2016 In Review

What a year!  It’s amazing how fast time goes by, I feel like this year just flew by.

I’ve had a fabulous year, running and traveling all over.  I’ve had a blast sharing our adventures with you all and I look forward to some new adventures in 2017.

So let’s recap what happened this year…

January – We kicked the year off running the SD 50 & Trail Marathon before heading to Arizona for Coldwater Rumble.

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February – The big event in February was the Los Angeles Marathon & watching the Olympic Trials for the Marathon.  It was so exciting watching all the big names battle it out to go to Rio.

March – I ran the San Diego Half for the first time and then the next weekend, I had my first double race weekend, with Old West 50k on Saturday & the Hot Chocolate 15k on Sunday.  This weekend was key in getting my ultra running confidence back.

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April – April was the first month we race every weekend. Starting it off with Carlsbad 5000 where we got to see some speedy elites battle it out for cash & prizes. Then mudageddon in Zion before going back to Leona Divide and finishing the month up with the oh so hilly La Jolla Half.

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May – May saw more mud at Whoo’s in El Moro and my first 50 mile finish & Sean’s first 100 mile win! at Nanny Goat.

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June – June started off with a double race weekend crewing Sean at SD100 before running Rock n’Roll SD.  We headed to Vail Lake for the SoCal Women’s Wine Country Half where Sean volunteered while I ran.  And for my birthday, we took my first trip to Portland where I came really close to PRing the marathon at VUM.

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July – July started with a trip up to Santa Barbara for a very HOT SB100.  Then we were off to Tahoe for TRT 50/100.  I got my first mountain 50 finish and didn’t have any issues with elevation! A last minute decision had us running the SF Marathon while visiting family to close out the month & celebrate our first anniversary.

August – I amazingly had no races in August.  I crewed Sean at AC100 at the beginning of the month before we headed over the pond for him to run UTMB.

September – September was crewing and pacing at Tahoe 200 before a last minute trip to Big Bear to run/hike the Kodiak Back 50k.

October – October started with a bang and the Cuyamaca 100k!  We headed to Italy for the second time after I WON a trip to the Venice Marathon from the LA Marathon and I finally PR’d the marathon by 4 minutes!  The whirlwind month ended in Phoenix crewing Sean at Javelina.

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November – The travels continued in November with NYC Marathon followed up with Revel Canyon City and a last minute decision to run Red Rock for Sean’s birthday.

December – December started off with a crazy double-race weekend with North Face on Saturday & CIM on Sunday.  We finished up the year with the San Diego Holiday Half and then some relaxing!

Race Stats: 100k, 2 – 50 milers, 3 – 50k’s, 7 marathons, 9 half marathons, and one each 25k, 15k, 10k, 5k for a total of 26 races this year.

As of today I was at 1,568 miles for the year, my highest mileage year yet – August had the lowest monthly mileage with 98.6 (because of the back issues I was experiencing) and May was my highest monthly mileage ever with 175.5.

Now how did I do with my 2016 goals?

  1. PR the marathon – YES!!! Finally!  I had a slow start, but I ended up with a PR at Venice Marathon and 4 out of the 7 marathons were under 5 hours, which made me really happy!
  2. Really train – For the first half of the year, we trained a lot.  I had the back injury at the end of July that derailed me a bit.
  3. Run in at least one new place.  We went to Tampa, Zion National Park, Portland, Chamonix – Mont Blanc, Santa Barbara & Sacramento
  4. Run at least one new distance this year…I ran 2 new distances, 50 miles & 100k
  5. Keep up with the Winter Strength Challenge – yeah, this went until Valentine’s Day and then died off
  6. Be more timely with writing my race recaps on the blog – ummmm….no comment lol
  7. Write at least 2 blog posts a week – I tried 😉
  8. Drink more WATER!!!  Still a work in progress

Did you achieve your goals in 2016?  And if not, what do you need to work on?  Me, being consistent with my recaps & I definitely need to drink more water ;).

Runtastic Fall Fit! Instagram Challenge & Giveaway

As a runner, I tend to focus mostly on running, but strength training is so important as well.  But if you are anything like me, spending time on anything but running some how gets missed or put to the back-burner.

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The nice thing about the workouts on the Runtastic Fitness Channel, which you can subscribe to here, is that they are super short and really do work.

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Not only are there actual workout videos, there is a whole series of how to videos demonstrating the proper way to do different exercises.  Have you ever looked at a workout and wondered what’s a V-Up or what’s a Superman Pull?  Lunden shows you how to do both in easy to understand videos.

I love to do plank but it’s always good to do an exercise to stretch/workout the reverse muscles and Superman is a great one to do.  I’d never heard of a Superman Pull but it sounds pretty cool.

I’m working up to this since I’ve been dealing with a back injury this position is really challenging for me, but as I get stronger I’m looking forward to doing this like Lunden does.

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One of the best things about these videos is that Lunden is super easy to understand, she explains everything clearly and there are even a few moments in the videos where she gets off balance or loses her form, just like we do so you feel really comfortable knowing everyone has trouble with different exercises.

I’d love for you to join me for the 5 day Instagram Challenge starting tomorrow to kick off November.

Post a photo or video of you doing a part of each workout using the following tags: #RFCFallFit #RuntasticFitness #SweatPink @Runtastic @FitApproach @LifeLikeLunden and you’ll have a chance to win a Premium subscription to the Runtastic app.

I’m also giving away 4 Premium subscriptions for iOS or Google Play right here on the blog!

All you have to do is comment below telling me which of the 5 workouts above you want to try or you liked best.  I’ll choose winners via random.org on Friday, Nov 4.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about these workouts and which is your favorite! Mine?  Well I’m going to say anything that you need a pumpkin to do is pretty fun.

This post was sponsored by Runtastic through my partnership with FitApproach.

 

Five Things Friday with Aftershokz & FitApproach

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AfterShokz in an effort to spread awareness about their new Pink Trekz headphones, in partnership with Bright Pink to support and spread awareness around breast cancer awareness. All opinions and words are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands the support the Sweat Pink community. 

I don’t think I’ve done a Friday Five before, so no time like the present to start, right?

So here we go…My first Friday Five

1) Tunes that inspire! Oh boy, I don’t listen to music much anymore when I run, but when I do, I love anything by Pit Bull & Elie Golding is a fav too.  I actually prefer to listen to audiobooks on super long runs, they keep my brain off the pain and keep me entertained.  I listened to Daniel Silva’s The English Spy during Nanny Goat & TRT 50.  I got a new book for Cuyamaca 100k last week by Cleo Coyle called the Billionaire Blend.  I like to listened to them on my AfterShokz because I can still here everything around me.

2) Giving back. I’m giving back to a very important person in my life, my brother in-law, David.  David was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, which affects the skeletal muscles, and in his case, his leg.  Please help me to fight cancer and work with Memorial Sloan Kettering & the James Blake Foundation to research early detection. You can read more about David here and donate here. I’m raffling off some awesome prizes too. Your support is appreciated.

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3) Be a self care advocate: How do you practice self care?  I run and run and run…  It’s my stress reliever and time away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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4) My favorite products: Oh boy this is tough one, but right now, I think I can come up with 5 things for this question alone.
#1 my Pink Running 4 Those Who Can’t Hat – Not only is it my signature, it is true.  I run for my brother-in-law David.
#2 my Altra Running Lone Peak 3.0s (mine just happen to be Pink;)) so comfy and grip so well.
#3 my prAna London jeans for those days when you need something other than yoga pants or running shorts ;).  You can save 15% by using code PFS16LEGS on anything prAna sells.
#4 – my Trigger Point Therapy foam rollers they have been my go-to’s lately &
#5 – of course my AfterShokz! I’ve got a lot of marathons coming up and I love that I can still hear everything around me while wearing them.

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5) Friends who inspire! Well this one is super easy.  Of course my girls Smitha & Jenn!  They inspire me everyday and I’m glad we have the opportunity to run together often.  And my girl Kristina – Thank you Thank you Thank you for pacing me at Cuyamaca! Love you guys!

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I’d love to hear one or more of your answers to the Friday Five!  Tell me in the comments below!

Race Recap: The San Francisco Marathon 2nd Half

This was my 3rd year running The San Francisco Marathon and Sean’s 5th time.  I have run the first half twice and if you’d like to read those recaps, they are here 2014 & 2015.

This year we weren’t going to run the race, but then in June, Sean asked me if I wanted to go, since this is our anniversary race and he’s done it so many times.  I agreed but we did end up paying a lot more than normal due to the lateness of our entry.  I paid $135 for the second half.  To put that into context, we signed up for the marathon at the expo this year and it was $110 with a $25 discount so we ended up paying $92 with the fee so it’s definitely better to register early for this race.

We flew up on Saturday morning, took a very long BART/bus ride to the city (they were doing construction on a station on the way to the city), got checked in and then immediately ran down to the expo at Fort Mason, which is where the expo has been the last few years.

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We got our bibs, shirts, Sean’s loyalty gift for running 5 years in a row, a travel mug, some snacks and wandered for a few minutes just to see what was there.

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Afterwards, we made our way to Fremont via the BART to see my sister and my brother-in-law David.  We got a bit more information about how David, who is fighting cancer, is doing.

Sidenote: If you have a few extra dollars, even just $5-$10 (the cost of approx. 1-2 days of Starbucks), please consider helping Sean & I raise money for the James Blake Foundation to run the NYC Marathon for David.  You can donate here.

David was in amazing spirits, he is so incredibly positive and has a huge will to live.  That being said, his condition has not improved a lot, the cancer in his leg is growing so fast that the many chemo treatments he has already received are only able to attack the new growth vs the original cancer.  It’s a very serious situation but he and my sister, Diane, are doing well considering.

After our visit, we headed back to the city, had a little dessert from world famous Ghiradelli’s.

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I got my Flat Jenny ready and headed to bed, it was going to be an early morning.  Sean’s race started at 5:30a, I wanted to go to the We Run Social meet-up and then needed to take a shuttle over to the 2nd half start.

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After seeing Sean start, I saw a few other friends and then headed over to the shuttles which were a few blocks from the marathon/first half start.

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There were a ton of school buses there to take us over.  I got in line to wait until 6am when they would start taking us over.  I think I got on the 2nd or 3rd bus.

The ride was actually pretty long, I think it was about 25 minutes until we got to the start line.  I was super tired so I was half asleep for most of the ride.

Once off the bus, I headed over to the starting area.  The 2nd half is much smaller than the first half/marathon.  I hit up the port-a-potties as soon as I arrived so I would miss the lines, then I checked out a few of the sites, there was a huge Dutch style windmill near some rose gardens, before heading up towards the gear check area to hang out for a bit before checking my bag.

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It was sooo cold.  I’m glad that I had my hoodie and track pants because I would have froze if not. As I was waiting, I ran into fellow BibRavePro, Bradley.  We, of course, got a photo. (photo courtesy of Bradley)

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I finally found out that the line I thought was for the port-a-potties was actually for the drop bags.  It was not well marked that you had to go to just one table to put your number on your bag and then you could drop your bag at your UPS truck.  Compared to the main start area, this was a bit of a mess.

I felt like the 2nd half start line was kind of an afterthought.  The girl who was the announcer seemed really nice, but was not the right fit for this event.  She wasn’t really very energetic and focused more on things that aren’t really important.  I was not impressed.

The race finally got its start at 7:30a and I was in wave 3 so I started at 7:45a. By that point it was starting to rain a little and I just wanted to get started.

Unfortunately for me, my legs didn’t feel great from the get-go.  I just tried to focus on being in the moment, listening to the end of my Daniel Silva audio book and run/walking the majority of the race.

This part of the course didn’t have the huge hill up near the Presidio like the first half, but it was a bit hillier than I was expecting.

I just did my best to keep moving through Golden Gate Park for the first 4 miles, hoping my legs would loosen up.  It was pretty, we ran around a lake, saw a pagoda, ran past the first half marathon finish line before heading into Haight Ashbury and through the city.  Obviously I didn’t see this photographer because I appear to be “in the zone” lol.

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Interestingly in the part of the course that was the least exciting, between 6 -9,  was the part of the course where they would periodically close the course to help with traffic flow.  They don’t do this in the first part of the course so I’d never seen it happen before.  At one point I was coming up just as they were closing the section so I saw it first hand.

Finally around mile 11 we headed towards the Embarcadero and around AT&T Park.  It would have been nice to go on the field, but alas, no go for that. 🙂

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We made our way down towards the finish line.  As we got closer to mile 13, I could feel that I was getting tired so I actually drank a Glukos gel in the last 1/2 mile.  I literally couldn’t move any faster, I could see all the people gaining on me and running past me but my legs were just not having it.

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I made it over the finish line in a not horrible 2:16 and I immediately saw Sean waiting for me :).  We went to get our medals and food.  Yet again, the actual race food sucks.  There were bottles of water, think thin bars, bananas and muscle milk drinks.  The only one of those 4 things that I like is the water.  It was pretty disappointing because I was really hungry.

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But that being said, after we got out of the race finish area, by the Ferry Building there were a ton of vendors giving out snacks.  We got 2 different types of greek yogurt, vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Lara bars, these amazing Coconut chips from Dang.  I’m not a fan of coconut normally, but these were amazing!

Since I had run the first half last year and then the second half this year, I earned a 2nd challenge medal, The Half of It All medal, which is pretty cool.  It has the Golden Gate Bridge on one side and the Painted Ladies from Haight Ashbury on the other.

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This race has soooo many challenges.  The Half of It All, California Dreamin’ (SF Marathon & Surf City), SF/Berkley, there is another challenge where if you run the 1st half, 2nd half and marathon in consecutive years you are part of the 52 club and you get a special hoodie.  I’ll earn one of these next year :).

This is an interesting race, because of the weather in San Francisco during the summer.  In the 3 years that I’ve run this race, it’s been pretty cloudy & humid during the actual race, it’s always cleared up afterwards but it can be pretty brutal during the actual race.

Now that I’ve run both halfs, I would say that the first half is definitely more exciting.  I mean a lot of the more iconic spots in SF are in the first half of the course.  It was pretty cool though going through Haight Ashbury & by AT&T park, you could see into the stadium when we got closer.

I still say, SF Marathon needs to step up the post-race food game, and I definitely think that they need to step up the announcing at both start lines, but especially the 2nd half.  But the free photos and a decent expo kind of even out the bad things.

Outside of those things, I think it’s a pretty good race.  I liked that they upped their game on the race medals this year.

Do you have any races you continue to run every year?

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Crop Sports Bra

Disclosure: I received a SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Crop from SKINS through my partnership with FitApproach.

I am always on the hunt for a good sports bra and when I had the opportunity to try the SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Crop, I was super excited.

What makes the SKINS DNAmic Speed Crop different?

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From the website…with medium impact support and smooth elastic straps that won’t dig into your shoulders, the SKINS DNAmic Crop Top is built to take the discomfort and distraction out of your workout.

The fabrics are warp knitted to give superior performance and mixed with spandex to for a controlled compression.  The fabrics also have a UV protection of 50+ and keep you dry through advance wicking properties.

Probably the biggest difference between the SKINS DNAmic Speed Crop and a normal sports bra is their muscle focus.  Uniquely wrapping and supporting your key muscle groups to reduce movement and focus direction for less vibration in your muscles, less soft tissue damage and less soreness after exercise.

And the fact that in order to get the full benefits of the compression element you have to get the proper sizing use a BMI algorithm.  Which means what exactly?  Well basically you have to take your measurements to make sure you get the proper size.

They have both a size guide and a calculator on their site which makes it really easy to determine your size.  I do recommend measuring yourself around the largest part of the chest because most women wear the wrong size sports bra and if I had ordered my bra size I would have had the wrong size and the Speed Crop would have been way too small.

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So now that we’ve gotten through all the technical stuff, how does it feel on?

First off, I got the size medium and it was a perfect fit.  I don’t feel like it’s too tight or too loose and when running I didn’t really feel like I had it on.

The elastic straps really don’t dig into the shoulders and I felt supported but not suffocated like I have in some compression sports bras.

The Speed Crop comes with removable cups for modesty.

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How does it perform?

I ran in the Speed Crop a few times and I wore it while traveling.  I didn’t have any issues, it kept me supported and felt great on.

My only complaint would be that the straps are super wide so it doesn’t fit well under my tanks and tees.  If the straps could just be a little more narrow, I would say it’s perfect.  I’m sure it would be fine if I was a sports bra only girl.

I personally like my Lululemon tops for their cooling properties, see I sweat a lot and for me, when my CRBs and Run Swiftlys get wet, they actually keep me cooler than skin alone.  I have tested it out and this is what works for me.  If you are a sports bra only girl, more power to you!

Now that I’m off my soap box, lol, let’s get back on track.  As far as colors – the Speed Crop comes in currently comes in 6 colors: Black, Black/Limoncello (what I have), *Living Lines, *Midnight/Sage (both of which are on sale), Junkyard Geo, Lampone & Cerulean.  The last 3 are new & very pretty shades of pink and blue.

So now that I’ve told you all about the SKINS DNAmic Speed Crop and how it worked for me who wants to win one for themselves?
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Race Recap: Nanny Goat 12/24hr Race

Earlier this year I signed up to run my first 100k later this year and I was/am super excited, but a lot nervous since I had only done a few 50k races.  A 50k jump is a lot of miles to jump. I wanted and needed to do a 50 miler but we didn’t have a lot of options with Sean’s full 100/200 schedule this summer.

Last summer we did the Summer Solstice Run around Chrissy Field and I did the 6 hour race.  It was fun, but a 1 mile loop can get really monotonous really quick.  That was an actual loop course which made it really easy, however the weather was unpredictable as you made your way around the loop.  Super windy & cold on one side and hot on the other.

So when we looked at the available races and saw Nanny Goat, my first thought was, another loop course?  But then as I looked at our other options and more importantly time limits on those races, Nanny Goat looked better and better.

So we both signed up for the 24 hour race.  It was the same price for both so I figured the 24 hour race would give me a better option to get my 50 miles in.

I was in Vegas for work most of the week before the race so I wasn’t able to do my normal pre-race hydration routine.  I did get a few juices, Chia Kombucha and bottles of water down so I felt relatively hydrated.

We drove up to Riverside on Friday evening, fortunately and surprisingly the traffic was really light.  Since it was the holiday weekend, I’m guessing a lot of people took the day off because the only minor traffic we hit was near Temecula which is really odd for a Friday heading up towards LA.

We checked into our hotel and got some dinner from a cute little pizza place in downtown. Yum, yum!

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Once we got back, we got out all of our gear, set all our devices up to charge before getting some sleep.  I did my Flat Jenny at home so I could make sure I had everything so I was all set gear wise.

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A few nice things about this race.

#1 – It didn’t start until 8am so we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to be there.  We slept in until probably 6:15/6:30a.

#2 – We were only 15 minutes away from the race and while it was big compared to the Summer Solstice Race, there was no traffic so we didn’t have to leave early to avoid that.  We got there probably around 7:20am and found a spot in the main lot.

#3 – Since it’s such a long race, we set up our gear near the main aid station with a chair, a full cooler and bags full of extra clothes, battery packs, etc.

They require a signed USATF release before you get your bib so we filled those out and then the lovely Jean Ho, who would cheer us on each lap, gave us our bibs. 93 for me and 94 for Sean.

We also got lots of race swag, a logo’d beer stein, a koozie, a goat key chain and a cotton shirt.  I got a tank in size small (it fits perfectly) and Sean got a T-Shirt.

Once we checked in, we hit up the port-a-potties and then next thing you knew they were yelling at us to go into The Goat Pen for the start of the race.  I didn’t even have time to fill my bottle or grab my headphones but I knew I’d have time later to get everything in order.

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The forecast was for sun and about 82 degrees, but it was cloudy and much cooler when we started and stayed that way until about 2.5 hours into the race and then it was like someone hit a switch and the sun was out.

I took it very easy going 5.5 miles for each of the first 2 hours and then when the sun came out I started walking certain parts of the course.  This was an interesting loop in that it wasn’t a real loop.  You would start out down a nice super flat & well maintained shaded trail section, then turn right to a road/sandy trail until you got to the end where you would make a sharp left turn around a cone with a smiling skull on top.  After making the turn you would go back down the road or sandy side until you crossed the part where the loop began, then there was a dirt trail on the left side.  Another left turn would put you through the orange groves and then on to the grass, which is where you really had to watch because of the pitted gopher holes that were hard to see.  Another left turn left you in shade (pretty much the whole race) and on a section of grass & roots.  Once you got past this section you would turn left again and then onto a road/gravel path past some horses in stalls and then into the barn. And there you have it, the loop in a nutshell.

At the StartThank you to Andy Noise for the on course photos.

I put on my headphones, my Orange Mud Hydra Quiver VP1 and settled in to listen to a book on tape.  For the majority of the race I listened using my Aftershokz.

I found I was able to settle into a nice rhythm and just kept it moving.  After the first 5 miles or so I stopped and filled my bottle and put on my Orange Mud VP1. I would drink a lot in the first 10 – 15 miles.  I remember telling my fellow Altra Ambassador Sharon that I was so thirsty.  During this time, the first 2.5 hours it was quite cloudy and overcast.

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Around 10:30ish the sun came out and boy did it get hot!  I started eating a lot during this time, I would stop at the aid station tables and get watermelon & orange slices.  I kept refilling my bottle with more water.  Eventually they would start handing out Popsicles. I think I had about 4 of them over the course of the day.

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I had a little routine down, run in certain spots, walk in others and it was working.  Every few miles I would walk a loop or two and then start running again.  Eventually my feet really started to hurt.  I felt like I was getting blisters under on the ball of my feet or like there was a lot of dirt/rocks under that part of my foot.

I was able to use my Carbo Pro/Ultima combo for the majority of the race with a few cups of water.  Eventually though, in the last 10 miles, I had a hard time drinking anymore so I know I wasn’t getting nearly enough calories.  The nutrition aspect of ultras is still a work in progress for me.

Also during those last 10 miles I stopped a few times to empty my shoes and generally slowed down. But kept the goal of 50 miles and a 12 hour finish in view.  The last 2-3 miles I was starting to get cold, I think it was the lack of calories starting to affect me.

And in the end, I finished my race with 50 miles in 12 hours and 6 minutes.

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After which I stopped, changed my clothes & shoes, ate a little bit and kept adding on more and more layers.  I seriously could not get warm.

Eventually I was at our set-up at the same time Sean came through to refill his bottles.  He congratulated me and took my photo before heading back out to finish his race.

Sean would eventually win the 100 mile race finishing in 18:54, a 3h 20min PR.  I was so proud of him!  He finished 100 miles 1h 40min faster than the 2nd place person!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this race.  It was a lot of fun and I would definitely do it again and go for 100 miles.

If you’ve never done an ultra, this is a great way to do it because you are never more than a mile from an aid station and you will always have people to talk to.

Review: XX2i Hawaii1 Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Hawaii 1 Sunglasses 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!

The Hawaii1 are my 3rd pair of XX2i sunglasses and they are my new favorites.

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I’ve been wearing the USA1 glasses since December and I really like them, they are lightweight, comfortable and polarized.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen me wearing them for the last few months.  And you can read my review of them here.

I’ve also got a pair of the new casual Bermuda1 glasses, which have the best lenses, but aren’t quite as comfortable as the USA1 & Hawaii1.

What is special about the Hawaii1?

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From the XX2i website: Carbon fiber and Polarized 8k optics combine in XX2i’s new Hawaii1 performance sunglasses.  Extremely lightweigh & easily adjustable the Hawaii1 instantly adapts for any face shape or activity.  Together with a completely bendable nose piece and rubber temple arms, these shades won’t budge or slide when you need to keep your focus.

They come in 3 different colors, white, which I have, black & tortoise.  The white & black have polar grey lenses while the tortoise have the awesome polar brown, which I have on the Bermuda1.

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What I like about these glasses, they are super lightweight.  I didn’t have to make any adjustments at all to make them fit perfectly.

Another nice thing about these is that the bottom of the lens doesn’t have a frame around it so I can look down and see my phone without having to take off my glasses (in light other than direct sunlight).

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The only complaint I have about these is the little rubber pieces on the arms.  They get stuck in my hair especially when it’s wet and sweaty.  I’ve figured out a way to take them off without pulling out my hair now, but that was a bit of a problem for me at first.

Even with the hair pulling issue, I feel like I would reach for the Hawaii1 9x out of 10 over any other pair of glasses.

The Hawaii1 retails for $124.99 but you can save 50% by using the code XX2iRocks.

And if you join #BibChat tomorrow at 6pm Pacific, you might have a change to win a pair for yourself.  I promise you will love them.

Want to see what my fellow BibRavePros have to say about the Hawaii1? Check them out below.

Angie    Gina     Erin    Sarah M     Christine    Frank

Running the New York City Marathon with The James Blake Foundation

Last month, I learned that my brother-in-law David was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS for short). It’s a rare cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles, and, in David’s case, it has formed a huge growth on his lower leg.

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David has an entrepreneurial spirit, having started up a clothing line called Decorate Our Home Planet (D.O.H.P) that specializes in shirts and jeans. For every item sold, David plants a minimum of 3 trees to help give back to our environment. David is also an inspiration to his Bay Area students where he’s been teaching grades 1-6 for nearly a decade.

Having been an athlete his whole life, David was involved in a car accident in college after which doctors told him he would never run again. David refused to believe that and worked extremely hard with his physical therapy and eventually would be able to run on an Anti-gravity treadmill. And, his recovery didn’t stop there… he eventually would sign up for the 5k at the 2014 San Francisco Marathon and run it with a time of 30:43 (a sub 10-minute mile pace)!

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Sean & I remember David’s excitement after he finished the race – he was planning to train for a 10k; and, eventually, he too wanted to run a marathon! He was so incredibly excited to have been able to run once again.

Now, David is going to have to put his running & marathon dreams aside temporarily while he fights this battle against cancer.

When I found out about David’s diagnosis, I immediately talked to Sean and we decided we should run the world’s largest marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon, for David while raising money to support a cancer-fighting charitable foundation.

We researched all cancer-fighting charities working with the New York City Marathon. After narrowing it down, we spoke with David (and my sister Diane) about each of their missions, and we decided that the James Blake Foundation was a perfect fit for us. The James Blake Foundation supports early detection research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Diane really like that they work with Memorial Sloan because they do a lot of research with sarcomas.

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David is a creative, funny, kind-hearted brother (and husband to my sister) and has been a part of my family for the last 8 ½ years. He endured his first chemo treatment a couple weeks ago and will need to be in the hospital for 3 – 5 days for each of his 17 treatments over the next 11.5 months.

Needless-to-say, chemotherapy treatment is a marathon and not a sprint. Please make a donation to the James Blake Foundation in support of our NYC Marathon run for David and send David a message of support that he is not alone in this fight.

You can donate and support David at https://www.crowdrise.com/runnylegs.

Thank you for your support!

Buff in the Wild

Disclaimer: BibRave and BUFF have partnered up for a BUFF prizepack giveaway, and as part of being a BibRave Pro, I am giving you a chance to win! Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Ever since I was introduced to Buff last summer I have been a huge fan of their products.  I’ve been able to try and test out the Original Buff, the UV Half Buff (my current favorite) and I’m currently trying the UV Full Buff. After trying the UV Half Buff with BibRave, I was so excited I bought a special one at TRT 100 last summer.

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Funny enough, after seeing me with my buffs on Instagram, my dad got Buffs & Buff Hats for Sean and my uncle for Christmas last year.

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So what is Buff in the Wild?  BibRave & Buff have partnered up to give one lucky winner $215 worth of Buff Gear!!

Here’s the rules & what you need to do to enter:
1. Take a #BUFFIE with a BibRave Pro and post it on Twitter or Instagram.
2. Tag @BibRave & @BUFF_USA (same handles on both Twitter and Instagram).
3. Use hastags #BUFFIE AND #BibChat.
4. Contest runs May 1–31, 2016.
5. For US residents only.
6. Photo must be taken at a race (so not the expo or a training run)
7. Participants can enter the #BUFFIE contest at multiple events
8. One #BUFFIE entry per race
9. Twitter and Instagram entries only*

Where will I be this month?

Whoo’s in El Moro 50k, Crystal Cove, CA- May 7
PCT 50 (crewing for Sean), Cleveland National Forest, CA – May 14
Nanny Goat 24 hour, Riverside, CA – May 28/29

I don’t have my outfits picked out yet, but follow me on Instagram to see my Flat Jenny pics the day before each race.  But I think, I’m pretty easy to spot with my Hot Pink Running4ThoseWhoCan’t hat on ;).

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Get your camera ready & I hope to see you out there!

If you aren’t in Southern California, there are BibRavePros racing all over the country so you have plenty of opportunities to get your #Buffie!

Angie      Mark       Karen      Brenda      Heather      Katherine

Lisa         Samantha      Elizabeth       Gina

PR Racer – The Convertible HDL Kickstarter & Giveway

When my friends at Fitapproach told me about the new Convertible HDL from PR Racer, I was super excited and as an runner who runs a lot in the dark (especially in the winter) I knew that this was a product I want for myself.

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So what is the Convertible HDL? From PR Racer: The Convertible HDL is an innovative skull cap and headband combo that helps you run smarter. In warmer weather, it can be worn top down with the cap neatly tucked away as a sweat wicking headband – and when the weather gets cooler, you can simply pull it up and over for extra warmth.

But that’s not all…It also is a powerful headlamp and voice activated camera!  See below for all the Technical features.

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(Italics from the kickstarter website, bold my comments)

Convertible: This is the lightweight, moisture wicking, fashionable headband that converts to a skull cap. Perfect for any climate, it is the Convertible that is the base of our new technology.

HD: The camera allows you to capture your run in FHD (1920×1280) or HD (1280×720) format with still photo capability. In addition to video, you can take photos using single shot, burst mode, or time-lapse mode. In addition, the camera carries a GPS, altimeter, and accelerometer to capture all the vital statistics from your run. So basically it’s a watch & a camera all in one? Amazing!

L: The headlamp shines at more than 400 lumens, ensuring your path is clearly lit, during even the darkest runs. This high-powered light also makes it possible to catch clean video during dawn, dusk and nighttime runs – something no wearable camera offers.   The headlamp features 4 pre-sets so you can change the lumen level based on where you are running, which is pretty cool & would help save on batteries.

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That’s a lot of stuff packed into one small device!  And they also have an app.  I, for one, am looking forward to trying out the camera in the dark because I can never get good photos.

Normally I wear a trucker hat while running but it’s not easy to use a headlamp with the hat, you have to turn the hat around and then I have to lower my ponytail, etc. which makes it a hassle.  If I don’t wear a hat, the headlamp can be a little uncomfortable on my forehead.

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The Convertible HDL is a great solution for these problems and I personally haven’t seen anything like this out there.

Now how can you get one?  Well PR Racer launched their Kickstarter campaign today and you too can get in on the ground floor and get your very own Convertible HDL when it comes out in early fall 2016 (target date subject to change).  Which is perfect timing for those dark winter runs!

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There are a lot of different levels to choose from on PR Racer Kickstarter page including a limited offer where the first 50 people can get 50% off the retail price starting at $149.,The next 50 people can get the Early Bird price of $179 or anyone can get the discounted price of $199 ($100 off retail price for the entire kickstarter campaign).

As a Thank You for checking out my post & the Kickstarter today, I’m also giving away some cool stuff from PR Racer.

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Winner would need to provide the state they would like on the RUN t-shirt (if chosen), state they would like on the RUN hat, and finish times for the race decals

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Contest open to US Residents only with a valid mailing address (not a PO Box), prize will be delivered by PR Racer .

I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about this cool new product.

 

**This post is sponsored by Fitapproach & PR Racer however as always all opinions are my own**