Saturday, September 22, 2018

Happy Fall Y'all (Yeah Right, this is SC)

“Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance  products 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!”


Today is the first day of Fall. Any minute now, the leaves are sure to change to orange, red and gold, the days will get cooler and the air crisp instead of humid. 😃😃😃 

YEAH RIGHT!! I live in SC, it's going to be Summer until approximately mid-December. Don't believe me, today the temperature is forecasted to be 90. Happy Fall Y'all indeed! We're not getting a break from the heat and humidity for a while yet. 

So, since the Summer heat is planning on sticking around, I'm going to embrace it and just keeping all things Summer going strong. Cause if you can't beat 'em, join 'em I say. 

  • Tank tops and flip flops through December. Why not? 
  • Ice Cream and Sno Cones? The more the better. 
  • Crazy giant bugs? Ugh, do we have to? 
  • Yummy Summer flavors like Watermelon and Mango? Now that's more like it, bring on the Gatorade Endurance!!


Since the heat and the humidity plan on sticking around for a few more months, I'm going to keep up with my Summer hydrating strategy of dosing myself heavily with Gatorade Endurance, especially during my long runs  well into the Fall and probably Winter too. Before this summer I'd traditionally been a Water-Only Runner, at least for during runs sticking with electrolyte drinks for pre-run and recovery, but after having the chance to test out Gatorade Endurance back in June - check out my blog post about that here - http://runnerdgirl.blogspot.com/2018/06/gatorade-endurance-releases-2-new.html - I've really noticed a difference taking in the extra sodium and electrolytes during a run. 


So yeah, I've been doing more runs with either just Gatorade Endurance or with a bottle of both water and Gatorade Endurance, and my crazy hot mid-afternoon runs have been much more bearable and I feel like I recover much more quickly. So much so that I invested in a fancy new dual belt so I could carry a bottle of each on my upcoming long runs for first Half Marathon and then my first Marathon training. 



Speaking of my next Half Marathon, Rock n Roll Savannah, guess what the on-course refreshment will be? That's right, Gatorade Endurance. And you know what they say, nothing new on race day, so yay for training under the same conditions as race day. In fact, according to a recent article in Men's Journal, Gatorade Endurance is the on-course choice for over +300 races around the country including the New York, Boston and Chicago Marathons, plus, all Rock n Roll races. I've found that most races have the Lemon Lime, but I really hope they consider changing over to the Watermelon because I am really digging it. But either way, all flavors are engineered the same and offer the same benefits of the electrolytes, carbs and calories you need to perform your best. 

Want to check out it out for yourself? You can purchase Gatorade Endurance products from most retailers, but to guarentee the fun Summer flavors, you can order online (they even have a pack with the Mango Gels and Watermelon Thirst Quencher already bundled here - https://www.gatorade.com/products/endurance/endurance-new-flavor-pack  Plus, orders over $50 ship for free. 

And please, if you have any say whatsoever in the weather, or know of any good "cool weather summoning" dances, could you hook a girl up? Just because I am used to running in the heat, doesn't mean that I'm not ready for ACTUAL Fall and not just hypothetical Fall. 

Oh, and also... Want to join me in Savannah? Register here: http://www.runrocknroll.com/savannah/register/ and use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Marathon or Half Marathon.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

#BeBrilliant, #BeSafe, #BeCute

Disclaimer: I received a Brilliant Reflective Strips Family Pack 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! 


This past Winter, I first tried out Brilliant Reflective Strips back when I was running most of my runs in the dark and just loved how they made me much more visible and much safer on my runs. I applied them to several of my outfits and even a pair of my shoes - you can read about it here - http://runnerdgirl.blogspot.com/2018/02/be-safe-be-seen.html



Super Easy, Barely an Inconvenience to Apply
Brilliant Reflective Strips are super easy to add to your clothing. For step by step instructions, go ahead and click the link above to my previous post about Brilliant Reflective, but basically, all you need is an iron, a paper towel, the strips, your item and like 5 minutes (and most of that time is waiting for the iron to warm up). Place your strips where you want them, cover with a paper towel, iron for a minute or so, please off the plastic and BOOM, reflective clothing achieved! 

Brilliant Reflective even has some really cool application suggestions and how-to-videos on their website here - Placement Guide - Videos


But, Brilliant Reflective Strips are for way more than just clothing! All kinds of things can benefit from some added reflection like book bags, hats, strollers, helmets, bikes, leashes... anything you wear, hold or ride outdoors!. 

And to make things even more fun, Brilliant Reflective recently released Family Packs, their same awesome, durable reflective product, but in super cute fun shapes that kids (and tbh, everyone) will love. So adorable! 

Family Pack Shapes
Taken with the Flash on so you can see them GLOW!

How cute!

My daughter was super excited about the shapes, especially the animal ones. She immediately claimed the animal shapes for herself. She put the butterfly immediately on her bike helmet and is still deciding where she wants the elephant. My guess is that either the elephant, or maybe the flower will be making their way onto her book bag soon. And they are super simply to apply, just place like a sticker, no ironing needed, so they can go onto all kinds of surfaces.



As for me, I am loving the shapes too. Even though it is still technically Summer (well, until the weekend anyway) the sun is waking up a bit later and going to bed a bit earlier these days and my runs are starting to get a bit longer as my Fall Half Marathons are approaching. So I snagged the adorable heart to add to the back of my running belt to give me just a bit more sparkle in the early dawn hours. 

Ready to SPARKLE and SHINE

Interested in blinging up your and your child's gear with some Brilliant Reflective Strips? Well, lucky you because I have a discount code for you that will give you 30% off of your entire online order! Check out their shop here - https://brilliantreflective.com/shop/ and use discount code *"BRP30"* which takes *30% off* when you check out! 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Going with the Flo

So, a hurricane hit South Carolina this weekend, maybe you've heard. 

Radar Map of Friday Night 9/14
As I sit here typing out this blog, I can hear the pitter patter of rain drumming on the outside of my windows. Occasionally, a large wind gust will rattle the siding. I live n SC just south of the NC border under Charlotte. All in all, it's pretty much just like any other summer storm we have. Well, except so far at least, no thunder and lightening, so all things considered, it's actually a bit better than your typical summer storm. The actual storm part, not just the wind and the constant rain, is supposed to be hitting our area in a few hours still. 

We've been very lucky in our area in that conditions have been way more mild than news and weather stations reported that they could be. Hurricane Florence, now Tropical Depression Florence, came in a much more mild storm the original projects and has continued to rapidly deteriorate as it limped across SC.  And I've been doing my best to keep from getting all cabin fevery. 

First off, I figured on Friday that there would be no way that I would be able to get my long run in on Saturday morning. So, after work, off I headed to put in 8 miles. The wind was a bit whippy and got hit by a few sporadic, what I would call "heavy sprinkles" but the storm had actually sucked out a bit of the humidity in the area and the cloud cover left it nice and cool. Overall, it was one of my better recent runs and I was able to manage a decent pace throughout. Very happy with that.

Friday Run - Wind Hair, Don't Care

On Saturday, the rain started. It raining and rained and rained a bit more. Never terribly heavy, but consistent. Every once and a while, I could tell that one of the heavier rain belts would roll in and the rain would pick up for a bit, but just as fast, it would go back to the slow and steady sprinkling. After being cooped up all day doing chores around the house and watching some TV with the family, I decided to make a break for it and do some running in the neighborhood. Didn't want to stray too far in case it started back up again, and if I run every street in my neighborhood 2x, it is just over 3 miles. The roads were fairly wet, so my shoes and socks go pretty squishy, pretty quickly, but it wasn't a terrible run by any stretch. I run in far worse conditions, so again, happy that I was able to get out there. 

Saturday's "Get Out of the House" Run

Current Situation -  Steady Rain and Blah
So that brings me today. Yeah, today is going to be a rest day. I would probably be safe running around the neighborhood again, but ugh, it's just yuck out there. With no treadmill options for me, if I run, it's outside, so I guess for today I won't run. Everything should clear out by tomorrow, so I'll just wait until then. This has me slightly under my goal miles for the week, but I am ahead of the game for the year, so I'm okay with that.

For those of you who are still in the path of the storm, stay safe. For those of you who the storm has passed already, I hope you came out safely and don't have too much of a clean up ahead of you. All in all, I am thankful the storm was so mild. I know there were some lives lost and I am so sorry for that, but again so thankful that it was not worse. 

Stay safe out there everyone!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Summer Training Makes Fall Races

After having no specific goals for several months, I am back in the swing for things for training for a litany of races that will keep me on point until my (gasp) first Marathon on March 17th. 

After Sat. long run. I am wasted! - So hot, So humid!!
And let me tell you kids, I may be in Fall training, but it is still hot as Hades out there. I've been trying hard to keep a positive outlook about the heat, especially since longer and longer runs will creep into my schedule. My mantra these days is: Summer Training Makes Fall Races. If I can maintain my speed and endurance in 90+ degrees, I am going to KILL my Fall and Winter races for sure. 


Getting one of each of these shirts
First Fall race is the Rock n Roll Savannah weekend, Nov. 3-4. I am officially on Week 4 of my training plan for the Half Marathon, but I am also running the 5K and the 1 Mile races cause, well, if I do I get a pie. No serious, they do a Sweet Georgia Pie Challenge where if you run the 5K and 1 Mile races on Sunday, you get a Peach Pie. I'm 100% in. I'm pretty psyched that my training plan is pretty much aligned with the Fleet Feet Sports Fort Mill, so I get to long run with my peeps, so yay! Their goal race is the weekend after mine, and I am still deciding if I am going to crash that race too. If I do, I'll probably run the 10K or even the 5K cause I have done two back to back Halfs before and am in no hurry to do that again. Especially since my second Fall season Half will be just a month later on Dec. 9th - the Huntersville Half. 

After those 2 Half Marathons, up next will be the Hot Chocolate 15K Charlotte on January 19th. Last year was Charlotte's first year hosting a Hot Chocolate race and it was pretty darn great. I actually ran 2 back to back (Atlanta and then Charlotte) and pushed way too hard after not recovering from the Atlanta race so and in bonked the last 2 miles, this year I have high hopes of setting a new 15K PR. It will be mainly up to the weather, so fingers crossed that it cooperates. Either way, PR or no, there is chocolate and lots of it at the finish line and the swag for Hot Chocolate races are always amazing. 

After that, it is pretty much Marathon on my mind until March 17th when I run my first at the Tobacco Road Marathon in Cary, NC. January and February will have me doing the longest runs I've ever done and I am 100% already sweating it. Here's to hoping I can find another crazy to long run with me in the dead of the winter. At least I won't have to get up at the crack of dawn to avoid the Summer Heat like I am for long runs now, so there's that. But either way, the long runs will get done. At least, that is the plan.

So, an ambitious schedule for sure, but I'm pretty excited about it. And if you are interested in joining me on any of these races/adventures, I'd love to have the company. And I even have discount codes to tempt you.

Want to join me in Savannah? Register here: http://www.runrocknroll.com/savannah/register/ and use code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 on the Marathon or Half Marathon.

Want to join me for Hot Chocolate Charlotte? Register for the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k or 5K Charlotte with coupon code: BRHCCharlotte and get a free HC Arm Band. http://bit.ly/2J81tPw

How about joining me for Tobacco Road? I have a sweet discount for either the Full or the Half Marathons - $20 off with code trmrave19 when you register at www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com. I could use all the support I can get!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mornings Made Simpler with Detach

Disclaimer: I received Detach Premium Hydration 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! 

I am unique in that I am a pretty lazy active person. Or maybe not, maybe others are just better at hiding it than me, but yeah, despite the running and cross training I manage to pull off each week, it's usually despite a massive inclination to lay around doing an amazing sloth impression. 

Most my workouts are pre-Sunrise
The recommendation is to eat a pre-workout meal 2-3 hours before a workout. 2-3 hours!! Yeah right. You know what I am doing 2-3 hours before most of my workouts? Sleeping.. For example, here's a typical morning for me: 

This morning I went to Burn Boot Camp for the 5:30 am camp. Do you know when I set my alarm to go off? 4:40 am - a mere 50 min before my workout was to start. Not terrible you say, well, now take in account the fact that I hit my snooze alarm twice. Now we are at 4:58 - 32 min pre-workout. So now I have to check my email real quick (my office has Hong Kong and China locations and I like to take a glance at what I can expect to be asked of me from my Asian counterparts when I arrive into work.) So, by the time I do all that (plus check out any Facebook, Twitter or Instagram messages), yeah, I'm actually standing up for the first time at 5:10 am, 20 min pre-workout. And I have to leave the house by 5:20 to get there in time. So yeah, I've given myself 10 whole minutes to get dressed, brush my teeth, grab something to drink/eat and exit the house. 

Should I do better? Heck yeah. 
Will I do better? Doubtful - I know who I am.

Anyway, where I am going with this is I need for my hydration and nutrition options pre-workout something quick that I can grab and go and will kick in pretty much immediately.

This is where Detach Premium Hydration has become a bit of a lifesaver for me. I can grab a bottle of this straight from the fridge, drink it on the way out the door and feel pretty much immediately energized. Detach is made with all plant based nutrition, including superfood ingredients, organic coconut nectar and organic wildflower honey and no artificial sweeteners. It also contains purified sea salt which gives me that bit of extra sodium I need for a hard workout. Plus, it tastes really good too!

If I am feeling super ambitions (the night before of course) I will make up a Smoothie to grab in the morning using Detach as the base. My two favorite Detach Smoothie recipies are as follows:


Detach Pina Colada
1 Bottle of Detach
1 cup of frozen pineapples
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Berry Berry Coconut Smoothie
1 Bottle of Detach
1 cup of frozen mixed berries
1 banana 1
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Both super easy peesy. Both yummy and get me energized quickly. Both I can grab and drink as I am running out the door. 

Want to try out some Detach Premium Hydration for yourself? Right now, they are offering a super amazing deal where you can get a free case of 12. Like seriously, FREE! All you do is pay the shipping cost. Here's the direct link to place the 12-pack straight into your online cart for checkout:
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What about you? Are you a morning person? What do you do to make your mornings go smoothly? Or, do you have any yummy smoothie recipes to share? Let me know in the comments below!


Monday, August 13, 2018

Taking the Marathon Plunge

I am going to run a marathon. 

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG 

Now that that is out of the way... 

It's been a week since I pulled the trigger and made the official decision to sign up for my very first marathon. And I'm only freaking out a little as you can tell from above. 


I survived the first Half, how hard could the other Half be? 
So here are the details. I will be running the Tobacco Road Marathon on March 17, 2019 in Cary, NC. I ran the Half this year (my current Half PR) and it was a great race, nice and flat with great support, so I decided to up the ante this year. Here's hoping that Tobacco Road is good to me 2 years in a row. 

Training will not officially start for my first marathon (gasp) until November, but in the meantime, I plan to keep myself pretty busy in obsessing over every little thing such as training plans, what should my time goal be, whether I should get a coach, how I should change my nutrition, what to wear, how to train, what changes do I need to make when training for this huge distance, should I keep racing while training, how will I do my longest runs in the middle of winter, how do I keep from getting injured, and last but not least (and actually probably not last) what will I eat immediately after?

And of course, I will also but for now, the hardest part, registering, is done. Yup, I'm registered. Whew. 

Signing up is just step one, but it's a BIG one!

Want to join me for moral support? I have a sweet discount for either the Full or the Half Marathons - $20 off with code trmrave19 when you register at www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com. I could use all the support I can get! 

Until then... just breathe, just breathe, just breathe...

And feel free to pass on any marathon tips or tricks in the comments. 


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What's Your Karma (Ring)?

Disclaimer: I received a pair of the Karma Duo Silicone Ring set 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!


Over the past year I so, I have noticed a huge increase in the number of people who wear silicone rings during athletic endeavors. Personally, I've never worn rings while running, mainly because 1) metal rings are uncomfortable while running and 2) TBH my engagement ring and wedding ring are actually a bit too large for me and I'm afraid they'd slide off once I got sweaty. 

I was given the opportunity to try out a Karma Duo Silicone Ring recently and I was excited to see how I liked them for myself. I picked out the Karma Duo in Pearl White which came with a white base and 3 pretty pastel colored cores - Blush Pink, Champagne Mauve, and Lavender. They are hypo-allergenic, non-porous and non-conductive. Plus they are super strong and super cute!


When I first received them, I had lots of fun trying out the different color combinations and trying to figure out my favorite. Ultimately, I could not decide so I took to social media, asking both Twitter and Instagram to vote on their favorites. When all the votes were tallied, Twitter preferred option 3, the Lavender, while Instagram gave the win to option 2, the Champagne Mauve. 

And while most people wear silicone rings as such, Karma Rings are way more than just alternative wedding rings. How to wear your Karma Ring Duo is totally up to you personally what it means to you. In fact, Karma encourages their rings to be used for more goal setting than and personal symbolism. I thought it was pretty neat what Karma had to say on their website about the different symbolism for different ways of wearing your ring. Here's what they had to say:

Left and Right Hand Symbolism
  • Left Hand - The right hemisphere of the brain is associated with creativity and controls the left hand. Therefore, rings worn on the left hand symbolize a focus on mindset, creativity, and personal philosophy.
  • Right Hand - The left hemisphere of the brain is associated with logic and controls the right hand. Therefore, rings worn on the right hand typically symbolize logical awareness and a desire to control one’s behavior and rationale.
 Individual Finger Symbolism
  • Thumb (Will Power) – The thumb is independent, while working in tandem with our other fingers to accomplish various tasks. The thumb represents logic and will power, a symbol of controlling ones thoughts and actions. 
  • Index Finger (Authority and Ambition) – Also known as the “Power Finger”, the index finger represents Authority, Power, Leadership, and Ambition. Historically, Kings, Priests, and healers wore rings on the index finger because it was believed to be especially powerful. 
  • Middle Finger (Identity and Materialism) – The middle finger, being the tallest, is associated with ones purpose in life. As the center of the hand, it symbolizes personal identity and things most important to us. 
  • Ring Finger (Emotion, Creativity, and Heart) – The ring finger connects to the artery that runs directly to our heart. It symbolizes feelings of affection and love. It is also characteristic of one’s creativity and artistic self.
  • Little Finger (Relationships) – The little finger or “pinky” is associated with confidence in both personal and business relationships. It is related to our attitudes towards other people, intimacy, and personal attitudes toward oneself. The little finger faces the world, and watches our back as our friends do.
Visit their site here for more information: https://karmarings.com/pages/style-guide



So according to this, me wearing my Karma Duo on my Right Hand, Ring Finger symbolizes a logical awareness of trying to control my emotion and heart. Totally makes sense to me from an athletic standpoint in that pushing through tough workouts is a mind over body kind of struggle, the knowledge that I know I can keep going and keep pushing, to not give in to the voices that say it's hard and to just give up. 

And since I am looking at things through the lens of symbolism, I decided to research the symbolism of the different colors I had in my Duo - Ivory, Lavender and Pink. Here's what I found: 


Pretty neat, eh?  I am definitely going to explore this more when planning out my Duo choices and goals I focus on during my runs and workouts. 

Overall, I've been very pleased with a product that I've never thought was for me before and tend to find myself wearing it when I am not doing athletic activities even. In fact, the other my day while I was getting ready for work, my daughter brought my ring over (with the pink core, her favorite) and said to me, "Here, Mommy. To help you focus today." It was super sweet, and it did help me focus that day, specifically on how lucky I am to have such a sweet, thoughtful girl.

Want to get a set for yourself? Order online here: https://karmarings.com/ and use discount code BIBRAVE33 to receive 33% off your order. 

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