Rainy Race Day Tips

AHH! The beauty of road races in the great outdoors! Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… we run outside all year round. Some days there is sunshine, clouds, a cool breeze, rain, snow, sleet, humidity… okay so it’s not always going to be a simple jog in the park. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about the forecast, but you can be prepared for race day and have a smart race!

The weather for the 2018 Brooklyn Half is looking to be a wet one! Besides dodging puddles along the course, there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a good race.

 

Rainy Race Day Tips:

  1. Wear a trash bag to the start line. Simple enough to keep you dry until it’s go-time. Since you are going to ditch it anyway, save money on the plastic poncho and opt for a stylish Hefty bag. All you have to do is cut holes for your head and arms. Not only will it keep you dry, but you’ll stay warmer in the rain (especially on a cool morning).
  2. Wear a hat for the race. Face it- you will get wet. This is probably our best advice ever. Wearing a hat will keep the rain out of your eyes. An old baseball cap works just fine, but keep in mind that with longer distances your body will heat up. Opt for a hat made of breathable, tech material to keep the rain off your face but let some heat escape out of the top!img_4022
  3. Check a bag. Unless you are going from the finish line straight to your car, you’re going to want to check a bag with dry clothes, socks, shoes- everything! Standing around cold & soggy is probably the worst feeling.  If you have room, sneak a tiny umbrella in there to keep you dry as you cheer everyone on who finishes after you 🙂

Make sure you have everything you need the night before! Check the weather, drink some water, and get some rest. Here’s the link to our complete race day packing list!

See you at the finish line!

Louise & Pam

Happy Anniversary B&B!

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It’s our 1st Anniversary!

When we took the leap of faith to launch Burpees & Bordeaux a year ago we didn’t know where it would go. We knew we wanted to share our journeys – the highs and the lows, we wanted to share solid research backed information, and we wanted to share our love for fitness (and wine). Little did we know we would connect with some of the most bad-ass women in the industry, grow not only as friends but also fitness professionals, and also expose our most vulnerable selves. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who read our blog and support us in our journey. A special shout out to our friends, our families, and significant others who support us day in and day out! Thank you to our friends at lululemon RF for letting us reach more individuals and all of the Tone It Up- Long Island girls who always come out to support us.

We love you all and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us!

Xo, Louise & Pam

Fitness Friday: Photo Finishes

Let’s talk about race photos. You either love them or you hate them. I am still deciding. I get excited a day or two after a race when there’s an email saying, “your race photos are ready!” But clearly I was not ready for the camera. While they are a great memory from your race, they’re not always the best shots. All my running friends out there know they have some pretty bad pictures. Take these as an example…

When you see the cameraman, things are a little different. Suddenly you perk up. Oh I love running. Running is wonderful! And you get excited- like arms flailing excited. Hands in the air, giving 2 thumbs up, and a big this-doesn’t-hurt-smile.

Don’t be shy, your friends do it, too!

It’s the ones where you don’t see the cameraman that you need to be careful. Those candid shots will get you! You are focused. An athlete concentrated on making it to the finish line and the seconds are ticking by. Sometimes things get can a little ugly.

Now, finish line photos are a whole different ballgame. You know someone is taking your picture. Somewhere… The race is over and there is water straight ahead. You are happy and relieved and tired and sweaty. Smile, you’re done!

There are the good…

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the bad…

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and the UGLY.

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OMG. THAT PICTURE. My posture… my face… PR’s hurt.

It haunts me. This photo is by far the roughest looking thing I have ever seen. And I just shared it with all of you! That, my friends, is what a PR looks like (a.k.a. death). Which brings me to my point. Since the Beach2Beacon 2015, I have set out on a quest to redeem myself in my race photos. All the pictures above were taken during races I did over the past year. It has been my mission to take a good finish line photo to make up for all the bad ones.

Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of this picture and the opportunity for the ultimate redemption! Stay tuned for my Beach 2 Beacon 2016 race recap next week- complete with photo finish 🙂

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We couldn’t let Pam get away without sharing some race photos!

Think you have a worse race picture??? Share it with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #BBRacePhotoChallenge and tag us @burpeesandbordeaux! You will be entered to win fabulous prizes 🙂 Winner will be chosen next week!

Xoxo, Louise

 

Race Recap: 2016 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon

I crossed the finish line!

I knew I could do it- but that’s not what I had been training to do. I wanted to cross the finish line in less than 2 hours, but that didn’t happen. I finished with a second best time of 2:05:05, and after calling my mom (duh!) and talking with Coach Jared, I’ve stopped beating myself up over it (more on that later).

Let’s rewind for a minute and talk about the race experience! Thursday afternoon, I headed to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Pre-Party. At Pier 2, you picked up your race bib, had an opportunity to shop for Brooklyn merchandise, and get your last minute race questions answered. Brooklyn Running Co. set up shop with some cool Brooklyn gear and any last minute essentials (like headbands and Gu) that you may need. There was also a spot to get your race shirt customized! Outside there were swings, giant Jenga, a band stage, and fantastic views of the NYC skyline- the perfect photo op! There were just a few food trucks with some snacks and drinks; honestly, I was hoping for more food options.

Fast forward to race day… traveling from Nassau County to Brooklyn can be aggressive. We decided to hire a car which picked us up on time from my house and dropped us off right at the starting line. Our early wake up call ensured that we arrived in plenty of time to check our bags and get through security. My friend, Javi, was running in Wave 1 and bag check closed at 6:10am… Zzzz… I ate my breakfast while waiting in the corral since Wave 2 started didn’t start until 7:45am. This gave us time to warm up and use the porta potty (which I recommend doing ASAP because the lines became outrageous).

Race time! 7:45 am and the gun went off… funneling to the starting line I was SO READY to go. All that waiting had made me a little bit antsy to get started. The Brooklyn Half course starts with 3 miles outside of Prospect Park with minor ups and downs in the elevation. When you head into the park, it starts off flat and just before Mile 5 comes the biggest hill on the course which is not as steep as some of those Central Park hills, but seems like it will never end (it does, I promise). As you loop around the park, you discover what goes up must come down and get to enjoy a nice downhill as you come through Mile 7 just outside the park. You head to Ocean Parkway with a quick dip down and a steady bump in elevation on the entrance ramp. Think of this as your final stretch to the finish line- I just thought Ocean Parkway would never end. Until this point in the race, I was really feeling strong. The crowd was alive and had some really funny signs! My pace for the first few miles was a little faster than I wanted so I tried to slow myself down a little. I missed the ‘beep’ of my Garmin at Miles 6&7 and was unsure of how fast I was going. Unfortunately, I slowed myself down too much and had trouble picking up the pace again. When I saw my PR slipping away, I mentally checked out of the race, too.

As you’re running South, the Avenues go in order from A to Z then you make a right hand turn onto Surf Avenue and can see the roller coasters up ahead. The end is near! I had been wearing a bracelet with pace times for my 2 hour goal; when I saw the sign that said “800 meters to go,” I ripped it off and just made a strong finish. Crossing that finish line felt so good, but I was sooo disappointed in myself. I knew some of the mistakes I made early on in the race, but I was really mad that I had mentally given up. My jello legs made their way down the boardwalk where I was given my finisher’s medal, took a sweaty photo with it, then finally found some water (it kept everyone moving, but the water was a little bit down from the finish line).

After the satisfaction of crossing the finish line finally set in, now I had to find my friends and party! My legs were mush and I was tired, but I walked down the boardwalk where finishers also received a bag with water, Gatorade, an apple, pretzels, and a PowerBar. (One of the nice volunteers let me trade my bag so that crazy me could have a blue Gatorade- thank you!) Picking up my gear from bag check was a breeze and was also the designated meeting spot for my friends. *Side note: I had read recaps from last year about limited cell phone service. While I didn’t have a problem with my phone, some people had spotty service so make sure you designate a meeting point ahead of time.*

The Post-Race party was so much fun! You head into MCU Park, Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, to find thousands of other runners celebrating with their friends and family. Beers were flowing, hot dogs were cooking, and the band was playing everything from the new JT song to some old school Spice Girls.

Before I left the house at 4am, my mom told me to “just have fun!” I definitely did that 🙂 The Brooklyn Half was a great race with excited runners, spectators cheering the whole way, and a killer finish line party. I will definitely be running this one again! Although I didn’t PR like I had hoped, I know there are more races to come. Coach Jared and I have discussed the idea of an October race… hmm… until then, I’m excited for the Baltimore 10 Miler in 2 weeks where I will be running for fun with my best friends!

Happy Sunday Funday, my loves!
Louise

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A huge congratulations to my friends; Javi, who crushed his goal with a time of 1:29:54 and to Virginia, who finished her first half marathon! 🙂

L: I Cheated on My Taper

Runner’s World defines the taper as “the reduction of exercise before a competition or race. Tapering is believed to be essential for best performance and can take from as little to a week to two or three weeks.” During a taper, mileage cuts back and intensity cools down. When race week comes, it’s time to focus on resting and mentally preparing for the big day. The countdown to Brooklyn is on… 4 days! And yesterday I was bad. I tried to cheat the taper. 

At the end of last week, I started having some back pain (over doing it on my workouts) and one of the PT’s I work with told me my back muscles were in a spasm. Ouch. To avoid further aggravation, I skipped my long run and exercising over the weekend. Then Sunday night I started reading other people’s recaps of Brooklyn and their sub-2 half marathons. And maaaybe I freaked a little bit. So Monday morning I woke up and went for my last run before Brooklyn. It should have been easy. Leisurely. A walk in the park. I should have just walked in the park. But mentally, I needed to make sure I could run a 9 minute mile… so I ran 3 of them.FullSizeRender (3)

And then Pam yelled at me 😦 I tried to cheat my taper and squeeze in some extra speedwork. Needless to say, my back started acting up again yesterday so now I am listening to my body! Ice and Advil, ftw. But I was pretty damn proud of myself!

I’ve come up with some things to keep me occupied for the rest of the week so I’m not tempted to try a race pace run again. When a training cycle is coming to an end and it’s time to taper, try making a list of activities so that you stay busy- it will be perfect to distract you from the decreased mileage!

  • Monday: (After my little running adventure…) I cooked chicken and brussels sprouts to eat for lunch at work! Brussels were marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper, & rosemary then roasted at 375* until crispy ❤
  • Tuesday: Manicure & pedicure! Splurged and got a foot massage, too 😉 Nails are painted the same pink as the Brooklyn race logo for inspiration
  • Wednesday: *singing Rihanna* Work, work, work, work, work, work
  • Thursday: Pre-Race Party! I am so pumped to check out the food vendors- HA! I’m bringing my mom along to party with me then we are heading to the Mets game!
  • Friday: Pasta party (duh!) Should I go for some garlic knots, too?

Our friend Race Pace Jess also created a list of things for keeping yourself busy the week before a race. Check her list out here!

Until Saturday, fingers crossed for sunny skies and PRs! ❤
Louise