That’s a Wrap

Recap 2017 Miles in November

I really don’t know where to start… No one knows this, but I was hesitant to put this on again, mostly because I wasn’t sure if I would have the time to give it the proper attention. I also like to secure prizes or rewards for you all, and that takes some work on my part too.

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Pic cred: Sheryl

I then remembered why I do this, why it was started. It really isn’t about the prizes, but instead, getting your butt out the door and logging extra miles during a busy holiday season. I used this challenge to get moving, it was my lowest mileage month in a long time, but thanks to this group, I got out there and ran 100 miles!

First – I can’t say it enough, thank you! Running can be hard to describe to people who do not partake, however, tell them you found something that motivates and inspires, and suddenly we have people stepping out the door just to walk to the end of the street, get out of bed, and personally push me to host this. Also a HUGE thank you to the sponsors and companies that work with me on this. If you see one of the, let em know you are appreciative too.

Second – Friendship! I was introduced to a new to me local running group. I was also introduced to many new faces. I have a lot of people that “live in my phone,” and while we may never meet in person. It’s great to know I have expanded my friends.

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photo courtesy of Ara 

Third – Prizes, I will be in contact about getting these to you.

  • run CRANDIC entry – Monty B (column AO)
  • Aftershokz Trez Titanium headphones – Nicole Vanderlinden (column U)
  • Dunkin Donuts $100 Gift Card – Roy G (column BX)
  • Run/Medal sign – Cindy McCarthy (column CV)

Fourth – Congrats! I know there were struggles along the way, health issues, and just plain life that might have got in the way. However, you pushed yourself to work on a goal. You also might have learned a very important lesson (many runners suck at) listen to your body, no injury is worth it, and live to run another day.

If you have any questions about sponsors, prizes, or this group, please ask me. If you have any complaints, that department opens tomorrow… I kid…but feel free to reach out to me.

What is next? While I can not maintain the group beyond one month, or keep up with another spreadsheet. I encourage you all to post your monthly mileage, a selfie, or motivation in the FB group; this group is open all year round.

Housekeeping – I have contacted those who have asked for a head band or key chain, however there were a few that I have no contact information for. If you are reading this and would still like one, please let me know. 

 

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Training with Heart

Garmin Forerunner® 935 – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Garmin Forerunner 935 Multisport GPS Watch from Garmin 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!”

That’s right… a new watch!!!

Ok, so you might know I have a nice watch. However, to use the heart rate monitor, I have to strap this black piece around my chest. While this might be the most accurate way to get a heart rate reading…. have you ever done this? As a woman, this is just not the most comfortable with a sports bra, and leads to some chaffing.

The Garmin Forerunner 935 Multisport GPS Watch has a heart rate monitor that reads on your wrist. It’s reading your heart rate all the time you are wearing the watch. Now…why is this important to me? Many stats provided by the watch and the Garmin Connect app are based on heart rate. I will now have access to more accurate statistics to improve my running or general health.

Before I get into all the stats, this watch can either be simple or very detailed. It provides the basics – time, pace, distance. It’s also simple to use, the buttons on the watch make navigating through watch screens user friendly.

However, I would assume based on the price point, a user would be purchasing this for all the bells and whistles. They can be overwhelming, so I will give you my version of how I use the watch to get the most out of it – including watching my heart rate.

When I received the watch, I powered it on and put it on the charger. I read through the information book that was provided and proceeded to sync it to my phone with the Garmin Connect App.  The watch also syncs via bluetooth to your phone to get notifications or accept phone calls.

When it was charged enough, I put this on my wrist. I couldn’t get over how light weight it is. This has a huge screen, but is less bulky feeling than my other watch. The silicone band is also a lot more forgiving and almost stretchy.

The watch itself provides a lot of information, but syncing it to the app allows for even more detailed information, and will sync to Strava. Are you overwhelmed yet?

On the main screen of my watch, I push the down button and it displays my heart rate the past four hours.  If I tap on the button on the other side it will give me an average over the past 7 days.

The next scroll down screen is my training status, which I believe is not possible without my heart rate. Tapping on the button on the other side I can see my VO2 max, how long it will take me to recover based on my last workout, my training load the last 7 days, and a race predictor.

The next screen has my daily steps. If I push to get more information I can see my steps and distance over the last 7 days.

This is just the information at your wrist. When running, I have time, distance and pace displayed. I can easily switch to my heart rate too. I used this tool when running a big hill at the Madison Half Marathon, to know if I could give more heading to the finish. I have worn this watch for at least 3 races.

If you look at the Garmin Connect app you can get more detailed information. Anaerobic and aerobic training effect, your stress level, how much sleep you get and how many calories you have burned. These have screens and go in depth too.

No matter what activity you choose (run, walk, treadmill, triathlon, bike, swim – heck you can even add more using the app) more accurate stats are all based on the heart rate and the effort you are giving.

Now for the fun part – you can customize the watch to use it how you like. You can add widgets, you can change the watch face, and you can change the watch band. Basically you can make this personalized to how you want to use it.

Having this watch has made me more aware of my overall health, because I can “train with heart.” I know if I don’t get enough sleep and if I am too stressed in addition to knowing when I should maybe take some rest days. I can learn to #beatyesterday.

Also, I can’t forget to mention the battery life…this thing lasts forever!!! I have my phone notifications come through and on average run about 30 miles a week and it will go a week before it needs charged. It charges up really quick with the cable provided. In fact fellow pro Lisa ran 50 miles with this watch.

 

I would also like to note, my heart rate was picked up, while wearing it on top of my pullover.

If you need more than what I was able to provide, check out what the BibRave Pros had to say as we all used the watch differently. FrankMeridithVanessaLindseyEmilyBrenda – Ryan – Casey – Heather – Mark –

Keep up to date with all things Garmin by checking out their website, following along on twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

100 Miles – Week 4 update

This is it, the last week of 100 Miles in November.  I can not believe how fast this month goes by. Hope you are all close to reaching the goals you set forth at the beginning.

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There was some discussion about not meeting the 100 miles. That is totally fine…everyone has a different goal. I really hope you learn that you can fail at something but still feel accomplished, because you tried and did your best. It’s not failure, it’s just learning and living life. Michael said it best “the real purpose of this group was really just to give us all a goal to chase in a tough holiday month.”

There is one last weekly prize, and congrats go to Terry V (CK) for winning the BibRave Trucker hat.

This is where I tell you a little more about BibRave. I have been with BR since April of 2014. They are a race review website, think Yelp – but for runners. If you ran a race and want to tell everyone about it, leave a review. If you are looking to run a race, but can’t decide, search Bibrave.com for some thoughts from past participants.

I am also involved as a BibRave Pro. We are ambassadors for Bibrave, in exchange for our race reviews we are given opportunity to run races and even test out some cool products. The program opens up periodically throughout the year, so keep an eye out if you want to apply.

With that… I hope you log all your miles, I will be drawing the grand prize winners this weekend – Dec 2nd – if I remember correctly!!

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Once again, thank you for joining!

 

 

2017-week 3

100 Miles in November – Week 3 Update

How is it the week of Thanksgiving already? Time flies when you are having fun. Will this week derail your goal?

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The daily posts of photos and workout accomplishments are great, thank you for allowing me to share them.

This week for keeping up to date with mileage there were 2 more Corridor Running shirts awarded. Congrats to Kevin L (K) and Mark D. (AR)

I will have one more BibRave trucker as a prize next week – keep moving!

Reminder for those who have logged at least 100 miles you are eligible for a chance to win one of the grand prizes: $100 Dunkin Donuts gift card, Aftershokz Trekz Titanium, medal rack, or entry into the CRANDIC marathon.

Area happenings:

  • November 23 – Run Turkey Run, Cedar Rapids, IA. 8AM, near Franklin Middle School. Bring anon perishable food item. FREE
  • November 23 – Legend of the Fall, Iowa City, IA. 8AM, trail run. Entry Fee – I will be at this event
  • November 24 – Outdoor Buster 5k/10k run. 15 mi bike ride. Sac & Fox Trail, Cedar Rapids, IA. 10 am Sign up here – FREE!

 

Halfway to 100

November 15th…

(technically it’s the 16th)

Anyway, it’s halfway to 💯 miles. Are you on track?

Congrats 🎉 to Kelly J (BL) who ran 51 miles the first half of the month. She will be celebrating with her gift certificate to the Iowa River Power CO / Flannigan’s. Thank you Matt for gifting this as a prize and good luck achieving your 100 miles too!!

Make sure to hit up the IRP for Sunday Brunch 🍳 or Flannigan’s to enjoy a cold beer 🍻 while you watch the game. Maybe you run 🏃‍♀️by this restaurant on the path that runs along the river front dining? Either way, check it out…let me know what you eat.

Seriously I can’t believe the month is halfway over.🤦🏻‍♀️

This brings me to slowly working on getting the headbands sent out. Please fill out the follow up response form if you want me to contact you to get a headband, no cost…just a little something extra.  I also am allowing you to snag a key chain too, so if you selected no to a headband and want a key chain – send me a message📬 (FB, twitter, fax, carrier pigeon)

If you haven’t heard from me regarding this, please me patient.

Ok…. keep up with the miles,  hopefully Thanksgiving 🦃doesn’t derail you. If you missed it on FB there is a FREE social run in Cedar Rapids on Thanksgiving, the Run Turkey Run. It will be at 8am at the Franklin Middle School, and you are asked to bring a non perishable item to donate. Follow Corridor Running for moreinformation.

Motivation

Happy Monday!

I just wrapped up the weekend with another race….and I have 0 races on my schedule. I am not sure the last time this happened… 8 years ago maybe? WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?!?!? Sure I can sign up for a turkey trot, but I am broke as a joke.

Thankfully, the 100 Miles in November group is keeping me motivated. I am personally logging my running miles only. I am on track to meet the Nov. 15th goal of 45 miles…but with no race, I hope I get to 100 by the end of the month.

I can’t thank the group enough. This year there are close to 100 participants!

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In keeping with my appreciation, it’s time to award some more prizes. There is the weekly prize of a BibRave Trucker hat and I will be awarding the 10 protein cookies … hopefully today is your lucky day!

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BibRave Trucker hat winner: Kelly D. (column CI)

Cookie winners: Cathy M (BE), Nichole P (BU), Christina B (CP), Craig J (BH), Mike N (W), Jen D (C), Amy Z(P), Mike G (AC), Kristin S. (CX), Heidi K (CY)

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*winners chosen using random.org. Winner of weekly prizes are up to date on mileage. 10 cookie winners were if you just signed up.

I encourage you to keep moving, as you are motivating me to keep moving. The 15th is Wednesday…log your miles!!! On the line is a gift certificate to the Iowa River Power Company Restaurant / Flannigan’s!! I need to get to their Sunday brunch!

Also if you missed it…. Dunkin Donuts is back!!! They have graciously donated a gift card to add in the mix of final prizes.

Housekeeping note – I will be contacting the winners and it could take me a little time to get things shipped…but I am working on it. Thank you

100 miles week 1 – 2017

The first week of #100miles in November, 2017 is in the books…er I should say the first Sunday has rolled around and that means it’s time for the first round of prizes!!!

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I would like to thank everyone who has signed up and continued luck on hitting that 100 mile goal!!!

For the first week we have up for grabs Corridor Running shirts – WAHOO!!

Congratulations to Mindy W and Carol T . I will be contacting you to finalize this.

Corridor Running is my local running club based in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. They promote a healthy lifestyle by offering races, group runs and social events.  The club also donates to various local charities and gives back to the community. The club has supported this challenge for many years as well, so thank you to them!!

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In other housekeeping notes, you can still encourage your friends to sign up for the challenge through November 10th. Just enter your name in the furthest right column on this spreadsheet, and answer the follow up questionnaire.

If you requested a headband or key chain I will be getting those out after the 10th. This is also when 10 lucky winners will be gifted a protein cookie too.

Keep in mind, if you keep on task with 45 miles by Nov. 15th, there is a chance to win an Iowa River Power Co / Flannigan’s gift card!

Also if you hit 100 miles there is the chance for Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones, a CRANDIC race entry and a medal rack. I also didn’t forget the Bibrave Trucker hats…so get out there and get moving!!

If you have questions – just let me know!