Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Track Tuesday (+Giveaway)

Happy Track Tuesday!  This morning I laced up my Skecher Go Run 3's, dropped Tucker off at Wilderness Survival Camp and brought Izzy to the track with me.  This is a setback week but still had a little speed work mixed in there.  Hot?  Oh yes.   But with my favorite Stable 26 socks and Go Run 3's, my feet were happy.

Before and during my run, I made sure to hydrate with the Lemon Lime-Ade CLIF Shot.  I was already a fan of Shot Bloks, so I was pretty confident I was going to like the Lemon Lime-Ade electrolyte drink mix.  And I was right.  Delicious.  Light, refreshing.  It definitely helped me pull through during a hot workout!  

The mix itself is made from 90% organic ingredients and is packed with sodium and other electrolytes to aid in absorption and retention.   This packet did the trick.    

When I came home from my workout, I needed to refuel.  So I chose to try a CLIF Shot Protein Recovery Drink - Chocolate flavored mixed with almond milk.  

I thought this flavor was rich and satisfying.  It didn't have that chalky taste some other powders have.  It really had a chocolate milk flavor to it, which I love.  

Have you had the chance to try out the CLIF Shot Electrolyte mix or the CLIF Shot Protein Recovery mix?  Now is your chance!!!

Enter below for your chance to win!  Giveaway begins today and ends on 8/1. 

Disclosure:  I received a CLIF Shot drink mix sampler pack for the purpose of a review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  

On tap for today is a 16 mile progressive run.  I'll be going out later on today, waiting for cooler weather and for Ward to get home from work!!!  I have a crazy busy weekend which is why I'm pushing the 16 miler up to today.  Wish me luck!  I don't really do well with long mileage later on in the day.  

To get me ready for tonight, I'll be using some of my favorites.  

That's a no brainer!  No chaffage.  Bright, fun patterns.  Lightweight and smooth material so when I'm dripping wet from the crazy humidity, my shorts won't be dripping wet as well.  

Stable 26 has become a staple in my running sock collection.  I've had very good luck wearing them and plan on wearing them for quite some time.   They are thin enough so my feet do not overheat, stretchy so my toes do not feel cramped, and have the padding on the heels so my shoes do not slip.  Even in shoes that typically didn't slip before, my feet feel like they are one with my shoes when I run.  No more annoying readjusting of the shoes.  Perfect fit every time.  

I have to make sure my feet are happy in the shoes I choose.  I would prefer to wear the Skechers Ultra tonight.  But they have been retired.  They told me last week no more runs.    I am thinking I'll head out in my Go Run 3's tonight.  They are light and cushy as well.  

Most of the time I hydrate quite well.  I usually drink a gallon of water a day.  I definitely hydrate during my runs as well and I love bringing my CamelBak with me, especially with longer mileage.   

During the day today, I'll continue to drink my water.  All day.  And will be careful about not taking in too much caffeine.  Too much caffeine and long runs do not mix for me!  But Pure LYFT is going to be my afternoon pick me up because I mix it with water and it's quite gentle on my stomach.    

Pure LYFT is an energy stick that has zero calories and is a natural, clean caffeine and has the same amount of caffeine as one tall cup of coffee.  I like that there are no artificial sweeteners, it is sweetened with stevia.  

Today I have a giveaway for you for a 6 pack of Pure LYFT!  To enter, do so through the rafflecopter below.  And no worries, if you do not win... you can get free shipping with this code - RunningShipFree!  I love free shipping!  

disclaimer:  I was reviewed Pure LYFT in May and was asked to do a giveaway this month.   Because I enjoyed Pure LYFT so much, I thought my readers would enjoy their own!  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was just nominated by Diana at Hiit Mom as a Very Inspiring Blogger!  Thank you, Diana!  Have you been to Diana's blog?  I love the layout and she is so sweet!  

Here are the rules for how The Very Inspiring Blogger works:  
- Link the person you nominated you (done!) 
- Share 7 facts about yourself

1.  I am a worrier.  I worry about things I cannot control.  I hate this about myself.  For instance, with the new experience of coaching track - I am constantly worried about what the other coaches think of me and my inexperience.  Am I messing up too much?  So much to learn!    

2.  I am taking the plunge and teaching full on regular education High School Math this year.  No longer will I be a Special Educator.  While I'm super excited by this career move, I am a little nervous, as I've never taught an honors level class before!  Again, I am very excited by this new role. 

3.  I've been talking about getting that 26.2 tattoo, but haven't done it yet.  I cannot seem to make up my mind where it's going and when to get it done.  Someone just schedule it for me.  

4.  I now want a nose ring.  I've never been interested in this before, but have been obsessing about it all summer.  Again.  I probably won't do it because I'm chicken and I'm sure I cannot take my kids with me.  

5.   Tonight I went out to dinner with the husband for our 13th wedding anniversary.  I cannot believe we've been married for 13 years!  Wow, we are so old.  

6.   Our son, Tucker, was due on our 2nd wedding anniversary, but came a bit late.  8 days to be exact, via c-section because induction didn't work and I wasn't going home without a baby.  He'll be 11 next Tuesday!  

7.  And my baby, Izzy, is staring kindergarten in the fall.  Oh many time flies by so fast!  

Now I get to nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their blogs to let them know you've nominated them and provide them a link to your post.  

Here it goes!  

I don't expect my nominated bloggers to participate.  I just find you to be inspiring!   But if you do participate - tag me!  I'd love to read about your 7 facts!  

Happy Thursday everyone!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Every Move Counts

Looking for a little motivation to get moving?  Love apps?  Motivating others? Earning rewards?  
Then you should really check out EveryMove.  As a FitApproach Ambassador, I was able to review the EveryMove app recently.  

EveryMove connects with other apps and devices, for example:  

or you can manually add your information.  You get the choice.  I have the following apps linked to mine:  

For each activity you log, you earn points. 

This is just a sampling of the activities you can choose from.  There are many more!  Then the points start stacking up:  

Points?  Points toward some pretty cool rewards.  Some companies listed in the rewards section even sponsors charity donations on your behalf.  I like that!   I just wish I'd earn something really for free.  I guess I need to get to a higher level?  

I am really liking the ease of EveryMove.  It's not some fitness app that consumes your day.  It automatically takes your activities you've completed and turns them into points.  EveryMove even has a leaderboard, to show where you stand against your "friends" - just a little friendly competition.   

You can download EveryMove for FREE! on iTunes or Google Play. If you download it, tell me what you think about it?    

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Techy Tuesday: TICKR Run Review

I might be obsessed with my iPhone.  I really love it.  I'm an Apple girl and the phone just ties it all together.   When I run, I have my phone with me.  For safety.  For selfies and other photo ops.  And for GPS.  And now, I get to use it as a heart rate monitor and stride monitor.

My mileage is creeping up there again with marathon training and I want to make sure I'm running efficiently.  

When the TICKR Run first showed up, I had an iPhone 4.  Sadly, my phone was not new enough to work with the TICKR.  I was able to download the app on Ward's iPad mini and use it while cycling.  

But I really wanted to try it out for running.   There was no way I was going to go for a run with the iPad, so I sadly put the TICKR aside until I recently upgraded to the 5c.  Now I get to use the smoothness and stride features!!!

Using the TICKR Run with your phone is incredibly easy.  Just download the app, connect your sensor (the heart rate monitor), and then record a workout.  The app is quite easy to maneuver around as well.  You can set the laps to miles or do you own intervals.  It's quite easy to just press the lap button the bottom of the screen.  

Wahoo TICKR Run Pro's:  
- great for running outside and on treadmill
- great for cycling inside and outside 
- links up to your favorite apps 
- records your history of runs 
- can set the auto lap or hit the lap button while running (if you choose to use this feature)
- provides you with average cadence, max cadence, ground contact
- provides you with max heart rate and heart rate while you are running
- provides you with your average pace and distance (to the hundredths - which I love!) 
- provides you with your at the moment pace while you are running 
- you can choose your countdown time for the app (max of 15 seconds) 

- a drain on your battery... 8 miles = 22% battery usage on my iPhone 
(but really, all GPS apps drain your phone!) 

One more thing I like about the Wahoo TICKR Run.  Just before my run this morning, one of my running pals posted about a new app - called the Outsider.  Not knowing much about it, I had to check it out.  The Weather Channel and Wahoo Fitness partnered up to create an app that calculates the best time to head out for a run (taking into account factors like temperature, heat index, pollen count, air quality, wind direction, etc.)  It gives you a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best time to run) as well as weather for a 10-day forecast.  Plus this app is FREE!  Currently it's only available through iPhone, which is okay with me.  And it pairs up with the Wahoo Fitness app.  So cool!  

How awesome is that?  

How do you track your mileage?  Do you both with heart rate? Cadence?  

disclaimer:  I was offered the TICKR Run by Wahoo for the purpose of a review and was not compensated.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Move It Monday & A New Shoe Release

This past weekend was my first big mileage weekend.  15 miles on Saturday and 8 miles on Sunday.  Challenging? Yes.  Impossible?  No way!   

The plan says do it, so I did it.  Smiling the entire way.  Of course I have some tired legs.  But I've been treating them to some time propped up and wearing some of my favorite compression gear.  More on that later.  

As I've said before, 1 day a week is dedicated to cycling.  I think this is going to be a leg saver.  Still a fantastic cardio workout and using some different leg muscles.  So far, I am really liking this addition to my training.  

My last week in workouts:  
Sunday:  12 miles. + plyos
Monday:  19 miles on bike.  
Tuesday:  5 miles.  
Wednesday.  rest. 
Thursday:  5k at Bond Brook (plus a short w/u and c/d) = 4 total.  
Friday:  rest.  
Saturday:  15 miles. 
Sunday:  8 miles.  

82 more days until Maine Marathon.  I should probably register.  Don't you think?  

I am really lucky to have the Kennebec River Rail Trail to run on.  I have to share my favorite part of the rail trail.  It's just as the trail turns into a little wooded area and it's a little windy.  I remember the first time I got that far (2 miles in) and thinking how awesome it was that I got that far and how pretty it was!   

I've been loving wearing a nice and cushy trainer for my long runs, but I realized on Saturday that my favorites are toast.  They must be retired immediately.  

So now I'm eyeing up my next long run trainer.  I crave cushion and love light weight.  So when I caught wind of the new Nike LunarGlide 6, my ears perked up a bit.  

Lightweight?  Yes.  
Cushion?  Yes.  

Plus, Shalane is wearing them for her training and long runs, so they must be pretty awesome.  So, of course, I'd like to try them out!  

Sometimes I like a little support in my running shoes.  I have to keep that arch happy!!!  And now with a lighter lunarlon, support doesn't have to mean big and clonky.  It now means light and cushy.  I've got to admit, the colors are rather fun as well!  

How is your training going???  Are you interested in trying out the Nike LunarGlide 6?  I am!!  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bond Brook Trail Race 5k

So, the LL Bean race didn't really work in the PR department.  BUT!  I have a new Bond Brook PR.  Oh yes.  Happy Dance!  

see that?  31:58?  Oh yes.

The last time I ran that race was in 2012 and my time was 32:16.    A little history - Ward always does well in this series.  If you place in the top 3, you win a prize.  I was never going to win any prize...so I always deferred to letting Ward run this race while I took race photos.  BUT!  This year, I decided to scrap that and run.  The entire series.  I already paid....so no backing out now!!!  

And you see that PR above?  It was on a harder course.   So there!  AND, this was after spending 5 hours at a track meet earlier in the day.  But this time I was MUCH better. I delegated more.  I hydrated.  I only logged 5 miles on the fitbit during the meet.  

And this was my first race in these new Starry Night shorts by Spandits.  I had just gotten them a couple of hours earlier from Spandits co-owner, Kelley, at the meet.  Yes, I get to hang out with Kelley every Thursday.  I am super lucky like that! And I love seeing some of her athletes run in Spandits as well.  Super cool.   

These shorts have the flat lock stitching and are quite impressive.  I've been eyeing up this pattern for a long time.  Then I saw one of my high school friends running on the rail trail with the capris in this print and I knew I had to have it!  I just didn't know if it was going to be capris or shorts.  So shorts it is!  This is only my 2nd pair of shorts....and I need more.  Summer is hot!  At least I have 2 skirts I can wear as well.  I have great Spandits options!  

Okay...back to the race.  I get super excited by Spandits.  Can you tell?  

The race starts at 6pm.  Which is a tough time for me to race.  I'm such a morning racer.  Plus, I get a little nervous with the exercise induced anaphylaxis and what I eat for the day.  I took extra precautions and took some antihistamines before the race and used my inhaler as directed by the doctor.  And guess what?  No reaction.  Yippee!!!  

When I got to the race, I wasn't sure if I was going to register for just that race or the whole series.  As I walked up to the window to register...I decided I was going to go for it.  The entire series.  And I signed Ward up for the entire series too.  I hope he's okay with that!  

I wasn't sure what I was up against.  I had read they changed the course, but never made it to any of the course previews.  Oops.  I guess for me it doesn't matter.  I have a horrible sense of direction and actually got lost the first time I ran that race.  I don't really remember all of the turns and such anyway.  

And the map doesn't really help me either.  Tons of turns.  Tons of hills.  Okay.  To sum it up - it has a lot of single track, tons of hills, lots of roots and is quite technical.  Far more technical than Pineland Farms.  But the best part?  The race directors do a fabulous job and this course was marked so well, I didn't get lost this time!  There's a first for everything, right?  

If you live locally, or are visiting Maine anytime this summer.  Try this race.  It's fun!  

Are you a trail runner?  I'm not really one.  I won't run the trails by myself.  If I can get my act together and organize a trail run with a friend or two, I will do it more often though!  It's such a great running experience.  

What are your favorite trail running shoes?  I sadly do not have a new pair of trail shoes.  I had to dig out my old New Balance 100's.  They are so old.  But so awesome with the rockstop bottoms.  I wish New Balance would make another version of them.