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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…)


The long run and a photo shoot

28 Apr

What a beautiful and busy weekend! It seems Spring is finally here in New York’s Capital Region and we have been trying to take advantage of it by being outside as much as possible. Now that the weekend is winding down, I have a few moments to share the details of Saturday morning’s long run.

Mark came along to keep me company as my coach/photographer/biggest fan. I love when he bikes alongside, he is always so encouraging and it is nice to spend that time together.

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Before leaving the house, I safety pinned my hydration belt to my running skirt to keep it from riding up. I really think someone needs to start making running skirts with belt loops for this purpose. Or am I the only one who has ever thought of that? Maybe I should take out a patent on that idea…

safetypins wm

Belt loops would be a better solution.

Throughout the run Mark got a lot of great action shots! There are a couple hundred (no joke), so I’ll just share a few of my favorites. I’m very excited to have some new photos to play around with!

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Posing before the run (this is the only edited one, the rest are not yet)

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Warming up  and obviously paying close attention to form

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More than halfway done

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Running through the woods

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Full trees ahead and feeling good

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Strong finish!

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I really need some running sunglasses…

11 miles done wm

11 miles | 1:33:43 total time | 8:31 avg pace

Now that you’ve seen the photo essay version, I’ll tell you a little bit about the run. Technically, this is supposed to be a “long slow distance” (LSD) run. According to most training programs, you are supposed to run the LSD a minute or more slower than targeted race pace or at a conversational pace. There is some disagreement about this. For me, I tend to run the LSD a touch faster than what is traditionally recommended. This isn’t because I am ignoring advice, I just go with what feels good and listen to my body and my comfortable pace during my long runs seem to be getting faster. During this run I started just around 9:00/mile and was hitting around 8:20/mile after the halfway point and came in to finish at 7:46/mile. And yes, I was still able to hold a conversation!

I honestly felt really good after this run and I think the nuun, Gu gel, Pro Compression marathon socks, and Brooks Pure Cadence are a winning combination for me. The Body Glide really helped with the chafing situation.

I really want to love the bargain running skirt from Champion but the legs ride up too much. I just bought this skirt from Brooks because it has silicon grippers on the legs, so hopefully that problem will be solved!

Immediately after the run, I popped open a Designer Whey chocolate protein shake. It really hit the spot!

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And then we stopped at the local drive-in for (veggie) burgers and curly fries for lunch. That’s an appropriate recovery meal, right?

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Disclaimer: I am not a professional or coach by any means, I am only expressing what seems to be working for me. Do what’s right for you!

This week in training AKA: The Hills and Junkpouch

30 Mar

As I mentioned earlier this week, I just registered to run the Jog4Jugs Half Marathon on May 11. Since it’s not far away and it’s super hilly, I didn’t waste any time getting into training mode.

First, I checked my Hal Higdon Novice 2 Half Marathon iPhone app and plugged in the race date. Turns out, I was already pretty close to being right on track for weekly mileage and distance according to the plan. I immediately felt relieved and excited at the same time. I don’t plan on following Hal’s plan exactly this time around, but using it as a checkpoint is helpful.


Since this half is challenging and hilly, I got started on some hill work. I did 3 different hills 5x each and a total run of 5 miles. I also did an arms circuit. You can read all about it here.


An easy 1 mile for the Mile a Day in March challenge. It was late and I was exhausted, so I just stretched and put PJ’s on afterward.


A 4.02 mile run at a 9:15 avg pace for a total of 37:10. I don’t think there was anything notable about this run, just a mid-week “get it in” kind of run. Unless you count the fact that it was still light out when I started just before 7PM, because that’s pretty great!


Another easy 1 mile followed by an 8:00 core workout with lolo Easy Abs iPhone app. The circuit included these exercises:

  • Opposite Elbow to Knee Raises – 15 reps
  • Plank with Alternating Knee Tucks – 15 reps
  • Side Plank with Leg Abductions – 15 reps each side (I’m getting slightly better at these)
  • Sit Ups – 15 reps
  • Supermans – 15 reps
  • Leg Raises w/Straight Legs – 15 reps
  • Double Crunch – 15 reps
  • Plank – 30 seconds


A 4.08 mile run at 8:47 avg pace for a total of 35:50. I started this one kind of slow and sped up as I went along. It took me a while to wake up and get into it, but it turned into a great run.

This probably had a little something to do with the increase in momentum:


Strings version of Journey? OK!

On Friday, I also took a shopping trip to get some much needed hydration gear. I haven’t had a big water bottle in months, ever since I left my Nalgene at the office and it was thrown away. I finally bought this 1L CamelBak from Target. I am very excited to get back to drinking water all day. I grabbed some nuun and the Swift hydration belt by Nathan from Fleet Feet. I ended up finding the Strawberry Lemonade nuun (my fave!) at Eastern Mountain Sports. I have yet to find the new nuun flavors while out and about (um, I think I need that caffeine enhanced Cherry Limeade, please).


Hydration station

Not surprisingly, our supply of Girl Scout cookies is depleted. Mark and I may have also bought this at Target:




The long run! According to Hal Higdon, I was due for an 8 mile run. No problem! I actually met up with another member of the Albany Running Exchange who posted a 5 mile run for the morning right in town. To get the extra 3 miles, I ran to and from the meeting spot. This was a really great run! Miles seem to go by so much faster when you’re not alone. It ended up being 8.45 miles total for me and a total time of 1:16:18, an avg pace of 9:02.


Great way to start a Saturday

I used this longer run to test out my new hydration/fuel belt. It has an 8 oz water bottle and little zip pouch. I put some nuun water in the bottle and stuffed the pouch with a house key, Burt’s Bees HONEY lip balm, my iPhone, and a packet of GU (didn’t use it, just wanted to see how much I could cram in there). The belt is pretty lightweight and I was surprised by how much I could stuff into the little pocket. When I started out, I had the bottle/pouch situated on my hip, which is where I’d prefer it to be. Well, it did not want to stay there. It ended up finding it’s way front and center and that’s where it stayed. I guess I’m OK with that…if I don’t mind having a junkpouch. Comfort wise, it was fine. Though I’m considering adding another 8 oz bottle. I get thirsty.


I will call this photo “Junkpouch”

I did a LOT of stretching afterward and refueled with a Designer Whey chocolate protein shake.


Ahh, recovery.

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good after my first “official” week of half marathon training! I didn’t get in as much core and strength training as I would have liked, but I will bump it back up for next week. I also have to get some cross training mixed in to get some balance in my workouts and use some other muscles.

It is looking like a BEAUTIFUL Spring weekend!