One Week Until Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver 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!

Happy October! Where did September go? When life is full of family, work, and fun, time seems to just fly on by!

Just because I haven’t been blogging, doesn’t mean I haven’t been running. Just the opposite, in fact. I am happy to report that in the last two weeks, I’ve ran 12 out of the 14 days! 😄

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Today, one week out from the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon I’m feeling pretty good.  Last week, I ran a spur-of-the-moment local half marathon.  At first, I was pretty bummed because my time was about 28 minutes slower than my half marathon PR from March 2016. (I was not expecting a fast time.)  But then I remembered that my half marathon time was 20 minutes faster than the half marathon I ran in July! #progressnotperfection

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Half Marathon 10/01/17

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Half Marathon 07/16/17

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Half Marathon 03/19/16

What are my goals for Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver this upcoming weekend?  Definitely not expecting any PRs.  (Oh, have I mentioned that I’m running both the 5k and the half marathon?  I figured, why not? )  My goals are to finish and have fun!

Speaking of having fun, let’s talk about the two products I am testing out right now. The first product is this awesome Boco Gear Bibrave Visor I am sporting in the following picture with Christa of SweatingAwesome (this picture was taken right before Christa ran her first half marathon… woohoo Christa!).

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The second product is a pair of Oofos from their Project Pink line.  For every pair of shoe purchased from their Project Pink line, $10 is donated to breast cancer research! You might remember the Oofos I reviewed a few months ago that I absolutely loved.  These Oofos are no different!  I changed into these Oofos immediately following the half marathon I ran last weekend which provided my feet wonderful recovery thanks to their unique OOfoam technology.

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You can bet that both my Boco Gear visor and my Oofos will be coming with me to Denver! 🙂

Denver, I’ll see you soon!

What race (or races) are you training for right now?  Tell me about it.  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

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Half Marathon Training

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver 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!

Wow!  My apologies for my blog absence over the last three weeks.  If you are a teacher, were a teacher, or have a teacher in your family, then you know just how insanely busy the first few weeks of school can be!  Now that I’ve successfully made it through the first 12 days of school, I feel as though I can now finally take time to sit and write a blog.

Before I get into the meat of this blog post, let’s first stop to appreciate my classroom. I had completely too much time on my hands this summer and totally revamped my classroom!  I took out my teacher desk, removed the student desks, and added a bunch of different flexible seating options.  Here’s a video of my classroom on the first day of school before all of my students arrived…

Training

Now, on to the reason I started this blog post… Half Marathon Training!  Today was Week 4, Day 7 of my half marathon training plan.  The training plan I am using for this go around of half marathon training is the New York Road Runners Moderate 10 Week Training Plan.  I chose this plan mainly because it was one of the first plans that popped up when I typed “10 weeks half marathon training plan” into Google.

I haven’t been sticking to the midweek runs exactly as they are suppose to be run, but I have been consistent with hitting my long run distances.  If you’ve been following my journey over the last few months, then you know that I just started running again mid July after taking a couple months off of running (Read THIS blog post to learn more).  I had stopped running not due to an injury, but due to other medical reasons.  It’s been tough getting back into running, but I have noticed a big growth with the work I’ve been putting into training over the last four weeks.

Those of you who are moms and/or dads with full time jobs know just how difficult it can be to find time to run in the midst of household duties, making dinners, helping kids with homework, kids’ sporting events, etc.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, 4:30am works for me and seems to be the best time to run!  Everyone is still sleeping, I feel refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and the weather is nice outside. (I especially enjoy running in the early am hours when I have friends to run with!)

Goal Race

Just this past Tuesday, I officially purchased my flight to… DENVER!  I am so stoked to be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Denver on October 15th!  Not only will this be my first time running in Colorado, but this will also be my first Rock ‘n’ Roll series race!  In a mere 6 weeks, or 42 days, I’ll be crossing the finish line on my umpteenth half marathon. (Ok, maybe not umpteenth, but I really have no idea how many half marathons I’ve ran since I first started running in 2011!)

Want to know what else is exciting about running Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver?  I’m running this race as a Bib Rave Pro, so I get to proudly run in my bright orange BibRave shirt!  As a Bib Rave Pro, I’ve got a discount code for YOU so you can join me in Denver!  Use code BIBRAVE15 to save $15 off of your half marathon registration.  (Insider bonus information: You can use this code for other RnR races too!)

One of my other reasons for being stoked about running Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver (I know, so many reasons), is that I get to visit my Aunt Margie!  Not only does she live in Denver which provides me a place to crash for the weekend, but she is also a runner and will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver half marathon too!  SO awesome!

To continue following me on my half marathon training journey, be sure to check me out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (if you’re not already doing so). 😉

What are you training for right now?  Are you also an early morning runner?  If not, when do you prefer to run?

Until next time,

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Friday Feels

Happy Friday friends! This week has felt like one ginormous roller coaster ride and I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the weekend! I’m so stoked because on Sunday, I am running the Craft Classic half marathon in sunny San Diego! This is actually the first Craft Classic race of 2017 in their Craft Classic series. 


Here are the races in the series:

Craft Classic San Diego – July 16, 2017

Craft Classic Atlanta – September 9, 2017

Craft Classic Seattle – September 10, 2017

Craft Classic Phoenix – October 15, 2017

It’s not too late to join in on the Craft Classic fun! When you register, use code BIBRAVEHALF for $10 off the half and BIBRAVE5k for $5 off the 5k. (Looking for other race & product discounts? Check out my discount page at https://runstrongrun.com/discounts/)

I’m actually writing this blog post while in the car with the hubby and two kids. We’re headed out for a week long vacation. Yes, I was able to slyly sneak in a race while on family vacation. 😉

Here are a few reasons why I’m looking forward to the Craft Classic half marathon on Sunday:

  • This will be my first time running a race in beautiful San Diego
  • Race giveaways for all participants include a commemorative event shirt and beer glass, special finisher’s medal, a free beer at Green Flash and free race photos (who doesn’t love FREE?!)
  • This is my first official BibRave race. I’m looking forward to proudly wearing my BibRave gear. 

As for my training leading up this race? That’s a whole other story! If you’ve been following me on Insta, Twitter, or Facebook, then you know that I just started running again three days ago after taking a month off of running (not due to personal choice nor an injury). My last race was the Utah Valley Marathon on June 10th. I definitely am not feeling prepared, for Sunday’s half marathon, but two things I am sure of:

  1. I will finish. 
  2. I will have fun!

Are you running one of the Craft Classic races or have you run them in the past? Have you ever gone into a race feeling unprepared? If so, how did you cope?

Until next time,

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Craft Classic San Diego race 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!

Review: BUFF UV Arm Sleeves

Disclaimer: I received a pair of  BUFF UV arm sleeves 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!

When I first started running in 2011, I didn’t own a smart watch, a fuel belt, compression socks, nor any arm sleeves.  Now, I don’t know what I would do without all of the amazing running accessories I have found!

One of the latest accessories I have discovered are BUFF UV arm sleeves.  I’ll be honest and say that up until this point, I mainly used knee high socks with the toes cut off as my make-shirt arm sleeves.  Now that I own a pair of real arm sleeves, I won’t be going back to the altered, cotton knee-high socks ever again!

When my BUFF UV arm sleeves first arrived I was a little skeptical.  I wondered if they’d fit, if they’d be uncomfortable, and if I’d get too hot.  Fortunately, I used the sizing chart (shown below) before ordering, so yes, they fit!  Yes, they were comfortable (besides the minor inner arm irritation due to the tag.  Perhaps I’ll end up cutting the tag off.)!  No, I did not get too hot.  CHART_arm-sleeves-run_588x305

My fist time taking out my new BUFF UV arm sleeves, I headed to the nearby levee for a short evening run.  I thought I would feel claustrophobic in the arm sleeves, but thankfully that was not the case.  As soon as I began to sweat a little, the sleeves actually helped to keep me cool.  As stated at BUFFusa.com,  “The highly breathable polyester material wicks moisture, is comfortable next to the skin, and blocks harmful rays.”

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Next, I wanted to test out the BUFF UV arm sleeves for a longer run, so I packed them in my bag when I headed to Reno, Nevada for the Downtown River Run marathon. Yes, I wore the arm sleeves for the entire 6 hour, 26.2 mile race!  At the start of the race it was 37 degrees Fahrenheit.  At the finish line, it was close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The sleeves helped to keep my warm at the starting line and cool towards the finish line. When I started getting warm during the race, I simply poured water over the sleeves at the aid station.  With the sleeve’s breath-ability and moisture wicking technology, I stayed nice and cool while keeping my arms protected from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

Speaking of the sun’s rays, one thing I learned during the Downtown River Run was to put sunscreen on my hands.  Can you tell where the BUFF UV arm sleeve ended?

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I tested the BUFF UV arm sleeves again during the Rina’s Run half marathon. Again, the sleeves helped to keep me warm at the starting line and cool toward the end of the race.  I didn’t have to worry about my arms getting sunburned since the sleeves provide UPF 40+ protection! (*Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches your skin. A fabric rated with a UPF of 40 will allow only 1/40th of the sun’s UV rays to pass through.)

Some of the other things I love about the BUFF UV arm sleeves are the reflective elements strategically placed for better visibility in low-light conditions, the elastic upper with engineered silicone grip so that the sleeve is held comfortably in place, the ease in pulling them on and off as needed, and that the sleeves are light, packable protection that fit nicely in a pack or pocket.

If you have any questions and/or comments about the BUFF UV arm sleeves, please feel free to leave me a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!


BUFF® USA will be sponsoring the weekly #Bibchat on Tuesday, June 6th at 8pm CST on Twitter. You could win a set of UV BUFF® USA Arm Sleeves for chatting! You can also check out BUFF®USA on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Check out some other BibRave Pro bloggers who have reviewed the UV Buff Arm Sleeves!

Lindsey   Tedrick   Amy   Jeannine

Until next time,

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I’m a BibRave Pro!

You may have already seen on my Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, but today I am officially announcing on my blog that I am indeed a BibRave Pro. I know some of you already know what a BibRave Pro is/does, but there may be others of you who have no idea what exactly I’m talking about. Let me tell you.

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BibRave.com is a website to write and read race reviews.  As a BibRave Pro, I receive races and products to review.  Have you heard about a particular race, but you’re unsure if it’s exactly the right one for you? Then make sure you head to BibRave.com to read the review written by someone such as myself or another runner somewhere around the world.

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When I first joined the online running community about a year and a half ago, I knew right away that I wanted to be a BibRave Pro. Yes, I wanted to don the bright orange BibRave shirt and proudly let everyone know that I was a BibRave Pro. I must have applied to be a BibRavePro three times or so. Finally, I got the confirmation email that I was accepted into the BibRave Pro community and I was so ecstatic! I knew that I was joining the ranks of some pretty amazing people such as Melissa, Emily, James, Erin, and many more! Be sure to check out #BibRavePro on Instagram or Twitter to follow some of the awesome BibRave Pros. 

Stay tuned in the coming months as I write some reviews for the San Diego Craft Classic, Rock ‘n’ Roll DenverAdidas Ultra Boost shoes, Buff arm sleeves and Brilliant reflective safety strips. I am quite excited for both the San Diego Craft Classic as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver because it’ll be my first time running in these two cities!  Also, RnR Denver will be my first Rock ‘n’ Roll event! I can’t wait!

Where do you normally find your information about races and/or running gear? Have you ever written a race review?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time, 

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