Big announcements from Miami Marathon

Miami MedalDisclaimer: I received a free entry to the Miami Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

With just about a month before race day, the Miami Marathon had a huge and exciting announcement this week. They have a title sponsor again thanks to a deal with Fitbit. This is great news, especially for many of us runners who call this our hometown race, and likewise have been calling it the Not-ING Marathon for several years now.

The addition of Fitbit as a sponsor was not the only big reveal made during December – and just weeks after being named as one of the top Marathons in The BibRave 100. The unveiling of the always unique finisher’s medal was also something races didn’t expect. The Miami Marathon is always known for its spinning medal. This year, along with the center spinner, the outer edge also spins around the world famous Miami Skyline. The medal’s ribbon is one that depicts Miami perfectly. From a cafetera (Cuban espresso maker) to flamingos and palm trees, this year’s ribbon is the perfect accent to the medal.

img_7134The location of this year’s expo was also announced, and it will take place at Mana Wynwood in the trendy arts district that is a must visit when in Miami. The two-day expo will feature over 100 exhibitors offering official race merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. This year’s expo will also be more interactive and engaging experience for everyone with the addition of a variety of health and fitness classes and competitions led by well-known trainers, including: ALPHAmania – A strength sports competition to test your powerlifting, weightlifting, strongman and endurance training; HIIT classes; yoga classes; core classes and booty classes.

The Miami Marathon team has worked extremely hard this year to add to its already Miami Famous race – from marketing to the new expo to adding Fitbit – the excitement continues to build.

mm-resolution-bibrave_1080x1080And to think its not to late to register to become Miami Famous – because it really isn’t Miami without you. From now through 11:59 p.m. January 11 (right before the next price increase), if you register and use the code BIBHOLIDAY you will save $10.

It’s not too late to escape the cold at to join me at the end of January and run with of 25,000 awesome people from more than 80 countries.

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Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa: Sweetness in a Race

img_8500.jpgDisclaimer: I received a free entry to the Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I’ve never run a race on the west coast of Florida, even with being a Florida resident my whole life. After hearing many good things about the Hot Chocolate series, when the opportunity to run the Tampa leg of the series presented itself, I jumped on it. Coupled with what I had heard about the series, was the fact that my sister and nephews live in Tampa – so it was a good chance to visit them as well. With the race taking place in December, it fit in perfectly with my training for the Miami Marathon. And, I planned to use it as a barometer for my marathon training.

After registering for the race, the experience began great. Weekly emails were sent with a training calendar that really set the pace. These emails kept me honest and helped my overall training as they implemented a lot of speed training. Constant communications from the race included continued to the the bar high for the experience. I’m not going to keep you in suspense – the experience remained great through the finish line.

The expo at the Tampa Convention Center was a great location. Packet pick-up was simple. There were some great vendors on hand – including Nuun (a main sponsor). The lone setback was none of the vendors sold fuel – Gu, Honey Stinger, etc. Coming up from Miami, I didn’t bring any expecting to buy at the expo because that is usually a tradition for me. Not a huge deal though as I found a great mom & pop running store – Fleet Feet – next to my sister’s house. Another plus coming out of the expo was that it was close to a couple great restaurants for lunch. When I sat down for lunch with the family, I took a look at the first bit of swag. The HC pullover is unique and a great differentiator from other races.

img_8485On race day, traffic to the convention center – start line – was light. Parking was easy, with many spots available within a short walking distance. The atmosphere was set with great music and a superb vibe. Most importantly to any runner – there were enough porta-potties. Another positive was the chance to meet two other BibRave runners. Corrals at the beginning of the race were extremely organized as the 5K runners went off then the 15K.

The course was phenomenal. The race began with a small incline over a drawbridge then onto the flat and fast Bayshore Blvd. The course is wide open, with little shade. Luckily, the weather played nice with us. The sun did get hot at some portions, but a slight headwind was brisk at times. On course, there weren’t many people cheering on save two or three people walking dogs. At the turnaround, my sister, brother-in-law and nephews were there which was a big boost. The aid stations were well manned by great volunteers and every intersection was guarded by kind law enforcement officers who cheered us on.

The finishers chute was great with and awesome, cheering crowd. After crossing the finish line we were greeted with out medals, a bottle of water, and a much needed cool rag. There was a short walk over the starting bridge to grab our finishers mug. The walk provided an excellent cool down for the runners.

img_8454Overall, I’m very happy with the race experience and will say Hot Chocolate lived up to its hype. I will recommend this race and any in the series to all runners. I’m also proud to say I set a 15K PR and finished in the top 15 in my age group. The race definitely built confidence heading into the heart of my racing season.

For anyone looking into racing this or any other on the Hot Chocolate Series, I recommend it highly. Check out their races here.

 

Miami Marathon: A Race Like No Other

img_5775Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Miami Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Training in Miami has its ups and down. There are few inclines, but the weather is great most of the year. The scenery is even more beautiful – running in Key Biscayne or along South Beach, through Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove.

One of the other positives about training in Miami, is training on portions of the Miami Marathon course every weekend. The Miami Marathon is a flat, fast, and picturesque course that was recently named in the Top 20 Marathons of The BibRave 100. You begin in front of the American Airlines Arena – home of the 3X World Champion Miami Heat – and enjoy a great atmosphere every step of the way.

The course begins with a turn onto MacArthur Causeway, one of the bigger inclines of the race, and you run alongside the cruise ships that are lighting the early morning sky. Mile 3 gives you another small bridge as you make your way onto famous South Beach. With hundreds of people cheering you on, it’s not rare to see a couple people stumbling out of the clubs on Ocean Drive after a night out. It adds to the ambiance as they cheer you on too.

As you come off South Beach and head back to the mainland, you run over the historic Venetian Causeway and into Downtown Miami. As you close in on the half marathon turn off, the raucous crowd greets you loudly – banging drums, blowing horns, and the like.

It is now that an eerie calm hits most runners. This is when the race comes to you. The crowds dwindle, but the course gets faster as you run through Brickell and into Coconut Grove. Historic houses, buildings you see in movies and on TV, a buzz in the air, that’s what you are running through. For me training here all the time, keeps me focused because I know the spots I need to hit and by what time. For others, it’s a chance to see what really gives Miami its charm. Sure, the city is about its lights and its glamour, but here is where the personality bursts through.

Around mile 17, after a couple turns, runners hit Green Street Café and Lulu – both popular brunch spots. It is here that the crowd begins to pick up again, and who knows, maybe a restaurant patron passes you a beer, mimosa, or bloody Mary. As you exit the Grove and hit Key Biscayne, it is crunch time. For many, this is where the wall is. The course is open – no trees, no shade. It really is the calm before the storm because once you turn back on to Biscayne Boulevard it is party time.img_7004

Mile 25 is when the goosebumps come. The crowd becomes 4 to 5 rows deep. The adrenaline pumps. Then you see the Miami River Bridge – the last obstacle between you and the finish line. Up and over, around the bend, run to the music, and hit the line.
Yes, the Miami Marathon is my hometown marathon. And, I tend to take that for granted. It wasn’t until last year that I actually took in the beauty of the course, the sights, the sounds, the international feel.

Think of it, over 25,000 people from everywhere around the world. Our bibs have our country’s flags, the music is eclectic, the vibe is Miami. Let’s not forget the unique, spinning finisher’s medal or the party in Bayfront Park afterwards.
Miami is known for being a place like no other in America, and that is exactly what the Miami Marathon delivers – a race like no other. This year will mark my third time running my hometown race – and I’m looking to crush the PR I set on it last year.

Most of all, I want you to come race in my hometown with me. It’s not too late to register for the party. And you can save $5 with the code BIBRAVEMM18 at checkout. It’s not Miami without you.

Light up your Run with Knuckle Lights

img_6967Disclaimer: I received Knuckle Lights Colors to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro(ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

One of the most important things to do as a runner is to keep yourself safe. Run on the opposite side of the road, wear bright colors, keep your head on a swivel, and make sure you’re seen. One of the great ways to do this is with Knuckle Lights Colors.

These great lights fit on your hand and light up the road when you run at night or in the early morning hours. With three settings – bright, low, and blinking – there are several ways you can ensure you are visible to cars.

At 120 total lumens, the extra bright lights emit a wide flood beam, providing a steady and even light in front of your that doesn’t bounce even when your arms are moving. The silicone straps are adjustable for any hand size, and the weight is nearly unnoticeable at less than 3 ounces each.

Most of my runs are at night or in the early morning hours, so these Knuckle Lights Colors have come very handy. When I see a car coming, I make sure they see me by waving the lights along the road. II also had to use them to locate a barking dog that was running towards me – luckily it ran away when I turned towards it.

Another great thing is the Knuckle Lights Colors are waterproof – and sweat proof. In fact, they can be used in any type of weather and will operate in below freezing temperatures.

Knuckle Lights Colors come in black, blue, and pink, and make for a great gift for your favorite runner to keep them safe. You can also get 15% off when you use the code BIBRAVEPRO at knucklelights.com.

It’s Crunch Time

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa as part of being a BibRavecourse map Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

The start of the holiday season is something people cannot wait for – the food, the friendships, the parties, and the running. Wait, did he say running? Yes, running! Sure, the holiday season is when some people lose their diets and their fitness, especially with all the shopping and extra curricular activities. For runners, especially those of us with a full winter race schedule, its crunch time.

Time not to fall into the mindset of – I’ll get my miles in later. That’s why it is key to have races on the calendar. Less chance of sluffing off when there is a goal, or several, coming up. For me, the calendar is jammed the next four months, and first on the list is the Hot Chocolate 15K in Tampa.

The race is less than three weeks away, and it’s the first time I have a race six or fewer weeks before a marathon. This marks my first race in Tampa, which has several positives. I’ve done a couple training runs in the city over the years. My sister lives there, so I’m happy to be staying with her and to have her, my brother-in-law nephews and niece there to cheer me on along with my wife and kids.

The training has been complementary to my marathon training, and has helped because of the added speed work. One of my favorite things about the Hot Chocolate 15K build-up has been the weekly emails from the race team. They send a training schedule every week, which I have used as a guide – added miles or repeats based on the day.

While we are still 19 days out (as of press time), I’m feeling great at this point. My goal, as with any race is to PR. But more than that, on this race I want to have fun and test my fitness level for the Miami Marathon. I also want to take in everything that is the Hot Chocolate 15K. I’ve heard much about the series over the past year or so. Knowing the good times that are had by all, the great expo, and the vibe.

Plus, you can’t beat the view when running down Bayshore in Tampa. Second to running next to cruise ships on MacArthur Causeway on Miami Beach (biased sorry), Bayshore is a majestic open road run. Finishing while running towards the downtown Tampa skyline will set the tempo once we make that turn for the finish line. And of course hearing the crowd cheering.

Yes, the holiday season is here, and so too is crunch time for the running schedule. Its time for fun, cheer, and racing.  Let’s get to that finish line.

If you want to join me at the Hot Chocolate 15K in Tampa, there is still time to register. Use code BRHCTAMPA17 and get a cool hat.

In Winter Running, Warmer Heads Prevail

Buff HeadwearDisclaimer: I received the BUFF® ThermoNet to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Every runner has their go-to gear. It could be shoes, socks, shirts, a watch, etc. One thing I cannot run without is something on my head. For me, my go to is what I call a head sock – well that was until I was introduced a couple years ago to BUFF®.

In the Miami heat and humidity, I sweat profusely on a run. I need to keep the sweat out of my eyes so the head sock worked. I had used a couple of brands that I picked up at race expos, mostly because of design. But when I was introduced to BUFF, I’ve pretty much stuck with them.

BUFF recently launched its new ThermoNet line, and I had the opportunity to test it out. Now, living in Miami I was a bit apprehensive since its doesn’t get to cold here. Luckily we had an early cool front in October and the temperature dipped into the upper 50s – giving me a chance to try out both the ThermoNet headwear and hat.

The new ThermoNet™ multifunctional headwear and hat provide maximum protection from the cold. This comfortable, thin multifunctional headwear is made with breathable, durable PrimaLoft® yarn that is four times warmer than regular microfiber. The result of years of research and testing, ThermoNet™ multifunctional headwear wicks moisture away from your skin while trapping heat inside, keeping you comfortable and dry in even the most frigid winter weather.

When testing both the headwear and hat out, I was worried my head would get too hot Buff Thermonetand they would be itchy. Neither happened. I was pleased with the comfort of both the headwear and hat. They didn’t squeeze my head and were extremely breathable.

I used both on runs during 70 degree weather as well, to see if they performed then and they did. Now, I probably won’t venture to wear these during a summer afternoon run, but I haven’t had a problem with overheated my head when I’ve worn them.

Right now, BUFF has six cool colors available for men and women. If you order by November 21, 2017 and use the code BIBRAVETHERMONET20 you get 20% off your order when you purchase at least one ThermoNet product.

Keep your head warm and get to that finish line.

Skins: Compression Comfort

 

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Disclaimer: I received Skins A400 compression shorts to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Compression gear is something many runners talk about. Pants, shorts, shirt, socks, calf sleeves, arm sleeves, etc. What compression gear is meant to do is improve blood flow and oxygen to muscles to improve performance.

Every run I go on is with compression shorts. I’ve used calf sleeves in the past, but that was when I was nursing an injury. I’ve exclusively used Nike Pro Combat compression shorts until I was given the opportunity to try Skins A400s.

The shorts were a little longer than I was used to, but I felt the difference throughout my entire quad and hamstring. The fit was perfect, and I could immediately tell the difference. The Skins A400s were working hard during my first long run with them. My legs felt fresher, longer and I couldn’t tell they were one.

To get the full effect of the product, I did something I’ve never done before. I wore the Skins A400s after one of my long runs to see how they performed with recovery. I’m not going to say the recovery difference was groundbreaking, but I will say there was a slight difference. I didn’t feel as sore as I have after a long run of the same distance, weather conditions, and intensity.

Having exclusively used Nike in the past, I could tell the different during and after the training. I’m pleasantly impressed with the performance. I can say the same about the quality of the product as well. First off it is durable. Second off, after a few runs and washes the Skins A400s don’t hold on to odor like my others.

I definitely recommend trying out a pair for yourself. And if you use the code BIBRAVE20 at checkout, you get 20% off through October 2017.

5K Crate: A Treasure Box for Runners

DIkgp7LUwAA7N3T (1)Disclaimer: I received a 5K Crate to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Next to setting a PR, there is no greater feeling for a runner than new gear. Whether its shoes, shorts, socks, headphones, gels, etc., we love our gear and look forward to that first run and subsequent ones with this new gear.

If you follow runners on social media, chances are you’ll see us bragging about this new gear. Like most things, running gear can be expensive. We save up for a certain piece when necessary.

However, now thanks to the great people at 5K Crate you can get a box of gear every quarter for a very reasonable price of $59.99 that covers you with running essentials from head to toe. Now, when people see other boxes they think: “Sure I’ll get one nice item and the rest are not useful.” That is not the case with 5K Crate. Not only are all the products useful, but they have partnered with excellent and reputable running brands.

I was excited to receive my first 5K Crate in August. I kept an open mind not knowing what I’d receive. When I opened the box, excitement ensued. The customer experience began positively with a personalized note.

As I went through the contents of the box, the first thing that caught my eye was a Mission Athlete Vaporactive shirt and Enduracool towel. Being from Miami, I’m very familiar with Mission Athlete. They make great quality products that keep runners cool in the high heat and humidity. They also manufacture cold weather gear.

The next piece of gear I saw was Spigen bluetooth headphones.While I don’t run with music often, these headphones are great on the run and in the office.

Then I made my way to every runners favorite piece of gear – socks. 5K Crate included a comfy pair of Zensah compression socks that work well especially in sweaty conditions, making sure my shoes don’t turn into ponds.

Speaking of the heat and humidity of Miami, 3 packs of La Fresh travel sunscreen wipes came in handy and made me a fan of the brand. One of the things we forget before a run is sunscreen. These wipes make it easy to remember and protect you.

Lastly, two huge Epic wipes. I’m not going to sugar coat it. I sweat a lot on runs and yes that tends to mean I get stinky. These full size body wipes work great, and they were appreciated by the patrons at my local bakery that I hit up after a weekend run to get breakfast for the family. I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Epic Wipes for their recent victory on Funderdome. It was much deserved.

Six great, usable items in one 5K Crate. As previously mentioned, the cost per quarter is $59.99. The total retail price of the items I received was $129. That’s a phenomenal deal and extra money saved that can go towards a race entry. A true runner’s treasure box.

If you haven’t checked out 5K Crate yet, head over to their website and see what they are all about. You won’t be disappointed.

Hot! Hot! Hey We Got It! Hot Chocolate (15K)

Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa MedalDisclaimer: I received a free entry to Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

My son’s favorite movie right now is Polar Express. Yes, its August. And yes, he watches it every day. You see he loves trains, like most 5 year olds do. He’s intrigued by how they move, the gears, the lights, the steam. I’ve read him the book several times, but to him there is nothing like the movie. 

There is a scene in the movie where Tom Hanks gets on the loud speaker and asks “Is anyone in need of refreshments?” Then servers come out singing and dancing to the Hot Chocolate song. When this part comes on, if I’m not in the room already, Gavin yells for me. We jump, dance, and sing the song too.

Gavin and I share a lot of great things with each other. Movies, sports, playing games, building forts and running. It was he who got me back on the running wagon. After he was born, my weekly soccer and basketball leagues went to the wayside. Not wanting to lose my fitness, I strapped Gavin into the running stroller and took off. He loved the wind in his face or blowing the flags that he usually held. Now, he rides his bike while I run.

Given all this, I can’t find a more fitting way to make my BibRave Pro debut in the Hot Chocolate 15K in Tampa on December 17, 2017. I’ve heard a lot about the Hot Chocolate series and am excited to be running in my first one. Just as exciting is a race in a new location for me.

My sister lives in Tampa and I have run parts of the course already. But never raced there. The trek on Bayshore with the water on your side is awesome. It is so picturesque. And you never know who you will see out there. I’ve run into Hulk Hogan, Triple H, Warrick Dunn, Derek Jeter and others.

I’ve never run a 15K, which makes this race even more intriguing and an automatic PR. For me, I haven’t mastered the middle distances yet. And this will be right smack in the middle of marathon training. At the same time, I’m not missing a chance to post a fast time. I feel it fits right into my training, as this cycle I will be focusing a lot on speed work.


HC_HATThis race is going mean a lot for me. I’m sure I’ll be singing the Hot Chocolate song the whole time as I’m waiting to see my entire family at the finish line. I also can’t wait for all the fun and cool swag.

Best of all, you can join me at the start and finish line too by registering for the race. You can get a cool HC15K had too by entering the Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa discount code BRHCTAMPA17.

Get Your Race Discount Codes

Updated 12/27

As a runners we’re always looking for new races and race codes. As a #BibRavePro I’m happy to share our discounts with you. Hope to see you at the start and finish line of some of these great races.

January

1/7/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sanfrancisco
Use code “BRHCSF18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/13-14/2018 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona – Phoenix, AZ

http://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona/

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/7/18.

1/20/2018 – F^3 Lake Half Marathon – Chicago, IL

http://www.f3running.com/
Use code “bibrave13” to save $6 off the half and “bibrave5” to save $5 off 5K!

1/28/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Houston – Houston, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/houston
Use code “BibRaveHCHouston18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

1/28/2018 – Miami Marathon – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.themiamimarathon.com/
Use code “BIBHOLIDAY” to save $10 on race entry!

February

2/3/2018 – Sedona Marathon – Sedona, AZ

http://www.sedonamarathon.com/

Use code “18BibRave” saves 20% on race entry!

2/3/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Dallas – Dallas, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas
Use code “BRHCDAL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/10/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/charlotte
Use code “BibRaveHCChar18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/11/2018 – Palm Desert Half Marathon – Palm Desert, CA

http://www.palmdeserthalfmarathon.com/
Use code “BRPD18” to save 10% on race entry!

2/17/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Nashville – Nashville, TN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/nashville
Use code “BRHCNASH18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

2/18/2018 – A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon and Half Marathon – Fort Lauderdale, FL

http://a1amarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE” to save 15% on the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.  

March

3/4/2018 – 13.1 Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL

http://www.run131series.com/miamibeach/
Use code “BIBRAVEMB18” to save $5 on the half marathon!

3/4/2018 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

http://www.runrocknroll.com/new-orleans

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/29.

3/4/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Seattle – Seattle, WA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/seattle
Use code “BRHCSEA18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/4/2018 – The Alamo 13.1 & Alamo 26.2 Marathon – San Antonio, TX

http://alamo131.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE18to save 18% on your race entry!

3/18/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Diego – San Diego, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego
Use code “BRHCSD18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

3/18/2018 – Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon – Cary, NC

http://www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com
Use code “bibrave1” to save $20 on race registration!

3/18/2018 – First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon – Sarasota, FL

http://www.sarasotahalfmarathon.com/
Use code “SARASOTABIB18” to save $10 on half or relay registration!

3/24/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/indianapolis
Use code “BibRaveHCIndy18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

April

4/7/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/philadelphia
Use code “BRHCPHILLY18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/8/2018 – Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon – Waikiki Beach, HI

http://thehapalua.com/
Use code “BIBRAVEHAPALUA” to save 10% on race entry.

4/8/2018 – Statesman Cap10K – Austin, TX

http://www.cap10k.com/
Use code “BibRaveRunsCap10K” to save $5 on race entry.

4/14/2018 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/minneapolis
Use code “BRHCMINN18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

4/26-28/2018 – Illinois Marathon – Champaign-Urbana, IL

http://illinoismarathon.com/
Use code “2018bibravebonus” to save $5 on race entry!

4/28-29/2018 – New Jersey Marathon – Oceanport, NJ

https://www.thenewjerseymarathon.com/
Use code “NJMBibrave18” to save $5 on all race distances!

4/29/2018 – RUN CRANDIC – Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA

http://runcrandic.com/
Use code “BibRave18” to save 10% on race entry!

May

5/5/2018 – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon – Indianapolis, IN

https://www.500festival.com/running/mini-marathon/
Use code “BRP2018” to save $5 on race entry!

5/19/2018 – Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon – Harper’s Ferry, WV

http://www.harpersferryhalf.org/
Use code “BIBRAVE5” to save $5 on race entry!

5/27/2018 – Vermont City Marathon – Burlington, VT

https://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/
Use code “BibRave10” to save $10 on race entry!

June

6/1-3/2018 – Hospital Hill Run – Kansas City, MO

http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/
Use code “BIBHHR18” to save 15% 15% on any event distance!

6/3/2018 – North Olympic Discovery Marathon – Port Angeles, WA

http://nodm.com/
Use code “BibRave527” to save 5% on race entry!

Running on the Road

bibrave 100Yesterday, as I was packing for this week’s business trip to Dallas, I texted my boss two simple words – “running clothes.” She responded almost immediately that it was the first thing in her suitcase.

I’ve often been asked how I keep to my training schedule when traveling for work. It’s actually extremely easy. It helps to have a co-workers who are runners as well. We help keep each other honest, and go for at least one run while on the road – two if the trip is more than 3 days.

In some cases, I’ve reached out to the #BibChat and #RunChat communities for advice on routes. The other good part is meeting fellow runners who I’ve become friends with through social media.

This has afforded me to run in some great locations and explore different terrains. Not to mention put faces to names, and more than likely have a beer with them after. Running on the road is actually a lot more fun and something I look forward to while traveling. It helps break up the time, and get me out of the hotel.

Last year, I ran in 10 states and 18 cities. So far this year, I’ve hit 4 states and 11 cities. After this publishes, it will be 5 and 12. My goal is to run in all 50 states at some point during my running career – right now I’m at 17 since returning to running in 2013.

Speaking of running different routes around America, BibRave just launched its “The BibRave 100” where they are compiling a list of the top 100 races. Races can be anything including marathons, 13.1, 10K, and 5K. Whether it is best bling, best expo, best course, best all around, BibRave wants you to nominate it. It is easy to do, just go to www.thebibrave100.com.

If you’ve never heard of BibRave, you should also check out their website – http://www.bibrave.com/. There you can search reviews of races, and review races you’ve run. You can also join the community on twitter every Tuesday night at 9 pm EST for #BibChat where you can talk to other runners, meet some great people, and learn everything you need to know about running.

So, when I’m asked how are you able to run while traveling? The answer is easy – everyone helps keep me on track. I’ve set up goals, am eager to meet friends I interact with weekly, and I like pounding the pavement in new locations. It’s as simple as just packing my running clothes.

 

Fueling the second half of 2017

nuunIt’s hard to believe we are halfway through 2017 already. So many of us have had a great first half of the year, and we are poised to continue the momentum through December. In terms of running, this year has brought many great things for me.

January began with getting my first ambassadorship with a company and product that has been a staple in my life – Nuun. Training in Miami, I need to focus on hydration just as much as any other aspect of running. With Nuun, I can do that through a clean product that tastes great.

Every morning I have the Nuun vitamins with energy (blackberry citrus) to start my day. In fact, because of Nuun vitamins, I was able to kick my three cup a day coffee habit. Before a run take down a glass of Nuun energy to give me the extra kick I need for training. And now through their new product, Nuun performance, I have an extra boost on long runs.

My first big test of the year was the Miami Marathon in January. I went in feeling great and looking for a PR. Right before my corral hit the start line, it began to pour. It was already cold – about 55 degrees – to make matters worse there was a 15 mph wind. The rain didn’t stop the entire race. I just told myself to push through and hit my marks.

Crossing the halfway point I was 8 minutes under my goal pace. I didn’t know whether to slow down to conserve or keep going. I felt great, but knew a wall was coming. At mile 20, I was shivering bad, but still felt good. I was also 10 minutes under my pace at this time. At mile 23, I looked at my watch and knew I was going to hit my goal, so I backed off and enjoyed the last wet and cold miles.

As I saw my family and one of my running partners, who pushed me during the training, 300 meters from finish line, the celebration began. Not only did I set a PR, it was by 33 minutes. It was a great confidence booster after an extremely tough 2016. Running

After taking one week off, I went right back into training there was a half marathon and two 10Ks on the schedule. I hit March strong, setting PRs in all three races.

May brought a completely new challenge, racing the Wings For Life World Run. It’s hard to describe this race, since it is unlike any other. Racing against 150,000+ people who are running at the same exact time around the world, is an amazing feeling. Adding to it, not knowing where the finish line is because you’re trying to out run a car.

The feeling a car chasing your adds a completely new element to the race. My goal was to get in a 15K before the car caught me. Around mile 10 I began to pull off my pace knowing I hit my goal. Then I heard a faint honking. It was time to sprint as the cars were coming. I ended up finishing 11 miles crushing another goal.

As the weather began to get hotter and knowing my next races are not until September and October, I took June off from hard training. It was a maintenance month, keeping my base but resting my legs. However, another accomplishment happened on World Run Day – Brooks endorsed me.

So far, 2017 has been a strong year for running, but there are still many goals to achieve. As the second training season begins, it’s my most hated time of the year – hot and humid in Miami. But enough of the complaining – training makes a stronger for a reason.

How was your first half of the year?

What do you have in store for the rest of 2017?