Friday Five and The Runners Choice Review!

Blogging fail!  Time has flown by and I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks!  Here is what has been going on since we last chatted.

1.  I was given the opportunity to review “The Runner’s Choice” a couple months ago and am just now getting the chance to write about it.

“The Runner’s Choice – Foot Massage in a Bottle

The Runner’s Choice is for the discomfort of sore feet. It is designed for people who jog 3 miles or more at a time or for people who are on their feet all day. After you try this product for the first time, you will be back for more.”

“The Runner’s Choice is scientifically formulated with 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalyptol, wintergreen, peppermint and spearmint. It is designed for people that run 3 miles or more at a time or for those that are on their feet all day.”

The Runner's Choice

When I first opened the bottle I was a bit worried because the smell was quite strong.  But once I put it on my feet the smell leveled out.  I have issues with PF and although the bottle doesn’t specifically say it helps with PF I feel like it definitely soothed my PF.

I started using it about a month ago after my longer runs.  I would shower and then rub it on my feet, then put socks on so that it didn’t get on the carpet;)  I actually enjoyed the minty smell and the oils seemed to relax and sooth my feet.  This reminds me of my Tommie Copper calf sleeves.  I don’t know how it works exactly but it does:)

I have been using it pretty much every time I run and my feet, although not completely ache free, feel pretty darn good!  I haven’t felt the need to ice them which is a good sign:)

The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way is that they use the word “jog” in their description;)  I really hate that word!  I guess I can look past that since it makes my feet feel better:)

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2.  I ran a 10 miler on Sunday and it went pretty well.  I am thinking about skipping the fueling for my race since I have been feeling pretty good without any fuel on my long runs lately.  The last time I ran the NODM I felt like the Sharkies contributed to my dehydration.  So, I am going to go without and concentrate on better hydration during the race.

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3.  There is a section on the side of my house that gets overrun by weeds.  I tackled it a couple days ago and found a few friends.  I swear the salamander looked at me like he was going to jump on me, but I know that it can’t move that fast.  It still creeped me out;)

salamander4.  I have gone 5 days now without caffeine and have had a headache pretty much every day!  Ugh!   I’m hoping I am  over the hump, so far so good today.

5.  I’m pretty sure Adrian got stung by a bee yesterday.  Her face swelled up pretty good but she didn’t seem to be bothered by it other than scratching a bit.  Lucky for her, I have a stockpile of almost every dog medicine imaginable, so I gave her one of Rocky’s allergy meds.  Yes, a vet would suggest otherwise.  But, the last time I took Rocky in for something similar (just to be safe), I spent $250 for them to give him pretty much the same meds we have at home:/  I’m happy to say that the swelling is down and she seems to be on the mend:)  If you want a chuckle, google “dog bee stings”.  There are some pretty funny pics in the top 2-3 rows, but don’t scroll down any further.  Weird things start popping up.

That’s all for now.  What has been happening with you lately?  Has your pet ever been stung?  Did you go to the vet or take care of it on your own?  Do you fuel for your half marathons?  Have you tried “The Runner’s Choice“?

Have a great day and happy running!

I was given a bottle of “The Runner’s Choice” for free for review from Trusted Health Products.  All opinions are my own.

Good Run and Good Deal

Things are looking up on the running front!  I know there is no way I will PR my half marathon in June, but my speed is slowly but surely improving.  I had a 7 mile group run this weekend and I feel good about my progress:)

5-16-2015Although it’s no where near my pace from 2012, I am confident I will get back there eventually:)  I just love the ladies in my running group.  Isn’t it great when you find a group of ladies that all get along and are positive and uplifting?  Although we don’t all run at the same pace and usually only start together, it’s nice to see eachother in the beginning and the end:)

group run 5-16-15

Missing a few of our ladies;)

After my run I headed to the pet store to find some new shoes for Rocky.  He has allergies and, even with allergy meds, he scratches constantly.  I have found that if he wears shoes on his back feet, his skin is protected from the scratching.  So, long story short, I found an amazing deal on shoes!  Regularly priced at $34.99, the shoes rang up at $8.77!  I couldn’t believe it!  They weren’t even marked as clearance which I thought was weird.  So, after I checked to make sure they fit Rocky, I headed back and bought the last 3 sets they had in stock:)  He should be set for a while now.

shoesFinding a great deal is one of my favorite things!

Last but not least, I finally put flowers in my outdoor pots and they look so pretty:)  My next plan is to plant veggies in our large planter area in our backyard.  But, I need to research when to plant and what to plant before I get started.  The only thing I have ever planted is tomatoes and they haven’t done so well the last couple of years:(

What is the last great deal you have found that excited you?  Do you have any experience with planting and growing veggies?  What is your favorite veggie/fruit to grow in your garden?

Have a great day and happy running!

 

 

10 Miles to Ease the Stress

The past couple of weeks have been a bit stressful.  Nothing big, but a situation where you just want your kid to be happy and to be rewarded when it’s deserved.  As parents, we all hate to see our kids hurt or struggle, even though it is a part of life that helps us grow.

Decisions need to be made and it’s not always easy.  Yesterday was a day when I was feeling the stress and anxiety big time.  No amount of deep breathing or trying to ignore stressful thoughts would help.  I had 10 miles on the calendar and I was hoping that might help ease these feelings.

I headed to the Centennial trail in Snohomish.  I love this paved trail!  It is 29 miles long and one day I hope to bike the whole thing roundtrip:)  But today I just wanted to enjoy the scenery and listen to my music.  The 1st 5 miles were a bit of a struggle.  As soon as I started I had to pee really bad!  I knew the nearest port-a-potty was 1.5 miles ahead so I just had to suffer til then.  Finally I made it and was so happy to see the bathroom!  I have to say that the thoughts that were creeping into my head didn’t lend to a feel-good run:(  At 5 miles I hit a trailhead that had a real bathroom and a water fountain.  I took this time to use the facilities and call my husband.  Our chat improved my mood a bit and it was time to finish the last 5 mile stretch back to my car.

Immediately I felt so much better!  I was running 30-45 seconds faster per mile.  I felt good and instead of hearing those stressful thoughts, I enjoyed my music and the surroundings.  I made it back to my car and was so happy to be done and feeling better:)  It took 10 miles, but I guess I no longer had the energy to worry about the little things;)

5-12-15It’s interesting how the stresses of everyday life can affect performance.  It’s also interesting to me that I can run 5 miles and feel slow and sluggish but the second 5 miles feel so good.  Weird!  I guess when my body lets go of the stress, it’s like a weight is lifted off and I feel free:)

Do your runs help relieve life’s stresses?  How many miles does it take for you to feel free?

Have a great day and happy running!

 

Reason for Sluggish Runs?

First off I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there:)  I hope you all had a great day!

Last week I blogged about a couple sluggish runs I had and I couldn’t figure out why.  I ran a 9 miler and felt great and was happy with my pace.  Then I ran a 7 miler and a 5 miler that were less than stellar.  I felt super sluggish and my speed was nonexistent:( What was wrong?  Why did I feel that way?  I wracked my brain looking for an answer and couldn’t think of anything.  Until yesterday when I realized that I ran out of my multi-vitamin with iron mid week, which is when I had my bad runs.  I tend to run low on iron and am thinking that might have had a negative affect on my runs.

Luckily I got more vitamins delivered this weekend and have been taking them for 2 days.  I am going to take one more day off since my PF is bothering me (luckily my quad is feeling fine) and hopefully get in my 10 miler tomorrow.  This will be the test!  I really hope my next run feels better than my last 2;)

Even though I felt sluggish last week I still got in some good workouts:)

Sunday:  20 mile bike ride

Monday:  5.5 mile hike to Lake 22

lake 22Tuesday:  Rest

Wednesday:  7 mile run

Thursday:  Rest

Friday:  5 mile run

Saturday:  16 mile bike ride

It’s been nice to get in a couple bike rides now that the weather has been cooperating:)  I still need to get my bike tuned up for the season since the brakes are a bit squeaky and the gears need some tweaking.

Have you ever had extra sluggish runs and wondered why?  Is your bike ready for summer riding?  How was your Mother’s Day?

Have a great day and happy running!

 

To Run or Not to Run…

That is the question;)  Isn’t that the M.O. of all runners?  We feel a little something in the quad/ankle/foot.  Do we run or take a rest day?  It’s so hard to make that decision!  All we really want to do is head out the door and get our run in, but should we really?  I am usually pretty good about taking days off.  But, I am on a good roll and I want to keep it up.  However, I feel a little something in my quad and of course that PF seems to be always hanging around.  The thing is, nothing is painful.  I just know it’s there.

Image result for runners with injuries ecardThe runner in me is saying, “It doesn’t hurt it’s just an ache. You can run on it.”‘  But part of me is saying “If you run on it, it might get worse and become painful.  You don’t want to do serious damage.”  I feel like the PF will just always be there, like the annoying fly that came in last night when the door was left open.  You think it’s finally gone, then you go upstairs and it’s in the bathroom.

So the decision needs to be made.  Do I run 5 miles today and see how my quad feels, or take another rest day?  Maybe I will do a loop that goes past my house just in case?

How do you make the decision to run or not when you are feeling a little something?  Are you good about taking rest days or do you run despite your aches and pains?

Have a great day and happy running!

Angry Quad

Since we spoke last, I did end up getting in my 9 miler and it went well:)  I felt good and didn’t even fuel.  I ran to a park 4.5 miles away, drank out of the water fountain for hydration and headed back home.  The pace was pretty good although it would be nice to be back to my fast pace of 2 years ago, but I’m working on it;)

Sadly my 7 miler didn’t go as well yesterday:(  Don’t you hate it when you have a good run and then have one that is slower, shorter, and waaaay harder?!  Ugh!  Oh well, it happens.  The next one will be better:)  Unfortunately, my left quad is not very happy with me after my run yesterday.  Not sure what I did, but I will keep an eye on it and take it easy in the hopes it will feel better by tomorrow.  I’m planning for a 5 miler and would really like to get it in without injury.

In other news, my son has been doing well in his track meets.  Here is a video of his 1st place finish in the 100m.

He had a track meet yesterday and came in 2nd in the 100m.  I have given up on trying to get a good video of his races.  The above video was taken by my husband;)

The weather here in WA is slowly getting better and better.  After a hail/thunder/lightening storm on Tuesday, we are looking at sunny and 70’s for the rest of the week!  Yay!

How is your weather looking?  Ready for summer?  Any races on the calendar?

Have a great day and happy running!

 

Three Things Thursday

Well, I woke up feeling pretty tired this morning, but I still plan to get my 9 miler in today.  It won’t be pretty, but it will happen;)  Luckily it’s a great day for a run weather wise:)  Here are my three things for today:

1.  I bought 3 books the other day that sounded interesting.

20150429_075215-“The Blue Zones Solution” by Dan Buettner

-“Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter

– “Tox-Sick” by Suzanny Somers

The last one I bought on a whim trying to get my Amazon total up enough for free shipping;)  I saw her on a talk show talking about her book and thought it might be interesting.  I will keep you posted on my thoughts.

2.  My youngest son is having his very 1st middle school track meet today and I am so excited!!  He will be running the 100 yard dash and the hurdles!  I can’t wait to watch him run.  I wish I had the running talent he has:)  I plan to video tape him and post it on Instagram if you want to follow along:)  I remember being scared of the hurdles in middle school.  I just couldn’t make myself jump over them.  I love that he enjoys doing hurdles!

3.  The NFL draft starts today! I don’t know if any of you are into watching the draft, but it is so fun to watch the dreams come true for so many athletes:)  I love to watch!

Have you read any of the books above?  Thoughts?  Do you like to watch the draft?

Have a great day and happy running!

Bump in the Road

Do you ever have those times when things seem to be going along smoothly.  You have been on track with your training and you are excited for your next long run? Then something inevitably happens and you are instantly derailed?

I have been training for my half marathon in June and things were going well.  I felt good about my training and was super excited for the 9 mile group run that was happening last Sunday.  This is how Sunday was supposed to go:

8:00 am 9 mile group run with my NODM teammates. 

Shower and relax

4:00  Big Climb VIP party for those who raised over $2500

What really happened:

6:00 am get up and email my teammates that I am sick and can’t meet for the run

Stay in bed all day

Don’t you hate it when that happens?!  Argh!  I rarely get sick and to get sick when fun plans are on the menu really sucks!  So, I have been in bed the past few days and am just now starting to feel much better.  I really want to get that 9 miler in, but I know I should wait at least 1 more day just to give my body a little extra healing time.  The last thing I want to do is run and then end up in bed again:/

When I miss a long run like that I kind of start to freak out.  I feel like I am way behind and it totally stresses me out.  But, I have to try to calm myself down and realize it’s not the end of the world.  Yes, I would like to run the NODM faster than last year, and I want to feel better than I did last year.  In actuality, missing one run won’t ruin everything that I have built up until now.  It won’t make or break me.  I will catch back up to what the plan says.  I will still have an amazing race if only because I am racing with amazing women.  So, chilling out is the only way to go.

Tomorrow I will plan to lace up my running shoes and head out for my 9 miler.  I may feel sluggish, who knows.  But I will get it done, and I can check that off my to-do list and feel back on track:)

How do you feel when you miss a training run?  Stressed or chill?

Have a great day and happy running!

Let’s Support Eachother

I was driving home from dropping my oldest off at school this morning.  While listening to the radio I heard something that disturbed me.  The hosts were playing a game with 2 contestants asking questions about gossip.  They quoted a study that was done about men/women and how much they gossip.  The study was also about what they gossip about.  Here is what disturbed me:

What percentage of women gossip?  80%

What percentage of the gossip is about other women?  90%

What percentage of that gossip is malicious/mean?  50%

Now I don’t know what study they were quoting or how many women were polled etc., but I do know that I wasn’t too surprised by the answers.  This is so unfortunate.  I have to admit that I have gossiped about other women and not everything would be seen as nice, but I don’t think I would ever describe what I have said as malicious.  I do know that many women do say malicious things and it is so sad that instead of building each other up and supporting each other, we tend to tear each other down.  How does that help anyone?  Imagine how much better off we would be if we spent that negative energy on being positive instead?  How amazing would that be?!

So, I pledge to work on decreasing the gossip. I will practice putting out positive energy towards other women to lift them up:)  If we focus more on building each other up, it would make sense that we would also feel better about ourselves.  Who else is ready to experiment with me?

Have a great day and happy running!

I Don’t Know Where the Oreos Went

I try to be good, I really do.  I have hit the age where the pounds seem to creep on and I have to make a decision.  Do I want to restrict myself and eat perfectly to be at the weight I want to be at, or do I continue to exercise and eat well enough, and be a little over the “ideal for me”?  I am still struggling with this decision.  Some weeks are better than others.  Some desserts get left on the table, some get eaten;)

Last night for example.  My youngest turned 13 on the 18th and his friend gave him an Oreo cake.  Very nice:)  Well, last night the cake was on the counter after my son had cut himself a piece.  I walked by the cake and looked at it.  Hmmm, those Oreos look good.  I took the lid off and touched one of them.  They were soft, my favorite way to eat them.  Well, I could have one right?  I ate one, then another, then another, then the last one.  Oops!  They were delicious by the way;)

About 15 minutes later as I was sitting on the couch, I felt eyes on me.  I looked up and my son was staring at me from the kitchen, next to the cake.  The look on his face was priceless.  I am cracking up as I type this!  He said “Really mom?!”  “All of the Oreos?!”  We both start laughing.  Believe me, he wasn’t surprised and I have no guilt;)

You see, sometimes in life, you just have to eat the Oreos;)

Have a great day and happy running!