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Pushing Through Ultra Training

With just over five weeks to go until my first ultra-marathon, my training has kicked into high gear. I took a two week break from blogging to adapt to the increase in the training load but things have finally gotten back on track.

I’ve been using a great 50K training plan that I found just Googling around:


Last week, I passed the 24 mile run and while I was exhausted during the run, it only took around 3.5 hours to do which has left me feeling confident in my ability to get through this race.

In addition to following the training plan, I’ve also been using Nike+ training for Xbox Kinect which has proven to be a serious training tool. The cardio workouts are intense, and unlike a P90X DVD, this actually tracks your movements to make sure you’re not dogging it. The workouts focus a lot on core strengthening, and while the strength training requires adding some free weights, the cardio has been surprisingly kicking my butt.


I’ve also mixed in some time on the stationary bike to help with building the strength in my quads. Based on the descriptions that I’ve read of the course, it’s going to involve a lot of climbing up rocky terrain and it looks like I’ll want to have all the leg strength possible to get me up safely.




This weekend I have my 20th half marathon which I’ll be using as a broken 16-mile run for the week. Then next week it’s on to my longest run ever. While the training plan has me down for 26 miles, I’m pushing it to 27 just so I know I can go farther than I ever have before.  

Jabra ROX - Cutting The Cord On Your Music!

Good headphones are hard to find. I mean, really hard to find. I’ve tried so many brands, but finding ones that actually stay put in my ears, especially when I’m running, is a challenge beyond challenges.

For me, my left ear cannel is very narrow, and ear buds never stay in. The slightest movement of a wire and my awesome stereo sound takes a mono dive.

So it was with great trepidation that I had the opportunity to try out Jabra’s ROX wireless headphones. I was really excited to try these out as I had heard such great things about Jabra and their sound quality. Plus I never had a chance to wear wireless headphones and lately my wired ones were driving me nuts.


Looking over the Jabra ROX, I noticed that there were a lot more pieces than I was used to. I looked over the directions and loved that I could connect the headphones using either Bluetooth or NFC, a huge plus since I’m an Android user.


Connecting the headphones only took a few minutes, and a quick download of the Jabra app gave me the ability to customize the equalizer for the headphones to give me the best possible sound.



But now the true test stood between me and my music and that was whether or not the headphones would stay put. I put them in my ears and sadly the left one still fell out. I tried a different size cover on the headphone, and still the same result.

Until I noticed something in the packaging I had overlooked….


In my excitement to get the headphones paired with my phone, I missed these little devices. I slid them on to the earphones, put them back in my ears, and like magic the earphones locked into place. I mean, these suckers were not moving anywhere.


And the sound quality was absolutely amazing! The Jabra Sound app allows for full Dolby Digital sound, customizable equalizer and even the ability to integrate a YouTube playlist to listen to as you run.


There is no question that Jabra ROX are a great sounding headphone with an excellent fit. If you've been looking to cut the cord on your music, Jabra ROX are the way to go!

I was given a pair of Jabra ROX to test for this review, but all opinions are my own. 

Where Are The Races For The Guys??

Lately the running market has become saturated with events geared towards female runners, and it’s awesome to be a part of a sport that’s open and welcoming to both genders.

But, it begs the question…where are all the races for the guys??

Now, I’m not talking about the insane obstacle challenge races, like the Spartan Races or Tough Mudder (which have plenty of females kicking ass in them). I mean, where are the road race running series aimed towards the male demographic?


Nike has flourished with its Women’s Race Series featuring Tiffany necklaces handed out to participants by firemen at the finish line. Where’s the Nike Men’s race series where runners receive belt buckles passed out by nurses?

Photo From TeamInTraining.org
The Diva’s Half Marathon series hosts both a webpages and races full of pink floral displays, tiara-themed medals, and roses and champagne at the finish. How about the Bro’s Half Marathon series sponsored by Budweiser?


The Zooma Race Series features mocktails, shopping and wine as part of their race events. Why not have the Tailgate Race Series held at NFL stadiums on Sundays during the football season, with post-race BBQ and tickets to the game for runners included?

Photo from NYSportsJournalism.com
runDisney even takes full advantage of the female demographic with races such as the Princess Half Marathon, and Tinker Bell Half Marathon, but for years stepped away from the obvious choice of a Pirates Half Marathon. While the recent addition of the Avengers Half Marathon does seem to be more of a step towards a male-oriented race theme, it still tends to be one with a somewhat narrow male audience.

Photo from runDisney.com
While these ideas are totally in good-nature fun, it would be cool to see some races out there take on a bit more of a masculine edge without involving ice cold pool of water, jumping over fire or getting completely covered in mud.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pushing Through Ultra Training

With just over five weeks to go until my first ultra-marathon, my training has kicked into high gear. I took a two week break from blogging to adapt to the increase in the training load but things have finally gotten back on track.

I’ve been using a great 50K training plan that I found just Googling around:


Last week, I passed the 24 mile run and while I was exhausted during the run, it only took around 3.5 hours to do which has left me feeling confident in my ability to get through this race.

In addition to following the training plan, I’ve also been using Nike+ training for Xbox Kinect which has proven to be a serious training tool. The cardio workouts are intense, and unlike a P90X DVD, this actually tracks your movements to make sure you’re not dogging it. The workouts focus a lot on core strengthening, and while the strength training requires adding some free weights, the cardio has been surprisingly kicking my butt.


I’ve also mixed in some time on the stationary bike to help with building the strength in my quads. Based on the descriptions that I’ve read of the course, it’s going to involve a lot of climbing up rocky terrain and it looks like I’ll want to have all the leg strength possible to get me up safely.




This weekend I have my 20th half marathon which I’ll be using as a broken 16-mile run for the week. Then next week it’s on to my longest run ever. While the training plan has me down for 26 miles, I’m pushing it to 27 just so I know I can go farther than I ever have before.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jabra ROX - Cutting The Cord On Your Music!

Good headphones are hard to find. I mean, really hard to find. I’ve tried so many brands, but finding ones that actually stay put in my ears, especially when I’m running, is a challenge beyond challenges.

For me, my left ear cannel is very narrow, and ear buds never stay in. The slightest movement of a wire and my awesome stereo sound takes a mono dive.

So it was with great trepidation that I had the opportunity to try out Jabra’s ROX wireless headphones. I was really excited to try these out as I had heard such great things about Jabra and their sound quality. Plus I never had a chance to wear wireless headphones and lately my wired ones were driving me nuts.


Looking over the Jabra ROX, I noticed that there were a lot more pieces than I was used to. I looked over the directions and loved that I could connect the headphones using either Bluetooth or NFC, a huge plus since I’m an Android user.


Connecting the headphones only took a few minutes, and a quick download of the Jabra app gave me the ability to customize the equalizer for the headphones to give me the best possible sound.



But now the true test stood between me and my music and that was whether or not the headphones would stay put. I put them in my ears and sadly the left one still fell out. I tried a different size cover on the headphone, and still the same result.

Until I noticed something in the packaging I had overlooked….


In my excitement to get the headphones paired with my phone, I missed these little devices. I slid them on to the earphones, put them back in my ears, and like magic the earphones locked into place. I mean, these suckers were not moving anywhere.


And the sound quality was absolutely amazing! The Jabra Sound app allows for full Dolby Digital sound, customizable equalizer and even the ability to integrate a YouTube playlist to listen to as you run.


There is no question that Jabra ROX are a great sounding headphone with an excellent fit. If you've been looking to cut the cord on your music, Jabra ROX are the way to go!

I was given a pair of Jabra ROX to test for this review, but all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Where Are The Races For The Guys??

Lately the running market has become saturated with events geared towards female runners, and it’s awesome to be a part of a sport that’s open and welcoming to both genders.

But, it begs the question…where are all the races for the guys??

Now, I’m not talking about the insane obstacle challenge races, like the Spartan Races or Tough Mudder (which have plenty of females kicking ass in them). I mean, where are the road race running series aimed towards the male demographic?


Nike has flourished with its Women’s Race Series featuring Tiffany necklaces handed out to participants by firemen at the finish line. Where’s the Nike Men’s race series where runners receive belt buckles passed out by nurses?

Photo From TeamInTraining.org
The Diva’s Half Marathon series hosts both a webpages and races full of pink floral displays, tiara-themed medals, and roses and champagne at the finish. How about the Bro’s Half Marathon series sponsored by Budweiser?


The Zooma Race Series features mocktails, shopping and wine as part of their race events. Why not have the Tailgate Race Series held at NFL stadiums on Sundays during the football season, with post-race BBQ and tickets to the game for runners included?

Photo from NYSportsJournalism.com
runDisney even takes full advantage of the female demographic with races such as the Princess Half Marathon, and Tinker Bell Half Marathon, but for years stepped away from the obvious choice of a Pirates Half Marathon. While the recent addition of the Avengers Half Marathon does seem to be more of a step towards a male-oriented race theme, it still tends to be one with a somewhat narrow male audience.

Photo from runDisney.com
While these ideas are totally in good-nature fun, it would be cool to see some races out there take on a bit more of a masculine edge without involving ice cold pool of water, jumping over fire or getting completely covered in mud.