Friday, December 19, 2014

The Post I Didn't Want To Write - Physical Therapy Happened

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This is the post that I didn't want to write.... the ones that says I'm still injured, but finally went to physical therapy and the words hamstring tendinopathy were mentioned (You can read more about it here RunnerConnect

No one, especially an injured runner wants to hear those words .... because my friends this injury might not be short-lived. It's also known to be recurring if not dealt with properly. And my stubbornness of putting off going to seek medical intervention surely didn't help the situation

I was also diagnosed with a severely rotated pelvis. I was told that

SureSport Graduated Calf Compression Sleeves Review

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Well, if you've been reading my blog, or know me in person, then you know that I love compression. After my calf injury this last year, well I won't workout without them. Yes, I even wear compression sleeves to spin class, on the elliptical... even rowing. For me, they aren't just for running.

Yes, I am that girl that you see at the gym walking around with compression sleeves while doing bicep curls. Granted, I don't put them on just to do upper body work ;) But usually if I'm at the gym lifting weights, I am also doing some type of cardio while I'm there also.

I had honestly never heard of SureSport Graduated Calf Compression Sleeves, but I was more than happy to give them a try.

My first thought?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kinetiks Knee Pain Relief Support Brace

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Throughout the years, on more than one occasion, I've needed a knee brace. But when I decided to review the Kinetiks Knee pain relief brace, I didn't expect to actually need it. Surprise!!! (feel the sarcasm). This week I'm walking with knee pain. Grrr... apparently I either didn't have the spin bike set up right, or it's overuse and I've done too much too soon. Or it could be all of the above.

Regardless, testing the Kinetiks Knee pain relief brace came at the right time for me. This is actually the first brace that I've tried that has a padded ring that goes around the knee cap to help hold the knee cap in place.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Gift Of Giving #ChosenByKids Event

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Lil Man is old enough this year to understand the idea of receiving gifts and giving gifts. It melts my heart to see his excitement to give to others. He can't wait for Christmas morning so that he can give Daddy his gifts that he bought for him.

But, one of his most favorite things this past weekend was picking out a toy for one of his best buddies at school. They are having their Christmas party this upcoming week. Each child was given a name of another student. And we were asked to take the child shopping with us, and let them pick out a toy for that individual. I honestly wasn't really sure how Lil Man would do. I mean, would he want to buy for himself instead of giving to someone else?  This is the toy department you know. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised at how excited he was to get a gift for someone else.

We attended the #ChosenByKids Walmart Toyland event at our local Walmart where the latest toys were showcased.

After browsing the shelves, Lil Man picked the perfect gift for his classmate, and he can't wait to give it to him. I also had the chance to get some ideas for Lil Man. And I think Lil Man is going to be super surprised that his Daddy and I are giving him this - the vTech InnoTab Max tablet. 

The vTech InnoTab Max is for ages 3-9 (perfect!). It has a 7" multi-touch screen. And it supports Kid Connect where you can message to and from smartphones (1st year free, subscription service after that). 

It comes with 15 onboard apps, 2 free downloadable apps, and 1 Toca Boca app. 

In addition to the great educational fun apps that are available, I know Lil Man will love the camera. He loves taking pictures. It even has High-definition multimedia interface. It has a handle, Flip & Stand fold, and a removable cover. He is going to love it. And I'm about to burst with excitement to give it to him! 

The excitement of giving is definitely contagious, and it doesn't necessarily have to be an item. Giving someone your time is also a precious gift. Who are you giving to this year? 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I'm Sorry But I'm Injured And I Need To Whine

I apologize in advance, I really do. But I just need to whine - just a little. I am SOOOOOOOOOO over being injured. In fact, I'm so over being injured year after year. Since the year after my son was born, every Winter I have been injured. First it was 3 stress fractures in my foot after my 1st half, then it was tendonitis, then it was a torn calf muscle, and now it's a hamstring injury with a side of massive knee pain from trying to cross train. And I was just starting to really enjoy spin class!

I'm writing this with an ice pack on my knee.