Sunday, June 28, 2015

Umm....FINALLY my Maine Coast Marathon Recap

On Mother's Day.... yeah...WAAAY back to May 10th, I ran marathon #5 - The Maine Coast Marathon.... otherwise known as my personal worst marathon ever.  And let's seriously HOPE that will be the case forever.



A little rewind...3 weeks prior, I ran the Boston Marathon and scored my first worst marathon in sub 40F/25 mph headwinds/downpours - you know - fabulous weather.  I made smart marathon choices and only brought my singlet with me and froze my ass off.  Seriously?  Who am I only bringing one top?  Anyway, this post is not about Boston. 


Maine Coast Marathon Gear - Skechers GoRun3, ProCompression low socks #twopairdontcare, Spandits singlet, Spandits custom (and out of print) boardies, Headsweats Visor, FlipBelt (which I lost at the marathon...and had to buy another because I love it so much), SOS Rehydrate, and HoneyStinger.  



Fastforward 3 weeks later, I was ready.  I felt absolutely ready to get myself a marathon PR (which would be a sub 3:56).   Carrie and I headed down to the expo, got our shirts and beer bracelets, snapped some photos with the mermaid - then headed to our hotel.  




We met up with our friend Gretchen and her husband (who had both done the half marathon earlier in the day - Gretchen was doing the 39.3 challenge - because she is badass) and went out for dinner.  I stuck with my normal burger and beer which has worked wonderfully before.  

when I was still feeling good.... 



The next morning, Gretchen's husband took us to the starting line.  By then it was already rather warm and I was getting rather nervous.  Thankfully I ignored Ward and brought along a water bottle to hold (and toss if I felt like it).  

still feeling good.....


The first 15/16 miles flew by.  I felt great.  I sipped my SOS Rehydrate as I ran, listened to my fab playlist and just keep great paces in the 8:50-9:00 min/mile range.  

and then...it was all over and it was time for selfies!
But then I seriously hit the wall.  I suddenly felt like I was running in an oven and I felt my arms and they were dry....then I felt a chill.  When there was no reason to feel a chill.  OHHHH crap, I thought. I put on the brakes and called Ward to let him know I was done.  I was going to run/walk/crawl to the end...but it was going to take me forever.   I seriously didn't have a choice - I wasn't going to push it as I had to drive the 2 hours home and the rest of my family was 3 hours away at Tucker's soccer game.  So I played it smart - I think and just took in the gorgeous coastal Maine scenery the race had to offer.  

Hey look!  A Citgo Sign.  


After a bit I was hoping Carrie would catch up to me, so I texted her.  She was feeling like crap too...I told her I would wait for her and she said that she was about 2 miles behind me.  I offered to nap on the side of road for her and she said no.  Boo.  I was kind of hoping to take a nap.  

trying to look like I'm not dying


So I trudged on.  Filling my water bottle with water/gatorade at every-single-water stop.  I was so thirsty and I felt like crap.    
seeing friends at water stops ROCKS!!!!


Finally I met up with a lovely woman who had run the half the day before...and I hung with her.  She and I would run together, then walk, then run and so on an so forth.  




I finally did it---  4:49:10.    I completed Marathon #5....one more to go for 2015.  Now let's hope it doesn't blizzard or something because I obviously have this horrible race weather mojo.   

thank you sweet nice woman who got me to the finish!!!

And let's not forget...I had to eat pizza and enjoy my beer at the finish.



My knee was throbbing so much for the last 10 miles...and I'm thinking it was because I had slowed down so much....but I wasn't sure..so I asked for ice pack on my knee.  



The course itself was rather hilly.  Perhaps it was the weather...but it seriously felt hillier than any other marathon I had done before.  The views were spectacular.  I wished there were more water stops...but I honestly do not know how many there were as my mind wasn't really working at its fullest capabilities.  There could have been more portable toilets at the start....long lines are never awesome.  And the shirt?  It's ugly as sin.  I never even put it on.  I tossed it as soon as I got home.  Will I do this one again?  I'm not sure.  



and this is the temp at the car when I got back to it..... just a little hot.   Boo.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Happy National Sunglasses Day! #NationalSunglassesDay


*Disclaimer: I was asked by the Vision Council to participate in this webinar in exchange for a blog post. I received a sunglasses, a cooling towel, and other summer accessories, from the Vision Council in exchange for my post.



I recently participated in a webinar - Healthy Bodies, Healthy Eyes: Protecting Vision from UV Radiation, which was presented by Dr. Justin Bazan, OD.  The webinar was sponsored by the Vision Council and the primary focus was how and why we should protect our eyes.  

A few tidbits I learned is:
- 1 out of 4 American rarely or never wear sunglasses
- 2 out of 3 Americans leave they eyes unprotected on cloudy or rainy days
- 3 out of 10 Americans do not protect their eyes in the winter 


Personally, I was shocked to read this!  I find I squint a bit on rainy days or winter days (hello reflection on all of that white stuff that continuously falls to the ground!) - of course it would make sense to wear sunglasses year round - in all types of weather - sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy - heck just wear them all of the time....even at night!  You know...like Corey Heart says.  (I seriously LOVE this song!)


AND did you know that athletes are amongst the group of people who wear sunglasses the least?  Crazy!  With all of that time we spend outside - sweating our asses off, training for all of those races - we don't protect our eyes?  



Oh wait - I'm SOOO guilty of that.  I usually have a hat or visor on - but sadly that is not enough.  So before you head out on your next run or bike ride.... grab those sunglasses and protect your eyes!  



And you don't have to drop a ton of money on sunglasses to make them good sunglasses.  Just make sure your sunglasses of choice have - protection from UVA/UVB rays, lens colors that cut the glare and are from a sunglasses retailer that follows industry standards.  




Now - get your sunglasses on and take a #SunglassSelfie #NationalSunglassesDay and tag @OpticalIndusty!  
Time celebrate!  


























Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tried It Tuesday


7 more school days.  I can do it.  To be honest, the last few days have been incredibly crazy.  The seniors are done (with school) but planning project graduation and doing all of the last minute organizing is absolutely overwhelming!  Thankfully I have incredible co-workers who allow me to ask them 6,000 questions a day.  I am so thankful my class officers helped out as much as they did...but now is the time that they need to be focused on themselves and enjoying the last few days!    I just need to get through until 7am (ish) and hopefully not too much longer after that....   It's going to be tough, but a ton of fun!  



They did the senior prank last week and my room got hit.   I actually thought it was funny!   

Now.... you know I love my smoothies!  You also know I love chocolate.  So, when CocoaVia offered to send me samples of their daily cocoa supplements, I had to try them out!  Um HELLO dark chocolate!!!  



Sadly, the dark chocolate was the first to disappear.  But that's easily remedied...just a few clicks of the mouse and I'll have another package arriving at my house in no time!  

So....what DID I use my CocoaVia in?  

Well.....  COFFEE!  


I love dark coffee....so dark chocolate ONLY made sense.  This was amazing!  I could seriously drink this daily!  


And then ICED COFFEE!  


Step 1: Brew coffee
Step 2: fill shaker bottle with ice 
& add in your creamer and sugar


Step 3: pour coffee over the ice
Step 4: pour CocoaVia over coffee
Step 5: put lid on and shake like hell 



Step 6: Enjoy the deciousness!!!!  

And then SMOOTHIES!  


Added to my morning smoothie with cashew milk, 
greek yogurt, hemp seeds and a tablespoon of peanut butter!  


Or - cashew milk, greek yogurt, handful of frozen berries and 
then CocoaVia Cran-Raspberry.  
OH MY!


Not only does CocoaVia taste good...it's actually good for you too!
*each dark chocolate powdered stick has 25 calories per serving, 0.5 grams of fat and no cholesterol.  
*375 mg of cocoa flavanols per serving - which are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation (important for cardiovascular health!)

Have you ever tried CocoaVia?  What would you try it with? 



disclosure: I was sent a sample pack of CocoaVia to review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bye Bye Calluses!

8 more school days until SUMMER!  I'm not excited by this at all.  

there's going to be a lot of this.....which does a lot of damage to my feet!


As the snow melted and the mud pit of my driveway dried up, out came the flip flops.  But first I had to do a few things to not scare everyone.  First - put some nail polish on those ugly nails.  I have thick nails and some black nails.  No one really wants to see them.  That was the easy part.  




The second part is always the hard part.  And I usually go to someone for a pedicure because it takes me forever with a little callus remover --- the old school cheese grater looking thing.  That never really did much for the seriously ugly and huge calluses I grow.

gross....I know.  sorry!
Ward always said "you need a sanding belt for those things".  Yep.  He's right.  But then I received the  invitation to try out the Micro-Pedi by Emjoi.  As soon as it came, I freed those ugly calluses....and started working.  My mini-belt sander ... I mean Micro-Pedi by Emjoi worked like a charm!  It took on those calluses like a champ.  



And for a huge fraction of the cost of going to get a pedicure.  (retails for $39.95) The Micro-Pedi by Emjoi works best with dry feet...so don't do it just after you shower.  Shower afterwards to get all of the dead skin removed!



The Micro-Pedi works amazing!  The mineral roller is actually a stone that spins 30 times per second.  It painlessly removes dead, dry, gross, callused skin to give you a more soft and supple feel.  And it's completely safe to use!  I love this new gadget!!!  



Now I have more tolerable, less embarrassing toes I can now expose and not feel so self-conscious about.   Now I just need to touch up my toe nail polish! 



disclaimer:  I was sent a Micro-Pedi to review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What are you doing Wednesday?

Well - of course it's a "RUN" day..... but did you know that it's National Running Day?  There is NO better way to celebrate than to GO FOR A RUN!  




Today was a scheduled rest day.  But tomorrow.  Oh tomorrow - is definitely a run day.  It's going to be a great day for a run too!  I have 6 miles planned and I cannot wait!  

but I'd rather spend a girl weekend with these ladies! :) but since
I cannot - it's track workout instead...
For those of you planning on getting your run done tomorrow.....OrthoLite is hosting a sweet giveaway for a chance to win one of three $100 American Express git cards and a pair of OrthoLite Fusion insoles.  To enter - all you need to do is post a photo of your run on June 3rd and take @ortholite with #RunOrthoLite on Facebook and/or Twitter.  

New running shoes....


A challenging run....





Your running buddy that pushes you farther and faster....  
well, somedays she does.   


A gorgeous running route...


 
Your favorite running outfit....




A Run You are Proud of....


Your Running Friends....



Get creative!  

3 qualifying winners will be randomly selected by 9am EST on Thursday 6/4/15 and will be notified via direct message from OrthoLite on either Facebook or Twitter.   But in addition to this great contest - my Running With The Girls readers can save $5.00 off their next OrthoLite Fusion insole purchase online at OrthoLite.com to experience the ultimate comfort and performance.  Just enter "FITCOMFY" at checkout.  



Friday, May 29, 2015

Puma IGNITE - Shoe Review


This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of PUMA.



Before Boston, Ward was telling me I needed to try a different brand of shoe.  One that was still fast, but was a little firmer and would provide me with more of a push off.  I think I found that with the new Puma IGNITE



At first glance, I was a little nervous.  They seemed super firm.   I've seriously grown to love cushy shoes and my foot issues have loved the cushy shoes as well.  So I was a little nervous that the firmness wouldn't work out.  




Well, guess what?  I was wrong!  SOOO wrong.   In the past few weeks, I've raked up over 50 miles in them and I am loving the feel of the Puma IGNITE.  




The Puma IGNITE features are: 
*Energy Return with full length IGNITED foam midsole's PU blend offers high rebound cushioning 
*Step In Comfort with IGNITE foam that provides instant comfort where you need it most 
*Long-Lasting Performance with foreverfoam that is used in the heel to disperse impact and provide extra durability
*Thermo-regulation technology that helps to keep the feet at an optimal temperature 



I'm not doing long runs, yet.  But can definitely see myself taking on many long runs in these shoes and loving them.    But I have tested them out on a few different runs.  





On the rail trail, for an easy return-to-run after a marathon run.  I could definitely feel the support under my arches.  Keeping them happy.  





After school happy hour runs with the pups. So much comfort for my tired feet!







Track workouts.  Firm.  Fast.  Responsive.  Great turnover!






And hill training (for Mount Washington Road Race) - on the treadmill.  Why the treadmill? Because I can keep it on a constant incline for long distances rather than run up a hill, run back down, run up a hill, run back down.   Which is NOT what I want to do for a race that goes 7.6 miles uphill the entire way!  I want steady incline...so treadmill it is!  





I can see many more months, many more miles in the Puma IGNITE.  They've been an amazing ride this far.  I am excited to see where this shoe takes me.  


While you're here...check out this pretty cool video from Puma!  It makes me want to go out and run. Again.  Even though I already ran twice today!!!