Sunday, August 12, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 8 - Weekly Running Update: Aug 12, 2018

Hi Everyone! 

Hope everyone is doing well. Anyone do any races recently or training for one, which one?
Another week of heat and humidity, hope everyone is hydrating well, especially if you are putting in work outside!

My week in review: 

Monday: 5 miles after work. Sunday, had a full day in the sun (at the Phillies gm), and a few adult beverages. Hydrated, but knew I wouldn't be ready to run before work. Heat advisory in effect Sun-wed. Hydrated a ton all day Monday. Was as ready as I could be for an after work run. Over to the trail (Pennypack Creekaround 5:15. Park in the middle. Did the side that has more shade and back. A couple min in, sweat beads starting. Definitely sweating by .5. lol... Maintained my pace for a bit, but wasn't going to stress about it. Up the hill at the mid way point, slowed down a notch, picked it up a bit after. Around the 4 mi mark, heat started to set in a bit more. Definitely counting down the minutes the rest of the way! Hydrated right after! Goal for the night was to hydrate and go to bed early.
Tuesday: 3.11 miles before work. Went to bed early Monday, up early Tues to beat the heat. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6. A bit humid out, but cooler out than yesterday, as the sun wasn't up yet. Slowed down through a couple of the hills, but not bad.
Wednesday: 5 miles before work. Heat advisory in effect until today, still wanted to get up before the heat set in, just in case. Heat was not an issue, but of course 90%+ humidity.
Thursday: 3.11 miles. Day off from work. Stayed at my dad's house last night. Unfortunately, it was not for fun. A funeral later Thu morning, am glad I was able to be there for my friend and their family. Reminder, life is short and precious. Not just about work (and running or other hobbies/interests)). Appreciate and make the most of your family, friends, and loved ones. oh, and #FuckCancer. Sorry for the cuss. 
Back to my run...Last time I stayed at my dad's house, I didn't have time to check out a nearby trail (Gring's Mill), I just ran around his neighborhood. Similarly, I didn't have time, but this time I remembered there is an adjacent business district with a path and ponds. My run had a few inclines, but nothing severe. I did end up doing a few loops, as it wasn't as long as I expected, but was able to enjoy the ponds.
Friday: 5 miles before work. Thursday, was up slightly later than usual. Football was on! Preseason, but hey, it's still football! Set my alarm to get my run in before work. A bit tired this morning, but not bad. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6. Temps not bad yet, a bit humid, but manageable.
Saturday: 10 miles. Long run day, yay! Got a good night's rest. Up before the alarm, per usual. Coffee (and hydrate), worked a few minutes, I was hungry but didn't feel like eating.. and over to the trail by 7:15. Park in the middle of the trail. Did the side with the hill at the end and back. Paced at 8:20 most of the way, but faded to 8:25 by mid point. Fueled at the 5 mile mark, and hydrated as I passed my car at the 5.5 mark. The fuel and hydration was refreshing. A second wind. To the side with the more gradual incline and back. Goal was to pace overall around 8:30, but faded to 8:34. The humidity, quads a bit sore, got the best of me. I may want to rethink that not eating when I'm hungry thing as well.. On a positive note, bumped into a marathoner that I met last fall and paced with them for a bit, didn't want to hold them back though. After my run, had to do yard work as well. :( 26k steps for the day.
My trail is about 10.5, the railroad crossing is about .25 from the parking lot, usually i'll run in circles if the train is holding me up, I was definitely in cool down mode as it passed today. 
Later that afternoon, caught up with my buddy T'Sean. Lunch and an adult beverage or two at Iron Abbey. Follow T'Sean's journey here. 
Sunday: Rest day, one for the streak. Streak day 932. Up past my normal bed time. Stayed up till midnight for a Phillies gm (They won!). Tried to sleep in, up at 7:30. Took my time getting ready, coffee, stretch, and out the door around 9. Smooth mile around the neighborhood. Started out a few seconds slow, trying to take it easy, but pacing and breathing got my pace down, and then backed off again towards the end. A bit humid out (80%), sweating, but a non-issue for a one miler. Today I discovered a hole in my current shoes (Saucony Grid Cohesion 11's), I enjoyed them, but only got 220 miles out of them. I knew I'd have to buy another round before my marathon, guess this will nudge me to buy sooner than later. lol... 
This was week 8 of of marathon training, using the below plan. Somewhat comfortable with the half marathon portion, I have been doing a few extra miles up to this point, but will soon adhere to the plan a bit more. 
Scheduled to do this week: 
Miles: scheduled for 27 / completed 32 
Strength Training(planks/crunches/leg raises/weights: scheduled for 60 min/completed 99.
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
10.07.18 - Army Ten Miler A revenge race for me. My 2017 review, here!

10/19-10/21 - Runner's World Half Festival. (5k & 10k). My 2017 5k review, here! 
Use code RWHALF18BIBRAVE for 10% off any/all 4 races! 3.8 Altra, 5k, 10k, Half marathon!

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

Spring Schedule 

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, August 5, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 7 - Weekly Running Update: Aug 5, 2018

Hi Everyone!

How's everyone's summer training going? What races do you have on the horizon? And how are you dealing with this weather? Humidity has been brutal in the northeast!


This week had a few reminders for me. Not every run will be a struggle, some runs that you are "used to" will be a struggle, and every once in a while you will see hard work pays off. 


My week in training: 


Monday: 5 miles after work. Probably my best 5 miler in while. Think there were multiple factors going on here. Sunday, was as well rested as can be. Maybe 1-2 light chores. Remainder of the day was laid back. Hydrated plenty, stretched twice, and stayed out of trouble (no alcohol). Weather was a non issue Monday, no heat/humidity issues. Went to bed early the night before, but didn't get up early Monday to run before work. Stretched before work, hydrated, and over to the trail by 5:15. Parked in the middle. Did the side of the trail with the hill at the end and back. Could tell early it would at least be a decent run, no tightness at all to start. First couple alerts were a bit faster than normal, backed off a tad, but went with it. Slowed down near the one hill, but picked it back up after. Wasn't working on race pace, but felt pretty good. Hydrated and stretched after.

Tuesday: 3.11 miles after work. Worked a few min late, but able to get home and out by 5:15. A bit tight compared to yesterday. lol... The worst hill is around 1.3, I always fade a bit there, but was able to pick it up after that.
Wednesday: 5 miles before work. Woke up early, tossed and turned, started thinking about running, told myself if I don't fall asleep in 15 min, I'll get up and go. Well, a few min passed, that's it, I'm up! Coffee, work out, stretch, morning routine, and out the door before 6! Could tell as I was geting ready that it wouldn't be an easy one. Never a good sign when you're still tight a you tie your shoes. lol Out the door, 95% humidity! 8:20 pace most of the way, slightly better for how I felt, faded towards the end. Neighborhood hills, about 370 ft ascent. Good times!
Thursday: 3.11 miles on my lunch break! Work from home day, lunch run! Today, I had to pick up my car from inspection. My normal route is zig zag through some neighborhood streets, and then a big loop around a few neighborhoods. Had to adjust my route to pick up my car. Pretty much just zig zagged. My streets have some inclines, but not as steep as the loop. Avoided the loop, avoided some hills. :)
Friday: 4 miles before work. Thursday night, I stayed up past my bed time. And not for anything special. After the Phillies gm was over (they won, yay!). Started watching another show. Didn't feel like going to bed. Well, guess what? Didn't feel like getting up early either! But I am trying to do morning runs on Friday to have a few more recovery hours before Saturday's long run. Coffee, work out, and out the door a few minutes after 6. Humid out, of course. This one was pretty much just through the motions. Started out a bit slower than preferred, and got it down to my 8:20 pace, faded the last mi and didn't care, trudged through this one, done.
Saturday: 10+ miles. Set my alarm, nope, up before that. Coffee, light breakfast, worked for a few minutes. At the trail (Pennypack Creekby 7. The forecast had plenty of rain in it. Left my glasses and Aftershokz behind. I hate complaining about the weather, maybe I was just tired. lol  It was a rough one! The humidity was 95%. From the parking lot, I park in the middle. Did the side with the hill at the end and back. I started out at my normal pace, but could tell it was going to be a long day faded to 8:30 by mid point. Fueled at the 5 mi mark, hydrated at the 5.5 mark as I passed my car. The fuel and hydration was definitely refreshing. I needed that. I didn't make me any faster, but it definitely helped overall. To the other side of the trail that has a gradual incline to the end. My pace faded from 8:30-8:40. I didn't care. I was done, no use pushing it. lol... Once I started my cool down, it started to rain! It felt fabulous. Could have used this earlier! I was only scheduled to do six today.. I've been trying to maintain around 10 on weeks I'm scheduled to do less. Thought about turning around sooner.. but hung in there. In a few weeks I will be adhering to the schedule a bit more!
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Streak day 925. One mile around the neighborhood. Probably pushed it slightly harder than I should for a rest day, but was my best 1 miler in over a yr! The first minute of my mile is up a steep hill, almost always a bit slower than I prefer. As I started up it, concentrated on form and breathing. Not necessarily pace. Once the street leveled out, got my first alert that my pace was better than my avg, decided to keep with it from there. My fastest 1 miler of the yr. I'll be taking it easy the remainder of the day. Off to the Phillies gm in a bit, will probably be a bit tired tomorrow. ;) Have a great day all, Cheers!

This was week 7 of of marathon training, using the below plan. Still "comfortable" for a few more weeks. Will be doing half marathon pace till about week 11. 
Scheduled to do this week: 
Miles: scheduled for 22/ completed 31 
Strength Training: scheduled for 60 min/completed 120.
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
10.07.18 - Army Ten Miler A revenge race for me. My 2017 review, here!

10/19-10/21 - Runner's World Half Festival. (5k & 10k). My 2017 5k review, here! 
Use code RWHALF18BIBRAVE for 10% off any/all 4 races! 3.8 Altra, 5k, 10k, Half marathon!

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

Spring Schedule 

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

Saturday, August 4, 2018

OOmg OOFOS Feel the OO!

Disclaimer: I received an OOFOS OOMG Fibre low's 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!

Hi Everyone!


I'm excited to have the opportunity to test OOFOS new OOmg Fibre Low recovery shoes! It's OOFOS' first men's shoe! One of my fitness goals for the year, is to respect recovery a bit more. Between always training for a half marathon, streaking, yard work etc, and now training for a full marathon this fall, need to be mindful of taper and rest. Well.. When I'm not doing training or physical labor, I'm going to be wearing these, for sure!

I have heard plenty about the OOFOS recovery sandals, but haven't given them a whirl yet. This is my first time trying a "recovery" shoe of any type.

Outside of the shoe: is breathable fiber, heal support, toe protection, and a strap that goes across.

Inside of the shoe: this is where the magic happens, Feel the OO! “OOfoam impact absorbing recovery technology has been scientifically proven to reduce stress on your body while walking”

My first time wearing them. 08/03/18 (above pic).

The first few seconds you have them on, hmm, the arch is a bit high. hmm.  The first few steps in them though, oh my, I literally said "ooooohh". You feel the cushion immediately. It is like walking on pillows or clouds.  My first time wearing them, I wore them to the office. I don't get up from my desk often, but when I did, it was a nice break from dress shoes!  

Week of 08/06-08/10/18
Wore my OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low's three day's. Monday, I didn't run until after work, it was nice to give my feet some recovery time before getting out there. 
Tuesday and Friday, ran before work. Was nice to give my feet some recovery time after! 
(Wed, my work from home day, I don't wear any shoes. no pic. lol)
Each day, the first steps after putting them on, I'm literally am saying "oh my, this is nice, oofos!" A combination of the cushion and arch support. Definitely provides relief.


Week 08/13-08/17/18
I wore my OOFOS to work four days this week. I got all of my runs done in the early morning before work. It was nice to give my feet a break the rest of the day, and I was feeling refreshed and ready to go the following day!
Overall: my goal for the year, and especially for fall marathon training is to take recovery more seriously. I'm stretching/foam rolling more, hydrating often, and taking it easy on my feet whenever possible. I have enjoyed my OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes thoroughly. Occasionally after a morning run, I may get up from my desk and be a bit tight, I have noticed there has been a lot less of that for sure. I still stretch morning and night, but have seen some less tightness before I go out for my morning run. I would definitely recommend these. I'll be wearing them whenever I can!

Project Pink: another great reason to buy these, a portion of ALL OOFOS sales goes towards Breast Cancer Research through Project Pink. 

See what my fellow BibRavePro's are saying: 



Let me know if you have any questions!

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Race Preview: Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia 2019

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hot Chocolate 15k 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!

I know for most of you, this summer heat doesn't exactly have you thinking of Hot Chocolate and spring races.. just yet! My fall schedule solidified pretty quickly, and I'm already lined up for some spring action! Registered for Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia on April 6, 2019!

You know as soon as you complete your fall schedule you'll be looking at what your what your winter training will entail to get you to spring. Well, we've got you covered! Once registered, Hot Chocolate 15k will be emailing you a 12 week training schedule, and weekly reminders for the week ahead.

Swag: 

Tech Pullover: Black for males, Merlot for females. The 2018 editions are so comfy!

Bling: The sweetest bling there is! Chocolate bar, with location specific point of interest. The race series is held across the country, each medal has a unique location detail! 

Chocolate: Hot Chocolate, Chocolate fondue, and goodies to dip!

Smart phone arm band: Use code 'BRHCPhilly' to get a free smart phone arm band. Must use code to receive the band!


I did the Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia this yr, it was pretty sweet. ;)  Had a blast! Be sure to check out my review, here. 

Socials and Site: 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HotChocolate15k
IG: https://www.instagram.com/hotchocolate15k/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotChocolate15k/

Site: https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/philadelphia/ 
Be sure to use code 'BRHCPhilly' to get a free smart phone arm band. Must use code to receive the band!

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, July 29, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 6 - Weekly Running Update: July 29, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. Anyone doing any races or training for one, which one? How's everyone's running going with summer heat and humidity? Keeping it indoors or training through it? Hope everyone's staying well hydrated! :)

My week in training: 

Monday: 5 miles. Up early before work. Plans right after work, had to get up early to get it in. Hydrated and rested the previous day, but could of used more sleep. Out the door before 6. Walk out the door, humidity punch to the face, 95%! This run was a combo of light soreness from Sat and getting through the humidity. It wasn't pretty, but done.
(my plans after work, Phillies vs Dodgers)
Tuesday: 3.11 miles after work. Monday, I went to a Phillies game that ran late, and traffic afterward was a bit crammed, didn't get home 'till 12:30 am, well past my bed time! Needless to say, I did not get up early to run before work. Plenty of coffee and hydration, ready for 5k day after work. My right leg was a bit bothersome. Shin splint and sore calf through most of the run. Found it interesting that my pace wasn't affected much for being a tougher run.
Wednesday: 5 miles after work. My work from home day, lunch run? Nope. Had to go into the office on remote day due to my backup being on vaca. Didn't think I would wake up early for a run before work, I didn't. I miss my remote day, but was looking fwd to getting over to the trail mid week. Got to my trail around 5:15. Park in the middle of my trail. Did the side with the incline and hill at the end and back to the mid point. Sporadic showers throughout the week, was just a mist most of the way, feeling the humidity, hoping for more rain to cool down, rain didnt pick up until the end. My calves and shins were a bit tight to start, but better than Tuesday. Hydrated and stretched afterward.
Thursday: 3.11 miles after work. Stretched last night and this morning (foam roller and lacrosse ball). Tightness in my right calf appears to be loosening up.. For now! lol 
Friday: 5 miles before work. Starting to look like I like Friday morning's as opposed to Friday night a bit more. Gives a few more hours recovery before Saturday's long run. Up a few min before my alarm. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6. Goal was to pace around 8:30. On target until the last min that included a steep hill. 'Doh! lol It was another humid morning, but looking at the forecast, possible storms with hail? Good thing I got it done early. Will be hydrating throughout the day and will try to do another round of stretching tonight.
Saturday: 10 miles. Long run day, yay! Hydrated and stretched last night. The usual. Up a few min before my alarm. Coffee, work for a few minutes, stretch, and at the trail (Pennypack Creek),by 7:15. A few min later than usual. The parking lot was packed! Felt like a slacker for 7:15! lol..  Parked in the middle of my trail. Did the side with the hill at the end first. Fueled beforehand. Felt pretty decent. But the fog and humidity was there! Drenched early! Paced around 8:15-8:20 till mid point. Stopped at my car to hydrate at 5.5. To the other side that has a gradual incline to the opposite end.. Could feel the humidity set in a bit more. Fueled around mi 7. Paced around 8:25-8:30 to finish it out.  Just as I was hitting the 10 mi mark, saw three deer! Only 1 stuck around long enough for a photo op! lol Shortly after the run ended up doing yard work. After a week of rain, had to do today. Would prefer to do midweek, but would be a jungle by then. lol A bit more work/steps. 26k+ steps for the day.  
Sunday: rest day, one for the streak. Streak day 918. Took my time getting ready. Out the door around 9. Alert for the first minute was a bit slower than preferred. Picked it up a notch. Once in my desired pace, decided to keep pushing it. Probably a bit harder than i should for a "rest" day, but it gets tempting. ;) Got most of my chores done for the week. Will do my best to hydrate, stretch, and take it easy for for the remainder of the day. 
This was week 6 of of marathon training, using the below plan. Still comfortable for a few more weeks. Will be doing half marathon pace till about week 11. 
Scheduled to do: 
Miles: sched 24/ completed 32
Strength Training: sched 60 min/completed 100.
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
10.07.18 - Army Ten Miler A revenge race for me. My 2017 review, here!

10/19-10/21 - Runner's World Half Festival. (5k & 10k). My 2017 5k review, here! 
Use code RWHALF18BIBRAVE for 10% off any/all 4 races! 3.8 Altra, 5k, 10k, Half marathon!

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

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, July 22, 2018

TCS NYC Marathon Training Week 5 - Weekly Running Update: July 22, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well. Anyone doing any races or training for one? Which ones? Let us know! Seeing a few races in my social media feeds look like a great time, and tempting to sign up for one, but trying to resist. For now... This was week 5 of marathon training for NYC. 

My Week in Training: 

Monday: 5 miles. Had a pretty busy weekend going into last Monday. Scheduled Monday off from work. Had some light chores to do later in the day, but nothing to crazy. Woke up at my normal time, but felt I could get a little more sleep. Was able to fall back to sleep! A rarity! Slept until 8:30! I think not having the feeling of having to get a ton done later, allowed my to sleep a bit more. Took my time, coffee, work out, at the trail around 10. Well, one set back to sleeping in.. The heat index! Didn't bother checking the forecast, that probably would of had me up. Index was 98 at the time and only getting worse! Ran at my trail, (Pennypack Creek), started in the middle and did the side with the hill at the end and back. Started out feeling pretty decent, but the definitely faded a bit once the heat set in!
Tuesday: 3.11 miles before work. Learned my lesson yesterday, run before the heat sets in. Well, at 6 am it may have been cooler, but was just a bit humid. (90%) Through the motions for this one.
Wednesday: 5 miles. Tuesday night, did not get a good night sleep. Was woken up by 3rd shift a couple times. I was eventually able to fall back to sleep, did not get up early to get a run in. Wed is my work from home day, lunch run it is! Hectic morning, lunch run is always a great destresser! It was warm out, but not as bad as the past few days. Every once in a while there was an actual breeze that felt nice! Run felt good through three, but faded a bit towards the end. Don't really have time for 5 mi, shower, and lunch in one hr, but with the night I had, I don't feel bad eating on the clock.
Thursday: 3.11 miles after work. Out to dinner and a show Wed night. Slept until my alarm for work Thu. Had a quick errand after work. Got out there a bit later than preferred. Weather wasn't much of an issue. Started out a bit slower than preferred, and then going into the worst hill (just before mid point) where I always fade a bit, was able to pick it up afterward.
Friday: 4 miles before work. Trying to catch up on rest, went to bed early, up to get my run in before work! Coffee, work out, stretch and out the door by 6! Temp definitley cooler than my recent runs, the air felt great! Some light soreness, but not as bad as yesterday. Will be sure to hydrate thoughtout the day and get another stretch in tonight!
Saturday: 10 miles, long run day, yay! Hydrated and stretched last night, even though I didnt feel like it. Up a few minutes before my alarm today. Coffee, work, stretch, and at the trail just after 7! Parking lot was almost full already! Love this place! My original plan was to do 8, since I have yard work and other chores to do, was going to stick to the plan. So.. Parked in the middle of the trail. (Pennypack CreekDid the opposite side of trail as Monday, has an incline and hill at the end, and back. Paced around 8:17-8:20. Fueled around the 5 mile mark. Passed my car at the 5.5 mark, hydrated. To the other side of the trail with the steady incline. Was supposed to turn around mid way to do 8, but went with it to the end and back, pacing 8:20-8:25. Stopped the app around 10 and continued to the car 10.5 for the cool down. Plenty of yard work and chores after, blah, but no regrets doing 2 extra. 
Sunday: rest day, one for the streak. Streak day 911. A bit sore to start the day. That darn yard work. (rarely blame the run, always other activities fault, lol) Up at my normal time, took my time getting ready, coffee and stretch. Out the door around 7:45. The first couple min were a bit faster than planned, decided to keep with it. May have pushed sightly harder than I should for rest day, but it was tempting. ;) Will do my best take it easy the remainder of the day. Hydrate, stretch, and watch a double header of Phillies baseball. 
This was week 5 of of marathon training, using the below plan. 
Scheduled to do: 
Miles: sched 23/ completed 31
Strength Training: sched 60 min/completed 100
To credit the images, it was pulled Coach Jenny Hadfield's training plans
marathon training program
Fall Schedule: 
10.07.18 - Army Ten Miler A revenge race for me. My 2017 review, here!

10.20.18 - Runner's World Half Festival. (5k & 10k). My 2017 5k review, here!

11.04.18 - TCS New York City Marathon! 

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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