Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Challenge Family Atlantic City 70.3 Race Recap

1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride(+2), and 13.1-mile run
Atlantic City, NJ
Finish time: 5:38:48
AG- 7th

What a race! Let me tell you. Saturday was nerve-racking thanks to the crazy thunderstorms that rolled through. But the race directors and Challenge Family made sure everything was still a go come race morning. This was one of my best 70.3's to date and a great day overall. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ways To Stay Sane On The Treadmill

Photo credit Military Health
Summertime and the living's easy! Well if it's unbearably hot outside, with a heat index of 100+, it's not that easy. In fact, it makes running outside very difficult unless you get up at 5:30 when it's 83 degrees outside, but even then, it's no fun. So what's a girl to do? Head inside and hit the treadmill.

Running on the treadmill can be as great a workout as running outside and sometimes, it's important to change things up a bit. My coach incorporates treadmill workouts into my routine because he knows it will help prepare me for racing season and inform him of my LT. 

 He also knows that I have ADHD, can be very impatient and obviously become distracted by random things. So running on the treadmill for me has to incorporate certain workouts that will keep my mind busy. The TV's in the gym can help, but not that much. 

So what are some of the best treadmill workouts you can do in 30-50 minutes that still give you a great workout without going nuts? These are my top 5.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Marc Pro Plus

 Athletes become injured due to overuse, which really means that they are under-recovered. The point of the Marc Pro Plus is to help decrease that recovery time, by allowing them to perform more and lessen the possibility of injury. Many professional athletes, including runners and triathletes, are using the Marc Pro Plus as a regular part of their training in order to stay at the top of their game. I love this product, it works and the proof comes from those using it and the results they are seeing.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Being Fit May Lead To Better Brain Processing Skills

Photo Credit Nathan Rupert
If people think that being fit and athletic may help them look and feel good, everyone should know that it might also help with better cognitive skills or in layman’s terms “be smarter.”

Monday, June 22, 2015

What To Do If Race Day Calls For Rain

Photo Credit Tom Cole 
A little water never hurt anyone, but it can make your situation uncomfortable.

The dreaded word, rain. Nobody enjoys running a race in the rain. Your feet are soaked, weigh 5-10 pounds more than normal and chafing/blisters are predicted to be in your future. If you are like me, I dread the rats nest that will be created in my hair and it is not pretty. 

So what are you supposed to do if race day calls for rain? 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

General Smallwood Sprint

June 14, 2015
Finish time: 1:39:12
AG- 3rd
Overall- 20th

This was a tough race mainly because we just got hit with some awful heat waves (at 4:30 it was 80 degrees outside already). I signed up for this race to replace Rock Hall because I had to pull out due to being sick. This race was about 50 minutes south of DC and easy to get to. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

So You Want To Try a Triathlon? Here Is Where You Should Start!

You've been running for awhile and have decided to set a new goal for yourself. Race a triathlon! (Triathlons are usually the next step in the flow of goal charts for runners.) But you have no idea where to start.

You don't know if you want to invest in everything because what if you don't like it, right? Well, I am going to help you out in the preparation process and what you can do if you want to avoid those extra costs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Top 5 Mistakes First Time Marathoners Make

Photo Credit Peter Mooney
You've been running for a few months and decided to sign up for your first race. It has come up faster than you thought and now race day is upon you. You are nervous but very excited. You ask your friends for advice and what not to do. 

Well in order to be prepared, here are some go-to mistakes that runners make at their first race and how you can fix it. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Moji Foot Pro Review

Massages are an important part of recovery and I definitely treat myself to them (let's be honest, they feel great!) But if you are looking for an at home massager with a cooling sensation, then you need to check out Moji! The company has a great line of products, including their pro line which is made with stainless steel and can be put in the freezer. Why would you put it in the freezer? Because a massager that ices your back at the same time is the greatest invention I have ever experienced.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

6 Reasons Why It's Normal To Be Nervous For Your First Triathlon, But You Don't Need To Be

Your first race is here and you are freaking out. The swim is now calling for no wetsuits, it's very warm outside and you don't think you'll be able to finish. 


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

If You Want To Become A Stronger Runner, Start Swimming

Photo credit Baker County Tourism
Do you hate running hills? Find them to be excruciating and just overall difficult? Even though you run up and down and up and down you don't seem to find yourself improving? Well, your solution may be to hit the swimming pool. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Best Tools for Recovery

If there is one thing I love to do, it is to spoil myself when it's time to recover.
Massages, stim, and foam rolling are the typical products, but there are so many more incredible products out there for you to try.

But for all intensive purposes, I am going to provide you with the best products to recover with that you may have never heard of or were considering purchasing but needed that recommendation from an outside source.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Go-To Running, Cycling and Lifestyle Apps

Do you use running apps? Any that are your go-to's that you use every day?  These are a selection of my favorite apps that I use when I run. 

1. Motigo 
This app allows your friends and family to send you messages of up to 30 seconds while running in a race. The app also syncs to your music and works with other GPS-tracking devices. If a race you are running is not listed, you can request to have it added. The app is free to download and you get five free cheers!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Biggest Pet Peeves of Runners and Triathletes, Part 2

Image Credit Dave Kirkham 
To follow up part 1, here is part 2.

6. Getting honked at. 

Whether on the bike or on feet, getting honked at to get out of the road is not only annoying but scary. Cars are a lot heavier and can cause more damage and some of us know at least 1 person who was involved in a car accident. To those drivers, please use the three feet rule when passing and cyclist and please do not honk your horn at us. Yes, runners can jump onto the grass but if you live in a neighborhood without a sidewalk or shoulder, running in the street will happen. So pay attention!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tips For Taking Care Of Your Running Shoes

As runners, we have the tendency to go through running shoes like it is our job. But how can we prevent this and ultimately extend the life of them? Here are 5 ways to take care of your prized possession.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Favorite Gear For 2015

We may be half way through the year, but I thought I would share with you some of my favorite gear for 2015.
Maui Jim Sandy Beach Sunglasses- $189
I LOVE these sunglasses. They are incredibly comfortable and flexible. The sunglasses are made with a soft frame, a rubberon nose pad which fits well and is made with a non-slip style material that isn't annoying to wear. The sunglass frames don't fog up while running like other brands and you forget they are on your face because they are so lightweight. Maui Jim's make great sunglasses that you know will protect your eyes from the sun's glare and these ones are perfect for cloudy or bright and sunny runs. I highly recommend these sunglasses to anyone who wants to try a quality brand.