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May 4, 2009

Mail Call

I got TONS of mail this weekend, while I was away, running my little heart out. Stay tuned for many reviews! And FYI this packages are Jackson-approved. He checks them all out to make sure they are copacetic.

PS- Don’t forget to enter my Glee Gum giveaway!

PPS- Check out my race recap here.


Scott at Solixir sent me some fabulous samples and after my race on Sunday, I decided, it was cocktail hour! I mixed a shot of vodka with some of the Solixir Restore flavor, in honor of me finishing my race and needing to replenish my body (yes I know alcohol may not be the best way to do this, but whatevs, it was good, so sue me!) It was quite tasty. Very refreshing. I liked the Relax flavor better, and that would totally ROCK as a Solixir-tini. I must try that in my next cocktail hour! I still have the Awaken flavor to try as well, I will report back on that.

Oh No She Didn’t!

Oh…YES I DID. I may have gone slightly insane today, but I swear it’s not my fault. I was told by J.P. that there was a sale at REI, and believe me, I am not one to turn down a sale. I have been in the market for a Camelback for a while now, and since they were 25% off, now was the perfect time to invest! I think it will be great for me on my longer runs with the weather warming up. One must stay hydrated! I very much enjoy the neutral black color to go with all my outfits, but I am also very excited about the subtle pink trim. Had to get the pink in there somewhere!

Here is where I got a little crazy. The 30$ Camelback is one thing, but the Garmin Forerunner 405 is in a league of purchases all its own. After my drama with my Nike+ yesterday, I have lost pretty much all faith in all accelerometers, since they don’t know your stride and are not consistent. So that pretty much left me with only one option:

I got such a good deal. If you are on the fence about getting one of these, go to REI right now. It is originally $300 (+?), but its on sale for $259 with a $50 rebate. So you walk away with this puppy for a little over $200. Such a good deal. The 305 model is $250 so you get the newer model for cheaper. It doesn’t take much for me to talk myself into deals like this.

Ok, for real this bad girl is HUGE. MASSIVE might be a better word, but it feels comfortable on my wrist. I am not sure this was made for women, but THIS woman is going to make it work! I know so many of my readers have a forerunner. I can’t wait to try it out. I remember when I first found out about these forerunner things. I was like “who would spend that kind of money on something like that?!” haha. the answer my friends is yours truly! And I am VERY excited about it!

Hello love! So PRETTY! I will do a review on this when I run later in the week. More running questions: I have a half marathon in less than 4 weeks. What is my rest/recovery time from this 10 miler? I heard that you are supposed to rest one day for each mile you ran, but that would totally set me back for my Zooma training? Maybe just take it easy this week and go from there? Thoughts?
Check out myBroad Street 10-miler Run race recap here
Don’t forget to enter my Glee Gum giveaway here
Have a super-fantastic Monday evening ladies and gentleman!

Broad Street Run Recap

Yesterday morning was the big race day. It was awesome waking up to pouring down rain! NOT. They said it would rain all weekend and then when it held off on Saturday for the Phillies game, I was hoping the rain would pass us by alltogether, but ofcourse it didn’t. Luckily it was still 60 degrees, and honestly, I would rather it be raining a little when I am running than scourching hot. The rain was refreshing and cooling. Here I am posing for boyf before we are getting ready to leave. 

I am rocking my Atalanta Athleticwear running skirt. I LOOOOVED IT. I am seriously in love with it. It was so confortable. I loved the two pockets in the back, it held my ipod in one pocket and my energy chews in the other. I am going to buy another one (maybe two) for sure. Best.Skirt.Ever. Remember, if you are interested in trying out a running skirt, Skirt Goddess is giving a 30% off discount to Jackson’s World readers. Check it out here.

I also purchased the Zensah arm warmers from The Chic Runner’s suggestion and review. So worth it. Besides the fact that I loved the rockin’ pink color, and it was easy for boyf to spot me in the crowd, they were super comfortable and kept me warm. I love them. I got them 50% off at a local running store. It was their last pair. Totally meant to be. I love them!

Here is a beautiful picture of me rocking a trash bag when heading out the door. I knew I didn’t want to wear a jacket while running because I would get too hot, so I threw on the trash bag to keep me somewhat dry until the race started. Definitely a fashion statement!

Here is my fuel for the morning. I got the Hammer Heed drink for my fuel during the race, along with the shot blocks and luna moons. The Hammer Heed was another suggestion from Bobbi. Thanks girl! The Recoverite was for post race.

This is my old roommate J.P. and I before the race. I was so happy when I found out she was running Broad Street too. We met before the race and warmed up together. We both got there 45 minutes before the race started and we spent 45 minutes waiting in line to use the bathroom. There were port-o-potties everywhere and with the 26,000+ people running, everything was madness. We barely made it in time to start with our corral, but it was awesome hanging out and starting the race with J.P.!

Almost start time! Waiting in the corral for the buzzer.
Yes I brought my camera with me in the rain, and yes I was taking pictures while running. It entertained me, and when I saw City Hall, which was my halfway point, I was feeling good. It was definitely picture-worthy!
There were so many people in the race, but it was a great energy. I loved running past all the people, everyone on the sides was cheering, I was high-fiving little kids as I ran past. There were bands and DJs and people with funny signs, it was just a lot of fun that so many people came out to support the runners in the rain.

Boyf was at the finish line snapping shots of everyone finishing the race.
Here is me about to cross the finish line. It was awesome knowing boyf was there waiting for me. It kept me motivated for sure. Thanks for standing in the rain for me all morning boyf! Heart you!

PS- Don’t judge me by my running form in this picture. My hand is mid-wave, which is why it looks kinda funny. I was waving hello to boyf! I definately don’t run with my arms flailing like that!

As soon as I crossed the finish line it started POURING. I got my medal and boyf and I peaced out of there. I was so excited to get a medal! I feel so hardcore. I was really happy with the outcome of the race. Here are my ‘official’ results:
Race: 10 Miles
Chip Time: 1:26:14
Overall: 6,588 ( out of 23,093 finishers)
Sex Place: 1,876
Div. Place: 302
Pretty good if you ask me for my first 10 mile race. 

I really wanted to be under an hour and a half, which I was so I was pumped. I really had a great time. I am even more excited for the Half Marathon at the end of the month now. I felt great crossing the finish line. I wasn’t winded, or out of breath. The only thing is that my legs are tired. I am in shape conditioning wise, but maybe I need more strength training to keep my legs strong. Anyone else have that problem?

One thing that sucked was my ipod during the race. I set the nike+ to run 10 miles, and it tells me in my ear how far I have gone and how far left, and it was very off. I am not sure what the problem was, but at the end it said I ran almost 12 miles! Ummm..wrong, obviously. So when it was telling me my pace, it was all off, which kinda sucks. Must be on the fritz! Other than that, it was a great race day, I had so much fun! Yay for running races!

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