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Today’s Costco Haul – Run Eat Repeat

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog


Hello! I hit up Costco today for a quick trip and thought I’d share today’s Costco Grocery Haul in 30 seconds! Ready… Set… Go!

Costco Grocery Haul

1. Egg whites – for breakfast sandwiches (I add avocado for healthy fats and to stay satisfied longer.)

2. Tortillas – There are a million in the pack but they last a long time in the fridge. [And if they get stale make chilaquiles.]

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

4. Romaine, Carrots, Bell peppers – base for big salads [I avoid raw kale & spinach because of hypothyroidism.]


3. Truvia Stevia based sweetener – iced coffee & hot tee.

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

5. Gum – helps curb mindless snacking [I used to be a binge eater. I have a family history of alcohol addiction. I think chewing gum is a better option than turning to food or alcohol for some unmet need.]

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

6. Seltzer – I usually get the Kirkland brand but they were out. 🥤

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

7. Fruit – I’m always stocked up! And they had a big supply of my number 1 fave food = WATERMELON!!

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

8. Tru Fru – Recently I tried the dark chocolate covered blueberries and loved them. Hope this kind is good too.

 

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

I got these Boba Ice Milk Bars for Ben, he loves Boba drinks.

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

9. Yasso – They’re on sale right now. Treat yo self.

Costco Grocery Haul Running Blog

You can see the 30 second version of this on my Instagram Reels – follow @RunEatRepeat and check it out. 

Question – Do you get any of these too?

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER 1 COSTCO MUST HAVE?

 

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100 Miles Tracker Printable – Run Eat Repeat

100 Miles Challenge Tracker Chart


Doing a 100 Mile Challenge is a great way to make a new running habit or get you back on track after some time off. The secret to running better, faster and stronger is often consistency. So challenge yourself (and maybe a running buddy) to run or walk 100 Miles and see how much progress and confidence you make along the way.

This free printable pdf is best for new runners, walkers and experienced runners who want a different challenge. Let’s go!

  1. Challenge a friend to do the 100 Mile Challenge with you – you can run (or walk) the miles alone OR together. Decide on a start date. Get the printable tracker and go! The first person to get to 100 – WINS.
  2. Challenge a group of friends or family to take the 100 Mile Challenge with you. Choose a start date. Get the printable tracker and give everyone a copy. Start a group text and have everyone check in weekly. The first person to get to 100 – WINS.
  3. Challenge yourself to Run 100 Miles. Decide on a ‘Victory Lap’ aka – prize you’ll get yourself when you finish. Get the tracker and go! Mark off every mile to see your progress and stay motivated. When you finish – celebrate with your prize!

 

100 Mile Tracker Chart free printable

If you really want to make sure you’re counting up your miles accurately you have to use an accurate tool to measure the distance. It doesn’t have to be a super fancy running watch or tracker though. There are affordable (even free) options to track how far you’re running.

When you are part of a buddy or group challenge and trying to keep each other accountable – find out how everyone is going to track their miles before you start. If they’re a new runner or just new to a challenge like this be sure to let them know the free options. No one wants to scramble to download a good running app as they walk out the door to run!

Watches and Apps to Track How Many Miles You Run

  1. GPS Running Watch – I use the Polar Vantage M right now and love it
  2. Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS, FitBit Versa 3 has GPS or Garmin Vivo Active Watch
  3. Free Apps! There are so many to choose from including –  Run Keeper, Strava, Nike Run Club, Map My Run & more.

Get more Motivation and Accountability – Tag @RunEatRepeat on Instagram so I can see your progress and share it too!

 

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Best Mascara, Dry Shampoo and other Questions from this week

Best Mascara TikTok Instagram Reels


Here are the questions you (or your friends) asked via the Instagram Stories box @RunEatRepeat.

Since IG stories are only up for 24 hours and my highlights are packed – this is the best way to save the answers and information for you to find later. I’ll link to any products I mention under the question so it’s easy to find.

If you have a question (or follow up question) – Follow @RunEatRepeat on Instagram and watch my stories. I put up a question box a few times a week.

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QUestions covered today:

  • What’s the BEST Dry Shampoo
  • What do you put on your eyelashes
  • What’s the sitch with Ben
  • What skin care products do you use
  • What do you drink (besides seltzer)
  • Are you doing any races in Northern California
  • Can I pet Diego

 

@RunEatRepeat Instagram Story Questions:

Note… Some of the questions I answered via video. Then, I realized it wasn’t easy to save 15 second clips on a blog post… so I started to  answer via text in the story. I’m sharing the ones I answered via text below. If I answered a question via video and you missed the answer OR want links to what I mentioned – just ask again in my stories @RunEatRepeat on Instagram 

What’s the best dry shampoo?

I love Batiste Dry Shampoo in the scent – Coconut and Exotic Tropical .

I think the best one for hair that’s a little more oily (or sweaty) is Aveda Dry Shampoo aka Shampure 

What do you put on your lashes?

I swear by THIS Maybelline Colossal Mascara

See my Instagram Reels for a Fast Before and After using that mascara I love HERE.

Best Mascara TikTok Instagram Reels

What would you tell your 18 year old self?

(video answer)

Are you and Ben back together?

(video answer)

But… I got a lot more questions like this, so I updated it with a text answer:

@RunEatRepeat Ben Update

Do you Drink Sodas at all? I just drink water but need something else. I’m not a sparkling water fan.

Run Eat Repeat Drinks

I LOVE seltzer & have a Soda Stream
so I drink a lot of sparkling water.
And I also drink…

What Skin Care Products Do You Use?

Run Eat Repeat Skincare

Advice for GI Problems While Running?

Runner GI Issues

Do you still eat dirty grapes??

Run Eat Repeat Dirty Grapes

Can I pet Diego?

Yes. Diego LIVES for pets.

Run Eat Repeat can I pet Diego

Are you going to run a race in Northern California?

Run Eat Repeat Race Northern California

 

Got a Question?? Ask in my Instagram Story Box – @RunEatRepeat Instagram 

 

 

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Best Virtual Races for 2021

List of Virtual Races for 2021


There are tons of fun virtual races with awesome medals and shirts you can run in 2021! So don’t let all those race cancellations stop you from training and earning a new medal. So, here’s a list of the Best Virtual Races with notes on the perks you get when you sign up. Plus tips on what to consider when choosing the best race for you. Let’s go!

Today we’re covering: 

  1. What to consider before you register
  2. List of Virtual Races with medals
  3. Resources and Websites to find Virtual Races

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What to consider when choosing a Virtual Race:

  • Distance – Many races offer more than 1 distance as an option, but you have to choose when you register.
  • Date – When do you have to complete the race by? Unlike traditional races where everyone runs on the same day, virtual races give you a window of time (often a week or more) to complete the distance.
  • How you report your finishing time or prove that you finished. Some virtual races are on the honor system – so as soon as you sign up they send out your medal and shirt. Then, it’s up to you to get it done. Other Virtual Races require you to prove your finishing time by connecting to a tracking app or sharing a screenshot of your results or picture of your GPS watch after running.
  • What’s included (Swag baby!) – Not all virtual races give you a medal, even less give you a t-shirt, so you have to check what’s included with the price of registration. If you want a medal (and/or shirt), be sure it’s offered and included with the price of entry. Virtual Race Swag can include things like: Medal, Shirt, Hat/Visor, Socks, Water bottle, Bag, Training Plan, Discounts, Access to their app and more.
  • Cost – Virtual Races can sometimes cost just as much as in person events due to shipping / administration fees. Also, some events that were originally in person races had to switch to virtual due to Covid. So, they may still be paying a larger staff and recoup money lost to stay in business. Just because it’s a virtual race, doesn’t mean it’s low cost – check that it fits in your budget and if there are any extra fees (shipping, paying extra for a shirt, etc). Many races donate some proceeds to charity (what percentage and what charity varies widely). Finally, keep in mind most Virtual Races are non-refundable.

Virtual Races Medals and Shirts

Note – some of these ‘Virtual Races’ are usually in person events, but due to Covid19 had to change to virtual only. So if you’ve already wanted to run a certain race but may never be able to travel to that location or run it otherwise, this might be your chance. (And it may not be a virtual race next year.)

List of Virtual Races for 2021

  • Gone for a Run Virtual Races – Probably one of the most popular virtual race organizations, they’ve offered several virtual races each month for years. So they’re very organized and the site looks the most professional compared to other virtual race websites. But these races often cost a little more.
  • Race distances include 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon.
  • Includes: Race Medal and Shirt*. All races include a medal, most include a shirt, the ones that don’t offer a shirt have something instead like a pair of socks, visor or headband.
  • Cost: $26.99 – $39.99
  • Medal Dash Virtual Races – 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon Virtual Races. They have a super fun race coming up – Godzilla versus Kong. You pick if you want to be on ‘Team Godzilla’ or ‘Team Kong’ – and you get the medal with your team choice! You choose your distance 5K/10K/13.1 miles, choose your team and if you want a shirt. Get more info on the Godzilla v Kong Virtual Race here. 
  • Includes: Medal and bib. You can add a t-shirt or tank top for extra.
  • Cost: $35.75-52.75
  • Virtual Run Events April 2021 Races – Site offers virtual races from 1 mile to 26.2 miles. Race registration includes a medal. Shirts and other swag are available for an additional fee [they’re sold on another site, so after you register for a race you can click a link to shop around].
  • Includes: Race Medal (shirts are available separately)
  • Cost: $25 – $55 [You can get a 15% discount when you sign up for their newsletter.]
  • The Conqueror Challenges – Virtual Running Challenges where you can sign up to complete a set distance over a period of time. So, it’s not exactly like a race in that you don’t need to do the entire distance in one run – you can add up miles over time to finish the distance you signed up for.
  • Includes: Tracking App (so they can see you’re doing the distance), Medal and Shirt for an extra fee.
  • Cost: $35-$55 – Varies. The shirt is extra. Shipping is not included.
  • The Virtual Run lists many different races with super fun medals for the 5K and 10K distance. As of right now the site lists half marathons and marathons – but doesn’t have any races listed for those distances.
  • Virtual Run 10K Races – Several different race themes that include a medal and a shirt for an extra fee. Many of the races say they’re sold out of the shirts so double check if you want one.
  • Cost: starts at $15.00
  • Virtual Run 5K Races – Several different 5K race themes that come with a medal. One of them offers a t-shirt for an additional fee, but it’s sold out right now.
  • Cost: starts at $15.00
  • Kiss Me I’m a Runner 5K – via Gone for a Run Virtual Races
  • Cost: $27-40
  • Includes: Medal, Tee or Tank and printable race bib. You self report your race time (results) on their site so you can compare results with others.
  • Run then Paddy Hard 5K – via Gone for a Run Virtual Races
  • Cost: $36.99
  • Includes: Medal, Tee and printable race bib. You self report your race time (results) on their site so you can compare results with others.
  • Girl Power 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon – via Gone for a Run Virtual Race
  • Cost: $32.99
  • Includes: Medal, Socks OR Gaiter, printable race bib. [No shirt – you choose between a pair of socks or gaiter/headband instead. This makes it a little cheaper than the other races from this company.] You self report your race time (results) on their site so you can compare results with others.
  • Yeti Ultra 24 Hour Challenge – Run or Walk 5.2 miles every 4 hours for 24 Hours ! That’s a total of 6 runs for a 50k
  • Cost: $49
  • Includes: Race medal and shirt. Plus bragging rights – this is a very unique challenge!
  • Details – You must follow the challenge guidelines: Run or Walk 5.2 miles every 4 hours for 24 hours (you complete a 50K). Then, report back with your time on the website. You have until June 1st to beat your own time and update it. Registration closed April 30.

Consider running a virtual race that’s organized by a local running store, club or race organization. Your usual local races may offer a virtual option this year. If you always run the annual Fourth of July 5K in your city (or something similar) – don’t assume it’s cancelled. Check to see if the race will be held virtually this year.

Doing a local race (even if it’s virtual) can really help smaller race and running companies hit hard financially by the pandemic. Many races also donate some of the proceeds to local charities – so those groups have taken a hit on donations as fundraising events were cancelled.

Keep in mind – small business sometimes don’t have the same technology resources as huge race organizations. So, their websites may not have all the updates.

How to Find Local Races:

  • Community or city website(s) and publications
  • Local running groups or running clubs
  • Local running stores (go in and ask where applicable)
  • Local race’s Instagram and Facebook pages
  • Blogs and social media posts of runners local to your area

examples of in Person Races that are Virtual in April:

  • Salt Lake City Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Virtual Races – Run your own race between April 10-25
  • Cost: Marathon $70 / Half Marathon $65 / 10K $45 / 5K $40  – plus extra fee if you need your race swag mailed to you.
  • Includes: Shirt and Medal (site says ‘swag’ so it’s unclear if there’s any additional perks)
  • Marine Corps Virtual Historic Half –May 2021 (not April but a well respected race that might be fun to do virtual)
  • You get: participant shirt, finisher medal and commemorative 2021 bib will be mailed to the address participants provide during registration.

Rock N Roll Marathon – Virtual Race Club… so this isn’t a virtual race but you can do virtual run challenges to get swag.

Join the Rock N Roll Virtual Running Club for free. You sign up and connect your running app to get started. Then, you can earn points for your runs, races and challenges. Those points add up so you can win swag.

Run Disney Virtual Race Series – Run Disney organized several virtual races to replace all the in person runs that had to be cancelled.

They do offer a medal but I didn’t include them on the main list because =  they’re ALL Sold Out. But, I’m keeping it on the list because the race medals are gorgeous and fun. I’ll update this list if any new virtual races are added!

The Boston Marathon will host a virtual race this year. The in person race is usually in April but has been pushed back to October. The number of runners for the in person event will be a smaller field than usual. Registration opens for the in person and virtual race at the end of the month. The virtual Boston Marathon will be for the 26.2 distance only.

Virtual Race Information

More Resources and Information on Virtual Races: 

If you’re a Race Director and have an update on your race that you’d like me to share – email [email protected]

 

Follow @RunEatRepeat on Instagram and let me know what races you’re doing this year!

 

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