Saturday, August 19, 2017

I Chose My First 50k Race!



Omg y'all, I have chosen my first 50k race!
After contacting Mainly Marathons and finding out that Connecticut would be at the end of June in 2018, I have chosen Delaware as my first 50k!
It will be on May 8, with a much better chance of having good weather.
I found a training plan online and it's already written into my planner. That's just how I roll!
Ok Ultra Runners.... any books I should read, gear that I need? This will be less than a 2 mile loop, so I will probably not need a hydration backpack, which is nice.
I cannot believe I am doing this! I am dying to register and make it officially official, but registration isn't open yet.

What's the longest distance you've run?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Chicago Marathon Training Update



50 days until the Chicago Marathon, people! I'm still plugging along and following my training plan through my Charity Team. This weekend is a cut back week. These are my favorite weeks y'all. They always seem to come at a time when you are sure you cannot possibly carry on. Of course, that means that next week the mileage goes up, but I'll jump off that bridge when I get to it!

Okay, so last week's workouts....
We were in Jersey for part of the week, which meant that in order to get my steps I was mall walking and airport walking, but I did it. We got back Thursday afternoon and I just crashed.

Friday, 42 minutes of Hard Corps...



Saturday.... 14 mile long run. I did the first part with my training group and then the last 6 with some faster ladies. And by the last 6 I really mean 4. Because I walked two. This is why I tell my group to run your own pace. Trying to keep up only wears you out!



Sunday was a rest day. We went to a cavern and walked a bit, and I led a yoga DVD class in my neighborhood that night.



Monday.... 90 minutes of walking to get my steps for the Step Bet!



Tuesday... 5 miles on the track with my running group, plus 45 minutes of yoga with my neighborhood gals.



Wednesday.... Brick workout! 45 minutes on the bike and 2 miles in the neighborhood. Also did 22 minutes of Hard Corps and played corn hole. Whew!



Overall, a very good week with lots of variety. I am getting the hang of this!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My 6 Year Runaversary!



I cannot believe it's been 6 years since I began my journey as a runner. I started with the Couch to 5K app, and many days I didn't finish the workout as planned and had to repeat it!

That app eventually led to half marathon training, which led to marathon training.



Along the way I have met so many amazing friends and added to my running family.



I am constantly challenging myself, adding a new adventure every year. My next new adventure?



I will be running my first 50k in Connecticut in May. Yikes!



I'm looking forward to many more years of running. After all, if I last long enough I'll finally win an age group award!

How long have you been running?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chicago Marathon Training with USA Pack Run Cap

I received a BUFF® USA Pack Run Cap as part of being a BibRave Pro (Ambassador) for the purposes of this review. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews.



When you're running 3 or 4 times a week in the South, you're constantly searching for training gear that keeps you comfortable while also serving a purpose. I have a lot of running hats, as most female runners do (accessorize accessorize accessorize!) in all kinds of styles and colors. What makes this one different?



It's super lightweight, weighing in at only 1 ounce. When it's 85 degrees out with 90% humidity, this is super important.

When you're done with your run, you can shove this hat anywhere and it will regain it's shape when you take it out. I have crumpled this hat up and shoved it in a skirt pocket while I had iced tea at Starbucks after my long run.



UPF 50 protection, need I say more? It may be dark when I start my runs on Saturday but the sun is out when I'm done. That last hour can be brutal, and I'm thrilled to know that my hat can offer me extra protection.

The material is super fast wicking and keeps moisture from building up in your cap. Plus, the sweatband on the brim keeps perspiration out of your eyes. There is nothing worse than coming to the end of your run and having sweat pouring into your eyes. It's blinding, y'all.

The logo on the front and the tab in the back are reflective. I'm constantly raving about safety, people, so this is the most important detail for me. Running in the dark can be dangerous if you don't protect yourself. It's so vital to your safety to have reflective clothing. With drivers so distracted these days, you want to be sure that they can see you without having to look too hard!



There is a cute little elastic band in the back that adjusts to insure a perfect fit. I was a bit skeptical about this detail, because it seemed like this little bit of elastic couldn't possibly help hold this hat on my head. It really does the job and it's easy to adjust. I'm okay with being proven wrong.

The cap comes in other patterns and also in black, so there is bound to be one that makes everybody happy. I chose mine because it matches my work shirt, which is always important!

Which cap would you choose?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Join My Step Bet!



Last month I finally took the plunge and joined a Step Bet. I picked a $20 challenge and prepared to step my heart out. When you join, the app uses data from your chosen device to choose your goals. You have 4 active days and 2 stretch days, which are several thousand steps higher. I'm thankful for that one day off, I'm not gonna lie!

So. The bet lasts 6 weeks. Your first week is a trial week, to help you get your groove on. If you miss a second day, no biggie. After that first week, if you miss more than your one rest day, you're out, and your $20 gets divided among the other players. There are currently about 180 less people in the challenge I'm doing, and I'm going to earn close to $10 extra dollars!

I'm having so much fun finding ways to get my steps in, that I decided to start my own Step Bet!

Join by clicking here!

It starts on September 1, and has a $20 bet, which is the lowest they allow. I even started a Facebook group for extra motivation. Join me, and Step Into Fall, Barking Mad style!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Where Should I Run My First 50K?



I have decided that my next challenge will be to run a 50k, which is about 31 miles. Mainly Marathons has added the 50k distance to their races, so I've decided to run one of their locations in May. I can't decide which one, though!

Delaware, May 8, in Bear
Connecticut, May 19, forgot to write down the city!
Ohio, May 28, in Bryan

These are all states that I've never run in. Which would you choose?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Training Update

65 days until the Chicago Marathon!

I have been trying to get some form of movement every day, and I'm succeeding so far.

Wednesday: 45 minutes on the bike at the gym, 10 minutes on the elliptical, and corn hole night! The times are from wall sits and planks after my ride.



Thursday: 3.5 miles of hill repeats. yikes.



Friday: rest day. walked a lot to get my steps in.

Saturday: cut back week, just over 9 miles.



Sunday: yoga at the clubhouse

Monday: 3.1 miles so I would have 80 for the month.



Tuesday: 3 miles plus some planks and crunches.



I miss 9 Round and hope to go this Monday! I'm traveling to Jersey so we'll see how I get exercise in. It's kind of a whirlwind trip, but I'm hoping the hotel has a pool so I can do some laps!

What was your favorite workout last week?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Goals

It a been awhile since I have set monthly goals, so I thought now would be a good time to jump back in!



July was an 80 mile month, so I'm shooting for 90 in August.



My Chicago Marathon charity team, MDA Team Momentum, is hosting a plank challenge. For every 1 minute plank I do each day, I get 1 point. I'm aiming for 2 a day to start, and then I might start reaching for 3.



I am taking part in Coach Jenny's Year long Chalenge again this year, and she is hosting a Summer Olympics. There are a bunch of daily challenges, and you check off the day if you complete it. (steps, water, exercise, veggies, etc). You count up your successful days for each mini challenge and you can earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold medals depending on how many days you completed. Make sense? I'm aiming for as many Gold medals as possible!



This summer is the second Zooma Summer Challenge. It involves trying new exercises, trying new healthy foods, and an ab challenge. We are starting week 3 and I plan to finish strong!



I have joined my first Step Bet to keep me motivated to move more throughout the day. I just finished my first week and it really had me moving more, which I loved. This challenge should take me through August and into September.



I organized biweekly yoga night at my development's clubhouse. We are using DVDs and practicing together. My goal is to practice twice a week, even on weeks where we aren't meeting twice, which can happen if someone else has the club when we would normally meet.



I started using the Headspace app to help me meditate and I'm really liking it. I used it 5 days in a row and then the weekend happened. My goal for August is to set time aside every day to meditate.

What goals have you set for August?