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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Tips to Get You Out the Door to Run

Once in a while, or maybe more often for some, a runner experiences this extreme desire not to go running when they know they have to. Whether it is still dark out and you do not want to get out of bed or you just came home from work and all you want to do is Netflix and nap. These annoying urges that keep you from getting out the door can be silenced with these five tips that will get you out the door an out on a run.

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Minneapolis, MN – Andrey Ablamunets

1. Put on your running shoes: just having them on will trick your body into wanting to get out there for a jog. If you are a morning runner, sleep in your running gear.

2. Drink a cup of coffee: getting up and making a cup of coffee will get you ½ way to out the door. First half is just standing up.

3. Listen to a running podcast: Runner’s World and BibRave Podcast are two of the best. They will get you inspired to go run. Just make sure you download a couple episodes for the run as well.

4. Ask a friend out for a beer: make plans to go somewhere with a friend and then run there. Make sure that you only have a couple drinks so you can run home.

5. Shut up and go run: walk up to the mirror, tell yourself to shut it, and then go running. Sounds simple but it is most effective.

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Minneapolis, MN – Andrey Ablamunets

Ideally every runner would be motivated 100% of the time and these issues would never come up. Since that is not true, it is important to have little tools in your arsenal so that you can overcome any speed bumps in your routine. Looking for excuses to not go for a run is a common activity. Use these tricks to trick yourself into wanting to go for a run. By having your body conditioned to wanting to run after an activity, you will have an easier time making sure that you get every training run done.

Let me know what gets you out the door for a run. Comment below!

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Orange Mud Makes Your Run Easy

Disclaimer: I received the Orange Mud P.F.V 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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One of the main things that makes runners annoyed as can be is having to carry a bunch of stuff with them Ok, ok, maybe it’s just me that gets super annoyed. I am a pretty minimalistic runner. I hate having to carry my phone, keys and water on me. That’s three more things that I have to carry on top of already wearing shoes, shorts and a tank. So when I saw Orange Mud’s new Phone, Flask, Vest I jumped on the opportunity to give it a shot.

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When I got the vest I was a little confused on how to wear it. It seemed small and a bit uncomfortable. Luckily, Orange Mud has a bunch of pictures to show you how it works. I started to fiddle around with it and decided that the best way to see if it works is obviously to go for a run. I threw on my shoes and packed my phone, keys, a BibRave Buff and the water flask in the vest and took off.

At first, it felt kind of weird. I realized that I did not tighten the straps on the side or the back. Once I did a little trouble shooting, the vest stopped bouncing while I ran and the flask’s straw was out of my face. The vest sits up pretty much covering your chest. The flask is the biggest compartment, but there is another on that holds your phone. I have an iPhone 6s and it fit in there perfectly. Over the right shoulder is another area to stash something and below the flask is a small pocket for your keys. in the back is a pocket where a larger item can go. I was able to stick my rain jacket in there.

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I am really impressed by the design and features of the Orange Mud P.F.V. It is simple and holds all the essentials. It takes a little bit to get used to the way that it sits on your chest but after you get passed that point you can enjoy the run without having a bunch of stuff bouncing on you. The price is a bit on the high end, but considering your are eliminating 3-5 other items I would say that it is worth it.

If you want to try the PFV out, let me help you out with the price! Use “BRPPFV” code at checkout and receive a 10% off discount. Try it out and let me know how you like it in the comments below!

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5 Thoughts Going into Grandmas Marathon Week

We are five days away from Grandmas Marathon 2017. Runners are in the final stretch of their training, mental preparation, race day scheduling, and allowing the excitement and the nerves to begin to build more and more as we head down the week. I am no different. Here are my thoughts going into the marathon week:

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Sprint training on a closed road.

Thought One: Unable to gauge training. The reason I say that is because I have been in training mode since December, and I ran the Illinois Marathon back in April. My training miles are good, my speed seems like it is exactly where it needs to be, but mentally when I look at my spreadsheet I am not necessarily seeing a trend.

Thought Two: Excitement for running Grandmas Marathon. I am getting pretty amped up about this race. I know I have to get over some of the mental hurdles, and one physical, this week but I am getting more and more excited by the day.

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Feeling after a morning 7 miler.

Thought Three: Speaking of physical hurdles, I got a small groin issue. Last week I pulled my groin while running. I was stepping onto a curb and got distracted and had a weird stride. I don’t think it is anything major, but I did have some issues running the past few days. Hopefully my continuous stretching and icing will have already healed it.

Thought Four: Are my expectations reasonable? Last November, I ran a marathon in over 5 hours. The day after my November marathon I decided that I am going to run a marathon in 2017 under 4 hours. That would be a PR of 45min. I ran IL Marathon in 4:16:23 back in April. Are my expectations for Grandmas Marathon too high? I feel like they are not but there are doubts.

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Running in the evening means Brilliant Reflective on everything.

Thought Five: Let’s get it done! This week I want to focus on forgetting the first four thoughts and just saying, “Let’s Go! I have put a ton of training into this and now is the time to show up and get it done.” My though through the race will be, “Keep The Run On”.

I am ready to go out there and make this race a great one! There is nothing better than the feeling that a runner gets, at any level of competition, before and after finishing a race. There are no words and you cannot describe it. You must feel it for yourself.

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Bucket List Race

I am spoiled that the Midwest offers so many great races throughout the year. Even narrowing it down to Minnesota, there are a bunch of awesome races. Twin Cities Marathon is constantly on top for best urban marathons, Get In Gear is an iconic race that has been around for 40+ years, and Bemidji and Mankato both put on great races. For me though, one marathon has been on my bucket list for a while.

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Running around the lakes in MPLS

Grandmas Marathon in Duluth, MN is an iconic race that runs down the shore of Lake Superior from Two Harbors into Canal Park in Duluth. The race went from 150 participants back in 1977 to over 18,000 participants in the three races that they have every June. Here are the five reasons why this race has been on my list for so long.

  1. The Community: I was recruited to University of Minnesota Duluth for Track and Field and even though my time there was short, I could understand how much the city of Duluth loves this race. Marathon Weekend is like Christmas and 4th of July for Duluth. Every store, every restaurant, everyone supports and loves this race
  2. The Course: The race starts in Two Harbors and follows the scenic route of HWY 61. Running along the shore the entire time, the race has plenty of things to see while you run. An awesome part of the course is to be able to see Canal Park many times as you are running but that also kind of sucks. I have never run a point to point course so I am excited.
  3. Big Time Race: This race has all the feel of a small-town marathon but it comes with a big-time race atmosphere. Every single hotel is sold out (make sure to get your accommodations early), the Canal Park area is completely blocked off with stands and tents, and the course has plenty of entertainment that will allow you to keep your spirits up.
  4. Perfect PR Race: The total race elevation drops throughout the race so I am excited to have a decline. I am also used to hill runs so this should give me a little bit of an advantage. The weather is typically cooler but sunny. Even though I don’t believe that MN weather can be predictable, I will cross my fingers.
  5. BibRave Running: Ever since I started running for BibRave, I wanted the opportunity for Grandma’s Marathon to come up. I knew that they were a partner in the past and I was hoping that they would partner up again this year. Once they did, I was pumped that I had the opportunity to sign up.
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The race is less than a month away and I am feeling very confident and very excited to run. This is the first year where I am doing two marathons in the first half of the year so I am nervous to see how that affects me but I am feeling optimistic that the miles that I have been running are going to pay off in a big way.

What is your Bucket List Race? Comment below!

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