Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running

Marathon Mondays – Running in the Summer

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.

It’s almost been 2 weeks since I got back from Asia and holy moly, am I out of shape! LOL. It’s either that I ate too much during vacation or that it’s summer time and it’s humid as hell.

Okay okay. I know I shouldn’t be complaining because I live in Mediterranean climate, but I’m a spoiled brat when it comes to weather. I’ve never lived in extreme weather before so when summer time rolls around and it hits above 80F, I start to melt a little, which isn’t good because I expect it to be around 80F in Honolulu in December.

I haven’t officially started training for the marathon yet, but I am rebuilding my base slowly, but surely. It’s been difficult, but I’m not deterred. 🙂

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My official start date will most likely be in August, which gives me 3 to 4 months to train for my fourth marathon. I will not be racing this marathon for time as I’ve never been to Hawaii before and I want to be able to soak in the scenery as much as possible. I will also be training with my SO who will be running his very first marathon and uh, he is not a runner. He does not consider himself a runner and he probably never will. LOL. He’s doing this because it means a lot to me. 🙂

So this is where I need your help. I know there are ton of training plans out there and I want to find one that is suitable for my SO. He doesn’t have a significantly strong base and so I don’t want to deter him with a training plan that has 5 + days of running. I did that during my Chicago marathon training days and it was exhausting!

If you have a training plan that you really liked that didn’t have crazy high mileage, please comment with a link. 🙂 Also, if you have any tips on how to make this experience as pleasant as possible, please comment. 🙂 Thank you!

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My Movin Shoes Running Group

Also, on another note, if you would like to join me and run the Honolulu marathon, you can use the code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off your registration!

 

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Posted in Running, Thoughts

Honolulu Here I Come!

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.

Yep, you read that right. I’m going to Honolulu baby! 🙂 I’ve never been to Hawaii so I’m SUPER STOKED to be going and the fact that I’m going to be racing around Honolulu makes it even better. This will be my 2nd marathon in 2018 (so much for doing 1 a year LOL) and my 4th marathon overall. The details are below:

Date: December 9th, 2018

Start time: 5 am

Price: $185 from now until September 1st, 2018

Course: The course goes through downtown Honolulu, past Iolani Palace and the Christmas lights, through Waikiki and climbs up and around Diamond Head, before heading out through Kahala and out to Hawaii Kai. Turning back after Hawaii Kai toward Kahala and Honolulu, the course passes Diamond Head again on the ocean side before finishing in Kapiolani Park. (I have no idea where any of these things are, but I will be sure to take lots and lots of pictures).

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Interesting tidbits:

There isno time limit for this race, which is kind of amazing. That means, you could walk it and it’d be fine. 🙂 I don’t plan on doing so, but it’s nice to have the option.

With no limits on the number of participants, it would make sense that this is the 4th largest marathon in the U.S. I personally love running big races. If I’m going to run 26.2 miles, there better be a ton of people cheering me on/runners also suffering with me. LOL. I kid about the suffering part. Sort of. 🙂

There is a 1 mile race the day before called the Kalakula Merrie Mile. It’s a great warm up for the marathon the next day. They also have an elite heat where top international Olympians and top 1500 m/mile runners compete. The event is unique where the women get a head start (based on a time differential between men and women) and the first person to cross the line, irrespective of gender wins.

The medal is not revealed until you cross the finish line. Yup. For those that run for the bling, this might not be your cup of tea, but I like the idea of a surprise at the finish. 🙂 On top of that, you have some nice hot malasadas and your finisher t-shirt waiting for you at the finish line.

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, please send me your recommendations. I, of course, want to eat to my heart’s content (post-race because I don’t want a repeat of Chicago LOL) and to do all the things. If they’re budget friendly, that’s even better. I will also need a place to stay so please recommend away. 🙂 Much appreciated! 

If you want to sign up for the race, you can use the code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off. 🙂 

Posted in Running, Thoughts

BibRave Pro Applications Are Now Open!

Are you a social media fiend who also happens to LOVE RUNNING? Do you like to try out new running products and also race for free? If so, you’re in luck.

BibRave Pro applications are NOW OPEN from June 11th to June 22nd. Becoming a BibRave Pro almost a year and a half ago was one of the best things that happened to me. I was introduced to such a welcoming group of runners and I got to race for free and try out the new up and coming running products. I’ve tested AfterShokz headphones, Adidas Ultra Boost Xs, Orange Mud vests, and LUVO meals just to name a few. I’ve raced the Carlsbad 5000, the Rock N Roll races, the Craft Classic San Diego race, and a lot more through BibRave.

Honestly, what’s better than that? 🙂 If you’re interested, apply here and let them know that I sent you. 🙂

If you have any questions about being a BibRave Pro, please let me know and I’d be happy to answer your questions. 🙂 CraftClassic

Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running, Thoughts

COROS Pace – GPS Multi sport Watch Review

Disclaimer: I received a COROS Pace GPS Multi Sport Watch 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!

Look out other GPS watch competitors, there’s a new GPS watch out on the market and it’s made by COROS, the company that brought you OMNI, a smart cycling helmet.

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I’m pretty excited for this brand to be branching out to GPS watches and the PACE is the first of a few watches they have in store for us. I’ve been testing the watch out for 3 weeks and it’s been great for what I need in a watch. Please note that I’m not a triathlete (yet) and so I will primarily be focusing on the running aspect of this watch. Several other BibRave Pros have reviewed on the swim and cycling portion and their reviews can be found below.

GPS tracking – I was shocked by how fast my watch would be “GPS ready” once I selected the outdoor run option. In less than a minute, it would sync. It would maybe take 10-15 seconds. Even at a super crowded race like the Rock N Roll San Diego, my watch was able to get a signal within 10 seconds. This made me super happy. You don’t want to be that runner not able to cross the start line because your GPS isn’t ready, right? Or the person holding up the group run, which I’ve been very guilty of on more that one occasion. 😦

Distance tracking on outdoor runs – So how accurate is the watch on distance? 9/10 times, it’s pretty darn accurate. If you are too lazy to set your settings to auto pause and instead pause manually like I do, you’ll find that the distance will be shorter than you actually ran. I spoke to COROS and they believe this is because my manually pausing and resuming is causing the watch the lose the GPS location briefly.  Now I just put it on auto pause. Nevertheless, I have a feeling this won’t be an issue for much longer as COROS is continuing to update the software to address issues that customers have mentioned. This is a new product for them after all. 🙂

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Distance tracking on indoor runs – This is a bit more of an issue currently. I mostly do outdoor running now, but on the few times I was on the treadmill, I noticed that the distance was off by a bit. This isn’t really a big concern with me since I’ve experience this with other watches as well. It seems to be a common issue. Anyway, COROS is already working on this issue though so it should be resolved in the next firmware update.

Steps – I found that although the distance tracking wasn’t always accurate, the steps counter was pretty spot on. I was pleased. 🙂

Syncing – The data on the watch syncs really quickly with the COROS app (compatible on both Apple and Android phones) and you can also sync your data with the Strava app. Note that the outdoor runs sync to Strava, but currently, the indoor runs do not.

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Battery life – I run 4 times a week maybe averaging 3.5-4 hours and I had to charge this watch about every 10 days or so, which was really nice. When I wasn’t running, I’d still use it as a regular watch so it was being used 24/7. The battery life in GPS mode is expected to last 25 hours though.

Data metrics –  Most runners are fans of data. Pace, max heart rate, splits, distance, cadence, etc. You name it, runners want to know. This watch has a lot of statistics available for you. This was the first watch that calculated my stride length. I have no idea how it did that, but I’ll take it. 🙂 It currently does calories burned, steps, laps, cadence, stride length, pace, speed, heart rate, lap time, lap distance, lap cadence, lap stride length, elevation, total ascent, and total descent just to name a few. LOL. It currently does not do VO2 max nor intervals, but it is expected to be in the next few firmware update.

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And here ends my review of the watch. I visited the COROS booth while I was at the Rock N Roll San Diego health and fitness expo and they’re really excited about the new updates. They were really interested in user feedback so I expect their next update to incorporate lots of customer feedback. If you’re looking for a new watch, I would recommend looking into this one. 🙂 If you have any additional questions about this watch or would like me to test something out, please let me know and I’d be happy to test and report back.

BibRave Pro Reviews

Corey – Lindsey – Kim – Ryan – Kevin – Angie – Josh – Jenna – Mark – Amy – Michael

 Question for you: What do you look for in a sports watch? Any particular features? 

If you would like to purchase a COROS PACE watch, you can go here and enter the code “MAI” for $30 off the watch.

Posted in Running, Thoughts

Races for 2018 Coming Right Up – Rock N Roll Las Vegas

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Hello Sin City!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Rock N Roll Las Vegas 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

I keep meaning to post about this race, but I kept forgetting. 🙂 If you couldn’t tell from the title, I will be running the Rock N Roll Vegas Half marathon again this year. 🙂 Hooray!

Details

Date: November 10th – 11th, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Distances: 5k, 10k, Half marathon, Full Marathon

Price: $59.99 (5k) to $159.99 (Full)

The Rock N Roll Las Vegas race is a super unique one in that you get to race at night and on the Las Vegas strip no less. They only shut down the strip two times a year – New Years eve and the night of the RnR Vegas race. The entire race is a fantastic experience and this year, they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary of the race.

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From last year’s race 🙂 

Since it’s a night race, a lot of people wear glow in the dark items and since it’s sin city, a lot of runners dress up in costume. 🙂 At the start line, every wave gets a countdown and a little fire show and during the course, there are banners lit up in neon with messages that people had written at the expo. Then, you have all the lights coming from the hotels and just the main part of the strip. With all the lights on the strip, you wouldn’t really notice that it’s at night. LOL.

This race is a great one to run with a bunch of your friends and make a weekend out of it. Come out on Thursday, party on Friday and Saturday, and still have enough time to recuperate on Sunday for your race in the evening. LOL. I wasn’t in the best place last year when I ran it so I missed out on a lot of the festivities, but this year, I will be back and I plan on staying until at least Monday to recover. There’s no way I’m driving home immediately after the race. That was a mistake. LOL.

If you think that maybe a half marathon is too much, they also have a 5k on Saturday and a 10k on Sunday. 🙂 That way, you can still join in on their 10th year festivities. 🙂

Unfortunately, there is no discount code for the Vegas races, but if you’re interested in any other Rock N Roll race, you can use the code “RNRBRP2018” for $15 off the half or full registration. 

Posted in Running, Training

Countdown to the San Diego Rock N Roll Half Marathon

Disclaimer: 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

It’s almost a year later and I find myself counting down to my 4th San Diego Rock N Roll Half marathon. 🙂 4 years ago, this was my first half marathon. FOUR. I actually had to look back at my first medal to see what year it was. LOL.

Even as I type this, I am in just disbelief that it has already been 4 years since I embarked on this crazy running journey and 21 half marathons, 3 marathon, and 1 very hilly 21 mile race later, I am ready to run my 22nd half. LOL.

I remember the first time I went to the Health and Fitness Expo 4 years ago. I was in awe at how big the expo was. I had taken the day off from work and went with my brother to the expo and walked around and around. I played games that some vendors had, grabbed the free snacks, and got my very first medal rack and that very first medal rack led me to my Instagram and Twitter Handle: Once_upon_a_run. 🙂

Now that’s enough walking down memory lane. In 7 days, I will be running through the streets of Downtown San Diego once again. I will start out near the San Diego Zoo and head through the neighborhoods of Hillcrest and Normal Heights where there will be drag queens and the neighborhood bar at mile 4 where neighbors wake up early just to serve you shots of tequila and whiskey. LOL. I’ll run through North Park, where a lot of great food is at and then make my way towards the downhill finish in Downtown San Diego by the Waterfront. 🙂

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Training on the my old stomping grounds at UCSD

My game plan for this upcoming week will hopefully be a lot of rest and stretching. I haven’t race a half since January and I think I’m a little out of practice. Most of my training runs are at a much slower pace and I just checked my course PR on Athlinks and it was a 1:54:11. Crap. My muscles have been a lot tighter this year than they’ve ever been in the past so I’m trying to stretch as much as I can and foam roll after my runs. I can’t even touch my toes anymore! Ack. My hope is to at least stay ahead of the 2 hour sub half marathon crowd. Des Linden, the 2018 female Boston marathon winner and also a San Diego native, will actually be pacing the 2 hour half marathoners and I hope that I can stay ahead of that group, finish, and then wait around to see Des cross the finish line. She’ll also be at the expo on Friday and Saturday so I’m hoping to see her one of the days. Eek! So excited.

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Foam rolling

Wish me luck!

If you’re into doing things last minute and want to sign up online, you still can until Sunday night! You can use code “RNRBRP2018” for $15 off either the half or full marathon. This code works on most Rock N Roll races (excluding Vegas) 🙂 

Question for you: What stretching tips do you have? Foam rolling? Post recovery tips are greatly appreciated! 🙂 

Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running

Knock Around with KnockAround Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Polarized Premium 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 find and write race reviews!

Now that I’m a little bit older, I’ve decided that I should probably try and take better care of my eyes and skin. That means that I need to keep wearing sunglasses. I’m terribly forgetful about bringing my sunglasses with me and I squint constantly when I’m driving towards the sun and it’s blinding me.

I’ve been wearing the Knockaround Polarized Premium Sunglasses for a few weeks now and I really like them. They’re not really meant for high intensity running since they fog up after a few miles, but if you’re going out for a jog or just lounging around at the beach, these sunglasses are a great buy. I’m not going to lie. I look pretty fabulous walking around in them. LOL. Really though. Look at how pretty I am below. HAH.

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They’re cheap too! The Classics start off at $15 and the Premium ones are $20. So you don’t have to invest a ton of money just to look cool and it isn’t the end of the world if you lose a pair. You can just buy another one. LOL Surprisingly, with the name Knockaround, I thought these shades would be falling off my head like no other. I put my shades on my head when I’m indoors and a lot of the times, they slip and fall to the ground. Womp womp. These babies have stayed on my head without slippage. Hooray!

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I will note that for some reason, these shades appear to get smudgy a bit fast. I blame my oily fingers and the fact that I keep touching the shades. LOL. Nothing a fiber cloth won’t fix. 🙂

The laid back feel of these shades are really awesome. Picture yourself on the beach sipping a Mai Tai (is that what people drink? I have no idea since I don’t really drink) with these shades on. You’ll be feeling so fresh and so fly. 🙂

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If you want your own pair to look fly for the summer, you can use code “BIBRAVEKNOCKS” for 20% off your entire order! 

If you want to read what other BibRave Pros thought, read below:

Amanda S. – Corey – Jeaninne – Kevin – Randy – Stephanie – Janelle – Bradley – Teddy – Karin – Amanda W.

Question for you: What are your favorite pair of sunglasses? Fashion or function?