly and Wendy's Weekly Wrap Up.