Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hot Chocolate Atlanta 15K... 2018

I was given entry into the Hot Chocolate Atlanta 15k as a Bib Rave Pro. Check out Bibrave.com to write and read about races.

I love the HOT Chocolate Series, so when I got the chance to run as a Bib Rave Pro, I was more than ready! I immediately signed up for the Atlanta race because I can drive there, since moving to South Carolina. Running the HC Series in a new city is going to be quite an adventure.



I have run this race twice in Philadelphia. It's my birthday weekend, so running and eating junk food was obviously the right choice.



The race is always full of fun costumes as well. You know how much I love to dress up for races!





I also love running with friends, and I hope to meet some of my fellow Pros at this event!



Check out that discount code!
Let's not forget the bling....



Last year, they had some bling stolen, but they made sure we all got it in the mail, along with some extra swag. Very awesome!
The race is so well run, and the treats are amazing. It really can't be beat!
About 12 weeks before the race, I will be sent a training plan, which I'm sure I will have no problem following! I'll be training for Chicago and then the Goofy Challenge, so I'll be ready!

Will I see you there on January 21, 2018?
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Luvo Frozen Meals, My New Goto Lunch

I received coupons for free Luvo Meals as a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com where you can find and write race reviews!



I am not a great cook. Not at all. I tend to find something the family likes and make it over and over again. When it comes to lunch, I am definitely a frozen dinner kind of girl. Quick, easy, and, if you're lucky, healthy. I've been getting really bored of the same ole foods, so when I got the opportunity to check out Luvo, I was definitely willing and able!

I knew from their website that there were a ton of varieties out there, and was hoping to be able to find them at my local grocery store. My first attempt was at Wal-Mart Family Grocery. Yes this is a thing, if you live in the south. We didn't have these in NJ, and I love stopping at the one across the border into NC when I'm over there.
Wal-Mart had a few varieties. so I grabbed a couple of each and hit Publix next. Publix had way more! You'll find these in the Organic section, I'll just save you some searching with that little tidbit right now.



I still haven't tried them all,  but let me clue you in on my top 3. Starting, of course, with Red Wine Braised Beef and Polenta. ahhhhhh polenta. I really really love it. I am not a huge red meat eater, so it surprised me when this became a quick favorite. The beef is so tender. It comes with brussel sprouts, butternut squash, and cranberries. And polenta. Don't ever forget the polenta. Sooooo good. I ate this 3 days in a row. I'm so mad that it's all gone, I need to get more.



Next up is Chicken Chile Verde. With polenta. Sensing a trend? It also comes with black beans and just enough kick to make your taste buds sing.



I'm also a huge fan of the enchiladas. The chicken is shredded and there are black beans and brown rice on the side.

You might have noticed the brown bag in one of the photos. Your meal comes in one and you just pop it in the microwave, and heat it up. Once it's done, cut open the bag and the food slides right onto your plate. It's so easy and the food always looks amazing and tastes even better.

They also have Luvo Bowls, perfect lunch portions, which I'm going to try as soon as I find them. Especially the Thai Green Curry Chicken. Get in my belly!

These meals are all filled with veggies, whole grains, and protein, perfect for anyone trying to eat right!

Check them out the next time you're in the freezer section and let me know which one is your favorite!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

What's in Your Running Bag?

Do you have a running bag? You know, one of those tote bags or gym bags that's chock full of everything you use on a regular basis?
I used to have a drawstring bag that I would throw a change of clothes in, plus whatever else I might need at a race. I didn't use it for much else because I ran in my neighborhood. I eventually upgraded to a gym bag, which became more important when I started going to group runs, and eventually coaching at those group runs.
I was printing out tomorrow's turn by turn directions and putting them into my bag when I realized what a hot mess it was.



I decided that it was a perfect time to clean it out and also show you what I keep in there. Are you ready?



Hats and visors. There were 2 more in there but I didn't want to scare you. Seriously, y'all, I love my hats. They are all from Skirt Sports to be honest. If you stop by the website any time soon, use code 1SSCAPT20 for 20% off.



A headlamp. I never thought I would be running with one of these, but we meet on weekdays at 5:30. In the morning. It's pitch black out, and pretty much still dark when I get back home. This one is rechargeable, and I only have to charge it every other week.



My beloved Aftershokz headphones. I am glad I decided to clean this bag out because they needed to be charged before I put them back. I don't usually use them on long runs, but you just never know. Plus, I always use them on weekdays because my group doesn't come to those runs so I often run on the track alone. Booooring.



My France2 sunglasses, which I only use on Saturday runs for obvious reasons. Tomorrow it's going to rain, so I won't be needing them, but they always stay in the bag, so I don't have to search for them.



These are for plantar fasciitis. I bought them for NYC but I haven't used them since. But.... you just never know....



Sometimes a girl needs to clean up after a run. If I'm going somewhere afterwards or I just feel gross, I can hop into the bathroom at Starbucks and get cleaned up. We meet up there after every long run and just take over the place. I just know they love us. Who doesn't want 20 or 30 stinky runners drinking coffee and hanging around on a Saturday morning?



Run Gum. They were having a sale so I got some to try out. Now I just need to remember to actually, you know, try them out.



NuGo bars are always in the outside pocket. Someone gave me the gels but I don't use them, so I plan to pass them on one of these days!



Showerpills! Oh my heck, I love these. I keep a ton in my bag, in case I need to share, they are perfect for post race clean up. One wipe takes care of your whole body. For real. Perfection.



Back up ear buds. In case I forget to charge my Aftershokz, which I know will happen someday because I'm a hot mess.



KT tape, moleskin, etc. because runners get hurt. It's always best to be prepared.



My Nathan belt. I got this when I started training for NYC and wear it for every run. I always keep the water bottles full, and a Nugo bar and a chapstick in the pocket. My phone fits in there, too.

What's in your running bag?


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Training Update with Beachbody Performance

I received Beachbody Performance System products as A BibRave Pro. Check out BibRave.com where you can check out races, and leave reviews.

I am so blessed to be a BibRave Pro, y'all. On top of meeting so many amazing new people, I get the chance to try out products that I wouldn't have tried on my own.
Last week I started using the Beachbody Performance System. I was hesitant at first, because the Recharge drink comes in chocolate flavor, and I don't do chocolate flavor. I'm a chocolate snob, I'm not gonna lie. I told the folks at Beachbody this, and they hooked me up!



The boy got a little too excited about that cup, especially the insert for mixing. I had to call dibs. On my own cup. Ahhhh the life of a mom.

I start the day with Energize, which is lemon flavored. Fair warning, this is a caffeinated beverage, so if you and caffeine don't get along this won't be for you. I don't drink caffeinated beverages, ever really, so I watered it down a little. I did taste it before I watered it down and it had a really nice flavor!



After I have my Energize, I mix my Hydrate drink. Unless I'm getting up at 4:30 in the morning, at which point I make both drinks the night before. Hydrate comes in Citrus, and it's a really subtle flavor that I like a lot. It's not too sugary sweet and it doesn't sit in your stomach like some sports drinks tend to do. I usually make a double batch since my runs tend to go longer than an hour.



When I get back from my run, I make my Recover drink. This is the drink that comes in chocolate but they were kind enough to send me Orange. Y'all this tastes like a Creamsicle. Oh my heck. It's a little thick, but not like a shake, and super creamy. This is great for muscle recovery and helps reduce delayed onset muscle soreness. Perfect when you run on hills. Constantly.



Right before bed I mix up some Recharge, which is vanilla flavored. It's also a little thicker than the Energize and the Hydrate. It's designed to help your body overnight to fight against muscle soreness and to double up on fighting delayed onset muscle soreness. I drink it while I read before bed.



You can check out all of their products here. There are bundles to help you save by purchasing them all together, sample packs, and individual tubs of each product as well.

Now that we've learned all about my recent drinking habits, let's move on to the workouts!

Thursday I ran 4 miles with my running group and then had some friends over that night for some yoga.





Friday was a rest day, and I rested like it was my job.

Saturday was a preview run with the group, we were checking out the course of a future half marathon. My group ran 8 miles. We ran past this cool tree twice, so I had to snap a pic.



Sunday I rested again, that was a hilly 8 miles and my legs were tired!

Monday, too. Did I mention the hills?

Tuesday was cold and rainy. Yuck. I ran 3.14 for Pi Day though, because it was necessary.



Wednesday was Girls on the Run. We ran inside, which I'm not a fan of, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Nothing too exciting this past week, I'm afraid. I will be adding an extra day this week, to start prepping for Ragnar in June!

Have you ever tried Beachbody Performance? Do you have a favorite?
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

France2 Sunglasses by XX2i Optics

***I received a pair of France2 sunglasses from XX2i as a BibRave Pro. Check out BibRave.com to review or learn about your next race!***

Do you run with sunglasses on? I used to, almost every run, with a headband to keep my hair out of my face. Inevitably, they would get scratched up (I'm a hot mess with sunglasses, and they always seem to scratch right in the middle of the lens), or they would constantly slide off, or the arms would hurt my ears. There was no such thing as the perfect pair.



When I received the France 2 sunglasses, I was cautiously optimistic. My friends were raving about them, but I had some concerns. The old standbys of course, but I was also worried that they wouldn't work well with my earphones, which loop around my ear. I thought for sure they would clash with each other, and a girl needs music when she's running 10+ miles on a Saturday morning!



Of course, I receive the glasses and it's cloudy out. For days. I finally got outside and did some hill work on a nice warm day. I could dispel most of my concerns in one run.

*France 2 sunglasses are pretty hard to scratch. If you manage it (and I haven't yet so I have hope for all) they have a lifetime warranty!
*They just don't slip. They stayed right where I put them. One morning I ran 4 miles with them on the top of my head and 4 miles wearing them on my face and they stayed put the whole time.
*They didn't interfere with my headphones at all. They also didn't leave a huge dent in my head, which is always a plus.
*They don't fog up!
*They come with a hard case, a soft carrying bag that doubles as a cleaning cloth, adjustable temple tips and nose pads, and you can also get interchangeable lenses.



They come in some fun, bright colors, as well as black or white. Check out the website for their other products as well. They have so many varieties of sunglasses, as well as kits with spare lenses, and glasses for other sports as well.



I'm slightly addicted now, my poor trucker hats and visors are going to gather up some dust, since I'll be sporting these shades on a lot of my morning runs! It gets pretty sunny here in the South, and now that I have glasses that won't slip off when my nose gets sweaty, I'm excited to wear them.

Do you have a favorite pair of sunglasses? I highly suggest hopping over to XX2i, and getting 30% off your first order! The discount pops up when you go their website!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday Training Update, #RnRNashville Edition

I received an entry into Rock n Roll Nashville as a BibRave Pro, check out BibRave.com to review and check out races!



I've been trying to add in more yoga this week, and tonight is my first time hosting yoga at my house. We are going to use Yoga with Adriene on You Tube, and I'm super excited to be sharing her videos with my friends and neighbors. What a fun way to have a yoga class for free!

Ok, so let's look at last week's workouts!

Thursday: our running group did a Celebration Run. It's an easy run that precedes race day. Many of us were running Corporate Cup or Myrtle Beach. We ran 2.6 mostly flat miles. It was glorious.



Friday was a rest day. I knew that the Race was going to be super hilly and I was resting my legs.

Saturday was race day! I wrote my review already, so you might already know that I beat last year's best half marathon time. I was really surprised because this was a hilly race, and last year, my best time was at a flat race.



Sunday was a rest day. All day. My legs were so tired and my calves were weak from those hills.

Monday I walked at Girls on the Run. Nothing too crazy, I still had tired legs.

Tuesday was our group track workout. Since many of the runners were still recuperating from a race weekend, we kept it low key. I ended up completing 3.66 very easy miles, we ran 1.5, walked a mile or so, and ran the last mile.



Wednesday was International Women's Day! I did a kickboxing workout and some recovery yoga. At Girls on the Run, I did the warm-up and cool down with the girls, but no walking.



I'm starting to get excited about Nashville. We are thinking of staying an extra day so that we can see more of the city before we have to leave! Last year we left right after the Race!
Want to join me? Use the discount code BIBRAVE15 for $15 off at RunRocknRoll.com

What was your favorite workout this week?

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