Week 1 of CIM Training ✔️

Back at it! It is marathon training season again! August 9th I officially started training for my 4th time running the California International Marathon and  the 6th marathon I have run. This time I am doing it a little different. I am training with Fleet Feet Sacramento and the Sacramento Running Association (SRA). In the past I liked training by myself. Sometimes I would run with friends if they were training for the same race, but for the most part it was all on my own. This year I wanted coaches, and fellow trainees. I wanted something different. I wanted people who have similar goals, I want coaches to guide me, I want to have a “team”. I am also trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon this year at CIM. That means I have to run a 3:35:00 marathon, which is an average of an 8:12 minute/mile. I have to shave 18 minutes of my PR – which I ran at the CIM last year. 18 minutes may seem like a lot, but I know I can do it. Here are my past CIM times:

2012 – 5:44:05

2013 – 4:18:16

2014 – 3:53:47

I have improved a lot since I have started running. While I know it won’t be easy, I know I can do it. I picked up my training schedule and our awesome training shirt a few weeks ago. I pretty much wear it any chance I get as I am training.

Our first long run was last week, and that was 60 minutes. I was not concerned about that at all. 60 easy minutes is pretty much my average easy run these days.

However, as I planned my first week I was a little nervous because we are running 4-6 days a week. I haven’t run that much in a long time. The past couple of months I have been averaging 3 days a week around 15-20 miles. So I was a bit nervous to double that, but my training plan is very well written and all has gone well so far. I even get to run to Kaia FIT Sacramento which is awesome! I get in my run and cross training pretty much all at once. And it is nice running along the river again.

Yesterday I had a 10 mile training run to complete that I was actually a little nervous about. I wasn’t able to run with the group (we do long runs on Sundays together and speed work on Wednesdays) because I was out of town. But I found a nice course along the ocean and actually felt amazing after my 10 miler. It took a while because I stopped to take so many pictures but I am happy to report that my legsies feel great today!

Here is the link to that run. CIM 2015 – 10 easy miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

I had to make up a course as I went, since I am not too familiar with running in San Diego. I came across a pretty steep hill by accident but overall it was a pretty easy run.

After my run (and ALL training I do) I stretched out for a good amount of time, rolled and drank my Arbonne Phytosport After Workout  recovery drink. Last year I had an injury because I wasn’t recovering properly. This year I am not going to let that happen. Other than what I can do on my own I also have a massage therapist and I see a chiropractor for ART work. Both of them have helped my training tremendously & I super recommend looking into being taken care of by professionals if you’re doing any kind of training.
On to week 2!


UV Half Buff – A Review 

Disclaimer: I received the UV Half Buff 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!

Over the past month I have been testing out the UV Half Buff, made by Buff USA.  What is a UV Half Buff?? It is  headwear that you can wear multiple ways as shown here:

The UV Half Buff has built in sun protection & helps to keep the sweat out of your eyes – which is great for this runner! Since I cut my hair short I am constantly wiping sweat from my face. I don’t have hair to soak it up anymore. According to the Buff website here are some benefits of the UV Half Buff:

  • Blocks 95% of UV rays
  • Multifunctional
  • Exceptional Moisture-wicking with its 4-channel fibers
  • Soft, breathable Coolmax Extreme fabric
  • Cool in the summer, extra layer of warmth in the winter
  • Polygiene Active Odor Control
  • Quick drying

After training with the UV Half Buff for the past 3 weeks I can say it definitely does what is says. The first run I wore the UV Half Buff was a chilly morning so I wore it as a headband to keep my head and ears warm.

Since cutting my hair I haven’t been able to find headwear that I like & that doesn’t look silly. I really liked running with this half buff. Kept my ears warm, the sweat out of my eyes and stayed in place perfectly.

Post run.

The next couple of training runs I wore it under my hat. I liked it this way as well. It wasn’t too snug, fit great under my hat and once again kept the sweat out of my eyes. Ps That is the American River in the back ground…I am super lucky to have miles and miles of trails along the river pretty much in my back yard!

Best of all, trail running with the Buff! This is my friend Liz and I at Blood, Sweat & Beers last weekend. My FIRST trail race!! I am still very new to trail running and when my friend took my on my first trail run she was wearing an old cut up shirt around her wrist, so I asked her why. She said it was to wipe away sweat, or snot. Gross I know, but it is a part of running. I don’t know if it is my deviated septum or what but my nose does not stop running when I am training. So there ya go, another option for the UV Half Buff 😉

Ready to go with my UV Half Buff!!

Most recently I have been wearing it around my wrist to wipe my sweat & nose after my ‘snot rockets’. Feels much better on my sensitive nose than my tech shirts.

Stair training with the Buff!

Kaia workouts with the Buff!

Thank you Buff  for letting me test out this product. I love it for my training & I’m gonna be stocking up on more. I think it is definitely a piece of running gear that is needed!