T minus 5 days until Blue Ridge Marathon… – Where DID the time go?

Here I am in the middle of taper week...Seriously, where did the time go??? I wrote my last training post about 7 weeks ago and it covered weeks 3-7 of my training for the Blue Ridge Marathon. Yikes... At the end of last week, I finished up my last big climb to try and simulate …

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Blue Ridge Marathon Training Weeks 3-7 – Track is back. Hills for breakfast (lunch and dinner too).

Woah. Time flies when you're having fun. I wrote up a post for weeks 1 and 2 and planned on sticking to an every other week schedule for posting. I guess that fell through cause here I am finishing up week 7 today. I plan on an easy 5-6 miles later today, if my legs …

Product Review – NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate and NOW® Sports Effer-Energy – Hydration doesn’t take the winter off!

Greetings and salutations! I'm coming to you live from snowy Virginia (we FINALLY got a real snow day!). I just finished up a 50 mile week (woo hoo!) in preparation for the Blue Ridge Marathon and I'm only a little sore and tired. I'll take that as a win. In this cold weather, we often think about the fact that running will be much different than during the swampy times of summer. It's definitely different to some extent. Dressing ourselves becomes quite challenging. One layer too many and we're heading to sweat city. One body part not covered enough and the run becomes miserable. Some things aren't really different at all, though we think it is. Somehow, hydration becomes less of a priority at times. WRONG.

Blue Ridge Marathon Training Weeks 1&2 – Sometimes you just want to be told what to do…

Hello and good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Many of you are still in your weekends and I'm happy for you. 🙂 I just finished up a 6 mile run this morning (I'll run 4 more later today...two-a-days are back) with some sprints/surges at the end and it felt GREAT to …

Runner Problems – I have a hater. It’s me.

Yesterday morning, I went out for a lake loop. Lake loops are the place I feel most comfortable. If I could only run one course forever and ever, it would be there. I'm the Strava Local Legend there and that's kind of a big deal from what I hear (I'll be signing autographs at the local Koffee Kup diner). I had a bad race on Saturday. We were fortunate enough to have a small, in-person race to run. That race was the Bedford Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic. It is my favorite local race, outside of the Virginia 10 miler. It's festive and jolly. There are cinnamon rolls. It's great. The best part would be the amazing coffee mugs for award winners. I always get one. Not this year. I was 4th AG. That stung.

Product Review – BUFF® DryFlx+ You Best Protect Ya Neck

Hey there! It's December, otherwise known as the time of year where I regret cursing the summer heat as I brave the cold temperatures of winter. Running (or just living) in the cold present a whole new set of challenges. It's a challenge just to leave my warm, soft, magical bed! I was given the opportunity to try out the BUFF® DryFlx+ collection and I jumped right on that! BUFF® and I go WAY back now. I've been running with them for years in both the hot and the cold. If they have a new product, I'm always interested.

Product Review – Knockaround Sport Sunglasses – A Bright Decision

Hello! I feel like it's been a long time since I wrote ANYTHING. Sorry for the slack. Summer is mostly gone, but we still have so many bright days ahead. Here I am to review some Knockaround shades! This isn't my first experience with Knockarounds (see here). I tested the Premiums a couple of years ago and was a pretty big fan. A LOT can happen in a couple of years and I'm happy to say that the Sports have a lot to offer.