Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Brilliant Reflective vs. TS Florence

I received a Brilliant Reflective Family Pack as part of being a BibRave Pro. (Ambassador) Check out to read and write race reviews.

It's no secret that I adore Brilliant Reflective strips. When I first heard about the Family Pack, I was thinking that they weren't for me. My "baby" is 19. Do I need cute reflective stickers?

Then I thought... why not? Why do I have to be a youngin to make my gear look cute?
As always, they were super easy to put on.

Seriously, y'all. They are peel and stick. So freaking cute!

I put these strips on everything, which isn't news. They are on every shirt I run in, plus my bicycle and helmet. Safety is so important, especially when you live near a big city and you run in the dark!

Last week I had an epiphany. The ultimate crazy use for a Brilliant Reflective stick ons! It came to me when I noticed that one of the houses up the street had their mail box hit. Again. This happens to these poor people every few months. The theory is that it is hard to see our black mailboxes at night, making them prime targets.


I went out and applied these fun reflective stickers to our mailbox. It's been hit once and now it doesn't always close right. If it gets hit again, we will have to replace it.
Brilliant Reflective to the rescue. It took about 3 days for the hubs to notice!

Nothing gets by this guy! He also commented that maybe I should have waited a few days. Why?

Not only were we directly in the path of Florence, she was going to turn right in our area before heading north. This meant 3 days of constant rain and wind.

There was some flooding. I went out to my mailbox yesterday, after the storm was over, to take these pics...

It's like it never rained! My mailbox can still be seen at night!

I'm still trying to think of other unusal ways to use my amazing Brilliant Reflective strips, and what's left of my Family Pack. Any ideas?

For now, check out their website and use our discount code for 30% off of your order!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Scooby Doo Virtual Run, #DooGood 5k

My pups and I received entries into the Scooby Doo Virtual Challenge as part of being a BibRave Pro. (Ambassador). Check out to read and write race reviews!

We are pretty active with our pups, Memphis and Nugget, plus I'm a huge Scooby Doo fan, so entering the Scooby Doo Virtual Challenge was a no brainer. Living in the South, we had to make some adjustments, however.

Memphis could probably do all 3.1 at once but this little princess poops out after a mile on hot days, which is all we have here in SC right now, even with Flo on her way! We started with a practice walk, to get in the mood!

We broke the run/walk into 3 segments of about a mile each. This kept Nugget happy, and Memphis just goes with the flow, as long as the flow keeps him walking in the front. He's kind of bossy that way!

For the third and final run, we made it super official.

A start line makes everything more fun!

Of course, throughout the whole mile, Memphis had to stay in front. Such a bossy boy, and not at all a gentleman!

Nugget started to pull ahead when Memphis got distracted by our neighbor's dog, and stopped to snoop around.

Nugget is the winner! What does she win? Pretty much the same thing as Memphis!

This adorable bandana and puppy medal! Once they arrive I will post pics! So cute!

They also got "Scooby Snacks" of course!

You can join us on this fun adventure!

Just use the code BIBRAVE for 10% off. The Scoobtober 10k is coming next month as well! Act fast, the 5k will be closing registration on September 20th! You can also register for the Challenge until September 20th, and can add your pups for so they can have the cute Pup Swag!

Which race will you do?

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Anatomy of a Long Run.... Coach Edition

Have you ever thought of joining a run club but just weren't sure what to expect? That's how I felt when i was introduced to my run club, the PG Speed Demons out of Run For Your Life in Charlotte. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I have never regretted taking the leap!

After my first season with the Speed Demons I got RRCA certified and became a coach. I love every minute of it, but it has definitely changed the long run for me.

As a coach, I don't just show up on Saturday morning and lead the long run. Our long run starts on Tuesday when the coached begin talking about the route. Once that is established, a map is made and one of our amazing members makes a list of turn by turn directions.

Time for the coach email. This goes out on Thursday or Friday, and has to encompass every runner's race and mileage for the day. I made a chart so I could keep it all straight.

Everyone emails me back and lets me know how many miles they are in for, and then I figure out how to make it work, while staying as close as possible to the group run. We all look out for each other!

This weekend I had water duty. As coaches, we take turns putting water out on the course for the runners. Water duty begins during the week when we pick up the jugs, cups, and Nuun tablets.

Friday night I fill the jugs up with water. Oh, and by "I" I totally mean the hubs.

Saturday morning I get up at 4:30 instead of 5, and the hubs helps me put ice in the jugs. Then we load them up.

Yes, I strap that bad boy in there. You haven't truly lived until you've spilled a full jug of water in your trunk.

Off to the water stop locations. This week I had 2.

Once the water is set up, I head to the store to meet up with the rest of the running club. We start with a lap around the building and then warmups.

Time to hit the road! Everyone runs the same course starting at 6, which is great on a day like today when the course is out and back. Lots of love from the faster runners as they pass you on their way back!

Sometimes we see....nature....

I saw my first poisonous snake today. I figure I'm good for about 20 years now.

Of course, we always meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well. We do track work on Tuesdays and Thursdays vary each week.

I'm so blessed to have such an amazing group to run with!

Have you ever trained for a race with a running club?

Friday, September 7, 2018

MCM 10k and Yoga Teacher Training

They seem unrelated, right? That's because they are!

Two pieces of news this week.

Let's start with the sad bad news.

After the last two long runs were a complete failure, I had to face facts. My winter injury just isn't completely healed yet. At last week's run, which was supposed to be 16 miles, I ran 9, walked 2.5, and called an Uber to take me to my car.

Total. Failure.

Once I hit 8 or 9 miles, my foot starts to ache and I'm just not going to push it to the point where I cannot run at all.

The solution?

I will run the 10k, see the sights...

And then cheer on all of my friends as they finish! I will hold up signs, hand out pretzels and twizzlers, and cheer my heart out. I can't wait.

The good news?

I passed my Yoga Teacher Certification class! I have some plans in the works, but first I need to get comfy teaching. I've been practicing in my sitting room, working on my confidence so that I can effectively lead a yoga practice. So excited!

Your turn. Any good news? Bad news?