Monday, September 15, 2014

My First VS Sport VoxBox From Influenster Review

This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria's Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.

Talk about being excited when this was delivered. This is my very first Influenster VoxBox, and I couldn't wait to rip it open. 

Inside was a Victoria's Secret Sport Incredible bra, and pair of Knockout Capri's. I couldn't wait to take these out for a run. 

I've tried several different sports bras. Let's just say, I'm not flat chested and I require a bra that's going to give me a lot of support. I was extremely curious to try the Victoria's Secret Sport Incredible bra. 

My first impression was that I liked that it wasn't super thin. I like to have a little cushion and contouring in the cups, otherwise I feel a little too exposed. What I wasn't prepared for was how low cut it was. Most sports bras that I wear come up a little higher on the breast. 

This bra felt the same as others did in the back with coverage, but the front seemed considerably less. I can't say if that's necessarily a good thing or a bad thing because for me this bra did offer a lot of support. And I was actually surprised that I was able to run in it with minimal bounce. I did feel a little over exposed because it was so low cut, and there are certain tops that I probably won't wear it with because of that. But I would use this bra for running, and I would definitely use it at the gym. 

I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about how it would work out for me. But to my surprise, I really liked it. I would make one suggestion and that would be that the straps need to be adjustable. The fit was fine, except I felt that I needed to tighten the straps just a little. But other than that, this bra gave me a good fit. 

The Knockout Capri pants were awesome. The length was perfect as was the fit. 

Overall, I was pleased with everything in this VS Sport VoxBox From Influenster. If you've been curious about the Victoria's Secret Sport line, I would encourage you to check them out. I know that they make several varieties of Sports bras. You can follow them on facebook or twitter to find out more about their products. 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Too Much Training, Too Little Fun And Massive Burn Out

Well, the headline says it all... cause I think that's pretty much me at the moment. I started training for a June half that didn't happen. (Decision Made) And out of that decision I got caught up in the excitement of friends just finishing marathons, and I jumped on board to run a Fall marathon.

After training all summer, with higher mileage than I've ever done, super early morning runs, longer runs mid week than I've ever done, and well it just all got to be too intense (Go Big Or Go Home, Is Marathon Training Over) I dropped back to a Half marathon for the end of October.

I'm coming off a 2 Half Marathons In 2 Days that last year was a blast - this year no so much. To be honest, I really haven't enjoyed running too much this Summer now that I look back on it. The most fun that I had was at the beginning of Summer. (My First Time Placing In An Overall Category).

And now, well now I went out for a 5 mile run yesterday with my running group, made it 1.5 miles and walked a mile back to the car - defeated - frustrated - and super discouraged.

Will I run the Oct Half? I think I will, but I'm not sure I will train. Meaning? There is a 3 hour time limit, and I may just try to come in under the limit so that I can finish the race. At this point, I don't want to train. I have never been so frustrated (that I can recall) with my body and my mind. It isn't just my body that's burned out - it's my mind.

And one of the things that used to give me pleasure, be a stress reliever, and be fun has now become something that causes stress and is no longer fun.

Yep, I think you will all agree that I have reached massive burn out.

Anyone else been here? What did you do about it?

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Monday, September 8, 2014

2 Medals In 2 Weekends Take 2

I don't know if you remember this, or for any new followers out there, last year I did the Double Header 2 half marathons in 2 days. I did it with a friend and it was so much fun. So we both signed up to do it again. She got injured at Boston, and wasn't able to do both races this year. 

I was still registered and decided to do both. The Bird-in-Hand Half marathon is an awesome race. It's well organized. It's beautiful, and I can't say enough about it. But this year it was hot - very hot - felt like Africa hot (ok.. never been but guessing). And I still decided that I wanted to try to 'race' it since I wasn't able to do my June half that I was registered for. 

Well, things didn't turn out as I had hoped. In fact, it was one of the most defeating Half Marathons I have done. I think I finished around 2:29, but it was the overall feeling of defeat from about mile 2.5. I got chills at mile 5, and at that point I knew that I was really done. It was more of a walk/shuffle for a lot of the race. But mentally, overall, it was not fun. Nothing about it was fun and that was more disappointing to me than a timed goal. In fact, after the race, in addition to being sick in a portapotty, I also wound up crying for quite some time. In fact, I wasn't sure at that time if I would attempt Half Marathon #2 the following day. 

(Me, trying not to cry after the finish) 

But since I was already registered, and I knew that there would be a lot of people from my running group, River Runners, so I decided to go ahead and give it a try.. 

The weather on Sunday was much much different than the weather on Saturday. It was much cooler with less humidity. And really I felt pretty good except for around mile 4ish my stomach started bothering me. So I stopped at a portapotty and was there for 4 minutes. Yep, 4 minutes wasted. And so I thought I might just walk the rest of the race. It was a beautiful day and I thought I would just enjoy the scenery. But then I realized, well, that's a really long way to walk, and it's going to take a really long time. 

So I started running. And then I realized I could probably still come close to my original goal of 2:20 for the day. And well, I wasn't far off. I came in at 2:22 and some change. According to my garmin, my run time was 2:18. But it wasn't about the time on Sunday as much as it felt like I was running strong. Saturday's run - there didn't feel anything strong about it - or positive. But Sunday felt much stronger mentally and physically. 

So, I did it again. 2 Medals in 2 Days. Would I do it again? Yeah, if I have friends doing it. But I would much rather do it as a 'fun' run verses a race type thing. 

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Stay In Place Or Slip? Bolder Band Review And Giveaway

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.

When I'm shopping for a headband, the first thing that I usually want to know is - Will the headband stay in place or is it going to slip off of my head? Then I want to know if it's actually going to help with keeping the sweat out of my eyes.

Let me introduce you to the Bolder Band.

My first thought was "wow, this is really a cute headband." But what I really wanted to know was is it going to stay put. And about a mile into the run, it slipped. But, if you notice the placement of the band, you will see that I'm not really wearing it where I should be. I had it too far back on my head. I should have checked out their video on the best way to wear the bolder band. 

Once I moved it down during the run, it did not slip, it stayed put, and it felt great. I also have a small head, and there is one size smaller than the one that I am wearing. 

I wore it for a 12 mile run, and of course I was drenched with sweat. But the Bolder Band did a great job of keeping the sweat out of my eyes. And another thing that I liked was that by the time I got home from my run, the Bolder Band was almost completely dry. Say what?!? With some of my other headbands that I wear, they seem to hold the sweat for quite some time, and it takes them awhile to dry. With the Bolder Band, it was actually dry, and honestly I could have worn it around town to help hold my hair back. 

I'm not exactly the fashionista, but I would wear Bolder Bands other than just for exercise. They are versatile, and they work.

But don't take my word for it. I'd like to give away one Bolder Band so that you can try it too.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Path Chosen - Marathon Training Ends

I knew that I didn't have a lot of time to make a decision. This week I had already missed one run, today was another missed run, and I had to make up my mind if I was going to continue marathon training or take a different path.

I was pretty sure of my decision this morning, and although my husband was disappointed that I may not run the marathon, he also supports me in my decision. By lunchtime today I had totally made up my mind that I was not going to run a full marathon in October. 

However my backup plan was to run the Hershey half marathon the following weekend. Yesterday when I logged on there were spots available. Today, it was sold out.

Cue the depressing dramatic sad music. I was pretty much crushed because I had decided that I was not going to run the full, but now I didn't have a back up race. I have done a lot of training this summer, and although even if I don't run a race it won't go to waste, I would still like to use this training to run a race.

I went on a search to find races. I found one. I have registered for the Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half marathon. I hear that it is a very hilly course. So I'm sure that it will be challenging. It's two weeks later then the marathon so it's a little later than I wanted. But at least it's a race. I went ahead and registered before it could sell out because I knew that since Hershey is now sold out, the other races during that time may sell out also. 

How do I feel? I feel okay right now. I'm actually relieved. However I know myself well enough to know that there will be times that I will second-guess this decision. But I think overall that I have made the right decision for me.

Do I plan to run another marathon? Someday… just not right now.

So let's see if I can run a sub two hour half marathon. That's my next goal.

One path ends - another begins.