Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Relationships Are Like Muscles

To increase or even maintain muscle mass, one must work or exercise the muscle. True? If you take someone who who is very fit and toned and that individual stops working those muscles, in time, that individual will lose muscle mass. Correct?

Well, the same thing can happen in relationships - marital - dating - friendships - family and so on. When you stop working, well, things begin to fade.

And sometimes I think we get stuck in 'maintenance' mode. Do you feel me? We do enough 'just to get by' but not enough to encourage growth in our relationships.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thinking Ahead to 2016

I've debated whether to put this out there - because once I say it out loud - well it's so official. And honestly, I've really struggled with my self confidence in running for over a year now. It's no secret that I've struggled, but I don't think many people really know just how much of a struggle it's been.

I've never been 'in this place' with running where I have zero confidence in myself. My nagging hamstring injury is still there. I've found that it really doesn't like speed, and when I attempt to run faster, I pay for it in the long run. But if I listen to my body and rest as needed, modify as needed, I am able to run - and I have been - it's just at times sporadic.

But as I got back on the trail a couple of weeks ago, the excitement of the unknown, the thrill of nature, and the views really just gave my heart a nice happy sigh.

And I realized....

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Energems - Chocolate Energy

Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Yawn... anyone else feeling me? With this time change, Lil Man has been up at 5am or before most days this week. Did I mention the first day that the time changed, Lil Man was up at 3am! On those days I was just dragging.. until... I enjoyed some delicious Energems! These little gems are amazing. Not only do they taste awesome, but I get that boost of energy that I need.

I know you are asking - what exactly are these things?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Still Workin' On My Night Moves

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It's that time of the year... if I want to run before Hubby goes to work - it's dark. If I want to run after hubby gets home  - it's dark.  I thankfully have the option to run when my son is at preschool, but that isn't always a reality. I can also use the treadmill, but well.. we all know that the treadmill isn't called the dreadmill for no reason.

So, that leaves me working on my night moves. If you remember from last year (Workin' on my Night Moves - Fear Of The Dark)  I began running solo in the dark.

It is still a work in progress. I am not afraid to run in the dark with friends, but running alone in the dark still takes a pep talk to get me out the door.

But I have had several people ask me about my vest and my lights that I use when running the dark. 

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

If It Doesn't Challenge You Virtual 10K

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If you haven't tried a virtual race, I really encourage you to check it out.  (You can read more about virtual racing here)

This is my 2nd Virtual race with Running On The Wall  and I did the If It Doesn't Challenge You, It Doesn't Change You 10K 

Once again, the race packet was awesome - and I mean awesome!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Cloudline Premium Merino Wool Socks

Full Disclosure: I received a pair of socks free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

My feet are always cold... always.. and this time of the year into the Winter, it can be really painful - especially when I'm running/hiking/exercising.

It's easy for to me to 'layer' to keep my body warm, but keeping my feet warm isn't as easy. I was excited to give Cloudline Premium Merino Wool Socks a try.

Because the Cloudline socks were a little thicker than my normal socks I was a little concerned that maybe they would be too thick for my trail shoes. Surprisingly

Saturday, October 24, 2015

For The First Time In A Long Time

For the first time in a very long time, I left a race feeling.... happy... satisfied... content. When I saw the clock, I felt a little disappointment, and felt myself saying.. If I just hadn't walked to catch my breath... but I immediately stopped myself.. because the truth is.. I needed those steps. I couldn't breathe. 

It't no secret that the last year or more I have struggled. In fact, the last race that I ran where I left happy was the DMP Dash in April of 2014. And if I'm going to be brutally honest, that race was about beating others (and their finish time). I ran it hard, and all out, and I did PR which I am very proud of ... but it wasn't about finishing as much as finish times.

Today, my first 5K in over a year, was about running for the sake of running, and getting a baseline of where I am fitness wise.

My finish time was