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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.


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!


6 Miler Done!

You know when you take a bit of a break from running?  You start back up and wonder if you can do it again?  I never really took a complete break, running 1-2 times a week shorter distances.  But when you start training for a race and you have to build up your mileage, you might start to wonder if you can really do it again?

My training plan said 6 miles yesterday .  Believe me, I know it’s not far, but it is the furthest I have run in a long time.  I questioned myself.  Can I do it without dying?  It can be hard to talk yourself into heading out the door and hitting the pavement.  Especially when you know it’s an out and back, and once you get halfway, you know you have to run all the way back home;)

Well, I was determined to get those miles in one way or another.  I decided I needed a few new songs on my iPod.  After trying for 30 minutes to sync my iPod with my computer, and a bit of yelling at the screen, I was ready to run.  I headed out the door with my music and my Garmin (just for distance) and got in my 6 miler…BOOM!  And I wasn’t even that slow!

It felt good and really boosted my confidence.  There’s nothing like an increase in mileage to boost your ego;)

Before I run my next race in April, I have the Big Climb on Sunday.  This always gives me a bit of anxiety because it is hard!  Even though it only takes me 13-16 minutes, I feel like death the entire time.  After the 1st few flights, there is not one single moment I don’t feel completely out of breath.  It’s nothing like running.  But I have to tell myself that we climb for those who have suffered greatly and that is enough to push me through:)

Do you ever lack confidence after taking a running break?  Have any races on the calendar?

Have a great day and happy running!


One of Those Runs

Even when I have a bad run, I am still happy that I ran.  Do you feel the same way?  This morning I woke up and couldn’t wait to put on my running shoes and head out the door.  Honestly I have been running on the treadmill lately because the weather has been cold and wet.  But, today it is dry and in the mid 40’s.  Perfect!

I got the kids off to school, did a few chores, and hit the pavement.  I have to admit it was pretty difficult from the start.  I had a hard time keeping my pace in the 9’s.  I remembered that just a week ago I donated blood and my body takes a couple weeks to recover from that.  So, I gave myself a break on the pace and tried to just push through.

After about mile 2 I realized my stomach was not cooperating and I had one of those “uh-oh” moments.  I talked myself into running to the park (3 mile mark) where there are bathrooms.  Then I could use the bathroom, take a walk break and run the rest of the way home.  I made it to the park and guess what?  The bathrooms were both locked!  Oh no!  I decided to walk for about 5 minutes to see how I felt and then I could run the last mile home.  Of course when it’s in the 40’s and you are just wearing running clothes and no jacket (and you are sweaty), walking doesn’t do much for staying warm.  The chill set in and I started running again.  Only a mile away from home.  I can do this.

And I did.  That last mile my pace picked up and I made it home just in time.  Phew!  Now it’s time to call the city and complain that the bathrooms were locked!  Don’t they know runners need those sometimes?;)

Like I said, even when it’s a tough run, it’s still a run.  I’m happy to have gotten in a 4.5 miler and a shower and now it’s time to get on with the day:)

Have you ever been stuck with a bathroom emergency mid run with no-where to go?

Have a great day and happy running!

Wear Your Orange for Colton 5k

On Saturday August 9th I will be running the “Run With Heart 5k” AKA “Wear Your Orange for Colton 5k” to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The race is located at McCollum Park 600 128th Street SE Everett, WA 98204 and starts at 9:00am.

Sadly I am not in fast 5k race shape, but it will still be an awesome race!  I always love seeing a sea of Colton’s Army orange:)

coltons army

This is how Colton’s Army rolls;)

Unfortunately Colton is in the hospital receiving chemo which makes this race even more important.  If you are in the area, please come out and join us:)  Or run a virtual race at home and be sure to wear your orange!  If you are interested in ordering Colton’s Army gear you can go to Coltonsarmy.com

Or if you are interested in donating directly to Colton’s Medical fund you can go here:

Get Fundraising Ideas from GiveForward

Have a great day and happy running!


Oh What a Difference a Run Makes!

Remember in yesterday’s post I was a little irritated and my plan was to go for a run?  Well, I headed out for  a little less than 5 miles, and by the end of my run I was a whole new person!  Isn’t it amazing how a good run can really turn your day around?

It seems I have a hard time “taking it easy” when I run by myself.  I planned to go at a leisurely pace just enjoying my music.  Well, I got to about 1 mile and felt like it was just one of those runs where you feel like you are pushing it, but you are really running slow.  I looked at my watch and  realized I was in the 8’s.  For some reason I couldn’t make myself slow down, so I just continued on until I got home.  I ended up with an 8:22 average pace and I was pretty happy with it.  It’s been a while since I pushed my pace.

Suddenly, the sun was brighter, the mountains were whiter, the trees were greener!  My mood went from blah to WOW!  Sometimes it just takes one run to see life more clearly.

Later in the afternoon, I headed out to meet a running client and she asked me “When does running get easier?”  “When do you get to the point where all your runs  feel good?”  My response was “Never”.  No matter how long you have been running, you will always have a run that feels like crud.  You will never get to a point where all your runs feel easy.  But, that’s the beauty of running!  You will have those amazing runs where you feel like you can run forever!  You will have runs that feel just okay.  You will have runs that make you feel like you are going to puke.  But, at the end of every run, you will feel like you have accomplished something.  You did something that not everyone can do.  You pushed  yourself, sweated out the bad, and inhaled the good.

runners highThe beauty of running is that you were strong enough to do something that was hard, and it only makes you better!  Not many people can say that they are willing to push through the uncomfortable to get to the prize.  So many want to just take the easy road.  But the easy road doesn’t lead to fulfillment.  The easy road doesn’t leave you feeling completely spent and filled with accomplishment.

Yes, the enjoyable runs that keep us coming back are amazing, but it’s the tough ones that show us just what we are made of!

What are you made of?

Have a great day and happy running!

So Glad I Did That Yesterday!

This week has been a bit crazy so far.  Monday I had my 9 miler planned but woke up with one of those nauseous headaches.  So instead of running I threw up for 10 minutes and took a nap.  I woke up from the nap with a headache still but without the nausea, so I popped some Advil and tried to be productive.

Yesterday would be the day for my run.  It was sunny and I was ready to go.  After some issues with my iPod, I headed out the door.  I have to admit that 1st mile was a bit of a struggle.  I was feeling less than energetic, maybe due to the rough day before.  But, I did bring some Sharkies, so after only 1 mile, I popped one.  It actually made a big difference and helped get me over the hump.  I continued eating 2 every 2 miles or so and was able to get through my run in one piece:)  9 miles at a 9:17 pace.  Not great and not where I want to be, but it’s progress, so I’ll take it!

Anyways, as I said the weather was nice yesterday for my run, until the last 3 miles when I got rained on:/  But today is waaaaay worse weather wise, so I am glad I ran yesterday.  I don’t know if I would have been able to drag myself outside for 9 miles today.

In other news, my son got a 15 day pass to a local gym and I went in with him to see if I needed to sign anything for him to work out there.  Turns out I didn’t need to sign anything, but going in there made me cringe.  I used to work out at this gym many years ago and for the most part I liked it, except for the management.  We walked in and everyone that worked there was way too tan and overly coifed.  Oh and they were all men.  Seriously a man should not take longer to do their hair than I do!

nooooooThe other thing that I noticed when I went in, was that most of the people that were working out had make-up on, hair done, and no sweat!  I hate that!  When I went to this gym, I usually went in the morning and it was mostly retired people and moms.  The afternoon and evening crowd is totally different.  I suppose that is the case with any gym, but this one especially.  Of course my son wants a membership there, but I just don’t know if I can get over the atmosphere of tan and primped versus sweaty and disheveled, which is what someone who is really working out should look like;)  (or is that just me)?

omgcatWhat do you think?  Fan of make-up and hair done for workouts, or disheveled and sweaty?  I guess people go to the gym for different reasons.  I go to workout, not socialize, but that’s just me.  Would overly coifed/tanned men make you head for the door, or do you not care?  I just feel like that is the precedent they are setting, kind of like a used car salesman:/

Have a great day and happy running!


Run Done!

After a sluggish week, I pumped myself up this morning for a 5-6 miler.  I had a client at 9:30am and I knew I would already be running 2.5 with her, so I decided I would bring my iPod and tack on at least another 3 miles onto that run.  Here are the stats:

paceAfter the 1st 2.5 I picked up the pace and it felt so great, like I was a gazelle!  Well, not quite that fast, but it was nice:)  I have been increasing my speed lately and I know that if I just run more often during the week, it will make a huge difference in my speed.

And to the lady walking with her jogging stroller next to her friend on the not so wide pathway, it would have been nice if you moved over more than 2 inches as I passed:/   Seriously do these people think they own the pathway?!  On top of that, she glared at me as I passed.  Yes, good morning to you too!

On a happy note, this morning I saw on Twitter that one of my favorite bloggers was nominated as one of the “Top 50 Health and Fitness Bloggers of 2014”.  I went on the site to vote for her and realized I was on the list too!  So if you would like to head on over and vote for me;)  or vote for whoever else you like, click here.

Do you give runners space on the path or do you stand your ground;)  What animal do you relate to when you are running?

Have a great day and happy running!