"Disclaimer: I received a complimentary race entry for the Rock n Roll Savannah 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!"
This year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series will be celebrating 20 Years Running. 2017 will also mark Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & 1/2 Marathon’s 7th year with the series.
I’m taking on the half marathon, less than 8 weeks away. This race is going to be special to me for 2 reasons:
There are several distances to choose from:
If you need a fall marathon or half, join me! Right now, you can save $15 with BIBRAVE15 on the half or full.
My next RNR Savannah post will take a look at the course, live entertainment and area attractions.
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I will admit that I hadn’t put much thought into my dog’s collar. He was wearing a “hand me down” from our previous dog. It was nothing special, but it did the job.
Then I received the Go Dog Glo collar from Stunt Puppy -
The collar comes in 6 bright colors, so of course I chose my favorite (orange). My first reaction was how smooth and light it was. And, that it had an extra D ring. The advantage there is that you can be clipped into one with your leash on his back, and his tags can still hang from the D ring below his neck. It’s wide open space with no other clutter.
Reflection is a wonderful feature – especially if you walk your dog early in the morning or late at night. In the summers here in Arizona, that is pretty much the only choice we have if we want to not melt. My dog can be a door dasher sometimes, so knowing that he could be seen at night if he got out makes me feel a little better too. Below is a pic taken in the dark with a flash, similar to what would show with headlights. It was so brightly reflective!
Stunt Puppy makes collars, leashes, harnesses and ID collars – all Made in the USA! The collar retails for $26.00. Right now they are offering 20% off with code BIBRAVE917.
"Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Craft Classic 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’m coming into the home stretch of my training for my next half marathon, the Craft Classic, here in Arizona this October. I’ve got 6 weeks left, which seems crazy to me!
I had an insane July with back to back work trips, which made for inconsistent training. That combined with the Arizona heat has left me feeling less than at the top of my game.
One key that I am still missing is hill training. I got in some hill training on a recent weekend trip in Northern Arizona, and also last weekend at Ragnar Colorado. I am hereby vowing that after Labor Day I will start incorporating one hill workout a week (where, I am not sure!). Plus I want to get in 1-2 long runs up in Fountain Hills, where the race is.
Recently, I attended a local craft beer festival (I told you, I'm a junkie!) - and I met one of the organizers from the Craft Classic! So cool. I scored one of their awesome shirts.
As a reminder, here is the big draw for this race:
Be on the lookout for “social runs” in the area. You can see some of the course, get to know some fellow runners and of course, enjoy some delicious craft beer after!
PLUS save $10 on the half with code BIBRAVEHALF. Register here!
Cheers to the last 6 weeks of training...good luck to all of you running!
When I heard that I was selected to receive a spot on Nuun Hydration’s team at Ragnar Colorado, I was over the moon with excitement. I even wrote this post about it.
Everyone knows that I’m Ragnar obsessed. It’s my goal to someday #runalltheragnars. I knew that the scenery would be incredible. I just ran two half marathons in June, and have been training for my fall marathons, so I thought I was in decent shape. It wasn’t until a week or so out that I really started dawning on me that the elevation could be a problem. I did run at 5500 feet a week before Ragnar when I was up in Northern AZ. And I had run the Sedona 10k earlier this year at about 4300 ft. I honestly felt more challenged by the hills than the elevation.
Our team, the Nuunicorns (cute right?) was comprised of 6 guys and 6 girls. I was assigned to van 2. I’ve only been in van 1 in all of my previous Ragnars. It’s my preference, but hey, I was just grateful to be on the team so I can’t complain!
The lineup was:
Runner 1 – Cody (Captain, works for Nuun)
Runner 2 – Alessandra
Runner 3 - Moe
Runner 4 – Christopher
Runner 5 – Meg
Runner 6 – Zach
Runner 7 – Brittany (Captain, works for Nuun)
Runner 8 – ME!
Runner 9 – Ryan
Runner 10 – Kalletta
Runner 11 – Seth
Runner 12 – Caleb
Out of everyone, Ryan was the only one I had met before. I knew he was a super fast runner, and assumed that most of the others would be too. As everyone started arriving, I learned they were all pretty accomplished runners and triathletes from all over the US and Canada. Most of them were new to Ragnar. I was by far the most “seasoned” Ragnarian - and was happy to share my passion and tips with the crew!
I had studied the leg maps and saw that my longest leg was my first one – it was 9.7 miles and started at 10,000 ft elevation near Copper Mountain, Co! The only thing keeping me from having a panic attack about that was that it was mostly downhill. I would lose 2000 ft elevation during that run. Wow!
Nuun generously provided us with all the snacks and supplies we could possibly need for the adventure. Plus tons of Nuun Hydration to power us through, of course! We divided it up between the two vans, and then decorated our vans. The crew really got into it and covered just about every available inch of the vans! Next up was dinner – we got to venture into downtown Denver into Larimer Square. We went to a cool place, Euclid Hall, and had a good time getting to know each other a bit.
Our team start time was 9:15am. Since we were van 2, we didn’t need to be there until 2pm to check in. It was an hour and 40 minute drive up into the mountains to get to the start. I’ve never been past Denver, so it was a new adventure for me! Wow, wow, wow. Stunning scenery everywhere you look. We started at Copper Mountain Resort. Gorgeous!
My first leg started at about 5pm outside of Vail on the Vail Pass Trail. It was about 65-70 degrees when I started. I went on a paved bike path that followed the river. The first .3 mile was a big incline, which felt like a punch in the face - like "Welcome to Colorado, B****". I started feeling tingly when I ran up that hill, like the altitude was kicking my butt. Luckily, within the first mile, the trail started its descent. It was incredible! Naturally I had to make stops to take pictures. How could I not?
This leg went on forever! I only saw a handful of people the whole time. Not much of an opportunity for “kills”. In fact, at about 5 miles the trail crossed the freeway and had this little offshoot with no arrows pointing the right way. It seemed logical that I made the right choice and was going the right way, but it was disconcerting that I didn’t see anyone for a long time and there was no signage to give me reassurance. I considered texting my van to tell them I may have made a wrong turn, but I finally had someone come near me on the trail and it gave me the confidence boost I needed. I finally made it to the finish only to find out that the van went to the wrong exchange! I had to wait about 10-15 minutes for them to show up.
When I finished, it was almost dusk, so the temperature started dropping off. I was immediately chilly and had trouble warming up. I was too cold to even get out of the van the next few exchanges to cheer on teammates. I had made the mistake of not getting off all my wet layers right away (the sports bra was a challenge to discreetly take off). That kept the chill in and made me miserable for awhile.
We finally finished our first round and were anxious to get some shuteye. We slept at the major exchange we’d be starting at. Most of us chose to sleep on the gym floor. Not awesome, but it was great to stretch out for a bit. I was hoping I was delirious when Caleb announced around 1am that we had to be back down in 25 minutes to start again. Nope. True.
My next leg started around 3am. It was about 50 degrees. My route was again going to be on a paved bike path next to a river in Glenwood Canyon. I was hoping it would be lit, but it wasn’t. Pitch dark. Thank goodness for my knuckle lights! It was 4.7 miles, for the most part pretty flat. Really deserted. I didn’t see that many people, but I did get two official kills on that leg. I would have LOVED to see this route in the daytime.
After that run, I was smarter and I made sure I got fully changed into warm dry clothes. We unfortunately got lost while trying to pick up our runner – the navigation had us going in circles even though we were so close we could feel it.
Once we picked our last runner up, it was on to breakfast in Carbondale. We found an incredibly quaint place with great coffee and charm. It was just what we needed! We had made up some good time during our night runs and were starting to close the gap a bit.
We headed out to the next exchange where a few people decided to rest, but once the sun is up that is just about impossible for me. They combined legs due to construction, so I would be running it with our captain Brittany. The sun was really warming things up. It was only 2.6 miles – but by then my legs were just shredded from all the downhill miles I did the day before.
It started out on the Rio Grande trail, then crossed a bridge and all of a sudden there was this horrendously steep dirt section that I had to hike up. I was feeling light headed and I couldn’t keep up with Brittany, so I just powered through it on my own. I just can’t explain the difficulty that the elevation was causing – It sapped all my energy, and I lost the will to push myself any further. There were some great rolling hills, which honestly felt better, and then the run was finally up and I was done with all my legs!
We got through the last 4 runners who had some pretty tough legs. It was getting HOT and we were going right into the sun. I’m so impressed with how everyone handled the heat and elevation. Only ¼ of the runners were “locals” from Colorado. Then our captain got a text message regarding bears! Being sighted in the area! Holy crap. Runners were really struggling as it was, and now this! One of our fast runners, Ryan, was doing all the additional mileage he could. He even got up and ran 10 miles the morning of Ragnar, before his legs started. He offered to run some extra legs just for funsies and accompanied Caleb on the last leg of the race, which is an extremely challenging 8.5 mile trail with uneven terrain up and over snowmass.
The finish area was really cool at the ski resort. We hung out and waited for them to finish. As usual for Ragnar, I didn’t get to spend barely any time with the other van, which is always such a bummer. There were some really cool people in that group, I wish I could have gotten to know them better.
Finally we finished and got our finisher medals. We had a 4 hour drive back to Denver, so there was no time to waste. Some of the time was passed listening to boy bands from the 90’s – which the rest of the crew knew the words to with incredible detail. It was entertaining, anyway…
This was a unique Ragnar experience for me; and a very humbling one. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Team Nuun and appreciated the amazing opportunity to connect with fellow ambassadors and to experience running in the mountains. However, I was the oldest and slowest. I was 15-20 years older than the majority of the other runners. I have MAD respect for the fast runners and accomplished athletes on my team. While many of them boasted about their kills, I was happy to just be getting through my challenging runs with the elevation. I noticed when we were parked at the finish that someone had drawn a turtle near my name that was on the side of the van. That was “cute”, but it honestly didn’t make me feel very good.
Nuun’s customers and athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities – I’m glad that Nuun recognizes that and offers the everyday midpack runner these types of opportunities. Thank you again Nuun for allowing me this experience and for keeping me well hydrated :)
Cheers to another Ragnar adventure completed!
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My father, an amazing man, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma - a blood cancer - back in 2001. He was always very active, and watched his diet. He battled this disease with grace and determination. He worked his way into remission, but in 2003 it came back.
In November 2003, my mother and father flew out for my wedding. The flight from Michigan took its toll on my dad and he arrived feeling fairly weak, just 2 days before the wedding. He ended up being hospitalized the day before the wedding, and missed the entire rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I was scared and devastated. This was supposed to be the happiest time of my life, but I was worried about my dad.
In the hospital, my dad was given a much needed blood transfusion. The next morning, when I got home from having my hair and makeup done, my dad was sitting at my kitchen table, with a smile on his face and a glow of renewed energy about him. It was the best sight ever.
My dad was able to walk me down the aisle, and fully enjoy his daughter's wedding, thanks to a precious blood donation.
Blood donation helps so many people. Did you know that:
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I hope you join me in making a difference! #daddysgirlforever #beimpulsive
Disclaimer: I received compensation from United Blood Services for participating in this campaign, as part of being a Fitfluential Ambassador.
"Disclaimer: I received an Eat Smart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale to review as part of being a Fitfluential Ambassador.
I have had my current bathroom scale for honestly somewhere between 5-10 years. Over the years, the display was getting harder to read, and the body fat % reader fluctuated wildly. I am thrilled to be replacing this scale with the new sleek Precision Digital Bathroom Scale from Eat Smart. I recently reviewed their kitchen food scale and loved it, so I knew I would be getting a quality product in a bathroom scale.
Here are the features of this scale:
I tried it right away and found it to be extremely accurate. I love that it doesn’t just show pounds or half pounds – it shows your weight in increments of .2 oz! So every little bit of your progress made shows up! That is huge. I also loved that I didn't have to squint to read it (I'm old!) - these numbers are quite large and there is no guessing!
This is a very nice, and affordable scale. It retails for anywhere between $19.95 - $38.99. ! It also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty.
"Disclaimer: I received a complimentary entry to the Craft Classic Phoenix 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!"
If you know me at all, you know that 2 of my favorite things are RUNNING and BEER. Beer is often the incentive or motivator to get me to finish a long race, or long run. I used to be a mainstream light beer drinker, but I got into the craft beer scene a few years ago, and there’s been no looking back.
The clever people who created the craft classic series know that a large percentage of the running population are beer drinkers, and bringing these two things together is a sure recipe for success!
Last fall I missed the entire fall racing season due to injury, so I’m determined to make the most of being able to run this year! My next half will be the 2nd annual Craft Classic half marathon this October, in the picturesque town of Fountain Hills, Arizona. It takes place on October 15.
I’ll be honest, the main reason I signed up for this race was the incredible beer-ific swag!
All this plus great scenery! What are you waiting for?? Add this to your fall race calendar and join me! PLUS save $10 on the half with code BIBRAVEHALF
Now I guess it’s time to start training…lots of HILL training!
What's on your fall race calendar?
I received some super exciting news the other day – I was offered a spot on a Nuun-sponsored team for Ragnar Colorado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Y’all know that I am Ragnar obsessed! I applied thinking it was a longshot, since Team Nuun has over 700 ambassadors! But I got lucky and secured a spot.
This road Ragnar race runs from Copper Mountain to Snowmass/Aspen. It’s going to be epic. I don’t know which legs I have been assigned yet, but I can’t wait to meet my teammates and represent Nuun on this incredible adventure!
I have just under 8 weeks to prepare, and I’ll be traveling for work for about half of that time. My husband was thankfully super understanding of this great opportunity and has my back on kid duty while I’m gone.
I've done several races for Team Nuun already this year, but this will blow those out of the water!
This will be the 4th state that I’m running a Ragnar in this year. My new mantra is to #runalltheragnars! Ok, maybe that was already my mantra!
Thank you Nuun for this exciting opportunity!
Going into this Charlevoix half marathon, I was very much looking forward to it for several reasons:
It was my 7th time running the half, but I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect performance-wise. It was my second half marathon in 3 weeks, and I’m still protective of my knee after having surgery last fall. I gained weight around that time and basically never lost it. So I was going into this race a good 7 pounds heavier, and with less mileage since I’m trying to be more conservative these days.
This town is unbelievably charming and breathtakingly gorgeous. It’s like a little piece of cape cod sitting in Northern Michigan. We rolled into town on Thursday after a somewhat rainy day. Forecast looked great for the race though! Packet pickup is just held Friday afternoon and Saturday morning before the race. It’s a small race that also has a full, a 10k and 5k. Friday was spend getting the packet, having lunch and relaxing at the beach.
I had 2 clothing options for the race – a tank or short sleeve shirt on top, and capris or shorts for the bottom. It was going to be 53 at the start which is ideal or almost warm for most people, but in my head, I had settled on the capris and short sleeves. I tend to overdress for races and running in general.
Then as I was trying to fall asleep the night before the race, I had a jolt and remembered that my outfit has no pockets and I forgot my spi belt! Where would I put my id, money, cards and rental car keys? Ugh. I remembered that I had a long sleeve running shirt that has a zipper pocket in the back. So that was the new game plan.
I stayed at a condo about 10 minutes from the start. I like to go in really early and just have coffee and chill before the race. I decided to stash the rental car keys so I didn’t have to deal with those bulky things. I was enjoying my pre race coffee and nuun performance drink, and hoping to meet up with my Insta friend Trina.
In the meantime, I was treated to a stunning sunrise. The drawbridge still gives me goosebumps seeing it in action, even after all these years. So cool.
Mission accomplished, I found Trina and group, and then we were off!
I started out fast but naturally couldn’t keep it up. The first few miles are residential and I enjoyed seeing all of it. The long sleeved shirt was really starting to bother me. It was getting warm and I was feeling like an idiot for getting myself in this predicament by forgetting my spi belt. So after mile 2 I pulled over, came to a complete stop and took both shirts off, down to my sports bra. The long sleeve shirt is very fitted and was already covered in sweat so it was sticking to me. It was hard to get off! Anyhoo, I wrapped it around my waist and put the short sleeve top back on and off I went. I’m not sure how much time I lost there but it had to be at least 1.5-2 minutes. I got back on track and soon (around 3.6) the course turns onto the Little Traverse Wheelway, a paved multiuse path that is lined with trees and comes next to the lake in some parts. Super pretty.
Miles 4.5-6.5 felt pretty good, I had a good rhythm. I brought my bottle of nuun with me so I didn’t need to stop at water stops, but I did need to walk a little to actually drink some. Miles 7-10 were a little more of a struggle. Felt a bit out of gas. I did not use any gels. Once the race turned back off the trail to the residential neighborhood, I was started feeling a little better. I was proud of myself for not walking at all in the 2 hills in the last few miles. I remember looking at my fitbit and seeing that at mile 12 I was at 1:59 already. I thought uh oh. In a perfect world, I would have liked sub 2, but it was not in the cards. Other than my wardrobe change, I am not sure how I lost so much time. I really want a do-over!
I finished in 2:08 and was happy to see my sister at the finish line. After some pizza and local Kilwin's fudge, I headed back to the condo to get cleaned up and chill out.
We visited an adorable little winery nearby (Northern Michigan has some amazing wineries due to it’s location on the 45th parallel.) I highly, highly recommend this race if you like fantastic scenery, small town good vibes and sweet bling!
Who doesn’t need a good pair of sunglasses for summer?
"Disclaimer: I received a pair of xx2i Bahamas1 polarized sunglasses 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 have reviewed both performance sport as well as casual style sunglasses from xx2i, and I’m never disappointed. I’m really rough on glasses, and I have yet to have a pair break or get scratched.
The Bahamas 1 are the latest casual style from xx2i. They come in 4 different color combos, and use the same materials as XX2i’s performance models. I chose the Matte Tortoise with Polar Brown lenses. Bahamas1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity.
Since these are casual not performance, I did not wear them for any runs. However, any day that I’m not running, I’m out walking, running errands, walking the dog, and more. Plenty of opportunities to test these out!
These glasses have a relaxed but not loose fit. There was no slippage. Everything turned a brighter shade when I put the glasses on, got to love the polarized lenses.
I threw these glasses in my backpack when I traveled to San Diego for the Rock n Roll Marathon weekend. I was hoping for beachtime, but the sun never came out. These glasses were still great for cloudy days to cut down on the brightness.
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Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!