Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April races!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Wonder Wonder 5K Dallas as part of being a Bibrave Pro. Learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro, and check out bibrave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

It's been such a great couple of months getting back into running.  I took a month off and it was the best thing!  After my stress fracture I developed a pretty bad weakness in my right leg. Anytime I tried to ramp up the training or speed work I would get horrible inflammation in my shin that would sometimes last months.  A knot would even develop with heat and pain.  Then came a severe case of plantar fasciitis.  It was so bad I would have throbbing pain and could barely walk after running.  After CIM and then the 3M half, my body just felt wrecked.  I was hurting, having stomach issues that I didn't realize was affecting my energy levels, bones, and overall health. 

Over that month off I put a lot of focus into eliminating the foods that were causing my stomach issues.  I quit eating processed foods, refined flours, and cut back on gluten and dairy as well.  Things are finally looking up.  I started back running 15 minutes at a time.  Not because that's where my fitness was but so that my body had to time to adjust to the stress and to make sure that nothing flared up!  I am now up to running an hour multiple times a week.  I'm training 6 days a week, one biking day, and one full rest day. 

This month I'm running the skyline 10k in Dallas.  I've never ran this race and I'm very excited.  I'm not racing, but using it as a training run for a quality session. 

On the 28th,  I'm headed to run the Wonder Woman 5K!  This race is also a first for me and I'm so excited about it.  I have a couple friends joining me, and running this one for pure joy!  I may even walk a little.  I picked this race because who doesn't love Wonder Woman!  It's been such a tough couple of years of running for me, and I'm excited to get out there and just run for the pure joy of running.  This race is also taking place near the Rangers Ballpark, which is going to be an awesome course!  It's not too late to sign up!  If you want to join me please use "WWBIBRAVE" for 10% off registration!  I hope to see you there!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Hot Chocolate 15k 2019!

I recieved a race registration for The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k Dallas to review as part of being a Bibrave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro and check out bibrave.com to review, find, and write race reviews

The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k is one of my favorite races!  I love kicking off the new year running this race with friends!  This is my 4th year running and it keeps getting better year after year!

They host an awesome expo for a distance less than a half marathon, and you can sample the hot chocolate while there.  I think they make the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted!  Picking up your bib is also super simple!  You can get your bib in any line because they print off your info and stick it right on the bib.  Also, if you're unable to pick up your bib they do offer to mail your packet for a fee of $15.  I think it's a great offer for those that live out of town or who have rigid work schedules. 

I've grown to love this course.  The first half is a slight uphill climb.  It's not too difficult though, and its followed by a nice downhill to the finish line.  There is one slight hill on the back half of the race, but all the downhill makes up for it! If you're wanting to negative split a race, this is one for you! 

Lets talk about race swag!  One of the reasons I love this race is the awesome jackets!  I still have all of my jackets from the previous years and wear them all the time.  You get the jacket whether you run the 15k or the 5k.  Although, if you run the 15k, you do get the awesome chocolate shaped medal!  The swag doesn't stop here though!  Once you cross the finish line you make your way to the hot chocolate!  You get an awesome cup of the best hot chocolate and a plastic bowl full of melted chocolate, marshmallows, rice krispie treat, banana, and a few other treats for your dipping pleasure!  This is definitely reason enough for me to sign up year after year!

Year after year I run this race, and I don't like missing it!  It's one of the best!  There's a reason why I keep coming back.  The race is so fun!  I also love to make it a family affair if weather permitting.  It's such a fun atmosphere!  I can't recommend this race enough!  My recommendation is get online and sign up today while prices are low!  I will see you there next year!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kicking off the 2019 Race season!

I kicked off my 2019 race season with a spontaneous half marathon in Austin, TX!  The 3M half!  I wouldn't say I was trained for this.  Just coming off CIM in December and slowly building the miles back up, and experiencing some nasty Plantar Fasciitis, leg pain, and some stomach issues!  I went into this race relaxed and just wanting to get out there and run the distance because I love to run.  The course, like CIM, was a net downhill.  But don't let that fool you! There were plenty uphills in that course!  Running relaxed, I walked away with a 2 minute PR of 1:48.  Checking off one the goals I had set for 2019 to break 1:50 in the half and we're only 20 days into the year!  That excites me!

Next up is the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k!  I look forward to this race every year!  It's an awesome course that's easy to negative split and a great course to get a PR at if that's your thing.  The last half of this race is downhill so be prepared to run fast!  I'm not going into this race this year to PR, but just to have fun with my friends.  I think it's important to step away from racing occasionally and just get out there to run and have fun!  If you want to join me, it's not too late to sign up! 

Other than these two amazing races, I have several 5Ks on the schedule, as well as another spring half where I'll pacing.  Spending some time this spring to just enjoy running without the pressure of paces and races!  In June, things will get serious again as I begin training for Chicago Marathon!

 What does your 2019 race calendar look like?  Also, send me a message if you will be running the Allstate Hot Chocolate 5k or 15k!  I would love to meet up!!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Zwift Run!

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Run Pod to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outBibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Are you a Zwifter?  I was so excited when my Zwift run pod came in the mail!  If you haven't heard of Zwift, it is a virtual cycling and now a running community.  You can with anyone anywhere all from the comfort of your home or gym!  All you need is a the footpod, a treadmill, and the Zwift app.  When I say anywhere, I really mean anywhere!  I have ventured through New York, London, the jungle, and even through a volcano, and with so many other biking and running by my side.  It's been so much fun and it makes my treadmill runs such an adventure these days!

I think the Zwift run app is an awesome idea!  Treadmill runs can sometimes be so boring and this allows a great way to run and be social!  Sometimes our busy schedules don't allow us to do group runs and this app allows you to run with people anytime you're on the treadmill!  It is also customized to your fitness level.  You can train for anything from a 5K, half marathon, marathon, and even triathlons!  It will also connect to your strava and Garmin connect!   Such an amazing device to keep you motivated!

I can't encourage you enough to download this app!  When you do, let me know and we can do some runs together!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Raise Your Glass...Weekends are for Leggings, Running, and Champagne Poppin'

Waiting on the weekend to rock my new tank from Fit and Flirty!!  Fit and Flirty is a very unique shop created just for us champagne lovers and fitness fanatics!  I actually prefer my champagne with a little pineapple juice or orange juice aka the mimosa!

If you're looking for some awesome tanks, tees, crops, or just some fabulously cute workout tops, then you MUST check them out!  Right now they are having an awesome grand opening, buy one get one 50% off special!  You can also save 15% with the code SWEATPINK9!!

While we are on the subject of champagne, go ahead and check out this post on 8 reasons to add a little champagne to your your diet!  You can thank me later! ;)  Who knew all the reasons why

Now let's get to champagne poppin while we do a little shoppin'!!!  I must have them all!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Can't live without these Shady Rays!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of shady rays sunglasses to review as part of being a Bibrave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a bibrave pro ambassador, and check out bibrave.com to review and write race reviews.

I LOVE my shady rays!  I've tried many pairs of sunglasses while running including some really expensive name brands, but I haven't been as impressed as I have with the pair I got from Shady Rays!  

Some of the things that have really impressed me:

  • They are shatterproof!  You have no idea how many pairs of other glasses I have used and shattered.  
  • They have a lifetime replacement warranty if they get lost or broken.
  • For every pair purchased they secure 11 meals to fight hunger through feeding America.
I was sent the black emerald signature series.  They are very lightweight, and the lenses are polarized so you're protected from those UV rays as well!  I also love that these don't get caught in my hair when I set them on my head.  I know this sounds silly but its a huge deal when you wear pony tails! haha!  

If you're looking for a great pair of glasses for running, wearing on a daily basis, or any activity, shady rays need to be your go to pair!  They are really that amazing!  I've just ordered two more pair!  You can too and save 50% off of two or more with code "bibrave."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Training update! Week 11

I am on week 11 of a new training cycle with my new running coach!  Basically what  I'm working on is building my fitness. Training is hard!  Some days or weeks you feel like everything is going great, you're hitting all your paces, nailing your workouts, then the next week even the easy runs feel hard.  Last week I also developed some shin splints in both legs.  So frustrating for me.  It was about this time last year when my shin started hurting terribly and gave me so much trouble that I had to take some time off.  Then the overtraining led to a stress fracture.  As soon as my pain began I informed my coach and she backed off on all the speed work.  I'm definitely not going to let it get worse this time. We runners tend to just run through the pain and that cost me an entire training cycle last year.

While letting these shins heal I've ran just easy pace runs this week.  They are feeling so much better, but not exactly 100%.  I'll pretty much finish out this week running easy and then hit another quality session on Saturday.  Even on a normal running schedule about 80-90% of my runs are easy pace.  This adds miles to the total amount I'm running, but because of the slow pace there is minimal damage to tissue and muscle, so recovery is basically nutritional after an easy day.  Our body is able to recover faster in order to be ready for the next workout.  When our bodies are able to recover quicker then we are able to add more volume to training!  Running slow benefits our aerobic strength as well as our muscular and skeletal strength, which allows us to prepare for that strain during a marathon too.

Another benefit to these easy runs is that they train our bodies to burn fat for fuel.  During a marathon when your body depletes its glycogen stores it then will start burning fat for fuel. So also remember if you're looking to lose a few pounds, running slow will burn more unwanted fat than running fast! 
So what is my easy pace?  Right now, my easy runs range from 9:39-10:36.  Some days the weather is perfect and hitting the lower end of that range will feel super easy.  On days where the humidity and dew point are high I tend to go towards the slower end of that range.  Trying to hold that faster pace on not so perfect days will get my heart rate into a zone where I don't need it.  That makes the run to taxing on my heart and my muscles and then I won't be prepared for my quality sessions! If you go into every run at the same pace that's not going to get you faster, so backing off on that pace up to two minutes slower than goal pace is ok guys!  If you want to get faster, you have to run slower!

I have my first race on the calendar for June 10th.  Hopefully it won't be too terribly hot.  I'm just going out to test my fitness and to see where I'm at.  I'm hoping I come home with a nice little PR, but we will see.  It will be nice to see if  I've made some progress!


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