Week 1 (6/15-6/21)

Marathon Training has begun!

Monday:  3 Miles (Pace 7:47)

The training plan recommends running slower than race pace.  I’m not sure if that means for all your runs or just your longer runs.  Today I decided to run negative splits for the 3 miles.  It was hot and humid, and I was glad to get it over with.

Tuesday:  5 miles (Pace 8:12)

Today was awful, this had to be one of the most humid days yet!  I ran downtown with Tin Roof Runners, I wanted to start off at a slower pace but my friends took off right out of the gate.  I forgot my Sweatgutr and sweat was pouring into my eyes and stinging horribly.  Every time I ran by a restaurant I looked to see if there was a napkin I could grab to wipe my forehead, no such luck.  The only thing that kept me going was knowing water was at the end!

Wednesday:  1 Mile (Pace 8:19)

I was really busy today and pretty dehydrated from Tuesday’s run.  I diverted from the training plan and got my mile in to keep the streak going!

Thursday:  3 Miles (Pace 8:09)

I wanted to run a more relaxed pace today, to get ready for my upcoming long’er’ run.  My quads were pretty sore and it was also suppose to be a hills day, but I planned to do some hills on Friday morning with November Project, so I just did a loop around my neighborhood.

Friday:  3.5 Miles (Pace 8:17)

Hill Repeats!  I did quarter mile hill repeats near my house, I didn’t make it to November Project.  I should have gone though, they run at 6:30am when it would have been much cooler.  I saw one other runner out, I think most people are running early morning or late evening when it is a little cooler.  My quads were a pretty sore after the run today!

Saturday:  7.1 Miles (Pace 9:14)

I moved my long’er’ run to today because I was going to be busy Sunday.  It was really humid, I wanted to follow the plan and get in 10 miles, but after 5 I knew that wasn’t going to be possible with the scorching heat and humidity.  I was running much slower than normal and just trying to get in the mileage.  When I knew quality miles weren’t going to happen anymore I decided to cut the run short.  I had an encounter with a driver who didn’t know the rules of the road in Mile 1 which quickened my pace more than I wanted early on.  (There will be a blog about the encounter)

Sunday:  1 Mile (Pace 9:02)

Mile legs were really sore after the first week, I used today as a shake out run to loosen up my quads.  In the plan it does say you can modify the runs if needed.  I don’t want to go to far off the plan, but today was one of the days I needed to, I just wanted to get a run in and keep the streak alive.

Total Miles: 23.6

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Sweat Gutr

Here in Baltimore, like most places it is getting warm, instant update, it is getting hot!  In the summer Baltimore is known for summer days with high humidity and today was on of those days making it a great opportunity to wear test a new piece of gear I bought, the Sweat Gutr (pronouned Sweat Gutter).

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I’ve actually known about this product for a few years.  My dad would always complain about sweating when he would cut the grass or go bike riding.  One Father’s Day a few years ago I saw it in a bike shop and bought him one, he loved it (I did Dads have to like anything you get them for Father’s Day).  I had never bought one for myself until a few weeks ago.  I ordered it on Amazon, using my prime account, thinking I would get it the next day and I could try it out before an upcoming race.  Not so, I haven’t had much luck with the things I’ve order on Amazon Prime, it arrived about a week later.  I didn’t have time to give it a good test before the race and testing out new gear during a race is not a good idea, so I didn’t use it.

When it arrived I took it out of the heavy envelope it arrived in.  It smelled a little funny, I think it was because it is all rubber.  I looked over the instructions quickly on how to adjust it to your head and how to wear it.  The manufacturer recommends about a finger space above the eyebrows.  It is very easy to adjust with velcro tabs and elastic bands to keep it tight against your forehead which is key.  On the front there is actually a gutter that catches the sweat a then lets it flow back towards your ears and is suppose to keep the sweat out of your eyes.
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So many times when I am running or biking I am removing my sunglasses to wipe my forehead, usually with my shirt, or rub my eyes because sweat is getting in them.  The last thing you need when you are running is more discomfort.  Today Picky Runner and KBT invited me to go for a bike ride and I thought it would a great time to try out the Sweat Gutr.  I’ll admit it doesn’t look all that stylish, but I was hoping it would work.  It took a little bit of adjusting on my head to get it under my helmet and not interfere with the temple part of my sunglasses.  (The temple is the piece that rest on your ear, I actually had to look up what it was called).  After it was adjusted we were off and riding, we rode some pretty hilly sections of the city, at a decent pace for about 28 miles, the sweat was pouring off of us, but not into my face!  Surprising the Sweat Gutr really did work and it was comfortable to wear.  I only adjusted once during the ride when it was bothering my ear, but that could have also been the sunglasses.  It was great that I didn’t need to keep removing my sunglasses while riding to wipe away the sweat.  At a stop light near the finish Picky Runner said she could actually see a salt line where the sweat was being channeled away.

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Me and Picky Runner (KBT on the camera)

I didn’t stop the wear test there, after all I am on day #231 of my run streak and I hadn’t ran yet today.  Would it hold up the same during the run, with more bouncing and movement?  It was really starting to heat up it was almost 12:30 and near 90 degrees by the time I hit the pavement to run, we had stopped for breakfast as well.  The Sweat Gutr held up during my run just as good.  In the pictures below you can actually see the sweat being channeled away from my face.  I did have one sweat droplet make it past the Sweat Gutr but that could have been that is was full.  I recommend angling it slightly to the rear of  your head to help the sweat move out of the gutter.  When I tilted my head back I could feel the sweat moving away and down the side of my head.

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Sweat going down the side of my head

With something that is going to get covered in sweat you want to make sure you keep it clean and since it is all rubber that is easy to do as well.  After I was done I simply ran it under the water with some soap and laid it on the counter to dry.

Overall this a great product if you are looking for a way to keep your eyes and face free of sweat, I would definitely recommend it to anyone.  Amazon has it listed for between $10-$123, I have no idea who would pay $123 for this, I bought mine for $16 and the Sweat Gutr website has it listed for $19.99.  It is definitely worth $20 and will be the last headband you need to buy.

Sweat Gutr Rating:  5 Veggies out of 5 Veggies

Do you have a problem with sweat when you are running?  How do you deal with it?  Let me know your thoughts!

-Veggie Fueled Runner

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The Year of 32…

In mid-October of 2014, since my clothes were getting a bit snug, it was time to buy a scale.  When I stepped on the scale for the first time it was a bit of an awakening for me.  In the three years since I had started running again, I gained back the weight I had lost and then some.  I’d never seen that high of a number on the scale before and I wasn’t happy about it.  No one ever said anything to me about the weight I had gained, it was just the pressure I put on myself.  It was time for a change, but I had said that before and didn’t do anything about it.  Running was infrequent, maybe once or twice a week, and my eating habits were not ideal.  More often then not it was fast food, high sugar, carb-loaded foods that were slowing me down and adding to the waste line.  The change needed to be serious this time.

Made this myself!  Was eating to much of these types of things!
Baked this myself! Was eating to much of these types of things!

When I turned 30 I did a year of ‘yes’.  It was fun, but I felt a could have done a lot more, but I digress.  With my 32nd b-day approaching, it would be a good time to start something new and dedicate a year to it.  Why a year?  Because I’ve never done anything for a year, and it seemed as good as any arbitrary time.  So what would I do for a year…the last year running had become tedious for me and I was just going through the motions to try and stay in shape, I wasn’t enjoying running like I had in the past.  I had backed out on two marathons, and had only entered two other races, the year before that I had done 18 races.  Perhaps it was burnout, but I needed to focus on running again.  There is something therapeutic about running, that I had almost forgotten about.  That is when a year long running streak popped into my mind.  Quickly, I looked up what constitutes a running streak and Runner’s World (basically a runner’s bible) stated for their streak you have to run at least a mile a day, so that would be my minimum to keep my year long streak going.

My Brooks could hold up, but could I?
My Brooks could hold up, but could I?

But was running enough to shed those pounds?  In my mind…no, my eating habits needed to change.  One of my very good friends is a vegetarian and so again, arbitrarily, I decided being a vegetarian for a year would be a challenge as well.  How do you go from eating meat your entire life to giving it up?  I just decided to stop and see how it went.

On Oct 25th, I started the run streak and Oct 26th, cut meat out of my diet.  Two big changes at once!  I was a bit nervous that I would not be able to do either for a year, so I didn’t tell many people what I was doing at first.  Rarely (even when I was running more frequently) would I ever run three days in a row, let alone 365.  Some people immediately said, if you are going to run that much you need to eat meat…you need protein.  I would quickly retort you can get protein from other sources, i.e. eggs, nuts, soy, etc.

The streak started in NYC during a trip for my birthday.

The same time I decided to start my year long challenges a friend of mine started selling one of those cleanse packages and convinced me to try it out.  It was a 4-week cleanse and I was worried, especially since I was changing my diet so drastically, that I would not have enough energy to run.  To my surprise I think it actually helped with the transition from being a meat-eater to a vegetarian (cleansing my palette) and I lost about 8 lbs. over the 4 week period.  My energy level stayed the same and I may have had even more energy then before starting the cleanse.  I never had a craving for meat at the beginning of the challenge and haven’t to date.  The cleanse was a jump start (I call it a gimmick) it wasn’t a way of life.  The challenge would begin by maintaining a healthy vegetarian lifestyle after the cleanse was over.

When I reached day 7 of the run streak I was overjoyed and decided to start sharing my challenges with friends and family.  Seven days is a long was from 365, but even after a week I felt accomplished and knew support from my running friends and family would be helpful.  Some of my friends teased my about the barrage of run-selfies that began appearing on my instragram, so I’ve cut back and tried to take ‘more exciting’ run photos (or at least ask someone else to take the pics of me).  Having support along the way has been really helpful in both my challenges, today will be day #229 of the run streak, the encouragement and motivational pep talks from my friends have been very helpful.

One of my many selfies, this was Day #9 of the run streak.
One of my many selfies, this was Day #9 of the run streak.

There have been many challenges and new experiences in the last 228 days that I’ll be sharing with you, but I’d like to hear about goals you have set for yourself, challenges you’ve had, what you have accomplished, and what motivates you, and is there any way I can help you reach your goals?

-Veggie Fueled Runner