The Hard Cider Run Returns!

Feels like I’m a little late to the game, but we’re registered for the upcoming Gettysburg Hard Cider Run! This race is a must on our list of semi-local races.  The course has its challenges, from steep inclines to rapid descents… not to mention running through a vineyard, it is 100% awesome.

Speaking of 100% awesome, if you’d like to register, be sure to sign up HERE and join in the fun. Let us know if you’re going to be there and we’ll be sure to have some cider with you!


It’s a GIVEAWAY! (kinda)

Honey Stinger Fans rejoice, I have coupon codes worth 37% off your total order when you buy all your favorites from!  This is a one-time coupon, to be used at checkout, for 37% off your entire order so STOCK UP!

I’ve given away one coupon code to one of my amazing Instagram followers, and he’s also a pretty cool dude to boot, for correctly guessing the make of my car (Subaru). That leaves me with two remaining coupon codes left to share with the masses!  So if you aren’t following me on the Instagrams, I suggest you do, have a look at my latest post and keep those guessing rolling in!

Official rules:
1. Enter code at checkout to receive 37% off
2. Codes good for orders on only
3. Codes valid for non-Hive athletes only
4. Codes must be used before April 1st, 2018

These are a few of my favorite things – Part II

Race day is a very exciting day, in my early experience I would show up, dressed and ready to run.  Part way through the race, I was itching for an aid station for a drink, or some boost to keep me going.  This would often slow me down – ever try to grab a water from an aid station with hundreds of other runners?  Yeah, no thanks.  It wasn’t until I started to prepare for my races that I really started to enjoy the process.  Arriving prepared, not just in gear alone, can make a race day experience so much better.  5K races I generally treat as fun runs without much fuss, but on long-distance runs, and races over the 10-mile mark I generally start to think about fuel on the go.

Please keep in mind these product reviews are entirely my own, my own experiences, tastes, preferences, and do not express the views of the manufacturer. Please proceed with caution, individual results will vary.  While I have an ambassadorship with Honey Stinger, the best in sports fuel in the industry, I developed this list prior to joining them so there is a bit of a variety.

In this post, I want to focus on two things: Gel and Hydration Race necessities.
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Honey Stinger Ambassador

First off, Thank you Honey Stinger for allowing me to represent your brand. I’m beyond stoked for this opportunity and already planning out the rest of my year. I look forward to sharing my experiences with your products with everyone I meet. That is the short and sweet of things. [Insert celebratory shouting and fireworks here]

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Do speed workouts work? Do they?

While cruising through my Insta feed I see people adding speed workouts to their training. I’ve always wondered if it actually helps. I’m more of a slow and steady runner, focused more on distance than actual speed… or so I tell myself. While covering longer distances is the end goal, I still obsess over my time. In the peak of my running 8:40 min/miles were about my average pace but at a cost. I could maintain that speed but I would end up tweaking my back and resorting to slower running for months afterward, nursing pulled back muscles.

Back in December in decided to push my luck. Not being content with 9:30 min/miles I decided to push myself and really try to break back into the high 8’s. I ended up pulling my lower back muscles and ruining my holiday by not being able to move without intense stabbing pain. So I took a break.

After a brief recovery hiatus, I returned to running a little disheartening to find my average pace was in the high 9:00 min/mile range. Knowing I needed to make a change I decided strength training would be necessary, focusing on the muscle groups I would so often damage. But, that left me to question, which comes first – Cardio or Weights?
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Breaking the Silence; the Podcast is LIVE

So it’s been 6-months since our last podcast, I know, slackers – but we are hoping to breath new life into our show. We want guest speakers, we have some fitness friends in mind that we are going to harass to sit in for a few minutes. We’d also like to host some type of giveaway to reach out listening audience. If the metrics are correct, we have about 60+ followers and we hit around 40-50 listens per Podcast. Guys, we’re a small fish in a large sea, so these numbers are pretty huge for us.

Please give us a listen, let me know what you like, what you don’t like – maybe what you’d like to hear more about. Right now we just talk about food, weight loss, and running. I also try to interject some of my thoughts about mindfulness and being present… and interrupt my wife while she’s talking, you know standard marriage schtick.