Sunday, April 29, 2018

Weekly Running Update: April 29, 2018

Good morning Everyone!

Happy Sunday, hope all is well! Anyone have any races this past weekend or training for one? My next big race is the Broad Street Run (10 miler) next week, cant wait! Hope to see some of you there!

My week in training: 

Monday: 5 mi after work. At the trail! Long, coffee filled Monday at work. Not a bad day at work at all, just tired. Today's forecast was 70's and sunny! Been thinking about going to the trail after work more, and today was as good a day to do it! From the mid point of the trail, one side has a gradual incline, other has a big hill at the end. Did the side with the hill. Beautiful day at the trail. Could definitely sense spring is trying to come in!
trail run selfie 04.23.18
trail run 04.23.18
Tuesday: 3.11 mi after work. A bit cooler than yesterday with a chance of showers. 5k around my neighborhood, beat the rain! A bit tight up some of the hills. Hydrated and foam rolled afterwards. Also applied some KT Tape to my shins!
run selfie 04.24.18
Wednesday: 4 miles. Work from home day, lunch run! A hectic day at work. Was looking forward to stepping out for a few! Didn't care that it was raining! Dressed warm, the rain was not as cold as I expected, but it was refreshing!
run selfie 04.25.18
Thursday: 3.11 mi, early! Plans after work, set my alarm to get up early. Well, work decided to get me up earlier! My on-call week, worked for a few minutes. Stretched, worked out, and out the door before 6! Besides being early, legs felt the most fresh this week today!
run selfie 04.26.18
Friday: 4 mi after work. Grey and cooler today. Should have double checked the temps tho. 57 and humid, did not need the long sleeves! Also, so much for legs feeling fresh. Definitely had some tightness most of the way. Will be foam rolling tonight for sure!
run selfie 04.27.18
Saturday: 6 mi. Long run day, yay! Well, sorta. Week 13 of the training program is a 6 mi taper. Normal routine. Up early. Work a few minutes, coffee, light breakfast. Out the door by 7:15. I made sure that i checked the weather forecast today! Low 50 to start. Short sleeve shirt, but hat/gloves just in case. Did the opposite trail as Monday. Half the trail and back is 5.25 ish. Pleasant morning at the trail felt good to start, did feel a slow down along the inline, but no concerns. At the end had to add .75, off to a nearby neighborhood that has a steep hill, good challenge for this side. On to the trail an back, shaved a few seconds down incline. Glad I wore the short sleeves, only wore the hat a few minutes, got humid quick!
trail run selfie 04.28.18
trail pic 04.28.18
trail pic 04.28.18
Sunday: 1 mi. Rest day, one for the streak. A bit cooler this morning, mid 40's. Cool, smooth mile around the neighborhood. 
I recently used the below training program. One weekend to go and then the Broad Street Run. I am redoing week 6,13,14 between my last race and Broad Street. This was week 13.To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
half marathon training program
Future races registered for:
  • 05/06/18 - Broad Street Run! This is definitely a fav! My 2017 review 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, April 22, 2018

Weekly Running Update: April 22, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well! Anyone racing or prepping for any big races? Last week I had the Newport Rode Race half marathon, review here! 

My week in training: 

Monday: 4 mi. My 4 day weekend coming to it's conclusion. :( Still in Rhode Island that morning. Knew it was going to be cold and wet. Started out a bit misty, then it started to pour! Temp wasn't an issue, had proper layers. Definitely feel bad for anyone doing the Boston Marathon today! They are true warriors!
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Tuesday:  3.11 mi. Back to work. Blah! Ha, work wasn't that bad. 5k around the neighborhood after work. Made a point to foam roll!
running 0417
Wednesday:  4 mi Work from home day! Was a bit crazy this morning, Thankful for the lunch run! Foam rolled this morning, but still tight. Check out my new shirt from Newport Rhode Race!
running 0418
Thursday: 3.11 mi after work. Rained a bit earlier, some light drizzle before I started. Ditched the glasses. Rain wasn't that bad. Still a bit chilly when there was a breeze.
running 0419
Friday: 5 mi after work. A bit breezy, but nice to see the sun. Relaxed pace, but still feeling some soreness from last week's run. Tomorrow should be fun. Will be sure to hydrate and foam roll tonight! 
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Sat: 11 mi. Long run day, yay! Carb loaded, hydrated, foam rolled, and went to bed somewhat early last night. Have some chores and plans later today. Set my alarm for my normal time. Up, coffee, light breakfast, work for a few, and out at the trail (Pennypack Creek) by 7:30. My trail is 10.5, Between my recent races and tapering, it's been a bit since I did the full trail. Was looking forward to it! Park in the middle, did the gradual side first and back, passed my car/didnt feel the need to hydrate, on to the other side. To that end, knew I had to add .5 somewhere, pulled off to a nearby business district, shhh, no trespassing. loop there, back onto the trail, back to my car. Been a bit tight this week. Hydrated and foam rolled plenty, wasnt sure if I would even maintain my relaxed pace. Able to maintain below 8:30. After today's run, did 4+ hrs yard work. Will need to rest on rest day!
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Sunday: rest day. One for the streak. Streak day 820. Some light chores to do today, but will do my best to rest! 
running 0422
I recently used the below training program. Two weekends to go and then Broad Street Run, I am redoing week 6,13,14 for Broad Street. This was week 6.
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
Future races registered for:
  • 05/06/18 - Broad Street Run! This is definitely a fav! My 2017 review 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, April 17, 2018

Race Review: Newport Rhode Races

"Disclaimer: I received free entry to Newport Rhode Races 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!"
Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well! Anybody doing any races?!


This is my review of Newport Rhode Races Half Marathon! (They did have 5k and full marathon options as well!).


Hopefully you checked out my initial and follow up previews here and here!


The initial lure for me was the beautiful views and ease of travel. (ease in travel, as in 5 hr drive, but majority on turnpike or I95). The views certainly did not disappoint! Wharf town with a beautiful ocean view drive lined with mansions. Old historic mansions, such as the Vanderbilt's The Breakers, and new money such as Jay Leno's house. Most pics will be from race day, but will also include a link to vacation pics, here!

Expo: three packet pickup options! Thursday was held at a local running store, Rhode Runner
Friday was held at a Newport Storm Brewing and Distillery! There was also the option to pickup race day. I did see a couple hundred people choose the latter, and at least a few were late due to the long lines and played catch-up after the race started. Friday was my travel day, I chose to pickup at the brewery! I wouldn't normally partake in adult beverages the day before a race, but wasn't going to miss the opportunity to check out the local craft beer scene either. Had their ipa and their smoked porter, both excellent beers. After packet pick, made sure to hydrate plenty!
Race day!

Athlete tracking: by RaceJoy, excellent way to have your fans that are waiting for you track your progress!


Parking: No onsite parking, but parking was available in a nearby business district with shuttles provided. Long line, but plenty of shuttles, it moved very efficiently!

Once arriving to the starting point, there was secure gear check available by Mobile Locker Co It was a bit brisk before the race, great to have the option to leave a couple layers behind.


Pre-Race: met up with fellow BibRavePro, Brenda, she was running the full marathon! Go Brenda! Be sure to give her a follow, here!

Race!
Elevation and Scenery: over 400 ft accent! The blips on the elevation map are deceiving! A few big hills, but almost always a consistent incline. Even once it leveled out, it did not last long! Scenery, was amazing! The start of the race was by Easton Beach. Beautiful! Driving towards the starting point, you see a very steep hill. Hoping that was the ending, and not the beginning. Oh, but it was! Up the hill, a couple miles through a residential neighborhood. The remainder of the race was through the lifestyles of the rich and famous! Beautiful mansions along the coastline! Views of the coast and/or mansions the majority of the race! Did see a couple houses that had horses as well, probably to play some polo! The only noticeable decline was the end of the race. Tried to pick up some speed on the way down, but once it leveled out, still had at least a .25 to go (but seemed even further)!
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My race: all of my previous halfs took place around the Philadelphia area, as most recent as of March 25th, (less than 200ft accent). Looking at the elevation map and accent, I was not going to go for a PR. Was looking to enjoy the scenery and challenge, and do my best to pace myself for under a certain time. Before the the race, I got in line a few corrals back, (long restroom lines, and fences by the starting line). Felt good to start, but was in a crowd a few corrals from where I wanted to be. Eventually passed the pacer I wanted to be near, and then passed the pacer that would get me a PR. Hung with that pace majority of the race. My PR pacer passed me with about 2 mi to go. Appreciated the words of encouragement, but it wasn't happening. Missed my PR by 2 min. But beat my goal for the event by 8 min. Definitely satisfied with my results!

Post race: met up with fellow BibRavePro, Sara, she ran the half marathon as well! She grabbed a PR! Be sure to give her a follow, here!

Swag:
Shirt: bright green tech shirt. Front side has a lighthouse, 'Newport Races Half-Marathon'. Back has the race logo and sponsors.
The bling! Race title surrounded by anchors and rope, sailboats below, with month/year, and distance. The race is part of a "Master Series", if you do all five of the series,the medals connect and create a huge medal! I would definitely do the series if it wasn't five hours away!


After receiving the bling, there is an athlete's food tent. Water, bananas, grapes, and PieZoni's pizza! Refreshing, satisfying, and delicious!

Beer garden! Your bib contained a ticket for 1 free post race beer. Sponsored by RI Brewer's Guild. There were four local craft beers to choose from. Beer also available to purchase for a very reasonable price of $5. I went with Trinity Brewhouse's Tommy's Red (Irish red ale)!

Pictures: Free race pictures by GameFace! Haven't been tagged in any yet, will let you know if there were any worth sharing. Always a good thing when they are free, usually look like death!

I would definitely recommend this race. It's beautiful, a great challenge, awesome perks and swag!

Once the results are available to Athlinks, I will be sure to claim them! Great way to store all of your race results in one central place!

Rhode Race's sites and social:

Site: http://runri.us/newport-race-info/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaceTheRhode
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rhoderacesri/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RhodeRacesRI/


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekly Running Update: April 15th, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well! Anyone have any races going on?

Last week was the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia (review here), this week was Newport Rhode Race half marathon!

My week in running:

Monday: 5 mi after work. Didn't go to the trail this past weekend, feeling like it's been a bit, decided to head over after work. Now that there's more daylight after work, I should be able to get a trail run in before dark. Assuming I leave work on time. Still feeling Saturday's run and tapering this week, goal was to have a relaxed pace, and ignore the voice to pick it up!
Tuesday: 1 mi. "Rest day". Still did some core strength training, crunches, planks, curls/tri extensions, butterflies. Lower area still feeling it, did not do leg raises or hip thrusts. Smooth mile around the neighborhood before work. Foam rolled later that night.
Wednesday: 4 mi. Work from home day, lunch run! Well, usually. Today I woke up at 4:30, tossed and turned, and decided to go for a run. Starting to feel better. Worked on breathing, felt like a decent pace without over exertion.
Thursday: rest day, one for the streak. To be honest, was lacking motivation. 
Friday: 2 mi. Smooth 2 miles before a Rhode trip!
Saturday: 13.1 miles. Race day! Rhode Race Newport half marathon! Yay! Sorry, only 1 pic from race day. Race day highlights to follow in a few days. Check the Race Reviews tab from the home page for all race day reviews!
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Run streak day 813.
I recently used the below training program, this week was a variation of week 14.
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
Future races registered for:
  • 05/06/18 - Broad Street Run! This is definitely a fav! My 2017 review 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, April 10, 2018

Athlinks: My next big race, Newport Rhode Race!

Disclaimer: I am promoting Athlinks 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!
Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well! Anyone have any races coming up?!

I just completed the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15 Philadelphia this past weekend, you can check out my review here! As soon as the results are available to Athlinks, I will be sure to claim them!

Heading on over Athlinks, looks like I have another race coming up! Newport Rhode Race half marathon! Check out my race previews here and here! Can't wait for this race, looks amazing!
Athlinks is a great place to to let all your race buddies know your race schedule! Also a great place to check out your previous race results! Stats, where you placed, compare yourself against your followers, track PR's, and so much more! Be sure to check out my full review of Athlinks, here!

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/

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Race Review: A Pretty Sweet Race! Allstate Hot Chocolate Philadelphia!

"Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Philadelphia race 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!"

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well! I also hope by now, you may have seen my race previews and/or my race schedule. Well, race day has finally come! Had a pretty sweet time at the AllState Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Philadelphia! ;)

I was so excited for this race! I have heard great things about this race series here and across the country! 

Expo: held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Easy bib pickup! About 20 stations to check in, it's not in alpha or numeric order like most pickups, they just scan your email, print a sticker and apply to a bib! The shirt pullover pickup was in a separate line and went smoothly as well, they just scan your bib to pick up your shirt. They did have a changing area nearby if you wanted to try on/exchange your shirt for another size. After pickup, there were about three rows of vendors to checkout. Some of the vendor stands to check out were running clothing, medal displays, headphones, healthy meals, Nuun hydration, KT Tape, and shoe frosting.  Did I mention this is a chocolate themed race? Well, there was a stand in the middle to sample some of the race day treats! Wafer cookie and a marshmallow to dip in chocolate fondue and a shot of hot chocolate!
Training: I've been using a half marathon program that fits my needs for this and other races. But the Allstate Hot Chocolate race has been nice enough to provide one as well. Available on their web site, and also emailed to you weekly! Each Sunday you would receive an email for the upcoming week's training schedule. Very nice!
Race week:

Weather: going into this week, it looked like weather was going to be a factor! There was a forecast of 1-3 inches of snow, then it changed to 3-6, then wintry mix, then Friday it changed to coating to an inch! Race day, nothing! Maybe flurries, but nope! It was cold pre-post race, but no issues during the race. There was a heating area that had about 8 outdoor propane heaters, definitely made a difference while standing around pre/post race!

Race day: 

Pre-race: Met up with fellow BibRavePro, Meridith, be sure to give her a follow here.
Elevation/Scenery: Great news, the course is relatively flat! Some of the Philly races have one big hill in the middle, not this one! The course starts just to the side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, (not at the end of the parkway like some races). The race is only in the city for about a mile. Down to Logan Square, turn around, back on the parkway (a mile already? am surprised more races don't use the parkway as part of the race, usually just part of the starting area), the rest of the race is along the Schuykill River (I76 side), you have a view of the river, parks, and Boathouse Row, avoid the hills, turnaround, back along the river to the museum, ending by the museum steps (which has a slight incline the last .25!). 
My race: Having just done a half marathon 2 weeks ago, was not sure if I'd have anything in the tank for a good race. Been trying to make a point to stretch, hydrate, and somewhat take it easy before race day.  I have been stretching more, but still room for improvement. Today, my goal was to pace around 8, fading to about 8:15ish. Well, feeling good, started out ahead of the 8 min pacer, felt good for a while, decided to keep with it. Ended up pacing there the entire way! I admit, the last mile I had doubts and was about to fade, the pacer passed me with about 1/4 to go. He gave me great words of encouragement, but I couldn't hang with him. My finishing time was a 7:59 pace! Results were available right away!
Post race pics: Had to get some photo ops with the marshmallow man and hot chocoloate!
Met up with my buddy post race, be sure to follow him as well, here!
Swag: 

The Chocolate! Sorry, didn't get a close up of the chocolate. Included was dark chocolate fondue  with treats to dip! Marshmallow, rice krispie treat, biscoff cookies, and pretzels. As well as hot chocolate!
Medal: pretty sweet medal! Chocolate bar! and a key chain of the Liberty Bell! (each Hot Chocolate 15k race has a city specific landmark key chain) 
Pullover! Most races have a short or long sleeve shirt, this race has a tech pullover! It is so comfy! and provides plenty of warmth! Already gave it a trial run, was very nice!
 
Free photo's! On race day?! When checking my result's yesterday, the photo's were already available! I received an additional email this morning that they tagged me in a few more! And I only look like death in a few of them, actually happy with some! 
I had a blast doing this race, it was pretty sweet! ;) Will definitely do this race again here in Philly, and hopefully in another city as well someday!

Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k sites and socials: 
Site: https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HotChocolate15k
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotChocolate15K/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotchocolate15k/

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!

Good luck with your training, keep kicking butt!

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