From Dread-mill to FUN!

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Footpod to review Zwift 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!


Wintertime is here and for many of us and that makes it all the more hard to get outside and get a run in. This is the time of year where a lot of us, reluctantly, turn to the indoors and the dreaded treadmill, or the dreadmill, as I like to call it.

The treadmill is not my favorite but I also don’t like running in the frigid cold. It’s a conundrum and thus, Winter is really hard for me to keep my motivation for running and exercise. I’ve learned a few tricks to keep me on the treadmill for a decent run and now I have another trick up my sleeve… Zwift!

This is the footpod!

Zwift is a digital platform that matches your speed on the treadmill to an avatar of you in a virtual world. You can run on your own, touring the virtual world of Watopia (the Zwift world), while other people, real people, are also running or biking in the same world. You can also join a run club or group run.

What you need:
-A treadmill (nothing special needed)
-A foot pod (Zwift makes their own) or supported blue tooth treadmill (like these)
-A device to connect to Zwift (Computer, iPhone or Ipad – right now Zwift is not compatible with Android devices.)
-Optional: a separate device or phone to connect to the companion app, which makes it easier to chat while doing a group run.


My Experience

The first time I tried Zwift was for the BibRave 5k group run. All I had to do was to sign up for the event by clicking it and then when it was time, you join the event and it stages you at the virtual starting line while everyone else pops in. When it’s time to start, you start running on your treadmill and your avatar runs your same pace in the virtual world. If anyone else is running your pace, you’ll see them next to you or if they’re faster, you’ll see them pass you, just like in the real world. You can wave to them or give them a thumbs up while they run past. It was pretty cool to run with fellow BibRave pros from across the country.

The second time I tried it, I just picked from the pre-made courses/worlds (I chose running through a volcano) in the Zwift app and did my own thing. There were other people running and biking at the same time and you would see them zip by in real time.

My footpod and the iPhone I was using paired really well; I had no problems (I know some of the BibRave pros some difficulty getting their footpod to stay connected while in the run). I do really hope Zwift will soon be compatible with Andriod products. I use an Android phone and tablet and the only way I could connect to Zwift was on my boyfriend’s tiny iPhone. I think having a larger device that I could bring to the rec (like a tablet) would make Zwift even more enjoyable. Zwift does work with a computer, but I thought that would be really weird to bring my MacBook Pro to the rec center and set it in front of the treadmill.  😛


Innovation

I think Zwift is really on to something.  I think it is really cool that you can organize a group run with people from across the country and actually run with them at your own speed. This could mean meeting new people, spending time with friends and family that don’t live near you, and even connecting like-minded communities from around the world.


Practicality

Besides connecting people, I also love the idea that this brings new motivation for running and exercise. Like I said in the beginning, I have such a hard time getting outside for a run in the cold months and the treadmill never sounds appealing either. Zwift takes the dreadmill and makes it fun (or at least bearable for those that REALLY hate the treadmill). Instead of counting down the tenth of each mile, I spent the time watching my little avatar running through different, beautifully crafted scenes.

Right now, the Zwift Run platform is free. Zwift did start as a cycling platform and I know they have a monthly membership but I’m not entirely sure what is included. I don’t know if the run platform will eventually move to a paid membership but I definitely think that it’s worth the cost of a footpod to give some more motivation to running on a treadmill.

I know there are a ton more features that I have yet to discover, but I’m excited to have this in my so-called “bag of tricks” to keep me motivated this winter.


Get started:

Visit Zwift online to learn more.

Get a footpod! Use coupon code BibRave15 to save 15% (available for the first 1000 sold).


See what the other BibRace Pros think:

RunNerd Girl | TmilesandRunning | The Running French Prof | Running with Log | The Marathon Lady | Running Through Life | Run Katy Run | Elbow Glitter | With Purpose and Kindness | Bluegrass BAMR |

Next race: The Scoobtober VIRTUAL 5k!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series races 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!


As part of being a BibRave Pro, I got a chance to participate in the first ever Virtual Scooby Doo Run Series! So, far Tristan and I have completed race one of the series, the Doo Good 5k, and earned some awesome swag! Check out my post-race recap HERE.

As we get closer and closer to Halloween, the theme for the 2nd race in the series, we’ve still been running a couple times a week together. We’ll complete our Virtual Scoobtober 5k on Tuesday, the day before Halloween.

We’re going to stick to our same course and our goal is to try and beat our time from the Doo Good 5k.

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see how training is going and we’ll do live posts of the race on Instagram Stories!

We’re Registered! For The Scooby Doo Virtual Run Challenge with Tristan!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series 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 used to do virtual races back in the day and then, for me personally, the trend kind of wore off. However, when I came across this opportunity, I couldn’t resist!

The Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series is hosted by the one and only Scooby Doo himself! Seriously, it’s promoted on the official Scooby Doo facebook and Instagram pages and using the real Scooby Doo images. This virtual race series is intended to be done with your doggie, although you don’t have to have a dog to do it!

I really wanted to do this race with my dog, Tristan, because he is getting older and I don’t foresee him being able to run with me much longer. So, we are signed up for the Scooby Doo Race Series Challenge which consists of TWO virtual races, the Doo Good 5k to be run in September and the Scoobtober 5k/10k in October.

With each race we’ll get swag, both for me and Tristan! The gear is super adorable with a shirt for me and a bandana for your him. Plus, we’ll EACH get a finisher’s medal! The best part is that part of the proceeds benefit the Best Friends Animal Society.


First up, the Doo Good 5k!
I plan on running the 5k during the last weekend of September. We’ll pick a course and tackle the 3.1 miles walking and running. I have seriously been training with Tristan and building up his mileage so we can run the Doo Good 5k.

Teaching him how to Instagram with the watch. 😉


Join Me!

Register for the Challenge by September 20th HERE! Use Coupon Code BIBRAVE to save 10% on registration.

OR The Doo Good 5k by September 20th HERE

OR The Scoobtober 5k/10k by October 20th HERE


Other BibRave Pros Running The Scooby Doo Virtual Race Series:

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2nd Half of August (and 1st Week of September) Updates

It’s Football Season! Go Broncos!

Like a lot of bloggers, I do regular “updates” posts talking about what’s going on, keeping me active on the blog and general updates related to my blog (running and travel). Ideally, weekly updates posts would be relatable for people, but that’s too ambitious for me; I have tried this in the past without much success. So, I’ve been doing (roughly) twice a month. I’ll also have current likes, obsessions, books I’m reading, tv shows I’m getting into, updates with each job have, etc.


Holy crap. I need more hours in the week.  The end of August and September has been so busy between all of my jobs and house projects. I haven’t had a chance to do much blogging. I have a bunch of posts half written or ideas ready to go. Hopefully, soon I’ll finish them! You can expect to see a Fortitude 10k Recap, a couple running-related book reviews, and some gear reviews via being a BibRave Pro! Until then, here are some updates since my last updates post!

From the last weekend in August, I have had quite the packed schedule and haven’t had a day off, until today (Sunday).  I finished up August by race directing our Erie Half/5k for 3W Races and a couple of Cross Country meets. That put us into September with more cross country meets, more 3W Races work and more races to direct.

End of August
-Race Directed the Erie Half and 5k. It was a full day of running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
-I did get to work a really cool event for 3W at the end of August. A local health center (UC Health) was filming a commercial that involved creating a fake 5k race. The artistic director for the commercial wanted the “race” to look real and borrowed a lot of our timing and race equipment and I was needed to go set it up and take care of it! I was so enthralled and fascinated by the whole thing; seeing a film crew and watching all that goes on behind the scenes just to make a one-minute commercial is pretty crazy. I can’t wait for the final product to come out! And no, I didn’t get to be IN the commercial! My break into stardom comes later…… (in case you didn’t get it, this is foreshadowing for something later in this post!) 😉


-August 31st: Arapahoe Invitational Cross Country Meet. This was our first real meet of the season and was a true cross country course with grass, dirt, water crossings, etc! Our kids did great, many had personal course records, and our new runners getting their feet wet (literally) in the cross country world.

September
-September 1st and 2nd were very busy!
-On Saturday the 1st, we took the cross country team up to Leadville for a great race! This super fun course at 10,000 feet elevation brought a lot of hardware home for our kiddos. Our JV and Varsity boys teams took first, our Girls Varsity took 3rd and our JV girls took second! In three of the races, we had the overall winner and in the 4th race, we had the 2nd overall winner.

The Leadville Meet

-Then I high tailed it to Denver to set up a 3W Booth at Mile High Stadium for the next day’s expo/race.
-Then I high tailed it up to Longmont for my Mom’s husband’s 60th birthday party.
-On Sunday, I woke up early to work the booth at Mile High Stadium (not my favorite thing to do for my job) and then back up to Longmont again for a family dinner with my Mom’s side of the family.
-MONDAY was fun as I ran the Fortitude 10k! I’ll do a whole race recap, but I met up with my friend Katja and we ran the 10k “together.” She’s way faster, but we hung out at all other times. I ran it in 51:56 which isn’t a 10k PR but is the fastest I have run a 10k in a REALLY long time! I also randomly got pulled to the side to be on Channel 2 News for an interview! So, now, I’m TOTALLY famous! 😉

-And Tuesday, it was back to the grind at 3W and cross country; I worked in the office at 3W HQ getting ready for the Denver 5k in the mornings and then had to jet up cross country practice in the afternoons!
-Thursday and Friday were packet pickups for the Denver 5k and truck loading.
-Saturday was the big day; The Denver 5k! I’m used to race directing half marathons and a 5k is much more fast-paced, but it helped to have four other staff members there since our lack of volunteers would have shown! (Side note: no one wants to volunteer anymore for races! What gives!?)

Enjoying a post race beer with the crew and racers

And finally, I get a day off… but alas, I have to get off the computer and help on the house… say la vie!


New/current happenings in the world of Golden Mountain Guides:
Not much new, just trying to keep up with it all between my other jobs. It’s slowing down a little bit, but every weekend has been fully booked. I just wish I, personally, had more time to work on some marketing stuff.

New/current happenings in the world of 3W:
Not much NEW. As I said earlier, yesterday was the Denver 5k and next weekend I am race directing the final of a four race series for the Prairie Dog Half Series and then the next race that I’m working is the first weekend in October when I time the K9 Canter.

New/current happenings in the world of coaching:
Cross country season is in full swing with meets every week and practices every day (except Sundays). I’ve missed a few here in there due to my other jobs, and I hate missing them because I love coaching those stinkin’ kids, but you do what you have to! Our next meet is Tuesday down in Elizabeth, CO and then next Saturday (but I can’t go due to race directing) at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.


What I’m reading:
-I just finished up Kara Goucher’s “Strong” which was pretty good. It’s a little too hokey for me, but I get the main point and purpose (using the power of the mind).
-I’m now in the middle of “End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood” by Jan Redford. No, I’m not pregnant, but the book is about a climber girl trying to figure out her place in the world as she deals with life and death in the mountains. So far, I’m really enjoying it even though there have been some terribly sad moments.
-You can see what I’m reading regularly on GOODREADS! Give me a follow! 

What I’m Watching:
I haven’t been watching much lately. In my last post, I told you about my Disney Movies challenge. This week, I did get to watch a few oldies like “The Watcher in the Woods” (CREEPY!) and “Herbie Goes Bananas” (Not a good one). I’m into the 1980’s!

What I’m Listening To:
I finished up all the OLD episodes on the BibRave Podcast but have a few more of the latest ones to catch up on, but I’ve been taking a break and actually listening to the radio! Weird, huh?

What I’m loving at the moment:
Coaching. Those two hours of the day that I’m coaching are the only thing getting me through the weeks. During those hours, coaching is all I’m thinking about and getting to interact with the kids and share running tidbits and advice is awesome. Plus the actual time running lets me clear my head a bit (until the next kid asks a question) and relax.

What I’m hating at the moment:
Feeling SO TIRED! Everyone knows me as the tired person and I hate that. Maybe someday in my life, people won’t see me as always being tired.

Noteworthy:
I’m signed up for the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Challenge and you should do! There are two virtual races for the challenge, one in September and one in October. They are meant to be something to do with your dog, but you don’t have to have a doggie to participate. You get a medal for each race AND a challenge medal (and so does your dog!). Plus, part of the proceeds goes to the Best Friends Animal Society!
-Sign up and join me! 🙂 Use coupon code: BIBRAVE for 10% off!