Four Week Half Marathon Training

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Denver Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon 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!

I have four weeks to train and run a half marathon with an elevation 6x higher than Minneapolis.

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After Grandma’s Marathon, I decide to not race the rest of the year. My race was a bit disappointing and I felt like I wanted to get back to the basics of running and make my way through the year in a casual running routine. I also took myself away from most running activities in the month and a half or so after Grandma’s.

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The past couple of weeks I have been getting back into it. I started listening to running podcasts, wad up BibRave Podcast! I got back to running with WeRunMPLS, m local running club. I also started to run some longer distances. It was all starting to feel great. Well last week, my girlfriend and I decided that we want to take a trip to Colorado this Fall. We want to do a little hiking, a little beer drinking, and enjoy the outdoors before the tundra of Minnesota winter comes in. I am in Chicago for the Chicago Marathon, Brilliant Reflective will be an exhibitor and sponsor so I am going out to help and I am going to be cheering on all the BibRave Pros running the marathon! So, we decided to go middle of October.

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Do you know what else is happening middle of October in Colorado? The Rock N Roll Denver Half Marathon. When I found out that the half marathon would land right in the middle of our trip I was pretty excited. I just can’t resist! Last week I signed up for the Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon in Denver. I have four weeks to train.

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My training schedule will go like this: each week I will have 4 days of intervals/fartleks/thresholdruns, 2 days of easy runs, and stretching/yoga/cross-training every day. I will also have 3 long runs with the most number of miles being around 9.

I am beyond excited to run a Rock ‘N Roll race. I have only heard great things about it. I am pretty pumped that I am able to sneak this in during my travels in Colorado!

Do you think I can have a good training month? Have any suggestions? Comment below!

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New Running Gear In Your Mailbox

Disclaimer: I received The RunnerBox 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!

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How awesome is it to get new running gear in the mail? It is great to get something that you know will help or enhance your training and running. Whether it’s equipment, food or clothing, it is always exciting to get something new to try and use. Well I found a way to have that feeling happen at least every other month. The RunnerBox has taken the best part of getting new running gear and packaged it in a neat box that shows up at your door every other month.

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The RunnerBox partners with a bunch of companies that focus on improving your training and running and boxes up their samples. Bi-monthly they send out a box filled with samples of food, drinks, training equipment and accessories to their subscribers. I received mine at the beginning of January and immediately put that little box to work. I got everything from protein bars and powders, to a natural energy drink, to hand warmers. Lucky for me, winter in Minnesota is cold, so that night when I went for a run I could use the hand warmers. Then when I got home, I was able to try the new tea that I got to warm up. I also got some protein bars which were delicious and I was able to bring them with on my travel day when I had to go down to New Orleans for work. I also received some interesting items, like a chickpea mac & cheese pasta and shots an all natural energy drink. I won’t say that I loved everything I received, but that’s the beauty of this subscription.

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The coolest part about The RunnersBox is that they are sending you samples. Meaning, I can try them out before having to spend money on committing to the product or the brand. With so many products out there that can help your running, it becomes very hard trying to decide which ones are best for you. This is a simple way to try a bunch of stuff. For under $25, I am trying 5 – 10 new products when otherwise I would spend over $100 on everything in that box.

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Other than being able to try a variety of different products for runners, The RunnerBox has options for cyclists and tri-athletes with The CycleBox and The TriBox. Most runners aren’t just runners so this is an opportunity for them to try some other gear too. These boxes are great for yourself and for gifts. Kind of a simple no brainier.

Watch out all my runner friends, I think you all know what is coming for your birthdays!

For more information, check out www.TheRunnerBox.com

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Five Tips to Winter Training

Being from the frozen tundra of the upper Midwest, a large chunk of my training is in cold conditions. I have gained some experience training in the cold and have some tips for a successful winter training season. To be exact I have five tips for a successful winter training season.

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If you live in a warm climate, I am jealous and there are only two tips for you: stay there and go run.

Don’t Fall Into The Holiday Trap: with Thanksgiving over, and the countdown to December holidays in full swing, people use this time of year as an excuse for omitting their training until after January 1st. Don’t do that. By starting your training early and powering through the holiday season, you will be able to build up some power and stamina.

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Equip Yourself to Avoid Laziness: if you are training in a cold climate you have to be sure that you have all the needed clothing and equipment to be able to go out on your runs at any temperature. By having things like running jackets and warm pants, Buff hats, mittens and wool socks you will be able to whether any weather and avoid making the “It’s too cold” excuses.

Have A Back-up Plan: sometimes there are situations that are out of your hands and an outdoor workout is not an option. Always have a backup workout that can be done indoors. Whether its inclined intervals on the treadmill or cross-training with weights, you should be able to always have a good workout.

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Be Seen at Night: this kind of goes hand-in-hand with equipping yourself for the weather but this is for the dark. During this time of year, you must be seen since it is dark at 5pm. I suggest getting the following to make sure you are visible: Headlamp, Reflective Buff, and Brilliant Reflective Safety Strips. The headlamp will help with seeing where you are running. The Buff will keep you warm. The Brilliant Reflective safety strips can be placed on all your running clothing and gear and you will be seen as a human rather than a cone.

Check Your Self: it is easy to fall into bad habits during this time of year. Anything from drinking too much hot apple cider (with a little extra somethin somethin) to eating too many holiday cookies will slow down your training. Make sure to find balance between the things you eat and drink.

So, there you go. It is as simple as waking up with a hangover January first. To find success this winter season, start training now, get the needed equipment (holiday gift list?), and have a workout and nutrition plan.

Let me know if you have your own tricks when it comes to winter training.

Keep the run on!

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Running With Music

Disclaimer: I received a Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones 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!

I have been searching for a great pair of headphones for a very long time. I think I have bought and returned over five pairs of headphones. There are so many different attributes to look at, from the brand to the design to the quality to the fit in/on your ear. I have had nothing but bad luck. I attribute that to a combination of crappy headphones and my weird ears that allow any headphones to fit in nicely. Lucky for me, BibRave has partnered with Aftershokz headphones and they hooked me up with the new Trekz Titanium to test them out. These headphones are more than just in-ear headphones. They use bone conduction to deliver the sound without obstructing your ear. They are Bluetooth so there are no wires to ever deal with. Here is my Official Stamp of …

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Slick design and packaging

The Unboxing: The packaging is beautiful and informative. Opening it up you find the Trekz Titanium headphones, a carrier case, charging cord, ear adjusters, ear plugs and the manual. The instructions are super simple, plug in and let it charge. The manual give the quick “one, two, step” on how to use the headphones. The three button design makes it super simple and easy.

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Everything you need is included in the box

The Technology: The technology is super innovative and allows for a new experience in headphones. By using bone conduction, the headphones lie just in front of your ears so that the ear buds are completely unobstructed. The Bluetooth makes it super easy to connect to your phone. There are no wires so you have nothing to worry about. Just throw on your best jam and hit the running trails.

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They sit perfectly just outside the ear

My Uses: I am a runner. When I listen to music, I am moving around, running on the treadmill, running outside, or working out. For me it is super important that these headphones sit so well on my head. They are super flexible and sweat proof. There are no wires so I am not accidentally hitting the headphones out of my ears. The sound is amazing and the battery life is great. I have been using them daily and I charge them maybe twice a month. I also live and run in a downtown metro area, so it is super important for me to be able to hear the things that are happening around me. These headphones allow me to hear everything around me like cars and people and they give me the benefit of wireless music.

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No annoying cords

I am putting my Official Stamp of Approval on these bad boys! I think they offer great technology, awesome design, wireless music and the safety of being able to hear everything around you. Trust me and get a pair for yourself! Use my discount code “BIBRAVE” to get 20% of your own pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium!

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