Saturday, December 28, 2013

Favorite Training Clothes and Gear for 2013

The North Face

I will say that I love Lululemon clothes for running and Under Armour for cold gear, but I recently bought myself a running jacket from The North Face and it has changed my perspective on running clothes. The jacket is reflective, waterproof, has thumb holes and a zipper in the back for keys, an iPod or phone. It keeps you warm and let's be honest you know you will be protected as it is the North Face.

Lululemon Bitty Sports Bra
Support is very important to me when running as well as not chafing. I have tried many different sports bras even though I love my Moving Comfort, the Bitty Bracer by Lululemon is fantastic. It has a buckle in the back so it doesn't make putting on over your head impossible. They have cups available, but I don't need them. Plus when you sweat it fits itself to your body to make it comfortable. it is not bulky like moving comfort and it does a better job of supporting my girls.

Feetures Socks me just say that I am in LOVE with Feetures. As someone who has a very high arch, i need arch support and these socks do it. Even when your shoes have been worn down and don't provide as much arch support, these socks take care of that problem. They are soft, comfy and above all else compression filled. These are the wool socks for those cold winter days when the regular ones just won't do. they are not bulky, but they are soft and keep my toes very warm. I love Feetures and you will too!

Newton Running Distance Elite

Before the fire I was running in brooks pure connects. I still love those shoes, but I decided to give Newtons a try since they last twice as long, have a shorter heel drop ratio of only 2mm and they help fix your gait even more. They come in beautiful colors and I love them! they do take some time to adjust to but if you are looking for a better stride and shoes that you don't have to replace every two months. Here I am wearing them in my race and I love the pink! they come in lots of great colors, bright and beautiful!

Compex Edge Muscle Stimulator best thing since sliced bread. Okay, maybe not sliced bread but ever since my Half Ironman, I would be able to survive without my Compex Edge. It is great for recovery, resistance, and endurance. It is easy to use and very bulky. Can easily be hidden underneath clothes. Compex saves the muscles after you work them with the muscle stimulator and I love the feeling. A bit pricey, but they occasionally have discounts.  

JayBird BlueBuds X 
My newest addition which I love thanks to my boyfriend wanting a pair of his own has been the Bluetooth headphones. Yes, they run out of battery unlike regular ones but it makes not having to deal with the cord so much easier. Plus they offer USA Triathlon members a discount. They fit to your ear, the inside of it and the BlueBuds are the newest ones from their line of gear.

Recently I decided to dive into the Bonk Breaker energy bar as I was in training for my 70.3 and I have to say I love them. I was hesitant at first because I tried a flavor I didn't like but this time I tried peanut butter and jelly and I love it. By far my favorite flavor and I highly Suggest trying them. While doing my 70.3 my stomach was uneasy already and so eating gels was all I could handle but thankfully so were these and they helped immensely. I suggest the peanut butter and jelly flavor but definitely give bonk breaker a try.

Nautica South Beach Triathlon 2013

Classic Distance
.5-mile swim, 19-mile bike, 4-mile run
Miami Beach, FL
April 7th, 2013
Finish time: 1:52:54
AG place 25-29: 2nd
Overall: 18th

"You put me in a race where there's a lot on the line, especially when people tell me 'you can't win', or 'you're too small', you tell me those things and I'll find a way to prove you wrong."

After a tough few months in my life, the one thing I was looking forward to was tri season. Racing, competing and overall having fun! I chose to race Miami's south beach tri since that was the first one I did last year in my inaugural season. I flew down to Miami on Friday to give myself a head start, plus to meet up with friends from undergrad.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Putting together the 2014 race Schedule

So it is that time of year again. Time to put together the old race schedule for 2014!! This year I would like to do a couple of road races and a bunch of Tris and maybe some Du's, but this year I am going to try and do my multisport races locally. I traveled a lot last year all over the country and into London with my bike and as much fun as it was, I prefer to try and stay locally this year, ie driving to my races within a 5 hour distance. So because of this, I have decided to add Ironman Eagleman 70.3 to my list of early season races which I am very excited about. After Ironman Miami 70.3, I fell in love with the distance and want to continue doing them. So for 2014 I have 2 70.3's on the schedule, as of right now 1 Oly and a bunch of Sprints. I don't think I will be doing Nationals again this year, but that may be a game-time decision we will see but as of right now the ones I will be flying to will be Chicago and Augusta. I will most likely throw in a couple more race as I figure out my schedule but for right now, I have 10 races for sure I am doing.

Since Ironman Miami, I have been enjoying my off-season immensely. I have been running pretty much every other day, giving my back a break after putting it through hell in the saddle and just enjoying having time off which I didn't get to do last year.

I have been acquiring sponsors and ambassadorships while also finishing up my semester of grad school. SO if there is anything I can suggest to other triathletes and road racers out there, ENJOY YOUR OFF-SEASON. It will come and go before you know it and I have just enjoyed being able to relax and not focus on training.

Now that the year is coming to an end I will say 2013 started off horribly but ended pretty fantastic. I am however looking forward to 2014 very much. Finishing grad school and starting another racing season. So enjoy the last few days of 2013, I will as I am enjoying the warm weather in sunny Florida.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

IRONMAN Miami 70.3

 Miami, FL
1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
October 27, 2013
AG (25-29)- 32nd
Overall- 199
Finish Time: 5:56:17

This is the moment I have been training for all year. Well, one of the moments. 
IRONMAN Miami. The moment where I would add 70.3 miles to my list of distances I have accomplished. As the moments got closer, I got nervous and excited. That morning, with everything ready to go, it was now or never. 

B.A.A. Half Marathon

Boston Half Marathon
Boston, MA
October 13, 2013
Chip Finish Time: 1:43:00
Watch time: 1:42:00
AG- 59th/966

Boston was a fast trip but a lovely race. This time the brosef decided to join in the fun again and make it a family affair. On Saturday, we ventured into the city and visited the famous Boston marathon finish line. Coach Tony met up with us and we chatted, strategized and walked around a little. There was no expo so they mailed us our bib numbers.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pruhealth ITU London Grand Final Sprint Distance Championships

Sprint Distance
750 m swim, 14 mi bike, 5k run
London, UK
September 11-15, 2013
Finish Time: 1:27:59
Place: 61st in the WORLD!

What an incredible and amazing experience. I could have done without the cold water temperatures, but hearing people from all over the world yelling my name and Team USA as I biked and ran past them, it went above and beyond my expectations.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Updates From Florida: Summer 2013

This past summer has been quite different.  I acquired an internship with IRONMAN, moved to Sarasota and bunked with my boyfriend and his mom and commuted to Tampa every day.

Working with IRONMAN was amazing and an incredible experience. I was able to attend and work lake placid, meet and talk to some pros, and just experience the IRONMAN race in its entirety. 

While I lived in Sarasota, pretty much my second home, I was able to run and bike some of the most beautiful landscapes. My runs would consist of crossing the bridges to siesta key or the John Ringling to lido beach. My bike rides took me down siesta key or all the way to longboat and Anna Maria island. I tried to stay as close to the beaches as I could because they were beautiful.  My swims took place off of siesta key in the clear blue gulf waters. If anyone gets the chance to vacation down there, go for a run or bike or swim in those areas because there is a reason why siesta key was ranked the number one beach in America.
I raced and trained here every day and I couldn't be luckier. But now my summer has come to a close. I head back up to DC for school and to go home. I now will transition to the weather up north and enjoy the fall temperatures whilst I train for my next three races. 

I am going to try and post on here every day or every other day and include some sort of workout for my followers. 

If you are training for a half marathon, start logging 4-6 miles a day, 3-4 times a week. Make sure to get in ab workouts every day for 15 minutes. While running you will want a strong core so you are hunched over the whole time. 

For triathlons, if you haven't yet bought a bike, get in on a spin class. It helps build muscle and gives you the practice you need when you do get on the bike. Also, try to swim for 30 minutes to start out if you are brand new. More workouts to come but for now, enjoy yourself and the outdoors and go for a run! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

USAT Age Group Nationals 2013

Milwaukee, WI
1500m swim, 24.8m bike, 10k
August 10, 2013

Milwaukee. What an interesting town/city. Very cool that Happy Days was "based" there, they are known for their beers and Kohler (found that one out this weekend) and love their town names AKA Sheboygan. Could have done without the cold water temps but hey, when you live in Florida all summer anything colder than 78 is freezing.

This race wasn't as spectacular as Burlington last year. Burlington, I thought was much nicer, even if it was harder to get to. The bike course was interesting, but the run was lovely I will say that.  I didn't do as well as I was hoping to but all in all still a cool venue, learning experience and prep for LONDON!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Old Port Half Marathon
Portland, ME
July 14, 2013
Finish Time: 1:59:51

When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”

I ran this race with my boyfriend, brother, and mom. It was a fun-filled family affair. But man what a beautiful race. I could have done without the heat and humidity, but the views were spectacular. The race took place in downtown Portland. Right, next to the docks so you can smell the lobsters cooking along with the sewage and water treatment plants.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

How To Be Speedy Fast In The Transition Times Department

So after my most recent races I have noticed I am very quick in the Transition times department. Dependant on how big the transition area is, I can typically get out in under 2 minutes, sometimes 1 for T1 and under 1 minute for T2.

So after this realization and people asking me how do I do it, I thought I would give some tips.

Siesta Key Beach Sprint Triathlon

Sarasota, FL
June 29th, 2013
Sprint Distance
1/4 Mile Swim, 12.4 Mile Bike, 3.1 Mile Run
Finish Time: 1:15:04
Overall: 3rd

What a day and what a race! I did not expect to do as well as I did, given the oceans were stirring up a storm. The race took place on Siesta Key and consisted of a duathlon, sprint, and Olympic triathlon. I raced the sprint distance and I am very happy I did as those who were swimming in the Olympic distance, had the currents going against them and a lot of people were dropping out. Multirace put on the event and overall I thought they did a great job, but it would be nicer if they had paid the permits to block off traffic. The run took place on the beach on packed sand thank god. However the first part of it I was going against the wind, so when I made the turn I picked up the pace mainly because it was easier and the wind was going with me.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Newtons, Garmin 910XT and BlueBuds oh my!

When my house burned down, yeah it sucked, big time. But the nice thing to come of it all has been replacing my gear. Has it been upsetting? sure. stressful? of course. But I have been able to update everything I owned with the newest, latest and greatest gear. all I need now is a sick set of wheels!

Before the fire, I was running in Brooks pure connects. I still love those shoes, but I decided to give the Newton Elites a try since they last twice as long, have a shorter heel drop ratio of only 2mm and they help fix your gait. They come in beautiful colors and I love them! They do take some time to adjust to but if you are looking to develop a better stride and shoes that you don't have to replace every two months you should consider giving Newtons a try. They come in lots of great colors, are bright and beautiful! Womens Newton Running Distance Elite

I used to own the Garmin 210 and I loved that watch, but since I was going to be focusing more on triathlons I decided to get the 910XT instead. It is waterproof (YAY) and it counts your distance in the pool which is awesome. If you get the triathlon bundle it comes with a speed and cadence sensor to attach to your bike along with a bike mount. I love this watch, it does cost a pretty penny, but it's worth it! Click on the link here to order! Garmin Forerunner 910XT.
 My newest addition which I love thanks to my boyfriend wanting a pair of his own has been the Bluetooth headphones. Yes, they run out of battery unlike regular ones but it makes not having to deal with the cord so much easier. Plus they offer USA Triathlon members a discount. They fit your ear, the inside of it, are comfortable and do not fall out. They are sweat resistant and you can adjust the cord to fit you properly. Click on the link below to buy them on sale for $125.
JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones

Fort Desoto Duathlon

Tierra Verde, FL 
May 19th, 2013
Run 1 MI, Bike 10 MI, Run 3.1 MI
AG- 2nd
Overall- 6th

Photo Credit Roger W
As I am spending the summer in Florida Interning with Ironman I knew that I would have to change the location of my races from the Mid-Atlantic to the hot humid days of summers in Florida.  Since I was planning on racing this weekend up north I decided to find a race on the same weekend and I did. Fort Desoto triathlon and duathlon. I chose to do the Duathlon as I am not allowed to swim for 2-3 weeks and didn't want to get rusty in my races. Overall it was a very nice race, located in a park so no traffic, but I could have done without the beach run. 

My quest to find the most supportive triathlon specific sports bra's

Last season I changed clothes in my search for the best triathlon gear like I rotated by shoes. I went from Pearl Izumi to Zoot to KSWISS to 2XU with many more intermixed. I officially found 2XU and I love their gear. It is so comfortable and the shorts are long enough to be chafe-free!  However, because I am on the larger chested side, i had to wear a sports bra on top of the ones that came with the tri tanks because it seems that the Triathlon market has yet to make anything women's specific that can hold our precious loved ones up and keep them from bouncing around all over the place. 

This year I decided thanks to the recommendations of my triathlon team,, I decided to give Orca a tri. So far the Women's Core Support bra is very comfortable and supportive, it has a bra hook in the back to adjust the band size to what you prefer and that sold me. The material was nice and moisture wicking and perfect for running triathlons. It comes in different colors and of course different sizes. If you are interested in giving this bra a try click on this link! Orca Women's Core Support Bra

Meanwhile, my love of brands is still changing with a new obsession in Specialized bike jerseys and SOAS racing. I love that they are women's specific, but so far I haven't seen any sports bras. If anyone has any suggestions please throw them my way! I would like to give another brand a chance to win my heart and chest.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

St. Anthony's Triathlon


St. Petersburg, FL
April 28th, 2013
Shortened Swim Olympic Distance
750 meter Swim, 24.5 Mi Bike, 6.2 mile Run
AG- 24th
Time: 2:29:54

All month I was looking forward to my chance to race St. Anthony's where my idol Mirinda Carfrae would be racing as well. And I was finally able to meet her. This was the ultimate moment. She is the reason I got into triathlons because she gave hope to short girls out there that you can compete and beat the tall girls out there. With dedication and a lot of training she went from having very little swimming background to being a World Champion and if I can have any success in this sport like her, I will be very happy. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Horror of the 117th Running of the Boston Marathon

As a runner, a marathoner and a triathlete, I have seen and experienced the accomplishment of running a marathon, the dedication in the training for it, but more importantly the community of endurance athletes who support each other constantly. I love this industry and I love those who I run with during training and racing. We all cheer each other on even if it is a competition because, in the end, we are all doing what we love.

With races such as New York and Chicago, you registered early enough or got into the lottery. But with Boston, you ran fast enough to qualify. You proved to be the best and earned the right to wear the Boston t-shirt, jacket and in the end Medal. People including myself have spent months training to run a marathon. Some have succeeded not only in finishing, but in qualifying time for Boston. I have come up short each year. But my goal in life still, is to run those famous streets from Hopkinton into the city of Boston, past the Wellesley girls and up heartbreak hill. Ask any runner and they will tell you, that Boston is their mountain peak and will not stop until they climb that mountain.

Today was supposed to be a celebration and instead was a tragedy. It hurts my heart to see someone purposely trying to ruin an incredible event such as the Boston marathon that not only is a tough course, but you have to qualify for it making it the quintessential race and goal for any runner. A race that brings together an entire city on patriots day, to honor those who have run year after year, on two feet and in wheelchairs. To cheer for men such as Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father and son team who has raced Boston for 30+ years with Dick pushing son Ricky in his wheelchair to the finish line. People lining the race course to watch those running for a charity and those people who are crossing the finish line in their first ever Boston. But what also brings us to Boston is to watch the elites, the super-humans who can run a 26.2 miles at a pace of 5 minutes per mile, many of which can only hold for a sprint. They have trained and trained to prepare for their shot at winning.  We watch the live feeds every year to see who has done it.  Sport brings people together and it did even more today.

Hearing what people did this afternoon makes me love my community even more when I hear about runners and finishers giving blood to those injured once they finished running 26.2 miles. Stopping to help push the injured off to ambulances and into the medical tent. Not only today are we humans helping one another, but we are runners supporting our fans, friends and families who come out to support and watch us year after year, as we help them in their time of need. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Publix Georgia Half Marathon


Atlanta, GA
March 17th, 2013
Half Marathon
Finish Time: 1:46:57
Age Group: 49

Even though it was a course full of rolling hills, it was by far one of the coolest and most fun races I have run.

The expo was ok, not as great as Miami which is also put on by U.S Road Sports, but they had a NormaTec booth and I was quite ecstatic about that.

Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon

New Orleans, LA
February 24th, 2013
Half Marathon
Finish time: 1:48:05
AG Place- 57th

New Orleans, home of mardi gras, the saints, and not so healthy food. But also known for its flat and bumpy roads. Mom and I went on down to NOLA for the Rock n Roll race which we registered for last year and this was the first race we have done since the fire. It was an okay race, nice and flat, warm and took us throughout the city. However the road conditions sucked, there was not a lot of fans cheering us on, and only a few bands that I can recall. However, it was cool seeing Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan run this race.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

My First brick of the season

Today was a beautiful day in Baltimore with temps in the 50s so I knew I had to take advantage and get outside. I FINALLY got to ride my brand new Shiv expert that I bought in December and saved from the house fire. It was only a 13-mile bike ride followed by a quick 1.5 run, but I was just happy to be able to do it and not have jello legs. During the bike portion, it was very windy but as they say with tri bikes, riding into the wind is much more efficient than on a road bike. now the crosswinds? totally different story. I am a small girl already and I know the crosswinds and I don't get along, that being said I was definitely being blown about on the track. Didn't finish as fast as I wanted to, want to be able to bike 12 miles in around 30 minutes but hey it was my first day back on the bike in around 5 weeks since the incident. Today was just a day to get out there.

I ran a pretty good 7:15-mile pace. Slowed down once I hit the winds, but my goals for this year is to do what my boyfriend gets me to do at the end of a long run... HIT THE GAS. These past few months I have really been able to focus on running the last few miles of a race, at a much faster speed than in the middle when I have been known to keep a steady rhythm, slower than the first 4 miles. The mentality and I definitely did a little bit of a speed up today but like I said, today was not about time, it was about enjoyment and getting out there.

I may have lost everything I have every owned, my home where I grew up and the photographs the define those memories, but what I realized at the end of the day, was how much I appreciate being able to do all of this. The training, the racing, having goals. Yes, I lost my gear, but it made the moment of getting them back and getting out there on the road and in the pool that much more enjoyable and appreciative. I love this sport and its so great to have a support group of friends and family there for me, to help replace those items that I missed dearly and cheer me on when the going gets tough.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Updates and Thank you's

Hello everyone,

First I would like to start off with an update.

Last week, my house caught fire and burned down.  I was the only one home at the time of the fire and am ok. Unfortunately, we lost pretty much everything including all of our belongings, pictures, and things from my childhood as well as all of my tri and running gear. HOWEVER, being the true and dedicated triathlete like I am, I saved my Tribike!

Thankfully, my sponsors have been so great to help replace some of my items lost and the guys at Twenty 20 bike shop in Hampden have been so kind to discount everything I buy until I am back on my feet.

But more incredibly, some of my close friends from Miami started a fundraiser to help me replace all of my gear and I couldn't be more grateful. So many of my friends from Miami and Zeta Tau Alpha alums (my sorority) whom I have never even met have donated and to support this fundraiser to help me get back into my training and racing. I feel so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life who care so much for me as to do these things. To everyone who has donated, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your generosity and kindness mean so much to me and I feel so loved.

This season is dedicated to you guys and I can't wait to share (hopefully many wins) with you.


Monday, January 7, 2013

Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon

Rehoboth Beach, DE
December 8th, 2012
Half Marathon
Finish Time- 1:48:33
AG- 9th

Loved this race! small, nice scenery (minus the trail) fantastic race shirt, overall had a blast!

Rehoboth beach was an awesome race. Even though there wasn't very much to it in terms of scenery and sideline talent I still enjoyed every minute (besides the knot in my calf at mile 8).