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! 

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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.  

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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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64 Comments

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply July 2, 2015

That is so cool that they have Ragnar specific training plans! I don't think that my training plan would be the one they would recommend, lol!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Haha it is kinda fun to listen to him when you don't follow the plan :P

Kimberly G
Reply July 2, 2015

I have never done a Ragnar race but I'm thinking of doing Ragnar DC this year

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Ooooh that would be fun!

Crystal Bissonnette
Reply July 2, 2015

That sounds like a really intense race, but fun! I have never done one before.
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Thank you, it was a great day! :) The race is intense but SO MUCH FUN!!!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply July 2, 2015

I love Pear Sports - they have some really useful training aids.

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    They really do!

liz l
Reply July 2, 2015

Not yet, my friend has done Chicago twice and we are considering joining team

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Do it! You won't regret it :)

Carrie A Groff
Reply July 2, 2015

I'm not a runner, but I'm always looking for ways to amp up my strength training routine! This sounds awesome!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    There are great strength training routines to choose from on the app!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply July 2, 2015

yay another Ragnar! So much fun. I bet that one is beautiful.

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    It really, really is! I still need to make my way down to DC to do one :) Or maybe we can make a trip out to Chicago or Napa next year ;)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply July 2, 2015

You are going to have so much fun at this race! SO excited for you!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Thank you! It really is a blast! :)

Kailey
Reply July 2, 2015

Yay, Ragnar! I am doing Reach the Beach/Ragnar in September, so much fun! I have ALWAYS wanted to try the Pear system! I have read almost all of Matt Fitzgerald's books, and love his theories on diet, coaching, running etc
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    I have heard so many great things about Reach the Beach. Maybe next year we can do it together :) I need to read some of Matt's books- he seems really knowledgeable!

Megan T.
Reply July 2, 2015

I have never run a Ragnar before...but it is on my list to do one next year....or maybe even later this year!

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Definitely put it on your bucket list!

Stacey Niedzwiecki
Reply July 2, 2015

I've never done Ragnar before, but it definitely is on my running bucket list! Good luck!

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    You should definitely do one if you can, I think you'd have a lot of fun! :)

Ben
Reply July 2, 2015

I haven't run a Ragnar yet, but I would love to do one, especially the trail Ragnars
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Ragnar Trail looks awesome, I'd love to do one of those as well!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply July 2, 2015

I have never run a Ragnar before..it kind of intimidates me!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    No, don't be scared. It is SO MUCH FUN! :)

Jamie King
Reply July 2, 2015

I LOVE doing Ragnars, so much fun, one of these days we'll have to do one together, time to sit and sweat in a van. ;)

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Yes!!! Love that idea, I'd love to make a trip to the West Coast to run one! :)

Rust
Reply July 2, 2015

No, I've not participated in a Ragnar race.

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    It is a lot of fun!

Kristen M
Reply July 2, 2015

I've never tun a Ragnar race. I have heard of Pear Sports and even downloaded their app as a training tool for a marathon last spring. I don't have a heart rate monitor which limited my options a bit.

    aelicatese
    Reply July 2, 2015

    Yeah, not having a HRM will. Hope you have the chance to enhance your experience, it makes all the difference :)

carol clark
Reply July 2, 2015

no i havent ran in the ragnar race

DJ
Reply July 2, 2015

I haven't, but I would love to eventually.

Leah Lutz
Reply July 2, 2015

I haven't done one yet but have been looking for people interested in joining as a team. I think it would be awesome! And this training would help a lot of people, I'm sure. I just kinda run...like Forrest Gump...and listen to my body.

Kevin J.
Reply July 2, 2015

I've never done a RAGNAR race, but I'm training for one right now! I Can't wait to CrApInThEgRaSs with my new Pear Sports Gear!

Ruth C
Reply July 2, 2015

Have not done one yet. But they sound fun and would love to join a team

Kayley
Reply July 2, 2015

No, I haven't, although I'm training for a Spartan Race now, which is similar.
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Ken C
Reply July 2, 2015

Have not ran a a Ragnar yet. would love to try one

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply July 2, 2015

I so want to run one of these races one day!
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Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply July 2, 2015

I have never done a relay before, but it is totally on my bucket list. This system looks amazing.
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Rhett
Reply July 3, 2015

Haven't run a relay before, but it sounds interesting. Been looking for ways to work with others, and this would be right up that alley.

Julie
Reply July 3, 2015

I have not and I cross train

Marilyn Nawara
Reply July 3, 2015

Have not tried a Ragnar yet. would love to try one

lauren
Reply July 3, 2015

Never have but I've read lots of blogs about it.

Judith
Reply July 3, 2015

Never run a Ragnar but I've done a half marathoN!

steph
Reply July 3, 2015

I would love to try one -- I'd also like to try the running portion of a tri relay!

Debbie
Reply July 3, 2015

I have read so much cool things about Ragnar. It must be an awesome experience.
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Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply July 3, 2015

This sounds awesome! So wish I were doing Ragnar with you!
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Sean
Reply July 4, 2015

Sounds like something new to try that would be fun!

Karrie
Reply July 4, 2015

Not yet I havent

Donna
Reply July 4, 2015

I have not but it seems awesome

Ann
Reply July 5, 2015

I have not run a ragnar race yet but would like to do so in the near future.

Sadie B.
Reply July 5, 2015

I have never trained for a ragner race before. It would be fun with a team.

Jenn
Reply July 5, 2015

I've never run Ragnar before, but I know so many people who have. Something for me to think about once I'm done with my BSN!

Tammy McConnell George
Reply July 5, 2015

As a newbie in training right now I am using just my HRM and using the same path to walk/run.

Corrina
Reply July 5, 2015

I think I am running my first Ragnar in October!

John @ run. geek. run(disney)
Reply July 7, 2015

I haven't run one yet, but it is on my list to put together a team one year. I would love to run one. This is a really cool kit and app. I'm going to have to look more into it.
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linda
Reply July 8, 2015

i have never run a ragnar race before.

Tal
Reply July 8, 2015

I've always wanted to run a Ragnar before! Maybe next year in the Florida Keys or Cape Cod!

@Disney_Bride
Reply July 8, 2015

Ive not done a Ragnar yet. I have the trail relay in Atlanta on my list though!

Rose
Reply July 8, 2015

I have never ran one but I love the personal training concept!

Katrina J
Reply July 8, 2015

I've never done one..but would be willing to try!

Kelynnma
Reply July 8, 2015

I have not, but I really would love to!! Very inspiring!

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