Thursday, April 29, 2021

Product Review and discount: Science in Sport - Immune Tablets

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Hi Everyone! 

Hope are are all doing well! 

I'm excited to announce that I am testing/reviewing Science in Sport Immune Tablets! 
If you follow my blog training updates (and hopefully you do), you'll notice that I mention hydration and recovery often! I don't really specify vitamins and supplements, but I do take them as well. I take them to boost my immune system and for overall health and recovery. I know I may lack them in my daily food intake and try to make up for it a bit. Example beet root. Love beet root for it's recovery and overall health, but very rarely eat much of it. Same goes for Vitamin C. I eat some fruit/veggies and occasionally drink them, but definitely not enough.

Science in Sport Immune tablets are packed with Vitamin C, sodium (great for rehydration), iron, and beet root powder. Additional nutrition info later in the review.

Directions: Pretty simple. Drop one tablet in a serving of water, allow it to dissolve (dissolves pretty quickly!) I usually drink water room temp, but prefer this one on the rocks! (throw a few cubes in my to-go bottle as applicable). 
  
Flavor/Taste: Orange. I find to be light orange/tangerine zesty flavor. Not  too sweet. With a very subtle diet aftertaste.

Did you know that "Heavy training is known to impact the immune system, suppressing it for 72 hours post-training. This can lead to a higher incidence of upper respiratory tract Infections, impacting an athletes health and their ability to train." Was sure to stay on top of this post long run and especially after my recent marathon!
Disclaimer: "this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, sure, or prevent any disease." 
Nutritional info: 
Let me know if you have any questions! 

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Weekly Running Report: April 18, 2021

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well! 

How's training going? Any races (IRL or virtual)?  

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This was Week 19 of 20 marathon training for Gettysburg North-South Marathon for me. One week to go! How do you avoid anxiety during your taper up to race day? 

My Week in Training:

Monday: 6 miles. Sunday, did an Epsom bath (which also sweat out those toxins!), hydrated, foam roll, stretch, and really relaxed for rest day! As relaxing as Sunday was, still tired for Monday. It's Monday. lol.. Sad for the weekend to end, and not able to fall asleep right away even though the intention is there.. Coffee, short workout (35 min now, 10+ later), and out the door by 6. Not going to stress about pace, but we'll see. Off to a decent start. Not speed day, but hanging in for a bit. A bit. Felt the inclines, and decided to go for extra hills instead of try to push/maintain. Tomorrow is speed day. lol.. Brisk air and misty felt good though. Added a few extra hills where possible. Ended up 500+ ft over 6 mi, I'll take it! 
Tuesday: 6 miles. Monday, did an ice bath, hydrated well, foam roll, and got a good stretch in. Some shin soreness yesterday, addressed it the best I could. Decent night's rest, but up early. Kind of awake, and then a loud car went by at 4 am (engine sounding like Fast and Furious). Up a few minutes, kinda tried to sleep, but was up. Coffee, shin feeling somewhat ok down the stairs. Started my workout before 4:30 am! My goal to get out the door is 6 am, had some time to get more sets and muscles done! Foam roll my back out and stretch my shin, out the door by 6. Tuesday is supposed to be "speed" day, but having doubts. Wonder why Tues is speed day instead of Thurs. Usually more recovered by then. lol.. Focus on breathing and foot strike and I'm off. Felt pretty decent, pacing just below 8. Had doubts I could do that for 6 mi. Did skip a few hills, but still have inclines along the way. Kept one hill due to it being right around mi 3 of the opposite end of my hood and it being a decent length street. Remaining way was a bit rough. Minute count down/breathing/foot strike the 3 mi back. Legs were heavy the last mi, but done!  Also, for avoiding hills, still got 400 ft. Two-ish hills, rest inclines. Blah! lol.. 
Wednesday: 1 mile. Not much to say since it's "just a mile" streak day. But trying to listen to the plan the last two weeks before race day and give my legs a rest on "non-running" days. Tues, hydrated well, foam rolled, got a good stretch in, iced my shin, and a decent night's rest. Up before my alarm, but waited to just before it. Up. Coffee, feel my shin slightly, but not bad. More time to workout now since it's 1 mile day. Got a good 50 minutes core/upper body done. Eventually out the door. Feeling decent, temped to give it a push. Work on breathing and then I'm off! Kinda felt like I was moving but also a bit slow. Up[ a short steep hill to start, first pace alert was somewhat decent, regrouped and pushed a bit more. Level, then a nice decline. Picking up steam, but then there's the hill and incline to end. tried to maintain, but faded a bit. 7:15. Happy overall, but found I didn't make my top 30. 'doh! 
Thursday: 6 miles. Wed, Hydrated well, foam rolled, got a good stretch in, iced my shin, and a decent night's rest. Slept until my alarm and a bit tired when it went off! A little slow to get going! Coffee, short workout in (30 min now, 15 later), roll my back out and out the door by 6. Feeling pretty decent, but focusing more on hills than pace today. Off to a decent start, breathing, strike on point. Pulled back slightly to somewhat comfy. Flatish to start, inclines, then most of the hills start around 3 mi. Pacing 8:12 ish and know it may be slowing down, but rolling along. Got my normal hills, added some additional and then a couple repeats before heading back home. Got just over 500 ft in 6 mi. Would probably have to cut some of my warm up out to get much more in. But felt good and surprisingly maintained close to where I was before the worst of it started.  
Friday: 4 miles. Thu, hydrated well, foam rolled, got a good stretch in. Did participate in #ThirstyThursday, but was very well behaved and got a decent night's rest. Coffee, short workout in, and out the door by 6. Good thing I doubled checked my sched, thought it was 5 today. Sched for 30 min, and I usually go just a few over to the next mi. Temps were 40, briefly thought about long sleeves, but went with short! Brisk an nice! Hands slightly cold at times, but felt good overall. Pacing, wanting to concentrate more on hills than pace, but for 30 min, why not a bit of both?! lol.. Felt good early. Two short hills, but overall flat for a 1 ish mi warmup towards the tougher hills. Pacing 7:40's and told myself not to stress if it went to 8, but focused throughout and maintained. Did hills from about 1.2 till about 6 min to go and tried pushing it again on the way back. Although each uphill has a downhill. Tried to pick it up when possible. 350 ft in 4 mi. Pretty sure if I took part of my warmup out I could avg more than 100 ft per mi on 4 mi day. Felt good today, definitely happy overall.
Saturday: 7 miles. "Long" run day, trail day? Nope! One week to go, decided to keep it local and get a few more hills in. My standard trail run would be 5 ish flat with a hill and incline, figured instead of an extra speed day, would stay local and add a few more hills. Fri, hydrated well, foam rolled, got a good stretch in, carb loaded, relaxed, and a decent night's rest. Did wake up in the middle of the night and briefly thought about disabling my alarm to sleep in since I had time, but didn't. lol.. Up at my normal time. Coffee, felt my shin slightly on the stairs, but not bad. Got a 30 min core workout in and eventually out the door around 6:30. Pacing: wasn't planning on pushing it. Plan was to get comfy and then get extra hills in after 3 mi. That was the plan anyway. lol.. Comfy to start, but gradually brought it down to the 7:30's for a bit. Moving right along. 7:40's after a few inclines leading up to the hills. Focus on breathing, strike, comfort, etc. Orig planned on 8-8:15 ish, wasn't concerned as I faded to 8. Did try picking it up where I could on the down slopes. Started heading home with about 10 min to go. One last hill before my street, and then a massive hill on my street that I very rarely do. (my end point is usually right near the peak). Passed my house, down a huge down slope, level, turned back with about 4 min to go back up. Tough one, but done! 640 ft in 7 mi. Probably the most hills in 7 mi I've done to date. Went better than expected, think the taper has helped. Imagine that? Rest bringing in fresher legs? Crazy?! lol.. Still had doubts along the way, with some slight pains, etc, but pace was on point without forcing. Definitely happy overall. 
Sunday: 1 mile for the streak. Tapering is one of the only times I question the streak, but will get it done the next few "rest" days. Saturday, ice bath, hydrated somewhat, foam rolled, and got a good stretch in. Later after my run, lifting furniture, my right forearm is sore. I'm sure I'll be questioning if I should do any weights early next week. We shall see.. later Saturday, also offset hydration with a few drinks. Stayed up past my bed time with intentions of sleeping in, only made it to 6. Internal alarm had me up. Tried sleeping again, but gave up at 6:30. Coffee, 30 min core workout, and eventually out the door. Planned on taking it easy, but legs felt decent and tempting. And I'm off. Working on breathing and strike, faster than expected and went with it. Felt decent. Shin throbbed slightly afterwards. Will be sure to focus on recovery remainder of the day and throughout the following week! 
Outside of Running: 
What did I do besides run, workout, work, and chores this week? One outing to dinner/drinks
What shows/movies did I watch this week? Baseball (Go Phillies!), Fear the Walking Dead, The Office, Falcon and Winter Soldier (loving it!), Challenger: The Final Flight,  and some murder documentaries on Oxygen. 
Q: How about you? Anything exciting outside of running? Any adventures? binge watching anything?

Weekly Summary:
Miles: 31.1 weekly  miles running 
Year to Date: 710.7 miles running
Hill Goal (for the yr):   40918/100k elevation gain. Initial goal 100k to beat last yr's 98k. 
Strength Training: Goal 180 minutes, 304 minutes completed. What type of strength training do I do? Core: crunches, planks, leg raises. Weights: biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest. 
Hydration Goal:  6 days 
Foam Roll: 7 days 
Training Plan:  Week 19 of 20 using the below training plan. Plan titled "Advanced", please note, I in no way consider myself advanced. I have used the intermediate plan for four seasons, and want to try the next level. We shall see if I survive! lol.. 

Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Race Schedule: 


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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weekly Running Report: April 11, 2021

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well! 

How's training going? Any races (IRL or virtual)?  

Reminder, if you're just skimming my blog, lol..  reminder that I also have gear and race discount tabs/pages on my blog site to check out as well. :) #BibRavePro

This was Week 18 of 20 marathon training for Gettysburg North-South Marathon for me. Two weeks to go! Race still has open spots if you're interested (marathon, half marathon options)! 

My Week in Training:

Monday: 7 miles. Day off from work, yay! Last Monday, wasn't in the mood for work and decided to sched the next Monday off. Still sore, but doing tomorrow's "speed" day to today since I have time to go somewhere flat. Sunday, still sore from my 21 miler, sure to focus on recovery. Ice bath, hydrate, foam roll, TENS gadget, massage gun, etc. etc. Did have a few beverages with the day off, but was well behaved. Up slightly past my bed time, 10:30!, Didn't really sleep in. Coffee, short workout, and eventually over to my trail. My trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood Rd. Doing the side to Byberry Rd and back. Work on breathing and focus on foot strike, and I'm off!  Pacing low 7's to start, but was rough. Let it fade a bit. Trying to hold 7:45-8 rest of the way. Tight and sore throughout, barely held, but done. This side of the trail is about 5.5 (2.75x2), but some excitement, they are adding onto it. Byberry Rd end has a new section opening up. Was scheduled to open this week, sign said closed, checked out about .25 until there was an actual fence blocking. Excited for the additional length, but didn't see much additional nature yet. Turn back. Got about 5.8 done and then did another .7 out and back. It was a rough one, but glad I was able to maintain my goal. And always great to get out on the trail! Weather was nice. Sunny. Temps were good for running, but brisk once done. 
Full trail pics on Facebook
Tuesday: 6 miles. Monday, ice bath, hydrate, foam roll, stretch, and tried to get a decent night's rest. In bed on time, but couldn't sleep. :( Tossed/turned for what seemed to be hours. Alarm was rough. Coffee, short workout, and out the door by 6. Well, since yesterday was "speed" day, guess today is "hill" day. Blah! lol.. Still sore (looking fwd to another rest day tomorrow!), will not be pushing it today! Pacing: 8:10-15 early, knew this would be rough once I got the the midway hills. Trying to forget about pace and try to maintain comfort through the remaining hills. Nice sunrise to end, but unable to get a decent pic. Today was also runstreak day 1900!
Wednesday: 3.11 miles. Plan was to get a good workout in and a comfy mi for the streak. That was the plan. Tues, hydrated well, foam rolled, iced my shin, and a decent night's rest, could of used more, but decent. Up at my alarm and feeling decent. Tried not to think about that just yet. Coffee, and a good 45 minute workout in. Well, as the workout and morning routing went on, was feeling pretty decent and at some point decided to do a 5k. Told myself there is an out at 2 mi that passes my street if I want out. lol.. Light stretch and out the door by 6:15. Focus on breathing and foot strike. Felt some slight tightness but didn't feel like I was over doing it. Pacing around 7:40 before the worst hill around 1.2. 7:48 ish after. Regrouped before heading into smaller hills 2&3 in mi 2-3. Felt pretty decent, a little shin throb after, but not horrible. Promise to rest on Sunday and next "non-running days" remainder of taper. ;)
Thursday: 6 miles. Wed, hydrated well, foam rolled. Didn't ice my shin, but did wear compression most of the day. Wed, participated in #NationalBeerDay by going to my fav wing spot and had beverages, first time sitting at a bar in Pa since the pandemic! Don't worry, very well spaced between guests!  Decent rest, but woke up at 3 am with heart burn. Why does my fav food do this to me? :( Not sure if I fell back to sleep, once I was up, mind started going. Waited out my alarm. Coffee (will be plenty), short workout, foam roll my back, light stretch, and out the door by 6. Hips slightly sore, but shin barely noticeable. Plan was to do a comfy pace and get all my hills in. Well, started out pretty decent and went with it! Working on breathing, foot strike, etc. Pace 7:40's, couple hills, inclines, but the worst start around mi 3.0 Pace faded along a bit, but maintaining sub 8. Wasn't going to be upset if I faded past, but working on focus/maintaining. Was close, but done! Felt good most of the way. Crazy the difference in feel from Mon/Tues to today. Have to keep recovery time in mind. lol.. Monday after an extra long run can be tough! Forget it takes a few days sometimes. lol..  Will still be sure to focus on recovery. ;)
Friday: 5 miles. Thu, hydrated well, foam rolled, light stretch, iced my shin, and a decent night's rest. Up a couple times overnight, groggy when that alarm went off! Coffee, feeling my shin slightly as I head down the stairs. Short workout, foam roll my back out, stretch my shin, and out the door by 6. Pacing: Trying to do a comfy pace, and get all the hills in. Started out slightly slower than planned and then got going. Comfy, fading along the inclines and then maintained remainder of the way. Felt those hills more today than yesterday tho, for sure! 
  
Saturday: 12 miles. Long run day, no trail day :( .  Unfortunately I had to work this morning at 9. I may have been able to get a trail day in anyway, but didn't want to risk being late. (glad I got a trail day in on Monday!) Also figured this would be a good opportunity to get some extra hills in. lol.. Hills are good for you! or something like that. Fri, hydrated very well, foam rolled, good stretch, carb load, relax, and in bed on time. Decent night's rest. Did feel my shin slightly yesterday and this morning. Some concern, but hoped to be ok once I warmed up. Coffee, short core workout, foam roll my back, and out the door by 6. Decent temps, but humid! Checked afterward, 93%! But once I was drenched it helped cool. Pacing, settled in at a comfortable pace, not trying to push it today. Hills at a comfy pace. Planned on pacing 8:45+, but was good at 8:25-8:30. One positive from all that snow in Feb, helped me figure out some longer routes in a small area. Some streets repeated, but all good. Now that the snow is gone, was able to build onto that route with a few streets that were blocked off previously. Also able to build onto that with more hills. :)  Felt it in the last few, but done. Got almost 1000 ft in 12 miles. My race in two weeks is 1100 over 26.2, hope I'm ready. Now to concentrate on recovery. Will be rotating ice/epsom baths, stay on top of hydration, and rest as able to. 
Miscellaneous cardio: 1.5 hrs yard work post run. Will try to keep these on days I have a rest day following as well. 
Sunday: 1 mile. Time to start keeping it to a streak day mile on "non running" days. Saturday, did an ice bath, hydrated very well, foam rolled, got a good stretch in. Did offset hydration with a few beverages, but hydrated along the way. Excellent night's rest. Up at 6, but the steady rain helped fall back to sleep, almost 9 hrs rest, must of needed it! Tired, but up. Coffee, 30 minute core workout, foam roll my back, stretch my shin, and out the door. Pouring earlier and rain all day, but not bad when I stepped out. Wearing old shoes for the rain, remembered early why they are retired. lol... Going for a comfy pace, usually tempted to push it on 1 mi days, not today. Felt my shin bit early, but done. Temp not bad, but felt a bit warm, only 97% humidity. Light rain was refreshing on my cool down.. Will be sure to take it easy to be somewhat ready to kick off the week tomorrow. Have a great day everyone! 
Outside of Running: 
What did I do besides run, workout, work, and chores this week? Two outings to dinner/drinks, including a stroll around New Hope, Pa.  
What shows/movies did I watch this week? Baseball (Go Phillies!), The Walking Dead, South Park, The Office, Falcon and Winter Soldier (loving it!) 
Q: How about you? Anything exciting outside of running? Any adventures? binge watching anything?

Weekly Summary:
Miles:  Weekly 40.5 miles running 
Year to Date: 679.5 miles running
Hill Goal (for the yr):   38421/100k elevation gain. Initial goal 100k to beat last yr's 98k. 
Strength Training: Goal 180 minutes,  305 minutes completed. What type of strength training do I do? Core: crunches, planks, leg raises. Weights: biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest. 
Hydration Goal:  7 days 
Foam Roll: 7 days 
Training Plan:  Week 18 of 20 using the below training plan. Plan titled "Advanced", please note, I in no way consider myself advanced. I have used the intermediate plan for four seasons, and want to try the next level. We shall see if I survive! lol.. 

Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Race Schedule: 


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Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Weekly Running Report: April 4, 2021

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well! 

How's training going? Any races (IRL or virtual)?  

Reminder, if you're just skimming my blog, lol..  reminder that I also have gear and race discount tabs/pages on my blog site to check out as well. :) #BibRavePro

This was Week 17 of 20 marathon training for Gettysburg North-South Marathon for me. Three weeks to go! Race still has open spots if you're interested! 

My Week in Training:

Monday: 7 miles. Sunday, did an ice bath (first one since before winter! I do prefer them over epsom, but just can't get myself to do them when trying to defrost in winter), hydrated well, foam rolled, stretched, toe spreaders, massage gun, and plenty of relaxation. Decent night's rest, but could of used more. Up before my alarm, but waited it out and didn't want to get up. Coffee, short workout (30 min now, 15 later), and out the door by 6. Wind was howling through the night, and still going, and a little cool. Going to be an interesting one! Moving my sched a bit, this should be tomorrow's speed day, but not really feeling it. Definitely had a case of the Monday's through my workout and run (and at work later). Pacing, focus on breathing and foot strike, went better than expected. But not trying to over do it today.  7:40's till the hills, 7:50 to just below 8 after. Added two more hills for fun. I changed my 7 mi route during the snow and have pretty much been sticking to it. It has more hills than previously, but I could add one more hill from my old route. Fun times.. lol.. Today's run went well and am happy with it, just wasn't in the mood for Monday in general. Oh and there was plenty of debris from the wind. It's yard trash day, and it blew from curbs to the street, and a large branch was hanging down on a sidewalk that I almost hit. 'Doh! 
Tuesday: 1 mile. 1? Over the past weekend I decided that this week's long run will be done on Friday. So the entire week was moved up a day. Tuesday is now Wednesday. Strength training/non-running/do what I want mileage for the streak. Decided since it's a peak week, will cut back to try to get ready. Mon, failed to foam roll, 'doh!. at least I hydrated well. Decent rest, but was up once in the middle of the night and almost wide awake for a bit. A little rough when that alarm hit, but up. Coffee, 50 minute strength training, and eventually out the door for 1 and done. Since I was feeling alright at the time, decided to push it. Worked on breathing, focus on foot strike, etc. Starts with a short steep incline to level, felt it, but off to a good start. First pace alert sub 7. Regrouping as it leveled, picking it up. Was rough, but gaining momentum. Decline for a bit, pace down to 6:40's. Uphill and then a later incline to end. Rough, but done! unfortunately my shin throbbed a bit after. 
Wednesday: 7 miles. Tues, hydrated well, foam rolled, iced my shin, and a decent night's rest. Up early again and waited out the alarm. Coffee, short workout, and out the door by 6. Pacing, off to a decent start, but trying not to worry about pace rest of the week. Cruising on into long run day. Or so that's the plan. Weather was nice. No need for long sleeves, and not hot, yet... Comfortable, enjoying the run. Pacing 8:15ish, shins did feel it a bit, and faded through the last few hills. Didn't want to skip the hills, and didn't feel like pushing to maintain either. lol.. Was nice to enjoy the run and not stress. 
Thursday: 4 miles. Wed, hydrated well, foam rolled, iced my shin, an an ok night's rest. In bed on time, but almost felt early. Up at 3 ish, wide awake at 3:30, and gave up at 4. Coffee and got an good 45 min workout in. Ahead of sched, but not rushing out the door. Other "routines" needed their sched as well. lol.. Out the door by 6. Back to being a bit chilly, and misty to light rain throughout. Was actually nice and invigorating. Pacing: balance here. wanting to get hills and comfy but also wanting to push it a bit. Off to a decent start, but legs getting heavy and feeling my shin just a bit. Majority sub 8, but faded just passed and went with it. Was just happy to be out there. A little concern regarding my shin and tomorrow's 21 miler.. We shall see... 
Thursday, got my first covid shot! This brought some additional concern if I'd be able to do my long run tomorrow. Hydrated very well after. Arm/shoulder pain, but non-issue for running.
Friday: 21 miles! Moved the week up by a day. With the day off from work, figured I would be either bored trying to take it easy or doing chores risking over exerting something. Moved tomorrow to today, got the sched miles in. Monday was moved to previous Sunday rest day and so forth. Thu, hydrated very well, foam rolled, iced my shin, carb loaded, relaxed, and in bed on time. up just before my alarm. Coffee and taking my time. On-call for work, 3rd shift got me, but I was already up. lol.. Resolved in time. Over to my trail by 6:40. My trail . My trail is 11 mi. (5.5x2), adding 5 ish around Rockledge, and the remainder to Pennypack Park. Started out going to Byberry Rd and back. Pacing started out slightly slow, sped it up and then got into rhythm. 8:30's to 40's for a bit and eventually to 8:50's. Felt my shin and overall tightness to start. Had some doubts, but kept with it. Byberry Rd end, would have loved to sneak into the business complex next door for a couple miles, but they are open for business today.. Back to midway parking lot. Hydrated (didnt feel the need to, but did). Off to the more gradual incline side to Rockledge. Fading slightly. Rockledge, did two loops around their hood. (Including a hill I am the strava local legend of) Faded up the hill both times. Legs felt like jelly at the top, but regained composure. Still 9 some miles to go. Rockledge Park back. Lorimer Park, side trail to Pennypack park for a bit. Hate doing math when I'm tired. 7 ish miles to go, hope to return with about 1.5. Did a 30 min count down and hoped for the best. A bit technical in a couple places, but eventually paved. Forgot that the further into the park, the more hills. Dreaded each one. lol..Faded 8:50's to 9. out here. on the return, a few more hills. Lorimer Park, 1.3 to go! Timed just about right! Legs were heavy, but wasnt feeling a "wall", tried to push a bit on the way back. mental battle the entire day, but was able to. last mi was the fastest mile.  Going in, had anxiety about the day in general, and with recent shin issues only added. Plan was to be patient for the first couple hours in order to survive the third+.  Shin bothered me the first hr, but was a non issue after. Was sure to stay on top of hydration, especially having gotten my covid shot yesterday. 
Full pics on Facebook
Saturday: 1 mile for the streak. Feels weird being able to stay up late on a Friday and "sleep in" a Saturday, but was nice. Friday, Epsom bath, hydrated well, foam rolled, stretched. Did have beverages with a friend for lunch and again at dinner, but was sure to hydrate. Was up at 5am, but able to fall back to sleep for a bit.. some funky dreams in the 2nd round! Up at 7 and taking my time. Coffee, 30 minute core workout, and eventually out the door for a streak day mile. Shin and overall soreness from yesterday, pretty much a go through the motions kind of day. Legs were heavy, felt like slow motion. Pacing 7:50's most of the way, faded up the hill and incline before the end.  Will be sure to continue focus on recovery! 
Sunday: 6 miles. Wasn't sure what to do today. lol.. Moved the past week up a day and will be back on sched tomorrow. I didn't skip any runs, just moved them up, skipped last sun rest day. Figured between 5-6 and then follow tomorrow as normal. Set out to do 6. Sat, did an ice bath, hydrated well, failed to foam roll/stretch. Had plans mid day to early evening. Once settled in for the night, totally slipped my mind. oops..  Sat, also had beverages midday, but still hydrated. Also stayed up past my bed time (sat is usually the only day I would do that). "Slept in" to about 7. Coffee and really taking my time. Got a 30 min core workout in and out the door by 9. Still feeling Friday's long run, sore and stiff. Settled into a comfortable pace in the 7:50's for a bit. Felt all the hills and questioned why I added a couple more, but did. Faded past 8, but didn't really care. Enjoying the run. Somewhat. Temps were nice, grey to start, sun eventually popped out. Flowers starting to bloom. Couple side notes, a few bocks in, two small scrappy dogs were barking from their porch. I said to myself, please be leashed, please be leashed, nope! An no owners in sight! Came after me a bit, I turned back to lure them in the direction of their home and they went back. People, please leash your dogs! Second side note, saw a bunny during my cool down. Had to get a pic for Easter! Happy Easter to those who celebrate! 
Outside of Running: 
What did I do besides run, workout, work, and chores this week? One outing to lunch and drinks with a friend. One outing to dinner and drinks with my spouse, and one outing w/ my pops who I haven't seen in three months due to their winter getaway to fl. (was not a fan of them goin to fl this yr due the pandemic), but turned out to be completely safe. All they did was golf, social distance, and ended up getting their shots earlier down there than they would of up here.. 
What shows/movies did I watch this week? Baseball (season has begun, woohoo!), The Walking Dead, South Park, The Office, Falcon and Winter Soldier (loving it!), a documentary on Bernie Madoff, crazy stuff! 
Q: How about you? Anything exciting outside of running? Any adventures? binge watching anything?

Weekly Summary:
Miles:  Weekly 47.7 miles running completed 
Year to Date: 639  miles running
Hill Goal (for the yr):   35669/100k elevation gain. Initial goal 100k to beat last yr's 98k. 
Strength Training: Goal 180 minutes, 254 minutes completed. What type of strength training do I do? Core: crunches, planks, leg raises. Weights: biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest. 
Hydration Goal:  7 days 
Foam Roll: 5 days 
Training Plan:  Week 17 of 20 using the below training plan. Plan titled "Advanced", please note, I in no way consider myself advanced. I have used the intermediate plan for four seasons, and want to try the next level. We shall see if I survive! lol.. 

Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Race Schedule: 


Be sure to check out my Race and Gear discount pages from my blog site. #BibRavePro ;)

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 

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Valley Forge Marathon - Race Review

Race: Valley Forge Half and Full Marathon Date : October 4th, 2020 Location : Phoenixville, Pa Hi Everyone! Hope you are doing well!  I'...