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About Jen Bendewish

Mom, triathlete, runner, skateboarder, and still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Saturday (18-miler)

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 8 weeks

Long Run Saturday: 18 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year.

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It’s amazing how much difference a few degrees makes. Thanks to Hurricane Nate pushing up through the Gulf of Mexico my run started out around 74° and never cooled off.

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2017 Gift Guide for Runners

I have been running for over 20 years and one question that seems to come up quite often is what type of running gifts to get that special runner. I’ve run with my kids, through the mountains,  and 5ks to marathons (no ultras yet). Runners can be quite picky about their shoes, nutrition, watches, and other gadgets. However, many runners have an ongoing wish list of running themed items they would love to have, and here are just a few.

1. FlipBelt

   

Yes, there are all kinds of belts out there but this is my favorite. I have completed seven marathons wearing a FlipBelt.  I wear it at the gym to hold my phone and iPod. I have worn my FlipBelt while flying across the country (to hold money, ID, and phone). I also wear it when I do Black Friday shopping – it holds my cards, phone, car keys, and frees up my hands to hold and carry the important stuff. FlipBelts are true to size and an excellent investment for any runner, yogi, gym rat, hiker, or walker (just to name a few). Cost: $28.99

 

2. NOXGEAR Tracer360 Vest

As the days get shorter many runners find themselves covering morning and evening miles in the dark. This vest was built with runners and cyclists in mind as it rotates between six bright colors that help passing motorists pay attention. It is lightweight and adjustable and can be worn over jackets and doesn’t affect your hydration belt or heart rate monitor. The vest requires three (3) AAA batteries and will stay illuminated for 40 hours. NOXGEAR also makes illuminated vests/harnesses for our four legged friends! Cost: $55.00 – 70.00

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Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Sunday (17-miler)

 

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 10 weeks

Long Run Sunday: 17 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year.

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This was actually a long run Sunday, which was followed by church, lunch, movie time with the kids, dinner, meal prep for the week, and then hitting the pillow sometime after it got dark, which felt like quite the accomplishment considering I was ready to tag out and go to sleep about 7:00 pm.

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Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Saturdays (14-miler)

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 12 weeks

Long Run Saturday: 14 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year. Running three marathons in a year was never my plan, but when work sent me to New York in June, I had to add a marathon into the work trip. The timing of my marathons this year has been spaced out: February, June, and December. I have been able to scale back the mileage in between training for each marathon which has given me a little extra recovery time, not like in 2015 when I ran two marathons two weekends apart. Continue reading

“Love the Pain, Inc.” — What is that?

On a recent trip home, aka the somewhat quarterly Tallahassee to Los Angeles trip, my girls and I were asked what our “Love the Pain” trucker hats were about, which we are always very ready to talk about. For my six and eight year old, their response is simply, “it is swim-bike-run, that’s what we do.” For me, it’s that and so much more. It’s about my Angelino roots that connects my skate/surf/snow roots to my East Coast running and triathlon life. Needless to say, I am stoked to give a little shoutout to this small and super awesome company!

In their own words, Love The Pain is not just a brand, its a lifestyle.  For those who give it their all in exchange for a few seconds of extreme satisfaction.
Love The Pain is committed to endurance sports and its amazing athletes.  Our Products are designed and crafted in Los Angeles, CA.” 

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Love the Pain also offers team slots on Team Mojo as well as an ambassador program. I am stoked to give a shoutout to some awesome Team Mojo Athletes and ambassadors! Check them out on Instagram (and.. hint, hint…. some will hook you up with a discount code so you can grab some of your own #LTPEndurance gear)!

  1. Robin @simplerobin
  2. Mike @kingofthelake
  3. Alisha @starlithvn
  4. Rick  @royer6
  5. Kieran @iron_kieran

Inaugural Youngstown Marathon Recap 2017

Marathon #7. When you tell people that you are running your seventh marathon they seem to think it will be easier for you. They don’t get easier. Running marathon #7 means I know the pain that awaits after mile 18, the grit it takes to get from mile 22 to mile 25, and the balance of nutrition and moving to keep your stomach in check.

Training for the inaugural Youngstown Marathon was going well and my wonderful friend, Maria, helped me get through the last several long runs during training. I cannot thank her enough for logging those miles with me.

Seven days before the marathon I got food poisoning or a stomach bug, the jury is still out. I wasn’t able to eat for two days and then I slowly introduced bread, crackers, and soup back into the regimen. On Friday, I weighed in at Complete Nutrition and the food poisoning left its mark, I had lost two pounds of muscle in the past week. Continue reading

Soccer Life: Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur

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Today Jossalyn wrapped up her fourth soccer season in less than two years. It’s hard to believe this little munchkin, who is only six years old, has played almost 7 months of soccer each year for the past two years. She has been amazing to watch and to hear her name cheered from the sidelines gets me every time. I wish her great grandfather could have seen her play and perhaps he is and perhaps she has a little bit of that amazing Croatian soccer player with her when she is on the field.

After playing soccer for the City of Tallahassee, we signed up with Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur at the recommendation of her previous coach. While the skill building practices and playing up an age group have been frustrating for her, she has come away each week smiling, running, sweaty, thirsty, and ready for more!

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