Friday, January 4, 2019

Confessions of a Lazy Runner

In 2018, I ran 598.7 miles.  This is significantly less than anticipated. 

I should have know that my annual mileage would be low, especially since consistency has always been a struggle, which is the primary reason I sign up for so many Half Marathons (usually one per month):  At least I’ll get 13.1 miles in each month.

New year running resolution if I write (type) it, I must accomplish it! 

This year, I am going to set a reachable goal of 750 miles and will be celebrating like a Boston Qualifier if I end up tracking 1,000 miles for the year.

750/52 = Approx 14.5 miles/week
1,000/52 = Approx 19.5 miles/week

750/12 = Approx 62.5 miles/month
1,000/12 = Approx 83.5 miles/month

How about you:  Do you have any mileage goals for 2019?  How do you stay motivated to keep going when the blankets are so warm, the pizza is so delicious and the work day is exhausting?

Do you need help staying motivated?  Would registering for races help?

I will run in (for the 7th time) the Gazelle Girl Half in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This event started as a celebration of Title IX, the law that made discrimination between men's and women's educational programs illegal.  The event has really grown, over the years, and has raised funds for Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties in addition to the Gazelle Sports Foundation, Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women and YWCA. 

Last year, I ran the Savannah Publix Women’s Half and had such a wonderful time!  The route starts and ends at Forsyth Park, down tree-lined streets, around 12 of the city's scenic squares in the historic district before a picture-perfect finish at Forsyth Park Fountain.  The post-race party was like something I had never experienced:  Mimosas in Forsyth Park!  I have already signed up for this Half.  If you would like to join me, use discount code BIBSAV20 to save 20% on your registration.

In fact, here are some additional discount codes:
January 2019
1/12/2019 - Irvine Half Marathon & 5K - Irvine, CA
Use code “BRSCVIP” for 10% off!
1/13/2019 - Hot Chocolate San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
Use code “BRHCSanFran” for a free phone armband!
1/19/2019 -  Hot Chocolate Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
Use code “BRHCCharlotte” for a free phone armband!
1/27/2019 - Fitbit Miami Marathon and Half Marathon - Miami, FL
Use code “BIBRAVE19” for $10 off the full & half (includes the combo options of full + 5K, half + 5K etc.) and $5 for the Tropical 5K alone.

February 2019
2/1-3/2019 - Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon - Huntington Beach, CA
Use code “SCMBR10” for 10% off!
2/3/2019 - Hot Chocolate Houston - Houston, TX
Use code “BRHCHouston” for a free phone armband!
2/3/2019 - San Jose 408K - Huntington Beach, CA
Use code “BIBRAVE” for $3 off!
2/9/2019 - Hot Chocolate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Use code “BRHCDallas” for a free phone armband!
2/9-10/2019 - Daytona Beach Half Marathon
Use code “DBHMRAVE19” for 10% off the half, half relay or challenges. This code is good until 1/31/2019.
2/16/2019 - Hot Chocolate Nashville - Nashville, TN
Use code “BRHCNashville” for a free phone armband!
2/17/2019 - Hot Chocolate Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Use code “BRHCAtlanta” for a free phone armband!

March 2019
3/3/2019 - Livermore Valley Half Marathon & 5K - Livermore, CA
Use code “BRLIVVIP” for 10% off!
3/3/2019 - Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon - Napa, CA
Use code “19NVMRAVE10OFF” for $10 off.
3/3/2019 - Hot Chocolate Seattle - Seattle, WA
Use code “BRHCSeattle” for a free phone armband!
3/15-17/2019 - Portland Shamrock Run - Portland, OR
Use code “SHAMROCKBR10” for 10% off!
3/17/2019  - Tobacco Road Marathon & Half Marathon - Cary, NC
Use code “trmrave19” for $20 off!
3/24/2019 - Hot Chocolate San Diego - San Diego, CA
Use code “BRHCSanDiego” for a free phone armband!
3/30/2019 - Hot Chocolate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Use code “BRHCIndy” for a free phone armband!
3/31/2019 - Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon - Philadelphia, PA
Use code “LOVEBR10” for 10% off!

April 2019
4/6/2019 - Hot Chocolate Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Use code “BRHCPhilly” for a free phone armband!
4/6/2019 - Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K - Savannah, GA
Use code “BIBSAV20” for 20% off!
4/7/2019 - Statesman Cap10K - Austin, TX
Use code “BibRave2019Cap10K” for $5 off!
4/13/2019 - Tar Heel 10 Miler & Fleet Feet Sports 4 Miler
Use code “TARHEELBR10” for 10% off!
4/14/2019 - Rutgers Unite Half Marathon & 8K
Use code “UNITEBR10” for 10% off.
4/25-27/2019 -  IL Marathon- Champaign-Urbana, IL
Use code “bibraveillinois2019” for $5 off!
4/28/2019 - New Jersey Marathon - Oceanport, NJ
Use code “NJMBIBRAVE19” for $5 off any distance (5K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Marathon Relay).
4/28/2019 - Silicon Valley Half Marathon - San Jose, CA
Use code “BIBRAVE” for 10% off!

May 2019
5/10-11/2019 - Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon (Destination Races) - Solvang, CA
Use code “SBBR10” for 10% off.
5/25/2019 - Run Madtown presented by SSM Health - Madison, WI
Use code “RAVENSAVE” for 10% off (excludes kid's race).
5/26/2019 - Vermont City Marathon - Burlington, VT
Use code “BibRave10” for $10 off!

June 2019
6/1/19 - Starlight Run - Portland, OR
Use code “STARBR10” for 10 % off.

July 2019
7/20-21/19 - New Jersey State Triathlon - West Windsor, NJ
Use code “NJSTBR10” for 10% off.
7/20-21/19 - Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon (Destination Races) - Sonoma, CA 
Use code “N2SBR10” for 10% off.

August 2019
8/11/2019 - Oaktown Half Marathon - Oakland, CA
Use code “BROAKVIP” for 10% off.

September 2019
9/14-15/2019 - Nautica Malibu Triathlon -  Malibu, CA 
Use code “MALIBUBR10” for 10% off.
9/21-22/2019 - Surf City 10 - Huntington Beach, CA
Use code “SC10BR10” for 10% off.

October 2019
10/11-13/19 -  jetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon - Long Beach, CA
Use code “LBMBR10” for 10% off.
10/20/19 - Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo - Durham, NC
Use code “BCRFBR10” for 10% off.

Also, if you are interested in any races in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area (Go Green), use discount code RFNY19 for $5 off on any open 2019 Event Registration.

Have a great run!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Review: Zwift

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Foot Pod to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews.

I hate running on the dreadmill, so much so that I never call that machinery the proper name. I am afraid of ice because I know that it will to fall. So when I was presented with the opportunity to test Zwift for virtual running I thought perhaps this would be an opportunity to embrace dreadmill running. And let's be honest, running is always be better with technology enhancements (AfterShokz Trez Air, MapMyRun, Garmin,etc).

The Zwift foot pod came in the mail with instructions on how to activate. I did need a little assistance from other Bib Rave Pros as it was so small, I was worried that it would break, when I took it apart to set it up. 

My account was free and easy to set up. The app was easy to download onto my iPad. It seems as though there is a large bicycle following and application, which I am sure my spouse will want to try. 

To get the foot pod to calibrate with other technology, it is important to have the smooth side facing the top of the foot. If problems persist, one may need to take the battery out and try a reset.

There are all sorts of virtual group runs scheduled. BibRavePros participated in an Orange BibRave Virtual Run on December 18th and participants passed familiar people, while bikes also passed runners.  

Use the discount code BibRave15 for 15% off the cost of the Zwift RunPod at (discount is good for first 1000 Pods to use the code).

Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: Buff DryFly Neckwarmer and Hat

Disclaimer: I received a Buff DryFly Neckwarmer and Hat to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews.

I have used Buff products before, in fact I have at least one clean original in my running bag at all times. Usually, I use an original Buff for the purpose of pulling my hair back, covering my face on windy beach days, keeping my face/ears warm on those crazy winter days and even as a bracelet to wipe sweat off my face.

But when the opportunity to test the Buff DryFly Neckwarmer and Hat presented itself, I had to join in on the fun. The weather has recently started to get cool (30*) so I have finally had the opportunity to wear my new Buff DryFly Neckwarmer and Hat. Truth be told, now that I have been wearing them, I now know that I did not need to wait for it to get cold. Both the hat and neckwarmer are very light weight but provide sufficient warmth without overheating. 

Once nice surprise is the reflective design, which is great for dusk to dawn activity. The DryFly fabric is breathable and quick-drying (I hung it up wet, after a five mile run, and it was dry by the time I got out of the shower).

At the beginning of my runs, I am usually cold, but three miles in, I end up getting warm. The hat kept my head warm and the neckwarmer was perfect to pull down and away from my face/ears. I am looking forward to more early morning, cold runs with Buff!

Once concern I do have: I think my oldest has been eyeing the hat and I might find it under his snowboard helmet, by the end of the week. 

What about you? Have you tried any of the Buff DryFly products? What are your thoughts?



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Turkey Trot

Disclaimer: I am promoting the North Shore Turkey Trot as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

My favorite race of the year is the Lansing Turkey Trot.  Something about the cold air and runners in holiday costumes that just really kicks off the holiday season for me.  Of course, the burned calories before I consume mass amounts of food helps. 

This year, I am unable to participate because of family obligations but I do want to encourage participation in a local turkey trots as they are crazy fun. 

If you are in the Lansing, Michigan area, you need to check out the Lansing Turkey Trot.

If you are in the Detroit, Michigan area, you should check out the Detroit Turkey Trot.  I have never done this race, but it looks very fun.

If you are in the Highland Park, Illinois area, you should check out the North Shore Turkey Trot.  This race has an option of a 5k or 10k to burn those calories.  Use the code BRTurkeyTrot for a free pair of sunglasses, at registration.

What is your favorite Turkey Trot race?  Will you be out burning calories, this Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review: Madison Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Madison Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

Back in April when I had the opportunity to register for the Madison Half Marathon, I was excited for the race prompting a birthday weekend away.  I was able to secure a reasonably priced flight from Detroit (DTW) to Madison (MSN) and brought my spouse along for the fun.

While out exploring on Saturday morning, I came upon a farmer's market along the Capitol Square that had a host of vendors offering vegetables, meat, cheese, muffins, cookies and more.  It was a really nice market, especially considering the temperature.  I learned that after this weekend, the farmer's market will move indoors to the convention center.  Old Fashioned offered an amazing lunch for me and brunch for the spouse. 

The race expo was small but had everything that a runner could need.  Fleet Feet Madison had a large set up for runners to purchase anything that they might have forgotten.  I forgot to grab my sunglasses so I snagged a pair of Goodr Flamingos on a Booze Cruise (aka pink) shades.  I have never tried Goodr sunglasses, but had read BibRave reviews and thought for $25 I might as well try them.  I located my name on the Welcome banner, took a picture and headed out for a pasta dinner.

Race morning came early and it was cold!  Honestly, I will probably think 25* is warm in a month, but I did not get much of a temperature transition, this year, so it seemed really cold.

I met up with fellow BibRavePros and we headed off to experience the Madison hills.  You would think that I would have read some race reviews to prepare for this new race, but I did not and learned about the hills the night before.  The race started at the State Capitol and took runners through the city, passed businesses, along Lake Mendota and through a beautiful neighborhood before returning to the city and back to the Capitol for the finish line.  Experiencing the hills was something else!  In fact, my Garmin showed that the total elevation was 274 feet!

The aid stations were well staffed, but not flagged, so runners could not tell they were coming up, until they were there.  PS the best way to drink Lemon-Lime Gatorade is with a thin layer of ice on top.

After the race, I took a quick shower and ventured to Dotty Dumpling's Dowry for the most amazing fried cheese curds and chicken sandwich, washed down by a very refreshing Pear Cider.

The day after the race, participants received an email with a link to free pictures that were taken along the course and at the finish.

For those that qualify for Boston, by running the Madison Marathon:  You are my hero!  To run a marathon is a huge accomplishment, but to run it with the last 13 miles being the half marathon that I ran:  Amazing!

What is my next race?  I honestly do not know.  I am planning on the Publix Savannah Women's Half Marathon in April, since I had such a great time, last year, but I must do more races before then! 

Stay tuned. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: OOfos

Disclaimer: I received an OOfos to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews.

I returned home from the Bellin Women's Half Marathon to find the Women's Ooriginal Sport Sandal - Cloud White waiting for me in my mail.

These sandals are not like any other sandal.  They are unbelievably comfortable and the footbed provides serious impact absorption and great arch support.  

When my new sandals first arrived, I wore them around the house to get used to them.  I could not believe how sturdy they felt.  I started wearing them at work, when I did not have to be in my high heels.  Then out and about and some friends at my local Pure Barre class also tried them and commented about how sturdy they were.  They too were surprised on the level of support these sandals offered.  

I wore the sandals during my behind the scenes tour of the Detroit International Half Marathon, in the rain, which probably wasn't the best idea, since I did develop a little blister on the top of my right foot.  

I wore the sandals nearly all day, yesterday, after the Madison Half Marathon and again, today, and they have offered nice support and shock absorption, while letting my toes be free, during recovery.  

I seriously need to purchase toe socks, so that I may continue wearing these amazing sandals in the winter.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Detroit International Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

Detroit International Half Marathon:  Wake up early, run to Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and then back to the United States through the tunnel all in 13.1 miles.  

On Sunday, October 21st, I had the opportunity to run the Detroit International Half Marathon.  I had such a wonderful time, last year, that I knew that I had to run this race again this year.  So when registration was available, I registered immediately.  Little did I know, then, that I would become a BibRave Pro and have a discount code to offer others to save on the registration.  Regardless, the registration was worth every penny.

Because of my parking concerns, I spent the Saturday night before the race at the Motor City Casino.  The hotel is nice and approximate 1.5 miles away from the start.  The hotel has plenty of food options and easy self-parking.  A shuttle is offered to the start line and back to the hotel, after the race.   

As a BibRave Pro, I was given a behind the scenes tour with Barbara Bennage, Executive Race Director.  It was a crazy busy time for Barbara, but she was able to share information about the thousands of dollars that are spent on port-a-potties, security and to vendors to put the race on.  Also, the thousand of hours of work that is put into covering parking meters, setting up banners, packing finisher bags with snacks and planning the race.

The race was everything I expected it to be.

At approximately mile marker two, runners approach the Ambassador Bridge to cross into Canada.  After five miles, runners enter the tunnel to return to the United States.  After a run through Mexican Town and Corktown, runners cross the beautiful finish at Fort Street and Cass Avenue.

After completion, runners are given their medal a bottle of water and, my favorite, chocolate milk.  After moving further away from the finish, participants receive a bag full of fuel (including a banana, cookies and a cup of fruit).

Getting back to my hotel was a little more difficult, this year, as I was unable to locate the shuttle, which was supposed to pick up every fifteen minutes.  I ended up walking a little over a mile back to the Motor City Casino.  Took a quick shower, checked out and was on my way home, while relaxing my Oofos.

My next half marathon will be the Madison Half on November 11, 2018.  If you are interested in joining, use MMRAVE18 to save on registration.  I am looking forward to cool air and sunny skies in beautiful Wisconsin. 

Confessions of a Lazy Runner

In 2018, I ran 598.7 miles.  This is significantly less than anticipated.  I should have know that my annual mileage would be low, especia...