tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-44426737610539015482016-03-05T13:07:24.909-05:00Sweat JunkieLauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.comBlogger235125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-74878510363158262992014-05-08T21:06:00.002-04:002014-05-08T21:08:24.376-04:00February, March, and April RecapsMidway through March, I realized I missed my February recap, so I just decided to include it with my March recap. And before I knew it, it was April. And now it's May. I actually have a few minutes to catch up on blogging, so here's a quick and dirty recap of my mileage over the past few months.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QVcDPtISRrg/U2wo8ih-5HI/AAAAAAAABp0/d8ZdVEhCOLg/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QVcDPtISRrg/U2wo8ih-5HI/AAAAAAAABp0/d8ZdVEhCOLg/s1600/photo.JPG" height="320" width="240" /></a></div><br /><br /><b><u>February Stats</u></b><br /><ul><li>Running mileage: 3.28&nbsp;</li><ul><li>total time = 0:43</li></ul><li>Cycling mileage: 219.07</li><ul><li>total time = 15:11</li></ul><li>Walking mileage: 24.25</li><ul><li>total time = 7:30</li></ul><li>Strength training time = 2:05</li><li><b>Total mileage: </b>246.6</li><li><b>Total time =</b>&nbsp;25:29</li></ul><b><u><br /></u></b><b><u>March Stats</u></b><br /><ul><li>Running mileage: 11.8</li><ul><li>total time = 2:20</li></ul><li>Cycling mileage: 178.29</li><ul><li>total time = 11:53</li></ul><li>Walking mileage: 12</li><ul><li>total time = 2:58</li></ul><li>Strength training time =&nbsp;</li><li><b>Total mileage: 202.09</b></li><li><b>Total time =&nbsp;21:02</b></li></ul><b><u><br /></u></b><b><u>April Stats</u></b><br /><ul><li>Running mileage: 7.52</li><ul><li>total time = 1:22</li></ul><li>Cycling mileage: 249.25</li><ul><li>total time = 17:03</li></ul><li>Walking mileage: 27.73</li><ul><li>total time = 8:32</li></ul><li>Strength training time = 0:20</li><li><b>Total mileage: 284.5</b></li><li><b>Total time =</b>&nbsp;27.17</li></ul><div><br />And, drum roll please...&nbsp;</div><div><b><u>Year to Date Stats</u></b></div><div><ul><li>Running mileage: 47.49 (this is just sad)</li><ul><li>total time = 8:41</li></ul><li>Cycling mileage: 830.34 (yay!)</li><ul><li>total time = 57:05</li></ul><li>Walking mileage: 74.44 (I might have forgotten to record some walks)</li><ul><li>total time = 22:50</li></ul><li>Strength training time = 10:01</li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Total mileage: 952.27</span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Total time =&nbsp;93 hours, 37 minutes</span></b></li></ul></div><div>I'm pretty proud of my cycling mileage, especially since so much of it in February and March was spent on the trainer doing <a href="http://www.sufferfest.com/">Sufferfest</a> videos. I'm a little disappointed with my running (or lack thereof), and I know I need to do more strength training. But for the next two weeks I'll be focusing mostly on cycling, as we prepare to tackle <a href="http://2014.mountainsofmisery.com/">Mountains of Misery</a> on May 25. 104 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing (a good chunk of it at the very end, of course). I don't know why everybody looks at us like we are crazy when we say we are doing a ride called "Mountains of Misery"... sounds like fun, right?&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I have some more stuff to update, like my recap of walking the Blue Ridge 10K, and my first bike wreck, but I will hopefully (or maybe not) get to that later. That's all for now :)</div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-78365092404015107662014-03-26T20:14:00.001-04:002014-03-26T20:36:20.018-04:00On This Day in 2013...Just ONE MONTH from today is the 5th annual&nbsp;<a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Full and Half Marathon</a>,&nbsp;and thankfully for me this year, the inaugural <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/star-k/">Star K</a> 10K. I say "thankfully for me" because I officially dropped my registration from the half marathon to the 10K the other day. Finishing the half this year was one of my goals for 2014, but it's just not going to happen. My running has been off and on for a while now, and I've been mostly focused on cycling recently (and will continue to do so since we registered for <a href="http://2014.mountainsofmisery.com/">Mountains of Misery</a>). I may not have a fast time at the 10K and will probably walk a lot of it, but I will finish and enjoy being a part of this awesome race for the 4th year in a row.<br /><div><br /></div><div><b>A few quick reminders and updates on BRM:&nbsp;</b></div><div><ul><li>You must <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/registration/">register</a> by March 27 (tomorrow) to be guaranteed a t-shirt. And as runners, we all know<i> it's all about the shirt</i>.&nbsp;</li><li>While you're registering, be sure to check out the info on the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/glove/">G. Love &amp; Special Sauce concert</a> the night of the race - runners can get discounted tickets.&nbsp;</li><li>Also, don't forget about the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/pastadinner/">pasta dinner</a> the night before the race. Zoë Romano will be speaking at the dinner. In case you don't know, she <b>ran</b> the entire route of the Tour de France (that's 2,115 miles) last May-July. She's the only person to ever do that, so she's kind of a big deal.&nbsp;</li><li>Race photos are FREE this year!! I feel like this is pretty rare...now you won't have to show everybody your finish line photo with the big watermark on it because you just took a screenshot of the preview because you were too cheap to actually buy the picture <span style="font-size: x-small;">(I KNOW I'm not the only one who does this)</span>.&nbsp;</li><li>There's really something for everybody at this event...a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, the kid's "marathon", the official unofficial double marathon for all of the crazy people.</li></ul><div><br />If there's one thing I have learned from running, cycling, and endurance training in general, is that we all go through cycles. Highs and lows. There have been times when I've absolutely loved running, and times I when I've felt like I'm being forced to do it. Times I've been injured, and other times when I'm feeling strong and invincible. Times I've felt motivated or times I've been lazy.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>This time last year when I was one month out from the Blue Ridge Marathon,<a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/04/blue-ridge-marathon-recap.html"> my very first full marathon</a>, I was doing my last two long runs, <a href="http://connect.garmin.com/activity/285013758">21 miles</a> on March 16th, and <a href="http://connect.garmin.com/activity/290756800">22 miles</a> on March 30th.<br /><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OVgfPfqAzh8/UVhzV9RX5-I/AAAAAAAABXU/iTIDCVzj58o/s1600/IMG_2220.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OVgfPfqAzh8/UVhzV9RX5-I/AAAAAAAABXU/iTIDCVzj58o/s1600/IMG_2220.JPG" height="320" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">From my 22 mile training run</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div>As I mentioned above and in most of my blog posts for the past year, I really haven't been running much. Partially due to injury, but also probably due to burnout from training for a marathon and also because I fell in love with my bike. Sometimes I feel like I won't ever be a long-distance runner again, but truthfully I know that I will be (or <i>can be</i> if I put forth the effort). I don't know how or when I will get there, but I know that I will always continue to go through cycles like this, and I have to remind myself that this is just a phase. I've been in a low point in my running before (when I hated running from birth to 2010 and again in late 2011 due to injury), and I eventually came back and ran a marathon. Anything is possible.&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div>But for now, my focus will remain on cycling as Andrew and I train for <a href="http://2014.mountainsofmisery.com/">Mountains of Misery</a> on Sunday, May 25, where we'll be tackling 104 miles and 10,000+ feet of climbing and an elevation profile that looks something like this:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OM32qSzggrA/UzNutaHaazI/AAAAAAAABpk/5PdUTOv7sws/s1600/Mom+elevation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OM32qSzggrA/UzNutaHaazI/AAAAAAAABpk/5PdUTOv7sws/s1600/Mom+elevation.jpg" height="115" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">taken from someone's Strava</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The most worrisome part is the last 4 miles where, after already riding 100 miles, we'll be faced with an epic climb with 12%-16% grades. It should be a fun time. Apparently a number of people either don't make it or end up walking their bike up to the top. Needless to say, this ride is going to require that I focus mainly on cycling, so I'm not at all concerned about being in a low point in my running right now. In fact, it's probably a good thing.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><i>Have you been through similar "cycles" in your training?&nbsp;</i></b></div></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-64275798727619560422014-02-04T18:52:00.000-05:002014-02-04T18:52:29.219-05:00January RecapI feel like I'm off to a strong start in 2014. I've been consistent with doing my <a href="http://www.thesufferfest.com/">Sufferfest</a> videos and I'm occasionally (at least once a week) getting in some strength training. My running game has been lacking since my hip has flared up yet again. I think it's my <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliopsoas">iliopsoas</a>, and I can't find much on the interwebs about strengthening this area and treatment seems to consist of rest, ice, and stretching (an incredibly difficult area to stretch and ice, by the way). So, once again, I'm taking it easy with the running. Cycling doesn't seem to bother it, so I'll be focusing on that for a while. I'm supposed to be training for the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/race-options/half-marathon/">Blue Ridge Half Marathon</a>, but thankfully this year they've added a <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/star-k/">10K option</a>, so I'll probably be doing that instead since I'm already behind in my training plan. It frustrates me that I haven't been able to run consistently without something hurting, but at the same time I'm very thankful to be able to ride my bike and I'm enjoying that a lot, too. We are trying to plan out some rides to train for this spring. Our considered options include the <a href="http://fcae-swva.org/wilderness-road-ride/">Wilderness Road Ride</a> (May 24, 79 miles), <a href="http://2014.mountainsofmisery.com/">Mountains of Misery</a> (May 25, 101 miles), and the <a href="http://www.setupevents.com/?fuseaction=event_detail&amp;eventID=2516">Jamestown Gran Fondo</a> (June 8, 100 miles). Lots to consider including our busy spring schedules, varying distances and difficulties, cost, etc.<br /><br /><br /><b><u>January Stats</u></b><br /><ul><li>Running mileage: 24.89</li><ul><li>total time = 4:16</li></ul><li>Cycling mileage: 183.73</li><ul><li>total time = 12:58</li></ul><li>Walking mileage: 10.46</li><ul><li>total time = 3:50</li></ul><li><b>Total mileage = 219.08</b></li><li><b>Total time = 20:54</b></li></ul><div></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-78429539951477438212013-12-31T22:00:00.000-05:002013-12-31T22:00:17.241-05:00December Recap, 2013 in Review, and 2014 Goals<b><u>December Stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: magenta;"><b>Running miles:</b> 5 (not making progress, I know)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;"><b>Walking miles:</b> 0 (stopped keeping track)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;"><b>Cycling miles:</b> 148</span><br /><br /><b><u>YTD stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;"><b>Running miles:</b> 391</span><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;"><b>Walking miles:</b> 125</span><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;"><b>Cycling miles:</b> 1704</span><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;"><b>Total Human-Powered miles in 2013</b>: 2220</span><br /><br />With Thanksgiving coming very late in November and Christmas celebrations spread out over a few days, December FLEW by. My hip started to bug me at the beginning of December so I backed off the running (what little bit of it there was to back off from, anyways...). I spent 8 hours on the trainer doing <a href="http://www.sufferfest.com/">Sufferfest</a> videos and got to go for 2 outside rides on warmer days. I did a little bit of strength training, but not as much as I should have done.<br /><br /><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">2013 in Review and 2014 Goals</span></u></b><br />Looking back, 2013 was both epic and not so epic. The epicness: <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013_04_01_archive.html">running my first marathon</a> and <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/11/back-roads-century.html">riding my first full century</a>. While I am <b>very </b>proud of these accomplishments, the rest of my year just felt kind of...off. When I was running a lot, I didn't really bike much. Thanks to messing up my hip, I really haven't run much since my marathon, so I've been cycling a ton and really loving it. I wish there could have been more balance between the two. Over the past 6 months, cycling has moved from my #2 love to my #1 love. Cycling brings me just as much enjoyment as running does, except it hurts <i>way</i>&nbsp;less the next day. When I was running a lot and when I do get the occasional run in now, I'd sometimes wake up feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. Cycling? Not so much.&nbsp;Ugh, I sound like an old person! Anyways, I'm totally fine with this shift, but sometimes I feel like I'm abandoning running like it's some sort of SPCA animal (that sounds so weird, I know).<br /><br /><b>Fitness goals for 2014:</b><br /><div>I considered setting a lofty mileage goal for 2014 of running/riding/walking more miles than I travel in a car. But I realized it'd be a total PITA to keep track of how many miles I rode in a car, plus my estimated mileage was somewhere around 5,000+ miles, so I don't think that's a very realistic goal for me. I don't really have a specific mileage goal in mind, so I'll say&nbsp;<i>more than last year</i>, which was 2220 combined running/walking/cycling miles.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><i>Running:&nbsp;</i><br /><ul><li>Stop making excuses for not running and be consistent.</li><li>Finish the <a href="http://www.blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Half Marathon</a>. They made the course 2x harder for 2014 so I know this is going to be a PW (personal worst). I know this seems like a defeatist attitude, but I'm just being realistic.&nbsp;</li></ul><i>Cycling</i>:<br /><ul><li>I've logged 16 hours on the trainer since the beginning of November. I'd like to get to 48 hours before the end of indoor training season (March/early April?).&nbsp;</li><li>Ride in at least one century, preferably more.</li><li>Build my confidence with riding on the road and descending.&nbsp;</li></ul><br />Starting back in January of this year I decided I'd try the Paleo diet, but I always referred to it as my "Paleo-ish" diet because I rarely went a day without eating a little something non-Paleo. I definitely made some healthy changes to my diet in 2013 which I will carry into 2014 and beyond, such as eating more "whole" foods and eliminating fake foods out of a box that have a million ingredients. But recently I've come to the conclusion that a <i>diet</i>, Paleo or not, is not for me. A <i>diet</i>&nbsp;insinuates<i> restrictions</i>. Personally, when I don't stick to these restrictions, I beat myself up mentally. I can tell myself <i>oh, it's okay to cheat occasionally, just do so in moderation</i>. To me, cheating = bad. So even if I tell myself it's okay, it's still classified as being "bad" in my mind. I've realized that this is an unhealthy way of thinking, so I'm backing off of the whole Paleo/diet thing. I have really enjoyed making a lot of new Paleo recipes, so I'm definitely going to keep those in the dinner rotation most of the time. I just won't feel bad for eating oatmeal for breakfast, having some rice with my dinner, or even enjoying a little ice cream.<br /><br /><b>My nutrition goals for 2014:&nbsp;</b><br /><ul><li>Eat healthy stuff.</li><li>If something makes me feel bad (stomach ache, etc.), don't eat it. This includes feeling the need to finish everything on my plate even if I know it's <i>way</i>&nbsp;more than I should be eating.</li><li>Eat in a way that helps me to become a stronger, healthier athlete.&nbsp;</li><li>Don't beat myself up for having a treat (a treat, not a cheat).&nbsp;</li></ul><div><br /></div><div>So those are my fitness/nutrition goals for 2014. I know none of them are crazy, out-of-my-comfort-zone goals, but I like to be able to actually achieve&nbsp;my goals and celebrate when I blow them out of the water. Hopefully in another year I'll be doing just that.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Happy New Year!&nbsp;</span></b></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-76081178824626845402013-12-18T21:17:00.001-05:002013-12-18T21:17:51.656-05:00Blue Ridge Marathon Course Changes & Discount CodeThe <a href="http://www.blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Marathon</a> recently announced some changes to the 2014 race courses as well as the race options available. I'm pretty excited about these changes so I wanted to pass them along. I also wanted to pass along a 20% off discount code that is good until 12/24/13. Just simply use the code <b>BLITZEN </b>when you go to <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/registration/">register</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w9PS3P5jZ5g/UrJRATU7-sI/AAAAAAAABpU/EdKrGTO6chw/s1600/marathon-logo-2014-foot-levelers.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="100" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w9PS3P5jZ5g/UrJRATU7-sI/AAAAAAAABpU/EdKrGTO6chw/s400/marathon-logo-2014-foot-levelers.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />Instead of offering a marathon relay option as in previous years, the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/star-k/">Star K</a>&nbsp;10K option has been added to the race. I have a feeling that this will be a very popular option this year for those who aren't ready to commit to the half or full...but with 1000 feet of elevation gain, this is definitely NOT an easy 6.2 miles! On the 10K course runners will start just after the full and half marathoners and follow them up Mill Mountain. The 10K and half courses split from the full marathon and continue up to the Mill Mountain Star. Once at the Star, the course takes a quick decent down the "old road" on the front of the mountain. Then 10K runners return down Jefferson street to finish at Elmwood Park. The registration fee for the Star K is $35 before 1/1/14 and $45 thereafter.<br /><br />Probably my favorite change this year comes to the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/race-options/half-marathon/">half marathon</a> course. <b>They made it harder!</b> Like twice as hard. Previously the half marathon course went up Mill Mountain and the rest was relatively flat. The course has changed majorly this year; the half marathon now has two mountains to climb. In addition to Mill Mountain, half marathoners get to climb the infamous Peakwood Drive (aptly nicknamed "Pukewood"), which is Mountain #3 on the full marathon course. This addition means that the half marathon course has a total elevation gain of 1897 feet. Whew! The registration fee for the half marathon is $65 before 1/1/14, $75 before 3/17/14, and $85 thereafter.<br /><br />The <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/race-options/marathon/">full marathon</a> has also undergone some minor changes, mostly to the last 4-5 miles. My guess is that these changes were made to avoid the Roanoke River Greenway, which has been flooded for the last 2/4 years causing some last minute course changes. The registration fee for the full marathon is $80 before 1/1/14, $90 before 3/17/14, and $100 thereafter.<br /><br />The start/finish area has been moved from near the Roanoke City Market Building to the newly renovated Elmwood Park. Although I really love the Market Building area, but I feel like this will be a more spacious location and would allow for more post-race activities that won't feel squeezed in between downtown city blocks. There are a couple parking garages nearby so parking shouldn't be an issue.<br /><br />The <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/race-options/ymca-kids-marathon/">YMCA Kids Marathon</a> is back again this year, as is the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/race-options/official-unofficial-double-marathon/">Unofficial Official Double Marathon</a> (yes, people run America's Toughest Road Marathon twice, back-to-back, starting at 2-3 AM).<br /><br />Of course, all of the other awesome things about this race will also be back again in 2014...most importantly the amazing scenery, the friendly people, and one of the most challenging road races you've ever done.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/55475468" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><br />Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-44859267854783423362013-12-08T21:00:00.000-05:002013-12-08T21:01:07.305-05:00October & November Recap + Winter Training Tips<b><u>October Stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Running miles: 30 (woot woot)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Walking miles: 12</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Cycling miles: 55</span><br /><br /><b><u>November Stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Running miles: 19</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Walking miles: 1 (I kind of stopped recording my lunch walks)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Cycling miles: 112 (all on the trainer)</span><br /><u><br /></u> <u><b>YTD stats:</b></u><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;">Running miles: 386</span><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;">Walking miles: 125</span><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;">Cycling miles: 1556</span><br /><b><span style="color: #0b5394;">Total Human-Powered miles in 2013: 2067</span></b><br /><b><span style="color: #0b5394;"><br /></span></b> As you can see, I've gotten pretty lazy with my blogging recently so I've combined my October &amp; November recap!<br /><br />I more than doubled my running miles in October (only 12 in September) so my hip is definitely getting better. It did flare up a week or two ago, so I backed off from running a little bit. Before I know it, it'll be time to start training for the <a href="http://www.blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Half</a>&nbsp;(in April), so it'd probably be a good idea to have a good base before I try to start training! I should probably get on that...<br /><br />With the end of DST at the beginning of November, running after work usually means running in the dark. I really don't mind running in the dark. It's actually kind of fun, as long as you're proactive in being safe. The most important thing is to be able to SEE and BE SEEN. At a minimum, you use a decent headlamp and wear a reflective vest. Anywhere else you can incorporate reflectives or lights is an added bonus.<br /><ul><li>I use the&nbsp;<b>Black Diamond Spot Headlamp</b> -&nbsp;<a href="http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/headlamps-and-lanterns/spot-headlamp-BD620609CVGRALL1.html">http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/headlamps-and-lanterns/spot-headlamp-BD620609CVGRALL1.html</a></li><li>I wear the&nbsp;<b>Amphipod Xinglet</b> -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amphipod.com/products/visibility/reflective-vests/xinglet">http://www.amphipod.com/products/visibility/reflective-vests/xinglet</a></li><li>I also put a blinking&nbsp;<b>Road ID Supernova</b> (in red) on the back of my vest:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roadid.com/Common/LearnMore.aspx?PID=12">http://www.roadid.com/Common/LearnMore.aspx?PID=12</a>&nbsp;</li><li>I carry my water/phone in my&nbsp;<b>Clean Bottle Runner</b>, which also has a reflective stripe on the outside of the hand strap -&nbsp;<a href="http://store.cleanbottle.com/Clean-Bottle-Runner-with-Clean-Bottle-_p_35.html">http://store.cleanbottle.com/Clean-Bottle-Runner-with-Clean-Bottle-_p_35.html</a></li><li><b><a href="http://www.nathansports.com/">Nathan</a></b>&nbsp;also sells a line of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blogger.com/"><span id="goog_1691810596"></span>reflective hydration packs and handheld bottles<span id="goog_1691810597"></span></a>, and they also sell a number of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nathansports.com/visibility/reflective-gear">reflective accessories</a>.&nbsp;</li><li><b><a href="http://www.relaxreflect.com/competitors.aspx">RelaxReflect</a></b> makes some really cool looking reflective clothing...I don't have any of their stuff though so I can't speak for the quality.&nbsp;</li><li><b><a href="http://www.personalsavers.com/">Personal Savers</a></b> makes a "Wrist Saver"&nbsp;that holds pepper spray, should you run into a sticky situation. It's also reflective! I don't have one of these yet, but I want one. <span style="font-size: x-small;">*cough*Christmas present*cough* -&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.personalsavers.com/wrist_pinkblack.html">http://www.personalsavers.com/wrist_pinkblack.html</a></li><li>I really hate running on sidewalks because concrete is 10 times harder than asphalt (and therefore harder on your joints), but sometimes it's the safest thing to do. Just be careful not to trip! The sidewalks in my neighborhood are frequently uneven as tree roots have pushed some of them up at the seams.&nbsp;</li><li>You should just assume that people&nbsp;<b><i>don't&nbsp;</i></b>see you. And of course&nbsp;<b><i>always&nbsp;</i></b>be aware of your surroundings.&nbsp;</li><li>As with any run, tell someone where you're going and how long you think you'll be gone. Carry your phone with you and use the&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/road-id/id569352341?mt=8"><b>Road ID</b> app</a>&nbsp;if you have an iPhone (I previously wrote about it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/07/road-id-app.html">HERE</a>).&nbsp;</li></ul><br />Cycling in the dark (and cold), on the other hand...well, I think I'll stick to the trainer. All 112 miles in November were on the trainer, and all of them were done with the help of my new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thesufferfest.com/"><b>Sufferfest</b></a> videos. I decided to invest in a few of these videos to make my time on the trainer a little more exciting, and I'm very glad I did. All of the videos are "fun" (in a masochistic kind of way), entertaining, and most importantly, a really great workout. All of this makes the time on the trainer go by much faster, and if you've ever spent a significant amount of time on an indoor trainer, you'll appreciate this. I'd definitely recommend these videos. So far I've done A Very Dark Place, Revolver, There is No Try, and Hell Hath No Fury...and I plan to gradually add to my collection. Most of the videos are $12.99 and IMO they are worth every penny. I'm interested to see if they make me a better cyclist once the outdoor riding season returns. I have a feeling they will, but you never know until you're out there riding.<br /><br />So, those are a few of my winter running and cycling tips...if you have any you'd like to add, please share with everyone in a comment below!Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-75671626153744806102013-11-19T21:16:00.001-05:002013-11-19T21:16:11.321-05:00Back Roads CenturyI usually like to write event recaps within a week or two afterwards so that I can record all of the little details while they are still fresh in my mind. Not so much with the <a href="http://www.backroadscentury.org/">Back Roads Century</a>...it has been nearly 2 months since we did this ride so I'm sure I'll be leaving some stuff out. Thankfully I have a cue sheet to cheat off of. I'm not quite sure why it has taken me so long, but I'll blame my usual business and lack of a desire to look at a computer screen in the evenings after I've been looking at it all day at work. Anyways...on to the recap!<br /><br />On September 22, Andrew and I rode our first century (that's 100 miles for my non-cyclist readers) at the <a href="http://www.backroadscentury.org/">Back Roads Century</a>, which started and finished in Berryville, VA.<br /><br />I'm very glad the ride was on Sunday instead of Saturday, because Saturday was nothing but rain, and lots of it. It rained on us the entire way up there and continued to rain through the evening. Thankfully the rain was supposed to clear out before the ride. The morning temps were forecasted to be a bit chilly but it ended up being a perfect day!<br /><br />We got up there in the late afternoon, checked into the hotel, and met up with Jen (another cyclist from Roanoke) at Ruby Tuesday's for some dinner. After that Andrew and I went back to the hotel, laid everything out for the morning and went to bed early. It took me quite a while to fall asleep, though...I feel like that always happens the night before big events like this just because my mind will not.stop.racing. But thankfully once I was asleep I didn't wake back up until the alarm went off.<br /><br />In the morning we ate our breakfast in the room - I had brought some of my usual pre-ride waffles with almond butter and honey. I took a shower to warm up, wake up, and start out feeling fresh. We got ready, checked out, and we were on our way to the start by around 6:15.<br /><br />It was rather chilly when we got there so I was a little indecisive about what to wear. I decided to go with my long-finger gloves, arm warmers, vest, thicker Balega socks, and no leg or knee warmers. And of course I was sporting my <a href="http://www.toughchik.com/">Team Tough Chik</a> kit.<br /><br />I made a quick stop at the restroom and realized the most amazing thing...since cycling is such a male-dominated sport, there were NO lines for the women's restrooms!! And there was a rare sight...the line for the men's room was out the door. Anyways, a funny and interesting observation.<br /><br />We rode around the corner to the high school and we were rolling out a little after 7. There was a little bit of congestion at the beginning before everyone spaced out a little bit. The beginning of the ride was just absolutely stunning with the sun just coming up and casting long shadows across the road. As the name suggests, the ride was on all back roads that weaved through "farm country" in the northern tip of Virginia and, in the first half of the ride, through parts of West Virginia.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-j5yg012vCKQ/UowJgxfooNI/AAAAAAAABnI/U-dwz37ls0w/s1600/15993_10202366492310412_255595100_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-j5yg012vCKQ/UowJgxfooNI/AAAAAAAABnI/U-dwz37ls0w/s320/15993_10202366492310412_255595100_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">That's me! Jen has some mad skillz to take pictures while she's riding.</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Kh7pqa23NWE/UowJ0EycNSI/AAAAAAAABnQ/XbROXU808no/s1600/1240531_10202366495190484_2068916314_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Kh7pqa23NWE/UowJ0EycNSI/AAAAAAAABnQ/XbROXU808no/s320/1240531_10202366495190484_2068916314_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i-4G-9FXH88/UowKFz9ygXI/AAAAAAAABnc/GMMwrij_Q9A/s1600/8296_10202366496310512_1043700515_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i-4G-9FXH88/UowKFz9ygXI/AAAAAAAABnc/GMMwrij_Q9A/s320/8296_10202366496310512_1043700515_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />The first rest stop came at Mile 25 at South Jefferson Park, which was plentifully stocked with snacks, water, porta potties, and cheerful volunteers. After a short break, we were back on the bike for the second quarter of the ride.<br /><br />The route is a figure 8 loop, so at the halfway mark we were back at the start, just around the corner from where we parked. I really appreciated this because I usually fuel with stuff that was not on the course (Nuun, Clif Shot Bloks, and <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/08/caveman-coconut-almond-banana-cookies.html">my Caveman cookies</a>), so I was able to re-stock, shed my vest, and stop by the bathroom. There was a rest stop set up at the high school, too, but I did most of my fueling at the car for this one. At the high school we met up with Andrew's mom, who came down from Pennsylvania to see us and followed us around for the second half of the ride!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UVJ5erXMZIo/UowKzvOYrEI/AAAAAAAABng/JFHGmIAsVic/s1600/945826_730878372158_1121829675_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UVJ5erXMZIo/UowKzvOYrEI/AAAAAAAABng/JFHGmIAsVic/s320/945826_730878372158_1121829675_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p4a5Hjsb9cM/UowLVjicUrI/AAAAAAAABno/5zgGLcJKWQo/s1600/1240181_730878686528_485411488_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p4a5Hjsb9cM/UowLVjicUrI/AAAAAAAABno/5zgGLcJKWQo/s320/1240181_730878686528_485411488_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">off for the second half of the ride</td></tr></tbody></table>The ride from here to the next rest stop was much of the same...beautiful scenery on gently rolling back country roads. Like I said, I don't remember a ton of details other than the fact that it was beautiful. At mile 64 we were at what was my favorite rest stop at the Burwell-Morgan Mill. Not only did you get to go inside of the mill and look around, but they had homemade boiled potatoes, which totally hit the spot...starchy, salty, and warm!!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PT08jsUpoN0/UowOL3QnjJI/AAAAAAAABn0/PeVOuq6yQO0/s1600/1234158_730878921058_2134399169_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PT08jsUpoN0/UowOL3QnjJI/AAAAAAAABn0/PeVOuq6yQO0/s320/1234158_730878921058_2134399169_n.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br />One of the strategies that was suggested to the riders was to focus on the distance to the next rest stop. In the second half of the ride the rest stops came at mile 64, 79, and 92. That strategy definitely helped the ride to feel easier when you could tell yourself <i>only xx miles until the next break!</i><br /><br />The rest stop at mile 79 was at White Post Restorations where they had their "world famous" tomato sandwiches with cucumber, mayo (or hummus), salt, and pepper. Delish! Andrew had fun looking through the garage windows at the old cars inside the antique car restorations place.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3R3ss2IIFUo/UowQDr-Vy0I/AAAAAAAABoI/2HadL5wgKC8/s1600/548433_730881031828_1791929778_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3R3ss2IIFUo/UowQDr-Vy0I/AAAAAAAABoI/2HadL5wgKC8/s320/548433_730881031828_1791929778_n.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br />After this rest stop we made our way through the rest of White Post, VA, which literally has a white post in the middle of town.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C0iB0NIrgEg/UowQmCIm5aI/AAAAAAAABoQ/uq-jd5q1aP8/s1600/1376654_730881530828_1168671147_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C0iB0NIrgEg/UowQmCIm5aI/AAAAAAAABoQ/uq-jd5q1aP8/s320/1376654_730881530828_1168671147_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />At this point I was riding into new territory as my longest ride before the century was 70 miles. I definitely knew I had enough left in the tank, but I think we were all starting to tire a bit. The rest stop at mile 92 was so refreshing because they had Rita's Italian Ice. I went with the guava flavor and it was sooo yummy.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Yi5EdpxyxiI/UowSDk-mNII/AAAAAAAABoc/BCrfLp50ACg/s1600/554926_730882064758_954999949_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Yi5EdpxyxiI/UowSDk-mNII/AAAAAAAABoc/BCrfLp50ACg/s320/554926_730882064758_954999949_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />After this rest stop we knew we just had 8 miles left until the finish, which was nothing compared to the 92 miles we had already ridden. It wasn't an easy coast to the finish though, because miles 94-100 were basically uphill. This climb probably wouldn't have felt so bad if we hadn't already ridden 96 miles. After this last push, we were back at the high school and had finished our first century!!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-szPInXqGRD4/UowT8RuTnMI/AAAAAAAABoo/LMhbHKyITJ0/s1600/993350_730212192188_1039694652_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="224" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-szPInXqGRD4/UowT8RuTnMI/AAAAAAAABoo/LMhbHKyITJ0/s320/993350_730212192188_1039694652_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8IZlz5sKEO4/UowT8ToN8SI/AAAAAAAABos/2jfsE0szpi8/s1600/1234143_730212217138_1927907724_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8IZlz5sKEO4/UowT8ToN8SI/AAAAAAAABos/2jfsE0szpi8/s320/1234143_730212217138_1927907724_n.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bpPEFlzS_xQ/UowUkC_K0TI/AAAAAAAABo4/jVa9sK0Yh_0/s1600/1186280_730883152578_1861944345_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bpPEFlzS_xQ/UowUkC_K0TI/AAAAAAAABo4/jVa9sK0Yh_0/s320/1186280_730883152578_1861944345_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">awkward picture of us eating ICE CREAM!!&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Woohoo!! After our ride we grabbed a bite to eat (a hot dog and some ice cream, unfortunately they were out of BBQ by the time we got there). We rode back to the car, changed clothes, and made our way back home. What a fun day! We were proud of ourselves for finishing our first 100 mile ride without too much trouble.<br /><br /><b>Final stats:&nbsp;</b><br />Ride Time = 6:17<br />Total Time = 8:30 - hard to believe we spent &gt;2 hours at rest stops...definitely didn't feel like it.<br />Elevation Profile =<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GXr0wXTUHF0/UowWHd2agOI/AAAAAAAABpE/u5oudMUWm30/s1600/elevation.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="137" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GXr0wXTUHF0/UowWHd2agOI/AAAAAAAABpE/u5oudMUWm30/s400/elevation.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />I feel like I did a good job of fueling, although at times I felt like I was eating too much. I guess this helped me not to bonk though. I drank a ton of Nuun along the way, and I stayed properly hydrated as evidenced by the fact that I utilized the porta potty at every single rest stop.<br /><br />I can't say enough good things about the Back Roads Century. The organization was top notch, the communication before and during the event was excellent, the volunteers were so friendly, the scenery was beautiful, and the nice weather was an added bonus. This is obviously a popular ride because this year and last, the rider cap of 2,300 was met. I would definitely do this ride again and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an organized ride to do. If a century isn't your thing, there are also 25, 30, 50, and 65 mile routes.<br /><br />So, will I do another century? Absolutely!Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-6080508408510522992013-10-28T16:04:00.002-04:002013-10-28T16:04:42.275-04:00Blue Ridge Marathon Entry WinnerThank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! I really enjoyed reading your comments about some of the toughest things you've done.<br /><br />The winner of the entry into the 2014 <a href="http://www.blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge</a> full or half marathon is... <b>Diane C! </b>Congrats!! Shoot me an e-mail (lauren@sweat-junkie.com) and I'll get you all hooked up with a registration code.<br /><b><br /></b>If you didn't win, I still want to encourage you to&nbsp;<a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/registration/">register</a>&nbsp;for the Blue Ridge full or half marathon. The price for the full marathon is $80 until 12/31, $90 before 3/17, and $100 through race day. The price for the half marathon is $65 until 12/31, $75 before 3/17, and $85 through race day. Worth. Every. Penny. I promise you won't regret it.<br /><br /><center><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a966374/" id="rc-a966374" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></center><br /><br /><br />Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-69327482361099097162013-10-20T22:18:00.001-04:002013-10-20T22:18:12.068-04:00Blue Ridge Marathon Entry Giveaway<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The&nbsp;<a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Marathon</a>&nbsp;will always hold a very special place in my heart. I think everyone will always remember their first marathon or half marathon...or their first 5k or 10k for that matter. <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/04/blue-ridge-marathon-recap.html">My first marathon</a> was at the Blue Ridge Marathon this past April, and I will definitely always remember it.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sprM5ZMgV4A/UmRz4KwFZWI/AAAAAAAABl4/JMUU7cRU-do/s1600/RM1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sprM5ZMgV4A/UmRz4KwFZWI/AAAAAAAABl4/JMUU7cRU-do/s400/RM1.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />The Blue Ridge Marathon is nothing short of epic. With 7,440 feet of elevation change in the full marathon and 2,528 in the half, this race is not to be taken lightly. In fact, the Blue Ridge Marathon calls itself <i>America's Toughest Road Marathon</i>. But don't let that scare you away. If I can do it, anyone with enough determination can do it, too. And once you cross that finish line, you'll feel like you can accomplish pretty much anything...once you're able to walk down the stairs and sit down on the toilet again.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3Ze0lGPbhPM/UmSBZhag8pI/AAAAAAAABmI/XPhYTBpQeRY/s1600/elevation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="61" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3Ze0lGPbhPM/UmSBZhag8pI/AAAAAAAABmI/XPhYTBpQeRY/s400/elevation.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">full marathon elevation profile</td></tr></tbody></table><br />The toughness of the Blue Ridge Marathon is just one thing that makes this race stand out from the rest. I might be a little biased because I'm blessed to live in Roanoke, but this has to be one of the most beautiful courses out there.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kIKVhdqph1w/UDa6_JgCwlI/AAAAAAAAAyk/vv-3meSo5mo/s1600/3732880323_41ffc351d7.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kIKVhdqph1w/UDa6_JgCwlI/AAAAAAAAAyk/vv-3meSo5mo/s320/3732880323_41ffc351d7.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eDC1e4uh_hA/UF8l-c-R93I/AAAAAAAAA9I/4aqaizQ4l7A/s1600/BRM_04-12_0656.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eDC1e4uh_hA/UF8l-c-R93I/AAAAAAAAA9I/4aqaizQ4l7A/s320/BRM_04-12_0656.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Runners experience a little bit of everything along the course. After starting in downtown Roanoke, a good portion of the course is on the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the Mill Mountain spur road and the brutal Roanoke Mountain loop. The remainder of the course is through beautiful neighborhoods (on a mountain, of course), along the Roanoke River, and it finishes back in downtown Roanoke. And there are plenty of awesome spectators to encourage you along the way. It's hard to convey just how beautiful this course is, but I'll let some of the shots in this video try to do the talking for me...<br /><br /><center><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/55475468" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></center><center style="text-align: left;"><br /></center><center style="text-align: left;">Whew...just watching that makes me want to run it again tomorrow! I could really go on and on about how much I love this race. But in order to truly understand where I'm coming from, you need to experience it yourself, which is why I'm so happy to give one of you a chance to run in the 2014 Blue Ridge full or half Marathon.&nbsp;</center><center style="text-align: left;"><br /></center><center style="text-align: left;"><b>Who:</b> You + plenty of other crazy runners, amazing volunteers, and supportive spectators</center><center style="text-align: left;"><b>What:</b> <i>America's Toughest Road Marathon</i>, and one heck of a challenging half marathon.&nbsp;</center><center style="text-align: left;"><b>Where:</b> the beautiful Roanoke, VA</center><center style="text-align: left;"><b>When:</b> Saturday, April 26, 2014 (you have 6 months to train for this beast!)</center><center style="text-align: left;"><br /></center><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Dckl3LQvuE/UFJRJE0BpII/AAAAAAAABeM/FEhg1OMd4VY/s1600/ATRM_Seal.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="173" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Dckl3LQvuE/UFJRJE0BpII/AAAAAAAABeM/FEhg1OMd4VY/s200/ATRM_Seal.gif" width="200" /></a></div><center style="text-align: left;"><br /></center><center style="text-align: left;">Entering is super easy...just check out the Rafflecopter widget below. Don't forget that you can tweet about the giveaway once a day for additional entries! The contest will end at midnight on Sunday, October 27 and the winner will be announced via blog post/twitter. Good luck!&nbsp;</center><br /><center><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a966374/" id="rc-a966374" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></center><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vE8qV2UyT0s/UBn7YrG8wbI/AAAAAAAAAu4/PoCyO81kiZs/s1600/IMG_1117.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vE8qV2UyT0s/UBn7YrG8wbI/AAAAAAAAAu4/PoCyO81kiZs/s400/IMG_1117.jpg" width="298" /></a></div><center style="text-align: left;"><br /></center>If you want to read more about my experiences with the Blue Ridge Marathon (to include a ton more pictures), check out my previous recaps:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/04/blue-ridge-marathon-recap.html">2013 full marathon</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2012/04/blue-ridge-half-marathon-recap.html">2012 half marathon</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2011/04/blue-ridge-half-marathon.html">2011 half marathon</a></div><br />Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-15555081772215473582013-10-04T17:07:00.001-04:002013-10-04T17:08:07.684-04:00September Recap<div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><b><u>September stats:</u></b></div><span style="color: magenta;">Running miles: 12 (run/walk)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Walking miles: 7 (that I recorded...I know it was more)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Cycling miles: 252</span><br /><br /><b><u>YTD stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Running miles: 337</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Walking miles: 112</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Cycling Miles: 1389</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><b>Total Human-Powered miles in 2013: 1838</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I know I'm not the only person who can't believe it's already October. Only 3 more months left in 2013. Crazy!&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">The most exciting thing that happened in September was completing my very first century ride with my husband at the <a href="http://www.backroadscentury.org/">Back Roads Century</a>. It was awesome (I'll be doing my recap soon). Honestly, riding 100 miles wasn't nearly as tough as I thought it'd be. But the route consisting of gently rolling hills and doing our training rides with way more elevation changed definitely helped us get through it with no problem.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HWxtTz2WKXc/Uk8s9LVRzAI/AAAAAAAABlo/QMo9zCqrZPs/s1600/BRC.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HWxtTz2WKXc/Uk8s9LVRzAI/AAAAAAAABlo/QMo9zCqrZPs/s400/BRC.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NpVKyGw5R48/Uk8n0wm2YKI/AAAAAAAABlY/gENbwnZyHrQ/s1600/IMG_2858.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NpVKyGw5R48/Uk8n0wm2YKI/AAAAAAAABlY/gENbwnZyHrQ/s320/IMG_2858.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NboF-pCvns4/Uk8npRPc62I/AAAAAAAABlQ/vRzskV0mzJc/s1600/IMG_2856.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NboF-pCvns4/Uk8npRPc62I/AAAAAAAABlQ/vRzskV0mzJc/s200/IMG_2856.JPG" width="148" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">100!</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /><br />I also tried to be deliberate about easing my way back into running in September. I did 12 miles of "run/walk" workouts. Several of these consisted of walking over to the track (.75 miles away), running several laps, and walking back home. The track is much easier on my body...I can definitely tell I haven't run in a while though. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude and be patient when I'm not able to run as far as I'd like to, and I keep telling myself that I <i>will</i>&nbsp;be able to run far again soon.&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">My goals for October:&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">1. Focus on lifting weights at least 2 but preferably 3 times a week.&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">2. Consistently go on run/walks and not be ashamed of how much I might have to walk.</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">3. Keep on pedaling outside before it gets dark and cold (DST ends November 3 :( boo!)</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">4. Actually try to stick to my Paleo-ish way of eating and learn to say NO to foods that ultimately make me feel sluggish, even though they are delicious.</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I have a great treat for all of you in October...I'll be giving away an entry to the 2014 <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Marathon</a>! I am honored to be an official Blue Ridge Marathon blogger again this year. Check back the week of October 21 to enter!! The race is on April 26, 2014, so go ahead and clear your calendar and start running <strike>hills</strike>&nbsp;mountains :)&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-47976585427616043452013-09-17T20:24:00.001-04:002013-09-17T20:24:50.523-04:00Moxie Cycling Jersey WinnerJust a quick post to announce the winner of the <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/09/moxie-cycling-jersey-review-giveaway.html">Moxie Cycling Jersey Giveaway</a>...<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Meghan, </b>who blogs at <a href="http://www.littlegirlinthebigworld.com/">Little Girl in the Big World</a><b>&nbsp;</b></div><br />Thanks to everyone who entered. Moxie Cycling is still having their end of season sale, so check it out <a href="http://www.moxiecycling.com/v/products.html">HERE</a> if you didn't win!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XN4zjQnW-gg/Uizs1942crI/AAAAAAAABlE/2hm-fCgWsLg/s1600/moxie_logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="111" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XN4zjQnW-gg/Uizs1942crI/AAAAAAAABlE/2hm-fCgWsLg/s400/moxie_logo.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-47131797652557785422013-09-09T00:00:00.000-04:002013-09-09T06:13:09.082-04:00Moxie Cycling Jersey Review & GiveawayIf you're a female cyclist like me, you can attest to the fact that most cycling clothes available to women fall into one of the following categories:<br /><ol><li>snooze-fest</li><li>covered with twirly whirly flowers, rainbows, and/or butterflies</li><li>unattractive</li><li>uncomfortable</li><li>ridiculously expensive</li></ol>Since I've been spending more time in the saddle recently, I've been in search for some more cycling apparel that meets none of the above criteria. It's a lot harder than you'd think. But I'm happy to say that&nbsp;I've found a beautiful jersey to add to my rotation...the <i>Jester</i>&nbsp;jersey made by <a href="http://www.moxiecycling.com/">Moxie Cycling</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cAE7ph9jPRM/UiZko99rFSI/AAAAAAAABjU/A7uC4FXXEns/s1600/IMG_2733.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cAE7ph9jPRM/UiZko99rFSI/AAAAAAAABjU/A7uC4FXXEns/s320/IMG_2733.JPG" width="236" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nwHTepjlB-Y/UiZj4FvAh5I/AAAAAAAABjM/BQa90Zle45Q/s1600/IMG_0011.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nwHTepjlB-Y/UiZj4FvAh5I/AAAAAAAABjM/BQa90Zle45Q/s320/IMG_0011.JPG" width="236" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I stumbled across the <a href="http://moxiecycling.com/">Moxie Cycling</a> website about a year ago and my first thought was, <i>Those are&nbsp;adorable, but a&nbsp;built-in shelf bra? Bummer...no thanks!&nbsp;</i>Most tops with built-in bras just don't work for me. I end up wearing a real sports bra under it either due to a lack of support or a lack of <strike>headlight hiders</strike> padding. But I read that the built-in bra in these jerseys was actually functional, so I thought I'd give it a try...and I'm <b>so</b> glad I did!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XN4zjQnW-gg/Uizs1942crI/AAAAAAAABlA/9ESf3qSsNRg/s1600/moxie_logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="89" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XN4zjQnW-gg/Uizs1942crI/AAAAAAAABlA/9ESf3qSsNRg/s320/moxie_logo.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The first thing I noticed about this jersey is the high-quality feel of it. The fabric is super slick, very similar to a bathing suit, which makes this jersey extremely comfortable. It's also tag-less, so there's no "itchy" feel about the jersey at all.</div><div><br /></div><div>The length of the jersey is absolutely perfect. I'm a short person, but sometimes I still have problems with tops being too short on me. The jersey is long enough that you don't have to worry about showing your backside to the world when you're riding in the drops. There's also no elastic around the bottom, which adds to the comfort factor and prevents it from riding up. No more tugging your jersey back down!&nbsp;</div><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JinAx1HWh7s/UizWrafnkvI/AAAAAAAABkM/L-i7sQBmQ6o/s1600/IMG_2765.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JinAx1HWh7s/UizWrafnkvI/AAAAAAAABkM/L-i7sQBmQ6o/s320/IMG_2765.JPG" width="239" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gH3GLXEn7R8/UizWrD4sT3I/AAAAAAAABkI/sHj1CknruyU/s1600/IMG_2766.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gH3GLXEn7R8/UizWrD4sT3I/AAAAAAAABkI/sHj1CknruyU/s320/IMG_2766.JPG" width="239" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The cut of the jersey is also great. It's supportive where it needs to be, yet it isn't too clingy or tight around the midsection. Sometimes standard cycling jerseys give me that boxy/frumpy/unfeminine look, like I don't have any curves or shoulders...but that is definitely not the case with these jerseys!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Speaking of curves, as I've already mentioned, Moxie Cycling jerseys have a really awesome built-in bra that comes with removable cup pads. The bra is extremely supportive so you don't have to worry about what might happen on bumpy terrain. I haven't run in this top, but I'd say it might even be supportive enough for a run, too.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-51tXPCcefmc/UizTh9OA9iI/AAAAAAAABjs/8k264nImwU8/s1600/IMG_2768.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-51tXPCcefmc/UizTh9OA9iI/AAAAAAAABjs/8k264nImwU8/s320/IMG_2768.JPG" width="238" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;">inside-out view of the jersey</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LLuZcZVYCZs/UizTwf4e3JI/AAAAAAAABj0/19jJpQNsz5c/s1600/IMG_2772.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LLuZcZVYCZs/UizTwf4e3JI/AAAAAAAABj0/19jJpQNsz5c/s200/IMG_2772.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;">removable pads<br />wear 'em if ya want...or don't!</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Just like a standard cycling jersey, Moxie Cycling jerseys have 3 back pockets that are deep enough to bring along everything you need for your ride...banana, cell phone, extra water bottle, chews/gels, cookies, you name it!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mlr9YT4h4KI/UizVzh5eblI/AAAAAAAABkA/vRnU1QhQarg/s1600/IMG_2767.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mlr9YT4h4KI/UizVzh5eblI/AAAAAAAABkA/vRnU1QhQarg/s320/IMG_2767.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 13px;">3 back pockets</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">There are currently three different styles of jerseys to choose from: T-Back (what I have), Ruched, and Sweetheart. Each style has a few different designs to choose from, too. Trust me, you'll have a hard time picking one out because they are all so cute!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o-iD_bQL1e4/Uizc9c5JztI/AAAAAAAABkk/XffvFfBBydY/s1600/Retropolitan_Front.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o-iD_bQL1e4/Uizc9c5JztI/AAAAAAAABkk/XffvFfBBydY/s320/Retropolitan_Front.png" width="153" /></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V_gbelgycts/UizdQAIo9xI/AAAAAAAABks/51qkTh1mKE0/s1600/Jakarta_Front.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V_gbelgycts/UizdQAIo9xI/AAAAAAAABks/51qkTh1mKE0/s320/Jakarta_Front.png" width="153" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">The <i>Retropolitan </i>jersey in the Sweetheart style (left) and the <i>Jakarta</i>&nbsp;jersey in the Ruched style (right).&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">These two styles have a more traditional racer-back design in the back vs. the T-Back.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For the purposes of a completely honest review, I first purchased the&nbsp;<i>Jakarta</i>&nbsp;jersey, which is one of the Ruched style jerseys, and is different from the T-Back style&nbsp;<i>Jester</i>&nbsp;jersey I ended up with. The&nbsp;<i>Jakarta</i>&nbsp;was adorable, but the style just didn't work for my body type. It fit in the bust, but was too loose in the midsection and I didn't think it looked that great on me (fit-wise). A smaller size may have worked for me but I was afraid it would be too tight in the bust. But I will say that I have seen several pictures of women wearing that style of jersey, and it looks awesome on them! So with that said, follow the size charts and know that the styles fit differently. If one style doesn't work for you, the other one might!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So let's talk price... in my opinion, the price of these jerseys is right on par, if not priced lower, than other jerseys of similar quality. The T-Back style is $58, while the Sweetheart and Ruched styles are $65. If you've bought a nice cycling jersey before, you'll agree that this is a fair price. And considering the great quality of these jerseys, it's a good investment to make because you'll definitely get a lot of miles out of it.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.moxiecycling.com/v/products.html">Moxie Cycling</a> is actually having an end of season sale right now, and most of their jerseys are <b>25% off!</b> That's $48.75 for the Sweetheart and Ruched styles, and just $43.50 for the T-Back style (not <i>all </i>jerseys are on sale and they must be in stock). I'm not really sure how long this sale lasts though so you'd better just go ahead and order one now ;)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The ladies at Moxie Cycling have been kind enough to offer a <b>free</b>&nbsp;jersey to a lucky blog reader. It's pretty easy to enter...just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. The giveaway ends at midnight on September 16th. Good luck!&nbsp;</div><br /><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a966373/" id="rc-a966373" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">I was not paid or asked to do this review. All opinions expressed are my own. I purchased my own jersey, and Moxie Cycling is offering a "giveaway" jersey at no cost to me (or you!).</span></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-56317318243789443792013-08-31T19:52:00.000-04:002013-08-31T19:52:37.043-04:00August Recap<div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><b style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><u>August stats:</u></b></div><span style="background-color: white; color: magenta; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Running miles: 1.75 (it's a start?)</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: magenta; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Walking miles: 12 (that I recorded...I know it was more)</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: magenta; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Cycling miles: 301!! highest ever!</span><br /><br style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;" /><b style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><u>YTD stats:</u></b><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Running miles: 325</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Walking miles: 105</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Cycling Miles: 1137</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><b>Total Human-Powered miles in 2013: 1567</b></span></div><div><br /></div><div>If you couldn't tell by the 301 miles I rode this month, I am seriously in love with my new bike.&nbsp;It's a much more comfortable fit than my old bike and it is so incredibly smooth.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rmtg4-TNh1w/UiJ6hVkyNUI/AAAAAAAABio/ff3gSJwW-fk/s1600/IMG_0030.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rmtg4-TNh1w/UiJ6hVkyNUI/AAAAAAAABio/ff3gSJwW-fk/s320/IMG_0030.JPG" width="238" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gHK6betczN8/UiJ6hLmKkBI/AAAAAAAABik/_ady4lTu7CQ/s1600/IMG_0011.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gHK6betczN8/UiJ6hLmKkBI/AAAAAAAABik/_ady4lTu7CQ/s320/IMG_0011.JPG" width="238" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>My mileage is also higher this month because we're continuing to train for the <a href="http://www.backroadscentury.org/">Back Roads Century</a>, which is on September 22! We did a 70 mile ride today, which is the farthest I've ever ridden by about 15 miles. I'm recovering from a cold still so I felt a little weak...and waking up with a headache didn't help either. It actually ended up being a great ride, but I had some stomach discomfort towards the end of the ride, probably due to eating/drinking too much for fear of bonking. Physically, though, I felt really good the whole time and I wasn't hurting at the end. Very promising for being able to ride 100 miles!&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>One of the things I really love about cycling is that I don't feel like I've been hit by a truck like I do with running. Yes, I get tired, but I'm definitely not sore and achy like I sometimes get with running. Now that I've talked about how much running hurts, I'm happy to say that I ran a whopping 1.75 miles this month! Both times I ran this month I walked over to the track, ran a few laps around the track, and walked home. The track is super soft and cushy, so I feel like it's easier on my body as I'm easing back into running. I was able to run a whole mile without any hip or groin pain, which I wasn't able to do back in May. I know I'll go back to running regularly again, just very slowly!&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I definitely hope I'm back to running by next April, because I've signed up to run the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Half Marathon</a>! I'm excited to be an official blogger again this year, so that means that in exchange for making you listen to me go on and on about how awesome this race is, I'll be giving away a race entry to one lucky reader! Look for a giveaway in late October.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IN6rZ03bEDs/UiKAXFlg3wI/AAAAAAAABi8/P7Bc2WBJrZI/s1600/brm.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="95" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IN6rZ03bEDs/UiKAXFlg3wI/AAAAAAAABi8/P7Bc2WBJrZI/s400/brm.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Happy September!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>Who's excited for fall?<b> I AM!!</b></i></div><div><br /></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-24971844805924147112013-08-27T18:19:00.000-04:002013-08-27T18:19:22.693-04:00How Winners Are MadeJust a little motivation for your Tuesday...<br /><br /><center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ujMP41Rphzc" width="560"></iframe></center><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i>"Success has been and continues to be defined as getting up one more time than you've been knocked down."</i></div><i><br /></i><i><br /></i><br />Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-16319103728366006112013-08-05T19:51:00.000-04:002013-08-12T08:58:07.010-04:00Caveman Coconut Almond Banana CookiesI've been trying to find a recipe for a Caveman-approved "cookie" that I can take on long rides (caveman-approved = Paleo, i.e. dairy, grain, and legume-free). I posted a picture of this cookie on Facebook last night and I had a few requests for the recipe, so here it is:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1BHDADXx-o4/UgA5GxUz6hI/AAAAAAAABiM/2PMULa-5slc/s1600/IMG_2683.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1BHDADXx-o4/UgA5GxUz6hI/AAAAAAAABiM/2PMULa-5slc/s320/IMG_2683.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>Ingredients:</b><br /><ul><li>2 mashed ripe bananas</li><li>1/2 cup almond butter</li><li>1 egg</li><li>1 tablespoon honey</li><li>1 tablespoon maple syrup (the real stuff)&nbsp;</li><ul><li><i>you can use all honey or all maple syrup instead of both</i></li></ul><li>1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract</li><li>1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice</li><li>1/2 teaspoon baking soda</li><li>1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut</li><li>1/2 cup raisins</li><li>1/2 cup craisins&nbsp;</li><ul><li><i>you can use any combination of dried fruit you want</i></li></ul></ul><b><br /></b> <b>Directions:</b><br /><ol><li>Combine the banana, almond butter, egg, honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda with a hand mixer or food processor, making sure the batter is not too chunky.</li><li>Stir in the coconut and dried fruit.</li><li>Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350* for 14 minutes.</li></ol><div><br />The cookies are more of a bread/cake consistency than an ooey-gooey cookie. I individually wrapped mine and froze them so they'll keep longer and be ready to throw in a jersey pocket for a long ride.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>My batch ended up making about 15 cookies. Depending on how big you make your cookies, you'll have more or less (duhhrr). I put the ingredients into <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/">My Fitness Pal</a>&nbsp;and came up with the following nutrition facts (based on 15 cookies):</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Calories:</b> 162</div><div><b>Carbs:</b> 18.3 grams</div><div><b>Fat:</b> 9.5 grams</div><div><b>Protein:</b> 2.3 grams</div><div><b>Sodium:</b> 20.9 mg</div><div><b>Potassium: </b>100 mg</div><div><b>Sugar:</b> 9.7 grams</div><div><br /></div><div>Compare that to a <a href="http://shop.honeystinger.com/products/Honey-Organic-Stinger-Waffle.html">Honey Stinger Waffle</a> (what I'd normally eat on a long ride):&nbsp;</div><div><b>Calories: </b>160</div><div><b>Carbs: </b>21 grams</div><div><b>Fat:</b>&nbsp;7 grams</div><div><b>Protein: </b>0 grams</div><div><b>Sodium:</b>&nbsp;55 mg</div><div>(no potassium amount noted on nutrition facts)</div><div><b>Sugar: </b>14 grams</div><div><br /></div><div>Pretty close, if you ask me. I have taste-tested these and they are quite delicious. I have yet to put them to the test on a ride though, so I can't vouch for their performance yet. Let me know if you make these and how you like them!<br /><br /><i>Update 8/12/13: I tried these out on our long ride yesterday. Very tasty and it really hit the spot halfway through the ride! They DO get very soft, almost like a piece of bread, but they don't get messy or&nbsp;gooey. Due to the honey and/or maple syrup, they are a little sticky, so hold them with the wrapper.&nbsp;</i></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-55825170948920506442013-08-05T19:25:00.002-04:002013-08-05T19:25:52.643-04:00What I EatI've never really talked about <i>what I eat</i> on this blog. I would describe myself as a "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foodie">foodie</a>", mostly because I love eating good food, and I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. Starting back in January I became interested in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleo_lifestyle">Paleo lifestyle</a>. I hate describing it as <i>a diet</i>, because eating <b>real</b>, unprocessed food shouldn't be viewed in the way that most diets are...a way to lose weight. While some people do lose weight just by eliminating processed food, the Paleo diet is more about <i>feeling good</i> by eliminating foods that can cause inflammation and avoiding foods that we know are just not good for you (Cheetos, anyone?).<div><br /></div><div>The Paleo "diet" in a nutshell (no pun intended):</div><div><ul><li>no grains</li><li>no dairy</li><li>no legumes</li><li>veggies and fruits are good</li><li>meat and eggs are good</li><li>nuts are good</li></ul><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-14G8f1mKJ_g/UgArctztfDI/AAAAAAAABh8/n-JEwlnR0H8/s1600/paleo_chart.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-14G8f1mKJ_g/UgArctztfDI/AAAAAAAABh8/n-JEwlnR0H8/s400/paleo_chart.png" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">(click to enlarge)</td></tr></tbody></table><div><br /></div></div><div>Back in January I was training for <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/04/blue-ridge-marathon-recap.html">a marathon</a>, so I really didn't follow it very closely. I tried to cut out most processed foods, but I had a well-established nutrition routine that I didn't feel like experimenting with at the time. My breakfast before long runs was always a bowl of oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter, a banana, and sometimes some raisins. Not very Paleo, right? I did manage to not eat <i>any</i>&nbsp;pasta during my training (yes! it is possible!). Instead I usually ate a sweet potato the night before with some meat and maybe some other veggies.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>After marathon training I've tried to align my diet more closely with the Paleo diet. To say that I follow the Paleo diet to a T now would be the biggest lie EVER. I always have good intentions and I am good most of the time, but it is so unrealistic for me to say that I'll never eat ice cream or a cheesy pizza ever again. And by gosh if I go to a birthday party I'm going to eat cake. So I indulge once in a while and accept that sometimes the stomach ache will be worth it (<i>stupid</i>, I know). I'd say I'm pretty good 80% of the time. The Paleo Police would totally come after me if they knew where I live.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I've had to become more creative in the kitchen, and it does require a little more prep work. But honestly most of the recipes I've made are just as good or better than some of the stuff I made pre-Paleo. My husband does not follow a Paleo diet, but he hasn't complained about the Paleo dinners we eat (really, what man would complain about something with meat in it?).&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>My typical food options look something like this:&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Breakfast:</b></div><div><ul><li>Eggs with bacon and berries</li><li>Eggs with peppers &amp; onions and berries</li><li>"Cereal" of banana, strawberries, blueberries, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, with almond milk</li></ul></div><div><b>Snacks (I eat a lot of these during the day):</b></div><div><ul><li>Banana</li><li>Apples</li><li>In-season fruit</li><li>Berries</li><li>Almonds with dark chocolate pieces</li><li>Hard-boiled egg</li><li><a href="http://www.larabar.com/">Larabars</a></li><li>Homemade coconut milk &amp; fruit popsicles</li></ul><div><b>Lunch:</b></div></div><div><ul><li>Salad with cucumbers, carrots, other random veggies, sandwich meat, and an oil &amp; vinegar dressing</li></ul><div><b>Dinner:</b></div></div><div><ul><li>Usually some combination of meat and veggies, sometimes some fruit</li></ul><div>The Paleo diet is not really as hard to follow as most people think. And I can honestly say that when I do stick to it I feel much better...mostly less gastrointestinal problems (including bloating!) and more energy.&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div>One area where I continue to struggle with following a Paleo diet is when I'm doing a long ride (or run, once I start running again). My favorite things to eat and drink during endurance activities are <a href="http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_shot_bloks/">Clif Shot Bloks</a> (which apparently have gluten in them?), <a href="http://shop.honeystinger.com/categories/Organic-Stinger-Waffles/">Honey Stinger Waffles</a> (OMG SO GOOD, but so not Paleo), and <a href="http://www.nuun.com/">nuun</a> (actually doesn't have any bad stuff in it, so it's good!).&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The original intention of this post was to post my latest recipe for a "cookie" that I hope will work for me in place of the waffles, but I felt like I had to explain why I was experimenting with making something that is caveman-approved.</div><div><br /></div><div><b><i>Do you (or have you ever tried to) follow a Paleo diet?&nbsp;</i></b></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b><i>Have you eliminated certain things from your diet (dairy, gluten, etc.?).&nbsp;</i></b></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b><i>What do you eat and drink on your long runs/rides?</i></b></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-46214348980358996602013-08-03T21:13:00.000-04:002013-08-03T21:13:42.385-04:00July Recap<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><u>July stats:</u></b></div><span style="background-color: white; color: magenta; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Running miles: 0</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: magenta; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Walking miles: 8 (that I recorded...I know it was more)</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: magenta; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Cycling miles: 173</span><br /><br style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;" /><b style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><u>YTD stats:</u></b><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Running miles: 323</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Walking miles: 93</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Cycling Miles: 836</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><b>Total Human-Powered miles in 2013: 1167</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><b><br /></b></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I'm still doing the <i>no running </i>thing. I am really loving cycling right now though, so I'd probably choose riding over running most days anyways. I did walk over to the track one evening, ran a lap, and walked back home. I felt just fine, but I know one lap won't really tell me much. I might try to slowly increase the number of laps I run...or not.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">We went on some good rides in July, but I was without a bike for almost a week and we were on vacation for another week (with no bikes this time), so my mileage was lower than I was hoping for.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">A few vacation highlights:&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q9Gca65UjSQ/Uf2nDKg8GZI/AAAAAAAABhE/xOLpvVXGuww/s1600/IMG_2589.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q9Gca65UjSQ/Uf2nDKg8GZI/AAAAAAAABhE/xOLpvVXGuww/s320/IMG_2589.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption"><span style="font-size: small;">Of course we spent plenty of time on the beach</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IvCuIyon44A/Uf2mhvCYqjI/AAAAAAAABgk/Lz_wH2lKZJw/s1600/1069216_716581059088_1677892480_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IvCuIyon44A/Uf2mhvCYqjI/AAAAAAAABgk/Lz_wH2lKZJw/s320/1069216_716581059088_1677892480_n.jpg" width="234" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption"><span style="font-size: small;">I got pooped on by a seagull</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GmF5QhERziI/Uf2mhgc3ptI/AAAAAAAABg0/8wZOt2EiYHQ/s1600/1070070_716451568588_542760361_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="237" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GmF5QhERziI/Uf2mhgc3ptI/AAAAAAAABg0/8wZOt2EiYHQ/s320/1070070_716451568588_542760361_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">We went for a carriage ride in Cape May</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W3M8mQwd50E/Uf2oMQV8alI/AAAAAAAABhY/0iE6QLG6xQg/s1600/IMG_2600.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W3M8mQwd50E/Uf2oMQV8alI/AAAAAAAABhY/0iE6QLG6xQg/s320/IMG_2600.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">We did some sightseeing...</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xs3Hnn6wqAw/Uf2oMAL9nDI/AAAAAAAABhU/gvTxLf6MtNc/s1600/IMG_2635.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xs3Hnn6wqAw/Uf2oMAL9nDI/AAAAAAAABhU/gvTxLf6MtNc/s320/IMG_2635.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rulYa9IVv-o/Uf2oX8o2EuI/AAAAAAAABhs/qq07KFvRLFE/s1600/IMG_2641.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rulYa9IVv-o/Uf2oX8o2EuI/AAAAAAAABhs/qq07KFvRLFE/s320/IMG_2641.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(this was on a cloudy and cooler day)</div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HJy6vfF9kmo/Uf2mx4Ot72I/AAAAAAAABg8/-Y4CJ8mO098/s1600/IMG_2663.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HJy6vfF9kmo/Uf2mx4Ot72I/AAAAAAAABg8/-Y4CJ8mO098/s320/IMG_2663.JPG" width="238" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">We got attacked by seagulls when we were feeding them bread</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n5G9Kw3GCbY/Uf2mBc7IsRI/AAAAAAAABgg/0jT_5nL9buY/s1600/IMG_2623.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n5G9Kw3GCbY/Uf2mBc7IsRI/AAAAAAAABgg/0jT_5nL9buY/s320/IMG_2623.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">We spent some quality time on the boardwalk <br />taking in all of the bright lights and eating lots of good food.</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8f87bdA6Oz4/Uf2mhs2u3fI/AAAAAAAABgo/yemjCH07HwM/s1600/1002768_716663638598_463809681_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8f87bdA6Oz4/Uf2mhs2u3fI/AAAAAAAABgo/yemjCH07HwM/s320/1002768_716663638598_463809681_n.jpg" width="234" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption"><span style="font-size: small;">I had frozen custard for the first time ever. <br />OH. MY. GOODNESS. So good.</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">The reason I was without a bike for a few days was because parts were being taken off my old bike and being put on my beautiful new ride:&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--Y5zksM2N84/Uf2g93rIx2I/AAAAAAAABf8/2F39YFaZfmE/s1600/IMG_2666.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--Y5zksM2N84/Uf2g93rIx2I/AAAAAAAABf8/2F39YFaZfmE/s320/IMG_2666.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2013/Road/ZW-Series/Frame-Kit-ZW1.aspx"><span style="font-size: small;">Felt ZW1</span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LZMAN1Q3eMA/Uf2hAiSENMI/AAAAAAAABgE/TpGjXfzhI00/s1600/IMG_2667.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LZMAN1Q3eMA/Uf2hAiSENMI/AAAAAAAABgE/TpGjXfzhI00/s320/IMG_2667.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">first ride on my new bike</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GyDauVHm58E/Uf2hCXzpv7I/AAAAAAAABgM/I_5XZrdVSkI/s1600/IMG_2679.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GyDauVHm58E/Uf2hCXzpv7I/AAAAAAAABgM/I_5XZrdVSkI/s320/IMG_2679.JPG" width="237" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">and of course I got some new shoes to match :)</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 17.98611068725586px;">In the &nbsp;first week of having my new bike, I've put 95 miles on it. It's safe to say I love it. It's amazing what a difference a carbon fiber frame makes. Roads and cracks that used to feel rough are much smoother. This bike also fits me much better than my old bike did so that also makes for a much more comfortable ride.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 17.98611068725586px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 17.98611068725586px;">I know August will be a very high mileage month (maybe my highest ever?) since we are training for&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.backroadscentury.org/" style="font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 17.98611068725586px;">our century</a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 17.98611068725586px;">&nbsp;in September. We went for a really great 50 mile ride today (averaged 17.4 mph with around 2,000 feet of climbing). It was beautiful and a perfect day for riding. I felt good the whole time so I'm confident that with a little more training we wont have any trouble finishing the century.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Even though I'm not running right now, I'm going to wrap up my recap with some running-related humor. Enjoy!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nGojEyYBmwc" width="560"></iframe></center>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-76394832931555457492013-07-17T20:52:00.000-04:002013-07-17T20:52:08.075-04:00Road ID appI don't know about you, but my iPhone seems to have become an accessory that is within 10 feet of me at all times. Sad? Maybe a little. Sometimes I wish I didn't have a smartphone or cable or internet. I would be ridiculously productive. I'd probably do something crazy like read a book.<br /><br />Anyways, despite how attached we've become to them, there's no doubt that having a cell phone with you is safe, especially when you're enjoying your favorite sweaty activity. In addition to having a <a href="http://www.roadid.com/?referrer=9214" target="_blank">Road ID</a> on your wrist, there's now a great new <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/road-id/id569352341?mt=8">app</a> from <a href="http://www.roadid.com/?referrer=9214">Road ID</a> that offers yet another way to be safe. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MAzDFTSqz-M/UeSBBnp97AI/AAAAAAAABfo/9Euzp5QOY3s/s1600/roadid1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MAzDFTSqz-M/UeSBBnp97AI/AAAAAAAABfo/9Euzp5QOY3s/s640/roadid1.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">One feature of the app is that you can create your own custom lock screen for your phone (below). This allows a bystander or first responder to have instant access to any pertinent medical information and your<i> in case of emergency</i> contacts <span style="font-size: x-small;">(you cannot actually "call" these numbers from the lock screen though)</span>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GfKbC9Xuxdo/UeSBBuBp9NI/AAAAAAAABfQ/QCEhvluFzsw/s1600/roadid2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GfKbC9Xuxdo/UeSBBuBp9NI/AAAAAAAABfQ/QCEhvluFzsw/s640/roadid2.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The other feature of the app is the ability to let someone know when you are headed out for a run, ride, or just to walk the dog. You can allow these people to track you along the way with "eCrumbs" (<i>electronic breadcrumbs</i>)&nbsp;where your current location is updated every minute and your route is recorded along the way.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3lU-EOcPA0o/UeSBBvETJMI/AAAAAAAABfM/dFogVttY09Q/s1600/roadid3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3lU-EOcPA0o/UeSBBvETJMI/AAAAAAAABfM/dFogVttY09Q/s640/roadid3.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Your designated contacts will be notified via text message (they do NOT have to have the app) that you are going out for a run, ride, etc., and provided a link that can be used to track your location.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9rRDi-ec__4/UeSBCauvuXI/AAAAAAAABfk/DY396A12lwU/s1600/roadid5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9rRDi-ec__4/UeSBCauvuXI/AAAAAAAABfk/DY396A12lwU/s640/roadid5.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><span style="text-align: left;">Another handy feature is that you can have an alert sent out to your designated contacts if your location doesn't change after 5 minutes (an alarm is sounded on your phone prior to this alert being sent out, so if you stop to chat with someone or take a pit stop you can cancel having the alert sent out).&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span> <span style="text-align: left;">I think this is a pretty awesome app. Andrew and I have used it several times recently when he goes for bike rides while I'm at work. It gives me peace of mind to know where he is and that I'll be notified if anything awful should happen. This is one of those things that you hope you <i>never</i>&nbsp;have to use for its intended purpose...kinda like band-aids.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span> <span style="text-align: left;">Oh, and another awesome thing about this app...<b>it's FREE! </b>Check it out in the iTunes store here: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/road-id/id569352341?mt=8">Road ID for iPhone</a></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.roadid.com/?referrer=9214" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://www.roadid.com/affiliates/showban.asp?referrer=9214&amp;img=banner_1.gif" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Road ID did not ask me to say all of these nice things about their app. I just really believe in their products and mission. I think that everyone, athlete or couch potato, should have some form of identification and ICE contacts on them at all times.&nbsp;</span>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-18070022179825035132013-07-02T19:29:00.000-04:002013-07-02T19:29:32.154-04:00Rise and Shine<center><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SuPLxQD4akQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-47211918746459855282013-07-01T18:57:00.001-04:002013-07-01T18:57:32.428-04:00June RecapHow is 2013 already halfway over?<br /><br /><b><u>June stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Running miles: 0</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Walking miles: 15 (I'm pretty sure I didn't log a few of my lunchtime walks)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Cycling miles: 167</span><br /><br /><b><u>YTD stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Running miles: 323</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Walking miles: 85</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Cycling Miles: 663</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><b>Total Human-Powered miles in 2013: 1056</b></span><br /><br />I'm clearly taking an extended break from running to let my hip continue to heal. And I'm totally okay with it. Would I love to run? Yes. But I'm really enjoying the break and riding my bike more. I think the main reason I'm cool with this is because we signed up for the <a href="http://www.backroadscentury.org/">Back Roads Century</a> on September 22. While there are 5 different distances to choose from, we've decided to go big. 100 miles.<br /><blockquote><span style="color: #666666;"><i>The first half of the English Century takes you from Berryville, VA, northeast into West Virginia and circles through the historic town of Middleway, WV. Your first rest stop will be at South Jefferson Park (mile 25). You'll then head east towards the Shenandoah River. The route then goes south, back into Virginia and returns to Clarke County High School (mile 50). Here you’ll have an opportunity to relax, change clothes if the temperature’s rising and grab a bite to eat. Our English Century is a figure 8 course, which consists of two separate loops that go out and back from the ride start.</i></span><br /><span style="color: #666666;"><i><br /></i></span><span style="color: #666666;"><i>The second half of the English Century starts from Clarke County High School and travels south. You'll stop at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill (mile 63). You should take a few minutes to go inside of the Mill to see it in operation. Admission is included with our ride - just show them your rider number. The next stretch of our Century parallels the Shenandoah River, heading south. This is considered the toughest section of the Century, so save your energy and plan accordingly. You'll then turn north and take a break at White Post Restorations (mile 78). White Post is the home of our “world famous” tomato sandwiches. Be sure not to miss this treat! The ride then continues north and you'll travel right next to the river for some incredible views. Your Century will culminate with a ride down Main Street in Berryville, VA and then return to Clarke County High School.</i></span><br /><span style="color: #666666;"><i><br /></i></span><span style="color: #666666;"><i>The full Century has approximately 4,500 feet of climbing which would be considered moderately hilly</i>.</span></blockquote>There will definitely be a lot of riding in my near future!<br /><br />In June we went to the beach and had a few good rides there. It is so much different riding at the beach because it's <i>flat as a pancake</i>. In some respects this makes riding easier, but on the other hand there is absolutely no coasting.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D6sDmkfz3nA/UdIFlnP9J4I/AAAAAAAABeY/ocZw4d4GDVk/s1600/IMG_2449.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D6sDmkfz3nA/UdIFlnP9J4I/AAAAAAAABeY/ocZw4d4GDVk/s320/IMG_2449.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We also went for a hike up Flat Top at the <a href="http://www.peaksofotter.com/">Peaks of Otter</a>. We haven't gone on a hike in quite a long time, mostly because we are always busy running or cycling on the weekends. It's something we really enjoyed doing when we were in college, so it was really nice to be able to do that. Not to mention it was absolutely beautiful at the top.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQiG3FoLMWw/UdIGs48sRZI/AAAAAAAABek/yAcUKaX_BP4/s1600/IMG_2484.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQiG3FoLMWw/UdIGs48sRZI/AAAAAAAABek/yAcUKaX_BP4/s320/IMG_2484.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KCeItj6XLIs/UdIHCrLPMPI/AAAAAAAABes/NMm77FUQtwY/s1600/IMG_2490.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KCeItj6XLIs/UdIHCrLPMPI/AAAAAAAABes/NMm77FUQtwY/s320/IMG_2490.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6GRTgpSefkw/UdIHDI46WbI/AAAAAAAABe0/eMe3pFa8wkA/s1600/IMG_2495.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6GRTgpSefkw/UdIHDI46WbI/AAAAAAAABe0/eMe3pFa8wkA/s320/IMG_2495.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GNgw9pWFjI4/UdIHCnMOmLI/AAAAAAAABew/bb5F2ZjAWug/s1600/IMG_2492.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GNgw9pWFjI4/UdIHCnMOmLI/AAAAAAAABew/bb5F2ZjAWug/s320/IMG_2492.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />So, that was June. I have a feeling July will be very similar with another trip to the beach and some long rides on the weekends.<br /><br />And speaking of cycling, I'll end this post with a reminder that <b>the Tour de France is going on right now!</b>&nbsp;If you've never watched it, here are a few reasons to tune in:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2012/07/8-reasons-to-watch-tdf-next-year.html">http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2012/07/8-reasons-to-watch-tdf-next-year.html</a>.Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-1817859250381829712013-06-09T20:16:00.000-04:002013-06-09T20:16:15.413-04:00May Recap<b><u>May stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Running Miles: 4 (sad)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Walking Miles: 19</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Cycling Miles: 158</span><br /><br /><b><u>YTD Stats:&nbsp;</u></b><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Running Miles: 323</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Walking Miles: 70</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Cycling Miles: 496</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><b>Total Human-Powered Miles in 2013: 889</b></span><br /><br />Not only is it 9 days into June, but my last blog post was my <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/05/april-recap.html">April Recap</a>. Terrible blogger, I know. As much as I wish I was more of a regular blogger, I honestly haven't had much to write about. I work every day of the week and sometimes on Saturdays, I come home and exercise most days, I make dinner, pack lunches and get ready for the next day, and go to bed. Not only do I live such an exciting life, but rarely do I actually have time to blog. Anyways...(because none of you really care about why I don't blog much)...moving on. <br /><br />I haven't done any more races since the marathon, though I really wish I could have run in a few of the million 5Ks this spring. I ran a whopping 4 miles in May - one 2 miler and two 1 milers. Each of them about a week apart and ending with some lingering hip pain. I realized that each time I tried to run again I was probably just setting myself back, so I decided to just take a longer break from running. And looking back, I probably didn't give myself enough recovery time after the marathon. I'm three weeks into this break, and I'll probably wait at least two more weeks before running again, maybe longer. I'm pretty convinced that most minor injuries (i.e. ones that don't require surgery), can be healed with a month+ of rest.<br /><br />Instead of running, I've been doing quite a bit of cycling, which doesn't hurt my hip at all, and I've continued to lift weights usually twice a week. I've reminded myself (<span style="font-size: x-small;">so as to find a silver lining of not running</span>), that I really <i>hate</i> running in the heat and humidity. Cycling is not nearly as bad in the heat, and it's still a great workout without being so hard on the joints. And since I've met my big running goal for the year (<a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/04/blue-ridge-marathon-recap.html">running a marathon</a>), I'm not too bummed about not being able to run right now. The only thing I really miss is that running is a very efficient form of exercise (calorie burn to time ratio), and it takes much less of a time commitment than going for a ride.<br /><br />To keep me motivated to keep riding, Andrew and I will most likely be signing up to do the&nbsp;<a href="http://backroadscentury.org/">Back Roads Century</a> ride in late September (that's 100 miles, for all of you non-cyclists or people that don't know that a century = 100). So regardless of when I'll be running again, my focus will be shifting to cycling for a while. I think it will be nice to have a change of pace for a while (no pun intended).Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-76628308499244443012013-05-03T17:43:00.000-04:002013-05-03T17:43:50.821-04:00April Recap<b><u>April stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Running Miles: 67 (low due to marathon taper and little/no running post-marathon)</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Walking Miles: 13</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Cycling Miles: 76</span><br /><br /><b><u>YTD stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Running Miles: 319</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Walking Miles: 51</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Cycling Miles: 338</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><b>Total Human-Powered Miles in 2013: 708</b></span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><b><br /></b></span>Obviously the most exciting part about April was finishing <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/04/blue-ridge-marathon-recap.html">my first marathon</a>. I spent the first 3 weeks of April in taper-mode, with 12 and 8 mile not-so-long runs after my 22 miler at the end of March. I tried not to push it too hard on any of my mid-week runs. I continued to incorporate cycling and strength training, except for the week before the marathon when I skipped my date with the weights.<br /><br />After the marathon I took it really easy for about a week with walking and easy spinning on the trainer. I went for my first post-marathon run this past Monday (9 days after the race), and apparently I wasn't all the way recovered yet even though I felt perfectly fine. About a mile into my run the front of my hip (hip flexor) started to hurt again,&nbsp;just like it did after the marathon, with pain when I try to lift my leg up (the motion you use when you bring your leg up/forward as you run).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9AR-D1rR1sI/UYQqwBuPXsI/AAAAAAAABco/fgcLF5siiBo/s1600/hip-pain-hip-flexor.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9AR-D1rR1sI/UYQqwBuPXsI/AAAAAAAABco/fgcLF5siiBo/s1600/hip-pain-hip-flexor.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>It only hurt for about a day after my run, but I decided to give my legs at least another week of rest from running. Cross training it is!<br /><br />So, what's next? I am signed up for the <a href="http://www.runforachievabledream.com/">Run for the Dream</a> half marathon in Williamsburg on June 2. I won the entry from Melissa at <a href="http://liveloveandrun.com/">Live, Love &amp; Run</a>. Honestly, I'm not very sure how this will go! I feel like I still need to recover a little longer from the marathon, but I also feel like I should do one or two decent long runs (10ish miles) beforehand. Hopefully the endurance I built up during marathon training won't fade away before then!<br /><br />After this, I don't have any races on the schedule, but I'm sure that I'll sign up for some. My goal for the summer is to stay in "half marathon shape", be consistent with my strength training, and I also want to incorporate some high-intensity workouts into my routine. So with that said, <b>what is your favorite high-intensity workout?</b>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-20160954851030842562013-04-27T21:11:00.000-04:002013-04-27T21:17:41.277-04:00Blue Ridge Marathon Recap<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y8FT7OJn62Q/UXUv6WBEaiI/AAAAAAAABYA/BGQkg1qfdsY/s1600/marathon+logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="102" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y8FT7OJn62Q/UXUv6WBEaiI/AAAAAAAABYA/BGQkg1qfdsY/s400/marathon+logo.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><b>The short version:</b> I finished my first marathon! I had FUN and I didn't vomit, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsMw10KVVCk">pants my poop</a>, or run into any other disasters. Chip time: 5:09:08 (11:48 pace). 9/16 in 25-29 AG. 79/143 women. 297/429 overall. Spectacular weather with great fans and race support. I loved it! And yes, I was really sore afterwards. But I'd do it again.<br /><br /><b>The long version...and I mean <i>long</i>. I feel like I have to apologize in advance that it's so long. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in...</b><br /><a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013/04/twas-day-before-marathon.html">I did NOT feel good the day before the race</a>...dizziness, nausea, and feeling like I had the stomach flu or food poisoning. I wasn't sure if I was actually sick or if I was just really nervous and a little dehydrated. This left me worrying that race morning would be even worse and it would keep me from starting or finishing the race. But taking the day off from work and drinking my body weight in ounces of liquid seemed to help (seriously, I drank 72 ounces of Gatorade, 32 ounces of Nuun, and at least 32 ounces of water...&nbsp;that's&nbsp;136 ounces. At least I wouldn't be dehydrated!). By the end of the day I was feeling a little better about being able to earn my t-shirt.<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EOoI5A--QoA/UXUz95JdsaI/AAAAAAAABYI/fR2zRFaeZB8/s1600/IMG_2301.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EOoI5A--QoA/UXUz95JdsaI/AAAAAAAABYI/fR2zRFaeZB8/s320/IMG_2301.JPG" width="238" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">very nice gender-specific technical shirt</td></tr></tbody></table>I woke up at 4:30 on race morning with my usual feeling of pre-race nervousness. Nowhere near as awful as the day before, but it did take me a while to get my breakfast down. I took a shower to loosen up and relax, and got everything ready. We left around 6:30 and headed downtown.<br /><br />It was cool and breezy. Perfect for running, but not perfect for standing around beforehand! I was very glad I had my gloves and&nbsp;armwarmers&nbsp;with me...I kept them on for most of the race. The lines for the bathrooms were not bad at all and I think I cycled through them 3-4 times. We all gathered at starting line at 7:20 for all of the pre-race ceremonial stuff, almost none of which I actually heard over the crowd. Andrew was standing with me so that he could take my jacket once the race actually started, and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law surprised me by showing up at the start line! It was great to have everybody there with me before I took off.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AsCMzxYsZX4/UXXP1QjAClI/AAAAAAAABaQ/s1O4FCLT1Rw/s1600/start2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AsCMzxYsZX4/UXXP1QjAClI/AAAAAAAABaQ/s1O4FCLT1Rw/s320/start2.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-znh1M7izo_Q/UXU2H8w6niI/AAAAAAAABYQ/zGzN-pvlcvk/s1600/start.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-znh1M7izo_Q/UXU2H8w6niI/AAAAAAAABYQ/zGzN-pvlcvk/s320/start.jpg" width="237" /></a></div><br />And we were soon off and running. As I was crossing the starting line, I heard John Carlin say, "By the end of today, you will be able to say that you have run in America's Toughest Road Marathon." For some reason that made me feel really confident. I knew that I had trained really well for this race and I had run these mountains countless times. I had a plan (slow and steady) that I knew would be successful. I was ready to tackle this beast.<br /><br />There was a ton of news coverage for this race, including a helicopter which was able to catch some really cool&nbsp;aerial&nbsp;shots of the start.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_-ksfkygHNI/UXU5TPL0RbI/AAAAAAAABYY/iRIX4Ioq6BE/s1600/wdbj7-photos-aerial-pictures-of-blue-ridge-mar-007.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_-ksfkygHNI/UXU5TPL0RbI/AAAAAAAABYY/iRIX4Ioq6BE/s400/wdbj7-photos-aerial-pictures-of-blue-ridge-mar-007.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo from&nbsp;<a href="http://wdbj7.com/">WDBJ7.com</a></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i0ywLw9Aw5A/UXU5R-wKgxI/AAAAAAAABYc/vXOqdMdypXY/s1600/wdbj7-photos-aerial-pictures-of-blue-ridge-mar-013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i0ywLw9Aw5A/UXU5R-wKgxI/AAAAAAAABYc/vXOqdMdypXY/s400/wdbj7-photos-aerial-pictures-of-blue-ridge-mar-013.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo from <a href="http://wdbj7.com/">WDBJ7.com</a></td></tr></tbody></table>I did get a little caught up in the quickness of the start. You just don't realize how fast you're going. I also didn't hear my watch beep for my first walk break, but I looked at my watch about 6 minutes into the race and took a short walk break.<br /><br />It's just a little over a mile from the start before you start the first climb up Mill Mountain. I saw my parents cheering for me at the base and I headed up the mountain.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Pe6U61ZLHCs/UXU7Kk8jHiI/AAAAAAAABYo/pKPq8xSS5OQ/s1600/MM.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Pe6U61ZLHCs/UXU7Kk8jHiI/AAAAAAAABYo/pKPq8xSS5OQ/s400/MM.jpg" width="300" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">there I go!&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table>With everybody around me running, the climbs went much faster than they did in training. I was so focused on everything going on around me that it all felt like a blur. During the second mile I could tell that I wasn't paying enough attention to actually running. I was going a little fast and not focusing on my breathing enough, so I slowed down, took some deep breaths, and drank some Nuun.<br /><br />Speaking of <a href="http://nuun.com/">Nuun</a>, you will notice that I am wearing my <a href="http://www.nathansports.com/our-products/hydrationnutrition/race-vests/intensity">Nathan hydration pack</a>. I trained with this pack, so I decided to race with this pack. It was a good call. I really don't like having something around my waist for long distances. I can't even take wearing my compression capris for that long because it makes me feel uncomfortable. And sometimes I feel off-balance when I carry a handheld for too long. I also only drink Nuun on my long runs and they were serving Gu Brew and water along the course. Wearing my pack allowed me to have plenty of Nuun without having to mix it on the course with the water at the aid stations. I could also carry my phone so that Andrew and my mom could track me (with <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find-my-friends/id466122094?mt=8">Find My Friends</a>) and I could send out occasional text messages or take pictures if I wanted to. I also have a pretty specific nutrition routine for my long runs. Not that anyone cares, but...I always eat one <a href="http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_shot_bloks/">Clif Shot Blok</a> every two miles and on my training runs I also ate a <a href="http://shop.honeystinger.com/categories/Organic-Stinger-Waffles/">Honey Stinger waffle</a> halfway through for anything over 15 miles. For the race I ate my Clif Shot Bloks, one waffle at mile 10, and one waffle at mile 20. So having my pack allowed me to take all of that with me. It was a little heavy, but it only got lighter as I drank more. I ended up ditching my pack at mile 21 and swapping it out for a handheld full of Nuun (this was planned and I was glad to be done with wearing that pack!).<br /><br />For the initial climb, the half and full marathon are together. At mile 3 the half marathoners continue up Mill Mountain while the full marathoners continue towards Roanoke Mountain. After the split, the crowd of runners really thinned. There were only crazy people like me out there now!<br /><br />The first 15 miles of the race are quiet, secluded, and absolutely beautiful. The roads were closed except for security and other official race vehicles, but there were a few groups of cheering squads scattered throughout this section. For the most part though, it was just the sound of birds singing and feet hitting the pavement. It was awesome.<br /><br />As we got close to the Roanoke Mountain loop, we passed through a larger crowd. This was an exchange point for the relay runners, so there was a lot of excitement as we passed through. I think I might have high-fived&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bartyasso.com/">Bart Yasso</a> when I was passing through here (he was here running a relay with <a href="http://www.frankshorter.net/">Frank Shorter</a>, <a href="http://www.billrodgersrunningcenter.com/">Bill Rodgers</a>, and two lucky <i>Run with the Legends</i>&nbsp;contest winners). I also saw my brother up here cheering me on! He had given me some good advice the day before when I wasn't feeling good, so I told him that I was feeling great today.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v_h97y9nolw/UXVEENzktKI/AAAAAAAABY4/-ByviOT6PkI/s1600/RM.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v_h97y9nolw/UXVEENzktKI/AAAAAAAABY4/-ByviOT6PkI/s400/RM.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />After this, it was time for the 4 mile Roanoke Mountain loop. I know a lot of people say that Peakwood is the hardest part of BRM, but I think Roanoke Mountain is the hardest just because it is so steep and pretty much impossible for most average runners to actually run the entire way up. Everyone around me was walking most of it. My planned 4:1 run/walk intervals went out the window here. There were a few flatter or less steep spots where I tried to run a little bit, but I walked most of the way up. Once you make your way to the summit, the view is so rewarding. I handed my phone to one of the volunteers and had her take a picture of me.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jYyGeMUFgpo/UXVG_tO7DII/AAAAAAAABZI/QbQbzqL7Mmk/s1600/IMG_2302.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jYyGeMUFgpo/UXVG_tO7DII/AAAAAAAABZI/QbQbzqL7Mmk/s320/IMG_2302.JPG" width="238" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Not only is the uphill portion of Roanoke Mountain tough, the downhill part is just as bad. It hurts. Quad-busting doesn't begin to describe it. It is a steep decent for 2 miles. A lot of people make up a lot of time on this part, but I was really trying to hold back because I still had a long way to go. On the way down, I saw <a href="http://www.kempermillsfant.com/">Kemper</a> (who was actually our wedding photographer), and he got some really awesome shots of me.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L_jyNMquf_U/UXVMBmlB--I/AAAAAAAABZg/MS6-PX1NItY/s1600/RM3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L_jyNMquf_U/UXVMBmlB--I/AAAAAAAABZg/MS6-PX1NItY/s400/RM3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOLd3D2Ww0s/UXVLneDlIaI/AAAAAAAABZQ/UY2QRovVdgE/s1600/RM1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOLd3D2Ww0s/UXVLneDlIaI/AAAAAAAABZQ/UY2QRovVdgE/s400/RM1.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KfcfedxPu0A/UXVLu6nWJWI/AAAAAAAABZY/XNobqRdVsTY/s1600/RM2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KfcfedxPu0A/UXVLu6nWJWI/AAAAAAAABZY/XNobqRdVsTY/s400/RM2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>After this tortuous downhill portion, the course headed back the way we came. We passed through the same relay exchange point again and we were back on the quiet and rolling portion between Roanoke and Mill Mountain. I was just enjoying the scenery.<br /><br />I noticed that I kept playing leap frog with several runners throughout the entire race. We all needed to walk at different parts, some were better at climbing, and some were faster on the&nbsp;descents. I thought I might strike up conversations with some of these people, but due to the ever-varying paces, that didn't happen. A few lines were exchanged with a couple of runners, but nothing more than "my quads/hammies/knees/hips/feet are killing me," or "this is just getting stupid."<br /><br />I made my way to Mill Mountain and ran past the famous <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Star">Mill Mountain Star</a> (mile 13), the world's largest free-standing illuminated man-made star. There is another breathtaking view of the Roanoke Valley from this point, which you can see live from the <a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/starcam/">Star Cam</a>. After this comes another long, painful downhill section. Once again, I really tried to hold back and save my legs for the rest of the race.<br /><br />At the bottom of Mill Mountain (mile 15) my personal cheering squad and support crew was waiting for me. My husband, mom, dad, brother, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law...ALL there cheering me on. It was really nice to have that kind of personal support out there. I got Andrew to swap out some of my snacks from the back pocket of my pack to the front, and I turned onto the Greenway for a very short spurt of flat land!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lxMou0ItXUA/UXXJ302SRJI/AAAAAAAABZw/VoICe8-pvEg/s1600/IMG_2309.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lxMou0ItXUA/UXXJ302SRJI/AAAAAAAABZw/VoICe8-pvEg/s400/IMG_2309.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><br />It wasn't long before I got to River's Edge, where I saw my friend Grace holding a sign that she made for me. This made me smile so much and I was so grateful that she came out to cheer me on too! (side story: Grace and I trained for the <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2011/04/blue-ridge-half-marathon.html">2011 Blue Ridge Half Marathon</a>, and then we trained together for the <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2011/11/richmond-marathon-spectating-report.html">2011 Richmond Marathon</a>. I ended up getting hurt 3 weeks before the race so she had to run Richmond solo and I was really bummed I wasn't able to run it with her. She had her first baby in August 2012, and we are excited to start training together again soon for a half marathon.)<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4sNzzPqqdb0/UXXK5WGe44I/AAAAAAAABZ4/CY1f3Srl2Qo/s1600/sign.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4sNzzPqqdb0/UXXK5WGe44I/AAAAAAAABZ4/CY1f3Srl2Qo/s400/sign.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">the sign that Grace made for me :)</td></tr></tbody></table>After this we entered into South Roanoke. We were then tortured with more ups and downs along Broadway and Avenham, and we finally reached Peakwood (aka Pukewood), the third major climb of the race. From this point on I walked most of the hills and ran all of the flat/downhills unless I needed another walking break. My 4:1 intervals just weren't lining up with when I really needed to walk.<br /><br />Peakwood is the part of the course that I am most familiar with because I lived the first 21 years of my life on this street. I know every twist and turn and up and down. My parents still live here (around mile 18), so of course my cheering squad was waiting for me there. As many people do along the course, my parents set up their own aid station, complete with PB&amp;J, oranges, bananas, pretzels, Oreos, and Gatorade.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E8LTq93KMlk/UXXPg-YyX1I/AAAAAAAABaE/ViKvOvPRdH0/s1600/18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E8LTq93KMlk/UXXPg-YyX1I/AAAAAAAABaE/ViKvOvPRdH0/s400/18.jpg" width="295" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Stopping at my parents' aid station</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kdm-YHs1d_U/UXXPg8lyVZI/AAAAAAAABaA/vjdY13aYiWI/s1600/PW.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="296" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kdm-YHs1d_U/UXXPg8lyVZI/AAAAAAAABaA/vjdY13aYiWI/s400/PW.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Always enough time to steal a kiss :)</td></tr></tbody></table>I continued on Peakwood to the summit on West Ridge Road, which was of course followed by another painful downhill (are you noticing a pattern here?). Along the way everyone kept saying "just a little bit more uphill and it's all downhill from here"...liars. If only they knew that 1) the rest of the course was anything but flat, and 2) downhill hurts like crazy at this point, they might not have said this. I believe this was dubbed the "Peakwood conspiracy" by the race winner.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_57-oavU_TY/UXXTAy7nRzI/AAAAAAAABaY/FIBgVODLojs/s1600/20.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_57-oavU_TY/UXXTAy7nRzI/AAAAAAAABaY/FIBgVODLojs/s400/20.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Mile 20 - done with Pukewood!&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table>Once at the bottom of Peakwood (Rosalind Ave), you get slapped in the face by another short but steep climb up Jefferson Ave before heading back down once again. One girl passed me at this point and said, "this is just getting dumb." I laughed because I was having the exact same thought.<br /><br />Andrew was waiting for me at mile 21 where I passed off my pack to him in exchange for a handheld full of cold Nuun.&nbsp;&nbsp;It was really nice to have the weight of my pack off of my back for the rest of the race. He also gave me a wet washcloth (by my request) to wipe the salty sweatyness off of my face and arms...so refreshing!<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PJL4kaNFrWw/UXcrfoJ2XFI/AAAAAAAABbg/n9fuyD8ycso/s1600/IMG_2312.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PJL4kaNFrWw/UXcrfoJ2XFI/AAAAAAAABbg/n9fuyD8ycso/s320/IMG_2312.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">making the hand-off...best race crew ever!</td></tr></tbody></table>We were done with the South Roanoke portion of the course and started heading back downtown. Normally the course takes a turn onto the Roanoke River Greenway, a flat-as-a-pancake path that follows the river. But due to a lot of rain recently, the flood route was in effect. I'm not a fan of the flood route because it is full of short rolling hills and bridge overpasses (read: more hills!).<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-huKpOO6qlVM/UXclTLPT7LI/AAAAAAAABao/aJBlz7gvlpM/s1600/overpass.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-huKpOO6qlVM/UXclTLPT7LI/AAAAAAAABao/aJBlz7gvlpM/s400/overpass.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Going over the Jefferson St. bridge</td></tr></tbody></table>From mile 22 on (beyond the farthest I ran in training), I was just ready to be done. I don't know if I ever "hit the wall" (I feel like I would know it if I did?), but after running 22 miles with more than 7,000 feet of elevation change, my body was tired and I was eager to see the finish line. I just kept chugging along, walking any incline and running any flat areas or downhills. I managed to pass a handful of people in these last miles who were struggling just as much as I was.<br /><br />I got really excited at mile 25. I was almost there! But that last 1.2 miles seemed to go on and on and on, which is funny because mile 25 was my 4th fastest mile. I'm glad I was able to finish with a little bit of a kick, even though it didn't feel like it.<br /><br />Happy doesn't begin to describe how I felt when I saw the finish line. I thought I might cry and get all emotional, but I didn't. I was just happy and proud. I did it. <b>I am a marathoner.</b><br /> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ov0amGqeJM4/UXcprsGA_HI/AAAAAAAABbE/sJPQeE-9OL4/s1600/finish2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ov0amGqeJM4/UXcprsGA_HI/AAAAAAAABbE/sJPQeE-9OL4/s400/finish2.jpg" width="396" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KZSE4oUp4f8/UXcprXwcQXI/AAAAAAAABbA/JoXcIzOrlQU/s1600/finish3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KZSE4oUp4f8/UXcprXwcQXI/AAAAAAAABbA/JoXcIzOrlQU/s400/finish3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><u>Results:</u></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">Chip time: 5:09:08 (11:48 pace)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">Gun time: 5:11:12 (11:53 pace)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">9/16 in the 25-29 AG&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">79/143 women</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">297/429 overall</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><span style="text-align: start;">I was well within my time goal of 5:15!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H9mCrQ8-H5I/UXcqpM7GiTI/AAAAAAAABbU/JdJKxlQjPYc/s1600/IMG_2306.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="296" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H9mCrQ8-H5I/UXcqpM7GiTI/AAAAAAAABbU/JdJKxlQjPYc/s400/IMG_2306.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Beautiful finisher medal!<br />The mountain cutouts are the elevation profiles of the three major climbs on the course.<br />Roanoke Mountain is in the back, Mill Mountain is in the middle, and Peakwood is in the front.</td></tr></tbody></table>After I crossed the finish line, I grabbed some food (a piece of pizza, oranges, and a <i>real</i> coke...totally hit the spot at the time) and met up with my family. One of the things I love about a smaller race is that it's very easy to find people! I walked around for a little while and stretched. I was feeling okay other than being tired and most things hurting, but I didn't feel like hanging around for too long so we all headed home after a little bit.<br /><div><br /><div><div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iJyUkSzgRlc/UXcrusvjFNI/AAAAAAAABbo/yqen_8mrpYM/s1600/IMG_2310.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iJyUkSzgRlc/UXcrusvjFNI/AAAAAAAABbo/yqen_8mrpYM/s400/IMG_2310.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Mom, me, Andrew, Dad, Walter (brother)<br />(my sister was here in spirit - she's about to have a baby!!!)</td></tr></tbody></table>I stretched for a little while when I got home, took a nice long shower, and sat on the couch for a little too long. We went out to dinner at <a href="http://forkinthecity.com/home/">Fork in the City</a>, where I stuffed my face with a delicious burger and a side of mac &amp; cheese, and I stole 2 pieces of Andrew's pizza. After dinner we went on a short walk to stretch out my legs, and then to top off my massive dinner with some ice cream at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/popsicecream">Pop's</a>. Hungry, much?</div><div><br /></div><div>I was pretty sore for the next two days. My left hip flexor was not happy, and I couldn't really lift up my leg without physically picking it up. It was kind of funny, actually. I'd say this video is pretty accurate:</div><br /><center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m-hCuYjvw2I" width="560"></iframe></center><br /><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BBkMKv4_f_Y/UXxzJjMAyQI/AAAAAAAABcU/hfknA5m5gpQ/s1600/ATRM_Seal.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BBkMKv4_f_Y/UXxzJjMAyQI/AAAAAAAABcU/hfknA5m5gpQ/s1600/ATRM_Seal.gif" /></a></div><br />The Blue Ridge Marathon calls itself "America's Toughest Road Marathon". Since I haven't run any other marathons, I don't have anything to compare it to. But based on what I've heard from other runners, this race lives up to that name. As you can see from the elevation profile, there's really no extended flat portion on the course:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Eoq3sDgur04/UXvCO6Sl0NI/AAAAAAAABb8/uAtXdy3I3_w/s1600/brmelevation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Eoq3sDgur04/UXvCO6Sl0NI/AAAAAAAABb8/uAtXdy3I3_w/s400/brmelevation.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Approximately 7,400 feet of elevation change (flood route)</td></tr></tbody></table>For me, being able to train on the course was key to having a successful first marathon on this course. Not necessarily physically (though that definitely helped), but mentally. Knowing where all of the ups and downs came along the course helped me to tell myself to keep going <i>up</i> because there would be a <i>down</i> right around the corner. I didn't spend a lot of time looking at my watch wondering when the next mile marker would come, because I knew where I was mileage-wise throughout the whole course. The miles really seemed to click by for me because I wasn't wondering when it was going to end the whole time. If I had been unfamiliar with this course, I feel like I would have been more pessimistic along the way (<i>OMG, when is this <strike>hell</strike> hill going to end?!?</i>), which I think would have translated into feeling more physically worn out. Running a marathon really is 90% mental.&nbsp;</div></div></div><div><br /></div><div>I know some people swear off ever doing a marathon again after their first one, but the thought never crossed my mind. I would do it again, especially this race, in a heartbeat. Honestly the hardest part of the whole thing was the training...the 18, 21, and 22 mile training runs that feel like a marathon themselves.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I can't say enough positive things about this race. A few things that come to mind:&nbsp;</div><div><ul><li>The cheering crowds and race support were phenomenal. Having an aid station, complete with 2+ porta-potties, every ~2 miles is almost unheard of in a race this size (429 in the full, 797 in the half, and 49 5-person relay teams). Many people in the South Roanoke area also set up their own aid stations, complete with oranges, bananas, PB&amp;J, snickers, frozen grapes, and beer.&nbsp;</li><li>Not only is this course challenging (making you feel awesome for just finishing), but it is absolutely gorgeous. Since most people aren't going for a PR on this course, everyone should take an extra minute and enjoy all of the beautiful views along the way.</li><li>The race shirts were gender-specific technical shirts and I really loved the different designs/colors for the half and full. In previous years the shirts were unisex cotton shirts with very little difference between the half and full. This year's shirts were a huge improvement!&nbsp;</li><li>The race medals were beautiful and high-quality. And they were different this year! Although the previous years' medals were also very nice, they looked the same for three years in a row. Yet another great improvement.&nbsp;</li><li>The organization of this race was seamless.&nbsp;</li><li>A local news station, <a href="http://www.wdbj7.com/">WDBJ7</a>, provided live coverage of the race. This was new this year and very cool! I recorded it watched it later while I was recovering from the race. It was nice to be able to see the leaders since I was so far behind them. This race has really gained some major exposure this year and I know this coverage helped even more.</li><li>After what happened in Boston the Monday before the race, police security was increased a ton. I definitely felt very safe. Some people said they felt violated by all of the extra security, but I didn't feel this way at all.&nbsp;</li><li>Post-race food was yummy and plentiful, even after the majority of runners had finished.&nbsp;</li><li>The <a href="http://www.downbydowntown.com/">Down by Downtown</a>&nbsp;Festival ("a celebration of music and culture") was going on close to the finish line. Even though I didn't stick around for it, this was nice for spectators and other runners who weren't as exhausted as I was to enjoy after the race.</li></ul><div>And as for the negatives of this race...well, I honestly can't think of <i>anything</i>.&nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div>I have a lot of people to thank for making it possible for me to do this race. I know they don't think they played any part in it, but they did. My husband and #1 fan was so supportive and encouraging throughout all of my training and was so helpful during the race. He rode with me on my 22 mile training run, and he was always right where I needed him to be on race day. My #2 fans, my parents, brother, sister, and in-laws, were also very supportive of me finishing my first marathon. I loved having all of them there cheering me on during the race. And I can't forget about my <a href="http://www.toughchik.com/TEAMTOUGHCHIK.php">Team Tough Chik</a> ladies, who were encouraging and provided much-needed advice and encouragement throughout my training. I received countless wishes of good luck and congratulations from friends and coworkers and random Twitter followers that I don't even know, and this really meant a lot to me. I really felt like I had an army of people behind me the whole time, and I want to genuinely say,&nbsp;<b>thank you so much!</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>I think this concludes the longest race recap EVER. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! If you are reading this and you're considering running in a future Blue Ridge Marathon race, DO IT! You won't regret it.&nbsp;</div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-35822155726131415672013-04-19T11:14:00.003-04:002013-04-19T11:14:42.605-04:00'Twas the day before the marathon...It's the day before my first marathon. And right now I'm sitting on the couch, watching Boston coverage, drinking Nuun, and trying not to vomit or <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I03UmJbK0lA">ship my pants</a>.<br /><br />I woke up for work this morning and literally staggered around the room to shut off my alarm. I was dizzy. Not cool. I went to the bathroom. What happened in there was also not cool. I went downstairs to fix my breakfast. That didn't happen. I soon returned to the comforts of my bed, feeling hot and nauseous. This was not good. I have a marathon tomorrow...gahhhh!! I actually wanted to go to work today so that I could stay busy and not think about the race too much, and I'm already taking off on Monday because I anticipate being incapacitated. But going to work today was just not going to happen. So I called in sick.<br /><br />I laid in bed for a while and Andrew brought me a glass of water and a banana (though it took me a while to stomach the idea of eating it). I fell back to sleep while he was getting ready, and woke up again, still not feeling so great. I came downstairs so that I could be closer to the food, if I ever got hungry, and I've been sitting on the couch ever since. Thankfully some Pepto has made my nausea go away, and I've been able to eat some cereal and a bowl of PB oatmeal.<br /><br />My first thought was that this was all due to my pre-race nerves, but this seems so much worse than that! And if I woke up this morning feeling this bad, what is tomorrow morning going to be like? Will I even make it to the starting line? I can't go down like this! I've trained for nearly 5 months, and most of my long runs went great, leaving me feeling confident that I could finish. And unlike the last time I tried to train for a marathon, I am uninjured. The weather tomorrow is going to be nearly perfect! I will be beyond disappointed and upset if I don't feel good tomorrow and I'm unable to run. Yes, I realize that this may seem somewhat irrational to all non-runners, but I know for a fact any other runner/athlete has felt this way before. I believe this is what people refer to as&nbsp;<a href="http://running.about.com/od/mentalaspects/tp/performanceanxiety.htm">performance anxiety</a>.<br /><br />And I really have no reason to be nervous. This is going to be so much easier than my long runs! There are people out there handing me food and water and cheering for me. There will be porta-potties every two miles. And it will be so much fun conquering such a challenging course with 500+ other marathoners...a bunch of running buddies!<br /><br />So I'm really really really hoping that whatever this is gets out of my system today and I wake up feeling normal tomorrow morning and that I'm able to eat breakfast. I don't think running a marathon on an empty stomach would be a very good idea. I'll be taking it easy today and will be heading over to packet pickup this afternoon. But I'm sure I'll only get more nervous as the day goes on, which will probably just make things worse. I just need to trust that everything will be okay.<br /><br />On a semi-related note, prior to the events in Boston, I had planned on writing a post about all of my pre-marathon fears (i.e. taper madness). They all seemed silly after what happened in Boston. Not that I am worried about something like that happening here, but it just put things into perspective for me. But for the sake of anyone else thinking that their pre-marathon fears are out of control, here are a few things that I was worried about. I hope they make you feel a little more normal...<br /><br /><ul><li>I cut my left big toenail way too short last week. I was afraid that it was getting ingrown (I've never had an ingrown toenail). I had decided that a toenail wasn't going to stop me from running a marathon, but I was legitimately afraid that it would get infected as a result of running in the marathon and that my toe would have to be amputated. My toenail feels fine now. &nbsp;</li><li>The inside of my ankle was hurting. I'm pretty sure this was from trying to transition to wearing flip flops so I've been wearing my running shoes all week. I was pretty convinced that it was&nbsp;<a href="http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/footproblems/a/posteriortibial.htm">Posterior Tibial Tendonitis</a>, which would lead to a DNF and I would end up in a boot for 6 weeks or never run again. My chiropractor <strike>worked her voodoo magic</strike>&nbsp;used some laser therapy and it's feeling better.&nbsp;</li><li>Eating sweet potatoes the night before long runs worked really well for me during training. I was afraid that there would be a run on sweet potatoes and I wouldn't be able to find any at the grocery store. Thankfully I have secured my sweet potatoes for tonight.&nbsp;</li><li>I'm worried that I will forget to apply Body Glide everywhere it needs to go and it will just be ugly.&nbsp;</li><li>I'm also worried about forgetting my race bib. I should probably pin it to my shirt tonight.&nbsp;</li><li>I'm worried that I will get caught up in the start of the race and go out too fast. I really need to pace myself and stick to my 4:1 run/walk intervals. Taking a walk break 5 minutes into the race is going to be tough and humbling and I hope nobody makes fun of me for walking so early on.</li><li>And of course, I'm afraid of tripping over a curb and breaking every bone in my body between now and then.&nbsp;</li></ul><div>See, I told you I was crazy. Maybe I am just stressed...&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Thanks for listening to me freak out. Getting my thoughts out on "paper" always helps me to feel a little better. I'll try to do an update tomorrow or Sunday. Wish me luck!&nbsp;</div><br /><br /><br />Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4442673761053901548.post-20326340333311387372013-03-31T14:08:00.000-04:002013-03-31T14:28:53.871-04:00March Recap & BRM Update: It's Taper Time! <b><u>March stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Running Miles: 115&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Walking Miles: 7&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: magenta;">Cycling Miles: 67</span><br /><br /><b><u>YTD stats:</u></b><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Running Miles: 252</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Walking Miles: 28</span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Cycling Miles: 262</span><br /><b><span style="color: #3d85c6;">Total Human-Powered Miles in 2013: 542</span></b><br /><b><br /></b> I've made it to the final phase of my&nbsp;<a href="http://blueridgemarathon.com/">Blue Ridge Marathon</a> training: <b><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapering">taper</a> time!</b>&nbsp;This month I completed long runs of 18, 13.1, 21, 12, and 22 (you can read all the <strike>juicy</strike>&nbsp;boring details of my 18, 13.1, and 21 mile runs <a href="http://www.sweat-junkie.com/2013_03_01_archive.html">here</a>).<br /><br />Last weekend was a cutback week...<br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">12 miles in 2:11 (10:57 pace) - DONE!</span></b><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vPaTwbH3YU8/UVhVDiTtfSI/AAAAAAAABWY/aCD3HXy5ejw/s1600/Untitled+by+lehartman+at+Garmin+Connect+-+Details+-+Google+Chrome+3312013+111944+AM.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="177" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vPaTwbH3YU8/UVhVDiTtfSI/AAAAAAAABWY/aCD3HXy5ejw/s400/Untitled+by+lehartman+at+Garmin+Connect+-+Details+-+Google+Chrome+3312013+111944+AM.bmp.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">12 miles - 900 feet of elevation gain</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">On some of my previous "cutback week" long runs, I've run way too fast. I really tried to take this one easy and I made myself take my walk breaks even when I didn't want to. I knew that I needed to do this since it was the week between the two of my longest runs, and I really don't want to mess around with&nbsp;over-training&nbsp;right now. I ran mountain #3 (Peakwood) on the BRM course.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Yesterday was my longest, hardest run ever.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">22 miles in 4:16 (11:39 pace) - DONE!&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZkW6RWrMRU8/UVhsFv2wxoI/AAAAAAAABW4/5x-sGfddf6Q/s1600/Untitled+by+lehartman+at+Garmin+Connect+-+Details+-+Google+Chrome+3312013+10038+PM.bmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="176" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZkW6RWrMRU8/UVhsFv2wxoI/AAAAAAAABW4/5x-sGfddf6Q/s400/Untitled+by+lehartman+at+Garmin+Connect+-+Details+-+Google+Chrome+3312013+10038+PM.bmp.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">22 miles - 2,507 feet of elevation gain</td></tr></tbody></table>I ran mountains #1 and #2 on the BRM course (Roanoke Mountain and Mill Mountain). I had never run Roanoke Mountain before, and I was considering saving it for race day. But I decided to run it yesterday to help me feel a little more confident.<br /><br />I really enjoyed the run on the Parkway to the Roanoke Mountain loop. It was beautiful and peaceful, and you had a long time to look at the mountain you were about to ascend.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6B7Plb98dFg/UVhuQPFmOtI/AAAAAAAABXA/SFY5LF4CwZs/s1600/IMG_2215.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6B7Plb98dFg/UVhuQPFmOtI/AAAAAAAABXA/SFY5LF4CwZs/s400/IMG_2215.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7BCrHLA42B8/UVhuS6jkXYI/AAAAAAAABXI/hjBH1_ZdASk/s1600/IMG_2218.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7BCrHLA42B8/UVhuS6jkXYI/AAAAAAAABXI/hjBH1_ZdASk/s400/IMG_2218.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">At this point you are running downhill. <br />You have to go to the top of that mountain in the distance.&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><span id="goog_1319078715"></span><span id="goog_1319078716"></span>I had my own personal road crew with me (i.e. my awesome husband on his bike) from about mile 8.5 on. This part of the course is a little more secluded from the parts I normally run, so I wanted him with me for safety reasons. We ended up seeing quite a few other runners (likely also training for BRM).<br /><br />The 4 mile Roanoke Mountain loop was by far the hardest part of this run. I tried to maintain my 4:1 run/walk intervals, but there were some points where I was running just as fast as I could be walking, so I just walked. The uphill lasted a little under 2 miles, and I was very glad to see the beautiful view at the top.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OVgfPfqAzh8/UVhzV9RX5-I/AAAAAAAABXQ/Y63Ipua7NTY/s1600/IMG_2220.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OVgfPfqAzh8/UVhzV9RX5-I/AAAAAAAABXQ/Y63Ipua7NTY/s400/IMG_2220.JPG" width="296" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I made it!</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nk9106s1HPQ/UVhzW1nAPdI/AAAAAAAABXY/LyzgtsUHfuc/s1600/IMG_2225.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="296" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nk9106s1HPQ/UVhzW1nAPdI/AAAAAAAABXY/LyzgtsUHfuc/s400/IMG_2225.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The view without me in the way</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qIFIfRYp-vs/UVhzgOWuEwI/AAAAAAAABXo/8PA-IdW_WYk/s1600/IMG_2219.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qIFIfRYp-vs/UVhzgOWuEwI/AAAAAAAABXo/8PA-IdW_WYk/s320/IMG_2219.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pK1SaPI9Xl8/UVhzW4gb6BI/AAAAAAAABXc/XDJVQEIl0Es/s1600/IMG_2228.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pK1SaPI9Xl8/UVhzW4gb6BI/AAAAAAAABXc/XDJVQEIl0Es/s400/IMG_2228.JPG" width="296" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My road crew :)</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: left;">I'm&nbsp;embedding two interactive Google Street Views below...the first one has you starting at the bottom of the loop (so you can see what it feels like to climb the loop) and the second one has you at the top with the gorgeous view (go to the left to go back down). The loop runs counter-clockwise.</div><br /><center><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=roanoke+mountain&amp;aq=&amp;sll=38.003385,-79.420925&amp;sspn=4.907517,10.821533&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Roanoke+Mountain&amp;ll=37.209582,-79.935314&amp;spn=0.008817,0.042272&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=37.218735,-79.944561&amp;panoid=_VKNOUVJer0D3FiZbaOSSQ&amp;cbp=12,194.07,,0,11.88&amp;output=svembed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=roanoke+mountain&amp;aq=&amp;sll=38.003385,-79.420925&amp;sspn=4.907517,10.821533&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Roanoke+Mountain&amp;ll=37.209582,-79.935314&amp;spn=0.008817,0.042272&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=37.218735,-79.944561&amp;panoid=_VKNOUVJer0D3FiZbaOSSQ&amp;cbp=12,194.07,,0,11.88" style="color: blue; text-align: left;">View Larger Map</a></small></center><br /><center><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=roanoke+mountain&amp;aq=&amp;sll=38.003385,-79.420925&amp;sspn=4.907517,10.821533&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Roanoke+Mountain&amp;ll=37.209582,-79.935314&amp;spn=0.019379,0.042272&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=37.211176,-79.935586&amp;panoid=VM9os90w8T3OKcLPhlSusg&amp;cbp=12,76.75,,0,-0.18&amp;output=svembed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=roanoke+mountain&amp;aq=&amp;sll=38.003385,-79.420925&amp;sspn=4.907517,10.821533&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Roanoke+Mountain&amp;ll=37.209582,-79.935314&amp;spn=0.019379,0.042272&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=37.211176,-79.935586&amp;panoid=VM9os90w8T3OKcLPhlSusg&amp;cbp=12,76.75,,0,-0.18" style="color: blue; text-align: left;">View Larger Map</a></small></center><br />The run down Roanoke Mountain was honestly harder than going up. I think that's going to be one of the toughest parts of this race...the downhill. It hurts. Once I was done with the loop, I was over halfway done with my run and I just had to make it back home (ah, the beauty of an out-and-back run...). I ran back towards Mill Mountain on the Parkway, ran up the road to the Star, and headed down the "old road" on Mill Mountain. After that it was flat/very slightly uphill for the rest of my run.<br /><br />For the actual race, there will be yet another mountain to climb (Peakwood - also referred to by some as "Pukewood"). I mean, what's another 900 feet of climbing and&nbsp;descending&nbsp;on top of this? *whimpers*<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dkxGjzA6jfU/UVh3DH9QvBI/AAAAAAAABXw/ut3Bh1OoFwc/s1600/IMG_2233.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dkxGjzA6jfU/UVh3DH9QvBI/AAAAAAAABXw/ut3Bh1OoFwc/s320/IMG_2233.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />So with this run in the books, I have officially made it to taper time. This makes me a little nervous though because I made it just this far in my first (and failed) attempt at training for a marathon when I hurt my back. I feel much stronger and smarter this time around, but with that said I'm going to be very cautious for the next three weeks. Next weekend I'm shooting for a 12-13 mile run, and the weekend after that I'll do an even shorter run. After that, it's racing time!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gzhnr02uGrw/UF5h0QifR-I/AAAAAAAAA5k/5b6zkZOJqeY/s1600/Marathon+logo+gif.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="102" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gzhnr02uGrw/UF5h0QifR-I/AAAAAAAAA5k/5b6zkZOJqeY/s400/Marathon+logo+gif.gif" width="400" /></a></div>Lauren {sweat junkie}http://www.blogger.com/profile/14532032284701716945noreply@blogger.com3