Training Week, Fall Favorites and A Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am now just under 5 weeks away from marathon day and getting SO excited, especially after seeing pictures and posts from Chicago Marathon finishers!!!

This week my workouts came to 61 miles with 1 speed day, 1 long run and 4 easy run days. I almost did not do my speed day just because I was coming off of my half marathon, but I felt great and don’t have too much longer before the taper!!!!!

Mon- 9 miles- 8:04 pace

Tues- 9 miles- 8:01 pace

Wed- 6×1 mile repeats on the road with 1.5 mile warm up and cool down- 6:18 average (6:16, 6:13, 6:15, 6:21, 6:22, 6:20)

Thurs- 8 miles- 7:58 pace

Fri- 8 miles- 8:11 pace

Sat- 18 miles- 7:52 pace


The cooler temps have felt so nice and the Fall colors and just beautiful!!!!

I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my Fall marathon training favorites :).

My first is one of my absolute favorite running tops. It is the Breathe Hoodie top from Gap Fit. This top is beyond comfortable! It is a thing long sleeve top so it is perfect for those in between weather days. I have worn it a few times already this fall. I would say it is best for upper 40’s and 50 degree temperatures for me. They are reasonably priced (especially when you have a coupon). I had a 50% off coupon code for the Gap too so I bought this in several colors!!! In my opinion these run big so I would size down….I needed an XS and I don’t wear an XS in anything (usually a small, sometimes a med).


Next up is my Oiselle hat! I am not a big hat wearer because I seem to have a hard time finding hats that fit my head right. This hat is a perfect fit and perfect for the rainy or drizzling days!!!!

Number 3 are my Oiselle arm warmers. These are perfect to pair with a short sleeve top on those days when you just don’t know whether to go short or long :). They are also super comfortable!


Number 4 that has been working for me is my Nathan handheld water bottle. I hate fuel belts or pretty much anything around my waist. This little water bottle has been working out great for my long runs. I usualy pass my car half way through a long run and get a drink and pick this up to carry for the second half of my run.


Last, but DEFINITELY not least, on my list on my list are my PRO Compression socks. I LOVE these socks. The marathon tall socks are amazing for recovery. They are not impossible to put on and they have the perfect amount of compression (which is great for marathon training and recovery). The trainer low socks are so comfortable. These are the only socks that I wear that is how muchΒ  I love them!!!



I am SUPER excited to give you the chance to win your very own pair of PRO Compression Marathon socks or sleeves. Yup, that’s right, A PRO Compression giveaway! You can never have enough running socks, and these are the best! Simply enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway goes from Sun 10/12- Sunday 10/19. Winner will be announced Mon 10/20!
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I also have a discount code for you to use to stock up on some socks with:

USE THE CODE BLG14 TO GET 40% OFF YOUR ORDER OF MARATHON SOCKS OR SLEEVES!!!!! (these socks would make the perfect gift for anyone who is training or just loves running. They are also great stocking stuffers if you do early Christmas shopping :))!

Who ran Chicago?!!!! How did you do?

Who is training for a marathon? How many days/weeks do you have left?

Do you have any fall favorites?


    • Jen says

      Thanks Tina :). I really LOVE my PRO Compression, so I am thrilled to giveaway a pair!!! Black sleeves are an awesome choice!

  1. says

    Your running week looks so strong! I’m getting so excited for you!!! And I just bought the Oiselle Luxe sleeves and wore them in my half on Saturday. It resulted in a new PR, so I’m guessing it’s all about the sleeves!!!
    And, you must have read my mind, because I was JUST thinking that I have to order some tall socks for my 15K race in November! I’ll probably keep it simple and just go with boring ‘ol back or white because I have to wear my colorful Oiselle top πŸ™‚

    • Jen says

      Thanks Allie!!!! And speaking of amazing running…your half was AMAZING!!!!! Glad my reminder came at a perfect time :)…I LOVE the Oiselle top, and you are certainly flying in it!

  2. Heather says

    i’d pick the calf sleeves in lime!! so cute. i have a pair of their regular socks and love them, but i think i’d really like try the sleeves as a bit of a cooler option

  3. Jen says

    Yes!!!! It is the Gap Fit Breathe hoodie. It is my absolute favorite top right now!!!! I love it for running in this in-between temps..the sleeves roll up easily too if I get warm during a run and the price is really not bad (especially is you get a discount code)! The lavender pair is my favorite πŸ™‚

  4. Chelsea Bakken says

    I just ran my first marathon on Sunday! Not Chicago, but the Long Beach Marathon. It was fantastic and I signed up for LA. Training begins in about a month! I think I would have to go with powder blue. My favorite color!

  5. says

    I loved following along with the Chicago Marathon this weekend – so inspiring!
    I’m a handheld water bottle user too. I haven’t even tried anything around my waist, but I have a feeling I wouldn’t like it. & I don’t mind using a handheld, so if it’s not broke, why fix it? πŸ˜‰

    While I’m liking the lime socks, I think the purple or red would go with more of my outfits, so I’d have to choose one of them.

    • Jen says

      Kara you have to try them!!! I was buying them before I became an ambassador. They are such awesome socks. I love telling people about them because they are such a great product!

  6. says

    Killer week of training, you are really going to nail it at Richmond!!! Love those paces on mile repeats! Few more weeks till go time for you, will there be runner tracking!?!?

    OMG, gap active clothing is some of my favorite. I have so many things of theirs the quality is awesome and really fits right too.

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