Amphipod Knows Hydration Vests

"Disclaimer: I received a PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest by Amphipod 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!"

 Photo by Aravaipa Running

Photo by Aravaipa Running

It’s crazy that a hydration pack actually makes me feel safer on the run. I’m like a pack-rat runner, I like to carry everything with me and find stuff while I’m out. There was a joke amongst my girl-run-squad that my running spirit animal is a hamster because I ran all night once. This is why I pounced on the opportunity to test out the PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest by Amphipod. I had a 13k trail run coming up with Aravaipa Running and I knew this vest would be perfect for the race and for upcoming training. Also, ever since my ultra, I’ve just come to love to run with a hydration vest. My last vest was a no-name knock-off and I can tell you that I feel like a big girl now with my Amphipod.

Carrying It All

I love to take it all with me when I run: whistles, pepper spray, my phone, a knife, fuel, my iPod (yep, it’s 13 years-old!), water, mini-tripod (for action photos), sunblock and my keys. I get that running with all that stuff can slow you down, especially on interval speed days. But the PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest never let dragged down. I can carry it all without discomfort, the vest is light as can be. When empty the PureRun weighs 7.7oz. 

 Photo by Andrea Heser

Photo by Andrea Heser

My heart did a happy dance when I saw all the storage pockets and space and then it did a flip when I realized the chest stash pockets expand! There is room for everything on this vest, you could even store a 2L hydration bladder in the back. The PureRun comes standard with two 12oz. bottles for hydration. Those are great, although I prefer drinking water from a hydration bladder. I did pack in a bladder from a previous purchase and it works great. Amphipod doesn’t tell bladders (yet), so I recommend finding one on eBay or Amazon.

 Photo by Andrea Heser

Photo by Andrea Heser

Custom, For Me?

So, could a vest really be custom for everyone? PureRun most definitely is. The 360º CinchFit Stability straps helped me cinch the vest tightly around my waist to ensure no bouncing while I was running the 13k race at the Dam Good Run. The 3-Lateral Stabilization System straps are great but the 3rd strap was a bit awkward around my chest (lady-runner problems.) Thankfully the PureRun is so customizable that I was able to slip off the strap and run comfortably with only two. The vest comes in two sizes: Size 1 for a 24”-40” torso and Size 2 for a 36”-50” torso. I am a size 10-12 in women’s clothing with a 36 D bra size and I chose size 2 because of my bust. 

 Photo by Andrea Heser

Photo by Andrea Heser

All Gains, No Pains

Extra gear on your body means extra sore spots and chaffing, right? Nope. Not with the PureRun. The vest is LIGHT. My 13k trail run took me a little over 2 hours to complete. That’s 2 hours in the full desert sun and the temps were approaching 90 degrees at the finish line. I was covered in salt at the end. But the minimalist design, custom fit for no bounce and free-flow Air Mesh cooling construction of the PureRun left me chafe-free! I didn’t sunburn either. I was able to pack a full-size of sunblock in the front storage pocket and I applied it 4x during the race! 

 Photo by Aravaipa Running

Photo by Aravaipa Running

Conclusion 

Watch-out vest competitors, Amphipod did a terrific job with their PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest and people are going to turn to them now for their vest needs. Amphipod is a leader when it comes to waist hydration-belts and visibility (I’ve owned and run with the Xinglet Pocket in Hi-Viz for over 4 years) so it’s a no-brainer that they would lead with a hydration vest. If you would like to learn more about the PureRun and purchase one yourself ($100), please check out the Amphipod website — http://www.amphipod.com/products/hydration/purerun-vests/purerun-minimalist-24.

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 Photo by Andrea Heser

Photo by Andrea Heser

Reflections from Godspeed: The Race Across America

"Disclaimer: I received access to a special viewing of "Godspeed: The Race Across America" 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!"

 Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper. Photo by RAAM

Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper. Photo by RAAM

What does a documentary about two cyclists, trekking across the US in a 3000+ mile race say to non-cyclists? Lots. Godspeed: The Race Across America spoke volumes to me and I don't own a bike. The movie taught me how important camaraderie, teamwork and family are when it comes to competing. 

What exactly is The Race Across America? The Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the longest-running ultra-endurance events in the world and is celebrating its 36th year. It starts in California and finishes in Maryland. That’s over 3000 feet of crossing 12 states. The elevation gain is brutal with travels over America’s three major mountain ranges (Appalachian, Rock and Sierra.) This might be one of the most challenging cycling races in the world but it doesn’t happen to no avail. Racers raise on average over $2 million per year for charities of their choice. Racers can complete solo or in teams and have to finish the race in a set number of days. Learn more about the race and its history: http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/about.html

As a BibRave Pro, I was able to view an early release of the Godspeed. The most important takeaway from watching the documentary is racing really isn't all about the competitor. This is what the movie taught me:

 Brad and Jerry.  Photo by Ryan Schemmel

Brad and Jerry.  Photo by Ryan Schemmel

Camaraderie 

When signing up for RAAM, you could choose to run alone, in a pair, team of 4 or team of 8. Godspeed followed the journey of sportscaster/ultra-cyclist Jerry Schemmel and IronMan/CEO Brad Cooper in their 2-person team. It was incredible to watch the trust these men had for each other. Just weeks before the race, Brad was injured in a terrible bicycle crash. Jerry was concerned but still had hope for his partner. There were times where weather went from extreme heat to pouring rain and a detour that took them in the wrong direction. Still, these men were there for each other. At night they alternated four-hour shifts so the other could try to sleep. They not only had a common goal of winning the race but also to raise money to build an orphanage in Haiti through their team, Team Enduring Hope. You’ll have to watch to movie to see what they placed in the race. They did end up raising $50k for their charity. 

 The Crew. Photo by Ryan Schemmel

The Crew. Photo by Ryan Schemmel

Teamwork

When I race I usually race alone and don’t rely on aid stations, I prefer to carry all of my fuel and water. Would I perform better with a team? Heck yes, I would. I was blown away by the support staff Jerry and Brad had along their entire race. There is so much that goes behind the scenes to keep Jerry and Brad on the road. They had an up to 20-person support crew that included a crew chief, safety experts, doctors, navigators, drivers, bike mechanics and nutritionists. During one white-knuckle scene, a back wheel needed to be replaced on a cycle. But where was it? This is where their team was needed to backtrack and find that wheel somewhere on the side of the road with hopes it wasn’t damaged. The team was there for every moment. There was one moment where they delivered fuel during a quick pass from the side of the road. The bike never stopped! 

 Jerry's wife & son. Photo by Ryan Schemmel

Jerry's wife & son. Photo by Ryan Schemmel

 Brad's children.  Photo by Ryan Schemmel

Brad's children.  Photo by Ryan Schemmel

Family

I teared up quite a few times during the documentary. Each time was during the scenes where Jerry and Brad’s family came into the picture. Both of these men had major support from their wives and children. Brad’s three children and Jerry’s daughter were with them at the starting point of the race, riding in the support vehicles. There was an emotional moment where Jerry’s wife Diane and son Ryan were waiting for him with a sign. The tremendous support from both their families made me realize not to take for granted the support my husband and son give to me during my running journey. 

Go see the film!

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if you want to watch a motivating and inspirational movie about two men working together with the help from their families and crew to ride the race of their dreams, then please watch Godspeed: The Race Across America on May 22 in theaters nationwide. Tickets are available at Fathom Events

Put Some KT Tape On It.

 Photo by Andrea Heser

Photo by Andrea Heser

Disclaimer: I received KT TAPE 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.

Staying injury-free is important to me. Another way to put it is preventative maintenance! Running is repetitive and over the course of 4 years of running, my left knee has been feeling, well, kind of floaty.  It doesn't hurt but doesn't feel super either. 

I was thrilled when I found I was chosen to test and review KT Tape. I have already been a user for 3 years. My husband surprised me with the tape a few Christmases ago. Now I was able to try most of their popular lines:  PRO, Wide, Extreme, Gentle and Cotton.

Technical info

Here are technical and important info on the five products I tested in easy to understand chart format:

 Chart design by Andrea Heser

Chart design by Andrea Heser

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Getting old or...

I am not accepting the fact I'm getting older. LOL. My left knee doesn't hurt but feels floaty. All strengths of KT Tape has helped me by supporting my knee during running and other daily activity, but my favorite to wear is the PRO because of the adhesion strength. I recommend starting with clean skin and hands. Even using hand sanitizer on the skin after washing helped me get the best adhesion and remove excess oils on your fingers if you accidentally touched the adhesive. The paper work instructions in the box were helpful, but I recommend going to their website and watching their how-videos. That helped me the most. 

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Helping me on the run

The first time I used KT Tape during a race was September 9,  2017. It was 1:30 am and time to check into Jangover Jeadquarters. We were done with the first loop and had 15 miles left to go. I was nervous as heck to take off my Brooks Cascadia to check my feet. Were they going to be totally battered and blistered from 5 hours of running and hiking over 700 feet of desert elevation? Nope. Not a single blister. Before I laced up at the start line, I taped up my feet with small cut strips of KT Tape Pro. I wasn't aware of other blister prevention products or aware that KT Tape sells blister prevention strips, so this would have to do. And it worked. I give a big thank you to KT Tape for saving my feet during my first ultra marathon. Also, that night I taped my right foot using the Ankle Stability wrap. For some reason my right ankle felt shaky for months. I must have injured it. KT Tape helped me feel confident to handle the 1,500 feet of elevation gain and decent without fear. 

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Light as air

One of the things I love most about KT Tape is that I don't notice it's there. The fabric is breathable and stretchy but supportive as heck! Racing is hard enough as it is and having to fight a product while trying to PR isn't efficient. I love how KT Tape helped support my left knee during my most recent half marathon race where I PR'ed at! 

all in the family

My family was curious about my KT Tape. Even though my husband bought me my first roll in 2014, he never tried it. A month ago he tripped and fell on his right elbow. I nudged him and offered to tape him up. I used the General Elbow method and he kept on his tape for 3 days and that helped his healing process. 

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Just last week my son complained about achilles pain. I quickly went to the website and applied the Achilles Tendonitis wrap. He wore his for 3 days and told me the pain was gone.  The cute thing is, he told me he felt like a robot! The KT Tape website didn't say their tape wasn't for children. I would use your own discretion and monitor your child closely if you apply tape on them. Also consider that tape is made for adult sized limbs, so the tape on my son was a little long. Still, this worked great for him in relieving his achilles pain.

My Aching Back

A few weeks ago I went on a turnaround work trip. It was brutal. Hours and hours of either sitting in my car, an uber or a plane. Then 3 solid hours of standing during the photoshoot. My lower back ached when I got home. Thankfully I had KT Tape Pro Wide in my arsenal. My husband helped me apply it after reading the paper instructions and my aches went away. I kept the strip on for 3 days. It held up during my usual runs and showers and I hardly noticed it was there. 

Part of my running regimen

I'm pleased with KT Tape and now I consider it a permanent part of my running regimen. It's great that I can relieve pain and support my running muscles without taking medication. That means a lot to me. 

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If you are interested in trying KT Tape, visit them online at www.kttape.com and use the promo code BIBRAVE30 for a 30% discount.

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Different points of view

The BibRave Community is fierce! If you're curious about reading what other BibRave Pro's have to say about KT Tape, please look here: 
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Rock 'n' Roll AZ, I'm coming for you!

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With less than two weeks out till my next half marathon, to say I'm pumped is an understatement. Here are my top 3 reasons why I can't wait to toe the startline at the Phoenix Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon:

Running with my Bestie: I'm running this race again with my bestie Katey. We ran it last year, the first time for us both. I paced her last year and I helped her reach her goal of her fasted half marathon to that date. I was proud of her and proud of myself for helping someone on the race course. It was that moment that I realized I wanted to be a pacer for races.

Running with BibRave: Can I still say that I'm in shock that I was chosen as a BibRave ambassador? Welp, I am. I looked to BibRave for race reviews and trusted them for honest reviews. Not in a million years I would have believed it if you told me I'd be a BibRave Pro in 2018. I'm proud to represent team orange on the race course come January 14th!

Grasping a PR: The secret is out. Katey and I are going to push for a PR of 2:18. The fastest I ran a half was last year in February with a time of 2:22. We've both been training hard (proof) and I feel it in my heart that we can reach this goal. 

Are you running with me? What is your time goal?

Race Discounts on Your Favorite National Races

Running races is fun and more fun when you can save money. Below is a list of a plethora of race discounts BibRave is offering on Races from California to NYC and everything inbetween:

2018

January

1/20/2018: F^3 Lake Half Marathon - Chicago, IL

http://www.f3running.com/
Use code “bibrave13” to save $6 off the half and “bibrave5” to save $5 off 5K!

 

1/21/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta - Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

1/28/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Houston - Houston, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/houston
Use code “BibRaveHCHouston18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

1/28/2018: Miami Marathon - Miami Beach, FL

http://www.themiamimarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVEMM18” to save $5 on race entry!

February

2/3/2018: Sedona Marathon - Sedona, AZ

http://www.sedonamarathon.com/

Use code “18BibRave" saves 20% on race entry!

 

2/3/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Dallas - Dallas, TX

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas
Use code “BRHCDAL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

2/4/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Atlanta - Atlanta, GA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta
Use code “BRHCATL18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

2/10/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Charlotte - Charlotte, NC

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/charlotte
Use code “BibRaveHCChar18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

2/11/2018: Palm Desert Half Marathon - Palm Desert, CA

http://www.palmdeserthalfmarathon.com/
Use code “BRPD18” to save 10% on race entry!

 

2/17/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Nashville - Nashville, TN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/nashville
Use code “BRHCNASH18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

2/18/2018: A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon and Half Marathon - Fort Lauderdale, FL

http://a1amarathon.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE” to save 15% on the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.  

 

March

3/4/2018: 13.1 Miami Beach - Miami Beach, FL

http://www.run131series.com/miamibeach/
Use code “BIBRAVEMB18” to save $5 on the half marathon!

 

3/4/2018: Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans - New Orleans, LA

http://www.runrocknroll.com/new-orleans

Use code “BIBRAVE15” to save $15 off Half and Full, valid until 1/29.

 

3/4/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Seattle - Seattle, WA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/seattle
Use code “BRHCSEA18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

3/4/2018: The Alamo 13.1 & Alamo 26.2 Marathon - San Antonio, TX

http://alamo131.com/
Use code “BIBRAVE18” to save 18% on your race entry!

 

3/18/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K San Diego - San Diego, CA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego
Use code “BRHCSD18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

3/18/2018: Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon - Cary, NC

http://www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com
Use code “bibrave1” to save $20 on race registration!

 

3/24/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/indianapolis
Use code “BibRaveHCIndy18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

April

4/7/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/philadelphia
Use code “BRHCPHILLY18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

4/8/2018: Hapalua - Hawaii’s Half Marathon - Waikiki Beach, HI

http://thehapalua.com/
Use code “BIBRAVEHAPALUA” to save 10% on race entry.

 

4/8/2018: Statesman Cap10K - Austin, TX

http://www.cap10k.com/
Use code “BibRaveRunsCap10K” to save $5 on race entry.

 

4/14/2018: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN

https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/minneapolis
Use code “BRHCMINN18” to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap!

 

4/26-28/2018: Illinois Marathon - Champaign-Urbana, IL

http://illinoismarathon.com/
Use code “2018bibravebonus” to save $5 on race entry!

 

4/28-29/2018: New Jersey Marathon - Oceanport, NJ

https://www.thenewjerseymarathon.com/
Use code “NJMBibrave18” to save $5 on all race distances!

 

4/29/2018: RUN CRANDIC - Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA

http://runcrandic.com/
Use code “BibRave18” to save 10% on race entry!

 

May

5/5/2018: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon - Indianapolis, IN

https://www.500festival.com/running/mini-marathon/
Use code “BRP2018” to save $5 on race entry!
 

5/19/2018: Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon - Harper’s Ferry, WV

http://www.harpersferryhalf.org/
Use code “BIBRAVE5” to save $5 on race entry!

 

5/27/2018: Vermont City Marathon - Burlington, VT

https://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/
Use code “BibRave10” to save $10 on race entry!

 

June

6/1-3/2018: Hospital Hill Run - Kansas City, MO

http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/
Use code “BIBHHR18” to save 15% 15% on any event distance!

 

6/3/2018: North Olympic Discovery Marathon - Port Angeles, WA

http://nodm.com/
Use code “BibRave527” to save 5% on race entry!

BibRave also offers sweet discounts on gear. If you are in the market for AfterShokz, Knuckle Lights or protein power from Luvo, then here are your money savers: BibRave Gear Discounts

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Santa came early this year!

I’m proud to announce that I was chosen to be a 2018 BibRave Pro. This group is something I’ve wanted to be a part of for the past few years and I’m in disbelief that they chose me.

You’re probably wondering what is BibRave and what exactly does a BibRave Pro do? Here’s the rundown:

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BibRave is a running community that connects runners with the best races. It’s a place to research races you are considering signing up for and to leave feedback for races you participated in. They are also a place to connect with other runners and with their group of ambassadors – the BibRave Pros (which I’m now a part of!)

Their pros not only review races and share discount codes but also they review running products — from tech to food — and give honest feedback. See some of my race reviews here: https://www.bibrave.com/users/126267

BibRave also puts out a yearly list of the 100 best races in America with categories like top marathons, halfs, 10ks, 5ks, medals and bling, race management and even course scenery. 

I’m excited for running in the New Year!

My Two Tried-and-True Training Plans

There is no way I would be where I am as a runner if I didn’t follow a training plan. And I honestly I use the term runner lightly. I’m not being hard on myself, I just know I’m slow, clumsy and totally an amateur even though I’ve been consistently running since the beginning of 2014. But it’s the training plans that keep me motivated and keep me reaching my running goals about 95% of the time. That 5% is me trying to sub-30 at the 5k distance for a second time and that is a tough one for me to beat! The two training plans I follow that worked the best for me are by MyAsics.com and Runner’s World.

MyAsics.com

MyAsics.com is my go-to place for running training plans.

If you want a simple, automated and a structured plan then turn to MyAsics. It doesn’t matter if you want to run a 5k or full marathon, MyAsics will help develop a plan custom for you and all you do is plug in some info: age, gender, last race speed, etc. And you can sync it to your calendar! The automatic syncing is what sold it for me because it’s motivating to see my runs scheduled in my Google calendar. They have a strong methodology behind their plans. The most important for me is they help me set measurable goals and track my progress and save my history to help me plan for my next training plan. Sometimes I’ll get an email either telling me to adjust my plan if I’m running too fast (Yay!) or running too slow (ouch.) So far I’ve reached two half marathon PR’s and one 5k PR through MyAsics.

 

Runner’s World Conquer a Hilly Half

Do you have a hilly half to conquer? Follow this plan.

I’m so in love with MyAsics plans that I was hesitant to branch out to other plans. This past October I had a hilly half marathon coming up that I was pacing and I knew I needed to find a good hill training plan or I would be toast on the course. I’m thankful that at the right moment, Runner’s World magazine published a hilly half training plan in their August issue and I jumped on it. It was a tough plan and I followed it about 85% because it kicked my butt. But, it worked. I had zero issues running up the hills and pacing my 2:45 group, I even chatted with fellow runners, motivating them up, while pushing myself up those hellish hills of Fountain Hills. I’m thinking of trying this plan again for regular half marathon training to build my speed. Since this plan was in print, I had to manually plug in the training days in my Google calendar.

 

Do you have any training plans that work well for you? Have you tried either the MyAsic.com or Runner’s World Hilly Half training plans? Please comment and tell me about your experiences.

3 Ways That Pacing a Half Marathon Relates to My Work-Life

Back in June I took on an unusual volunteering opportunity. I would be motivating runners as a pace runner during half marathons. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into because running a half marathon is hard work let alone being a cheerleader at the same time. 

This fall I paced two-13.1 milers and the experience has been incredible. I learned new things about myself and how this unique volunteering opportunity has helped me in my professional and personal life. Here are my main three takeaways.

 With Beast Pacing on October 15, 2017 at the Craft Classic Half Marathon in Fountain Hills, AZ

With Beast Pacing on October 15, 2017 at the Craft Classic Half Marathon in Fountain Hills, AZ

It’s not always all about you. 

When I first started running I used to think that running was solely a personal endeavor. I did not like to run in groups, I thought that running in groups wouldn’t help me and that it would actually hurt my performance. Boy, was I wrong. Just like a work-life, a running-life needs team-time. It’s that team support that helps you get through the tough times. Being a pace runner taught me that helping others achieve their goals is also helping me achieve mine. It has taught me to be a better observer, empathizer and decision maker. As I ran the Craft Classic 1/2 in October, one gal iI was pacing was nervous about the upcoming hill. I was nervous too but hearing her talk about it made me remember to talk to her about strategy. I told her to engage her glutes and stay focused. Next thing I know she zoomed ahead while thanking me. Just seeing her succeed this ‘bump-in-the-road’ helped me plow up that hill myself. It’s all about the team and this is 100% in a work environment. 

 With Runner's Den on November 5, 2017 at the Phoenix 3TV 10k and Half Marathon in Downtown Phoenix

With Runner's Den on November 5, 2017 at the Phoenix 3TV 10k and Half Marathon in Downtown Phoenix

Set a positive example.

Running is hard. Working is hard. We all know that and it is ok to talk about the negativity that comes with it. It’s also important to talk about the positives and do that more often. During pacing I have to make sure I am keeping my team on top of our time, where we stand, if we are ahead or if we are behind. While pacing the Phoenix 3TV 1/2 in November I noticed my group was behind about 40 seconds around the 6-mile mark. I was open and honest and let them know that we need to pick it up for us to finish at our goal time. I also reminded everyone how strong they are for being out here and how we are in this together and that we will get through it. Same with work, there are going to be down moments, but lets remind each other about the successes we just had. Remembering positive moments goes a long way. 

 Jumped from 3 hour pace group to 2:50 group and crossing the finish line.

Jumped from 3 hour pace group to 2:50 group and crossing the finish line.

Seek out those in need. 

I’ve paced three half marathons and two of them were officially through Beast Pacing and Runner’s Den (my first pacing gig was personally for a friend.) In all three pacing scenarios there were moments where I sought about those in need. Usually while I pace there is a group of people that follow me, we are a team. Sometimes though there are people not in my immediate team that have needs. During the Phoenix 3TV 1/2 I noticed the 2:50 pacer was struggling. I let the people in my 3-hour group know that I was going to speed up to check on him and told them all to keep the pace they were going to reach their goal. As I caught up with the 2:50 pacer I saw him taking breaks and hunching over. I was scared for him, but he insisted he was ok, but he told me he was about 7 minutes behind his pace time. So I took a huge risk and asked if he would switch times with me. He thanked me and we switched signs. This meant that at mile 9, I had to up my pace by 2 minutes a mile to catch up with the other 2:50s. For 3 miles. I had gas in the tank and started to push! Every person I passed I chatted with and explained my plan and told them they will see me when I slowed down. Each one asked me about the other pacer who hurting which reminded me about the kindness we all have for each other. I finally caught up in time and now I would be finishing at 2:50. This was the moment I started to seek out the runners in need. I spotted a gal who was straining. I joined her and told her our time and let her know how many miles we have left. We had .6 of a mile till the finish line. We both turned the corner and saw the chute, I told her she would easily finish sub-2:50 and I sent her on her way. Turned around and started looking for more orange bibs (the 1/2'ers) and found a guy who was on track. He mentioned his calf was hurting and I told him to focus on what felt good. I told him he was good to good to go and that I had to look for other 1/2’er and sent him on his way to the finish line. The 10k'ers were all running in at this point and I spotted one other 1/2'er, I screamed out "A 1/2 marathon runner is coming through and she's going to sub-2:50!" We both ran through the finish line together, she made her goal and we high-fived each other. This experience reminded me that it’s good to seek out those in need at the workplace. They might not be in your immediate team but it’s ok to offer them help.

I had no idea pacing runners would help me professionally. Excited for my next running opportunity and the new people I help along the way.