Monday, August 18, 2014

Long Runs Are Getting Longer - 15 Miles

And the runs are getting longer - can you believe the marathon is less than 8 weeks ago - just typing that makes me super nervous!

But this weekend's plan was for 6 miles at a 9 minute mile. And then Sunday was supposed to be 15 miles at an 11-11:15 pace.

Saturday's Run :


Yep - NAILED IT! I had a friend who met me so that she could push me to keep me on pace. She did an awesome job. And then my biggest fan was waiting on me (as usual) when I got home. He's always waiting on me at the door when I get home. I do believe he is my biggest fan. 



And during Saturday's run, I asked my friend if she wanted to run with me on Sunday (for either the entire 15 miles or at least part). I did not look forward to running 15 miles solo. And I knew that keeping the pace would also be a challenge. She said she would run the entire 15 with me. 

It was 15 miles in the rain. We got in lots of hill work also. And, we came in under pace. 



Total mileage this week... wait for it... wait for it.... 47 miles!


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Handana - The Sweatband For Running

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When I first heard about the Handana, I was curious. But when I heard the story behind it, then I knew I had to try it.

Have you ever heard for SJS (Stevens Johnson Syndrome)?  I had no idea that this condition even existed. And when I read Katie Niemeyer's story I was inspired and in awe of her journey. You can watch a short video here Katie Niemeyer's Story (it's well worth the time to watch. For some reason I wasn't able to embed the video into the post.

Now that you know a little background info about the Handana, let's get to the actual product. I'm guilty of using the inside of my shirt to wipe my face and nose while running. So I was curious how the Handana would work. It's designed to wear on your hand to use to wipe away sweat or let's face it post nasal drip.So I took the Handana out for a run.

And..... I have used it on every run since that first run. It works great on either hand, And you can use the front or back of your hand to wipe away sweat or post nasal drip. It isn't binding, and I honestly I forget that I am wearing it until I need it. I did find that my hand did sweat a little (on a very hot run), but even then I would still choose to wear it. 

It comes in several cute colors. And if you use this code handanafriends at MyHandana.com you can save 10%

I have found it to be a great addition to my running gear. And I hope you enjoy it also.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Marathon Training No One Said It Would Be Easy Or Even Always Fun

 No one said that it would be easy, or that it would always be enjoyable, and always fun. But when you've made a commitment - it's a commitment - and you see it through (and no I'm not talking about marriage, although I could easily make a correlation between the two). I'm referring to my marathon training.

See, last Sunday I had a 14 mile run on the schedule. Mentally I felt blah. Physically I felt 'ok' but not stellar. And when it came down to it, my mental blah won in the end and I bailed at 6 miles on my 14 mile run. If I thought I felt bad mentally before, I really felt bad mentally after bailing on the run. My trainer, being the trainer that she is, simply said, can you get in a 2 hour or so run on Monday? Gulp, I suppose so.

And that's just what I did.



It required me getting up before the sun woke up so that I could get in a 2 hour run before Hubby went to work. I am TERRIFIED of running solo in the dark. But I had bailed on my Long Run the day before, and the marathon is fast approaching, so I told myself to suck it up and get it done. That was Monday. 

Tuesday was a 5 mile run in the rain. 


Wednesday was 8 Miles (also part of it was in the rain). It pretty much felt like we were running in the rain forest. It was super humid. 

And today was Tempo Run Thursday. The plan was a gradual build up peaking at 8:12, and then a gradual back down for 45 minutes. NAILED IT! I actually wound up peaking at 8:06. This run was tough. My legs are tired, but it's done. 

Tomorrow is REST day! Whew, and I'm ready for it. Because Saturday and Sunday are waiting for me with a 6 miler and 15 miler. 

No one said it would be easy. But marathon training is a journey, a learning experience, and one of the biggest commitments that you will make to yourself - for yourself.


What is it that you do for you?


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Friday, August 8, 2014

My Soxy Feet Product Review


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I can't tell you enough how cute these socks are. And I love that their slogan is "You don't have to be a match to be a pair".

My Soxy Feet are bright, vibrant, and super comfy. The toe and heel areas are slightly cushioned. I didn't feel that it was 'too much' to make my shoes too tight, but it was enough to feel comfy.

My Soxy Feet are high quality athletic socks that are designed to keep your feet dry. They are 53% CoolMax Ecomade fibers, (made from recycled water bottles) 46% Nylon and 1% Lycra. I felt that they stayed in place and didn't slip or slide on my feet.

I loved the writing on top of the socks. I never wear shoes at home. So it was fun to look down at my feet and see "Bloom" and "Soar". Something about seeing those words encouraged me. And there are several different styles to choose from.

I also feel that they held their shape well after washing and drying. I don't know about you, but my running gear takes a beating with all of the washing and drying.

If you are someone who likes fun, functional and unique socks, I would encourage you to check out My Soxy Feet.. I think you will be glad that you did.







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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Walkadoo, Do You? The Smart Step Pebble® Device.



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I didn't really know what to expect when I heard about the Walkadoo. I admit that I thought the name was catchy. But I couldn't help but wonder if it was just another 'tracking' device. But I was curious to check it out.

The Walkadoo is not just a pedometer. Instead, it uses an algorithm to push daily goals based on your daily walking patterns. The theory is that it sets realistic goals for each individual. And the Smart Step Pebble Device is a durable waterproof device that can hold up to 21 days of activity. The data syncs wirelessly through the USB SyncPoint. The pebble doesn't need to be charged and comes with an extra battery that lasts up to a year. So, what did I think?

I got my device and popped in the USB SyncPoint (no problems there). But when I went to download the software, I hit a little snafu. My anti-virus software flagged it as malware. I sent a quick email to customer support. I didn't expect to hear from them for a couple of days. I was surprised that I got a response by the next day. They were not aware of the problem but began working on it. And by the next day, they had already contacted my anti-virus provider who confirmed it was a false positive. I was given a confirmation email from my anti-virus provider along with step by step information on how to install the file. I was very pleased with tech support and their quick response to resolve my issue.

I installed the file and within minutes I was good to go. The next day I attached the Smart Step Pebble to my shoe. I was a little nervous. I was afraid I would lose it on my run. But I knew that if I was going to truly test the product that I needed to truly test the product. And it stayed on great. I didn't have to adjust it. It didn't tug on my laces. In fact, I forgot it was there. It's so small and compact that it fits nicely on my shoe or on my waistband of my shorts when I'm at home and not wearing shoes. One thing to remember, is that you can forget it's there - so make sure to remove it from your shoe or pants (especially before doing the laundry!).

As far as waterproof goes, Lil Man and I rode the Coal Cracker water ride at Hershey Park. My feet were submerged in water. I gasped "Oh no, my pebble!". But it was fine. So yes, it's waterproof.

Syncing was extremely easy. I opened the app and it syncs automatically. In fact (I'll have to test this out) but I think it will sync without opening the app. But I'll have to test this to be sure.

So far my experience with the Walkadoo the Smart Step Pebble® Device has been a positive one. Over the new few weeks I'll see how it impacts my daily exercise.

Do you think it will make me move more?



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