Monday, July 3, 2017

My Top Tips for Working Out While on Vacation

Who doesn't like to work out while on vacation? 

Ok, I am sure there are a lot of people who would prefer not to, but sometimes you just can't help yourself. For me, I love to run when I travel to new cities. Even if its a quick three miler, some weights in the gym or a workout video, it still gets me working up a sweat.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review of Kaenon Burnet Sunglasses

At the Escape the Cape triathlon last year, Delmo Sports had a plethora of vendors to visit and even the opportunity to win some cool prizes. That and of course they were offering some steep discounts. 

In 2015 at Challenge AC, I came across this booth for Kaenon. Now I have just purchased some new sunglasses so I wasn't looking to add any new ones to my rotation, but in 2016 I had a change of heart. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Let Me See Your Qalo

I don't know about you, but I do not like to workout with my jewelry on, especially my rings. So upon getting married, I knew I had to invest in some new "rings" that I could work out in. After seeing many ads around the endurance sports universe, I came across Qalo and knew I had to give it a shot.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vermont Covered Bridges Half Marathon

June 4, 2017
Woodstock to Quechee, VT
Time: 1:45:30
AG Place: 16th

I FINALLY was able to cross Vermont off my list. I have read many race reviews from other websites trying to find the best race to run in Vermont, and this received the highest reviews by far. And I understand why. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Columbia Duathlon, or as I call it, Columb I gotta climb another hillia Duathlon

May 21, 2017
Columbia, MD
2.2 Mile Run, 25 Mile Bike, 6.2 Mile Run
Time: 2:34:53
AG: 1st
Overall: 6th Place

I know I am late putting together reviews of these races and I am sorry, but here they are!

I raced the Columbia Duathlon more as a fun warm up run/something to do plus I would like to try and do more duathlons in the future so I figured I'd give this a try. I knew it was going to be hilly, but I didn't expect it to be that hilly. So this race was a great tune up and eye opener, I gotta practice on more hills. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

National Bike To Work Day

Today is National Bike to Work Day where I am very excited to be participating. As a regular bike commuter (during the warmer months) I am happy to see that cities are embracing the day and celebrating it and those who commute by bike. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Tips For Bike Commuting To Work

Have you decided that you have spent enough time in the car on your commute to and from work? It drives you crazy getting stuck in traffic to travel 10 miles or less? Or is your walk to and from the metro as long as it would take you to bike to work? 

Well if you are like me, bike commuting may be in your future. I am lucky enough to live less than 5 miles from where I work, but I do know many folks who live 10 miles or more from their place of employment. And like them, we all choose to bike to and from work. You may be saying to yourself: 

I would like to bike to work, but I don't want to carry everything with me
What do I do if I get all sweaty?'
Drivers are not smart where I live. What if I get hit?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Top 3 Tips for Racing While Sick

At Mercedes-Benz half marathon, I came down with the symptoms of a cold literally as I landed in Birmingham. It was one of those moments where I said, "you have got to be F***ing kidding me." I had taking vitamins all week in preparation to make sure I didn't get sick leading up to the race. The weather is always a factor, and there had been a wave of temperature changes all week from 67 degrees to the teens. So Dayquil was in my future for the day of the race.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tips For Beginner Triathletes

We were all beginners once, and some of us are always willing to offer our wisdom/items not to eat before a race, otherwise feel the wrath of your stomach. 

But honestly, I do enjoy providing as much advice to fellow female athletes who are interested in running their first marathon or triathlon. It brings me joy seeing so many women wanting to compete whether it is for the joy of competing, a goal to lose weight or to prove that you can do anything you put your mind to. 

Therefore, these are my top 10 tips for beginner triathletes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Boston Marathon Winner Gives Her Trophy To The Woman Who Pioneered Female Runners

In honor of the Boston Marathon on Monday, I wanted to throw it back to an article I wrote last year. It features an event that should have gotten more media attention but nevertheless, it gave recognition to whom deserved it, specifically featuring a woman who helped clear the path for women to run in this race.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Future of Racing? you have been on Facebook lately, you may have seen or watched a video about the newest invention in water bottles, without the bottle! 

It's called the Ooho. It its water enveloped in some sort of gelatinous casing that you can eat or put in a composting bin. The inventors created it with the intention of getting rid of the need for water bottles. Going all environmentally friendly, that means less plastic in our oceans!

Friday, April 14, 2017

News From the Boston Marathon: The Retirement of #261

Kathrine Switzer is famously known for being the first woman, with a bib, to run the Boston Marathon

As a result of the acquisition of her bib, due in part to her filling out her name as K.V. on the entry forms, her determination became well know from the images taken of a male race official trying to push her off the race course.

Kathrine, who will run the Boston marathon again this year, on the 50th anniversary of her landmark performance, has been given word of a huge honor. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cherry Blossom 10-Miler

Washington, D.C.
Finish Time: 1:17:55
AG- 139

Last week, Chris and I completed the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler right here in the good ole District of Columbia. It was a beautiful day, a little bit chilly to start but it was perfect. The course begins in front of the Washington Monument, takes you down Independence, crosses over into Arlington, back into DC along rock creek parkway, to the tidal basin and Haines point. It is there that you get to enjoy all of the beautiful cherry blossom trees that align the road. I have never raced the 10 miler before, but I have always wanted to. It was nice that it was right in our backyard and a course I train on, but with that said, I did want to mention some of the best parts of it and note some of the items I wasn't pleased with.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The 5 Most Common Runner Mistakes That Everyone Makes

Your new year's resolution was to start running, and you are excited to get started. But the problem most new runners face is that there are not aware of the mistakes they will make from the get go. It’s ok, everyone makes mistakes. But to be prepared and try to help you throughout the running process, here are the 5 most common mistakes that runners make. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

SwimBox to Swim Better, Faster and Stronger

I visited my local Swimbox after my friend Cynthia (YouSignedUpForWhat) tried it out, I decided that maybe this was a good thing for me to do. 

The swim has always been my worst asset in triathlons. I don't consider myself to be very fast and as much as I train, I always seem to throw everything I learned out the window. My breathing changes, my stroke, and I want to get better. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shorties Can Be Just As Fun

Review of the ISM PS 1.1 

A great everyday commuter saddle, I'll give you a run down of the details. It is in the Performance Short category of saddles which means the back of the saddle is shorter. At 250mm in length and 130mm wide in the rear, compared to the Performance Long (PL) line that is 275mm long.

The PS 1.1 is an excellent option for triathletes who ride in the aero bars and perfect for flat courses where the athlete stays in one position. With its upward- sloped rear, it was designed for those athletes who do not move around a lot.  

The PS 1.1 is my preferred level of padding at a cushion of 30, ideal for those who ride in triathlon chamois shorts or regular cycling shorts. With its superb hip support for those who rotate forward, it provides a soft and comfortable ride. The PL 1.0 or Breakaway is also a 30 cushion level-wise if you are looking for a similar riding experience.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mercedes Benz Half Marathon

Half Marathon
Birmingham, AL
Finish time: 1:52:41
AG 30-34: 23rd

So I know its been awhile since I blogged but I am back in 2017! This past weekend I ran the Mercedes-Benz half marathon. It was a C race and more so because mom and I needed to check off the State of Alabama from our list. This was also my first race in my new age category, so that was weird for me.

Anyways to start, this race was ranked as one of the best ones to complete in the state of Alabama. I am going to say that, if this is the best, the others concern me. This race was not very good. The expo was minimal, the race route had some ugly parts of town, and overall I was not impressed.