Product Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 18s

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s 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!   I was pumped when BibRave contacted me with the opportunity to review a new pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s! I was currently in a pair of neutral shoes with a very low heel drop (3 mm from heel to toe). I was starting to experience aches and pains I previously hadn’t due to this very low heel drop. I had some very painful Achilles issues as my mileage increased. I ran my last half marathon in this pair, and the back of my legs took several days to recover. So when BibRave and Mizuno wanted to pass along a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s to a group of BibRave Pros, I jumped at the chance to give them a try! I put them on and jogged/jumped/walked around the house the first night. I could immediately tell the huge improvement in heel cushioning, so I went online to compare specs. My previous pair gave me a 3 mm heel drop...
Read More1

Looking Back and Looking Forward – Race Report: TexasMan Olympic Triathlon

My first triathlon was the TexasMan sprint in May 2014 at Johnson Branch State Park in Valley View, Texas. I had joined a local triathlon club after I learned they were forming a team to raise money for a breast cancer research organization. I had a running background and liked the idea of supporting a cause close to my heart, so I took the plunge and joined. I had never had a swim lesson and didn’t own a bike. I went through a few months of training with the club, bought a bike, and toed the line of TexasMan in 2014. I swam 500 yards, biked 16.1 miles, and ran 3.1 miles. I had practiced each leg of the race, but hadn’t practiced putting it all together. I was hot and tired at the finish line, but most importantly I was happy. I returned to TexasMan this year as my fifth triathlon and also my first Olympic distance triathlon, meaning it consisted of a 1 mile swim, 24.1. mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run. I had a bit more experience and was looking forward to the new distance challenge. It was also a planned increase in race distance as I...
Read More2

Race Report: Baylor Tom Landry Sprint Triathlon

Goal: Finish. This was the first triathlon of the season, and I wanted to gain some confidence. Date: April 19, 2015 Location: Dallas, TX Distance: Sprint triathlon; 400M Pool Swim, 15 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run Conditions: 60 °F, 13 mph wind and 86% humidity at race start. Mostly cloudy/partly sunny. Total time: 1:52:13 400M swim: 9:35 T1: 3:05 16 mile bike: 1:03:55 T2: 2:31 3.1 mile run: 33:05 Overall Place: 181 out of 277 Class Position: 13 out of 24 Gender Place: 65 out of 116 As soon as I completed the race, I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about my performance. There was an area I know I did well – the swim – an area where I wasn’t sure how I did – the bike – and an area where I thought I hadn’t done well – the run. When my friends and teammates asked me how I did immediately after the race, I said “just okay”. It wasn’t great, but I didn’t think it was terrible. It wasn’t until I had a chance to look at my data until after the race that I formed a more solid opinion on my performance. And that opinion is – I did okay on this race. Not...
Read More1

Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon and a PR

After the 5k on Saturday, I spent the afternoon with my mom and took Gracie to a fundraiser doggy wash. I also had errands like grocery shopping and laundry that had to get done. Since this was a local race, I didn’t feel like I could kick up my feet and rest for the half marathon on Sunday. I have started employing a strategy where I don’t allow myself to nap after the early Saturday wake up and 5k. This means I’m ready for bed much earlier than usual, and I get more sleep the night before the half marathon. I was wiped out and in bed by 9 pm. I went into this race being concerned that I had not been consistently putting in long runs like I should have. I didn’t feel prepared for the half marathon. I planned on alternating walking and running as needed to get through the miles. Yes – “get through”. I decided to ignore my time and instead focus on my form, specifically on tackling hills and the position of my arms. I have a bad habit of doing a sideways boob sway with my arms, and I’ve been working on swinging my arms straight...
Read More3

Adorable Adoptable: Gus, the Chihuahua Mix

My latest foster is the sweet and hysterical little Gus! He’s a Chihuahua mix and about one year old. He is energetic and loves to play with toys and go for walks. He walks very well on the leash and moves at a pretty good pace for having such short legs. But when he’s ready for a nap, he becomes a big cuddler!     Gus has some very funny quirks and a big personality. He army crawls along the carpet for fun. He dive bombs under the covers and will stay snuggled up under the blankets all day! He likes to lay on his back in your arms (yes, like a baby!). Gus absolutely cracks me up! He adapts in new situations and gets along with his fur sibling, Gracie. Gus is available for adoption through Dallas Pets Alive! To fill out an adoption application for Gus, visit their website. All Dallas Pets Alive! adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccines upon adoption.0

Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 5k

I knew I had to take on another Remix Challenge from the Rock ‘n’ Roll series when I realized they were holding one in Dallas.  I had so much fun in Las Vegas (read more on the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k and half marathon), it was a no brainer that I would register. I got my shop on at the expo on Friday. As a local with a Monday-Friday job, it was tad difficult to get to the Convention Center on Friday during the workday. But luckily I snuck away around lunchtime and was able to get my packet and purchase merchandise I wanted needed. After packet pickup, I was again a magnet for a loose dog. Long story short – I spent 5 hours in the rain but was able to get him into the car and to Dallas Animal Services where hopefully his owners will claim him. It was a very soggy afternoon, but my calling to help animals in need doesn’t always have perfect timing. Races and rescues.  That’s me. This was the first year Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas added a Saturday 5k before the half marathon on Sunday. It started and ended at Fair Park,...
Read More1

Race Report: Hot Chocolate 5k and a PR

When a friend asks, “Hey, do you want to do a race next weekend that gives finishers chocolate?” you don’t hesitate and you say yes. One text is all it took to get me to sign up for the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Since it’s still early in the season, I opted for the 5k distance. Race morning hadn’t started as planned. First, I went to bed way too late the night before and only got about five hours of sleep the night before the race. I went to grab my standard English muffin and peanut butter for breakfast, and realized I was out of English muffins. Dang, Greek yogurt it is, then! I planned on taking the public rail system to avoid traffic. I drove to a station where there had previously been ample public parking, only to find out the public parking was no longer available. Well shucks. Guess I was going to be driving to the race this morning. Luckily, I made it to the race in plenty of time. Since it was rather cold, I stayed in my car for about 20 minutes before walking over to the start line. I warmed up with some squats, leg swings,...
Read More3