Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Glimmer Gear is Amazing. (And PATIENT)

OK so FOREVER ago I was contacted by Ali from Glimmer Gear.  I was sent a bunch of  slap bands to be worn at night for safety.   Once it got warmer I grabbed a bunch of Team Chris members and we got together to test them out.  The pictures are not that great since iPhones and night pics never mix well.











Some wore them on their wrists and some on the ankles.  I just ran around watching to see how they worked.  I have to say the ones on the ankles were best.  Some people (myself included) swing our arms in front so the lights could not be seen from behind.  All in all they are amazing and you need to get some.  For the slap bands I do suggest the brighter colors, the dark blue ones were not that bright.

Glimmer Gear has so many great products you NEED in your life.  Check them out here .  they have everything from slap bands to hats to arm sleeves with lights to dog collars!!

Sorry this took so long Ali!!

*Disclaimer - Ali sent me the bands at no cost and all opinions are mine and my team mates.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Last couple of races......in photos

Well I am just about caught up on my blogging thanks to my family vacation in North Carolina.  I just wanted to include some pictures from the Oakly Mini Womens 10k in Central Park, the Queens 10k in Flushing Meadows, the Hope Runs Here Half Marathon  and the Run Around the Lake where I met Taylor Kitch who played Lt. Michael Murphy in the movie Lone Survivor.  Lt Murphy is a local hero and the run around the lake is in memory of him every year.

Oakley 10k - Got to ride in with Jan and Rachel which was a blast, we met up with other BGR ladies and had a fun race.  I hung out with Jan for most of the hot and humid hilly miles.  :)












Hope Runs Here Half - Rode out with Jan again and met up with Laurie, Linda and Charlie.  The humidity was crazy!!!  It was a tough race but I met Susan along the way thank goodness and we helped each other across the finishline.









Queens 10k - The weather was crazy and the race got delayed for 1 hour.  Luckily we were informed the day before.  I got an email, phone message and text about it.  So great.  I got there pretty early and headed to back check to meet up with the BGR ladies and get my bib.  We took some pictures and headed to the start.  It was not a bad day but the humidity was killer....I was praying for rain the entire time.  I had to leave right after I finished because the groomer was coming for the cats at noon.







Run Around the Lake - This one is always so hot but this year was not too bad.  My friends Eileen, Susan and Elana were coming down from MA to do it too.  I did not find them before the race but I did find them at mile two....with Eileen and Elana carrying flags for the race it was not too hard to spot them.  We got to spend the rest of the time together.  Crossing the finishline as a group.  After we met Taylor Kitch and took pictures.  He was super sweet.











WellI finally feel caught up.  Other than these races there have been a few local 5ks and the Summer Run Series has started.  I do still have to do a recap on the Grid Race, my virtual race for Team Chris and also do my Glimmer Dear Review and give away.  I had Team Chris try out the Glimmer Gear items :)








Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Newport 10 Miler - Team Chris Edition.

Team Chris was going up to run the Newport 10 miler in Rhode Island as a big group so Colleen and I decided to go too of course.  We drove up and after checking into our hotel we met everyone else over at Kerry house for a BBQ.  We were missing Flat so we made sure he got to come with us and he traveled safely.




We had a lot of fun ate too much and I discovered homemade Baileys for the first time...YUMMO!  My cup may have been a little too big but who is to say?




I also got to meet Shadow or as I have decided it is spelled Shadoux.  She is fancy like that and I am madly in love.  She is a tiny little flower.  HAHAHA



Colleen and I headed back to the hotel and went to sleep since we had to get up at the butt crack of dawn and we all know how much I like that.....it is my favorite.......NOT







Well we got up WAAAYYY too early and we all met in the hotel lobby and then headed to the race.  We were the biggest team there which was cool.  I was hoping to PR the distance but I was not sure of that would happen.  It was actually only the second time running this distance.




I decided to try and stick to a 2:1 or even a 3:1 when I could.  It didn't seem that hot when we started but it got pretty hot pretty fast for me.  The course was hilly and sunny but pretty nice.  I found my next house along the course LOLOL



By mile 6-7 I was fading very fast.  Holding to the 2:1 was hard and I did a lot of 1:1s and walked up all the hills and got to run down the hills.  As we came around the armory Dave was waiting outside to run us to the entrance to the armory and even though I said no don't run with me (I Was grumpy to say the least) he ran with me.  When I got through the door I saw Kate, Kerry, Susan and Andrew.  I wave and started my sprint - I needed to be done.  Kerry passed me a baton and I sprinted...... I needed to beat 1:58:18 to PR.....


I hit my watch and it HAPPENED.  Thank goodness because I didn't feel like being annoyed LOL  I had medals made for our team since I feel like 10 miles calls for a medal!!  I just kind of felt bad for all the other runners who came looking for theirs and we had to say no..... oops.  We grabbed some photos after the whole team was done and Colleen and I headed back to the hotel to shower as we were heading right out.








Colleen and I had 2 stops to make before we got back to Long Island....Lunch at Cracker Barrel of course and the one of the most amazing places I have ever been........








All in All as with every weekend away with Team Chris we had a blast and can't wait for the next one :)