Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Well-Read Runner: A Hit and A Miss

Week 10 of training for the Mystic Half Marathon is done...only TWO WEEKS to go!

Total distance for the week: 27.62 miles

We had a hit and a miss with my new running purchases from last week.

The hit is my new Under Armour running shorts.  I took them out on two runs this week (including today's long run), and they were awesome.  A little shorter than I am used to, but because they are not compression shorts (super-short compression shorts ride up my thighs in an oh-so-unsightly way), they were still comfortable.  Thumbs up!
Me likey.
The miss goes FlipBelt.  I KNOW.  I am like, the only runner in the world who does not like the FlipBelt.  I had it recommended to me by SO MANY people.  EVERY review I read online was glowing.  "It doesn't ride up!!" everyone said.

Unfortunately, for me, that was not true.  I took the FlipBelt out on Saturday's 3 mile run.  I had it on my hips, like so:
I strategically washed out this photo so you cannot see my stretch marks.  You're welcome. #mombod
Within the first 5 minutes, it was up around my waist.  Which was wicked uncomfortable (and looked weird under my shirt).  And, made my stomach sweat a lot.

Post-run.  NO LIKEY.
I was willing to give it another go. I put it a tiny bit lower for my long run on Saturday.  And...1/3 of a mile in, I was on the side of the road, ripping it off in frustration because it had already ridden up on me 3 times.  Luckily, I had brought my armband in my hydration pack as a backup, so I moved my phone there and continued on.  But I think it's safe to say that I am part of the "small percentage of people" (according to FlipBelt's website) that does experience ride up with the product.  Oh well.  Me and this cursed armband are in it for the long haul, it's starting to look like...haha.

Anyway, on to my workouts!

Monday: Rest. 

Tuesday: 5 miles, easy pace.  So humid!!  I made the mistake of wearing light gray compression capris, and was worried I had a patch of butt sweat on them the whole time (luckily, did not).  Ha.  But, the run itself was not bad, with an average pace of 9:47.

Wednesday: 45 minute tempo run.
  My longest tempo run of this training cycle!  I did it on the treadmill, it went very well, minus the fact that my knee started bugging me again.  Ho-hum.

Thursday: 3 miles easy pace.  So, Tuesday it was so warm/humid, I looked like I had showered when I got home.  Thursday, I had to run in my winter gear, because it was 37 degrees when I started.  I thought I had seen the last of you for a while, winter gear!!

This run was just okay.  I had a fast average pace for an easy run (9:24), but my knee was bugging me again and I feel like I went fast just so I could get home quickly and in one piece.  Meh.

Friday: Rest.   I needed it after 2 wonky knee days.

Saturday: 3 miles @ race pace.  This run was a bit of a, so that I could test my new shorts and FlipBelt (already talked about that), but two, so that I could see how my knee felt.  If it bothered me again on this run, I was going to shorten my Sunday long run.  I didn't want to make the knee worse before race day.  However, I did this entire run in my local park, on nice even trails, knee pain.  So I am 99% sure this knee thing is from running on cambered roads, as I mentioned last week.  Yay for a pain-free run!  If only I had more non-road running options.

Oh, and I was a tad fast...9:35 (goal was 9:45) I've said before, I tend to go too fast vs too slow on these race pace runs.  At least it was only by a little bit.

Sunday: 12 mile long run.  My LAST really long run before the race!  And it was fantastic.  I did part of the run in the park, in order to give my knee an easier time, and it did not bug me one bit during the entire run.  I started out at 7am with great cloud cover and temps in the 60s--perfect.  I took 2 Gu's during the run (non-caffeinated, at 4.5 miles and 9 miles), and just like last week, not a single peep from my stomach.  I am so psyched about this.  They also gave me a great kick, as I always felt a bit of energy come back within a mile of fueling.  I think I may have finally figured out how to control my ridiculous stomach!

I did have to stop for a pee break at Tim Horton's...AGAIN...I think I am just going to have to plan for this on race day.  It always happens between the 6-7 mile marks.  I guess I better study that race map for porta potty stops.

The sun did come out around mile 4, which was a little rough, but I had a good amount of water with me so I pushed through.  My second Gu at mile 9 really helped me out, and my mile splits in the last 3 miles were some of the fastest of the entire run.  Ended with 10:05 average pace, faster than I intended for a long run, but I just felt good!

And came home to chocolate chocolate chip pancakes, which is never, ever a bad thing.

I am linking up again with Tara's Weekend Update at Running 'N Reading (a fantastic blog for runners and readers alike!!).  Check it out!

How was your running week, friends?

What's your favorite post-early-run breakfast?


  1. I love my SpiBelt. So many people have told me to switch to the FlipBelt, but why mess with success? I've never had ride up with it. I hate stuff around my waist. That would have driven me nuts!

    1. Maybe that will be my next one to try! Amazon let me return it pretty easily, so on to another option...

  2. BOO! I'm so sorry that the FlipBelt didn't work for you! I wonder if you can return it?? I'm glad Wendy (comment above) recommended something else; maybe you can get your money back from the FlipBelt and try a different method. You had a GREAT training week, Kelly! You are so ready for this race - woo hoo! I'm excited for you! You and I are definitely on the same pee stinks, but what are you gonna do? It's miserable trying to hold it, as I'm sure you've discovered. Oh, well; good thing you're making a plan now! Thanks so much for linking up with the blog and I hope your Monday is going well!

    1. Yes, luckily I bought it through Amazon, and their return policy is quick and easy. I'm hoping I find something else that works!
      Boo about the pee schedule, seriously. It never used to be an issue, but within the last few years, it is constant. Oh well. Just have to plan ahead, I guess! Thanks for hosting the linkup, Tara!

  3. Agreed, chocolate chip pancakes are NEVER a bad thing :) Have you tried a size smaller on the flipbelt? I've heard that helps a lot of people with the riding up!

    1. You know, I thought about that. But the medium was already pretty tight on me...I guess since I'm no longer planning to get one, try it out, and possibly use it on race day, I have the time to exchange it and give the small a try. Can't hurt!

  4. I don't have a FlipBelt and appreciate the honest review! I do have an off brand belt that I haven't tried. I need to find something I can live with for the marathon distance. I usually just stuff my pockets for a half. Good luck at your race!

    1. See for the half, I wear my hydration pack, but it doesn't really have a good place to put my phone that is easily reachable during a run. That's my main issue. I always have somewhere I can stash a key or a Gu, but stashing my phone (which is also my music player, and GPS tracker) is always a problem!

  5. I love pancakes! I like my Flipbelt so I am sorry yours did not work out- the shorts are cute on you!


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