Posted in Running, Thoughts, Training

To Streak or Not to Streak…with BibRave

Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Subscription and Strava merchandise 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!

To streak or not to streak, that is the question. 🙂

Now what am I talking about, right? If you thought I was talking about anything other than a run/walk streak, get your mind out of the gutter. 🙂

For 31 days, the BibRave group is run/walk streaking and we want you to join us on Strava. A run/walk streak consists of someone running or walking 1 mile a day for however many days. If you miss a day though, the streak starts over.

Back in 2016, I participated in a run streak held by Runner’s World. From Thanksgiving to New Years day, I had to run/walk 1 mile a day. I had so much fun with it that I kept it going for 120 days until I got too busy and too tired to run every day. LOL That being said, I’m pretty excited to try another run streak and lucky for me, it’s only for 31 days. I still have plantar fasciitis, but I’m still determined to try.

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I think it’ll a great way for me to start increasing my miles again. Even though it’s 1 mile a day, it’s still 1 more mile than I’d normally do during my rest days and that adds up.

If anyone is looking to start running or just get back into it, this is a great opportunity. There is no cost to it. Just sign up to Strava, join our group, and start logging those miles in. 🙂

And I promise to give as many kudos as possible to get you all motivated. So how about it? Will you be joining me? Feel free to add me on Strava and I’ll add you back. 🙂

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Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running, Training

From Grandma’s Marathon to Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

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

Well, it’s official. I have decided to run the Garry Bjorkulund’s Half Marathon. And as much as it pains me choose the half over the full, I know that this is the right choice. I have been going to PT at least one a week for the past 4 weeks and the pain hasn’t gotten worse, but it also hasn’t gotten significantly better. With only 8 weeks until Grandma’s marathon, I didn’t think it’d be smart to just try and brute force my way through the training cycle and further injure myself.

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Training has been difficult. I’ve only been running up to 15 miles a week the past few weeks.

Despite my disappointment, I am still excited to be able to run the half distance. It starts midway through the full and continues along the full course so I’ll still be able to run along beautiful Lake Superior. Also, since I will not be attempting a PR at this race, I can just enjoy it for all it’s beauty and take lots of pictures. Hooray!

So that’s my update for today. 🙂 Happy Monday!

Posted in Running, Training

Rock N Roll San Diego – Back to my beginnings

I received an entry into the Rock N Roll San Diego 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.

That’s right. Come Sunday, June 2nd, I’ll be running the Rock N Roll San Diego half marathon again for the 4th time.

And once again, I chickened out and didn’t opt in for the full. LOL.

One of these days, I’ll get around to running the full. I heard it’s a fun course and being a San Diego native, I feel like it would be a great way to explore 26.2 miles of my city on foot. See things I’ve never noticed before and interact with the community that would wake up early to cheer us on.

Unfortunately, that course is not the easiest. It has a pesky little hill around mile 20 and I tend to hit the wall at mile 20 so no thank you…at least for now. One day though, I will run it and I’m sure I’ll love it. I mean, San Diego is the birthplace for the Rock N Roll series so I just know the full will be twice the fun of the half. 🙂

We’re 6 weeks out, but I know that I will be only running this race for fun. Running for time is out of the question as I’m still very injured. It’s been a struggle to run even 4 miles without stopping so I know I will need to work hard to recover.

Running the course should be a grand ole time though. I’m excited to high five as many people as I can and maybe I can even find a few Power Up signs to hit along the way. I will rock out to the music and hopefully, I can get some great photos of the course.

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I’m pretty happy that my next race is this one. I know I’ve said it time and time again, but the Rock N Roll series just now how to put on a party. Even their Health and Fitness expo is pretty top notch. During my first visit to the expo, I walked around for hours. I visited all of the booths, got free samples, and even rode a mechanical shoe (think bull) that threw me off. LOL. Me being thrown off the shoe was one of my favorite  expo memories. 🙂

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From my first RnR San Diego expo visit 🙂

San Diego is also just a phenomenal city to run through and this race is one of my favorites. The neighborhoods bring their A game every year. Outside of the cheer squads and bands that play along the course, some of the neighbors bring out shots of tequila and whiskey. LOL. I don’t know if I’ll partake in them, but it’s nice to know I have options. 🙂

If you’re running it, let me know and let’s meet up. I love meeting new people, especially if they’re runners.

And if you’re not running it and want to, use code “19RNRBRP16” for $16 off either the half or full or code “19RNRBRP6” for $6 off their 5k or 10k. 🙂 

See you there!

 

 

 

Posted in Running, Training

It’s Race Weekend and my Goal is to NOT have a DNS/DNF

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Hot Chocolate 15k – San Diego 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 knew there’d come a time where I’d be injured and it’d be my fault and dun dun DUN, that time is now. I’ve had this pain at the bottom of my heel for several weeks now and honesty, I had been in denial about it for so long. I knew I was getting injured. I mean, getting out of bed first thing in the morning and still having to walk on the ball of your left foot is NOT a good sign. LOL.

So here I am on Friday morning, wondering if I’ll be able to finish the Hot Chocolate 15k on Sunday.

I think that I will. I’ve always been the optimistic type when it comes to running. I’ve been resting most of the week with the exception of a Monday and Wednesday run. And instead of running on Tuesday, I swam. 🙂

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My first swim of the year

I’ve practically been living in my Oofos all day long and I even got an indoor pair since it was still painful to walk around my house barefoot. Yes friends, my heel pain is real. -_- After talking to some people, they think it’s caused by not stretching. Surprise surprise. So for the past two weeks, I’ve been stretching pre-run, post-run, and even on days I don’t run. I’ve been foam rolling and even used those crazy Hypervolts that are $350 a pop. (I didn’t buy the Hypervolt. I borrowed someone’s).

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Chasing the sunset since we have more daylight now 

I have a very short shakeout run (maybe 2-3 miles) on Saturday and then I’m off to pick up my bib. Then, it’s more foam rolling and stretching the rest of the day. I am determined to finish even if it means walking a chunk of the course. Do not fret though. If the pain becomes unbearable, I will not be finishing it. I’m going to play it smart…at least as smart as I can. Wish me luck!

Question for you: Have any of you had a DNF or DNS? When did you know it was time to throw in the towel? 

Posted in Running, Thoughts, Training

Another Chance To Race in the Rain – Only 4 more days until Surf City

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Surf City 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.

Race weekend is this weekend and wouldn’t you know it, it’s expected to rain again. LOL. Unfortunately, this isn’t a one day rain type of situation. It’s actually expected to rain multiple days so that’s a bit of a bummer, but at least I won’t overheat during the race. Gotta look at the bright side people. 🙂

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I have no real race goals going into this half since I’m experiencing a bit of plantar fascitis, but since it’s supposed to be raining, maybe my goal should be to not experience hypothermia. LOL. I think that’s a good goal right? To not freeze to death? It took hours to regain feeling in my fingers after the Irvine Half and I don’t really want to repeat that again. 🙂

A goal.  To finish the race without losing feeling in my hands. Hah! Maybe I should invest in some hand warmers too while I’m making this goal. 🙂 My B goal will be that if I do get hypothermia, I will still try to finish the race. Hehe.  Priorities. 🙂

Despite the rain, I’m still looking forward to seeing a bunch of friends from Southern California. I always have a blast meeting up with people and seeing what everyone is up to. If you’re also running the race, let me know. I’ll actually be volunteering at the Honey Stinger Booth on Saturday so if you’re around, drop by.

Oh if you know of any furloughed government employees who also run, let them know that the Surf City race is giving away a limited amount of entries. You can read more about it here. 🙂

So nothing too exciting planned for this race. I do hope my plantar goes away. I’ve been stretching every chance I get hoping it’ll ease the pain. It’s more bearable now so fingers crossed it’ll get resolved soon. 🙂

Question for you: What plans do you have this weekend? Any races coming up? More importantly, have you experience plantar fascitis and are there any really good exercises and stretches to get rid of it? I’m all ears! 

 

Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running, Training

The Gamification of Treadmill Running – A Zwift Review

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Pod 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!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I used to spend quite a bit of time playing video games. I would go through really intense phases. Friends would introduce me to games (mainly MMORPG – massively multiplayer online role playing game), I’d get hooked, my friends would stop playing the games, and I’d still play for an additional few months all by my lonesome self. LOL. Ask some of my friends. This has happened more times than I’d care to admit.

So when BibRave gave me the opportunity to test out a running app that also seemed like a game, I was all for it.

So What is Zwift? 

It’s a mobile app/game that is essentially an interactive training app. Using your phone, tablet, or smart treadmill, you can connect to this app and watch yourself (aka your avatar) run through various virtual courses that they have. They have their own fantasy world called Watopia that you can run through or if you prefer to run through virtual routes inspired by Central London or Central Park in New York, you totally can.

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What do you Need for Zwift?

You will need access to a treadmill, a particular foot pod, and a device to run the Zwift app on (ie iOS/Android phone or tablet).

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Does it Have a Social Component?

Yes, it does. There are virtual group runs every day that you can join. You can look for group run events that occur that day or within the week and schedule a virtual group run. Then, at that time, you get on a treadmill and hit start and your avatar will be transported to the start line along with everyone else that signed up. You are then off to run with the other people. And as you run, you can chat with the other runs via text.

If you prefer to just run with people that you know, you can also do that. You can choose to run with friends from all over the world. They would just need the Zwift pod and app.

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My Experience with Zwift

I tried my first Zwift run a few days after my marathon. I know, I’m insane. I wasn’t 100% recovered, but I really wanted to get a feel for it before a scheduled group run. The app was easy enough to install. The Zwift pod was a little tricky to open and attach to my shoe, but a quick little search on google resolved the issue.

When I first logged into the app, I got to customize my avatar. Then I started my run. Pretty easy, right? I had every intention to run 1 mile, but in order to calibrate your pod, you should anticipate on running 1.75 miles. I am a completionist so when I found out 1.75 miles was the goal, I went for it. I ended up with 2 miles because it was so fun. It gives you instructions as to how to run – easy, medium, or sprint. Make sure to correctly calibrate your pod for more accurate future runs. During the run, it gave me the option to take certain routes. I could continue straight towards the city or go right towards the beach. This gives it a more interactive feel to it. And the further you run, the more achievements/points you get, which gives you more options on customizing your avatar. I actually just unlocked a new outfit for my avatar and am super stoked to put it on my avatar. LOL. It’s the little things, right? 🙂

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Misc Zwift Things

Zwift started out as an app for cyclists and they’ve since integrated their app to include both runners and cyclists. This means that if you go out for a run in virtual Central Park, there will also be cyclists zooming by you. My avatar unfortunately got run over by a cyclist and for whatever reason, my avatar stopped running despite me still running. It may have been a glitch or it may have been simulating real life. I mean, if a cyclist ran me over, I’m pretty sure I’d be stopped too. LOL.

So there you have it, my review of the new Zwift running app. If you have any questions about how this app works, please let me know. Also, read what other BibRavePros thought about the Zwift app below.

Jenn S. – Steph B.  – Vanessa – Jessica – Corey

Also, you can use Code ‘BibRave15’ for 15% off the Zwift footpod. 🙂 

Question for you: Are there any apps that you use for running? Strava is a favorite of mine and Zwift may start becoming another one that I use more frequently due to its gaming aspect. 🙂 

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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