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14 October 2019

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  • Backwards running world record goes down at Manchester Half-Marathon
    14 October 2019

    This is the second time the runner has held the mark for backwards half-marathoning

    The post Backwards running world record goes down at Manchester Half-Marathon appeared first on Canadian Running Magazine.

  • Kosgei and Farah ran the same pace for part of Chicago Marathon
    14 October 2019

    A side-by-side look at the two runners' splits

    The post Kosgei and Farah ran the same pace for part of Chicago Marathon appeared first on Canadian Running Magazine.

  • Kipchoge’s shoes spark backlash
    14 October 2019

    Experts and spectators are asking if it's talent or technology

    The post Kipchoge’s shoes spark backlash appeared first on Canadian Running Magazine.

  • Irish results from the 2019 Chicago Marathon
    14 October 2019
    As per usual, there was a big contingent of runners from Ireland at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. The Irish women faster than 3h 45m and the Irish men faster than 3h 45m are shown below. You may have to click on the images to enlarge them. As outlined in a previous post, Fionnuala McCormack from Wicklow ran a time of 2h 26m and was 10 minutes ahead of the first Irish man! There are no clubs
  • Inov-8 Trailroc G 280 Performance Review
    14 October 2019

    Taylor reviews the inov-8 Trailroc G 280, a technical trail shoe that can take on any terrain with its super-grippy Graphene outsole.

    The post Inov-8 Trailroc G 280 Performance Review appeared first on Believe in the Run.

  • Chicago Marathon: Canadian results
    14 October 2019

    Here are some Canadians who scored impressive results yesterday in the Windy City

    The post Chicago Marathon: Canadian results appeared first on Canadian Running Magazine.

  • Barack Obama is tweeting about marathoning
    14 October 2019

    Obama called out Kipchoge and Kosgei for their remarkable achievements over the weekend

    The post Barack Obama is tweeting about marathoning appeared first on Canadian Running Magazine.

  • StrideBox - August 2019
    14 October 2019
    Disclaimer: A HUGE thanks to the team at StrideBox for allowing me to review their subscription box service.  While I did receive a box to review, no other compensation was received.  As always, I keep it real and all thoughts are strictly my own.
    Fitness and health products can be very tricky at times to find out what works best for you.  Rather than going and dropping serious cash on products that you quickly find out that you can't stomach or don't work well for you, StrideBox lets you try various products each month before you decide to purchase large quantity packages of new products. 

    ​While every product might not be the best fit for you, you can typically find a friend that might want to try it out instead.  The best part about StrideBox is that it is just $19.95/month and you can cancel your subscription any time if you find that you aren't enjoying your box. ​​​​

    Each month when I receive my StrideBox, I am honestly like a kid on Christmas morning.  I absolutely cannot wait to rip into my box and see what kind of goodies await me.
    ​One of the cool features of StrideBox is that each box comes with a "Stride Guide" inside.  This guide gives you a breakdown of the products as well as information such as when to use the products in your workout/run and the retail price. To be honest, I typically ignore the "Stride Guide" until I am done unloading the box so I don't ruin the surprise.
    ​It is time to dig into this month's StrideBox and check out the goods...
    Evolve Supernola is packed full of superfood berries and aromatic vanilla blend creating a healthy, nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory snack.  Ingredients such as almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raw honey, coconuts, walnuts and more to create a filling on-the-go snack.  Don't worry if you are on a dietary restriction because Evolve Supernola is Certified Organic, Certified Paleo, Grain/Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Non-GMO.
    PowerBar® PowerGel™ Hydro Energy Gels, is designed for rapid absorption and transport of energy to working muscles to help improve endurance performance and replace the key electrolyte (sodium) lost in sweat with 200 mg sodium per pouch.

    Unlike a lot of runners, I am not a gel girl by any means.  There is something about the texture that gets me and I just can't do it, so I have to resort to alternative means of fuel on my long runs.  Even though I love raspberry, this is a sample that I will be passing along to a friend for them to try out.
    Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator has all the essential electrolytes your body needs to stay hydrated during workouts—or throughout the day.  Running and training obviously takes a toll on your body and you need to make sure you constantly hydrated properly.  My water bottle is constantly on my desk, in my car, or in my hand.  Let's face it though, water is great, but it isn't always enough.  
    Glucose (the good sugar) is the only sugar that powers all human life and energy on the planet. Whey Protein Isolate and Concentrate are the highest quality and fastest acting protein available. Together, glucose with whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate provide fast, natural energy to active muscles free of sucrose, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. Glukos Whey Protein Powder is the perfect compliment to your morning smoothie or a post workout recovery drink mixed with water or milk. (source: Glukos)
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE peanut butter, so you know I was pretty pumped to see Homeplate Honey Peanut Butter in my StrideBox! ​I am always looking for new snacks to throw in my purse, gym bag, or desk drawer to keep me fueled and ready to go.  This definitely sounds like a perfect mid-day, pre-gym, snack.

    HomePlate's Honey Peanut Butter provides that perfect kick of natural sweetness making it a perfect answer to those who like to get down on peanut butter straight from the jar (or squeeze pack!) or use as a compliment to apples, toast or more.
    Let's face it though, each of us needs to take proper care of our bodies and athletes need to practice good recovery.  I admit it, I am not the best about helping my body recover or stretching, but I try to make it a priority in my routine.

    After getting massages, I am always amazed at the spots that my therapist was able to hit with her thumbs.  Dang, why can't I get that deep tissue treatment on the regular.  Well, with the BioSwiss Therapeutic Massager, I fix my desire for a regular deep-tissue massage at home to hit those trouble spots.
    One final thing included this month's StrideBox was a recipe for "Cinnamon Chia Seed Almond Butter" from Laura at This Runner's Recipes and a Strength Training for Runners workout from Rachel at RunningOnHappy.com.  This was definitely a nice little bonus to check out and I cannot wait to try both of these out soon - that workout looks so fun and will be great to kick off fall!
    As I mentioned earlier, not every sample is going to be something that directly fits your life and likes.  However, I really like the concept behind subscription boxes because you can try new things that you might not have known about before.  StrideBox does a great job providing various products for pre-run, during, and post-run needs.  The products included are definitely geared towards runners and other athletes and are a great fit for you and your fitness goals.
    ​​​​​​​​​Question of the Day:  Have you ever tried a subscription box?  What kind of products would you like to see in an upcoming StrideBox?
  • Weekend Recap + What I Wore
    14 October 2019

    Good morning!!!

    Random tangent of the day but I came across this old picture of Brooke and decided to try the same hairstyle on Skye…

    How Brooke has grown up so fast… I do not understand.  Oh and that above pink blanket is still a part of her daily life but it just isn’t as bright anymore ha.

    It felt great to have another rest day but Skye worked on some pull-ups.

    After church my sister had us all over for dinner!

    The highlight of the day on Saturday…

    Andrew bought some mountain bikes for Brooke and Knox and it was like Christmas morning for him to see Brooke ride around on hers.

    Then we went to get them all new helmets and Skye was not happy when we took hers off.

    Okay, at some point I promise I will stop talking about the race BUT here is a video from the very end!

    I forgot to post my outfit details from the marathon so here they are:

    1.  The Senita shorts are awesome.  I had four gels in the pockets and my shorts just held them so perfectly and they didn’t move around at all.  You can’t beat their prices either… these shorts even wash super well too.

    2.  RUNNER’S CORNER JERSEY—> The best running store you will ever visit in your life.

    3.  Garmin Fenix 6S Pro.  I have never loved a piece of technology as much as I love this.  Good thing I won money at the race to help me to justify this purchase ha;)

    4.  Balega socks.  I’ve never had a blister with these socks and they are just my favorite socks ever.

    5. These sunglasses.  They are comfortable, they don’t move around and they are cheap enough that you don’t stress out too badly if you lose them.  Emilee and I just wore our sunglasses on top of our head until the sun was out and then wore them for the rest of the race.

    6. Arm sleeves from Brooks 6 years ago (they have some similar ones here).  These arm sleeves have come to MANY races over the years.  I was very glad that I was able to just throw them to Andrew when I saw him at mile 6 when it started to warm up outside.. I did not want to lose them.

    7.  The Brooks Hyperion.  I actually wore the exact same pair of them that I wore the previous year for my 2:59 marathon.  They are my lucky shoes and I might have to wear the same pair for CIM.

    8.  I wore this sports bra.  I love it a lot and it is quite comfortable in my opinion.

    For long term readers, my lucky bee sweatshirt (the grey one that had an embroidered bee on it and it was just not the most attractive piece of clothing ever but I loved it so much) has officially disappeared.  I looked everywhere for it to take to St. George to wear it before the race because I’ve worn it before every big race that I’ve done since I got it and now it’s lost.

    So if anyone finds it, please let me know.

    Just a really low-quality picture of the pockets on my shorts.  Oh I also had Andrew bring my Birkenstocks to the race so I could put those on right after the race.

    Sadly we are past the days of shorts and tank tops around here.

    My running partner Jenn amazes me because she doesn’t wear gloves!   This was at the end of 8 miles together and my fingers were frozen (I even had handwarmers in there) and her fingers were sweating she said.  I really need to acclimate to this cold weather because it came FAST this year and I’m not sure I know how to do speed work in the cold.

    And THIS… absolutely incredible!  A lot of limits are being broken this year, 2019 has been a great one so far!

    My new life quote:

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    In case you want to catch up on last week, the top 3 most viewed posts were:

    *St. George Race Recap 

    *Every Detail About My Race Nutrition & Hiking

    *What’s Next?  Hint: It’s Soon.

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    What are some of the pieces that you absolutely love to wear at races?  Sunglasses at a race—> yes or no?

    What usually gets cold FIRST when you are out on a run on a cold day?

    Who raced this weekend?  TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!

    Anyone reading bike?  Mountain bike? Road Bike?  Both?

  • NYCM Training: Increasing Mileage and Racing
    14 October 2019

    As New York City Marathon looms closer and closer, I feel less and less prepared. My only goal is to start and finish healthy, something I couldn’t do for Big Cottonwood. I’m at peace with that decision, although I do wish my hamstring felt better than it does. Running doesn’t make it worse, actually walking and sitting is the worst. It doesn’t hurt or alter my stride, but it’s noticeable when I run faster than about 6:40 pace. Anyway, running is going as well as it could right now.

    Monday Easy 50 minutes
    Tuesday: Easy 50 minutes
    Wednesday: 10 miles averaging 8:06 fast finish
    Thursday: Rest
    Friday: Easy 60 minutes
    Saturday: Heros to Hero 5k 20:30
    Sunday: Gritty 5k 20:45 (total mileage 15)
    Thoughts:

    As you can see, it was a busy week. I got in miles. While traditionally, this should be “peak week” for NYCM, it won’t be for me. I’m hoping to sneak in one more week of bigger training for the New York City Marathon. I want to do a 20 miler beforehand because I want to know how my hamstring will respond to that.  It’s getting better but I do find I’m on the edge of pushing it, but not pushing it too far too set me back. I don’t want any surprises running 26.2 miles.

    I don’t think I’m going to do any “traditional” speed work before NYCM because I’m already increasing mileage and with races, I think that’s enough.

    I didn’t have the time to swim last week (because I chose to sleep).

    Heroes to Hero 5k: 20:30

    This is one of my favorite 5ks in the area. It’s flat, fast, and fun. The weather was ideal, but my legs just didn’t feel good. It wasn’t my hamstring but general soreness of upping my mileage. I could have stopped at mile 1 and not felt guilty about it, but it was a point to point course. I’ve come to terms with where I’m at fitness-wise right now.

    Gritty 5k: 20:45

    If it were most other 5ks, I wouldn’t have run two in a single week. The Gritty 5k was billed as a “fun run” with all proceeds going to charity. They didn’t do awards for winning, just best dressed. If you are any sort of Gritty fan, I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not, I highly recommend it. Which is fine. It was a lot of fun and my legs didn’t feel as bad the second race (weird right)? I felt like I could have run another few miles.

    Posts from the Week:

    New Balance 1500v5 Shoe Review

    Cow Run 10 Miler 1:15.00

    Hiking Franklin Parker Preserve

    Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. 

    Questions for you:

    How was your week of training?

    Is anyone else doing NYCM? 

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