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Gearing up for the Boilermaker

13 Jul

As soon as I finish writing this quick post, I will be getting ready for bed. Why? Because we’ve got to get up at 3:00 AM to get ready and on the road in time to make it to Utica, NY for the Boilermaker 15K! It’s approximately an hour and 20 minute drive, but we need to be there around 6:00 AM for me to catch the shuttle to the start. That means a senior citizen bed time for this runner!

My awesome Albany Running Exchange pal picked up my race packet yesterday and delivered it to my doorstep! I am very grateful for that.

Then, I realized that the bib color I have places me in the very last starting corral. Say what?! I would be lying if this didn’t put me in an instant bad mood of disappointment and frustration. I knew my projected time should have put me in a different spot. I envisioned myself fighting through a crowd of 14,000 to get to a pace I was happy with. I admit, I may have even whined a little bit. OK, maybe more than a little…

Once I got over myself, I switched my focus to accepting that where I start doesn’t have to determine my experience. I want to enjoy this race, have fun with my fellow runner friends, and celebrate with my mini-fan club (parents and hubby) at the finish line.

Whatever time I finish in doesn’t matter all that much. Let me say that again. Whatever time I finish in doesn’t matter all that much. (OK, let’s put that one on repeat…) This will be the first official 15K I have run, so I’m guaranteed a PR!

Alright, enough whining. On to the important stuff. Here’s my race day outfit!


  1. Reebok  Core Run Tank
  2. Brooks PR Mesh Skort
  3. Brooks Pure Cadence shoes
  4. RoadID shoe ID
  5. Boston Strong BIC Band
  6. C9 by Champion Racer Back Compression Bra
  7. C9 by Champion runglasses
  8. Garmin Forerunner 110
  9. SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro socks

And now, a few fun facts about the Boilermaker.

  • It finishes at a brewery and there is free beer for all along with a party.
  • The 2013 winner of the Boston Marathon, Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) won the Boilermaker 15K in 2010.
  • Since it’s inaugural year in 1978, runners from 40 different countries have participated.
  • Running legend Bill Rodgers ran and won it in 1983, elevating the race to national exposure.
  • Kathrine Switzer was speaking at the expo today and I didn’t get to see her!

Off to bed now, I’ll see you all after the race!


Getting ready to run the Freihofer’s 5K…in 90 degree weather

31 May

Tomorrow is the 35th Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K, a very popular and internationally known race. There will be over 5,000 women, from elite professionals to recreational runners. And the forecast is 90F with about 60% humidity and very little wind or cloud cover. Yikes.

First, I’m keeping my expectations relatively low. Since humidity and I are the opposite of friends, I know it’s going to be challenging for me to maintain a fast pace. I’m definitely not trying to PR tomorrow. I would just like to run a strong race without passing out or melting into a puddle.

As soon as the weather report made it pretty clear that this weekend would be a scorcher, I started searching for a light, moisture-wicking tank top to wear with a running skirt. (If I was a bit more comfortable with my body, I’d be rocking a sports bra and racing briefs, but that’s not going to happen.) Here’s what I ended up with:


I’m also being careful to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This might be the first 5K I’ve ever run where I’ll take in water mid-race. I’ve got plenty of nuun to replenish electrolytes because I know I’ll be sweating like crazy. Other essentials for my race pack are a mini spray sunscreen, a pack of wipes, and lip balm.

20130531-215439.jpgI joined my BFF Vicki for a trip to the expo to pick up our bibs (mine is blue) and race swag. Olympic marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson, who is running the race tomorrow, was signing autographs and I was able to say hi just before she was done!

20130531-220909.jpgIt was pretty cool to meet someone so inspirational to women’s running! She signed, “May the many miles of life be good to you.” Love that!

20130531-215503.jpgSince the run is sponsored by major baking company Freihofer’s, the race swag includes a loaf of bread and a box of chocolate chip cookies! Any race that hands out free cookies is a winner in my opinion.

20130531-215514.jpgWhen I got home, Mark was busy grilling an amazing dinner of grilled BBQ chicken, grilled avocados, grilled sweet potatoes, and fresh caprese salad. It was delicious and filling! Perfect for a hot summer night.

20130531-215451.jpgNow it’s time to get some rest and be ready to go in the morning!

Jog4Jugs Race Kit

10 May

The Jog4Jugs Half Marathon goes off tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM! I’m feeling all sorts of mixed emotions as the pre-race jitters have set in.

I’ve been obsessively checking the weather all week, hoping that the forecast for rain and thunderstorms was going to change. Unfortunately…there continue to be rain clouds and showers filling up the hourly forecast. Keeping my fingers crossed for a dry race.

As promised, here is my race kit!


  1. Under Armour Power in Pink Race for the Ribbon Heat Gear t-shirt
  2. Under Armour See Me Go Run hat (I bought this to keep the potential rain off my face)
  3. Nathan Swift hydration belt
  4. Brooks PR Mesh Skort II
  5. Brooks Pure Cadence running shoes
  6. C9 by Champion sunglasses
  7. Pro Compression Marathon socks
  8. Garmin Forerunner 110 (not pictured)

I might throw on a long sleeve tech shirt if it’s chilly and I’ve got a whole bag of dry clothes and shoes packed up for post-race warmth!

Other race essentials:


  1. Gu gels (I might pack 3 just in case)
  2. nuun tablets
  3. Designer Whey protein shake (for post-race)
  4. Body Glide anti-chafe stick
  5. Hammer Lips wintermint chapstick

We had a nice dinner of pasta with a side of multigrain ciabbata bread (carbs on carbs) and now it’s relaxation and stretching before an early bedtime.

Ready to race! (I think…)