Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday Date Night Sanford POWER

This November, I've started a new addition to my training schedule: Tuesday night dates with Sanford POWER. Myself and about 20 other women runners in the area meet for an hour and are taken through runner-specific drills and lifts to help with injury prevention and increase running efficiency and form. 

It's SO MUCH FUN! The first night I was so incredibly nervous, but by the time the hour was up, I felt like an athlete again leaving practice for the night. Shocking fact: you can't push yourself as hard as someone else can push you. The trainers are all incredibly knowledgeable and do a great job of demoing the moves and explaining what they'll help with.

I had to coerce co-workers into swapping many many evenings with me so that I could make this work into my training schedule, and I'm so thankful that they were flexible so I could have this opportunity! I'm excited to see how it helps my running this spring.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Weekly Reads: Forward

I've been a big fan of Abby Wambach since I started watching soccer 5-6 years ago. She's strong and a ferocious competitor. I cried a little when she announced her retirement, and then was shocked by her DUI arrest last winter. When I heard she was writing a book, I couldn't wait to pick it up. I read Forward in an afternoon. Totally devoured it. I'd recommend it to any athlete or anyone dealing with any sort of inner demons. So good.

My rating: 4.5 stars

Summary from goodreads:

Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves. Abby shows us by example how to overcome problems and live a happier, braver life." —Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, New York Times Bestselling author of Lean In

“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open. I could not put it down, and you will not want it to end.”  —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world.

As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Far more than a sports memoir, Forward is gripping tale of resilience and redemption—and a reminder that heroism is, above all, about embracing life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Race Report: 605 Race Series 8 Mile

This summer I signed up for the 605 Race Series. It was $20 per race, or $50 for all three races, no frills (or so they claimed!) with 4, 8 and 12 mile races on alternating Sundays leading up to the Sioux Falls Half. This race was the morning of the Olympic marathon, so I sported my best red white and blue for the occasion. I also put a screenlock image on my phone that said "DO NOT OPEN, MARATHON SPOILERS." I had friends over for brunch and a delayed viewing of the race.
My plan for the race was a modified version of my game plan for the upcoming Sioux Falls Half: first 2 at 10:30, second 2 at 10:00, 3rd 2 at 9:30 and last two at 9-9:15. It was a pretty nice morning for a run, despite being mid-August.
I did a pretty good job sticking to the race plan for the first half of the race.
1. 1024
2. 10:25

3. 9:54
4. 9:52

Quite a few of my running friends were volunteering along the race course, and were heavily stacked at the turnaround. Hence the mega smiles and THUMBS UP! hah.

The later miles weren't quite as speedy as I had hoped, but I was running as hard as I could muster.

5. 9:26
6. 9:37

The course ended up coming up just a little short, but I had a really strong finishing sprint with a 6:43 max pace. Whoa. Where did that come from?
7. 9:38
.75 9:01 pace 6:43 (short course)

 I had a final time of 1:16:03 for an auto PR. Whoop!

Friday, December 2, 2016


I jumped on the podcast train back when Serial first came out. Last fall, when I first started having a "commute" to work for the first time ever, I expanded my podcast repertoire even more (in addition to all the audiobooks).

Here are some of my favorites:

Pop Culture Happy Hour--A weekly podcast about music, movie, television news done by NPR. I've found so many pop culture gems to consume because of this show!

Bitch Sesh--For my bravo-obsessives, this is the podcast for you. Casey Wilson (of Happy Endings fame, RIP Happy Endings) and Danielle Schneider lead us through weekly episodes of all things Real Housewife related. Trashy tv at its finest.

Flash Forward--The writers imagine a future with or without __________ and then takes us through what that future looks like. Always thought provoking!

Science Vs--Each episode tackles a piece of science and works to sift through whether it's fact, fiction, or somewhere in between. I always learn something new, but it's an entertaining listen as well!

In the Dark--For anyone obsessed with the Jacob Wetterling disappearance, this podcast takes us through the case and possible short-comings of the initial investigation.

Up and Vanished--My current fave. A story uncovering the disappearance of a school teacher that has been unsolved for ten years. When I discovered it, I binge listened to the six episodes I missed.

What have I missed???

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scarves for PRs

Six to seven years ago, I was racing a lot and running well, and I started crocheting and selling scarves to help fund my racing habit. I had so much fun creating custom scarves for friends, family and co-workers, but then I needed a b-r-e-a-k.

Whenever the weather turns nippy, I get the itch to snuggle under a blanket, make a mug of tea, and crochet my little heart out. This winter I'm reviving my Scarves for PRs.

If you're interested in buying one for yourself or a loved one let me know!  I'm obsessed with the infinity scarf (shown here) but can also do a traditional scarf as well.  Scarves are $30.  Shipping and handling is $3 in the U.S.  All scarves are custom made and there a ton of great color options.  Check out some of the selection here.  Email me at jerbearshares [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to place an order or if you have any additional questions. If your order now, I should be able to get you your scarf by Christmas if you want to give it as a gift!

Mixed Berry


Montana Sky

Wrapped 3 times instead of twice.

Florida Keys Green








Painted Desert


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Half Marathon a Month 2017?

During a long leisurely walk this past weekend, I started thinking of my race plan for 2017. Somewhere in the middle of that thought process I had the idea of a half marathon every month in 2017. Would that be insane? I asked myself. No slash maybe. Would that be expensive? I then asked myself... uh... probably. Definitely.

I already have half marathons planned for January, March, May, June, September and October. There would be a local-ish race in April I could add, as well as some Ortho race$$$ in the Twin Cities for July and August. Which would cause me to travel for November and December. Dallas half in December is always a good excuse to head down south to see the family. If Milwaukee stays in November, I'm already planning to head out there to see Renee and my other lovely Wisconsin runner friends.


Anyone want to sponsor a Jerbear to make this goal possible?!! [insert cry/laughing emoji here please]

But seriously if you have a local race in one of my "off" months and flights are magically cheap from Sioux Falls, I'll be planning to stay on your couch or spare bedroom. Thaaaaanks!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Weekly Reads: Love Warrior

I don't usually pick up Oprah's Book Club picks, mostly because once they are announced, the hold list at the library is a million people long. But one of the book podcasts I follow was talking about this Love Warrior and it sounded interesting to me. I put myself on the monsterously long hold list. And then one evening I was looking at our digital audiobook library and saw it was in, no holds! I noticed the author narrated the book, and was a little nervous about that, but she's lovely to listen to.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her speak about her life and her struggles. When her and her husband were dealing with their marital issues, it was hard to listen to. I'm sure it would've been hard to read, because that sort of honest portrayal of real relationship issues is difficult. That was the one point I wished I had been reading a print copy instead of listening.

My review: 4 stars

Summary from goodreads:

The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another - and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, fall in love.

Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.