Added: Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Half Marathon, Raleigh NC

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon 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 just signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh, NC on April 8th. It’ll be my second ever Half Marathon and my first time running a Rock ‘n’ Roll series race.

(I’m very excited about how my race schedule is shaping up. It’s only January and I already have more races on my 2018 calendar than I raced last year).

I love the buzz of BIG races, and running through city streets with thousands of other runners. Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh hosted 9000 runners last year! How could I pass up this opportunity to run the streets of Raleigh, when I only live down the road?!

I’ve known about the Rock ‘n’ Roll series races for a number of years, but was not running at the level needed to sign up for a half or full marathon. This year that is changing. I’m running my first half in March this year, and then the Rock ‘n’ Roll half in April.

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2skin, or not 2skin: that is the question!

Disclaimer: I received pjuractive 2skin products 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!

Hands up — who likes a bit of chafing? Anyone? No?

Didn’t think so. No-one likes that. So when the opportunity arose to test an anti-chafing solution, called 2skin from pjuractive, I quickly volunteered.

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Fortunately, I don’t experience chafing on a regular basis, and while that’s a blessing it also has a undesired side effect — unpreparedness! So when chafing hits unexpectedly, it can leave me hurting for a day or two.

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Running Products: Brilliant Reflective, pjuractive and BibBoards!

So, it’s January and you may have decided to start running as one of your New Year resolutions. Heck, you might even have stuck to it — keep it up! Or you might be a seasoned runner who’s taken only a few rest days in the last few years. Well, for you and everyone in between, here’s some running products I’ve come across recently that you may find useful.

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2017 in Running

In 2017, I logged a total of 1132.5 miles. That’s an average of 94 miles a month, or 22 miles a week, or a 5K every single day!

I ran a total of 226 times. This means every time I left for a run, I ran an average of 5 miles.

It’s weird now as a runner, that being sick is worse because I can’t get out to run. I was out sick and unable to run for 21 days in 2017.

All of that running took 184 hours and 7 mins, which means my average pace was around 9.45/mi — this includes road, trail, stroller runs etc.

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Screw It — Winterize Your Old Running Shoes!

I was listening to a recent BibRave podcast and they were talking about a DIY hack to winterize your (old) running shoes. The trick involves screwing a number of sheet metal screws into the soles of your shoes to provide better traction on hard packed snow and ice. What a neat idea!!

So I did a bit of research online and found the following video which explains what to do.

I couldn’t work out why Liz wasn’t keen on me trying this out over the holidays and winterizing an old pair of Hoka Cliftons. It seemed like a no-brainer to me. I was planning to order the screws on Amazon to have everything I needed.

It all became clear on Christmas morning when I opened a set of YakTrax! She’s the best. I’ll just have to tuck this idea away for another time — like when I wear out the YakTrax.

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Tech: Convert Your Strava or GPX routes to Google Street View Hyperlapses

I came across a website that can covert your GPS running data into Google Street View Hyperlapses. I exported a GPX file from my morning run and produced the video above.

The website currently doesn’t support downloading your finished hyperlapse, so I had to perform the following steps to achieve this.

  1. Uploaded my GPX to gpxhyperlapse.com and adjusted the settings until satisfied with the output speed and frames.
  2. Add the Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder extension to Chrome.
  3. Started screen recording and downloaded the finished video. It was in .webm format which I’d never heard of.
  4. Used an online video editor to crop the video to the frame size (removing rest of browser window, etc.).
  5. Converted to mp4, and uploaded to YouTube.

In other words, quite an effort really, but interesting all the same.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas weekend and enjoys some quality time with friends and family. Rest, rest and more rest. That’s my plan for the next week. Of course, a little running will be woven in here and there!

Here’s a wee video I recorded over six years ago now! How time flies! Enjoy!