2018 – 100 Miles – Week One

2018 – First Week of 100 Miles

Greetings 100 mile participants and blog readers… I apologize for the delay with this post. I have no excuses and will do better next week.

Thank you to the person who put together the summary of stats at the bottom of the tracking spreadsheet. Registration has closed and we have 117 participants. If you were not able to officially join for 2018, this doesn’t mean you can’t run 100 miles, it just means you are not eligible for any prizes. Please keep track on your own. Thank you to everyone for joining!!!

One note of what I call housekeeping, I have been working through the response sheet and sorting through my headbands and keychains. If you don’t know, I make them – Marathang Bands. If you have questions about these, let me know. Please answer the survey if you have not done so. I will keep that open through the end of the month.

The moment you have all been waiting for – weekly PRIZE!!! A Corridor running shirt will be awarded to 2 people. In order to win, I just ask you are current with logging your miles. I choose the winner using a random number generator.

Corridor Running is my local running club. They put on 7 races per year with the mission to promote healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach. Corridor Running contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and families, supports local elite runners and partners with local charities to raise funds through running events.

Congratulations to Debby H and Amy L. I will be contacting you, to claim your Corridor Running shirt.

If anyone is looking to add Corridor Running apparel to your wardrobe, let me know! Sweatshirts, hats, shirts, stickers are all available for purchase.

While the Corridor Running races are complete for 2018, there are a few social runs remaining:

Also keep an eye out for 2019 membership (VIP membership) to be opening soon  – as well as Freezefest 2019.

Please keep up to date with your miles, up next is a chance to win an IRP brunch for 2 certificate. The idea is to keep on track and log at least 45 miles by Nov 15th.

Keep up the good work!!!

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High Five a Volunteer!

A Race Doesn’t Happen Without the Volunteers!

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Madison Marathon Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

It’s the week of the Madison Marathon (Half marathon) and while I need to write something, I am stumped at what to say. I will be headed to Madtown to run my 50th half marathon.

I have run these events in Madison: Madison Mini 2013, Madison Mini 2014, Madison Mini 2015, Madison Mini 2017, Madison Half Marathon & 10k spring 2016, Madison Marathon 2016, Run Madtown 10k 2017, and Run Madtown 10k  & half marathon 2018.  If I have counted right, this is my 11th event, so I feel I have exhausted all there is to say about running in Madison.

I asked my friend Frank (he has a great blog with the best race posts) and he suggested why not write about the volunteers. AH YES PERFECT!!! I myself volunteer many times throughout the year.

First things first – if you have not registered to run – online registration closes 11/7 at 11:59pm – code MMRAVE18 saves you $$. WHY NOT VOLUNTEER? You can check out this link here – it looks like course marshals, bike lead, water stop, finish line medals, and gear check duties still have open spots.

If you are still hesitant on being a volunteer, here are the reasons I volunteer:

  • To Give Back – I know how hard it is to make an event happen, it takes a lot of people.
  • Be a part of race day when I can’t afford to run – Lately this is every race, so why not show up and hand out water, or take off timing chips. I can still be at the race and I might even get a shirt too.
  • It’s simple and easy – hand someone a t-shirt, give them gu packet.
  • It’s fun – give high fives as a course marshal, cheer on the runners.
  • Community – Sign up with your running club or running friends.
  • It’s rewarding – work the finish line, walk away feeling motivated and inspired.

Be sure to thank all the volunteers you encounter on Sunday. While they enjoy doing what they are doing, volunteering can be tasking. They are out in the elements for many hours so we can run for fun.

If I don’t see you handing me a cup of (frozen) water on Sunday, I hope maybe someday I will volunteer alongside you.

Scoobtober Virtual Run

Scoobtober 5k Virtual Run – 2018 Recap

“Disclaimer: I received entry in the Scooby Doo, Scoobtober 10k/5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

The time had come for Kona to try and PR her 5k, with the Scoobtober 10k/5k as part of the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series.

I was not sure if I would be able to help her get to this goal. The race had to be completed by the end of October. In addition to being out of town in this time, I had just set a new marathon PR and completed my 6th ultra distance race. I was not feeling super speedy!

What did I do? I recruited my husband, Josh to earn Kona a new 5k PR!

Josh was kind enough to share his thoughts as he ran with her:

Kona and I went on our run the morning of Sunday, October 28th, on what was a gorgeous mid-fall day. After harnessing her, we took a brief walk to warm up before starting our virtual race. Not even a quarter-mile into the run, we encountered not only a family ahead of us on the sidewalk who had a dog of their own, there was a father and daughter that came up from behind on bicycles. Kona is very scared of anything with two wheels, so we pulled to the side and allowed the bicycles to pass before continuing. This would be our last real trouble through the run.
Kona plowed through the first mile into a strong head wind of about 20-25 miles per hour, but I could tell she was exerting a lot of energy. We stopped briefly so she could catch her breath before continuing. While she took it slow, she got through the first half, and finally we could turn around for the back half of the virtual race. With the wind now behind us, and a now-mostly downhill course, Kona flew through most of the back half. We passed the two-mile mark, and Kona was going strong.
We made it through our last uphill, and turned the corner to begin heading for home. We had a bit of a cross wind in this short stretch, but Kona knew where she was and kept on trucking. Meanwhile, I had a brief work emergency phone call to deal with, but with my AfterShokz headphones, we kept on going as I took care of the issue at hand.
As we turned off the main road to come to our neighborhood, we passed the three-mile mark and Kona was still chugging along very well. Soon, my watch hit 3.1 miles, and our virtual 5K was in the books. For hoping to see Kona through one 5K, to now have been with her for two 5Ks was definitely a treat, and I was so happy for her and her accomplishment! And to celebrate, of course she got a tasty Milk Bone.

Josh and Kona with their medals

Did she set a new PR? Kona’s time for her Scoobtober 5k was 34:50 and her Doo Good 5k time was was 33:24. She did not set a new PR, However sounds like she had some serious conditions to battle. Kona is 10 years old, she did a great job, no matter her time!

I usually do not participate in many virtual runs, mostly because I don’t have to funds to get a medal for running my usual routes. However, this one was different as I really enjoyed getting to run with Kona. It’s something I have always considered, but never made it happen. From all the swag and awesome medals, this event was a lot of fun.

Fallout 50k – Race Recap

Hawkeye Fallout 50k 2018 – Race Recap

EEEK! My 6th attempt at an ultra, and just 6 days from my most recent marathon.

Ok, blah blah blah….I feel as a runner the more crazy the better, ALSO this is not the first time I have done this combo. Way back when I ran the Chicago Marathon, I ran my first 50k the week before.

I won this entry at a running club appreciation event.

The Friday before the race, I helped with packet pick up at the local running store. I gave out bibs and the quarter zip pullover that was included with registration. The ankle bracelet timing chip was distributed with the reusable cups before the race.

The Des Moines marathon was my last long training for this event, and well that was about it. I did not pick a training plan. I didn’t have any expectations but to finish before the 8 hour cutoff time. My super ambitious goal was to finish before the Iowa football game started at 2:30pm.

Gear: Adidas boy shorts, Zensah sports bra and socks, Orange Mud Endurance Pack and pullover, Rabbit tank, Rudy Rydon glasses, Aftershokz Trekz Air, Hawkeye Hat, Brooks Ghost 10, Garmin Forerunner 935, Gatorade Endurance, BUFF

This was the inaugural event, it was to be the “sister” race to the spring event. The race is run around Lake MacBride, with a spillway crossing. In the spring it is 2 loops, run in one direction and in the fall it was to be run in the reverse direction. HOWEVER, we have had too much rain, causing the spillway to be unsafe for crossing. The RD -Brian – created a route that would take us out and back along the south side, with some loops, then back to the start and finish where we would then head out and back on the north side. This route made it impossible to drop at the halfway point to the 25k, as the first half of course was longer than 25k. If you wanted to drop you had to do so before the event, or get a 50k DNF.

Saturday, October 27

My favorite part about this race is that I can sleep in my own bed and it takes like 15 minutes to drive to the starting line.

The race started at 8 AM, I arrived around 7:30 to grab my timing chip and cup. I talked to the other runners and just like that it was time to start. There was no National Anthem. It was the perfect day for a run, sunny and about 50 degrees.

The 50k and 25k runners began at the same time. The 25k runners would split and run the north side of the lake only.

Well, right from the start, I was almost the last person. There were only 35 ish runners in this distance, and it didn’t bother me as I know people start too fast. The first section is 3 ish miles along side a highway. However, I joined up with another runner and we began chatting. It started by observing the beer cans in the ditch. It appears that Solon prefers Bud Light.

We ended up running the entire first out and back together.  We walked the uphills, navigated the leaf covered tree roots and he took all the selfies!! Even after a bathroom stop, I caught back up. It was nice to have someone to run this part of the course, even though it was all marked with pink flags and ribbons, I didn’t know where I was. There was a section with a ravine we had to loop twice. We passed runners going in the wrong direction.

Photo Cred: Rob

There were two aid stations on this part of the course. I didn’t grab anything at the first stop, I was also carrying Gatorade Endurance and candy. We passed the second stop twice and I filled my reusable cup with some water and grabbed some pretzels.

We came back to the start and finish and my runner friend, Rob ( I learned his name by then) noticed the course was going to be long.  I had accidentally paused my watch and my mileage was different than his, I had lost about a mile and a half.  The parking lot is also the start/finish and he disappeared to his car.

We were in and out of that start/finish aid station quickly. I grabbed a few more snacks including a clementine. I think that is one of my favorite fruits for running.

We started walking the second half and Rob told me to hook my phone up to his bluetooth speaker, which is what he stopped at his car for. I told him I had been listening to music the entire time on my Aftershokz. He said that was cheating, lol. I had been chatting with him and listening to tunes and he had no idea. I transferred the connection to the speaker and we started running again.

We noticed all the fuzzy caterpillars out on the trails that day.

That is when I pulled away from him and the speaker would’t work anymore. It was lonely, but I just kept trucking along. I also knew I wasn’t going to be back before the start of the game.

I made it to the aid station on this section of the course. This is when I noticed the older gentleman that was behind us on the first 6 miles of the course, was way ahead of us and he was headed back to the start. I was confused as he never passed me, ever! I came to the conclusion that he must have never completed the second loop on the first section. I wonder how many people didn’t run the entire course?

I left the aid station and headed to the spillway. I would say this was one of the most scenic parts of the course. At the spillway turnaround, the view was spectacular!! The sun hitting the lake and the trees made for a picturesque trot back to the finish.

I passed the aid station again, this time looking for a pre-packaged snack as I thought I might need something in the last 5 miles. I grabbed an oatmeal pie. The last few miles are also the ones I am most familiar with as I run this section a few times during the year.

I was struggling, but forward is a pace. I passed the sag runner, he was on his way to the spillway, so at least a good 5 miles behind me. I knew I would finish before the cutoff.

At the start of the Hawkeye game – 2:30 PM, I called my husband and checked in with the score. We had already scored a safety. The Hawks were off to a good start. I also told him to meet me when I got to the finish and get my car key, I needed my OOFOS, I had a toe issue developing.

I walked and ran towards the finish line, consuming the oatmeal pie I snatched from the last aid station. When I came back to the lodge, I spotted Josh and he grabbed my car key. There was one last loop on the asphalt, yeah that was a joy!

My watch was way off, so my Strava stats are off too. When I came to the finish line, the clock was at 7:40 or something. It also had to be a distance PR for me as my Garmin had 31 miles. I felt good, except for that toe issue – a random blister that had formed under a toenail. Relive

A volunteer snagged the timing chip from my ankle and another placed a medal around my neck. Josh was there with my flip flops and a phone to his ear with the Iowa game, the Hawks were winning. Josh untied my shoe and it was off!

I went inside the Timber Dome (the lodge) to see what food I might want to eat. The race is a potluck, but since I was close to last, food was all consolidated to a couple tables, picked over and people took home their crockpots. I really wasn’t too hungry either. I used the bathroom and decided I better eat something, so I snagged an apple.

I went back outside to wait for Rob to finish. He was coming down the home stretch with the last finisher. They both finished under the 8 hour cutoff. He said his watch had over 32 miles. The last place finisher also got a special prize.

We sat there, and chatted, and Rob asked “Is that your husband?” Apparently everyone knows Josh, small world.

We didn’t stick around too much longer. I thanked the RD for a great race, hopped in my car and headed home.

I didn’t have my best race time, but I don’t know what else I would have preferred to do on a beautiful fall day….ok so I did come home to watch the rest of the Hawkeye game, which was not good.

Everyone boasts about the marathon majors, but this kind of race is my favorite. Low key, close to home, attention to detail, small, and with friends. I am glad I have the opportunity to run it.

I am looking forward to the spring event, the Hawkeye 50k. Registration is open!! Also instead of a shirt you get an Orange Mud transition towel, how cool is that?!!!? This race is also a prize for my 100 Miles in November, hope to see you in April!

Check out my thoughts or add your own at Bibrave.com

The 6th year of 100 Miles in November

I find myself asking, “where did the time go?” a lot lately. With that, it’s the sixth year of 100 Miles in November.

What began from a weekly twitter chat, has led to what will begin in a few days… and all because of you.

I considered not doing this last year, while it is simple, it still takes a little bit of my time. However, I know I need a kick in the butt this time of year, and you all inspire me to keep going. This year I have a goal I am still aiming for – 2018 miles in 2018, this will help me keep on track.

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The idea – log 100 miles in one month. November is usually the time of year when most races dwindle, the holidays creep in and running slows down.

With all that said – Here is the google spreadsheet to log your miles – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cVclRMBDisEVloE7jMxTwayXZ89F2X4oLkUuU-31M8A/edit?usp=sharing This should be self explanatory. Don’t be a jerk and please keep to your own column. Add your name in the first empty column on the right.

Here is your sign up information. Please fill out this google form- https://goo.gl/forms/NeQkctlhKQpFHZC13 I keep track of who participates only to contact you if you win a prize. It’s also the easiest way to keep my head from not spinning in 800 directions.

Alright, you might have read the word “prize” from above. Since doing this, I have always tried to keep some incentives. This year is no different as I have some of my favorite things in the prize closet. Also as I create the rules and this challenge, more prizes may be added at a later date. Don’t forget about headbands and key chains.

Grand Prizes (to be awarded after Dec 1):

  1. Pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air, bone conduction, bluetooth head phones
  2. Entry into to the Hawkeye 25k/50k Spring race.
  3. String Art medal hanger

Weekly accountability prizes:

  1. Corridor Running shirts – awarded to 2 people on Nov 10 and Nov 24
  2. Bibrave swag – awarded to 2 people on Nov 17 & Dec 1

*I am still working on the halfway point prize. I like to keep people on track by logging at least 45 miles by November 15.

Housekeeping:

  • There is a FB group for encouragement or checkups. I might rely on this group too much for posts, but it is not required to join the challenge.
  • Official posts and updates will be written on the blog
  • Registration will be open through November 10. At that time, any name added to the spreadsheet will not be eligible for prizes.
  • Contact me – amaskeberka@gmail.com, twitter – @angiemaskeberka, IG – @amaskeberka

Official Rules:

  1. Only walking / running as exercise miles count. I am counting on participants honesty for this. I think you should make an effort to keep active. Walking to the bathroom, or walking to kitchen will not count, or step counting. This is not a fitness tracker challenge.
  2. Miles need to be logged on the provided google docs spread sheet.
  3. Spread sheet is a public document, open to those who have the link.
  4. Each participant is responsible for keeping track of their own miles. If you can’t access the spread sheet make arrangements to have someone enter them for you. (send me an email)
  5. No entry fee, no cost.
  6. All drawings for prizes will be generated at random, via an online raffle service.
  7. Please pay attention to your body, don’t try to reach the 100 mile goal at the expense of an injury.
  8. Honor system in play when logging miles.
  9. Weekly prize eligibility, have to log mileage at least once a week. Keep your log up to date, logs checked on Sunday for weekly giveaway.
  10. To be eligible to win grand prize must have completed 100 miles.
  11. You do not have to be local, live in Iowa to compete.
  12. Your contact information is only for prize notification. It will not be shared.
  13. Random prizes to be determined later.
  14. Photos may be used for random prizes.
  15. Stay connected using #100miles.
  16. Information will be posted on the blog.
  17. This challenge is in no way administered, sponsored, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. By entering this challenge you release Instagram, Facebook and twitter of all responsibility. You are also agreeing to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook rules terms of use.

Good luck and best wishes for a great November!

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Now Foods BCAA Big 6 – product review

Product Review – Now Foods BCAA Big 6

“Disclaimer: I received Now Foods BCAA as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

BCAA or Branched Chain Amino Acids, what are they? Well I really didn’t know, so what better time to find out and give them a try.

I received two canisters of the watermelon flavor, two canisters of the grape flavor and a shaker bottle.

Here is the information provided online:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
  • Endurance & Recovery*
  • 6 Amino Acids / 8,000 mg
  • Vegan, Caffeine Free

BCAA Big 6 is an advanced caffeine-free sports supplement formulated to support exercise endurance and recovery from intense workouts.* BCAA Big 6 features branched-chained amino acids (BCAAs) to support muscle retention and recovery, and betaine to help maintain fluid balance during exercise.* BCAA Big 6 also has taurine, which can further support endurance.* BCAA Big 6 includes L-citrulline and L-glutamine to complement this formula.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

How did I use these?

First I read the directions and just needed to try it. I sampled the watermelon flavor first. I put one scoop to 14-16 oz of water, then I just shook it in a water bottle. The taste was good.

I went for a run and when I returned planned to drink it all. It’s recommended for before, during or after exercise. When I came back from my run, I drank as much as I could.

I then got creative and decided an easy way to consume during a run would be to eat it, so I made gummy bears! While they were fun to make, I am not sure I choose the best recipe, they were quite rubbery. Recipe – https://reflexsupplements.com/simple-homemade-bcaa-gummies/

I then tried the grape flavor, just shake with water. I preferred this flavor to the watermelon. They were both very pretty in color.

I then thought I would experiment with sour gummy bears, so I found a different recipe with less gelatin, and they turned out a lot better, but I think I added too much citric acid -which made them sour. Recipe – https://steelfitusa.com/2017/10/simple-bcaa-gummies/

To follow up, I was working consuming a drink a day for recovery purposes. I had just run the Des Moines Marathon on a Sunday, and on the next Saturday I was running the Hawkeye Fallout 50k.

Final thoughts:

While I think the product tastes great, my biggest challenge was consuming so much liquid. I do not drink a lot of water on a normal day, I really try to hydrate before a big race. So, for me it was hard to add this much liquid to my day. Perhaps, I am just not as focused as I should be with nutrition.

However NOW Foods was a great product to learn and try something I wasn’t familiar with. It’s a clean, highly-tested brand. They conduct more than 16,000 tests each month for identity, purity, strength and composition to ensure that what’s on the label is in the bottle. AND, now they’re third-party certified via Informed-Sport for added product purity assurance. The Informed-Sport program certifies that their products have been tested for more than 200 banned substances by their world-class sports anti-doping lab.

If you would like to try for yourself use code 20NOWBCAA on Amazon.com (or visit this link https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A1G65M39SCQHX5) for 20% off both varieties of BCAA Big 6. Code is limited to one-time use only, thru Nov 15.

Looking for more insight, check out these reviews: Corey KatyDanielle Amy

 

You can follow Now Foods on the internet – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Website

Gatorade Endurance Take Two

Gatorade Endurance Take Two

“Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance Formula, Energy Gel and Energy Chews, as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

This is not my first post, nor my first review of the Gatorade Endurance products. However, this go around I was able to focus using the products for my most recent race, the IMT Des Moines Marathon. The race had the Gatorade Endurance drink on the course.

This time I received a tub of the watermelon Endurance drink formula, vanilla and apple pear gels, lemon lime Endurance drink formula packets, and orange and fruit punch energy chews.

*Also before this shipment, I ordered a tub of the orange Endurance drink formula, for whatever reason it is priced less than the others. I had drank all my previous watermelon flavor for all my summer long runs and races. I love that flavor!!! You can read more about that here – bottom line the extra sodium in this drink is what works for me.

I am a bit different, but I did not pick a training plan for my marathon. However, I knew when I need to log long runs and when to scale back.

I ran the PCTR 30k as part of training for the Des Moines Marathon. It was a HOT day!!! There was no shade on the course. I made sure to fill my hydration pack with watermelon Gatorade Endurance. I had a football game to attend to that night, I couldn’t afford the dehydration headache.

I then tested the chews on a longer run through Iowa City, I believe it was near 15-16 miles. I would rather eat candy, gummies and real food when I run. I was pleasantly surprised with the Gatorade chews. I brought the orange with me, it was flavorful and it didn’t stick in my teeth. The only issue I had was getting the package open.

My last long run, it was once again a billion degrees and humid. I filled my hydration pack with watermelon Endurance formula, I filled my pockets with the apple pear gels and the fruit punch chews. This run confirmed that I am not a gel person, while this flavor tasted really good, I just can’t ingest this on a run, the texture just turns me off. Luckily I had some fruit punch chews with me, they are my favorite yet, and I need to order some more!!!!

How did this prepare me for Des Moines? I knew what to take with me to the race. I was actually shocked to learn that the Gatorade Endurance drink was the only Gatorade product on the course, as the gels provided were by another brand. This told me to bring some chews with me.

On race day I did not have a plan, I just kept moving. (You can read my full race recap here.) I drank the Gatorade Endurance ( believe it was lemon lime) when I wanted and I alternated eating 2 chews at a time, washing down with water. I did stop for bacon, ate a Twizzler and a Jolly Rancher too. However, going in prepared with a fueling plan might have helped me set a new marathon PR!!!

This weekend I am registered to run a 50k, you better believe my pack will be filled with watermelon Gatorade Endurance. Sadly, I ate all my chews and have not ordered more.

In my previous review I raved about the increased sodium and potassium, this is what works for me. These products do not taste too sweet for me too. Nothing worse than feeling like you need to brush your teeth when you are done racing.

Make sure to keep up with the latest Gatorade Endurance news on their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.