Rose Bowl Half Marathon 2021

Yesterday, I ran my 65th Half Marathon!  The Rose Bowl Half Marathon which used to be called the Pasadena Half.  I haven’t run this one since the very first year back in 2017.

We drove up on Saturday to the Rose Bowl to pick-up our packets.  We were visiting Sean’s mom who was visiting Newport Beach and while there were 5 spots around LA to pick up our packets, we determined that going to Pasadena was the best traffic wise between San Diego & Newport Beach.

It was super simple, park in lot D, walk over to the tents, they assigned us a bib number & gave us a bag for gear & a coupon for Big 5 and we were on our way.  You could pick up race shirts on Sunday before or after the race.  We ultimately didn’t pick ours up because neither of us expected to ever wear it.

Sunday morning, we got up around 4:30am & were out the door by 4:50a.  The race recommended getting to the Rose Bowl by 6am and Newport Beach is about 60 miles from Pasadena so it was going to take about an hour to get there.

Last time we ran the race, it took forever to get parked, this time while there was traffic when we got close to the stadium it wasn’t anything near as bad as that first year.  They had it organized so that if you came from one direction, you parked in one lot & if you came from the other direction you parked in another lot.  This made things much much easier.

It was a little chilly when we got there – if you can call low 60s chilly but after the previous 5 days of 90+ it felt cool.  We hit up the bathrooms, there were a both on-site normal bathrooms and port-a-potties.  The normal bathrooms had lines but the portos were pretty empty, I don’t think I ever saw a line at them.

We then got into the corrals, since they just assigned bibs it was one of those races where you were on the honor system as far as where you started.  They said that they were going to have 2 waves, but I don’t know if they actually did.

I tried to start in Corral 3 but they were like move up, move up and I ended up starting around the middle of Corral 2. I was behind the 2hour pace group, which is where I ended up finishing.  I did notice as I was running that the pace groups seemed really close together.  I saw 2:10 & 2:15 within sight of each other multiple times and then the 2:30 group wasn’t that far away either – the 2:30 pacer ended up finishing in 2:22 so I think it might have been a little off.

Anyways the course seemed about the same as it did before to me.  It’s somewhat hilly, not horrible but there are a few hills.  It was gray the whole race and incredibly humid.  My SeaWheeze crop was so soaked that I wrung it out 2-3 times while running.

I felt pretty good through mile 6ish.  I started the race with my stomach growling so I think I needed more fuel.  I ate one spring energy gel between miles 6-7 but I probably could have used at least 1 more.  I’ll test that out at my next half in a few weeks.

I was running pretty good considering I haven’t run a half since July & that one didn’t go great.  I really tried to stay in a comfortable pace and with the exception of mile 12 where I felt incredibly tired and walked a few extra times, I felt decent the rest of the race.

In fact the last mile was my second fastest mile of the whole race.  Then we got to finish inside the Rose Bowl on the field, which is exciting.

I got my medal, a heat sheet, a bottle of water – they used a company called Liquid Death & honestly if I hadn’t heard someone say it’s water, I thought it was beer, so that was a little weird.  They also do random snacks at the end, Clif bar is a LAM sponsor and so it would have been nice to get a clif bar at the finish but other than than that it was fine.

I stretched for a few minutes then headed outside to see Sean who had finished a bit before me.  All in all it was a pretty quick & easy and then we were on our way back to Newport Beach.

Differences from last time? I think just that the parking (at least from the side we came from) was so much better.  Outside of that it seemed about the same although thankfully no rain.

 

Product Review: Superfeet ADAPT Run Insoles

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Superfeet.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links in post.

Do you use running insoles?  When I was running track in high school I had custom made orthotics but over the years my feet changes and I have to admit that I have tried insoles over the years but I haven’t used them consistently.

When I had an issue with my peroneal tendon on my left foot, my orthopedist recommended Superfeet for when walking around so I have used their product. I was using the Berry Everyday Comfort Insoles.

These new ADAPT Run insoles are different though, they are first and foremost designed for running and they are not only made with two layers of cushioning, the Adaptive Comfort Technology is a patented design that is made to help your feet to move the way they are supposed to.  There is a responsive forefoot & a heel cushion, which I personally need as I tend to heel strike especially when I’m tired.

Another incredible benefit that the ADAPT Run insoles have is that they have a feature called MoistureWickTM which improves wicking and breathability and controls odor which can be an issue with insoles.

The ADAPT Run & Run Max insoles retail for $49.95 per pair.

There are two ADAPT RUN Styles, the ADAPT Run that I got that has a thinner profile, a lower arch for those of us with a medium to low arch, and medium shaped heel cup & the ADAPT Run Max that has a higher arch & a deeper heel cup for those with a high arch.

I put my ADAPT Run insoles into my running shoes and noticed a difference immediately as soon as I stood up.  They didn’t feel overly hard like most orthotics do.  These cushioned insoles felt really comfortable on my feet. I couldn’t wait to test them out and ran immediately outside to test them out!

Superfeet has outdone themselves with the ADAPT Run insole series.  These are the first pair of flexible and cushioned insoles I have ever tried and they make me excited to go run knowing that they are made to feel like a part of my shoes.

Have you tried Superfeet?  Do you like a cushioned shoe?  Head over to shop Superfeet’s New ADAPT Run Insoles & get your own pair!  I hope you love them as much as I do!

NYC Marathon Training Week 5

So I decided to shake things up a bit this week and I told my coach that I no longer wanted to do a traditional training plan.  Having a plan and specific days to run was stressing me out and I wanted to return to a place where I was just doing strength training with her and I’d figure out the running on my own.

Maybe that’s a bad idea, maybe not but it’s what I need right now as I bring myself back to run fitness & how I need to get myself out the door.

So, that being said, what did I do last week?

Monday – Strength Training, 10 min Peloton Core workout & 25 minutes on the bike.

Tuesday – 2o minutes on the bike, 10 min Peloton Core, 10 min stretching

Wednesday – Strength Training, 20 minutes on the bike

Thursday – 3.25 miles on the tread + pre & post run stretching

Friday – Strength Training, 10 min core, 20 min Recovery Ride

Saturday – 6 miles at Lake Murray

Sunday – 90 minutes on the bike including my 500th ride!! and a 15 min ride PR.  Stretching

Last week was really ride heavy vs run heavy but that’s ok.  It’s what I needed. My desire to run is slowly coming back and I’m honoring that.

My hydration game is on point, I drank over 100 oz of water every day this week.  I am feeling good & am taking it day by day.

 

2021 Pain Awareness Month #PainCounts

This post is sponsored by Sunbeam.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you know that September is the US Pain Foundation Pain Awareness Month?

This year’s Pain Awareness Month campaign is presented in collaboration with my friends over at Sunbeam & you can come up with your own pain care plan by going to www.mypainplan.org.

The US Pain Foundation believes that every person with pain is entirely unique & their treatment plan should be as well. The theme for this year #MyPainPlan was chosen because it’s vitally important that everyone have access to an individualized, multidisciplinary, multimodal approach to pain care.

While my own pain is currently mostly superficial, I am no longer dealing with the chronic hamstring & knee pain that I once was, I went to www.mypainplan.org and created #MyPainPlan.

When you go to the site you’ll be able to learn about treatment options, create a customized plan and then download & share your plan.

You’ll be able to explore options in seven categories of pain management

Self-management options focus on lifestyle changes, like learning how to pace yourself or improving your sleep habits.  They typically are low risk to try but can take a major time commitment to implement.

Restorative therapies are treatment approaches and interventions that focus on using or modifying movement to reduce pain.  These are mostly low-risk, but may require you to start slow and work with a trained professional at first.

Complementary and integrative health approaches include options that are not typically part of conventional medical care and/or have origins outside of Western medicine.  These options often emphasize the mind-body connection & can focus on calming the nervous system and reducing stress.  There is mixed scientific evidence so it’s hard to know if things like acupuncture, cupping, reflexology & reiki will help with your specific type of pain.

Mind Body and behavioral health approaches may help you reframe how you see your pain and improve your ability to cope with it. In some cases, in the long run, they may even improve pain itself.  Examples include counseling, mediation, and  support groups.

Medications – pretty self-explanatory but please work with your health care provider to determine what medication is right for you.

External devices – treatment options use innovative technology and electrical currents to reduce pain. These currents can interfere with, or even block, pain signals in the body. This would be something like a TENS unit or one of the many Sunbeam heating pads.

Interventional – this category involves surgical procedures performed by medical professionals. These procedures can range from minimally invasive to invasive.

For now, I personally will be sticking to using my Sunbeam GoHeatTM USB Powered Heating Pad to help with my minimal pain, but if you have chronic pain, head over to www.mypainplan.org to create your own pain plan to discuss with your health provider.

 

August Recap

I am all over this recap stuff this week.  I’ve written a bunch of posts and I’ve got loads of content coming for September so get ready to see a lot of me!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already September! Where did August go? Where did this whole year go for that matter?

Ok, let see what happened in August – I can barely remember because it went by so fast!

I started training for the NYC Marathon with a coach and then stopped training for the marathon with my coach.  I’m still planning to run the race, I’m just not sure how exactly I want to go about it.  I have to admit & I know I’ve said this before, I don’t love the actual training process, which is why in the past we have run so many races, because it’s more fun to me to run a race than to run a long training run.

In any case I ended August with 57.6 miles of running.  I ran one race, the Balboa Park 8 Miler which was a new to me race & distance.  We went up to the Bay Area to see my sister & BIL and took a road trip to Yosemite National Park where we camped for the weekend.

I started reading a booked called The Success Principles because it’s time to make some changes in my life & take charge of things again vs just complaining and hoping things will get better. I’m loving it so far, and really looking forward to implementing some of the steps in the book.

I finally started taking my hydration seriously.  I bought myself a Hydrojug and I have been doing my best to drink a minimum of 73 oz of water every day since I got it.  I have to say having a huge water bottle with all the water in it seems to be helping and I’m already noticing a difference.  My skin feels a little better, I haven’t been scratching nearly as much and I don’t feel nearly as bloated TMI maybe but it’s something that makes a difference to me.

Because we were traveling a lot I didn’t really get in a lot of Peloton workouts this month but I did still manage to do all my strength workouts. We currently don’t have any travel booked for September so I’ll be doing my best to do at least 30 minutes of cardio a day.

I had a decent amount of campaigns in August so I got to try or work with the following brands.

Balance Superfood Shots – these are yummy shots with 50% of your daily fruit & veggie allotment.  I really like the Foundation Blend.  Withings – I had the scale and now I have the blood pressure monitor which comes in handy because I have white coat syndrome which means my BP is always higher when I go to the actual dr. This allows me to measure my BP at home and then share with my dr.

Now for the food!  I partnered with Factor Foods, which is a super easy and simple way to get eat yummy chef-crafted meals.  I love their plant based meals & juices.  You can save $90 on your first 3 weeks but using my code RUNNYLEGS90.  I also partnered with Califia Farms to share how plant based milks & cold brews can be used to make yummy desserts!

I shared how I take my Sunbeam Go HeatTM USB Powered Heating Pad on trips with me and that my Garmin Enduro has an incredible breathwork activity that’s helping me to stay focused & relaxed.

August was jam-packed for me.  How was your August?