RnR Seattle: City Guide

Disclaimer: I am promoting the Seattle City Guide 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!

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Who’s running Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle?!

This one is on my bucket list. I LOVE RnR races. In fact, the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon was my first race and full marathon! So these races are always special to me. Well-organized, always in fun cities, and have great crowd support!

Seattle is a place I’d also love to visit. My absolute favorite thing to do is use running as a way to explore a new city and an excuse to travel! Run-cations are THE best.

So, I wanted to share something really cool that I’ve never seen before! The Seattle City Guide! Check it out on Pinterest:

This just makes me want to pack my bags and GO! I wish there was a City Guide like this for every major city. Yes, there are travel websites out there, but I want to know where the LOCAL people go, what they do, and what the city’s REALLY like!

So, if I were running Seattle I’d check out Fleet Feet Seattle (I always hear about “Fleet Feet!” but we don’t have one here!) and, OF COURSE, post-race brunch at Biscuit Bitch. Holy YUM. This is seriously right up my alley.

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Oh, and DON’T SKIP THE DONUTS. Never. Ever. Skip the donuts.

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This guide even shows you nice routes to run while in Seattle – even Strava routes! YES!

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So! Are you running Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle? What will you be checking out while you’re there?

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Review: COROS PACE GPS Multisport Watch

Disclaimer: I received a COROS PACE GPS Multisport Wacth 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!

This is a review of the COROS PACE from a fellow runner (me). I am not an official “techie” or a gadget “expert.” I have USED many gadgets! I love watches, cameras, wireless headphones, etc. So I AM a very thorough and consistent USER of gadgets. The COROS PACE GPS Multi-sport watch is brand new to the market, retailing for $299.99.

I will cover some specifics but this watch does so, so, SO MUCH. I am here to give you my honest onion, thoughts, and impression of a running watch simply as a runner who has experience with 3 other GPS running watches in my lifetime. So, there are my credentials! If you have specific questions about the watch that go unanswered here, please ask me in the comments!

Now!

The COROS PACE is a multi-sport watch with built in wrist-based heart rate monitor (HRM). This watch is sure to help someone reach their fitness goals by providing a plethora of data – running, cycling, swimming – it does it all. Here are a few specifics:

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I received the watch a few weeks ago and was really impressed with the packaging and the aesthetics upon opening. The screen is so CLEAR.

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The other thing I noticed right off the bat as I put the watch on my wrist was the COMFORT of the band. Far superior to any other watch band I have placed on my wrist. It’s soft – almost stretchy – extremely flexible and comfortable. I’ve never been able to wear a watch 24/7 like some people, but this one I think I could!

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The watch is available in 3 colors – red, grey, and blue. I got red. It is a nice deep red, not neon. Did I mention the screen is so clear? That is, by far, my favorite part of the watch. The back light turns on when you move your wrist up to look at it and it’s just amazingly readable – day or night. My other favorite part is how FAST it syncs after runs.

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After running with the watch for the first time, I could not believe as soon as I clicked “SAVE,” the run was already in my COROS app and Strava. Never ever has anything synced so quickly. In fact, that is the #1 trouble I have with other watches – not connecting/syncing.

Other features of this watch are really similar to watches I have experienced in the past. The time, pace, and distance all seems accurate as far as I can tell. One thing I did note was that this watch is defaulted to the Imperial system (kilometers), so if you are in the US/use the Metric system (miles), you will need to change a few settings. Fortunately the COROS app and watch itself are very user-friendly and I had no trouble at all changing over (without using instructions!)

The COROS app is great and easy to maneuver. Your running stats are at your fingertips – distance, pace, elevation, cadence, heart rate – all in one spot. These all seem accurate as far as I can tell. If you’re like me and use Training Peaks – COROS is working on that update as we speak.

The battery life is exceptional. To take the watch from “dead” to full charge only takes 2 hours. The watch lasts 30 days of “standard” use or 25 hours of use in GPS mode. I have only charged the watch once since I have had it (a few weeks) and even then, it was not drained. It was a “just in case” charge before a work trip.

So what is the bottom line? Do I love this watch? Yes. I really do. It is everything I want and need in a watch. The only exception is that it doesn’t (currently!) sync with Training Peaks. This multi-sport watch is brand new to the market (as of May 15, 2018), so the updates will only continue to make the watch better and “smarter.” I do know that it currently does sync to other apps I use, including Strava. 

Do I think the watch is worth the price? Yes. I think this is a fair and on-par price for a good-looking GPS multi-sport watch with wrist-based HRM and stunning screen quality and band comfort. I know the band doesn’t seem like top priority when making a decision on a watch, but who wants to wear something that’s not first and foremost, comfortable? I think the band and screen quality set it apart from the rest.

You can find the COROS PACE here: https://www.coros.com/pace.php

What do you look for in a running watch? What features do you consider must-haves?

I’m running the Tulsa Run Double!

  • Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Tulsa Run 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!

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It’s official! I am registered for the 2018 Tulsa Run Double! I’m so happy that my dad and I ran this on a whim last year, because as SOON as we both got in the car to drive home to Dallas after the race, we decided it’d be a tradition. For my race recap from last year, go here!

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So, before you know it, it’s time to register for 2018! Right now, the DOUBLE (5K and 15K) is only $65 – and use code BIBRAVE18 for an extra $5 off! That’s $60 for TWO races, two shirts (really nice long sleeves – I wear mine from last year ALL the time), and double the fun! Even if you are up for one race – prices are really great right now ($40 for the 15K and $25 for the 5K with the code!). I really recommend this race. Tulsa is really unique!

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I think it says a lot that I’ll be driving up to Tulsa for the second year (and counting!). It’s just an all around great time.

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The Tulsa Run 2017, featuring Dad’s thumb in the corner!

Let me know if you decide to run it! See you there!

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The Tulsa Run – a tradition for my dad & me!

Training Update: Progress

Progress isn’t always (or ever?) a direct route from point A to point B. It’s more like a frantically drawn squiggly line (by a seven year old) from point A to point C, then over to F, then Z, then Q, R, back to F, THEN B. Maybe. Or maybe you land at point Z and it’s really cool over there so you decide to stay and hang over there for a while. Who knows? No one…

Anyway, I hung out over at “point Z” for a while but I’ve finally moved on. I’m feeling good again. Just a few weeks ago I thought maybe I’m just getting worse at running. A year ago this was easier!… Maybe you’ve had similar thoughts. I’ve come to realize that reaching a goal isn’t always as easy as “just getting better and better” until you reach it. It’s a journeyand it’s that journey that keeps us going and striving for more.

Thank you to Lifelong Endurance for allowing me to continue to the journey and helping me reach my goals. Let’s see how my week of PROGRESS went!

Monday

5 miles easy

It took 3 whole miles to feel “warmed up” (and yes – I did my warm up!) The last two miles were the only ones that felt good. I even had to stop and walk a few times the first few miles – I felt heavy.

Tuesday

2 miles easy, 8 x 1:30 @ 8:25-8:45 + 1:30 easy, 2 miles easy

Early morning drizzly run – it felt good! It’s been tough warming up lately – my left leg is still just not really wanting to participate. I had to stretch a lot and felt stiff at times but the run felt “NICE!” overall according to my notes!

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Wednesday

4 miles easy

Early miles! I was done before 7:00 am! I was a little sore yesterday after my run so I wasn’t sure how it’d go this morning, but I warmed up and headed out the door. What do you know… it felt GOOD! Even though it was already hot and humid (welcome to Texas), it was very enjoyable. I’m not complaining… soon it’ll still be almost 100 degrees at 5 am (HA!)

Thursday

6 miles – 3 miles easy, 3 miles @ 8:50-8:25

It felt GOOD! YAY! It took a bit to warm up (as usual these days) AND it was HOT and HUMID (91% humidity) but despite everything, I FELT STRONG.

Friday

3 miles easy + strength

The run felt just “OK” – I ran so early in the morning I don’t really remember… maybe I was sleep-running. I was done with my run before 5:00 am to get to Gold’s Gym boot camp (which is not near as scary as it sounds) by 5:30 am. So, I had a solid workout in by 6:30 am! I’m on a roll with the early mornings!

Saturday

11 miles – 8 miles easy, 3 tempo (in the 8:00’s)

YAY YAY YAY! It felt so good!!! According to my journal I “kicked it up” the last three miles! I guess I was feeling good after my run and created a new lingo. I noted that my glute pulled back a tiny bit (darn left leg not wanting to play nice again) but was otherwise fine! I ran with a group of guys in my running group that were game for my miles and I led the pack back picking it up into the low 8’s for the last 3 miles! Woo hoo! Girl power :)!

I also went to the Cottonwood Art Festival afterwards and got a little too much sun but had a great time!!!

Sunday

REST!

Today my running group hosted a book drive to collect books for two of our local schools in need – it was a good time and we had a great turnout and lots of books that these kids are enjoying today!!! Word from the teachers is that the kiddos can’t wait to take home a book from their new little library.

What makes you feel like you’ve made “progress?” – the way you feel, speed, strength?

The Importance of the Warm Up and Cool Down (and What to Do!)

Thank you to Lifelong Endurance for sharing this extremely valuable information with me and allowing me to share with YOU!

Why is warming up and cooling down important? I’m not a scientist, but I have seen firsthand how it has helped me stay healthy, mobile, and able to run pain-free. I was always a “step out the door and run” kind of gal, but it took about 2 years until that caught up with me.

So! I am so excited to share this – it truly has been the REASON I am able to run. I have had a recent piriformis/glute issue that was keeping me from doing what I love and was really causing me a lot of pain and just overall crampin’ my style!

I am finally managing it – I wouldn’t say it’s completely GONE, but I am doing just that – managing it.

It’s a valuable lesson I’ve learned – to be able to do personal maintenance in order to healand prevent injury. The thing I love most about this is that I’ve been able to make it a routine. This warm up and cool down isn’t anything too extensive or time consuming (if it were, I would probably avoid it all together). It’s quick, easy to remember, and can easily become part of a routine.

So, here it is! Feel free to use this and please let me know if you do and how it works for you!

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Do you have a warm up and/or cool down routine? Would you add anything?

What is your least or most favorite part of a warm up/cool down?

Run happy, friends!