Thursday, November 16, 2017

Marathon Training with Health Warrior

I received 2 boxes of Health Warrior bars and a fabulous coloring book as part of being a BibRave Pro (ambassador). Check out to read and write race reviews.

Training is chugging along nicely, I've been working hard to keep as many runs below 14 minutes per mile as possible. This is the pace I need to Beat the Bridge when I run Marine Corps next Fall.
Part of training is making sure you're fueling right. I've been trying to work healthy snacks into my day, and Health Warrior has really helped with that. I wasn't sure how I would like the Chia Seeds. I am definitely someone who has texture issues with food, but I love these bars!

I've been taking them to Girls on the Run practices and when I volunteer at the library! 100 calories of Superfood is just what I need on those late afternoons!

And then there is the coloring book. I have been having so much fun with it. I don't want to ruin the surprise, so I am only including one picture. It is a marathon training ABCs book that every runner should have. You can get yours here.... with a purchase of Health Warrior bars.

I have tried the Apple Cinnamon and the Dark Chocolate. Those who know me best will know my fave.....
Apple Cinnamon! You thought I would pick the chocolate, but the Apple Cinnamon is just so tasty!

A few bonuses....
Gluten Free
Soy Free
Dairy Free
Super super tasty

And did I mention the free coloring book?

Okay, let's get to last week's workouts.

Wednesday I did a Booty Workout from a group I'm in and basically walked around with a sore butt for days. Then I sent my Garmin in to be replaced and basically cried. Tell me I'm not the only one who is in love with her watch? The new one should be here this weekend, and I have a loaner, but I really miss my watch!

Thursday was supposed to be a training run but I woke up with a sore throat and bailed. I had a race coming up and I couldn't be sick!

Friday was some walking to get my steps in, mostly around the Charlotte Marathon expo...

Saturday was the half marathon. I was pacing a runner for the first half of her marathon and she did such a great job!I'm so proud! My pace was under 14 minutes, even with some extra walking at the end. It was super cold and my asthma was kicking in.

Then we cheered on the marathoners...

Before getting together for lunch.

I love my running family.

Sunday was a rest day. Those hills killed me. It was also Friendsgiving and my parents arrived for a visit.

Monday was for visiting.

Tuesday I ran 4 miles bright and early and killed those hills.

Then spent the day with my mom. Wednesday was more visiting although I did get my steps in.

Kind of a lazy week, but I plan to work really hard this week to make up for it!

How do you squeeze in workouts and good food choices when you have overnight guests?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Flat Mama Friday Charlotte Marathon

For those that may not know, I'm a running coach for an awesome store in the Charlotte area called Run For Your Life. Our goal race is tomorrow and there will be 70ish people from our group running either the half or the full. I will be running the half and then heading over to mile 21 to cheer for our runners.

Today I met one of my clients at the expo and we had way too much fun!

I also did a little shopping...

Made a sign....

And got some free swag...

It's going to be literally freezing here in the South tomorrow so I'm bundling up!

What race are you running this weekend? What will the weather be like?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday Training Update with Buff Thermonet

I received a Buff Thermonet hat and multi functional headwear as part of being a BibRave Pro. Check out to read and write race reviews!

When I received these awesome pieces, we were having a bit of a cold spell, but then it went right back to being the South, and I was worried I wouldn't have time to wear them before the review was due! I don't know why I worried, because it has been cold enough the last couple of weeks to give them a good try!

These pieces are both so comfy! I have worn the multi functional headwear as a hat and as a scarf. They work so well, and you are so comfy in them, that you barely notice that they are on! They are moisture wicking, so you don't get all sweaty around your neck and head which is so important when you travel for your long runs. You don't want to end up with a sweaty head when it's cold out!

These are 4 times warmer than micro fiber, but they are so thin, you almost won't believe how well they work!

I love the colors I chose, but there are so many others to choose from. I'm seriously considering the camo multifunctional headwear! The hat's come in 3 colors, and the black one will go with anything!

These are definitely a must have for anyone running in cold weather. These will be getting so much use this winter! We may have warm afternoons here in the South, but our early mornings can be frigid!

Want to try this out yourself? Head over to their website, and if you buy something from the Thermonet collection, you can use the code BIBRAVETHERMONET20 for 20%off your entire cart!

What piece will you be buying?

Now onto the workouts!

Thursday I ran 6 miles with the group. I bought little flag stickers for the days when I keep the pace under 14 minutes, and I got one that day!

Friday I took a walk with the hubs and that was about it. Total lazy day!

Saturday was a 10 mile run with my pace group. No sticker because we ran their pace, not mine. 10 miles is 10 miles though.

That fun mail came after my run!

Sunday was a rest day, and a 60 minute walk. So was Monday. Seriously. I'm being so lazy.

Tuesday I slept in and ran in my neighborhood. 3 miles and a flag sticker.

Wednesday I did a booty workout from a challenge I'm doing, and walked a bit. I volunteer at a book store on Wednesdays so it's a pretty light day.

I've joined a few Holiday challenges so I'm hoping to increase my activity in the coming weeks.

What's your favorite cold weather activity?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Favorite Rock n Roll Race Moments

I received free entry into Rock n Roll LA as part of being a BibRave Pro (ambassador). Check out to read and write race reviews!

My first Rock n Roll race was in Philadelphia in 2012. It was supposed to be my first half marathon ever, but a friend convinced me to run one that May instead, and then I added more, and it became my 3rd instead. It was a great race through one of my favorite cities, but what it the best was my cheering squad. The race ran right past our hotel!

My 2nd race with Rock n Roll was in DC in 2013. It was an amazing course, my kids came again, although they missed me running by, and we had a great visit to our nation's capital! I also wore a tutu, which makes everything better.

My next race was also in 2013, in Providence. This was the last year they held it there, which is too bad, because I LOVED it. The scenery was amazing, the course was fabulous, and it was the first time I met Jen from Final Forty, now known as Lesser Known Runners.

Back to Philly again in 2014, probably my favorite location to this day. I love running this race with friends!

Back to DC in 2015, this time with friends. The weather was horrible, but when you are with great friends, you don't really care!

Because I couldn't run NYC in 2015, I ran Philadelphia again, this time as a fundraiser for MDA. It was held on Halloween that year, pushed back because of a Pope visit I believe. We ran the 5k and the Half that year. After all, who doesn't want all that extra bling?

2016 brought us to a new state to live and opened me up to all new states to run in! First was Raleigh, where I met up with my friend Brandi and ran the 5k and half marathon! It was legit freezing that morning and I ran the first mile wrapped in a blanket!

Then it was on to Nashville, where the weather was hot and humid and I wanted to die! What a crazy switch! Amazing scenery, great crowds, and I loved every sweaty minute!

My 3rd RnR of 2016 was in Virginia Beach and Hurricane Hermione played a small part in the weekend. They had to cancel the mile on the beach, which I ran on the hotel treadmill instead. The half went on as planned, and it was such a fun day. The crowds were insane, and running through the barracks was the highlight for me, along with finishing at the beach!

This year I was able to make it to Nashville again, but my plans to run LA were canceled due to some family issues. One of these days I will make it to the West Coast, but for now, I'll leave you with my fave pic from Nashville 2017. 

What has been your favorite Rock n Roll location?