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.

 

NYC Marathon Training Weeks 3 & 4

How is it already week 3?

We got back from our quick visit to the Bay Area and were planning for a  camping trip to Yosemite for the next weekend so I took my schedule and switched up some of the workout days.

I got a hydro-jug after I got back from the Bay Area and started increasing my water intake. I’m putting this out there because honestly I suck at getting in enough water.  Every year I start the year out and am like I’m going to drink more water but in January it’s always cooler and drinking cold or even room temp water doesn’t interest me. But I need to make some changes so I’m starting now in summer so it will hopefully be a habit by the time it gets cooler outside :).

I’m pretty proud of myself because with the exception of the time we were in Yosemite I have finished my 73 oz Hydro-Jug + a few Spindrift, every single day.  I find that I am craving water and while I know it’s still really early in my drink enough water journey, I already have noticed that my skin is feeling nicer.

So what did I do these last 2 weeks?

Week 3:

Monday – 60 minutes on the Peloton. 15 min ride to warm up, 30 min Sweat Steady ride with Jess King & 15 min low impact ride.  I did a little stretching too.

Tuesday – Strength Training + 30 mins on the Peloton.  I did 5 min warm up & cool down with Matt and a 20 min pop ride with Ally Love. I did a bunch of stretching yesterday too.  Drinking all the water was making me feel really tight and bloated so I stretched a lot!

Wednesday – It was ugly out! I hate gray days but these days are cooler so they are better for running.  It was pretty warm when I got to Lake Murray though but I did a nice 10k around the lake with a 1 mile cool-down walk afterwards

Thursday -Strength Training

Friday – I took Friday as a mostly rest day since we were driving up to Yosemite & a 7+ hour car ride is a long ride.  We did go for a 2ish mile hike around Glacier Point though.

Saturday – We did a short 2ish mile run around Tuolomne Meadows and then an 7ish mile hike to Cathedral Lakes.

Sunday – 6ish miles around Tenaya Lake and then a 5ish mile hike on the JMT/PCT following the lake from our campground.

Week 4: This week was tough, after a long drive back from Yosemite I was exhausted & honestly I struggled with run motivation this week and literally only got one run in.  I decided to drop run coaching with my coach and stick to just strength training and I’ll figure out how to run NYC on my own because forcing the runs isn’t really working.

Monday – Super long drive home from Yosemite

Tuesday – 30 minutes on the bike

Wednesday – Strength training

Thursday – 35 minutes on the bike

Friday – Strength training

Saturday – 6.33 miles running at the San Diego Harbor

Sunday – Rest Day

So, lots to think on as we are about 11 weeks until the race but honestly I’m good.  I’ll do my best to make it work and then we’ll go from there but st this time, running is just not bringing me the joy that it has in the past.

Balboa Park 8 Miler 2021 Race Recap

This is the first time I’ve run this race.  We are normally out of town, AC 100 is normally this weekend or another 100 mile race so it isn’t on our radar.  This year however with us not traveling quite as much and staying closer to home, when my teammates from Arete said that this was going to be our August race, I was like ok let’s give it a whirl.

The Balboa Park 8 Miler is sponsored by the San Diego Track Club & San Diego Running.  It’s got quite the history dating back to 1955 and is one of the oldest races in the country and one of the few that uses a course that is very similar to what it was in the beginning.

The race starts, is run and finishes in Balboa Park.  It’s got a little bit of everything, through the park by Spreckels Organ Pavilion, by the Museum of Man and onto the bridge over the 163, out on to the road where Rock n Roll San Diego normally starts, around the park that I’ve run a lot of times with Run619, back through the main part of the park and then on to some trails before you come back up towards the finish.

We picked up our packets at Road Runner Sports the night before, it was super fast because we got there about 30 minutes before close.  There were no assigned bib numbers, at least not in our case, we were just given the two that were next in the box.  We got a tee shirt, which in this case was actually decent, I think it was a cotton blend, but it had a v-neck for the women’s version and I actually thought it was comfortable which isn’t common for me.

It only took us about 15 minutes to get to the start on Saturday, we left a little late and were still there by 6:30, used the portos and were at the start line for a team photo  by 6:45a.  I’m not sure if there were less people than normal or if it’s normally that easy :).

I knew that I wasn’t going to be running any PRs so I started back a little ways.  Sean asked me if I wanted him to run with me, but I was ok running solo and letting him run his own race.

Because I was a little bit behind I ended up in wave 4.  I didn’t even know there were waves but apparently there were & they were about 30 seconds apart so nothing crazy.

I was planning to just take the race really nice & easy and while it wasn’t quite as nice & easy as it should have been, I’m pretty proud of myself for dialing it back whenever I started getting in over my head.

It was overcast the whole race, which was nice because I left my sunglasses in the car.  I know that when it’s like that even if I have my sunglasses on my head they get sweaty and then I can’t see out of them and I was wearing a crop top that was going to be soaked.  It did burn off not long after I finished though and it was a beautiful San Diego day.

Sean crushed his race, he got 36th overall and 3rd place in his age group!  We stayed for a bit because he got an age group award.  Two of my Arete teammates were first in their age groups so that was pretty cool as well!

My race wasn’t quite as speedy, but I was happy to finish with a smile and without any issues.  And I don’t think I’ve ever run an 8 mile race so it was an auto PR!

After we finished they had bottled water, nature’s valley fruit & nut bars & bananas.  There were a few tents set up at the finish, but it wasn’t like the other races we did this summer with snacks and other drink vendors.

So that being said, I would totally run this race again.  I thought it was a nice course, mostly flat with a few hilly sections on the trail portion, one at mile 6 was especially rough but overall it was a really nice course and we of course got lucky and had great weather.

Oh and they have free race photos, which is one of my fav perks!

Are you running more local races this year?  I’ve done 3 local races in the last 2 months which seems like a lot to me!

NYC Marathon Training Week 2

Week 2 of training went about how I expected based off how the last 7 months of running has gone. For whatever reason it seems like I have one great week of training and then one not so great week, which really makes it hard to get to a place of consistency.

After running the Balboa Park 8 Miler on Saturday, I was exhausted and actually took a nap that morning before we went out to get food.

I took Sunday completely off as my coach had on the schedule.  This isn’t my normal MO, I prefer to still do something like walk or hike but I didn’t do anything and I think that might have been part of my problem as the week started.

Monday my stomach was a little off and I just didn’t feel well so I didn’t eat a lot.  I had just a bowl of rice for lunch and then was probably starving which didn’t help the situation. I did eat dinner and felt a little better after a nap.  I did manage to get in my strength workout but didn’t bike.

Tuesday was a little better but I was not in the mood to run that afternoon.  It was hot and I had a headache when we left the house but Sean & I went down to the harbor and it was a lot cooler and I ended up having a really nice run.

Wednesday, I again didn’t feel really well, I don’t what my deal was this week but I ended up taking my rest day because I felt so bad.

Thursday, I did my strength workout and we went on a nice hike.

Friday, I ran 5 miles on the treadmill and it was a little brutal, I don’t enjoy running on the treadmill these days, I’ve transitioned into different shoes and they are not treadmill shoes so that makes a difference.  Plus I feel like my knee hurts everytime I use the tread so that doesn’t make me want to use it.

Saturday, we traveled up to the Bay Area to visit my sister and I didn’t have access to weights so I went for a short run with Sean.

Sunday, after a very very early flight home, I was super lazy and exhausted so I skipped my long run.

If you are curious, here is what I was supposed to do:

Day 1: Strength + 20-30 min ride
What I did: Strength Only
Day 2: 6 easy miles + stretching
What I did: 6 miles & I stretched
Day 3: Strength + walk/hike/easy bike
what I did: rest day and moved this to Day 4
Day 4: 5-7 miles easy + stretching
what I did: Day 3 workout + 4 mile hike
Day 5: Strength + 20-30 min ride
what I did: 5 miles + stretching (day 4 workout)
Day 6: 9 miles easy + stretching
what I did: 4 miles easy & stretching
Day 7: Rest day
what I did: took a second rest day.

So overall, week 2 was kind of a toss up, I did 2/3s of my work-outs, but it happens and we just move on.  Onward to week 3!

Marathon Training – 2021 NYC Marathon Week 1

Here we go my friends.  I haven’t officially trained for a marathon in many, many years.  In fact I would go so far as to say, maybe the last time I legit trained for a race, any race, but especially a marathon was back in 2014 when I ran the Rome Marathon.

Since I met Sean & moved to San Diego, we have spent every year running one race after another and haven’t really focused on actual training.  We have always just run  & then whatever happens happens.  Sometimes I’ve been in great shape, like when I PR’d the marathon by over 40 minutes at Mt. Hood the week after a 50k, other times, like Chicago 2019 I managed to get in under 5 hours with little to no training.

But this year, things are a little different.  I’ve run a fraction of what I normally run in a year & while I can still hold my own, my cardiovascular endurance isn’t really there right now.

So, that means I might have to actually train to get to the finish line. Say what?!? LOL

I have been working with Nicole from Heartnsole Running on strength training since March, it’s the one constant thing that I have actually done on a consistent basis this year.  We are adding in running now and will be taking it nice & easy.  Hopefully by not getting overwhelmed I’ll be able to start running again on a consistent basis.

I know myself and I know that too long of a training session and I will get bored so we have I believe 12 weeks until race day & just under 100 days.  I have no time goals at this point in time and just want to finish without having to walk the majority of the race.

I have run 30+ marathons, twice as many half marathons and about 15-20 ultras so a 12 week almost couch to marathon is not an issue for me, I ran Coldwater 52 miler one year with only 2 half marathons as my training so I know that 12 weeks is sufficient to get me a good base & ready to run.  If you are running your first marathon I think most plans are for around 16 weeks, which is what I did when I was first starting out.

Week 1:
Monday – Strength Training & 30 minutes on the Peloton
Actual – Strength Training + 5min warm up ride, 20 min main ride, 5min cool-down
Tuesday – 4 miles easy & 20 minutes on the Peloton
Actual – 4.01 miles + 5 min warm up ride, 20 min main ride
Wednesday – Strength Training & walk
Actual – Strength Training
Thursday – 5 miles easy + stretching &/or yoga
Actual – 5.02 miles + glute bootcamp with Sean
Friday – Strength Training + 30 minutes on the Peloton
Actual – Strength Training + 30 min ride
Saturday – 6 miles easy + foam roll/stretch
Actual – Balboa Park 8 miler + stretching
Sunday – Rest Day
Actual – I actually took the day off and rested outside cleaning the house

I normally wouldn’t track my training here but since I haven’t actually done much actual training in years I thought this might be a way to hold myself accountable and help me to actually get out the door.

Are you training for a fall marathon?  Which one & how’s your training going?

April 2021 Check-In

Well here we are again!  How is it already MAY!?!

March ended with me in a weird place yet again so we started the month out with a short trip up the coast to Marina del Rey & spent some time on the beach & trails in Malibu.   I splurged and used some of my Marriott points and we stayed at the Ritz Carlton, our first hotel stay outside 2 nights in October when we stayed in hotels on our Moab roadtrip.  It was a nice getaway and I was pleasantly surprised to see that people in this area were serious about staying safe.  95% of the people we encountered wore masks, even when walking by themselves, coming out of their homes, etc.

We got takeout from some yummy vegan restaurants & donuts from one of my fav places Blue Star on the way home.

Oatmilk lattes from the Hive.  Drunk Cauliflower & Saint Louis No 2 Vegan Shrimp Poboys from Variable Cafe – we had a small issue with delivery and our order was delivered about an hour after we ordered.  The cauliflower was amazing but the poboy was quite soggy because it had been sitting for a while.  I’m sure it’s amazing when it’s hot & fresh.

Breakfast was from Marigold Cafe, we both got the breakfast sammy which  had scrambled just egg, mushrooms, green onion, vegan cheese, vegan mayo, vegan bacon & everything seasoning.  It was super yum!

When I checked in at the hotel, the front desk agent recommended a place called The Butcher’s Daughter for dinner so we tried that out.  Funny name for a vegetarian/vegan restaurant but we had an amazing burger!

We got the Impossible burgers & they were topped with red-wine caramelized onions, arugula, fig mustard,  harissa mayo & on a vegan brioche bun. The Rosemary potato wedges left something to be desired but that could have been due to the take out aspect.

Anyways, I always get caught up with food LOL but let’s get to what I did this month.

Running: Well running & I are still not 100% seeing eye to eye.  I had a few really good runs.  Like the 7 miles we did by the water in Marina del Rey at the beginning of the month & the 8 mile run the Sunday after I got my first vaccine shot, but the rest of the month?  Hit or miss due to knee pain, shin pain & just overall lack of motivation.  I also don’t love our old treadmill, the new one had a problem and we were waiting on a replacement so we were using the older one that’s super loud.  I ended the month with maybe 55 miles?

Peloton: Due to the knee pain I was feeling, I took a 10 day break from the bike to see if that was an issue.  I ended up with around a 100 miles for the month, way down from the past few months but 10 days off will do that.

Overall, I’ve determined that if I do a little glute activation, it’s better but I still think I need to get a professional fitting because it’s still not perfect. A few people have mentioned Team Wilpers (PZ Instructor Matt Wilper’s coaching group) as a place to go for that & I might try and schedule an appointment to do so in May.

Strength Training: This is the only piece of my exercise routine that I have been 100% consistent with.  I’ve been working with Nicole @heartndsolerunning since March & I feel like this has really been helping me to get stronger.

Knee: I have been dealing with a knee issue for  while now, there’s been a sharp pain by the top bone on the inside of my left knee and after sitting &/or tough climbs the back of my knee feels really stiff & tight.  So after dealing with this off and on for a little over a year, I finally went to get it looked at.  X-rays showed that my bones were perfect & I had plenty of cartilage between my bones.  But an MRI showed that there were some microtears in the cartilage and that the stiffness in the back of the knee was actually swelling from the front of the knee that’s being pushed back.  Official diagnosis Chondromalacia aka Runners Knee.  So I’ll start a few weeks of PT in mid May and once I figure out my real areas of weakness, I’ll be able to incorporate more exercises into  my strength workouts to help correct those imbalances & hopefully get rid of this pain before I start training for actual races.

I said this year was going to be all about recovery & I’ve been serious about doing more about recovery so I’ll just keep that going as the year progresses!

We got our first vaccine shots!! That made me soooo happy – we’ll get our second Pfizer shots in early May and be fully vaccinated by the end of the month!  Which is good because we have a lot of fun outdoor activities planned for this summer!!

Campaigns: This month was shock full of fun campaigns that I got to work on.

I worked with iwi to share an awesome vegan omega 3 product.  I tried out and gave away $100 of Thorlos’s socks to a lucky IG follower. I tried and shared No Cow Protein Powder (my verdict as someone who doesn’t really enjoy protein powder? the bars are better).  I did a fun review of rabbit’s new trail line (this wasn’t sponsored but I wanted to share).  I got to try some new lounge style outfits from Tasc Performance. PS the crop is absolutely incredible!!  I tried out some of Coola’s new SPF skincare products.  I shared more about how much I love Sunbeam‘s GoHeat™ Cordless Heating Pad .  I’ll be sharing a new product in May!!  I partnered with AllTrails to share the Rumpl National Parks Collection of blankets & the Leave No Trace shirts that they created with The Landmark Project.  I have an AllTrails giveaway coming up in May so get ready!  And we kicked off the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Runner’s Month this week!  I’m super excited about this challenge and look forward to sharing with you all.

I also got to work on a super cool product that I can’t quite share yet but I can’t wait to show you guys!

I shared the thoughts of others & then myself regarding race swag.

Oh and I almost forgot but we did a Road Trip to Joshua Tree National Park & celebrated National Parks Week there!  This was my first time to Joshua Tree and while it’s a beautiful park & so different from what I was expecting, the attractions were all super short & it was somewhat crowded which mean that we didn’t get to go to all the spots we wanted to see.  We did check another National Park off our list though.

Wow!! Going through all this, I’m like WOW – April was busy!!

My Runner Swag Survey Answers

Last week I shared the results of my Runner Swag survey.  You can see what other people think here.

Here are my answers with a little elaboration ;).

Question 1/2: Where are you from? and if US, what city, state do you live in?
US, I was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Indiana when I was 11, went to IU Bloomington for college, studied at Universita di Bologna in Bologna, Italy my senior year at IU, moved to Florida after college, Phoenix, AZ in 2011 and then San Diego, CA in 2015.

Question 3: How long have you been running?
This question is a bit complicated. I remember running my first race, the 100 yard dash on a cinder track at a school event when I was maybe in first grade when I lived in Harrisburg, PA. I ran track from grades 6 – 12. Didn’t really run in college and then started running consistently again in 2009. I tore my hamstring doing something not run related, I slipped on wet rose petals at a wedding I was working, it took 7 months to heal and I started running with the Orlando Track Shack Galloway group in fall 2010. I ran my first half in Feb 2011, the Disney Princess Half at Walt Disney World.

Question 4: What is the longest distance you have run?
100k or 63 miles (trail miles are +/- the actual distance LOL) I’ve finished 2 100ks. Cuyamaca 100k in 2017 & Javelina 100k in 2019.

Question 5: How many races do you do in a normal (non Covid) year?
Typically at least 20 – 30

Question 6: How many races have you done in your lifetime?
Over a 100
63 Half Marathons
32 Marathons
21 Ultras
And a bunch of other races of various distances

Question 7: Do you run more road or trail?
Half & Half – I love trail but I have road goals too

Question 8: Do you like receiving finisher medals?
Yes, I like medals, it’s a small way for me to remember what races I’ve run.

Question 9: Do you want to receive a finishers medal?
Yes but see next question

Question 10: If you like medals what distances should get them?
For me, I want a medal for Half Marathon and up. I don’t need them for under the half marathon distance, but that being said, I know that for some people running a distance under a half is a huge accomplishment and that might be as long as they go so I’m say, if getting a medal motivates people to get out and run, then bring it on!

Question 11: For my ultra runners, what distances should get a buckle?
Personally, I’m good with a medal or some sort of souvenir (not a glass because I just don’t have room for them) for under 100 miles. I’m good with only getting a buckle for 100 miles or over.

Question 12/13: Do you like finisher/participant shirts? If no, why not?
For me personally, I don’t like most of them, they rarely fit properly, either too high of a neck which is an issue for me, weird tech fabric, sizing is weird or just plain uncomfortable. I only ever wear them for a post race photos and then I end up donating them. But if it is a shirt made from a company like rabbit, a really nice cotton shirt or from a big race I’m good with it.

Question 14: if a race gave you option to add on a shirt for an additional fee would that be appealing?
For me, yes. I would rather not get a shirt the majority of time. I would pay for an upgrade if it was a rabbit, lululemon or a shirt that I knew I would wear.

Question 15: If a race gave you the opportunity to choose your own swag from a list of a few items, what would you want?
I like Hats, goodr sunglasses like Revel did a few years back, running socks, maybe a tote or backpack if it was nice but just getting free photos would be cool. I run a lot of races & just don’t have a need or room for so much stuff.

Question 16: Should races offer free photos?
I would love to get free photos for all races but I know not all races can afford to pay the photographer who relies on participants purchasing to make a living.

Question 17/18: Do you purchase photos from races that offer them for a fee?
Yes, I do, if they are good high quality photos, mostly to remember a race &/or post on social media

Question 19: What is the most you will pay for a photo?
I prefer the photos that are free or cost $5 – 10 but I have purchased the pre-race specials for some bigger races.

Question 20/21: Does your opinion of swag change if you are running a road race vs a trail race?
In my experience, trail races have really nice swag – while I haven’t run a 100 + mile race, I’ve seen some of the cool stuff Sean has gotten and it’s way better than most road race swag. They also tend to have some more sustainable swag too, we’ve gotten bamboo silverware, nice winter hats, arm warmers, jackets, & bags.

Question 22: How do you pick races you participate in?
We look for races that are in cool destinations, that have good courses and are in places we want to visit.

Question 23: Do you pick races based off the swag?
Honestly, sometimes yes. Because I’ve run so many races, if I see a cool medal, I might choose that race. But normally no.

Question 24: Do you think swag is important to runners?
Yes & no – I think most runners want something but I think they want something they can actually use.

Question 25: Why do you run races? Question 26: What motivates you to run a race vs just running the distance by yourself/with friends?
I love the community, being able to run long with out having to support myself, for that feeling of crossing the finish line, seeing new places.

Overall, swag isn’t the reason I run races but it can be a nice plus and a way to remember different places we’ve been.

What are your thoughts on race swag?

2021 Runner Swag Survey Results

A few weeks ago, I saw a tweet from an elite runner that said something to the effect that medals and race shirts should be eliminated so I  thought it would be cool to do my own survey and see what my followers thought.

Huge thank you to the 83 people who answered my 27 question survey!  I know it was long, I just kept thinking of more and more questions LOL. In this post, I’m going to share the answers from those who answered the survey & then I’ll do a 2nd post next week to share my personal thoughts.

Here we go:

Question 1: Where are you from?
US – 78
Canada – 3
UK – 1
The Netherlands – 1

Question 2: If US, what City & State do you live in?
California: Sacramento – 3, San Diego – 3, Santa Cruz – 3, San Francisco – 3, Los Angeles – 2  Other CA cities: Vacaville, Elk Grove, Aromas, Rohnert Park, Carmichael, San Jose, Citrus Heights, Palo Alto, Los Alamitos, Carpinteria, Orangevale, Stockton, Alameda, Livermore, Carlsbad, Santa Rosa & 4 who didn’t list a city
Philadelphia, PA – 3
Gilbert, AZ – 2
New York City, NY – 2
Arlington & Charlottesville, VA, Fargo, ND, Miami, FL, Georgetown & Houston, TX, Takoma Park, MD, Mabelton, GA, Dayton & Cincinnati, OH, North Carolina, St. Louis, MO, St. Paul, NM, Rochester Hills, MI, Bend, OR, Wahiawa, HI, Pittsburgh, PA, New Boston, NH, Colorado Springs, CO, Rogers, AR and Kodiak, Fairbanks & Anchorage, Alaska, Utah

Question 3:

 

Question 4:

Other answers: 5k, 10k, 10, 17, 18, 20 miles

Question 5: How many races do you do in a normal (non Covid) year?
None – 2 ppl
1 – 5 races – 46 ppl
5 – 10 races – 17 ppl
10 + races – 12 ppl
20 + races – 4 ppl
30 + races – 1

Question 6: How many races have you done in your lifetime?
0 – 10 races – 4ppl
10 – 20 races – 7 ppl
20 – 30 races – 7 ppl
30 – 40 races – 3 ppl
40 – 50 races – 3 ppl
50+ races – 13 ppl
75+ races – 1 person
100+ races – 5 ppl
Not sure – 7 ppl
Too many to count – 12 ppl

Question 7:

Question 8:

Other responses: 5 ppl Indifferent, 2 ppl if they are high quality & nice design, depends on distance, for major or special races, for goal races, depends, I like them but can live without, Doesn’t have to be a medal but I like a souvenir form the race.

Question 9:

Question 10:

Other answers: Any but have as upgrade, All distances

Question 11:

Other answers: Any distance but as upgrade, not sure, respect the buckle 🙂

Question 12:

Question 13: If no, Why not?
The majority of responses were because:
They don’t fit well
Cheaply made
I never wear them because I wear other clothes
Don’t come in my size
Some people prefer cotton over tech and then others prefer tech over cotton

Question 13:
Yes – 21 ppl
No – 13 ppl
Maybe – would depend on shirt/race – 42 ppl
No I want it to be included in race fee
No, shirts are implied
I love when races have you opt in for shirts
Only if it was cotton
I like when you can save some money by not taking the shirt
If shirts weren’t included I would buy one I like them more than medals
if it’s a technical shirt – not basic cotton

Question 14: If a race gave you the opportunity to choose your own swag from a list of a few items, what would you want?
Answers included:
Mugs, Pint Glasses, Wine Glasses, Water bottles
Hat, Visor, headbands
Buffs
Running socks
Different types of clothing like tank tops, long sleeves, half zips, jackets
sunglasses
Reusable Tote Bags or backpacks
Blankets
Bottle Openers
Jewelry
Finisher souvenir
Beach Towel
Free Photos
Food
Stickers
Money, Free Future Race Entries

Question 15:

Question 16:

Question 17:

Other answers: Rarely, only if it’s epic, only at Boston

Question 18: If yes, why do you purchase photos?
Answers included:
If they are good
Memories withou a watermark
I don’t always have a crew
Special races
For Instagram
Commemorate big adventues
If it was a big PR
To post ressponsibly
Some are really good & photographer needs to eat as well
To support race or company
Photo Quality

Question 19:

39% $5- 10
28% Nothing – I only want free photos
20.7% $10 – 20
4.9% over $20
Other single answers – someone has to pay photograher, $5 each or $25 for bunch, I’ve never liked mine, $5 – 10 but like to buy the whole series, depends on race, $20 – 30 for digital download

Question 20:

Question 21: Why?
Trail races are more special so I value swag differently
Trail races provide different challenge
Swag from Trail races is different
More burly
If it’s my first I want awesome swag, but I also want a nice jacket from a well know road race
Trail races are more thoughtful & considerate with sustainable swag
Trail swag is better
Trail races are typically more low key
Run by individuals/small companies with smaller budgets
They can do wonky things – including giving winners rubber chickens

Question 22:

Question 23:

Question 24:

Question 25: Why do you run races? Answers included the following:
Accomplishment
Fun
Self Competition
Achieve Goals
See new places
The community
Water Stations – not have to run long self supported
Memories
Runners High
Motivation
Bragging Rights
Medals
Seeing what I can do
Health & fitness

Question 26: What motivates you to run a race vs just running the distance by yourself/with friends? Answers included:
Competition
Goal
Paying money makes me more motivated to train
Fun & safe environment
Fans
Destinations, seeing new places
Excitement of racing
Running somewhere different
Crossing the finish line feels different; Runners High
Chasing a PR
Runing with friends at a race
Official times
Community feel

Question 27: Anything swag/race related you would like to add?
Have race swag be an add on
No more leaflets in goody bags
Offer tanks tops for ladies
better graphics/designs
Option to upgrade shirts
Something unique & specific to races
Consumable goodies, ie. Soap, candy, candles
Shirts optional
Swag other than shifts
Options to donate swag to others less fortunate
Swag as an extra to have lower priced events
No swag vs cheap wasteful products
Better post run food vs swag
Discount to a future race vs swag
It’s mostly junk

A few of my personal thoughts about these responses:

  1. Interestingly the majority of the people who responded have been running for at least 5 years so I have to wonder if that influenced their answers because they have received more swag/medals over the years.
  2. It appeared that people like shirts over medals which really surprised me.
  3. Swag doesn’t really influence the majority of people who responsed
  4. More of the respondents are road runners vs trail runners

And that’s a wrap!  Thank you again to all those who participated & feel free to comment and tell me about your opinions on runner swag!

 

Mar 2021 Check-In

I think I’ll try to do these every month to give you a little recap on what I’ve been up to.  March started out great and then I struggled as the month went on.  Without any races on the schedule yet, my relationship with running has been complicated.  I like to run, but I really like it when I’m training for something & have lots of races on the schedule.

Again, I started April off in a funk – we are soooo close to being able to be get vaccinated and then hopefully able to move forward with some actual plans.  This whole year I’ve struggled with nothing to look forward to, to not having a real goal and just in general.  I have tried to keep myself busy, but a slight issue with my knee that just keeps getting worse has cut my running & biking down a little more.  Fortunately I have a dr. appt on Tuesday to get that looked at.

So what did I accomplish in March.

Strength Training: I started working with a trainer for strength training after my issue with my back last month & I have consistently done strength training all but one day of my plan.  That’s a huge thing for me, I have rarely if ever done a consistent strength plan.

As we move into April, I’ll  be upping the weights and doing some new to me exercises so that’s exciting.

Running: I was doing so good with running at the beginning of the month, hitting all my workouts, running hills, etc. then I started to get some shin & knee issues and I started not enjoying it as much.  I’ll say it again miss having races to train for & run.  There’s nothing like being out there on course with other people and running in beautiful places.

I think I ended the month at 55 miles running which isn’t a lot but better than nothing.  I did do a fun survey about race swag that I’ll be posting next week that was exciting.  I really enjoyed hearing about what people think.

Peloton: I was slightly down on my bike rides for March, I think I ended the month at around 167 miles which is a bit down from the 191 I did in February.  Part of that was because I actually followed my plan and did one complete rest day a week so I didn’t add on the extra sessions like I have been.

I am struggling with the fit of my bike, I moved the seat down, but now I am getting shin pain when I ride at higher than 40 resistance.  I need to get fitted for my bike because this is getting ridiculous & I’m getting really frustrated and then don’t enjoy riding.

Hiking: We went out every weekend this month & did at least a few miles.  We got to play in the snow, be out on the PCT a few times, go to Mt. Laguna Meadows for the first time in a while & climbed Cuyamaca Peak for the most beautiful of views, with no fog/smog for the first time!!

I think I ended up with about 30 miles of hiking for the month.  I’m contemplating a long hike over the summer.  I would love to be able to go to Chamonix & do the Tour du Monte Blanc but that won’t be happening this year so maybe TRT or Wonderland Trail?  I have to think on that  but I’d love to go to a really cool spot and just hang out in the wilderness for a few days.

Kitchen Update: We finally got the new tile backsplash up and it looks incredible.  We have one step left to do & that’s seal it up but I’m really excited with how awesome it looks.  Next up, do the tiling behind the stove & put up the hood.

Campaigns: I announced a really exciting collaboration with Garmin Outdoors as one of their newest ambassadors.  I’m testing and using the new Enduro watch which gets up to 80 hours (with solar) of GPS/HR for long distance runs, hikes.  It’s pretty amazing!

I shared more about why I love the Sunbeam GoHeat portable heating pad.  Sean has ‘borrowed’ it and literally uses it every day!

I started using and shared a great vegan Omega 3 supplement from iwi.  I’ll have a blog post up next week to share more about it.

I shared a new product from Luna bar, their new prebiotic bars in two super yummy flavors, Wild Cherry & Zesty Tangerine.

Lots of fun stuff coming up in April including a few reviews, some new to me products, Earth Day, a giveaway & a running challenge that I’m excited to share with you guys.

We’ll be eligible to get the vaccine on Apr 15 so I’m looking forward to that as well.  I am hoping that we can get out on some different trails this month, maybe plan a trip or two and I’ll be looking at my relationship with running to see what I really want out of it (well outside of races coming back;)).

What were you up to in March?  And what are you looking forward to in April?