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 BibRave.com 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 Gatorade.com with free shipping on all purchases over $50. Check it out :)


Weekly Wrap: No Running Week 1


MONDAY: 

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!

TUESDAY: 

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

WEDNESDAY: 

Bible study, pool time and stretching that night.

THURSDAY

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 ;)

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

Stretching and strength planned

SUNDAY:

Off

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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Race Report: Grandma's Marathon 2018

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!

After taking a baby break from marathons for 2017, I returned to the distance this past weekend for #10. Grandma's Marathon is one that graces many bucket lists, mine included, and though I'm officially checking it off now, I can't wait to go back!

Here's how the marathon weekend went down:

Friday, June 15: Travel Day

My mom came to our house around 10 am to bring our older boys, 3 & 5 years old, to swimming lessons and watch them for the weekend. After saying our goodbyes, my husband, our 7-month-old baby, and I took off at 11:00 am for the 5 hour drive to Carlton, MN.

I opted to have my race packet mailed to our house to save some traveling stress. The $25 was well worth it. Whether we had three kids with or only one, this made our travels more leisurely and we would be able to go directly to the hotel.

After a road construction detour, a food stop and then one more stop to nurse the baby, our road trip took 6 hours total. Baby C is not our best carseat traveler but he did pretty well on the way down, provided I sat in the back to keep him company.

To Grandma's Marathon we go!

After arriving at our hotel, we made sandwiches with groceries we had picked up along the way and had a quiet evening. In all the busyness of the day I forgot to do a shakeout run when we got there. We travelled all the way there for the race... and I forgot to shakeout run? Apparently bouncing the baby to sleep was enough of a "shake out" for me.

Baby fell asleep around 7:30 pm and we just chilled that evening. 8:30 bedtime was a goal to make up for the early rise the next morning. Of course that didn't happen though. I must have finally been sleeping around 10 pm and then baby was up to nurse at 2 am. And 3 am. Our children have special sensors that alert them when mom is about to run a marathon. This isn't the first time I've gotten 4 hours of sleep before a race! ;)


Saturday, June 16: Race Day

3:45 AM - My alarm went off and the mix of adrenaline and nerves made me fly out of bed. The lack of sleep didn't seem to bother me much at the moment. I feel like your body gets used to the irregular sleep of baby years.

While my husband and baby were still sleeping, I got dressed and grabbed some continental breakfast - a bagel with pb and banana. I don't feel like eating much on a race morning but I force it down because I'll need it later. The breakfast area was very quiet as the half marathoners were already gone and maybe the marathoners were just waking up? The quiet made me a little nervous. Missing the shuttle was one of my main worries that day.

Back in the room, I pumped a bottle for baby and only got 4 oz! (Thanks to the last feeding at 3 am?) Hopefully that would be a enough for him until I was back around noon. Now that he can eat oatmeal I'm not as worried about him getting hungry while I'm gone.

5:00 AM - We stayed in Carlton because the hotel was much more $$ friendly, with two nights being the same price as ONE night in the Proctor hotel. The only downside was that my husband and our little one had to be out the door to drop me off at the shuttle. We loaded into the van and drove the 17 miles to Proctor in the fog. The day was forecasted to be a stormy one.

While in the van, I scribbled wrote 1 Timothy 6:17b on my hand to keep focused in this race: "Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment." Marathons are (mostly) fun and, sure I did sign myself up for this, but the unknowns still make me nervous. This verse reassured me that, no matter what the case, God would meet all of my needs. May I run for His glory!


5:40 AM - After hugs and goodbye kisses, I went into the AmericInn and the buses pulled up shortly after. I hopped on a "fancy" bus with cushiony, nice seats and chatted for the 20-30 minute drive to the starting line with a high school cross country coach from Iowa. The visiting was great, made the time fly by and somewhat relaxed the nerves.

6:45 AM - We pulled up to the car dealership where all of the marathon starting line business was taking place. There was a huge amount of porta potties (or so I thought), loads of buses and runners, and balloons marking the starting corral. After unloading I walked with a runner named Kelsey, mom of 3 kiddos from the Twin Cities, and then checked my extra gear bag. That's where my biggest mistake of the day happened...

I had one Razz CLIF SHOT Energy Gel in my sports bra and the rest of them were in my (already checked) gear bag. I got so carried away in conversation that I forgot to grab two more from my bag. There were 26.2 miles to cover and I was only carrying 100 calories on me! Yep, that's a problem. Of course I didn't realize this until I was waiting in the porta potty line and there wasn't any time to try to find my bag. My stomach turned into one huge knot. 

Meanwhile, amongst my gel drama, I ran into fellow runner/mom of 3 boys/homeschooling mom Danielle. I love being able to meet IG friends in person! (By the way, she ran a smoking fast 2:53 that day. WOW!)


7:15 AM - The porta potty line was pretty lengthy and we were getting antsy to line up in the corrals. Finally I made my way through the line and hurried to my pace group while keeping an eye out for my fellow BibRave Pros. I wasn't able to find Jenn and Angie but Amy S and I did run into each other while lining up! (And she ran a 2:59 for the day! So many speedy runners.)

Jenn & Angie | Amy S & me

Being 7 months postpartum, I wasn't sure what to expect in this race and decided to start conservatively. The 3:35 pace group would keep me from going out too fast and blowing up halfway through.


7:45 AM - Actually, a couple minutes after, the train sounded the start of the race! I took off just ahead of the 3:35 group and ran at whatever felt comfortable.

Physically I felt really good but mentally I was unfocused. I kept thinking, "When am I going to blow up in this race?" With it being marathon #10, the pattern seems to be that I do well in the first 20 miles but eventually blow up and need to take a walk break. (Basically, I'm struggling with negative splits.)

After mentally wrestling that negative outlook, I decided it's just best to brainwash myself: "I'm NOT going to blow up. I'm NOT going to blow up!"

Mile 1 - 8:02
Mile 2 - 7:49
Mile 3 - 7:48
Mile 4 - 7:52
Mile 5 - 7:47
Mile 6 - 7:47 - Took my one and only gel
Mile 7 - 7:48
Mile 8 - 7:51
Mile 9 - 7:59
Mile 10 - 7:38

Aside from a slight side stitch at mile 3 (maybe nerves?), the first 10 miles went by smoothly. I stuck with a pack of runners and enjoyed our strides being in rhythm. Training alone makes running in a herd feel like a special occasion. I miss the magic of a running group!

I zoned out for those early miles and enjoyed running through the cool mist coming off the lake. This part of the run was lined with trees and occasionally a peek at Lake Superior, though it was hard to see much in all the fog. This morning was absolutely perfect for a run. A nice, super long run.

Finding fuel before bonking was a concern so I prayed rather than wasting more time worrying. I know there are more important things going on in this world than a marathon, but I figured at worst, God could simply ignore my prayer. I would rather err on the side of praying too much. So I prayed. Lord, I have a whole lot of miles to cover and I need calories. Please allow something to pop up before I crash! Then I ran some more.

Mile 11 - 7:54
Mile 12 - 7:47
Mile 13 - 7:44
Mile 15 - 7:54 - BANANA!

Does God answer even our silliest prayers? Sure He does. Sometimes He even sends bananas. I was SO thankful to see a lady holding a tray full of banana chunks by the aid stations. As I ran by, I yelled, "You're a lifesaver!" before shoving the piece in my mouth and running on. Maybe I was a little dramatic but she did save me from a miserable run.

Mile 17 - 8:05
Mile 18 - 7:58
Mile 19 - 7:56
Mile 20 - 8:18
Mile 21 - 8:30

By now we were running through parts of Duluth and I loved to see all the spectators! Grandma's has a perfect mix of quiet, breathtaking scenery and then loud, fan-filled city running. I ran the entire time up to this point and my hips and legs were cramping. To get my mind off of the discomfort, I decided to walk at aid stations and up any hills if need be. That gave me a little recovery time, as my cramping muscles were relieved by the downhills.

Mile 22 - 9:31
Mile 23 - 9:38 - Just a 5k left, come on!
Mile 24 - 8:50
Mile 25 - 8:29
Mile 26 - 7:45

The gradual decline in the last couple miles of the course seemed to revive my legs and I was wobbly but feeling ready to kick it. It's funny how long the last 1.2 miles of a marathon can feel! The final "chute" seemed to last forever and turn too many times as I was trying to finish strong.

For the last sprint to the finish line's balloon arches, I ran as fast as I could while hoping I wouldn't trip over my own legs. Wouldn't that be embarrassing in front of all those people?!



3:32:17 was my official crossing time and it felt great. Honestly I felt a little emotional and held back tears while a woman put my medal on. It was a mix of gratefulness, hormones, pure joy and exhaustion. All of it.

This wasn't my best or my worst finish time but it was definitely the best I could do that day. And technically was a new "7 months postpartum PR" ;)


I hobbled around the finish area long enough to pick up some potato chips, a CLIF bar and orange juice. They had a nice variety of foods including strawberries and some other things I can't remember, but my appetite isn't the greatest immediately after a marathon.


After grabbing my bag and stretching while calling my husband, I was on the search for the return shuttle. It took a little maneuvering to figure out where the shuttle pick up was located so I followed the herd and visited with a runner from Madison, Wisconsin as we made our way. The shuttles and volunteers at Grandma's were very helpful! They made race day logistics so smooth. Finding parking in all the craziness of that day would have been rough.


My shuttle went to the Proctor AmericInn where my husband and our baby were waiting for me. Last year's race was ridiculously hot, so I heard, but this year I actually felt cold after the race. I didn't complain - I'll take racing the cold any day over the heat and humidity.

After getting back to the room, I took a hot shower and we had some time to relax while baby napped. Then we headed to the Streetcar Kitchen & Pub to celebrate an early Father's Day. I highly recommend their fish tacos and cheesecake.


So about the 3:32:17. Along with running somewhere between 3:30-4:00, my "secret other goal" was to beat my 7 months postpartum time from 2013. Marathon #6 (2013) was 7 months 9 days after the birth of our first son and marathon #10 (this one) was exactly 7 months 9 days after the birth of our third son!. How's that for crazy!

Five years older, two more kids, could I still run faster? I beat the 3:37:37 finish time by five minutes and that felt awesome. Maybe my 30's will be even faster than my 20's! In this blessed yet exhausting rollercoaster of pregnancy and babies, I feel like I have stalled out in the 3:30's - 3:20's range. Eventually I hope to break through that rut into the 3:15-ish range. Some day! As for now, I'm thankful and treasuring these times with my little, little ones :)

2013 & 2018, 7 months 9 days postpartum

That's the end of my race weekend ramblings. Thank you to my husband and our littlest for joining me on this "race-cation" and helping with race day transportation. Thank you to my parents for watching our older boys and for our neighbors who even watched our kids for my last long run. Thank you, BibRave, for making it possible for me to run Grandma's. Most importantly, thank You, Lord, allowing all of the details to fall into place!

It's been an amazing journey that I am so thankful for! Grandma's Marathon. Seriously. You need to get there. This race may rise to #1 on my favorites list!

Check out my official Grandma's Marathon review on BibRave.com and my results on Athlinks. Make sure to add your recent race results to Athlinks, too!



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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Save Those Toes | KT Tape Blister Prevention

Disclaimer: I received KT Tape Blister Prevention Tape & Patch 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!

Race week is upon us and I'm in the process of packing! While there are so many different aspects to covering the marathon distance, I want to talk about one "feeture" that is essential to running. (In advance, please excuse the feet pictures - this is just part of life as a runner!)


Out of all the marathons I have ran, a common theme of most race-related injuries has been feet. Even when following all of the rules (i.e. wear the same shoes and socks you train in, trim toenails pre-race), a blister, hot spot or even a black toenail can come out of nowhere. There is something about long miles and hot, sweaty feet that don't mix.

Personally my "trouble area" is my middle toe on the right foot only. It's crazy. I have no idea why but this is my rebel toe! I have used hockey tape as a protective layer when a painful blister has developed but it really didn't stick the best or breath. Likely because it's made for taping hockey sticks and not toes :)

Runner's Feet. Don't judge!

Going in to Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, I have had minimal blister issues in training (above picture was my only one, after a hot 20-miler) but I know that race day may have other plans. Instead of packing my hockey tape solution, I am putting KT Tape's Blister Products to use. As a BibRave Pro, I received a pack of the Blister Prevention Tape and the Blister Treatment Patches.

I have used the Blister Prevention Tape on my toe and also tried it on my heel for some extra testing. This has been a handy tool for me because I know where my "trouble area" is and now I can prevent blisters from forming. The tape is thin, flexible and made of breathable fabric which makes it ideal for sport usage and every day life uses as well. I taped my 5-year-old's heels so his rollerblades would stop rubbing them and it worked like a charm!


The key to this tape is to make sure your skin is dry before applying the tape! When used properly, it can stay on for up to 2 days.


The second KT Tape blister product is the Blister Treatment Patch. This is for those days when a surprise blister pops out of nowhere or when you forget to use prevention tape on a trouble area. Whoops. These patches are a 100% waterproof seal that protects your blisters for up to 7 days. I applied a patch to my heal for testing purposes and, WOW, they stick on well!

To keep a healing blister from further injury the treatment patches are a great product. I like that they are waterproof so my kids can leave them on while in the swimming pool. With all of their running around, roller blading and biking, they have had more blisters than me lately (even with marathon training and all)!


These KT Tape Blister Products are $9.99 each for either 30 prevention strips or 8 treatment patches. Overall I think these are handy products to keep in the running bag on the go or medicine cabinet at home. Take 30% off KT Tape products with discount code "BIBRAVE30" and stop by #BibChat at 8 pm CT on June 19th for a chance to win!

Do you have any feet issues or trouble areas? What solutions have worked (or not)?


#Gmas18 Training W16 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

TUESDAY: 

4.36 mi, 00:37 @ 08:35 pace with strides (10 x 25 sec) to kick off race week!?!!?!!!! Nervous. Excited. Nervous. Excited.

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 3.1 mi, 00:30 @ 09:40 pace for Global Running Day, celebrated on the treadmill because I chose sleep this morning. It’s taper time, so I’ll let it fly ;)

THURSDAY

Tempo Run 6.01 mi, 00:48 @ 08:00 avg pace feeling good but didn’t hit the paces I was supposed to. The plan said around 7:00/mile for 20-30 minutes but I ran 7:47, 7:47, 7:39, 7:48. Honestly I felt distracted. The shorts I wore that morning were riding up and it drove me nuts!!! Note to self: save those for treadmill runs only ;)

FRIDAY:

Travel day & a shake out run planned

SATURDAY:

RACE DAY >>> Recap coming next week!


SUNDAY:

Off

TOTAL MILEAGE: 33.68 miles




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

Friday, June 8, 2018

#Gmas18 Marathon Training: Race Day Logistics

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!

Taper has begun and we're into the single digits! Grandma's Marathon race day is only 8 days away and my race packet came in the mail TODAY :))) I requested to have mine mailed for $25 as I wasn't sure if my husband could get the day off work to make it to the race expo.

Having my race packet mailed to my house took the pressure off our travels the day before race day, which is great, because we all know traveling with a baby never goes as planned!


Celebrating Race Day

Aside from some planning nerves, I'm feeling excited to run. Training for my first marathon as a mom of three went really well and training is the hard part. Race day is the celebration!

Being Grandma's is my 10th marathon, I'm celebrating a little extra. Had you asked me ten years ago if I would run a marathon, let alone ten, I would have laughed. I thought the idea of running one was crazy back then. Turns out God had way bigger plans for me than I did for myself. (Having three boys included - I never would have guessed I'd be a mom of all boys!)

Yes, I'm nervous, but I want to channel those nerves into rejoicing and celebrating where God has taken me through these years.

Let's Talk Logistics

The plan is to take the shuttle to the race, check my gear, meet up with the BibRave Pro crew, run the race, eat all the food, and then shuttle back to my husband and our baby. Thankfully it's just the three of us traveling to Grandma's and that makes for less stress. Especially since the older boys have swimming lesson testing that Friday and I don't want them to miss that.

Because I have never raced while carrying my phone before, I have been experimenting with different ways to do that as gear checking a phone isn't recommended. I have tried different bottoms with zippered pockets and contemplated wearing my Orange Mud Gear Vest but in the end I think my Adidas "How We Do" 3/4 Tights are the way to go.

The zippered back pocket is sweat proof and doesn't bounce around like my shorts do. They are also lightweight enough to be comfortable in the heat. (P.S. I got those in my Mercury Mile box - more on that in another post.)

"Race Day What to Wear": I'm going with the left side top and right side bottom

Now I can carry my phone, driver's license and maybe some $$ in the little back pocket. That way I can run without worrying about valuables being lost and yet not be bogged down by wearing a belt or my entire gear vest (the lighter the better on race day). Gear belts are okay in my opinion but the one I have always rides up and drives me crazy! Tell me: what do you use to carry fuel/phones/music etc during the race?

Race day attire is settled, travel plans are laid out and one more long run lies ahead. As for a race day time goal, I'm loosely saying 3:30-4:00 is the goal. I'm not sure what my 7 months postpartum body is going to give me on race day but I do know I want to make the best of it. From what I'm told, the Grandma's Marathon experience is one to remember!

Do you plan out your race day outfit and logistics? Or prefer to wing it?

#Gmas18 Training W15 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

TUESDAY: 

Easy Effort 6.01 mi, 00:54 @ 09:03 pace as training starts to taper down. Next week is RACE WEEK!!!??

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 3.1 mi, 00:30 @ 09:40 pace for Global Running Day, celebrated on the treadmill because I chose sleep this morning. It’s taper time, so I’ll let it fly ;)

THURSDAY

Tempo Run 6.01 mi, 00:48 @ 08:00 avg pace feeling good but didn’t hit the paces I was supposed to. The plan said around 7:00/mile for 20-30 minutes but I ran 7:47, 7:47, 7:39, 7:48. Honestly I felt distracted. The shorts I wore that morning were riding up and it drove me nuts!!! Note to self: save those for treadmill runs only ;)

FRIDAY:

Off

SATURDAY:

Final Long Run 12.02 mi, 01:35 @ 07:51 pace before taper week!!! The last 6 miles were supposed to be at goal pace (7:37/Mile) but I cut it down to 4 miles at GP and then just ran whatever I wanted at the end. My legs were feeling it and humidity (94%!) was wearing on me. I’m trying to preserve some spunk for next weekend!

SUNDAY:

Easy Effort planned


TOTAL MILEAGE: 



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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Nature Scavenger Hunts | BUFF® #LiveMoreNow Part 3

Disclaimer: I received three BUFF® products to encourage me to #LiveMoreNow 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!

Summer has officially begun here. The temps are up, sun is shining and the kids' summer activities start next week! I have loved watching our oldest in swimming lessons and "teeny ball" in the past years and now look forward to our second babe joining in the action as well.

One new adventure we have taken on this year is nature study. With our children being 5, 3 and 6 months old, we're not into the intense studies (obviously, we're just pre-k here!) and our nature studies are more like "scavenger hunts". We read books on interesting aspects of God's creation (i.e. lately it's been bird eggs) and then go out and experience hands-on.

Our nature study adventures take us to the nearby state park with friends, to grandma & grandpa's farm for a weekend and sometimes simply out for a picnic by the river here. I pack up the Camelbak "diaper bag" full of snacks, bug spray, sun protection and diapers of course. Then we're off!


Last week we found this little nest in the shrubs right by our house. Because it's nearby, we are able to watch this nest to see if any birds do return or if it is abandoned. The finished product of tedious nest-building is amazing to see up close!



It's been beautiful and extra warm lately, in the 80's and 90's even, so we dress the part and I'm almost always wearing a hat. My Buff Trucker Tech Cap is a favorite because of its ventilation and built-in sweatband! The kids start with hats on but, because they tend to drop clothing as quickly as trees lose their leaves, my best bet is slathering them in sunscreen.


Shortly after finding the abandoned nest by our house, we found part of a Robin's egg shell to match the illustration in our nature study book!


These little nature "scavenger hunts" are so much fun! It's one of the many ways we #livemorenow in the summer months and, as we hit the swimming pool next week, I know my BUFF gear is going to be getting a lot of use. Many sunny days lie ahead!

Oh yeah, and a pretty important marathon coming up, too. (P.S. Is it time to taper yet?!)


How will you #LiveMoreNow this week? 


#Gmas18 Training W14 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

TUESDAY: 

Fartlek Run 8.01 mi, 01:07 @ 08:19 pace that was supposed to be 1:00 @ 5k pace then 1:00 recovery jog. I’m still stiff from Saturday’s long run struggle and took this morning’s run easy instead. Still picked up the pace for 15 intervals of 1:00 but there was no 5k pace left in me! Foam rolling today!!!!

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 3.1 mi, 00:30 @ 09:40 pace because I wasn’t able to make it out this morning with a fever-ish baby. Praise the Lord he’s doing better now! Hope we sleep.

THURSDAY

Tempo Intervals 6.06 mi, 00:48 @ 07:55 avg pace with 1 Mile x 3 @ 7:10, 7:13, 7:11 (3:00 recovery jog) followed by a couple hill intervals on my pathetically small, grassy “hill”. I tried.

FRIDAY:

Off

SATURDAY:

Long Run 14.03 mi, 01:58 @ 08:22 pace with 9 miles outside and 5 miles on the treadmill. Hubs is working today so I fit in the miles “creatively”. Ha!

SUNDAY:

Easy Effort 3 mi, 00:29 @ 09:48 pace for double stroller run/family bike before bed!

TOTAL MILEAGE: 34.2 miles



Let's Connect!



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

Friday, May 25, 2018

They See Us Rollin' | BUFF® #LiveMoreNow Part 2

Disclaimer: I received three BUFF® products to encourage me to #LiveMoreNow 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!

The summer is rollin' and so are we! I have never considered myself much of a cross-trainer when it comes to marathon training but while thinking over this post, I've realized my life is cross-training.

I run for cumulatively about 6 hours a week and thankfully the rest of my hours are spent with my three kiddos. As much as these boys like to move, I'm now considering them my cross-training — especially now that our 6-month-old is mobile and very busy.

Biking is by far a favorite activity for our 5- and 3-year-old boys whenever the roads aren't covered in snow. Now that their biking legs have built up strength again after the long winter, they are rolling on their bikes near daily.

The baby and I just need to keep up!


The weather isn't much of a deterrent. Sometimes in the early Spring, they even bike in their snow pants! The weather can't stop them as long as the roads are clear.

This Spring there have been many biking adventures when I'm wearing my cozy BUFF® Braidy Hat to keep warm yet my oldest is still just in a t-shirt (that's a whole other issue...). We have a few different routes in town and driving to the bike path in a neighboring park is even more fun.


Since having kids I have been mainly a stroller runner but I hope to do more biking again as our kids get older. Now that our weather has really heated up, my oldest and I were able to bike in front of our house while the two younger boys watched.

If this heat sticks around — today it's 90°F! — I may have to retire the cool weather gear til Fall and stick to my BUFF® Trucker Tech Cap instead. The weather this year changed gears quickly all in the same month! Thankfully BUFF® has gear to cover all the seasons for kids, adults and even pets.


With this being my peak week of training for Grandma's Marathon, I can definitely feel the cumulative fatigue of running and being so active during the day. Hopefully it will all pay off on race day! I'm tired but the taper is near and life is too short to sit still. These kids really know how to #LiveMoreNow!


How will you #LiveMoreNow this week?
I will share one more #LiveMoreNow adventure with you next week!


#Gmas18 Training W13 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.

TUESDAY: 

Easy Effort 7 mi, 01:04 @ 09:08 pace and it was already almost 60°F at 5:30 am! I like it!

WEDNESDAY: 

Marathon Goal Pace 8.35 mi, 01:03 @ 07:29 pace run this morning before our 2nd boy’s third birthday celebration! Followed by errands, Happy Meals at McD's for the kids and picking up a neighbor/friend at the airport :)

THURSDAY

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 5 mi, 00:46 @ 09:09 pace birthday miles (woop!) while finishing the “Moana” movie with the kids. It was a pretty cute movie though maybe a little scary for the kids in parts. We were at the State Park with friends all morning so it was nice to take a break inside before supper.

FRIDAY:

Easy Effort 3.15 mi, 00:30 @ 09:31 pace before one more 20-miler this weekend.

SATURDAY:

Long Run 18.06 mi, 02:34 @ 08:31 pace that was supposed to be 20-miler #3. I ran five days in a row this week because of all the fun birthday things going on. The training runs got done but I went into this long run already wiped. By mile 5 I could feel this wasn’t going to be pretty. 80°F temps and just a plain tired body lead me to cut the last two miles off. It was good decision overall and now I’m taking TWO days off to recover from this intense week! (And choosing not to beat myself up for cutting the run short and struggling through it in general...)

SUNDAY:

Off

TOTAL MILEAGE: 41.56 miles



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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chasing the Sunrise | BUFF® #LiveMoreNow Part 1

Disclaimer: I received three BUFF® products to encourage me to #LiveMoreNow 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!

My early morning mental dialogue goes a little something like this:
The 5:00 a.m. alarm is sounding.
"No thank you. Just 5 more minutes."
5 minutes later; it's time to really do this.
"Ugh. I'll run on the treadmill later..."
<mental image of treadmill running with kids all awake>
"Okay, yep. I'm out."
Getting out the door by 5:20 is my "run day" goal though after a spotty night of sleep with our 6 month old I struggle. (and sometimes baby has a different up his onesie sleeve and it's just not possible!)


Despite the kick in the tail it takes to get me out of bed, I have grown to really love the peace of an early morning. I lay my clothes out the night before (in a pile, not a pretty flat runner like below) to save on my "get ready time" before sneaking out the door.

And I mean sneak out the door literally. One peep too loud and our littlest, who sleeps upstairs by us, will be up and my morning run plan is shot.


My early morning gear varies to match whatever weather is coming our way. Now that it's May, I have been running in 30-50°F temps in the morning. A long sleeve shirt or light jacket paired with my BUFF® Polar Thermal Hoodie keeps me warm but not overheated. Shorts are my rule of thumb for +40°F and capris or full length tights for below that. Hats on a rainy morning. Headband or a hat in the wind.

Whew. Gear can really turn into a science!

If you've never heard of BUFF®'s Hoodies before, check them out. They are a handy tool for "hooding the hoodless" like my Boston jacket or long sleeve shirts with a heavyweight fleece material to make them extra cozy. With the right gear, I'm able to enjoy my time outside even when the weather isn't ideal.

BUFF® Polar Thermal Hoodie (Black) - $50

I'm up. I'm dressed. I'm out.

Once out the door, it's the smell of dew on the grass, the chirping birds, rhythmic steps and quiet conversations with God that I enjoy so much.


And this. How can I help but to fall in love with a sky like this?


Sometimes it's 8 speedy miles in before 6:30 am. Other times it's a relaxing 6 or less. That's the start to my morning as a mother runner.

At 6:30 a.m. I'm coming through the door to be greeted by lots of little faces, usually smiling, and my husband of course. I hop in the shower quick and eat a egg & bacon breakfast wrap that my husband made if I'm extra lucky! My hubs heads off to work at 7:00 a.m. and that's when the action really starts.

What kind of action, you ask? More on that to come next week! Stay tuned :)




#Gmas18 Training W12 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. Nature walk at a nearby State Park.

TUESDAY: 

Easy Effort 6.01 mi, 00:56 @ 09:15 pace feeling good after last week’s bigger mileage. This week is somewhat of a cut back before one more big one next week. Soon to taper and race!

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 5 mi, 00:46 @ 09:09 pace run in the afternoon.

THURSDAY

Yasso 800’s 8 mi, 01:03 @ 07:50 avg pace, 800m intervals x 8 (@ 3:39, 3:39, 3:33, 3:35, 3:30, 3:33, 3:36, 4:02). Not sure what happened to that last interval! Woops.

FRIDAY:

Off

SATURDAY:

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 5 mi, 00:46 @ 09:09 pace because I didn’t feel like waking up early on our 6th wedding anniversary! My hubs went to work for the morning, the kids watched a LEGO show while I ran, and we did manage to sneak away for a quick supper tonight. It was great!

SUNDAY:

Long Run 13.1 mi, 01:55 @ 08:47 pace with single stroller and our littlest. Everyone else was asleep so I took the little guy out for a few miles. He fell asleep too and those miles turned into a half marathon. Maybe he DOES like the stroller!


TOTAL MILEAGE: 37.11


What is your trick to getting out of bed early? Coffee? Layout out your gear? A loud alarm?!

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