Get Ragnar Ready with Pear Sports Giveaway!

Do you know what today marks? No, not the day after my birthday 😉 It’s 12 weeks to Ragnar Relay Adirondacks! 


For those of you that don’t know, Ragnar Relay Adirondacks is a 200 mile relay race from Saratoga Springs, NY to Lake Placid, NY and this year it is being held on September 26th & 27th. 

200 MILES you say?! Well, yes but no worries, you’re actually on a team of 12 (or 6 if you’re an ultra badass) and get to split the miles up amongst the 12 of you.  Sounds a little bit more manageable, right?!

Well, it is and while each runners’ total distances will vary (over a total of 3 legs), it still requires some training since you will be running 3 times in two days on practically NO sleep. Seriously, like no sleep. If you’re curious as to how the actual relay goes, please check out my Ragnar Relay Adirondacks 2014 Recap


Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Training with Pear Sports

For the purposes of this post, I am going to focus solely on training for what some might consider, an ultimate running adventure. 

As both a Ragnar Relay Ambassador and captain of my Team this year (we have named ourselves “Don’t Crap On The Grass“), I have been asked several times about training programs.  



Thankfully, I have some great suggestions! As a Ragnar Relay ambassador, I was given the opportunity to try out Pear Sports Training Intelligence Kit which includes access to several different Ragnar training plans that range from beginner (Villager) to advanced (Assassin). 

Pear Sports Ragnar Training Plan

What is cool about these training plans is that they are coached by Matt Fitzgerald, a world class coach, fitness expert, author and certified sports nutritionist.  He actually provides real time audio coaching while you’re on the run! 

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So how exactly does it work? Well, it uses Bluetooth heart rate based training to personalize workouts based on the user’s fitness level and goals.  So, for example, Coach Matt Fitzgerald will actually guide you through your run, telling you when to slow down or go faster so you can maximize your workout.  

The really cool thing about it is that Coach Fitzgerald will give you real time data feedback all while listening to music. Then afterward, you can look at a summary of your workout including: time, pace, distance, calories and heart rate. 

While you can use any Bluetooth heart rate monitor (like Mio, which also partners with Pear), Pear’s full training system includes a chest strap Bluetooth heart rate monitor.  

Pear Sports Heart Rate Monitor Pear Sports Stride Earphones

It also includes their Stride Earphones which are sweat/splash proof, have a built in microphone and features Earlock™ by Surefire® Retention System which uses a seven point contact system to ensure fit so they won’t fall out.  

These are actually the ONLY earphones I have ever been able to wear- all others fall out/don’t stay in place.  If you have similar issues or are look for quality earphones, I HIGHLY recommend them! 

The entire system sells for $99.95 with Ragnar Training plans (among dozens of other workout plans) sold separately though there is a free One Week Ragnar Demo Plan you can download and test out first. 

While I can’t giveaway any of the actual training plans, the good news is I have a Pear Intelligence Training System to giveaway to kick off 12 weeks to Ragnar ADK! 

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Pear Sports Intelligence Training Giveaway


Just use the rafflecopter below to enter.  Open to US only, ends 7/9/2015. Winner will be randomly chosen and emailed, must receive response within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

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Have you ever run a Ragnar Relay before? 

How did you train? 

This post is also linked up with Running with SD Mom for Wednesday Giveaway Roundup & Fitful Focus for Fit & Fashionable Friday. 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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