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2011 Nike Women’s Marathon: Race Recap October 17, 2011

Well, it was that time of year again!

2011 marks my SEVENTH time doing the Nike Women’s Marathon. I did the full in 2005 and then the half in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. And here we are again! I can’t believe I’ve been running for 7 years.
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Irving and I drove up to San Francisco late on Friday night and arrived into the city at 1am. We fell asleep right away and woke up Saturday bright and early, just in time to hit up the expo as it opened.
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I have to say that after being at that expo 7 years in a row, the appeal has worn off. I’m not interested in the overpriced apparel, gimicky nike + promotions and hour long waits for free stuff. Nike has a captive, vulnerable audience and they’re not ashamed of taking your money and making it clear who their sponsors are. If you were a first timer, I’m sure it’s just as amazing as you’d think it would be. But for me, I think I finally got a little bored with it.

The best part? Seeing my friend Niki (who was running the full!)
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And getting free Keurig Coffee and Tea from their truck across the street (not affiliated with Nike).
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I grabbed my goodie bag and a few samples of Ghiradelli chocolate and left the crowds behind us in search of lunch.
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We met up with Irving’s mom and grandmother, who were nice enough to trek into the city to see us. We had a great meal together and hung out for the afternoon.
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After they left, we went in search of pre-race snacks and then hit the sack. We had an early wake up call the next morning! But since our hotel was LITERALLY right at the start line (we could see the corrals below us from the window!) we got to sleep in a bit longer! Score!
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Oh, didn’t I tell you? I had company this year! Irving decided to walk the whole 13.1 miles with me! I was so excited! I had fun showing him the ropes where to check our bags, how to fuel before the start and how to get pumped for the race.
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It was unseasonably warm this year! Didn’t even need a long sleeve at the start! (This was me in 2005… I had on two shirts and a trashbag to keep warm!

Anyways, before we knew it it was GO TIME! I told Irving to keep to the sides when we started or else we’d get trampled (since we were just walking it this year). But as soon as we started he took off running and it felt good.
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The surge of energy lasted about .2 miles and then we began to walk, but at a brisk pace.  We held a steady 17 minute mile for almost all of it.
This picture is so funny because everything is in focus except for Irving. haha.
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The miles were ticking by and we were chatting the day away. Irving grew up near San Francisco but we walked through parts he’d never seen before which was super fun.
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I love San Francisco. If I do this race again, it is because you just can’t beat these views.
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Oh, good morning Golden Gate Bridge! (There was ZERO fog!)
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A little while later and we were at Mile 12! You know what that means? CHOCOLATE MILE!!!
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Then we rounded the corner and headed to the finish! Here we come!
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Crossed the finish line hand in hand! (Can’t wait for the Pro Pictures!) And got my Tiffany’s Necklace handed to me by a firefighter in a tux. Mmm Hmm! (Oh, Husband is with me, darn!) Jk! Kinda.
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This was my 12th official half marathon (and 16th endurance race total). Whoop! Just Five more races needed towards my goal of completing 20 endurance races before I’m 30 goal!)

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Wanna see THE NECKLACE?
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Here she is! [FRONT]
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[BACK]
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Let me just add that to my collection of Tiffany’s Race Jewelry. This makes my heart happy. I’m so proud of these.
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The finisher’s shirt was pretty rocking this year. It’s a lightweight dri-fit and I love the yellow color. I actually don’t think I have a yellow drifit despite my huge collection.
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Official time: 3:45:51 (average pace of 17:14)
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Another 13.1 under my belt. done and done.

 

Training with Music September 23, 2011

Filed under: Running — Kelocity @ 12:02 pm
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Um. I looked at the calendar today and realized that I have just 23 DAYS til I run walk my next half marathon!

That’s like THREE WEEKS away! Oops. Guess I’m going to have to rely on all the walking I did in Europe for my training (I had multiple 13-17 mile days in there, so trust me that it counts as something!)

Even though I’ve let running fall to the wayside this year, I’m still getting out and walking multiple times a week. Irving has gotten back into a workout habit and we’re using our evening walks to catch up, get some fresh air and stretch our legs a bit. We’re both 100% committed to a healthy marriage and I’m glad I keep half marathons sprinkled throughout my calendar to keep me focused.
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The other thing that motivates me to get outside and exercise is some good music. For years I used to run without an ipod, I used to like just listening to my feet hit the pavement and zoning out. But now I need something in my ears to keep me going.

I didn’t get compensated at all for writing this, but it was interesting so I thought I’d share. I got an email yesterday from someone who runs the website RunHundred.com.  The site has lists of songs that are perfect for working out and they are categorized by “beats per minute”.  Then you can decide how fast or slow you want your music to be for whatever workout you have planned and download accordingly. They also have an app that you can add to your smartphone and it will sort the music you already have by BPM.

I always thought Green Day was great for running because all of their songs seem to match my cadence and I can run to the beat. But this site has a bunch that I am definitely going to bookmark for future use. They also have mixes and suggested playlists for the gym too.

And in case you are interested, here’s a list of the top 10 workout songs this week, according to votes placed at RunHundred.com:

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – Give Me Everything (Sidney Samson Remix) – 129 BPM

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass – 128 BPM

Switchfoot – Dark Horses – 83 BPM

Gym Class Heroes & Adam Levine – Stereo Hearts – 90 BPM

Lady GaGa – Edge Of Glory (Bare Noize Remix) – 140 BPM

Pitbull & Marc Anthony – Rain Over Me – 128 BPM

Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Radio Edit) – 129 BPM

T.I. & B.o.B. – We Don’t Get Down Like Y’all – 92 BPM

LMFAO, GoonRock & Lauren Bennett – Party Rock Anthem (Russ Chimes Remix) – 129 BPM

Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat – 129 BPM

To find more workout songs-and hear next month’s contenders—folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era-to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT SONG AT THE MOMENT?
I need some more suggestions. I’m currently listening to Green Day, Cold Play and Adele. Apparently my ipod’s  “beats per minute” has a pretty low cadence!

 

Disneyland Half Marathon ‘06 Race Recap September 2, 2011

Filed under: Friends,Marathons,Races,Running — Kelocity @ 6:45 am
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The Disneyland Half Marathon is this weekend! Good luck to all of this year’s runners!

I had this recap posted on my old website before I even had a blog, but now it’s time to share it! In honor of this weekend’s festivities, here’s my Disneyland Half-Marathon recap from 2006!
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Originally posted on September 17, 2006

I was so excited, and nervous and anxious. I feel like I didn’t train enough, didn’t eat well enough… didn’t sleep enough. A combination of things was making me less and less confident that I was ready to run a half marathon race. I had my bags packed and ready to go, but it still hadn’t hit me that I was about to run 13 miles the next day. With two of my best running friends in my car, we headed off to Disneyland. It took us 2 hours to get there, because of traffic. I thought Alex was going to faint in the backseat because she was car sick. But finally, we got to our hotel.. the lovely Best Western right near the park.

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We checked into the hotel and walked to the Convention Center to pick up our race bibs and see the Expo. Apparently there are two convention centers at Disney, and we went to the wrong one, but finally we got there. I thought the bibs were so cute! They even printed your name on the front, in addition to the race number. That’ll look great in the scrapbook. SPEAKING OF SCRAPBOOKS!!!! They were giving out free scrapbook paper that had the Disney Marathon Logo on them. Cool, huh? It was so perfect.

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We got a few more things at the expo.. some samples of stuff. Chely bought a new pair of shoes because they were so cheap. Alex bought a new race jersey to have, and some Gold Mickey Ears!!!! I was too cheap to buy anything, but we did get a free long sleeve dri-fit shirt. (In the marathon world, this is like GOLD!!!) Its so cute! I love it.
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When the expo was over, we went back to the hotel to change before dinner. Then we headed over to Marri’s Pizza. I organized our reservation, and about 20 people ended up coming, it was great! It was some people I haven’t seen in a while, and some really good friends. So it was so much fun. We ate pasta and bread (Carbo Loading!!) We laughed and had fun. And I could feel some of my pre-race jitters disappearing already. I didn’t eat dairy or sugar for 2 days before the race, I had stretched and Iced my legs beforehand.. besides maybe running a few more miles a week, there was nothing more I could have done to train. I am ready to go!

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We tried to go to bed at 10pm because we had a 3:30am wake up call. I was too nervous, and didn’t get to sleep at all. I laid in bed all night and just tried to picture myself running and visualizing the race. Surprisingly, when 3:30am rolled around, I wasn’t tired at all. I was pumped. I took an Excedrin that had caffeine in it to give me a boost. I ate a banana and an English muffin with Peanut Butter. That’s all I needed. Our hotel offered free breakfast to runners at 4:15am. Everyone in our hotel was running, so it was fun to see people prepping.

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We walked to the starting line around 4:45am. They closed the gates down at 4:30.. so we had to bushwhack through the brush to get to our corral. They organize the people by pace group… and since I run a pretty slow marathon, I was in Corral D. (There was still a Corral E behind us, so at least I wasn’t in the SLOWEST group. Hee hee).  We stretched, and drank some water before it started. It was kind of cold, and pitch black out still. I had my marathon foil from last year’s Nike Marathon to keep me warm. It was perfect.

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Check out the Starting Line!

At 5:55am, they sang the national anthem. I was so far back that I couldn’t see anything. But just hearing the song gave me chills. I kept telling myself "you can do this, you can do this… its only a half marathon!"…. We’re all crazy… what sane person gets up at 3:30am to run a 13 mile race? Its just crazy.

It took us 12 minutes to cross the start line, and when we got there, Mickey and Minnie were there, all dressed up in running clothes. They waved us on. They had parked the Disney monorail above the start line, and some of the characters were waving to the runners from above. It was so amazing!!! I almost cried, I couldn’t believe I was a part of this!!!

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I had my GPS watch on, and it was tracking our pace and distance. That was pretty neat to see. But I think it is a little too accurate, and each time we weaved in and out of the crowd, it was adding miles.. So it was off by a little bit, but still really neat to keep track.
Mile 1 came so quick, as it usually does. Only 12 more like that, and we’re done!!! We were being entertained by the runners who chose to dress up…we saw people dressed up as Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Tigger. Ursula… you name it, people were dressed up like it. Next year, we’ll have to think of something creative.

Mile 2 was in the California Adventure Park. The sun was starting to rise already, and we could see the day beginning. It was so beautiful. Its probably so rare to be the only one in Disneyland. They had all the rides going, but no tourists, or visitors… just the runners… and the characters. It was so cool!!!!! Every few yards were some of the Disney characters. They had staff there to take your picture with them along the way. We saw Aladdin, Buzz Light-year, A Bugs Life, Cars, Woody, Jack Sparrow, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Aurora (from sleeping beauty), Alice in Wonderland… It was so exciting!!!

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Mile 3 was in Disneyland Park. Here, we saw some more Disney characters, and ran through Sleeping Beauty’s castle. It was so beautiful.

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Mile 4-8 was a Five- mile stretch on boring roads in Anaheim. There wasn’t too much action, not too many spectators, but they did have a TON of marching bands. Every mile or so, they had a band playing awesome music to pump us up. It went by surprisingly fast. One band played the Y-M-C-A and all the runners were doing it too. So fun. We ran past the Arrowhead Pond, which is wear the Anaheim Ducks play hockey. (Formerly the Mighty Ducks Stadium). They had the little league kids there cheering us on. It was so cute. They were so excited to cheer us on. I was feeling great, except for some minor pains in my feet and knees. The pain would switch off between my knees and feet. Its funny, because looking back, I didn’t even think twice about the pain… I just took on a "whatever it takes" attitude, and it didn’t hurt my game at all.

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At Mile 9, we entered into Angel’s Stadium. We got to run the bases inside of the park!!! The chip in our shoes tells the race officials where the runners are, and when we rounded second base, the announcer on the loud speaker was yelling "AND HERE’S KELLEY, COMING AROUND THE BEND"… it was totally awesome. Around 3rd base, they had a camera man, and they were putting the runners on the JumboTron screen. It was so cool!!!

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Mile 10-12 was fun because we knew we were almost done. We ran a little bit on the freeway, and then back to the streets of Anaheim. I was feeling great. I was eating power bars here and there, we were eating our salt packets. I was drinking my sports drink and water… I cant believe how we were doing. Chely, Alex and I stayed together from the beginning to the end. I was so happy!!!

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Once we past mile 12, we thought we were closer than we actually were, so we decided to screw it and just run the last mile in fast. We started sprinting, and dodging people, and running so fast. We were like "Where the heck is the finish line?" We rounded the corner into Downtown Disney, and we could see people who had already finished walking around with their medals on. We were so determined to get it done with and we kept going FINALLY, we could see the finish line, and all three of us came in together. It was the most amazing experience of my life. We finished in 3 hours and 12 minutes. When we were done, I was just like "that’s it?" I wasn’t really that tired or out of it. It was this calm feeling of accomplishment. I feel like it was an out of body experience. I was so proud!!!

Watch Me Cross the Finish Line Here!

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We got our medals (WHICH ARE AMAZING!!!!!) and we got our Foil Blankets, and then we waited in line to take pictures. (I hope they come out good!) Then we got some post race food (oranges and bagels.) and got a massage. It felt soooo good!!! My GPS watch said that I burned 2,100 calories… hmm. I wonder if that’s right.

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Anyways, as we were waiting in line for a massage, some guy came around giving out box lunches, so we got cookies, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. They were sooo good!!!! Then we had a SLOW walk back to the hotel to shower and change.

As we were headed back to LA, we stopped at In-And-Out, where I had the best tasting Double-Double of my entire life. MMMmmmm!!

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It was the Perfect race, and it really was the "Happiest Race on Earth".

 

Surprise Trip to Chicago! August 13, 2011

Filed under: Chicago,Family,Running — Kelocity @ 10:03 am
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Right now as this post goes live, I am in Chicago! My little sister is in grad school there so my mom and other sister flew out to visit her! I didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so I booked a flight too! But she doesn’t know I am coming!!! I love surprises!!! I can’t wait! The plan is to meet up during Yoga in Millennium Park; so I hope to just plop down next to her and say “SURPRISE!” I’ll try to get a picture of her reaction. I am so excited!

I’ve been to Chicago twice before, and I just adore the city. It’s a girls only weekend, so Irving isn’t coming this time. I’ll miss him, but I think he’s looking forward to a weekend sans wife.

I’m flying Spirit Air and I’ve had bad luck with them in the past. I’m reallyreallyreally hoping everything goes smoothly. But get this… they charge for CARRY ON bags now! If you want to put a bag in the overhead bin,  it’s $45 if you fail to pay in advance!!!  What the what? Any bags that fit under the seat are free though. Suffice it to say that I am packing light! I fit everything I need (clothes, wallet, camera, etc) inside Irving’s camera bag.
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I ran two miles after work today and it felt amazing. I’m definitely out of shape and really stiff, but I was proud to just get out there again. I heard Coldplay’s Fix You on my ipod and I totally pretended like I was in a music video. Like that song was my own personal ballad. I imagined that I was a strong athlete overcoming some crazy obstacle and when the beat picked up, I sprinted a little like I was in a movie or something. Tell me I’m not alone here. ha! That’s such a great song though.
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More from the Windy City soon!!

 

Do you ever feel like you’re in a music video? Sometimes I do when I’m driving and I pretend I’m in the beginning scene from a movie when the opening credits are scrolling through. BAHAHA

 

Fueled by Rokit May 7, 2011

Filed under: Food,Review,Running — Kelocity @ 9:00 am
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Rokit Fuel is a fairly new company trying to break into the already crowded energy bar market — but you know what? I think they actually do have something different to offer and I was willing to give it a try.
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I first saw the products on Meals And Miles and it piqued my interest because I hadn’t heard of them before.
The company sent me a sample pack of all the different products to test out and I was super excited to see them in person.
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All of their ingredients are whole foods (no processing, no artificial anything).
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I don’t eat a raw or whole food diet (by any means) but I appreciate the healthy stuff when I see it. The ingredient that stuck out the most to me was Bee Pollen. I’ve never seen that in any other food, but it has amazing health benefits that can help enhance athletic performance and help you recover faster. It also reduces inflammation.

The first one I had was the Chocolate Dream Cereal.
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You can mix it with hot or cold water or milk. Or you can have it dry. During Ragnar, I ate it dry (for convenience sake) and it was really good. I loved the chunks of chocolate and dried cherries. It fueled me well for a two-day relay race, and didn’t upset my very sensitive stomach when I ran, so that gets an A+ in my book.
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I loved the Cherry Almond and Stud Muffin Cereals too. I had those mixed with hot water and ate it like a regular bowl of oatmeal.
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No chocolate in that one, but equally delicious.

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The cherries are just amazing. They’re tart and sweet at the same time.
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The Energy Mixes are an interesting concept.
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They’re really a smaller, more portable alternative to the Cereals. You can also mix these with water, or pour the water directly into the packet and squeeze it out to eat it on the go. I have to be honest, I can’t really think of a reason why anyone would want to eat oatmeal out of a pouch, but it’s nice to know you can in case you had to!

They were really good. I mixed mine with hot water in a bowl and ate it for breakfast. I tried the Spice Cookie and the Stud Muffin one so far and they were great. I really like instant oatmeal, and I usually make two packets at a time (because let’s face it, one is not enough!) But Rokit Fuel is so nutrient and calorie dense that one is definitely enough. Each packet is 260 calories or less and has 7g or 8g of protein. They keep me full all morning. They are tasty and satisfying –and healthy to boot!

They also sent me some mysterious looking bars. They don’t have a name yet, but they’re labeled as “Prototype Sample”.
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I tried the chocolate one today around noon, and only ate half before feeling incredibly full (in fact, I’d almost go as far as calling it lunch since it’s the only thing I ate from 9am til 4pm. I think these bars are hitting the market shortly, but I have a few comments about them. I eat a lot of energy bars (Clif, Luna, PowerBar, etc) so I have pretty high standards for them.

  1. The nutritional facts are really good. I only ate half the bar, which was definitely enough, and it was 180 calories. I believe that’s consistent with others on the market. But the ingredients are impressive. There is not one processed or artificial thing in there. Just the good stuff.
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  2. The consistency was pretty unique from anything I’ve ever had. The outside was a thick, rich layer of fudge wrapped around a healthy middle. Although I loved the chocolate (it was nice and dark!), they could probably cut back on it.
  3. It’s messy. The bar is huge and they’re packing a lot of goodies in there, but it’s almost too big to eat. It crumbled when I opened it and the chocolate flaked off. I tried to eat it at my desk at work, but it was almost too messy to eat. I would suggest making it flatter so it’s easier to eat? I haven’t tried the Peanut Butter one yet, so I’m curious to see if it will be the same issue.
  4. I couldn’t imagine eating this during a race (or even right before) since it’s a little heavy. But it made for an excellent snack and it was delicious.

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It’s exciting to see new products like this enter the market with a fresh new idea. I’d definitely recommend it. You can buy them online or at a specialty sports store. Hopefully they’ll release to the mass market soon. To find out more, check out their website.

Psst… check out my next guest blog for Contiki! I think Rokit Fuel would be perfect for traveling. I might have to get some for our next big trip! Eating healthy on the go is always a good thing, right?

 

A Test Run April 22, 2011

Filed under: Running — Kelocity @ 7:34 pm
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I’m so excited that She Runs LA is less than a week away! I plan on getting up early and cranking out a 10K next Thursday and I’m excited!

And guess what came in the mail today! My She Runs LA Tanktop! And it’s PINK!
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It’s a racer back top which is awesome. I don’t have a running tank top so I’m excited to get a lot of use out of this one. I think it would be good for yoga too. Tonight I took my new shirt and went for a 3.1 mile walk. I talked to my mom for most of it, and jogged/walked the rest. My shins are still super sore from Ragnar (probably because I was undertrained for it) and I don’t want to make them mad before the race next week!

But instead of ‘mall walking’, I did ‘speed walking’. In fact some random guy approached me to tell me I must be going really fast since he had just seen me on a street a half mile back. ha!
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So excited for the Mike Posner concert at the Post Race party too. “You think you’re cooler than me….”

Mike Posner–Cooler than Me

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PS…. remember all that Easter Candy?

It now looks like this…
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Who ate all my M&Ms? Surely it wasn’t me….

 

One Year Ago… April 18, 2011

Filed under: Boston,Running — Kelocity @ 6:00 am
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One year ago…

…I was in Boston waiting in line for the Boston Marathon Expo to open…
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…holding my 2010 Boston Marathon Bib…
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…celebrating the Boston Marathon weekend with friends…
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…celebrating a decade free of cancer…
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…Meeting Valerie Bertinelli…
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…Making new friends…
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…Conquering Heartbreak Hill…
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…Running my heart out in the greatest race in the world…
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Yep. One year ago this weekend, I became a Boston Marathon Finisher. One of the proudest moments of my life.
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My 2010 Boston Marathon Posts:

Race Day Recap

Marathon Splits

Post Race

Pre Race & Pasta Party

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I can’t believe it’s been a year! Congrats to all the runners out there today. Wish I could have been on the streets cheering.

 

 
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