August 31, 2016
by hyedi
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BiPro Protein Water Launch VIP Event

I received free BiPro protein water and powder samples. All opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago, BiPro reached out about their new protein waters and I was able to check out their launch event last week at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. The building itself (to me), was kind of meh inside, but in the actual stadium, it’s gorgeous! ALL the natural light and the “newness” is pretty incredible.

The event was held in the Fire Club room, which had a nightclub-ish feel to it and the crowd was mostly fitness industry people.

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After I arrived, I was greeted by the BiPro communications folks and they brought me into the stadium and introduced me to pro runner Jordan Hasay and former pro Minnesota Viking Ben Leber!

I had mentioned in my back and forth with Erin that I was a fan of Jordan’s and she must have mentioned that to her, because Jordan asked if I was the “runner with the blog!” The three of us took a quick photo and talked about everything from recovery (both are fans of the Normatec system), to how much they sleep (Ben can’t function on less than seven hours and Jordan sleeps 10+ a night, plus a nap when she can!), making the NIKE Oregon Project newbies drink Gatorade protein drinks (which, I gathered, taste pretty terrible), cross training (Jordan can dead lift 2x her body weight. No lie. And Ben talked about football players getting more into yoga and pilates), and of course, how BiPro has played a big role in their nutrition and recovery.

It’s no secret that as part of the Nike Oregon Project under the coaching of Alberto Salazar, Jordan’s training is intense. She talked about how after turning pro, she was struggling with recovery after workouts and that she was initially very against the idea of taking a protein supplement of any kind. But after a lot of research and trial and error, she came across BiPro, and it’s made a significant impact on her ability to recover and nail her workouts. (Fun fact: Jordan eats somewhere in the ballpark of 5,000 calories each day and runs 10-12 miles in the morning and another 5-6 in the afternoon — amazing!) Ben also talked about trying numerous protein powders and shakes that were readily available when he was playing in the NFL, but all of them would upset his stomach. He finally found BiPro and started using it regularly after being impressed by its short ingredient list and the fact that it was easy on his stomach. He also talked about cooking with BiPro (pancakes are a favorite) and that his kids like it, too.

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Soon it was time for me to grab a seat and Ali Lucia from WCCO kicked off the panel discussion.

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While I listened to the panel, I sipped on some protein water mocktails that were being passed around (see below for some protein water recipes), and a lemon protein water.

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I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the waters! I like the peach flavor slightly more than the lemon and I love that one bottle has 20g of protein in it! The downside? They’re spendy. As part of the launch, I did notice that BiPro has introductory pricing and a free shipping/free cooler bag offer going on right now.

Quick notes about the other products I tried:

  • LOVE the strawberry protein powder and I don’t normally like strawberry-flavored stuff
  • Also love the chocolate. Because, well, chocolate.
  • Vanilla was my least favorite flavor — the stevia taste really came through.
  • I love that their protein has just a few ingredients and that it’s easy on my stomach
  • Like most protein powders, shakes taste better with almond milk than with water, IMO.

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Your turn to give it a try! Use my code BALANCEVIP for $10 off any order at BiPro!

ProTea = Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water, 1-2 tsp. instant tea, ice

Protein Refresher = Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water, sparkling water, ice

Berry Refresher = Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water, crushed or finely chopped berries, sparking water, ice

Protein Water Shaved Ice = Blend ice cubes made from Lemon Lift or Peach Power protein water

August 29, 2016
by hyedi
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Whistlestop Half Marathon Training: Less Than Seven Weeks to Go!

Monday: 20 minute swim + legs/glutes

A week out of the pool and the remnants of a cold made this a bit rough, but I still saw improvement in the time it took me to complete my time — I’m getting faster!

Tuesday: 3.52 miles (9:35 pace) + abs

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That afternoon, I headed the new and shiny U.S. Bank Stadium for a VIP BiPro Protein Water launch event. It was cool to see the new stadium and the BiPro folks even introduced me to pro runner Jordan Hasay and former pro (and Minnesota Vikings) NFL player Ben Leber! They were super nice and it was fun to chat running, nutrition and recovery. I’m hoping to have an event recap (with a sweet discount code!) up tomorrow.

Wednesday: Arms/back + Jasyoga

Thursday: 3.18 miles (9:35 pace) + abs

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Tired after abs

Friday: Total body strength training

Saturday: 1.62 mile walk + abs

Probably should’ve gotten my run in on Saturday, but my hip and knee were bothering me so I took an extra rest day. And I knew I was going to be at the State Fair walking around a lot, so I didn’t want to overdo it.

The Dixie Chicks were amazing. I’ve loved them for forever and had given up on my dream of seeing them live, so I was thrilled when they announced their world tour, with a stop in MN!

On top of everything, we had the BEST SEATS EVER!

Photo credit: @mlswenson

Photo credit: @mlswenson

Since I’ll be going back to the fair with the fam, I kept my eating relatively under control while I was there — a Pronto Pup, some wine and a beer, some Chicago Mix popcorn and a salmon and shrimp slider (DELICIOUS), and I called it good.

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Sunday: 4.18 miles (10 min pace)

Oh boy, this was rough. I already knew I wasn’t going to run as far as I should, seven weeks out from a half because my hip was bothering me, but once I got out there, it was hard to even make it four miles! It was hot (I didn’t get out until around 2) and I obviously didn’t have enough water for a warm day (and all of the adult beverages the night before). My first mile was around 10:40 — I wanted to go out easy, but I couldn’t have gone faster if I wanted to. I did pick up the pace a little and finished my last mile in 9:45.

This week is all about continuing my strength training and coming up with a plan with my PT to get me through the half.

Have you been to the/a State Fair this year? What’d you eat?

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I’m linking up today with Jess and Jess!

August 22, 2016
by hyedi
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My fall half marathon plans + Team MwM

I’ve already mentioned that I’m doing the Whistlestop Half Marathon in some social media posts and last week’s workout recap, but I still wanted to write a post about how I chose the race. I spent a good few days SUPER bummed about not getting into the TC 10 Mile and the quit feeling sorry for myself (because, really, there are much more important things to be upset about) and started looking into other fall races. Around the same time, I saw a video that Faith’s Lodge posted on Facebook about a non-profit organization, Miles with Maeve, that works with athletes to raise money to support families who’ve experienced infant or pregnancy loss. I reached out to the organization and Garrett (Maeve’s dad) got back to me right away with more information about them and how we could work together. Almost immediately I agreed to join the team and shortly after, decided on the Whistlestop Half Marathon in Ashland, WI. I set a fundraising goal of $1,000, with some of the funds going to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and some to Faith’s Lodge. Well, less than a week later, to my surprise, I surpassed my goal! That said, if you’d still like to donate, I’d be THRILLED to be able to donate even more to these amazing organizations.

Re:  The race — I was hoping to PR, but with my nagging hip issues, breaking two hours would be just fine and something I’d feel really good about. I just want to enjoy this race and am looking forward to a little getaway with Jesse!

After last weekend’s 5K, I came down with a wicked summer cold and it took all week to get over it. I didn’t run (or work out at all) until Saturday.In addition to running, I’m finally incorporating strength and stretching into my routine on a consistent basis. I’m still doing my Jasyoga every day and lifting and doing core work about 3x/week.

I was also sick on my birthday — BOO — but I still made the most of a nice date night with the husband:

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I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I had a bite (or two) of the birthday gelato they sent out — with a cute, handwritten card! Thanks, Italian Eatery!

Also, because I’m obsessed with how these turned out, here are a few shots from Calvin’s one-year photo shoot. Megan Grommes of Megan Crown Photography is incredible!

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August 16, 2016
by hyedi
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Whistlestop Half Marathon: Week ???? (oh, and it’s my birthday today!)

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I’m linking up today with Jess and Jess!

 

 

I’ve mentioned it on social media, but I’m officially registered for the Whistlestop Half Marathon in Ashland, WI on October 15. I had hoped to get into the TC 10 Mile, but no such luck. I’m finally getting excited about Whistlestop though, and even though I’m sure I’ll be a bit jealous come TCM weekend, I’m looking forward to being a super spectator!

I’ve been dealing with setback after setback since Garry Bjorklund. After my hip, it was my hamstring and most recently, a bad summer cold/sore throat. But I’m working with Coach to train conservatively, I’ve been upping my cross training (oh, how I’ve missed the pool) and sticking with PT. Here’s what last week’s training looked like:

Monday: 20 minutes in the pool
Swimming after not swimming for awhile is quite humbling. Woof.
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Tuesday: 20 minutes easy (9:53 pace). No pain, but felt off balance. Went to PT and got new exercises.
Wednesday: 30 minutes (9:41 pace) followed by 20 minutes in the pool. Similar to Tuesday — no pain, but felt off balance through my hips.
Took my run indoors today

Took my run indoors today

 
Thursday: 20 minutes in the pool
I definitely could feel it in my arms — I probably wasn’t ready to swim two days in a row.
 
Friday: 20 minutes, (10:21 pace)
I decided to do daycare drop with off with the stroller to ensure an easy pace and it worked!
Saw this baby bird on my run today. Yay #nature

Saw this baby bird on my run today. Yay #nature

Saturday: Gopher to Badger 5K – 26:28, 8th in AG
Started out at around a 9:20-9:30 pace and picked it up every half mile, down to around 7:55 at the end. I felt good! Left hamstring was a little twinge-y, but felt good afterwards. I had a sore throat starting and that bothered me more than anything. Andrea also had a great race!

Coffee + carbs, post race

Coffee + carbs, post race

Sunday: 7.5 miles on my bike and 1.72 mile walk
Since I sold my road bike last year, I dusted off the ol’ Huffy and biked to Lake Nokomis to cheer on some friends at the YWCA Women’s Tri. It was a gorgeous day for it and was fun to see all of the athletes. It ALMOST made me want to do another tri 😉 I made it home just in time to see the first women finish the marathon.
Later that day, I rounded up the baby and the pup for a walk to see if it’d help Little C’s bad mood. And, it did!

This week’s focus is increasing my mileage again (slightly) and more cross training. Hoping for less humidity!

July 12, 2016
by hyedi
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Update: Weekly Workouts

Besides the Red, White and Boom relay, I’ve been taking things verrrry easy, going to PT once a week and doing LOTS of yoga. I’ve been feeling good, so this is the first week Coach is having me do any kind of speedwork and I’m so excited! In the meantime, here’s what last week’s running, etc. looked like:

Monday: Red, White and Boom! Half Marathon Relay

Tuesday: 20 minute recovery run (actual run 19:38 – 2 miles, 9:49 pace) + yoga

The forecast was calling for rain in the next hours or so, so I grabbed the BOB and headed to daycare to get Calvin, but I failed in beating the storm (actually, Weather Underground failed). So halfway there, when it started pouring, I had to turn around and head back. I finished my 20 minutes, jumped in the car and picked up Calvin. The run felt pretty decent, even having raced the day before. I had gone to PT earlier in the day, so I was a bit sore from being worked on, but nothing too terrible.

Wednesday: Yoga! (and PT exercises)

Thanks to Jessie’s recommendation, a co-worker and I hit up the Galleria’s Root Down, Ramp Up yoga series. It was a HOT day, but yoga in the sunshine felt great.

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Thursday: Yoga + core work

We left the Cities for the cabin around 6:30 p.m. and after we FINALLY made it there (the POURING AND BLINDING rain slowed us down), we put Calvin to bed and I got in some hamstring yoga and core work before going to bed.

Friday: REST (PT exercises and a 5-minute Jasyoga reset)

It wasn’t the nicest day at the cabin, so we laid around for much of the day before heading to the Grand Rapids Legion (oh yeah) for Burger Night with J’s grandparents :)

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I won some steaks in the meat raffle. So yeah, worth it.

Saturday: 40 minute run (4.47 miles, 9:04 pace) + yoga (psoas and a Jasyoga hip sequence)

Jesse and I left the little guy with his grandparents and headed to the Prairie River Trail to get in some miles. It was only 68 degrees, but the sun was quite toasty. I’m SO thankful for my current favorite piece of running gear, my new Oiselle mesh cap!

This hat is magical

This hat is magical

It took a little while for me to warm up. My hip felt fine, but the area in my hamstring/top of the calf that bothered me during Monday’s race, was acting up. Eventually, I settled into a groove and felt otherwise good.

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The rest of the day was glorious. I did some yoga outside and we took Calvin on his first boat ride!

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Sunday: 30 minute run (3.38 miles, 9:05 pace) + core work (and PT exercises)

By the time I got out for this run, it was pretty humid and I was tired from a weekend of relaxing — or maybe it was the beer or lack of anything healthy in my diet. Either way, this run required a LOT of effort. I finished the day with some core work while watching some Olympic Trials track and field!

Who are your T&F favorites who are headed to Rio?

July 6, 2016
by hyedi
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Race Recap: Red, White and Boom! Half Marathon RELAY

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Race morning was early. Calvin woke up at 3 and finally went back down around 3:30. I tossed and turned until 4:30 when my alarm went off. I ate the breakfast cookie I made the night before and drank a cup of coffee and glass of water.

I wasn’t feeling my stride shorts for some reason, so I decided on trying out my new pair of holepunch distance shorts (even though you’re not supposed to do anything new on race day? What can I say, I was feeling daring!), along with my singlet, Title Nine bra and Injinji socks.

I was out the door by 5:30 and realized once I was already well on my way that I forgot the Picky Bar I was planning to eat since I was Runner 2 and wouldn’t start running for a couple of hours. I was hoping they’d have some food at the start line or something (they didn’t). I was surprised that all of the street parking was snatched up by the time I got to the St. Anthony Main area around 5:50 a.m.! I ended up parking in a lot and walked down to Father Hennepin Park to meet up with some of the Oiselle Volee team for a photo. Great to meet so many new birds!

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Suzy, Jessy and I (other Minnesota volee) got on a shuttle to take us to the half marathon halfway point to wait for Tracy, Jana and Beth. I chatted with a friendly runner (and GOTR coach!) on the way. Once we got there (uh, after a slight detour — I think the driver may have gotten lost?) we got in line for the porta potties and all of a sudden, the first runners were already coming through!

Since Tracy is speedy speedy, it wasn’t long before I saw her pop-colored shorts in the distance and I got ready to tag in. She slapped my hand and I was off!

It took awhile for me to feel comfortable because everyone around me was running somewhere around a 7:30-7:45 pace, so I was being passed left and right. My hip felt fine, but I was still trying to take it relatively easy, but getting passed by EVERYONE can be kind of discouraging, and I realized I was running 7:55 for longer than I would have liked. I put the brakes on and slowed myself wayyyyy down. Eventually, I settled into a groove and enjoyed running on this new route.

A slight twinge in my knee and hamstring was all that bothered me during this race. I felt hungry almost immediately and longed for the Picky Bar that was sitting on my kitchen counter. I felt plenty hydrated from the day before and took water at a couple of the stops (nice to see the MCR crew around mile 12)!

I miscalculated how much I had left in the tank and started picking up the pace slightly too early. I kind of ran out of gas before I even got to the Stone Arch Bridge, so was running on pure adrenaline from the crowd lining the bridge, but wasn’t able to kick it in at the end. I crossed the finish line feeling slightly nauseated, but still devoured a red, white and blue popsicle a volunteer handed me with no issues. (But the grilled hotdogs they were also handing out? I decided to pass on that one.)

We all gathered for another photo…

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Then we headed to Wilde Roast Cafe for coffee and brunch. I was on a tight time schedule, so I savored ordered an almond milk chai and chatted for as long as I could before having to head out.

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After I got home, I was thrilled to have a leftover spring roll and coconut macaroon from our trip to the Midtown Global Market waiting for me. Calvin was sleeping, so I got to take a shower AND blow dry my hair. Heaven. When he woke up, he wanted to play with my medal:
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We finished the day out by cooking out with friends and I enjoyed a beer (or two) in my new pint glass <3

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I was so happy that my hip held up and I felt mostly recovered from Grandma’s weekend. Oh, and I LOVE my holepunch distance shorts — SO lightweight and breathable! I hit up PT yesterday and I’m close to being discharged! He did more Graston work on my IT band and hamstring and I’ll do another week of exercises and fairly easy running and then hopefully I can dive into my next training cycle!

Have you ever done a relay? 

What’d you do to celebrate the Fourth?

June 28, 2016
by hyedi
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First run post-half + Title Nine bra review

Disclosure: I received one free sports bra — all opinions are my own.

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Sure, I only went two miles, but I stand by what I said earlier about this bra being life changing! It was comfortable and with the right amount of compression. And the best part? I only had to wear one bra!

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Unfortunately, while the bra was awesome, the run didn’t go the greatest. The pain in my hip that showed up during the half was still there, even after taking a week off from running. After discussing with Coach, we decided to proceed with caution and I made an emergency PT appointment as well. This week, I’ll be focusing on slow and short easy runs and lots of yoga and I’ll be paying close attention to how my hip is feeling. Hopefully I’ll be able to ease into “real” workouts next week.

Don’t forget to RSVP at 612.238.9992 or through Facebook for Title Nine Edina’s Fit Fest taking place this Wednesday and Thursday! (You could probably talk me into going with you because I want to pick up a couple back up bras now that I know how much I love this one.)

Also, there’s still time to enter my Title Nine bra giveaway! I was sick all day yesterday so I’m extending the giveaway by one more day. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning. Oh! And you don’t need to be local to enter. And if you’re not near a store, you can use the online bra genie or call 800.342.4448 to chat with a bravangelist. Good luck!

June 24, 2016
by hyedi
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Title Nine Bravangelists to the rescue + a giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a free bra — all opinions are my own.

It probably goes without saying that a post about sports bras might venture into TMI territory. But I’ll say it anyways: This might venture into TMI territory.

I’ve always felt very lucky that I’ve never had to worry about having a large chest that got in the way of running, playing sports, etc. I’m sure I’ve also taken it for granted at times, but I recently found myself in a new situation: I love my Oiselle bras (they’re comfortable and cute), but now I need to wear two of them when running or a weird combination of one sports bra + a tank with a built in shelf bra. I guess having two back-to-back pregnancies and then nursing Calvin for 10+ months did a number on me.

So when I had the opportunity to attend the Title Nine Fit Fest Media Night to have an expert ‘Bravangelist‘ fit me for a sports bra, I couldn’t wait.

Ahead of the event, our Title Nine contact, Jessica, emailed and asked that we provide our current bra size and I was like “Uhhhh.” To be completely honest, I’m still wearing nursing bras and tanks because all of my old bras fit weird. Jessica assured me that it wasn’t a problem and they’d be able to find me the perfect bra.

After hitting up Tilia for a quick dinner (um, of fries and a lobster roll — the ideal meal before trying on bras in front of other people) courtesy of my bro (it’s fun to sit and harass the chef), I arrived to Title Nine Edina at 50th and France. Julia, the store manager, greeted me by name! Shortly after, Erin, Jessie, Bert, Samara and Anna arrived. So great to meet some of the other bloggers I follow, in person!

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We met Molly, Title Nine’s head Bravangelist (and bra buyer) who fit us each individually. She took a few really quick measurements (and if it matters to you — you can even keep your top on) and brought me a few different options to try on. Easy peasy!

Bloggers + Molly!

Bloggers + Molly!

She told me I was a 32C and in some of the bras that run small, a 32D, so it’s pretty obvious that I’ve likely been wearing the incorrect size for many years. In fact, while the majority of American women wear a 36C bra, most sports bras are made for A or B-cup women.

I tried on the 3-reasons Brooks/Moving Comfort bra (similar to the Moving Comfort best-selling Fiona bra) and the Tech Athena. Both felt very supportive and comfortable, but not quite right.

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

The third bra I tried was the one I ended up deciding on — the Fits-to-a-T sports bra, made by Brooks/Moving Comfort. I love everything about this bra — it’s comfortable and extremely supportive and the racerback cut shouldn’t lead to any chafing or rubbing on long runs. OH and the straps are adjustable for just the right fit (with velcro — perfect for a nursing mom).

The winner!

The winner!

What I loved about all of the options I tried was that they were “band and cup”-style, which I’ve never worn before. They felt much more supportive than the typical S, M, L-type bras I’ve always worn in the past. This got me thinking that I don’t think I’ve ever worn the proper sports bra. Ever. In my life.

We also participated in a “bounceathon” in our bras where we tested out how the bras handled jumping rope, bouncing on a ball or hoola hooping. It felt a little awkward, but it was a good way to really put them to the test!

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The best part of all of this? There’s a public Title Nine Fit Fest on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 at Title Nine in Edina! RSVP here to sign up for your personalized bra fit with a Title Nine Bravangelist expert. It’s a super quick process, but seriously life changing. And the staff at the Edina location is super friendly and knowledgeable (btw, good luck with your half marathon, Angela!) and they’ve got a carefully curated selection of awesome clothing and gear in addition to sports bras (for example: they carry Oiselle items, some designed specifically for T9)!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win a Title Nine bra of your choice! The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. Along with the bra, you’ll get a personalized fitting, either in-store or by-phone, depending on your location.

(Note that if you’re a winner that’s located within driving distance of a Title Nine store you’ll be asked to redeem your prize at the closest/preferred retail location.)

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below about ANYTHING to do with sports bras! For an additional entry, tweet about the Title Nine Fit Fest using the @TitleNine handle and#T9FitFest hashtag. Then let me know you tweeted, with a separate comment and link to the tweet. Good luck! Enter by the end of the day on Monday and I’ll pick a winner Tuesday morning.

Stay tuned for my full bra review (once I start running again!)

June 22, 2016
by hyedi
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Race Recap: 2016 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

On Friday we left the Cities around noon and took a small detour to avoid some slow downs on I-35. We got to my sister-in-law’s around 3:15 (after a stop at the grocery and liquor store). Since my brother-in-law was running his 16th!!!!! Grandma’s Marathon and had to go pick up his race packet, they picked up mine as well. It was nice not having to deal with the expo once we got into town.

Andrea and I stopped by the Oiselle meet up that was hosted at Tammy’s gorgeous house off of London Road! It was great to chat with some other birds and put names to faces, finally :)

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After the meet up, we had our traditional pre-race meal of spaghetti and garlic toast. (And Andrea’s famous s’more bars.)

I decided to sleep on the couch since I still wake up if Calvin makes even the slightest noise. Even though I slept pretty restlessly, when the alarm went off at 3 a.m. I got up without hitting snooze. I ate my breakfast cookie and drank a half a cup of coffee, along with about 16 oz. of water. After throwing a few “in case of emergency”-type supplies in my gear bag (poncho, sunglasses vaseline, etc.), John, Andrea and I were out the door at 4 a.m. sharp and en route to Duluth.

We arrived and parked at the Edgewater Hotel around 4:30 and were able to get on the second shuttle. Once we arrived to the start, we sat alongside the road with a stunning view of Lake Superior. While sitting there, I ate a half a banana and my Gen UCAN snack bar.

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We got in line for a final porta potty stop and were headed to the start corral shortly after 6 a.m. The corral was crowded and as I worked my way towards the 2:00 area, the gun went off and we were on our way!

Miles 1-6 – 8:59, 8:49, 8:48, 8:45, 8:46, 8:49

The first mile went by quickly and was pretty uneventful. The weather felt nice and cool still and my legs felt pretty fresh — I didn’t notice any of the fatigue I was feeling over the past week.

I had to do a fair share of weaving at the beginning, but the nice, wide roads made it a lot less frustrating than in other races in the Cities. Around mile two or three, all of a sudden I noticed that it felt significantly warmer than it did at the start. The first few miles ticked by and I tried to enjoy them by taking in the scenery.

Right around mile five, I noticed a little twinge in my left hip. I didn’t think too much of it, but by the time I was approaching the seven mile marker, it had gone from a ‘twinge’ to dull pain. My left foot was also starting to bother me and I felt the heat getting to me — I started to feel my pace slipping a bit.

Miles 7-13.1 -8:53, 9:06, 8:51, 8:40, 8:45, 8:43, 8:24

The next couple of miles were my slowest. I walked through the water stops and it took a lot of effort to pick the pace back up after walking. I tried to focus on my form and to do my best to keep a sub-9:00 pace. Lemon Drop hill came and went and like the last time I ran it, I used it as motivation that I only had 1/4 of the race ahead of me.

Right around mile 10, my friends Kate and Brian appeared and it helped me pick my pace back up! The crowds started to thicken as we made our way down Superior Street.

Between miles 11 and 12, I saw Jesse, Sara (my SIL) and Calvin! I was feeling awful by then, but I plastered a smile on my face and focused on getting the race over with.

Trying to harness my fast-finish training runs, I gave the last mile all I had left (which wasn’t much) and crossed the finish line not able to push any harder.

Official finish time: 1:55:46

Poll: Worth buying this?

Poll: Worth buying this? (let’s just ignore the poor form, mmkay?)

I collected my medal and shirt (not a fan) and beelined to the gear bag area. There was only one person in front of me! I promptly took off my shoes and slipped on my birkies. Ahhh, relief.

I was feeling a little woozy, so I sat down in the finishers area for a little while before heading over to the family meeting area. I got a text from Andrea that she had finished already — MAJOR PR for that girl!

Shortly after I got to the finishers area, Andrea and John and Sara, Jesse and Calvin arrived. The moment I squeezed my little guy was one I’ll never forget!! <3 <3 <3

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Since we found out our car was basically being held hostage at Edgewater until the marathon was over the roads reopened, we took the shuttle to Proctor where Jesse picked us up. After a short nap, some lunch and an amazing shower, we drove back to Duluth later in the day to pick up the car. Once we arrived back to my sister-in-law’s, we celebrated with some champagne, a beer or two and juicy lucys!

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Grill master

Final thoughts

I went into this race hoping to break two hours. My 10 mile race a few weeks back gave me the confidence that I should be able to do that relatively easily, but given my low weekly mileage totals and the crappy runs I’d had recently, there was not one part of me that thought a PR was a possibility. This was a wake up call that I’m probably not training at the proper paces and was further validation that working with a coach is the right call for me. (I’ve already started working with my new coach and I’m SO EXCITED!)

Fuel: I felt like I fueled properly for this one. I took water at every stop except for the first and last one. I also took a second cup to pour over my head at a few stops and I know that helped keep me cool. I took a total of four Shot Bloks starting at mile 6 and through the end of the race. I probably could have had an entire package, but I didn’t train much with them and didn’t want to upset my stomach.

Gear: I went with Stride shorts and my Oiselle singlet as well as compression socks. I felt a bit warm with the socks, but I’m still happy I decided to run in them. My Stride shorts stayed put the entire race <3 I could’ve used sunglasses, but was fine without.

I’m so grateful I had such a great place to stay with the best hospitality (thanks, Tim and Sara!) and great training partners throughout this cycle (s/o Andrea, Kate and Kristen!) and a huge congrats to Tim for completing his 20th marathon, all of the amazing Oiselle women who raced over the weekend and to everyone else who raced!

This week is all about recovery and I’m already feeling much better after the race. I did some major foam rolling and saw my chiropractor for an adjustment. As long as my hip feels OK when I run on Saturday, I’m considering myself as good as new!

So what’s next? Not 100 percent sure, but talking it over with my coach and thinking that it’ll be a fall 10 mile or half.

What’s up next for you? Any fall races planned?