Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running, Thoughts, Training

Motigo Marathon Training Plan

Disclaimer: I received a pair of free Aftershokz Trekz Airs and access to the Motigo Honolulu Marathon Training Plan 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!”

If you’ve been following me along all these years, you’ll know that I have run four marathons and have seriously trained for three using different training programs each time. When I signed up for Honolulu, I knew I didn’t want to train as intensely as I did for Chicago, which used Hanson’s marathon method. I simply did not have the time to train as much this time around so I knew I’d be looking for more of a beginner’s plan. Enter Motigo’s Training Experiences.

First of all, what is Motigo? 

Some of you may remember that I used Motigo back in April for the Big Sur 21 miler.  Motigo is, in short, a phone app that allows people to record cheers for a runner. The people recording the cheers can choose specific mile markers for their runner to hear the cheer and all the runner needs to do is log into the app and when the race starts, hit start. The app will then track the runner throughout the course and when the runner hits the appropriate mile marker, the cheer will play. This is a super neat app as people can record their cheers in advance if they cannot make it out to race day to cheer in person.

So what does this have to do with marathon training? 

Using the audio aspect, Motigo has expanded into training plans and created “Training Experiences.” They call it an experience because it’s not just a marathon training plan. For one or two runs a week (typically during a long run) , there will be an audio component to the run. For those days, a runner can hit start on the run and as you run, the app will track your status in miles and when you reach certain mile markers, you will hear someone give you advice on how to tackle the mileage. Three to seven messages were expected for an audio run so if you typically run with music, these messages won’t interrupt your music too often. And you’ll know the message is coming because there will be an obvious beep followed by a pause before the message.

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What did I think of the training experience? 

So I signed up specifically for the Honolulu marathon training experience. For 18 weeks, I followed the plan as closely as I could and listened to the audio on those selected runs. On my particular plan because it was powered by BibRave, I heard various members from team BibRave giving me pointers as to how I should be running that day’s run.  There were also anecdotes of issues they’ve come across during their training and races and suggestions were given out during the runs.

After going through the plan, I will say that this is a solid plan for someone attempting their first marathon or for someone who isn’t looking to break a personal record. The plan itself does not include specific paces that you should be hitting during your runs and it’s more of a run by feel for the designated mileage. They do however tell you to pick up the pace at times in the audio.

The weekly mileage is fairly manageable and had I been better with time management, I think I could have hit all of those weekly targets. The lowest weekly mileage is 20, whereas the highest is 40.

Looking back at how I felt during the marathon, I think the plan prepared me fairly well for race day. I did taper a bit earlier than the plan suggested, but that was because I was bad and on the day I was supposed to run 20 easy miles, I ran 6 easy miles and raced at 110% during the RnR Vegas half only 4 weeks before the marathon. Not a smart move as my body was taking its sweet time healing. LOL. Had I not done that, I think I could have shaved off a few more minutes of my full time. 🙂

So there you have it, my review of the Motigo Marathon Training Experience. If you have any questions about it, please let me know or read what other BibRave Pros had to say about the plan. They also have a half marathon training experience too if marathons aren’t your thing. 🙂

Deanne – Corey – Lissa

 

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Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running, Thoughts

See and Be Seen – Night Running Essentials (Nathan Sports Discount Code Included)

Disclaimer: I received a Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light from Nathan Sports 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! All opinions are my own. 

I am not a morning person. As much as I say how much I love my Saturday morning long runs, it takes the heavens to get my body out of bed at 6:45 am. Ugh. And don’t even get me started about trying to wake up at 5 am on a weekday to run before work. That is just too early. WAY TOO EARLY.

So what I’m trying to get at is that I’m primarily a night runner. I’ve written about this before, but being a night runner has its ups and downs. The weather gets cooler as you run thankfully, but you also have to be more aware of your surroundings. You have to be vigilant about being seen and being able to see.

Here are a few things I do to stay safe on a night run:

  1. Wear reflective gear – Whether it be clothing that has built in reflective strips on it to sticking reflective tape (ie Brilliant Reflective) or just wearing one of those reflective vests, I highly recommend wearing something with reflective properties. People driving at night already have poor visibility and you know that some of them are not always looking at the road. If you don’t wear something bright and shiny, you risk the chance that someone will not see you. Heck, while in Vegas, a car bumped into me in broad daylight. I’m still angry about that. LOL.
  2. Bring a light – As it gets darker earlier these days, I have to bring a light with me on my runs. If I don’t, I just know that I’ll twist my ankle or step in some poop. I’ve tested various light set ups on my runs and most recently, I tested the Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Waist/Chest light. The light around your chest or waist was super new to me so I was ecstatic when the opportunity arose to test this product. I usually carry a flash light with me, but having a light I could just wear on me seemed really appealing since I wouldn’t have to hold anything in my hands. IMG_1100At first test, I found that the strap that the light could clip onto needed a bit of an adjustment. It is a one size fits all strap so I had to tighten it to just the right length for the light to not bounce around. It took a bit of trial and error to find just the right length. Another thing to consider is whether you want to wear it around your waist or your chest. I personally found that wearing it around my chest or even below my chest was not a good option for me. The strap would almost always slide down my body if I had it positioned around my chest. So for me, the waist was the way to go. IMG_1103I do know others who had better luck with positioning it on their chest though so it may be a body type thing. You are also able to clip the light around other straps if you have a sturdier strap. I found that clipping it onto my FlipBelt worked super well as the light didn’t bounce around as much.

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The light itself is rechargeable and has three settings – bright, brighter, and brightest. Depending on how dark it was and how long I needed the light for, I would set it appropriately by pushing a button to change the brightness. This light is Ragnar approved so if you’re running a Ragnar in 2019, this might be a nice option in lieu of a flashlight.

  1. Listen to your surroundings – Ideally, running without music is what you should be doing, but if you’re like me and listening to music/podcasts is a must, I recommend either turning down the audio a bit so you can hear when others are nearby or wear headphones with an open ear design that would allow you to listen to your surroundings (ie Aftershokz).
  2. Run with friends – If you can, run with friends. I try to find group runs and run in a group in the evenings. If you don’t know where to find a run group, I’d suggest hitting up your local running shoe store and asking them. I run with two run groups that are organized by local running shoe stores and I just love it. Not only do I feel safer running with others, I also get to meet fellow runners who are as crazy as I am about running.

If you are interested in learning more about the Nathan Waist/Chest light, please feel free to ask me questions or read what other BibRave Pros had to say below.

BenJenna – Michael – Erica – Brenda

You can also save 20% on NathanSports.com by using code “NATHANBIB20”. This is sitewide and is good for up to $250.

Question for you: Are you a night runner or a morning runner? And how do you stay safe as a runner?

Posted in Marathon Mondays, Race Reports, Running

Aloha Honolulu…Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu 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! All opinions are my own.

Aloha! I have returned from my mini racecation in Honolulu and I come bearing stories of my adventures with the Honolulu marathon. 🙂 Let’s get right into it, shall we? Apologies in advance for the long recap.

I arrived in Honolulu with my boyfriend on a Friday afternoon after a 6 hour flight and was ready to stretch my legs. Luckily for me, I had to walk about a mile to get to the Hawaii Convention Center from my AirBnB so those legs were well stretched. 🙂 We arrived at the Convention Center, grabbed our bibs, bought some last minute gels I forgot to bring, and headed out.

The Expo

The expo itself is a bit different in that it caters to a LOT of Japanese people. If you weren’t aware, the Honolulu marathon is a destination race for many many Japanese tourists. They even have a specific registration link to use when signing up. There were signs in Japanese and lots of people at booths who spoke both Japanese and English. I’m also pretty sure I passed by a booth with only Japanese characters on them.  🙂

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Now fast forward to Sunday – Race Day

We missed both of our first alarms, but thankfully I set a second one and  we woke up to that one. I had never scrambled out of my house so quickly for a race before. We were out of our AirBnB in maybe 20 minutes or less and past me was smart enough to stay close to the start line so we made it to the race with 15 minutes to spare. Like Disney races, the Honolulu marathon releases the runners with an amazing fireworks display.

Fun fact: They accompanied the fireworks display with the song “Firework” by Katy Perry. 

With the release of the fireworks, I was off. My boyfriend and I had planned to stay together until at least mile 8 where the first big hill hits, but within 0.6 miles, he knew we were at different paces and told me to go on without him and that he’d be meet me at the finish line. After some more encouragement from him, I left and was making my way through the 26.2 miles.

Fact: The Honolulu marathon does not stagger their corrals. When they start to release the corrals, it is one big wave of runners crossing the start line. They also are not very strict about people lining up in the correct corrals, which means if you’re faster, make sure to be as close to the front as possible. 

I did weave a bit at the beginning to pass the slower runners, but I also did not want to expend unnecessary energy and bided my time until the course cleared up a bit.

Fun Fact: It did not clear up significantly until mile 4. LOL

For the first few miles, we ran through Downtown Honolulu and saw a lot of Christmas decor. At mile 4, we ended up looping back near the start line and made our way into Waikiki. At mile 5, I saw Team BibRave and Aftershokz cheering us on and that squad kickstarted all of the feelings. LOL

Interesting fact: I normally do not have people cheering me on with the exception of a few races so when I see people I know cheering me on, I get really excited and happy. 

At mile 7, we start making our way around the base of Diamond Head and at mile 8, we make it up our first hill. From mile 7 to mile 10, we experienced crazy headwind. It made for a very unique and fun experience as I had never raced during such windy conditions and for a few brief moments, I really thought I’d fly away. LOL. At mile 12 or 13, I saw the first of many BibRave runners making their way back towards the finish line.

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Fun Fact: From mile 11 to 15, you can see runners coming back as they make their way from mile 18 to 21.5. I was able to see the first place male and female runners this way.

With each BibRave runner I saw, the happier I got. 🙂 Everyone appeared so strong and happy on the course that it gave me boosts of energy to keep going. At mile 15, I encountered my first sponge dipped in ice water and was over the moon. LOL. There had been warnings of runners getting heat stroke and I was adamant about staying cool even if that meant walking through every aid station and getting water.

At mile 17, I heard someone yell “BIBRAVE” from behind me and I turned around to see a total stranger smiling at me. LOL. I had no idea who he was at the time, but he turned out to be affiliated with BibRave and was just happy to be chatting with someone. 🙂 Unfortunately, at that point, my energy was waning a bit and we parted when I stopped to take a few photos. I did pick up a bit of speed when I saw my boyfriend near mile 19 (He was near 14). 🙂

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I don’t know when I developed a blister on the bottom of my foot, but I did realize it at mile 19 and knew that the last set of miles were going to be painful. I knew that my cheer squad would be at mile 20 so I walked for parts of mile 19 and made sure to look strong as I passed them at mile 20. Yes, there is power in a cheer squad. Never let them see you falter. LOL I kid.

For the next 5 miles, I hit the struggle bus. The sun had started to come out and mile 20-25 were a gradual incline that never seemed to end. There were even Taiko drummers there to keep us going. Luckily, the last mile and a half was primarily  downhill and I ran through the pain and ran it as fast as I could to finish with a time of 4:35:38.

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Post-Race Festivities

Crossing that finish line felt like winning a million bucks. Okay, maybe not a million, but maybe $1,000. Haha. I grabbed my checked bag with my Oofos sandals and sat down to massage my legs and switch out of my shoes. I then grabbed my finisher’s shirt and a Portuguese fried donut (Malasada) to munch on and waited for my boyfriend to finish.

Interesting Fact: Gear check is actually done the day before the marathon. This allows for less stress the morning of. 

He finished in a little over 6 hours and we both headed out of the marathon quickly to avoid traffic and to nap ASAP. 🙂

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How was my experience overall? 

I had a wonderful time running the race and although, there were some dark moments (mile 20-25), there were also a lot of wonderful memories that I will always have now. 🙂 I highly recommend running this race if you ever get the chance. Now to patiently await for my results on Athlinks to show up so I can can claim them. 😛

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Welcome to TRE – My experience at TRE Influencer day

Disclaimer: I was invited to TRE Influencer Day 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! All opinions are my own.

Hello world! It’s been a crazy few weeks lately. November was my busiest month yet. I kicked off November with a half marathon in Vegas. I raced a 10k the weekend after and then ran my last 18 miler the weekend after that. I then wrapped it up with a trip to Austin for TRE Influencer Day. Today, I want to tell you all about my TRE experience, but first…

What is TRE?

TRE stands for The Running Event. TRE is a conference and trade show for all running related things. Running specialty retailers and race directors come together for a few days and discuss strategy on how to approach certain things. They also get to walk around an expo and talk to vendors who want to showcase their latest and greatest running technology. It is currently not available to the public.

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Our unofficial BibRave group run through downtown Austin (PC: Larry Castillo Photography)

What is TRE Influencer Day?

TRE Influencer Day is a day where influencers were able to walk around the expo and meet the vendors and discuss their technology and even up and coming releases they have for 2019. This is the first year that TRE has had influencers come to their expo and BibRave was a part of making that happen by having 20 of their BibRave Pro Ambassadors come and talk to these vendors and test out their products.

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At the Zwift Reception where they gave us our epic swag bags

What happened as part of TRE Influencer Day?

20 BibRave Pros descended into Austin Thursday afternoon and chaos ensued. LOL. Just kidding. As part of TRE Influencer Day, BibRave Pros attended a reception hosted by Zwift. I will go into more detail into what Zwift is in a later post, but know that it’s a running tracker that you attach to your shoe during treadmill runs. At the reception, we were given an EPIC SWAG BAG. Inside the bag were products from various vendors (IncrediWear, Vooray, Handful, Brooks, Altra, CEP Compression, Addaday, Arcanum, Nuun, Zwift). Also, at the reception, we cheered on fellow BibRave Pros who tested out the Zwift platform on treadmills that were set up for the run. Friday morning, we were given a tour of the expo where we met each of the vendors that gave us items and they explained to us their company and their technology. After the tour, we were also free to explore the rest of the vendors and speak with the other brands.

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Our Epic Swag Bag
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Cheering on our fellow BibRave Pros as they try out the Zwift platform on a treadmill

How was my experience with TRE Influencer Day?

It’s been 3 days since I was at TRE Influencer Day and I still just cannot believe how amazing the event was. I still consider myself a noob when it comes to running technology so the entire event was such an eye opening experience for me. I learned about so many new things and I just cannot wait to share all of the little tidbits I learned about each brand in future posts (Trust me, they’re coming). I have been so blessed with this opportunity and now have such an even bigger appreciation for both those up and coming brands as well as those big name brands.

What was the best part about TRE Influencer Day?

Yes, the swag was a HUGE part of what made TRE Influencer Day great, but I genuinely had a wonderful time speaking to the CEOs and representatives of each of the brands. Everyone was so excited to talk about their product and it made me even more excited about the product.

I also got to meet BibRave Pros I’ve interacted with on social media for years, but have never met in real life. That was the icing on the cake. We greeted each other like old friends and had lunch together prior to the Zwift reception. And in true runner fashion, we scheduled a group run for Friday morning to fill downtown Austin with BibRave orange.

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We all unofficially met up for lunch prior to TRE

So would I do it again? Uhh, of course! Do you even need to ask? LOL

Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews on the items I received from TRE Influencer day.

Posted in Running, Thoughts, Training

Marathon Mondays – Only Two Week Left until the Honolulu Marathon

And just like that, there are 2 weeks left until the Honolulu marathon. TWO WEEKS. OMG, I am FREAKING OUT right now. LOL.

With the Thanksgiving weekend giving me some time off work, I was finally able to complete the designated mileage listed in my training plan indicated below. I actually exceeded the planned mileage by 1 mile so go me. 🙂

(Planned mileage) Actual mileage

Monday (4 miles) 5 miles

Tuesday (Rest) 4.6 miles

Wednesday (10 miles) Rest

Thursday (5 miles) 3.1 (Turkey Trot) + 7 miles

Friday (Rest) Rest

Saturday (18 miles) 18 miles

Sunday (Rest) Swim

So let’s talk about why I’m freaking out. I have been keeping up with my long runs so I know I can do the distance. The thing I can’t account for is the heat and humidity in Honolulu. I’ve been checking the weather in Honolulu this week and the low is 70F at 5 am with humidity at 90%. The race starts at 5 am soooo if this week’s weather is any indication of the weather in 2 weeks, I am doomed!

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My last 18 mile long run

I don’t do very well in humid weather so I am a bit concerned at how this marathon will go. You can bet that I will be hydrating a ton while in Hawaii and will also be using A LOT OF BODY GLIDE. No chafing thank you very much. LOL.

With regards to my race goals, I think that my mail goal will be to complete the full. It would be nice to finish faster than my Walt Disney World time of 5:28:42 or even a sub 5, but I’m also okay completing it without an injury.

To say that I’m looking forward to the following two weeks of training is an understatement. During my 18 miler this past Saturday, my knee was acting up at mile 15 and was telling me to stop. Since I was only 3 miles away from being done, I just put one foot in front of the other until I finished. It was grueling and there were some tears being shed near the end of that 18 miler, not because of the pain, but because I had reached the peak of my training. LOL. I am over the moon to not be running 18+ miles every other week. LOL. Now, only to finish that pesky 26.2 miler. 😛

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My Fleet Feet San Diego Family on Turkey Trot Day

This weekend, I have a much more manageable 12 miler. Hooray! I will also be in Austin for TRE Influencer Day so I’ll be able to run in a new environment making for a much more exciting run. More details about my experience at TRE influencer day next month so stay tuned. 🙂

Questions for you: Have any of you been to Honolulu? I’m still looking up things to do and eat. Any must try food items? 🙂 Nothing too questionable as I don’t want to repeat my Chicago marathon experience. LOL

Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running, Thoughts

Performance Hemp CBD Product Review

Disclaimer: I received Hemp CBD from Ikor Labs 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! All opinions are my own. 

Cannabidiol (aka CBD) has been the hot new rage the past year or so. Seriously. I’ve seen it being sold in a lot of places.

CBD, if you were unaware, is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. It does not make you stoned/high and CBD derived from the Hemp plant is 100% legal in the United States. I was even able to take it onto my flight to Vegas with no issues at all. CBD oil has been shown to alleviate pain, have anti-seizure properties, and reduce anxiety.

For active people, hemp extract has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. It also is again supposed to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.

Below is my review of the product.

For the past month, I have been taking 10 pumps a day for 10 days, then going off of it for 3 days, and then repeating the cycle. Per day, I was taking 10 mg of CBD. I would take 5 mg after waking up and another 5 mg before going to bed.

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Personally, I didn’t observe a huge performance or recovery difference when I was using it. I did feel that my body was able to manage the mileage a bit better, but when I started increasing my mileage, my body still felt extremely fatigued. I blame my marathon training and not sleeping enough. LOL. My anxiety levels were about the same regardless of when I was on it or off it, but it did improve my sleep quality. I will note though that I had the most intense dreams while on it.

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Brought it with me on a plane

I really wish the CBD had a better effect on me, but everyone’s body is different and I guess mine doesn’t get as many of the positive effects that others have had with it. Some of the BibRave Pros that have also tested it swear that it’s alleviated their chronic pain so I’m sure that it works for some people.

If you know that you benefit from CBD, I would most definitely recommend this product. I have actually tried other CBD products in the past and my body just doesn’t reap the benefits like others have. 😦 They also have a money back guarantee if you find that the product doesn’t work for you so really, there’s not much to lose. 🙂

Use code BIBRAVE20 for 20% off 300 mg of Hemp Extract. Discount expires 12/31/2018. 

Also, if you’re interested in what the other BibRave Pros had to say, their reviews are below. Reviews will be added as more Pros post.

Ben   Corey   Nicole   Logan   Bill   Kim   Brenda   Bridget   Erica   Shannon   Henry   Ryan   Jen   Lindsey   Maria   Melissa   Jessica   Chris   Whitney

Question for you: What have you tried that has increased your recovery time or bettered your running performance? 

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A Great Way to Start 2019 – The Irvine Half Marathon

Every Sunday for the past few months, I wake up to posts of racing photos and every time, I experience major FOMO. LOL. Luckily, I’ve had two races recently so the FOMO has kind of settled down a bit, but if you were to ask how I was doing a few weeks prior, oh man would that have been a different story. LOL.

But what am I going to do after the Honolulu marathon? Well, I’m glad you asked. I am and will most DEFINITELY rest for at least a week. Then, it’s back up and running I go. Why you ask?

Because I have finally decided on my first half of 2019 and drumroll please….

It’s going to be the Irvine Half Marathon!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Irvine Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Time: 8 AM

Location: Irvine, CA

Distances: Half marathon and 5k

Price (until Nov 22nd): Half marathon – $85, 5k – $40

Discount code: BRSCVIP for 10% off

This half used to be called the SoCal Half Marathon and 5k, but after 27 years, it got rebranded to give the city of Irvine a bit more credit for the race. 🙂 The race has a beautiful course that goes through community parks, along the San Diego Creek, and will make you feel like you never want to leave. 🙂

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Near the start at Mike Ward Community Park

With registration, you’ll get free admission to the Kona Brewing Finish Line Festival, get a free beer from Kona Brewing, FREE PHOTOS (AGAIN, I LOVE FREE PHOTOS LOL), a technical tee, free pace groups, and obviously a medal when you cross that finish line. 🙂

I’m pretty excited to kick off the new year with a half marathon. I always love starting new years with races. It gives me a sense of accomplishment that I’m caring for my health. 🙂 If you’re looking for a nice, fairly inexpensive half to kick start the new year, I’d recommend this one. Also, it’s in Southern California so you’ll know the weather will be nice and moderate. 🙂

Question for you: Have you signed up for any 2019 races yet? If so, which ones? I’m still looking to plan out the rest of 2019 and need a lot of ideas.