Keeping the Holidays Healthy

Earlier in the week I took part in a Thanksgiving blog linkup where I talked about my tips and tricks for keeping healthy and motivated through the holiday season. You can read it for yourself here. I took my own advice and used the long Thanksgiving weekend to start off strong, after what felt like a few bad weeks with little physical activity.

I plan to complete the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak Challenge (at least 1 mile each day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s) and started as a pacer for the 2:45 team at the Atlanta Half Marathon. I’ve done this race for 10 years and this was finally a warm race, after several years of cold (or freezing) temps. BRF and my Fun Size Wonder Twin, T, ran with us along with several other friends from the Atlanta Track Club training program, and  some new friends along the way. We crossed the line in 2:44:23 after a fun romp through the city.

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Since we were in Chattanooga with the in-laws for the holiday, I spent days 2 and 3 at some fun and free group runs with Run Chattanooga. My sister-in-law has decided to run her first half marathon, Chattanooga Half, in March and I really enjoyed pushing her past her typical 5k run. I think she liked it. She’s still talking to me at least.

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Today is day 4 of the challenge and I took the opportunity to bring BRFs T and S on one of their first trail runs at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield. I may have convinced them to run the Cloudland Canyon Half Marathon in January so it was a good reason to get on the trails. Also, it was a nice change to the constant concrete jungle. I’ll turn them into trail runners soon enough.🙂

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The long weekend is almost over and it’ll be back to work, finals, daily commute, etc. All the things that make keeping healthy and active difficult. Every Sunday I also get an email with the weekly training plan from Hot Chocolate 15k. While I don’t really follow their plan, I really like the email as motivation to plan my week. If I don’t really have a good plan for a day, I’ll use the Hot Chocolate plan to fill it in. I’m also motivated to beat my time from last year’s race so having a fallback schedule to get me there feels like a good backup if my typical training starts to fall off track. The whole experience for Hot Chocolate, from registration to finish, really is fun and motivating. I highly recommend it. If you want to register for the Atlanta race, use code ‘BRATLHC’ to get a free visor!

BRF S does kickboxing at a gym on my way to school so I  plan to join her once or twice a week starting tomorrow. Yoga is Tuesday and Thursday morning, and of course, I plan to get a run in every day. With so many races coming up in the New Year, I think my motivation to keep moving so that I have enjoyable race experiences will certainly help to push past the dark, cold, hectic finals and holiday season. Stay tuned.

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Keeping the Holiday Season Happy & Healthy: Top Tips to Keep Moving Forward

I’m coming up on 1 year as a BibRave Pro! It’s been a great experience and amazing to connect with runners all over the country and world. I’ve had the opportunity to test well over $1000 worth of new products and races and really looking forward to anothe great year. I guess you can say it’s something I’m very thankful for…and that leads me to the topic of this blog post: the BibRave Thanksgiving Linkup! BibRave Pros will be posting Thanksgiving related posts (what we’re thankful for, how to stay fit during the holidays, holiday themed races, etc.) and linking to another Pro’s post. So, you can keep reading and keep linking to new posts! It’s a hefty serving of blog turkey without the tryptophan. Onwards!

For me the holiday season is a terrifying time of excessive food, alcohol, parties, traveling, cold weather, early darkness…everything that makes maintaining a healthy food and fitness regimen really difficult. It’s no wonder we all end up exhausted and sick by January 1. For me, the key to avoiding the January challenge is to find ways to keep healthy and active, even when it’s most difficult. Here’s my list of keys to a happy and healthy holiday season:

Indoor cross training: I could sit here all day and tell you to suck it up, bundle up, and head out for those cold, dark, early morning runs no matter what. However, I’d be lying if I told you I’ve ever successfully made it through the winter that way. Instead, use the winter months to find some fun, indoor cross training: crossfit, Orange Theory, kickboxing, swimming, indoor rock climbing, yoga, indoor cycling, etc. Cross training works different muscle groups, builds strength, burns fat, and gives your body a break from constantly hitting the pavement.

Keeping marathon ready and celebrating @nycmarathon @toughloveyoga with @wellnesswithjenn #marathon #bibchat

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Morning workouts are ALWAYS easier to complete, even if the alarm doesn’t feel that way: sleeping in sure is nice but leaving your workouts for after work hours, when it’s already dark this time of year is a recipe for lots of missed workouts. Leaving work when it’s already cold and dark had me headed straight for home to bundle up, rather than heading to the gym. Put your alarm on the other side of the room and get out of bed no matter what; getting that workout done in the morning leaves a lot less room for excuses later in the day (stuck at work, tired, cold, happy hour).

Sign up for holiday races: there’s no shortage of turkey trots and Santa shuffles this time of year. Sign up with friends and have a blast! At least you’ll have a better reason to head out for that Saturday morning training run if you get to wear a Santa hat too!

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My shirt definitely says “Mistletoe and Mimosas”

Sign up for January races: registering for races in January means you have to keep training through the holidays if you don’t want to have a completely miserable race experience. I’m signed up for the Cloudland Canyon 50 on January 7 (my favorite trail race of the year) and the Hot Chocolate 15k. The Hot Chocolate Series even sends a weekly training email once you sign up, so you get motivation each week. The Hot Chocolate is a really fun race and keeps a lot of people motivated through the holidays. If you want to register for the Atlanta race, use code ‘BRATLHC’ for a free visor.
Join a challege: one of the most popular holiday running challenges is the Runner’s World Holiday Streak. Run or walk at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving through January 1 and post about it with hashtag #RWRunStreak. Join the Facebook group, get your friends involved and share your progress. It’s a great way to keep motivated and accountable.
Food: holiday food is one major component I fail at to some degree every year. I’m really good at nursing a single glass of wine throughout one dinner, but the food is a difficult task. I often avoid parties just to avoid all the food, and this isn’t a great solution. Some things that have worked for me: drinking lots of water, sharing plates, single plate rule (no seconds). If anyone has recommendations, besides don’t eat the food, please comment below.

What tips and tricks get you through the holidays happy and healthy? Comment below. When you’re done, visit Katherine Pease’s blog to see what she’s thankful for (running edition) this season.

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BibRave Review: SPIbelt Performance Series + Discount!

Disclaimer: I received the SPIbelt Performance to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. 

Gearing up for the @atlantatrackclub #atl10miler with @spibelt #bibravepro

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Sometimes you just need to carry the essentials and loading up a handheld bottle ends up feeling like a brick. When you need to find a sweet spot between a minimalist short run or a hydration pack filled long run, SPIbelt really comes to the rescue. I received SPIbelt Performance Series just in time to test it out ahead of the NYC Marathon.

When superheroes need pockets @spibelt comes to the rescue. Use code 'bibchat2016' for 20% off until 11/18. #bibchat

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Due to increased security demands the NYC Marathon has strict rules against hydration packs*. Essentially, you’re limited to hydration belt, handheld, or riding empty and relying on the aid stations. I really dislike hydration bouncing around my waist so I opted for an Orange Mud Handheld. However, this left me with limited carry capacity for phone, ID, cash, metro card, fuel, etc. In steps SPIbelt to act as the unassuming mule.

For the marathon the SPIbelt held: iPhone SE, license, $20, metro card, apartment key, chapstick, several gels, and a bar. I actually fit it all in the pouch even though the belt does have loops for gels; I found it really difficult to get the gels into the loops and was unable to use them during the race. Maybe I just need practice or I’m missing a trick to make it easier, but that’s my one complaint about SPIbelt. Loaded with all those essentials, the belt was unnoticeable and didn’t bounce at all. I often have issues with things around my waist since I have wide hips, but SPIbelt stayed in place, never shifted, and never rode up.

SPIbelt is weather resistance (NOT waterproof) so it’s advisable to put everything in a ziplock for added protection. However, I often leave my phone unprotected so it’s easier to use mid-run or take pictures. There has been no moisture in the pouch or on my phone after any run, even with tons of sweat. I have not used in the rain and would be sure to keep everything protected if I did.

According to the SPIBelt site, the Performance Series is:

  • Bounce-free
  • 4 loops for energy gels
  • Weather-resistant pocket and zipper
  • Comfortable, soft elastic prevents chafing
  • Sturdy buckle and glides for even the most active users
  • Pocket expands to 8″ x 4″ x 2″
  • Fits waist size 29″ through 52″

It has an increased pocket size compared to the standard SPIbelt and can fit:  iPhone® 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note® 5, MOTOROLA® DROID Turbo, Nokia® Lumia 1320, Nokia® Lumia 1520, and Samsung Galaxy S®6.

SPIbelt is a great daily accessory to throw into your gym bag.  Never get stuck on a run with your phone and keys in a sweaty hand again! Check out what other BibRave Pros have to say:

Erica | Carolyn | Amanda | Casey | Laura |

Get SPIbelt for yourself and stocking stuffer for all your running crazy friends and family. Use code ‘bibchat2016’ for 20% off! Don’t forget to join us this Tuesday, November 15 @9pm EST for the SPIbelt sponsored Twitter #bibchat for your chance to win a Peformance Series belt! Follow BibRave and SPIbelt and join the chat!

 

*Side note: I’m an Orange Mud Hydraquiver user. Ahead of NYC Marathon several OM users asked if the hydraquiver was allowed in NYC and we were told no. However, when I showed up at the start line I saw several people with OM packs. Frustrating, but at least I know for the future. 

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BibRave Review: Legend Compression Performance Socks + Discount!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of LEGEND Compression Performance Socks to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. 

I received an awesome pair of purple Legend Compression Performance Socks a few weeks ago and have been using them during all sorts of activities. As noted in a preview post last week, the socks did not work well for me during a long run. I tried them in this capacity once again and still experienced intense burning on the bottom of my feet. Honestly, I expected this to be the case since any pair of thicker socks will do this to me. It’s one of the main reasons I usually wear compression sleeves instead of socks.

However, I typically wear compression socks for recovery and the Legend brand has been amazing for that purpose. Every day after a long run I’ll wear these lounging around the house and I feel great the next day. In the week leading up to this current trip to NYC for the marathon I knew I’d be sitting a lot at work and school; so…I wore the socks to work and school! They’re super comfy with just the right amount of compression but no terrible squeeze marks at the end of the day. The medical grade 15-20mmHg graduated compression is #rightnottight; just the right amount of compression for recovery but not so tight that they’re uncomfortable or a fight to get on and off.

Like I said, the only thing I don’t like about these socks is the padding in the foot bed really burns my feet. If they had a version with less aggressive padding I’d love to give it a try because the achilles and arch support they’ve built into the foot are amazing. Check out the additional features from the Legend site:

  • 15-20 mmHg Graduated Compression for improved athletic performance
  • Compression Performance socks for all sports – I used them running, hiking, walking, and at work
  • Greater power output
  • Enhanced Endurance
  • Faster Muscle Warm Up Pre-exercise –  agreed
  • Increase oxygen levels and blood circulation
  • Faster recovery time – agreed
  • Seamless toe and terry sole construction
  • Promotes circulation for muscle performance
  • Reduction of lactic acid
  • Improve muscle support and injury prevention
  • UV protection
  • Moisture wicking
  • Achilles and arch support – the foot area feels great except there’s too much padding
  • Open ventilation and breathable design for comfort – I actually found these to be pretty warm but the temps in Atlanta finally started going down so it wasn’t bothersome. I probably wouldn’t wear these in the summer though

Want to hear what other BibRave Pros have to say?

Chris | Casey | Janelle | Haley | Nora | Jen | Brie | John | Christine |

Want to give #RightNotTight a try for yourself? Get 15% off Legend Compression with code ‘bibsave15’!

Join us on Tuesday, November 8 at 9pm EST for the Legend Compression sponsored #BibChat for your chance to win a pair of Legend Compression Performance Socks! Don’t forget to follow BibRave and LegendLegwear

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Legend Compression – Initial Thoughts

Disclaimer: I received a pair of LEGEND Compression Wear Compression Performance Socks to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. 

Considering I’ve run a marathon nearly every weekend for the last month, compression is something near and dear to my heart. I was excited to receive a pair of Performance Socks from Legend Compression Wear, a company based in NC.

So far I really enjoy the socks for recovery and wear them around the house after long training runs. I tried them on one 10 mile run though and they burned my feet. I plan to give them another shot on a run this Saturday. Even if they end up less ideal for me for running (socks are a very personal fit), I think they’re still great for travel and recovery. I love how they’re easier to put on than other compression socks but still provide just the right amount of compression strength. I will defintely wear them on the flight home after NYC Marathon. #rightnottight

Let me know what compression works for you! If you want to give Legend a try you can use code ‘bibsave15’ for 15% off!

 

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Adding a new state to the Marathon list!

I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be adding Vermont to my marathon list next year! I’ll be running the Mad Marathon in Mad River Valley, VT on July 9, 2017 as a BibRave Pro! As a New England girl at heart it’s about time I start running more in that beautiful part of the country. Mad Marathon looks tough, with tons of hills, but the scenery is surely to be amazing. Added bonus, I’ll head to my parent’s lake house at Lake Winniepesaukee, NH after the race for some solid relaxation and potential booziness. 

From the race site: 

You will be running through this extraordinary rural community on back and dirt roads, with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, challenging rolling farmlands with tough climbs and descents, quaint villages, historic barns, covered bridges and fields of our famous Vermont cows!

 

Yes please! You had me at cows!

I’ll be sure to keep you all posted about training, travel plans, and if we get any discount codes. Come join me up north! Also, if you’ve gone mad at the Mad Marathon before, let me know about the race!

Until then, check it our yourself!

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BibRave Product Review: Generation UCAN Snack Bars + Discount!

Disclaimer: I received the Generation UCAN Snack Bars 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!

I’ve been incorporating Generation UCAN products into my training and nutrition regimen since early summer when the BibRave Pros received a variety pack of their flagship “superstarch” mixes and snack bars. You can read that review for more info about the science and history behind the Generation UCAN products. As a recap, the superstarch in their mixes and snack bars are developed to provide:

  • Steady Energy
  • Burn fat by causing a minimal rise in insulin
  • No GI distress – UCan is gluten free, no added sugars, and SuperStarch is designed to pass thru the stomach rapidly
  • More efficient calories – less reliant on outside calories because the slow release product allows body to burn both carbs and fat
  • UCan also works great for post-workout recovery and to curb cravings between meals without spiking blood sugar and insulin, both of which prevent fat breakdown

This summer I was training for my first Ironman and tried using UCAN products in many different workouts. Overall, I found that both the drink mixes and snack bars work best for me as pre or post workout nutrition. Doing one or two scoops of the drink mix before a long effort or race has been really helpful. It’s particularly effective before a half or full distance Ironman where the swim prevents fueling again until 1-2 hours into the race. The snack bars are great for early morning track workouts where it’s difficult to get up early enough for a full breakfast but doing a workout on an empty stomach is not idea; both the bars and mix can be consumed relatively close to the start of a workout without causing GI distress. I also started using the snack bars for mid-afternoon snack since they’re filling and prevent the late afternoon sugar crash.

However, neither product works well for me during workouts and I have switched back to my old in-workout regimen. Honestly, the snack bars just don’t “go down” easily during workouts, especially during the multitude of hot and humid days we had this summer. During long Ironman effort training sessions, the chalkiness of the bars made them damn near impossible to chew and swallow. Weirdly, the bars taste completely different to me during a workout versus consuming as a regular snack.

Pros:

  • Gluten free, no trans fat, low sugar
  • Curbs hunger and provides steady energy; no post snack crash
  • Great for on-the-go snacks during the day
  • Variety of flavors; coffee bean and cinnamon swirl are my faves
  • Most of the flavors, except chocolate, do not melt in the heat

Cons:

  • Chalky consistency not for everyone and certainly makes them difficult to consume during workout
  • The chocolate flavor melts badly during warm weather

Final Verdict: While the consistency is not for everyone, I really enjoy these as pre/post workout and midday snacks. I especially like knowing I can curb cravings during the day without blood sugar spikes

Here’s what other BibRave Pros have to say:

Gina | Angie | Brian | Heather | Janelle |

Don’t forget to join @BibRave and @GenUcan on Tuesday, October 11 9pm EST for #BibChat for your chance to win Generation UCAN products! Follow Generation UCAN on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more product info and updates.

 

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BibRave Product Review: Rudy Project Sterling Helmet + Discount!

Disclaimer: I received the Rudy Project Sterling Limited Edition Fluo Helmet in Pink/Blue 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!

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The Sterling got one test ride before Ironman and it was a bit wet. Luckily it also dries very quickly. Also, eyewear dock in action!

 You must know, my aversion to pink is very strong. Purple = awesome. Pink=dream killer. I know it’s random but maybe it’s just my way of fighting against gender conformity. In any case, when I received the Rudy Project Sterling helmet I was simultaneously excited and horrified. I had already committed to testing the helmet by wearing it in Ironman Chattanooga so I stuffed my pink baggage and got to work admiring everything else about this splendid piece of equipment.

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Really awesome to meet Rudy Project rep Felipe at the Ironman Chattanooga expo. He was a first time participant as well!

Details from Rudy:

  • Designed with the aid of an Italian hat craftsman to provide comfort and safety – this is definitely the most comfortable helmet I’ve had
  • 18 vents for cooling – the heat index was 104 during Ironman and I didn’t feel any overheating in my head. Also, the 18 vents made it really easy to dump water directly into the helmet.
  • RSR7 retention system for on the fly, single-handed adjustment – I wore braids during Ironman so I put the helmet in transition with the retention system opened. The helmet went on my head easily during transition and I cranked the retention system to lock it in place as I rolled onto the course.
  • Available in bright ‘Fluo’ colors – despite my aversion to pink, the helmet does look pretty spectacular and I got a lot of compliments on the course. I was quite colorful indeed: blue bike, black and yellow kit, pink helmet. I live to break the rules.
  • Eyewear dock – this is a cool feature but I felt my glasses weren’t very secure. It was still pretty nifty on a rainy day when I couldn’t see through my glasses.
  • Removable bug net and visor – Other BibRave Pros mentioned that the bug net was a bit warm but I didn’t have this problem, although I did not test the helmet without the bug net yet. I was glad to have the net on during the Ironman course as it protected against several large flying creatures. The visor snaps on and off easily and I used it for a mountain bike ride.

One of the best features of this helmet is its versatility; it goes from road to trail easily. I have separate road and mountain helmets but the easy adjustments and snap on visor allow it to cover all bases. I’m constantly trying to downsize my gear closet so this is a major plus.

Final Verdict:

Pink be damned, this helmet kicks ass. Get yours for 25% off when you sign up for their newsletter. You’ll also get exclusive holiday deals!

 

What do other BibRave Pros have to say?

Brenda | Allison | Emily | Jeremy | Heather | Erica | Brian |

 

Join @BibRave and @RudyProjectNA for #BibChat this Tuesday, October 4, 9pm EST for your chance to win 1 of 2 Sterling Helmets!

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Race Report: Craft Classic Atlanta

Fun times; improvements needed

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Craft Classic Atlanta Half 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!

I was excited to experience a new half marathon course in Atlanta, even if I’m usually wary about inaugural races. Overall I’d say it was a positive experience even if there is room for improvement; any issues I had I’m going to assume they were due to first year growing pains. I would like to run another Craft Classic race and would recommend to others, but there definitely needs to be some improvements. Please read my BibRave race review for additional details.

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BibRave Pros representing in ATL!

 

First, let’s talk about what I enjoyed most: the course. Yes, it was very hilly (as are most races in ATL) but it was a nice change starting in the Grant Park area. The Atlanta Half, Publix Half, and Hotlanta are popular half marathons during the year, and I was happy that Craft Classic hit up some different neighborhoods than those. Also, parking in Grant Park was very easy, leaving you very close to the start finish area. I did get there early, but it seemed like there was plenty of parking.

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Another positive was the abundance of aid stations (every 1.5-2 miles) and the use of Nuun, rather than typical Powerade sugar fest. It would have been nice if the aid stations had ice though. September is still quite warm in Atlanta, and it was a particular hot and humid morning. Most of the water and Nuun was room temperature or warm.

Of course, the swag was also great including a pint glass, sunglasses, free race photos, and a women’s specific tank (yay for something other than a tech shirt). My haul looked pretty good!

 What didn’t work?

So, there are two huge things with this race that really pissed me off. First, the schedule and location of the packet pickup was horrible. We only received our ONE pre-race email on Tuesday before the race. Packet pickup was offered that Thursday and Friday in the Buckhead location of Road Runner Sports. If anyone is familiar with Atlanta, getting to Buckhead during the work week for anyone that doesn’t already live or work in Buckhead is like traveling through the pit of hell. The email and race website made it clear that there would be NO RACE MORNING PACKET PICKUP! So I braved the Atlanta traffic shitstorm to get there; the lovely drive required allowed me to listen to the entire Hamilton soundtrack, all 2 hours and 45 minutes of it. Honestly, if a race is going to insist on no race morning pickup, they need to offer more pickup days/times and preferably include some days during the previous weekend, when it would be at least manageable to drive to the store. To put salt in the wound, when we arrived at the race start on Saturday, they had a tent with race morning packet pickup. I guess Craft Classic has no problem paying for my gas and Xanax needed to make it to the in-store pickup?

The second major issue I had was at the post-race party. I have done many races that include beer at the end; I have never needed my ID. A smart person would understand that you have to show your ID to get your bib and your bib has your age on it. But NO! Myself and my group of friends running the race were not permitted to enter the post-race area because we did not have ID. So, this was a beer themed race, where you received a medal with a bottle opener, and none of us actually got any beer.

Again, I’m willing to chalk these issues up to first year mishaps, but they are both pretty unacceptable in my book. Next year, I will be watching the Craft Classic races in other cities to see if changes have been made before I make a decision to run or not. I really do hope they get this together because overall it has the potential to be a great race. There are also not a lot of in-town half marathon options in the fall until Thanksgiving so I’d love to be able to put this on my yearly calendar.

Final Verdict: Fun race and course with some frustrating first year issues. Hoping for improvements in the future.

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What are other BibRave Pros saying?

Chadd | Allen |

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Work Hard, Play Harder: Top 10 Gear for the Multitasking Athlete

Things happening in my life right now:

  • Working at CDC
  • Started full time PhD program
  • Training for my first Ironman
  • Training and fundraising for NYC Marathon

As you can see, I’ve made a lot  of simultaneous life choices that don’t go well together. This isn’t even taking into account that I have an awesome husband who I like spending time with too. With all this going on, day-to-day organization is really important for making it all work. I live out of a gym bag with some essential items that make packing for each day much easier. Check out my first video post for more details! I’ve linked all the mentioned items below as well as a Pinterest board where I’ll keep all of these as well as other great training essentials (and I’ll keep adding!). I did make a few mistakes in the video and have opted to fix them in the list below rather than re-doing the video.

Enjoy!


Top 10-ish Gear List:

  1. Garmin 920XT
  2. Oofos 
  3. XX2i USA2 sunglassesthe 50% discount code is actually ‘XX2iRocks’
  4. Night Runner 270 – use code NRGA2 for 15% off. This is my friend’s affiliate code and she will donate all proceeds to Kilometer Kids!
  5. Body Glide
  6. Generation UCAN – Hydrate, Bars, and SuperStarch. I also mention Salt Sticks which I’m counting as a secondary fuel item.
  7. AfterShokz Trekz Titanium – so I’m a dumbass and don’t even say the name of these in the video.
  8. Eagle Creek PackIt Sport – Wet/Dry locker and Shoe locker
  9. Orange Mud Transition Towel*
  10. Orange Mud Hydraquiver Single Barrel*

*I’m also an OrangeMud ambassador because I LOVE them. Use code AB151-103 for 10% off. If you purchase from these links I get bonuses towards my affiliate account. Any proceed I make I will be donating to the Atlanta Track Club Kilometer Kids Program for our NYC Marathon fundraiser.  

What do you think? Any product questions or additional gears you recommend? Include them in the comments below! And defintely check out BibRave for race reviews. Join us on Tuesdays, 9pm EST for the BibRave sponsored Twitter #BibChat. It’s a great way to connect with runners all over the world and learn about races and products.

*The gear required for balancing life and training is one thing; my friend just wrote a great post about keeping all these big and little life things in perspective. “Making running a part of your chaotic life despite all of its challenges is what makes it hard, but also what makes it the source of pride and accomplishment that you feel bolstered by, and better for.” Check out her post here.

 

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