Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekly Running Update: November 11, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. Anyone training for or doing any races? Which ones?

This was a "recovery week" from the New York City Marathon. Taking it "easy"for a couple days, and trying to get back to "normal".

My week in training:

Monday: 1 mile. Monday, the day after the NYC Marathon. Just a bit sore, everywhere. Got a good foam roll in before starting my travel home from NYC. Once home, a stroll around the neighborhood for the run streak.
Tuesday: 3.11 miles. Day off from work. Stairs are still the enemy. Foam rolled and head out. Was going for 2, but felt decent enough for 3. The misty rain was also refreshing. Still a bit tight. Calves, quads, hips. I wouldn't say I'm feeling better, but also did half off the yard work in the afternoon.
Wednesday: 5 miles before work. Foam rolled. Head out looking to do 4-5, hills weren't fun, but was ok as I head into 4 to 5. After work, I was heading out and ran downstairs without thinking about it. Stairs are less of an enemy. Did the other half of yard work.
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Rest day, one for the streak. Run streak day 1,020.
Friday: 4 miles before work. Still not adjusted to daylight savings. Up an hr before my alarm. Took my time getting ready, foam rolled and out the door around 6.
Saturday: 5 miles. long run day? not yet. Will get some miles in today, but not back to doing long runs yet. Foam rolled and did 5 miles at comfortable pace around the neighborhood. Usually do my trail on Saturday's, but no time for that today.
Off to Citizens Bank Park for the Alzheimer's walk. Walking for a great cause.
After the walk, stopped by a nearby trail to do a "hike". Wissahickon Valley Park. The main path is a gravel road, didn't get too technical, only did a small side trail. Will be back, the park has over 50 miles of trails to walk/hike.
(my IG for a few more park pics)
After the park, did more yard work. Everyone loves the fall foliage, well, it all lands in my yard, about 25 bags of leaves between Nov/Dec. No long run day, but got some miles and work in. (25k+ steps)

Sunday: 1 mile. "Rest" day, one for the run streak. Run streak day 1,023. Comfortable mile around the neighborhood. For the most part. Construction sign on the sidewalk, almost rolled my ankle hopping down into the street. Will also be doing another hr or so of yard work, blah. lol... Will eventually try to rest on this rest day.

Total weekly miles: 20
Total cross training: 0 (taking it "easy" this week)


Fall Schedule: 
With the TCS NYC Marathon coming to it's conclusion, so does my race schedule. Depending on how recovery goes, may squeeze in a fun run in before winter. Will be sure to let you know!

Spring Schedule 

03.31.19 - The Love Run! Love the Love Run Philadelphia half marathon! Check out my review from last yr, here. 

04.06.19 - Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia. Use code BRHCPhilly to receive a free smart phone arm band. Check out my preview, here. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave: Joe G 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 20 - Weekly Running Update: November 4, 2018


Hi Everyone!

How's everyone's training going? Any recent races or one coming up, which one?

Sorry, my weekly post is a couple days late. Was a bit busy this past weekend!

The big week! 20 weeks of training, done! 

My week in running:

Monday: 5 miles before work. Sunday was rest day, and I got plenty of rest! Relaxed majority of the day. Could of used a few more minutes sleep, but up before my alarm. Coffee, light work-out, stretch, and out the door by 6. Comfortable run, made a point to not over do it going through the hills or after.
Tuesday: 1 mi before work. Rest day, one for the streak. Run Streak day 1,011. Light workout and run around the neighborhood before work. Arrg!
Wednesday: 3.11 miles before work. Met a new lady friend after my run. :)
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Rest day, one for the streak. Run streak day 1,013. Watch out for the wolf man! Last halloween selfie, i promise. Decor is down. lol
Friday: 2 miles before work.
Saturday: 1 mile before a road trip to NYC!
Sunday: 26.2+ miles! The TCS NYC Marathon! One pic below, race day details will be in a separate post.
This was week 20 of of marathon training, using the below plan. 
Scheduled to do this week: 
Miles: scheduled miles  38 / completed 39
Strength Training(planks/crunches/leg raises/weights: scheduled min 0/completed 45
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
With the TCS NYC Marathon coming to it's conclusion, so does my race schedule. Depending on how recovery goes, may squeeze in a fun run in before winter. Will be sure to let you know!

Spring Schedule 

03.31.19 - The Love Run! Love the Love Run Philadelphia half marathon! Check out my review from last yr, here. 

04.06.19 - Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia. Use code BRHCPhilly to receive a free smart phone arm band. Check out my preview, here. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave: Joe G 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Runner's World 5k/10k race results are in! Claimed on Athlinks!

Hi Everyone! 

On October 19th, I ran the 5k and 10k at the Runner's World Half festival, had a blast! Race review here!

Since race day, the results have been released and available to Athlinks! I made sure to log into my Athlinks account and claim my results! Check out my full Athlinks review, here. 
Athlinks is a great tool, has all of your race results in one central location! Great for tracking progress. You can also fill out your schedule ahead of time and see where your friends are running! Checking out my schedule, looks like I have one more fall race. hmmm... And I'll be sure to claim those race results as well!
Athlinks site and social:
Sign up here!: https://www.athlinks.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/athlinks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/athlinks/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Athlinks/

If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave: Joe G 


Sunday, October 28, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 19 - Weekly Running Update: October 28, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. Anyone do any races recently or training for one? Which ones?

Last week was the Runner's World half festival, 5 and dime, check out my review, here. This week was week 19 of marathon training! This may be my last post before the big day. My goals are below.

Goals for next week:
  • Obvious goal, complete the darn thing without falling over. 
  • Have fun. This may be a one time thing, make the most of it. 
  • Hate to sound cliche, but trust in training, or as we say in Philly, Trust the Process. I'm sure I'll have anxiety throughout the week, but the training is done and felt good. 
  • PR, preferably by at least 15 min. Ultimate time goal is PR by 30, but will not stress over that, Don't want to go out hard and regret it later on. Trust the process.
My Week in Training:

Monday: 5 miles before work. Sunday was rest day, but still had to do yard work. Once that was done, rest day was in full effect. Watched plenty of football. Relaxed. Even took a nap before bed time! Monday I was feeling fresh energy wise. Could still feel the hills from Saturday, but not an issue. It was a bit chilly out! Frost warning, time for long sleeves, hat, and gloves! Brisk air felt great! Was definitely ready for the work week after this morning's run.
Tuesday: 3.11 miles before work. Another good night's sleep! In bed before 9 and woke up before my alarm (4:45). Coffee, work out, and stretch. Temp not as brisk as yesterday, but nice. Comfortable pace, but could feel shins/calves tightening up. Will be stretching and using KT Tape.
Wednesday: 4 miles before work. Work from home day, I can sleep in a few min, but don't really. Work out and stretch, out the door around 6:15. Comfortable pace. Shins/calves getting better.
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Strength training day, plus one for the streak. Streak day 1,006. Crunches, planks, push-ups, butterflies, leg raises, stretch and out the door by 6:30. Comfortable pace around the outside of my neighborhood. 35 degrees at 6:30, saw 3 smokers within one mile. Oye.
Friday: 4 miles before work. Stayed up a few min later than usual, watching the first half of football for fantasy fb. Last min picks did well! Got a decent night sleep. Up a few min before my alarm. Coffee, work out, stretch, out the door before 6. Comfortable pace. Noticed it slipped a few seconds through the hills, picked it up just a bit after, but not over doing it.
Saturday: 6 miles. "Long" run day, trail day, yay! 38 degrees, rain and wind, oh no! Before heading to bed, knew there was a strong chance of rain, a Nor' Easter coming through. When I woke up, there was flood warnings, but was going to let up in a bit. Saw there was a couple hours that would eventually clear up a bit more, but got impatient. Figured this would also be a good day to double check my wardrobe for worst case scenario weather for next week. Rain was mostly misty with high winds.
The run itself felt good. My trail, Pennypack Creek. Felt good to be back there, two weeks since I was there, and feels like forever! Park in the middle.(Terwood and Welsh Rd). Did the side with a gradual incline to Rockledge Park. (Back and forth is 5.5), went into a nearby neighborhood to add that .5. That neighborhood has a steep hill just before my turnaround.
Sunday: Rest day. One for the streak. Streak day 1,009. Woke up around 3, up for a bit, but was able to fall back to sleep. "Slept in" to 7:30. Took my time getting ready, but also wanting to be sure to be done everything before Eagles football at 9:30 am! Done, just in time!
This was week 19 of of marathon training, using the below plan. 
Scheduled to do this week: 
Miles: scheduled miles   22 / completed 24
Strength Training(planks/crunches/leg raises/weights: scheduled 60 min/completed 75
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
Next up, oh my!

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

Spring Schedule 

03.31.19 - The Love Run! Love the Love Run Philadelphia half marathon! Check out my review from last yr, here. 

04.06.19 - Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia. Use code BRHCPhilly to receive a free smart phone arm band. Check out my preview, here. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave: Joe G 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Runner's World Half and Festival! Race review of the 5 and dime!

Hi Everyone!

A festival of running?! Sounds good to me!

Here to review the Runner's World Half Marathon Festival. The five and dime! (5k + 10k)

Runner's World Magazine is based out of Emmaus, Pa. Their annual running festival is hosted in nearby Bethlehem, Pa.

The festival offer's a bit for everyone. Multiple distances and events to choose from (3.8 Altra, 5k, 10k, and/or half marathon), seminars, and family events such as a kids run and even a dog run.

The start and end of the race is held at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks. Very cool architecture/scenery from the orig Bethlehem Steel Works. Looks like it could be scenery for a movie. oh wait, it has been. Michael Bay used the scenery for one of  Transformers 2's battle scenes!

Parking: a couple huge lots by the race. But you are forewarned that you cannot leave until the last runner from the 10k has passed by. There is also a shuttle service to other large lots if you don't plan on staying until the end.

Before the race, if its' cold out, you can stay warm indoors for a few min over at the ArtsQuest Center. There may be a line, but there are indoor facilities if needed.

As it gets closer to race time, as you approach the starting line, there is a DJ/MC getting everyone amped up. Already feels like a party.

5K:
(image from rwhalf.com)
The 5k kicks off from the Steel stacks. Short distance through a nearby neighborhood/ business district. Up a ramp, across a bridge, around a building (payrow plaza), and back. Back from the bridge there's a slight incline up a nearby highway, around the ArtsQuest Center and to the finish line. Bethlehem has some hills. The 5k is not that bad. Has a couple slight inclines, unless you pushed it too hard for before the last incline, it may be rough. 

At the finish line there's a party to celebrate. Huge crowd cheering you on through the finish. post race there is water, bananas, protein bars, and pretzels. (also available post 10k) Don't celebrate too hard if you are doing the 10k in a few minutes.

My 5k race: since I was also doing the 10k, wasn't sure if I was going to pace for a 15k, or go all out for the 5k. First few minutes were pretty exciting. Alright, doing a 5k pace. Pushed a bit hard, but not too hard. Enjoyed the 5k and was ready for the next challenge!

10k:
(Image from rwhalf.com)
The 10k. It has a few hills. :) Basically every other street has an incline of some sort. Pace yourself! A few points of interest: The race start's and ends at the Steel Stacks. The Lehigh River, you'll pass by the river twice, beautiful view of the river from the bridge. You'll pass through business districts, neighborhoods, people cheering you on throughout. The end of W Broad Street, which has quaint shops and the historic Bethlehem Hotel. You'll also pass by churches, cemeteries, and a park before heading back.

My race: I may have pushed it slightly harder than planned for the 5k, but did not regret it for the 10k. Between races, I hydrated and stretched a bit. The weather was perfect for a hill day. Definitely prefer cool air on any run that may be a challenge. The first mile was smooth, but once the hills set in, got into rhythm for them and maintained where I wanted to be. Probably pushed it slightly harder than I should have for marathon training, but no regrets. yet. :) Once the results have been released, I'll be sure to claim them on Athlinks! Love having all of my race results in one place!

Aid: adequate water and Gatorade throughout the course. 

Expo/packet pick-up: bib pickup was a breeze. Able to pickup on race day! Also able to pick up my shirt and check out the expo post race! Notable stands such as Altra, Balega, and AfterShokz! Various other stands as well.

Swag:
Shirt: Grey long sleeve Poly/rayon blend.It's very comfy! Almost a heather cotton, but softer with a slight tech feel. The front of the shirt has the Runner's World Half & Festival presented by Altra. On the back, has the factory building outline with a gear behind it. All of the distances are listed. Bethlehem, Pa. Sponsors Altra and Balega. 
Socks: If you were doing the 5 and dime, you also got socks! Grey with fluorescent green. "Runner's World" and "Balega" written on the top front/back.
Medals: Flat square in a diamond angle with the Distance, Date, "Runner's World Half and Festival" logo, and "Altra" sponsor. If you did all four races for the grand slam, there is a magnet that connects all four! (Beer not included) Had to check out a nearby brewery to celebrate. Lost Tavern Brewing. Definitely recommend! 
Photos: how about free pics?! Yay! Much nicer than those expensive pics you keep getting emails to buy. They tagged me in about 8 photos on Gameface.photos 
Management: Runner's World know's how to put on a race. Who would of thought that?! lol... A great experience for all distances and skill sets. I do have a slight criticism for the 10k. Before the race starts, there are flags for your expected pace, but there wasn't a pause between corral start times. Basically a constant walk to the start line and then go, congestion after the starting line for a bit. It did clear up and was able to get into a groove, wouldn't hold this against them. 

Overall: The race, scenery, and festival are a blast. I will definitely be coming back to this race to do at least one if not all four. 


Did I mention this was a festival? Had to meet up with some of my running buddies! Met up with team BibRave, a couple of my buddies from work, and the #RWRunStreak group! The races were great, and meeting up and cheering everyone on made it even better! The running community is so supportive and awesome! 
Sites and social:
Site: http://rwhalf.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RWHalf/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RWHalf
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runnersworldevents/

If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave: Joe G 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 18 - Weekly Running Update: October 21, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. Anyone do any races or training for one? Which one? Any recent bling to show off? Let's see it!

This was week 18 of marathon training for me. 27 weekly scheduled miles, with a long run of 10. Going to front load the week a bit to get a few days taper. This was also a race week for me. Cutting my 10 miler a bit short, 9.3, I know, I'm such a slacker. Doing a 5k and then a 10k shortly thereafter. The "5 and dime" at Runner's World Half Marathon Festival!

My Week in Training:

Monday: 7 miles. Sunday was rest day, after Saturday's 20 miler. Rested well yesterday. Actually felt pretty good this morning, considering. Day off from work, but plans in a bit. Slept in a few minutes, out the door around 7:30. Scheduled for 5. Feeling much better than expected, and enjoying the weather. Decided since I had time, would add another mile (or two). Haven't done a 7 miler around my neighborhood in a long time, definitely prefer trails for that, but the hills were manageable and felt pretty good.
Tuesday: 5 miles before work. Monday was a full day, could of used a few more min sleep. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6. Cooler out, didn't think I needed gloves. A few minutes in, I could of used them, lol.. Warmed up after a few min. Calves and shins a little tight towards the end. Will be sure to stretch, hydrate, and wear KT Tape.
Wednesday: 3.11 miles before work. A bit cooler out this morning. Started out with hat and gloves this time. Shins/calves still a bit tight, but feeling better than yesterday.
Thursday: 1 mile. Strength training day, plus one for the streak. Run streak day 999! Thinking about breathing and pacing before I started, pushed it through the first hill and remainder of the way. Felt good.
Friday: 1 mile before work. Well, for a 1 miler, I was a bit tired. My on-call week for work. 3rd shift contacted me, had to work from 1-3, a few min at 4, and gave up trying to sleep around 5. Coffee, and there will be plenty today. Work out, and out the door around 6:15. The cool air helped. Tried not to over do it. Will be hydrating, stretching, and using KT tape. Race day tomorrow!

Run streak day 1000! 1000 straight days of at least 1 mi. Will probably do a separate post at some point, but first and foremost, have to thank my wife. Couldn't have done it without her support and toleration. I'm sure the question of when will I get my run in when making plans can be a pain sometimes. Secondly, have to thank the #RWRunstreak facebook group, BibRave, and all of my followers. The support of the running community is amazing!
Saturday: 9.3 miles. (5k + 10k). The "5 and dime" A couple pics below, will have a separate post recapping the day. Had a blast!
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. streak day 1,002. Would have been a great day to sleep in, but up at my normal time. coffee, stretch, and out the door around 8. Feeling yesterday's hills a bit, not over pushing it today. When I stepped outside, the weather was fine, for a few minutes. Didn't take the wind seriously, it picked up as soon as I left. Lol.. should have worn hat/gloves! Glad it was 1 mile day! Unfortunately, have to do yard work on this "rest day". Will later up for that, for sure!
This was week 18 of of marathon training, using the below plan. 
Scheduled to do this week: 
Miles: scheduled miles  27 / completed 27
Strength Training(planks/crunches/leg raises/weights: scheduled 60 min/completed 90
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
Next up, oh my!

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

Spring Schedule 

03.31.19 - The Love Run! Love the Love Run Philadelphia half marathon! Check out my review from last yr, here. 

04.06.19 - Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia. Use code BRHCPhilly to receive a free smart phone arm band. Check out my preview, here. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave: Joe G 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 17 - Weekly Running Update: October 14, 2018


Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. Anyone doing races or training for one, which one(s)? Will I see any of you next week at Runner's World?

This was week 17 of marathon training for me, the biggest week of the plan! A 20 miler, oh my!

My week in training:

Monday: 6 miles. Sunday was the ArmyTenMiler, my review, here. Stayed in Va Sunday to visit and celebrate afterward. Monday morning, had to make the 3+ hr journey home. Usually do a rest day after a race, but didn't want to re-order this week's schedule. Made the drive home, unpacked, settled in, hydrated, stretched, and head over to my trail, Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood rd, did the side with the gradual incline to that end, Rockledge Park, plus about .25 into a nearby neighborhood with a steep hill, back to the trail to the mid point to get in 6. Started a bit faster than I should have for a day after a race, under 8 for 1. Started to feel it and pulled back. Was definitely feeling it a bit more towards the hill, but not as bad I would expect.
Tuesday: 3.11 miles before work. Hydrated and stretched last night. Went to bed early, woke up before my alarm. May have been up, but was groggy. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6. A bit sore to start. Feeling the slight inclines before getting to the hills. 8:25 pace before the hills, 8:35 after. Pushed a bit to get it down to 8:30.
Wednesday: 4 miles before work. My work from home day, can sleep in a few minutes, nope. Up before my alarm. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6. Sluggish start. 8:25 before the hills, 8:38 around the mid point. Brought it down a bit, a few more smaller hills, didn't bring it down that much. Yup, it's also still humid.
Thursday: 1 mile. Strength training day, plus one for the streak. Able to sleep in a few minutes, but up before my alarm. Crunches, planks, push-ups, curls, tri extensions, butterflies, and leg raises. Stretch, and out the door around 6:30. Loop around part of the neighborhood. First min in starts with a hill, a bit slower than expected, picked it up and leveled out. It was still humid, sweating after 1 mile.
Friday: 5 miles before work. Last night was an Eagles football game. Stayed up past my bedtime and had a few adult beverages. Still intended to get up early to run before work. I prefer Friday mornings over after work to allow a few more hours recovery before Saturday long run. Was in bed around 11:30 pm, still up before my alarm. Coffee, stretch, and out the door by 6. It was chilly out! I may have been a bit tired, but today felt great! Hydrated plenty the rest of the day and went to bed early for tomorrow's long run!
Saturday: 20 miles. Long run day, yay! 20 miles, ruh roh? haha! Only my second twenty miler, but wasn't feeling the anxiety I would usually have. Up before my alarm, I could hear the rain. Thought about staying in a few minutes..  But I was up. Coffee, hydrate, stretch. Checked the weather 49 and light rain for a couple hours. Packed a long sleeve shirt, hat, and gloves. Once I got to my trail, was pretty sure the hat and gloves would be enough, and it was if it needed, I could add that layer around 5 miles when I pass my car, did't need it. Started off slightly faster than planned, 8:45ish, pulled back to have it around 9. My 16 and 18 milers were around 9:05, planned on fading a bit. Felt pretty good overall, splits were all around 9.0, I felt a little tight at the end, but maintained that pace.
My trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle. The trail is 5.5ish end to end, back and forth 11,  There were points today where I thought maybe today is the day I do the entire trail back and forth twice (22), but towards the end thought it would be best that I stuck to the plan. lol..  I pass my car every 5.5 ish, hydrate, and take my gels about every 5, usually just before I get to my car to wash it down. 
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak streak day 995. Woke up at my normal time. Would be a perfect day to sleep in, but nope, internal alarm plus allergies got me up. Took my time getting ready. A bit sore from yesterday, but not as bad as I expected. Out the door around 7:30. A bit chilly, started a bit faster than I should after yesterday, around 8. A bit tight, pulled back to about 8:30. Wish I could rest today, but I have some yard work to do. Mid week rain had me reschedule. 'Doh!
This was week 17 of of marathon training, using the below plan. 
Scheduled to do this week: 
Miles: scheduled miles  38 / completed 40
Strength Training(planks/crunches/leg raises/weights: scheduled 60 min/completed 75
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
10/19-10/21 - Runner's World Half Festival. Next week! (5k & 10k). My 2017 5k review, here! Use code RWHALF18BIBRAVE for 15% off any/all 4 races! 3.8 Altra, 5k, 10k, Half marathon! Check out my preview, here! 

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

Spring Schedule 

03.31.19 - The Love Run! Love the Love Run Philadelphia half marathon! Check out my review from last yr, here. 

04.06.19 - Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia. Use code BRHCPhilly to receive a free smart phone arm band. Check out my preview, here. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave: Joe G 

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