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Friday, April 21, 2017

Nathan Hipster Review

I typically always run with my handheld water bottle, but am hesitant to place my phone in the zippered pouch.  I am very afraid of water damage.  I was excited to review the Nathan Hipster belt.  This expandable storage belt is designed to fit iPhone 5, 6 and 6+ and Galaxy S4, S5 and S6. This is a great option to have your phone on you and be safe while running.  You also won't risk water damage or dropping and cracking your phone mid-run.




The belt is available in five sizes from XS to XL and I was sent a medium in pink.  They offer seven colors - both bold and neutral for all personalities.  The fabric is super soft and stretchy.  After stepping-through the Hipster and easily adjusting it on my waist, it fit super comfy at the top of the waistband of my running tights.  My phone fit it really easily and it would also be great for gels and chews.  There were several hidden pockets - front and back. I didn't find it bouncing at all during my run, which was a welcomed surprise.  The logo on the belt is also reflective for early morning or evening running.  This would also be great for hands-free hiking and walking.

The Hipster retails online for $24.99 and would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for that special runner in your life.  Mother's Day is coming up ... just sayin'.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Running Coach Bootcamp - Starts May 15

This online bootcamp is available for individuals that are interested in starting their own running groups or offering coaching services in their area.  Running Diva Mom has six years of coaching experience in the Madison, Wisconsin area - primarily for women and mothers.  Jamie is a Road Runners Club of America certified running coach and has lead more than 600 individuals to their first 5K and beyond.  She most recently opened her own running studio for women in 2016.  Jamie regularly trains runners in small groups and the private coaching setting.  She will teach you all of the basics you need to get started with your own coaching business and the templates and materials she developed for her groups.  She will also share what has worked well for her - and what hasn't - to keep your clients motivated, injury-free and succesful with reaching their goals.  This is not a professional coaching or fitness certification.



Bootcamp will be completed online:  May 15-26, 2017
Investment:  $99

•Private Facebook group with daily tasks and challenges

•Guidance on starting your own coaching business and marketing your services

•Program materials and templates used for coaching groups and individuals

•Daily accountability and access to private Q&A with Running Diva Mom

Register


May Weightloss Accountability Group with Running Diva Mom

May Weightloss Accountability Group with Running Diva Mom
May 1-28, 2017
Lose 5-10 lbs & move every day in May
Investment in yourself: $30 
Run, Walk and Run/Walk training options available!





•Four week calendar with run/walk training program, core workouts and wellness challenges to be completed on your own
•Weekly private individual weigh-ins virtually with your coach 
•Daily group fitness check-ins with your coach
•Weightloss tips, motivation and recipes each week 
•Private Facebook group for motivation

Participant with the highest percentage of weightloss will receive a FREE ENTRY into the June accountability group.


If you would like to avoid the Eventbrite fee, please email me at runningdivamom@yahoo.com to pay by cash or check.




Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Parkinson's Half Marathon Race Report

On April 1, I completed my first half marathon of the year.  I had completed the Parkinson’s Half Marathon several times in the past several years and I always enjoy it.  The race was moved up a little earlier in April this year, but they had just as gorgeous of weather as always.  It is always a very well organized event and has really grown since the first event a few years ago.

This year, the event had special meaning.  I reconnected with a high school classmate this spring, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  I hosted a virtual 5K for classmates, clients and friends to help raise funds for his service dog.  We raised $350 in March and I presented Mike with a check prior to the race.
 
My husband and mother-in-law were going to be walking the one mile walk my Baby Diva in the stroller.  There was also a 5K event that I had several clients and friends running.  I also had several clients running the half marathon.  It was going to be a great morning.

We obtained our packets from 1855 Saloon prior to the race.  I never have found it beneficial to drive to Cottage Grove the day prior to obtain my packet.  Then, we hung out in the cute coffee shop while my family had coffee and I used the bathroom (a few times).  I then headed out to meet clients and friends before the race started and then to the start line at 8:00.

After the National Anthem, we were off.  We headed out 1.5 miles through residential neighborhood and then onto the Glacial Drumlin path.  The crushed gravel is always tough to get use to during my first outing for the year.  This year, there seemed to be more holes and divots than usual.  It wasn’t very muddy, only a few shaded areas. 

We headed out on an out-and-back course and turned around at mile 7.  It’s always fun (and distracting) to wave to familiar faces on this course.  I was consistently clocking times way faster than my training pace – typically 8:10-8:30.  I was feeling great and going with it. I was laid up in bed for two days, Wednesday and Thursday, leading up to the race.  A bad cold had hit me hard.  I still felt it in my head, but otherwise felt strong.

I carried my water with me and took Gatorade at every aid station that it was offered.  I was excited that they offered it in grape flavor – yum!  I took Honey Stinger energy gels at miles 4-5 and 8-9.  I chewed several sticks of gum to keep my mouth fresh.
 


 
By mile 9, I was playing the numbers game.  I knew that I was way ahead of pace.  I tried to calculate my finish time, even though I was slowing down slightly.  I figured I could come in under 1:58 – or maybe even 1:57 at this pace.  Could I do more?  My typical finishing times pre-baby #3 were 1:58 and some change.  Last year I ran this event in 2:02.  This route is super flat and conditions were beautiful.  I was determined to take advantage of this.  I pushed forward.

I played a couple songs several times the last couple of miles.  I was in a groove.  After enjoying a flat course, the final half mile of the race is up hill.  I saw spectators and pushed up it as if it didn’t exist. 




 
I ended up crossing the finish line in 1:54:01 with happy tears in my eyes.  Those last two seconds could haunt me.  But, I am extremely happy with my time.  I have put in so many miles this winter with clients at my studio (127 miles in both January and February and close to 150 in March).  I was ready for this.  And to do it for myself.  I knocked eight minutes off of my time from the year prior.  I didn’t PR, but came pretty close.  I hadn’t ran that fast since an event in early 2011.  I quickly reunited with my family and friends.  And soon I had an emotional moment with my husband.  Running – and pushing yourself – are extremely moving.  Only you can make that happen.