Monday, February 24, 2020

Product Review: Built Bar Protein and Energy Bars, Yum!

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Hi Everyone! I hope you are doing well!

I am excited to announce that I'm "sampling" Built Bar Protein and Energy Bars!

I've received three boxes to review and enjoy! They are high in protein, made with 100% real chocolate, gluten free, no artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives.
Coconut Almond - I definitely enjoyed these. Disclaimer, I am not a fan of coconut in general, more of a texture thing. These do have a few pieces of coconut in there, but i didn't mind it. And I am slightly allergic to almonds (numb my mouth just a bit), but I enjoy them in small doses. Don't do as I do, lol.. These were pretty good! Great combination!
Peanut Butter (my weakness! I could literally live on peanut butter!) Dark Chocolate and 100% real organic Peanut Butter, yum!
Mixed box that has 9 flavors! (x2), No Nuts!
The fruit options, remind me of fruit dipped in chocolate fondue, had me popping champagne bottles! (I kid, but it would go nicely with champagne, red wine or a stout/porter beer!)
  • Great chocolate fruit options!
  • Banana Chocolate Creme
  • Black Cherry 
  • Raspberry Chocolate Creme
  • Orange Chocolate Creme 
  • Mint Brownie - If you like thin mint cookies, you'll love these!
  • Double Chocolate Mousse - my other dessert weakness Chocolate Mousse, so decadent! Chocolate filling in a dark chocolate bar, yum!
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate - Great balance of Salt, Caramel and Chocolate! Salty and sweet is such a great combo!
  • Coconut Chocolate Creme
  • Vanilla Chocolate Creme - cant go wrong with chocolate and vanilla! 
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These have been the perfect snack for me. My breakfast is light, I definitely need a healthy snack to hold be over until lunch. Or any other time that I need a small bite before my next meal. ;) High in protein, low in calories. Portable, convenient, and taste great. Dark chocolate, which is my preferred chocolate! (if dark chocolate isn't your thing, they may not be for you, definitely dark, yum!) and several great flavors to choose from. They are fluffy/chewy, a bit sticky, but not too sticky. Some of my other BibRavePro's have also enjoyed them frozen (which also reduces the stickiness)

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Weekly Running Report: February 23, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well!


How's training going for you? Any recent races or training for one? Which one(s)? Anyone do the Gasparilla Distance Classic, Hot Chocolate 15k series, Run Disney, or any others? How did it go?


This was week 11 of 20 of marathon training for the NJ Marathon for me. Join me 04/25-26! (discount at bottom of post) :)


My Week in Training:


Monday: 7 miles. Sunday, rest day, hydrated early, but offset later by beverages. Off work today, no real plans and was going to try to sleep in. Up by 6 and couldn't fall back to sleep, tried but to no avail. Coffee and taking my time. Got my workout in (core and arms/shoulders). Slowly getting ready to head out. At my trail a few minutes after 9. My trail 
Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood Rd. Did the more wooded side to ByBerry Rd. Pacing: figured I'd be tired and through the motions, goal 8:30. Starting out, pacing in the 7:30's. Eventually settled in the low 8's. Weather was mid 30's and sunny, ended up being a beautiful day at the trail. At the ByBerry Rd end, checked to see if the business area next door was busy, it was. Trail side is 5.5 (2.75 and back) have to add 1.5 mi somewhere (that business complex has some nice loops when empty). Head back, passed my car at 5.5 and did about .8 towards the other side and back. Pacing: 8:10, comfortable today. Could of pushed a bit faster, could of relaxed a bit more. Felt pretty good for a day that was slow motivation to start. 

Full trail pics on Facebook
Tuesday: 1 mile before work. Monday, in bed on time with intentions to be well rested to take on the week. Well, up before my alarm with a sore throat and sinus congestion. Took some meds, tried to go back to sleep, not happening. Up. Coffee, workout (core and chest). Good thing I was up early, slow to get moving. Longer breaks between sets than usual (don't worry, paused my timer for breaks). Workout done. Cleared some congestion, but still have an itchy tickle. Out the door by 6:30. Pacing: despite the congestion, still feeling ready to run head and muscle wise. Started out sub 7 and maintained most of the way. Worked on breathing. Some hacking towards the end but my run felt pretty good overall.
Wednesday: 7 miles before work. Taking vitamins, fluids, meds, in bed on time. Up at 1 am full of congestion! Tried to be quiet, but made some noise clearing things out! back to bed but took a while. Up before my alarm. Coffee, workout (core and arms/shoulders). Workout was better than yesterday, not as many breaks. Out the door on time. congestion in my head, but still feeling alright other wise. Pacing: goal 8:30. Went better than expected. Not sluggish due to the cold yet (thank goodness, knock on wood). Settled in the 8's, 8:10 after my worst hill and faded a bit after. Wasn't concerned about pace at that point. Somewhat comfortable, even with the 500 ft ascent. Did feel the hills, but manageable, and the air and run helped clear my sinuses a bit.
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Another night of restless sleep. Up at 1 am again full of congestion, tossed and turned rest of the night, up before my alarm. Coffee and workout (core and chest). Surprisingly not tired. Out the door by 6:30. Pacing: Going on feel. Legs and upper body still feeling fine. Started out sub 7. Picked it up a bit until that hill at .6 tried to maintain, faded slightly. Worked on cadences and stride, felt good. (besides the occasional hack).
Friday: 5 miles before work. A decent night's rest. Woke up once coughing congestion, but able to fall back to sleep. Almost an avg amount of sleep (usually up at least once anyway). Slept until my alarm. Up and moving. Coffee and workout (core and chest) and out the door by 6. Pacing felt good early. 7:30's to start, settled in the 7:40's. Inclines adding up, but maintaining. 7:45 before my arch nemesis, my midway hill. Faded a bit there per usual, but with space of hope to maintain under 8. couple inclines and my extreme hill at the end, beat it to keep it under! 350 ft ascent in 5 mi, inclines and a couple hills, got em this time! meanwhile still sick!
Saturday: 16 miles. Long run day, trail day, yay! 16 miles the beginning of long run day going from half to full training. Not intimidated yet, but getting there. Fri, carb loaded, hydrated, relaxed and in bed on time. Still a bit sick yesterday, sniffles and a little sinus and chest congestion. Woke up a couple times coughing, and up before my alarm. A little back pain (probably sleeping funny), legs a little sore, and some congestion. Was looking forward to today, but had some concerns when waking up. Coffee, yada yada, and at my trail by 6:45. My trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood. Each side of the trail is 2.75 out and back to mid point for 5+. Will be doing the more wooded side to ByBerry Rd twice and the more gradual incline side once. (2.75*6=16.5). Pacing: started out ahead of target, and actually felt good despite the concerns earlier. A few points of foggy headedness, possibly from the sinus meds. Pacing settled in around 8:30 for a while. Few miles in, bumped into a buddy doing 14 today, slightly slower, but I should slow down anyway. Couple minutes in, I warn them that I'll be hacking along the way. Turnoff, they are avoiding sick people, I get it. lol.. Solo today. Hydrated at my car at 5.5 and over to the incline side and back. Fueled at 6 mi. Faded slightly through the inlines, tried splitting on the way back, not much. 8:34 ish as I passed my car again at 11 mi. Hydrated. Made a point to hydrate today! A. hydration is important, I have been skipping on previous long run days, but know I need to, and B. with being sick and spitting all morning knew I needed fluids! lol..  Back to the more wooded side. Around 12 mi, tripped on a rock or something, didn't fall, but started to stumble to the side of the trail, very close to landing it a ditch of prickly bushes! Toes hurt a bit for a few! Knew I would be slowing down at some point, but tried to maintain. Faded at 13, and legs got heavy after 14. Will try starting slower for 18 mi day. Supposed to be "Long Slow Run". I know, I know. Coincidently, just noticed this was my fastest 16 miler. lol
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Run Streak Day 1492. Tried sleeping in, not happening, gave up around 7. Sore, woke up tight! Coffee, hydrating, stretching. Out the door around 9. Had to drop my car off for inspection, shop is about 6 min running time from home. Multiple route options, chose to do part of my least fav hill, bottom is about 2min from the shop and goes towards home. Questioned my sanity but not bad, about .6 mi of hill, level, and an incline near the end. Was wondering how many ft this hill alone is, almost 100. It is beautiful out today! Went back out for a min, lost my gloves, thank goodness they were near the ending point! Will be taking it easy remainder of the day, hydrate, foam roll, use my Belifu TENS gadget, and maybe even do an ice bath! 
Weekly Summary:
Miles: 35 miles scheduled, 38 completed miles
Strength Training: Minimum 80 minutes, 159 minutes completed. 
What type of strength training do I do? Core: crunches, planks, leg raises. Weights: biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest. 
Training Plan: 
This was week 11 marathon training for NJ Marathon, using the below plan.
marathon training plan
Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Race Schedule: 


04.26.2020 - NJ Marathon, I am registered for the full! They also have 5k, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay options. Use code 20NJMBibRave to save $5 off registration!

10.11.2020 - Chicago Marathon

11.22.2020 - Philly 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, February 16, 2020

Weekly Running Report: February 16, 2020


Hi Everyone!


Hope everyone is doing well!


How's training going for you? Any recent races or training for one? Which one(s)?


This was week 10 of 20 of marathon training for the NJ Marathon for me. Join me 04/25-26! (discount at bottom of post) :)


My Week in Training:


Monday: 5+ miles. Sunday, hydrated well and relaxed. Decent night's rest, but up a couple times. Up before the alarm and ready to go. Coffee, workout (core and arms/shoulders), stretch my back out and out the door by 6. Energy there, but overall soreness from Saturday still. Pace: goal 8:15-30, settled in at 8:10, but legs feeling heavy early, fading along the inclines before getting to the worst hill. Thought I was going to fade far there, but maintained somewhat. Under 8:30, but legs felt heavy and sluggish still from Saturday's 14 miler. Light rain today, don't mind. Everyday it rains instead of snow before March is a blessing.
Tuesday: 1 mile. Monday, in bed on time, decent night's rest, up only once and again before my alarm. Coffee and workout (core and chest), stretch my back out and out the door by 6:30. Could hear rain as I was getting ready, check the app, "light rain". That was a lie! lol.. at least the temps were decent. Pacing: Feeling alright, no real goal, but figured 7:15 ish. Short steep hill then level, first couple alerts were around 7. A couple minutes downhill, picking up steam! sub 7. Uphill at .6, usually lose a few here, faded but fighting. Another incline, but able to keep it sub 7. Breathing after the hill was a bit rough, need to work on that. Grey and raining for a couple days, but with the temp was refreshing. No complaints about rain until spring.
Wednesday: 7 miles before work. Tues, in bed on time and a decent night's rest, up before my alarm. Coffee, workout (core and arms/shoulders), and out the door by 6. Pacing: Feeling better than Monday, but not high expectations. Goal: 8:20-30. Started out much better than expected. Pacing 7:50's until the last incline before my hill. 8:10 by my midway hill, 8:20's after. Maintaining rest of the way. Not as heavy as Monday, but feeling the hills by the end. A little too excited about how good I felt before the hills. lol..
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Intentions of getting a good night's rest, but personal drama around bed time, and someone waking me up at 1,  watch says 7 hours sleep with 5 motionless, but I don't believe that at all. Actually slept until my alarm, that is a first in a very long time. Up, coffee, workout (core and chest), out the door around 6:30. Pacing: tired, not expecting much, figured 7:20-30. First couple alerts, sub 7! Alright, will keep with it. Picked up momentum, downhill for a bit, uphill at .6 Faded, tried to maintain at 7, but lost a bit more. Better than expected. Will do my best to get better rest tonight!
Friday: 5 miles before work. In bed a few minutes past goal, but decent night's rest. Slept until my alarm again! Coffee, workout (core and arms/shoulders), stretch my back out and uot the door by 6:05. (few min late?) Pacing: feeling decent, goal 8:20. Nice brisk air today, felt good early! 7:30 to start, but settled in around 7:50. Hanging in there through the inclines, 7:55/8:05 before/after my midway hill. Feeling it, but maintaining. Felt good, but did fade a bit more in my last hill. But felt pretty good overall.
Saturday: 9 miles (scheduled for 8). Fri, carb loaded, relaxed, and in bed almost on time. Thought about sleeping in a few minutes but made plans to meet my training buddy at 7. Slept until my alarm, but up and moving. Coffee and ready a few minutes early. Daylight getting earlier, could start doing trail runs before 7 now if we wanted to. At my trail by 7. My trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood Rd. Did the more gradual incline side to Rockledge Park and back first. Pacing: group run, more of a comfortable pace today at 8:50 (they usually do 9 comfortable, but I'm leading the way). May have picked up a few seconds on the way back. Fueled at 5mi, passed my car at 5.5, didn't hydrate. Solo from 5.5 on. Off to the more wooded side for 1.3 ish and back. Tried picking it up a bit, dropped a few more seconds, but not much. Was settled in and a bit tight. Passed my estimated turnaround point by a couple minutes to get a pic. Hit 8 miles with a decent distance to the parking lot. Too cold to walk it for a cool down, at the parking lot at 8.6, might as well do a few more minutes to do 9.
Temps: checked the app when getting ready, 11 degrees at 6am, but going to be 18 at 7am. Well, that was a lie! I left my house thinking it would be close to 20, still 12 degrees at 7am. I may have worn pants if I knew it would still be in the lower teens. Good thing I have my pullover in my bag. Hands occasionally cold, but warmed up quickly. Frosty beard today!
Full trail pics on Facebook
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Run Streak Day 1485. Saturday, hydrated and relaxed after my run. Eventually offset with a few drinks. Decent night's rest, got my 8 hours. Usually try to sleep in on Sunday's, but up naturally and had enough. Coffee and taking my time. Out the door by 8:45. Pacing: no real goal today, but wanted to do comfortable. Started out at 7:30. Would of been fine keeping it there, but ended up pushing a little bit midway, and then as I faded through the hill at .6 tried to maintain. A little faster than planned, but not all out. Will be taking it easy today. Rest, use my Belifu TENS gadget, hydrate. May offset the hydration later since I have tomorrow off, and may sleep in tomorrow before my workout and 7 miler. 
Weekly Summary:
Miles: 28 miles scheduled / 32 completed miles
Strength Training: Minimum 80 minutes, 164 minutes completed. 
What type of strength training do I do? Core: crunches, planks, leg raises. Weights: biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest. 
Training Plan: 
This was week 10 marathon training for NJ Marathon, using the below plan.
marathon training plan
Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Race Schedule: 


04.26.2020 - NJ Marathon, I am registered for the full! They also have 5k, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay options. Use code 20NJMBibRave to save $5 off registration!

10.11.2020 - Chicago Marathon

11.22.2020 - Philly 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, February 9, 2020

Weekly Running Report: February 9, 2020


Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well!


How's training going for you? Any recent races or training for one? Which one(s)? I know I have a few followers doing Hot Chocolate races or the Miami Marathon this weekend, good luck to you! Let us know how it went! 


This was week 9 of 20 of marathon training for the NJ Marathon for me. Join me 04/25-26! (discount at bottom of post) :)


My Week in Training:


Monday: 7 miles before work. Sunday, rest day, did plenty of that. Watched Groundhog Day, hydrated plenty, used my Belifu TENS gadget on my calves, quads, lower back and shoulders. Eventually offset by drinks and staying up late for the Super Bowl. Up till 11, usual bed time around 9. Up a few minutes before my alarm, but tired. Workout done, a bit sluggish. Stretch my back and out the door by 6. Tired. Legs felt heavy throughout. Pacing: goal 8:30, but wont obsess today. Settled in at 8:10, 8:20 after my least fav hill and maintained. Last mile was a bit rough, but done. Black ice in spots, but manageable. was especially cautious on a couple declines! 
Tuesday: 1 mile before work. Monday, hydrated very well, intentions of getting a good night's rest. In bed on time, maybe even a few minutes early. Issue, work call at 1:17. Worked for 20 some minutes and went back to bed angry. (should not have been contacted). Tossed and turned for a few hours, even thought about giving up on sleep. Fell asleep maybe 4 am. And then up before my alarm at 5. Could of used more rest. Coffee and working out. Tired to start, but moving along near normal pace. Stretch and out the door by 6:30. Raining. Great. lol.. Tested the pavement before taking off, no ice. Pacing: goal 7:30. Through the motions, first two alerts a bit slower than preferred. Picked it up and maintained. Rain actually felt good.
Wednesday: 6 miles before work. Tues, made a bold effort to get a good night's rest. Tossed and turned at first, decent rest, and then called from work 30 min before my alarm. Used to waking up before my alarm, but trying. Work issue resolved in time. Got my morning workout in (core and arms shoulders), stretch and out the door by 6. Pacing: goal 8:20, but felt good early! Maintained pace for a bit through the inclines. 7:50's before my midway hill. Tried to keep it at 8. 8:02 after the midway hill, maintained, but gradually losing a few more. Still added my short extreme hill in the last mile for fun. Pretty happy overall.
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Still trying to get that perfect night's rest. In bed on time, no on-call work issues, but had a dream there was and woke up at 4 checking my phone. Tossed/turned, up before my alarm. Coffee, eventually got myself going, even let some cool air in to help wake me up. Workout (core and chest), stretch and out the door on time. Pace: Felt pretty good before hand, going to push it. 7-7:15. Felt good, but pace was a few seconds off, pushed a bit harder. A few pace alerts starting with a 6. Hill at .6, tried to keep it at 7:00 or below, but faded a few. Rough to end, but happy good overall.
Friday: 5 miles before work. Still chasing that perfect night's rest, almost made it to my alarm, up an hour early and then a few minutes before. Coffee and workout (core and arms/shoulders), stretch and out the door by 6. pacing: feeling good beforehand (note i said beforehand) was going to go for 8-8:10. Hills caught up with me today, not as fresh as I thought. low 8's before my worst hill, 8 teens after. Tried to pick it up after the hill evened out, but that wasn't happening. Under 8:20, but could of easily faded a bit more. lol.. Did my short steep extreme hill in the last mile, it was rough this time! lol.. Today's weather was foggy/misty throughout, but done just in time to beat the rain, picked up shortly after!
Saturday: 14 miles. Long run day, trail day, yay! Fri, hydrated well, carb loaded, relaxed, and in bed on time. Issues falling asleep, and up an hour before my alarm. Maybe tomorrow's rest day I'll actually sleep in. We'll see. lol.. But I digress. Coffee and taking my time. At my trail just before 7. Daylight is getting earlier, could probably start sooner now. My trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood. Starting out on the more wooded side to ByBerry Rd. Doing the first 7 or so with a group, my buddy is recovering from an injury and ready to get back out there. Comfortable pace. Started out at 9:05. Gradually getting a couple seconds faster. Turnaround at ByBerry, back to the midway parking lot, 5.5 mi. Skipped hydrating. Off to the more gradual incline to Rockledge. Pacing 8:50, my buddy mentioned it was slightly faster than he planned, but was hanging in there. :) I was leading the way, a step or so ahead, but conscious to not leave him or push him too hard. Perfect balance. My group is doing 9, they turned back around 7.5. I tried picking up the pace from then on. Through the incline, knocking off a second or two. Around the small hill at Rockledge Park, back to the trail, and will try to neg split on the way back. From 8:50, eventually got it to 8:38, but couldn't get it any lower. Maintain rest of the way. Passed my car at 11, skipped hydrating. I will get better at this, I promise. Back to the more wooded side for 1.5 and back. Pacing: goal 8:30-8:45. But did a more comfortable pace with a group, but got it down there when solo.
Full trail pics on Facebook
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Run Streak Day 1478. Saturday, used my used my Belifu TENS gadget. Hydrated somewhat adequately, but could of done better. And had a few beverages. I did finally get a full night's rest though! 9+ hours! Up at my normal time, but able to fall back to sleep for a bit. Coffee and taking my time, stretch my back out, and out the door around 9:30. Overall soreness today, will try not to push it. First couple pace alerts faster than expected, but eventually faded. Overall soreness, as I mentioned, feeling yesterday's run. Tough to think about ice baths during the winter, but I may do one today. We'll see. Plan on taking it easy remainder of the day.
Weekly Summary:
Miles: 32 miles scheduled / 35 completed miles
Strength Training: Minimum 80 minutes, 153 minutes completed. 
What type of strength training do I do? Core: crunches, planks, leg raises. Weights: biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest. 
Training Plan: 
This was week 9 marathon training for NJ Marathon, using the below plan.
marathon training plan
Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Race Schedule: 


04.26.2020 - NJ Marathon, I am registered for the full! They also have 5k, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay options. Use code 20NJMBibRave to save $5 off registration!

10.11.2020 - Chicago Marathon

11.22.2020 - Philly 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, February 2, 2020

Weekly Running Report: February 2, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well!


How's training going for you? Any recent races or training for one? Which one(s)? How was your January? Get all your miles in? Any weather or other challenges (such as cold/flu)?


This was week 8 of 20 of marathon training for the NJ Marathon for me. Join me 04/25-26! (discount at bottom of post) :)

My Week in Training:

Monday: 7 miles before work. Sunday, relaxed majority of the day, no grueling chores, hydrated well, used my Belifu TENS gadget on my quads, calves, lower back. In bed on time. And NO beer! (occasionally one or few during football/sports, no football/no beer). Up at least once overnight, and again before my alarm. Waited a few before getting up before my alarm, but well rested for a Monday, imagine that?! Coffee and workout (core and arms/shoulders), stretch my back out, and out the door by 6. Felt good early. Pacing: 8 until my midway hill, 8:10 after. Feeling the inclines and hills, maintained. Felt the hills, but I usually do on neighborhood 7 mi day (500 ft ascent), but pretty good for a Monday. 
Tuesday: 1 mile before work. Monday, in bed on time. Up at least once, and again before my alarm, but still a decent night's rest. Coffee, workout (core and chest), and out the door around 6:15. Could of been out earlier, thought about doing extra miles since I was ahead of schedule, but also trying to stick to the plan. tue/thu shouldn't even be streak days. Stretched and ready to go. Pacing: Feeling limber, going for 7. Starts out short steep hill, working on cadences/breathing feeling good. Pass the landmark I usually get a pace alert by, thought my alerts were off. Nope! Going fast! (for me), get the alert a few seconds later. Felt good, maintained on the level portion, still sub 7. About .2 down hill, picking up speed! Sub 6:30! Hill at .6, usually fade slightly, levels out and one last incline. Still sub 6:40, new fastest mile! Breathing towards the end was a bit rough, but fun!
Wednesday: 7 miles before work. Coffee and got a good workout in (core and arms/shoulders). Stretched my back out and out the door by 6. Ahead of schedule, have all my gear, but fidgety getting ready, but out the door on time. Pacing: Goal 8:30 Comfortable pace to start, but first alert was a bit slower than planned. Picked it up a bit and settled in around 8. inclines adding up, 8:10 after my midway hill. Could feel my legs getting heavy, but maintaining, and added my short extreme hill in mi 5 for fun. Completed the monthly Strava run climb challenge a couple days early, will be passing 7000 ft ascent for the month. Not always a fan of my hills, but hills are good for you, right?
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Wed, ok night's rest. In bed on time, but tossed and turned often. Up several times and up at 4, gave up on sleep. Coffee and workout (core and chest). Out the door by 6:15 (could of been out earlier for more miles if wanted, sticking to plan). Pacing: goal 7:15-7:30. Before stepping out, realized my headphones were in another room and I didn't want to make too much noise grabbing them. I have backup wired headphones in my belt, but figured for 1 mile could just go on feel. I could hear my phone, but part of my route is along a busy road, too much car noise. Starting out felt good breathing and pace wise, picked it up on the decline and faded through the incline. Could hear muffled alerts start with a 6 and then 7. Overall felt decent. Some exertion, but not all out.
Friday: 5 miles before work. Thu, in bed on time, only woke up once briefly, but an excellent night's rest, almost made it to my alarm. Slow to start, coffee, workout (core and arms/shoulders) got going, crazy how quickly I wake up once you get your heart rate up. Out the door by 6. Pacing: goal 8:15-8:30. Felt good early. Sub 8 through the inclines, slow down through my midway hill, took a bit, but able to pick it back up after. Added my short extreme hill at 4.25. Down the streets could start to see daylight, but couldn't get a decent pic. Hope to start seeing daylight/sunrise before work soon!
Saturday: 12 miles. Long run day, trail day, yay! Fri, got my gear ready, carb loaded, relaxed, and in bed early. Not a good night's rest though, tossed and turned and up before my alarm. Coffee and taking my time getting ready, but ready early. Daylight isnt until 7ish, but tired of waiting, head over to my trail early. My trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood Rd. Trail is 10.5 ish (5.25ish x2) Instead of repeating a section, decided to add a bit outside of the trail. Started out on the more gradual incline side to Rockledge Park. A few minutes in the dark grey woods, could see about 1. ahead, but that section of trail opens up about .5 in. Moonlight till daylight. Pacing: goal 8:30. Settled in at 8:20. Felt good, could feel the incline, but maintained. At Rockledge Park, strayed off into the nearby neighborhood up a steep hill, faded to 8:24. To their main street for a few minutes and back. (goal to add about 1.5 mi here). Turned around at 3.4ish, and back to the trail. Trying to split on the way back. Feeling better after that hill. Fueled at 6 mi, and hit 7 mi at the midway parking lot (usually 5.5 (measured that 1.5 good enough :) ) Didn't hydrate at my car (will need to get better at this again as long runs get longer soon). Off to the more wooded side to ByBerry Rd. A slight incline and hill at the end, split a little bit on the way back. Maintained 8:20, but was pushing to hang in there. But felt great overall. 
Miscellaneous cardio: 1.5 hours of yard work. Been telling myself the next nice Saturday I'll get out there to do some. Snow and rain the past couple weeks, rain in the forecast today, but not 'till later. Always more to do, but also waiting for a Japanese Maple to finish shedding. Oh well. 
Full trail pics on Facebook
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Run Streak Day 1471. Saturday, hydrated well, offset by a couple drinks at dinner and maybe more while watching college hoops. Up past my bed time, almost midnight! Slept in today, but up before the groundhog. Hope he's right about an early spring! Coffee, foam roll. Back needed that today after yard work yesterday! Out the door around 8:30. Plan on doing a comfortable 1 miler. Started out on target in the 7:50's, but picked up speed. Saw a swan from the road, quick pic, and took off again. No pausing, pace still in the 7:30's. Will be taking it easy today, hydrate well, use my Belifu TENS gadget, and try to get a good night's rest, but will be up for the Super Bowl. 
Weekly Summary:
Miles: 31 miles scheduled / 34 completed miles
Strength Training: Minimum 80 minutes, 135 minutes completed. 
What type of strength training do I do? Core: crunches, planks, leg raises. Weights: biceps, triceps, chest. 
Training Plan: 
This was week 8 marathon training for NJ Marathon, using the below plan.
marathon training plan
Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Race Schedule: 


04.26.2020 - NJ Marathon, I am registered for the full! They also have 5k, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay options. Use code 20NJMBibRave to save $5 off registration!

10.11.2020 - Chicago Marathon

11.22.2020 - Philly Marathon

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 

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