Monday, March 31, 2014

Move It Monday & #BestFoot

Happy Monday!  I was super excited to wake up to hear ice beating on the windows...and then to see some nasty ice/slush/snow combination on the ground.  I was convinced that if I stared at my cell phone long enough - I was going to get THE TEXT telling me to stay in bed - at least for another hour.  But nope.  No text.  A girl can dream, right?   I love 2 hr delays - but at the same time I really hope this is our nasty, cold, gross weather situation for the rest of spring.

Let's move on to some more positive notes - like running and fitness.  

Last week's training.  

Monday
5 miles and then stretching it out for Happy Fit Mama! 


Tuesday
3.6 miles and then a wall sit.  Burning quads!



and you're going to be shocked - I'm wearing my Gone for a Run sweatshirt!



Wednesday
3.26 miles - #326forepilepsy 



I wore purple at school and wore purple when I ran later that night for everyone whose life is impacted by epilepsy.  As a special education teacher, I've taught many children with this life altering disease and as a blogger, I've gotten to know two sweet bloggers affected by epilepsy - Jamie and Lisa.  

After I ran, I came home and tried a new workout.  A coworker has been telling me about Melissa Bender fitness and how much she loves them.  As part of Happy Fit Mama's #HappyFitMarch challenge, I tried a Melissa Bender workout as a my "something new" and loved it!





Thursday
Allergy testing day - right after school.  It took a lot longer than I thought because the dr. did additional testing, which meant no run for me.  I had to be at the school by 6 pm for a staff vs student basketball game.  It's been at least 20 years since I've dribbled a basketball.  I did play basketball in high school BUT I was on JV for the 3 years I played.  I was not very good at all.  So when I was asked to play this staff/student game, I was really nervous.   



I decided to wear my Skull print Spandits to channel my inner badass and wore my new Karhu's so I could at least have some speed on the court. 

Friday
5.5 miles 

Saturday
13 miles



13 lonely miles.  BUT it was gorgeous out there - sunny and a slight breeze.  AND I returned to my beloved rail trail.  I didn't do the entire length because I started my run from home to get in some serious hill training.  One  Two Three of those hills really kick my butt.  My thought is if I keep doing them over and over again, then one day they will seem easy to me.  Still not sure this is working because they still hurt!  

and I broke out my brand new Spandits for the run!  I LOVE them!



AND I got to see Ward when he was out running his 21 miler (he corrected me, I thought he was doing 20...).  I even managed to get in a little kiss as he ran past me.  



Sunday
Rest.  My ankle was hurting after Saturday's run and I felt some familiar twinges in my arch - so I took Sunday off completely.  My body thanked me for it.  

Today
Even with the gross, crappy weather, I managed to get in 4.1 miles in my Karhu's!  Those blue shoes really brighten up a dreary day. 




Which brings my total #FFMARCHMILES to 153.79!  I killed it!  

Because Ward and I talk about running quite a bit, he told me that he was impressed with my mileage lately.  He added that if I wanted to do a marathon, I could get in a couple of 20's and be good to go.  I like his vote of confidence, but right now, running a marathon is not what I want to do.  

Did you participate in the FitFluential #FFMARCHMILES challenge?  How'd did you do?  I am so excited to see what April's challenge is!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

What's in the March Bestowed box?

Have you tried Bestowed yet?  If you haven't, you are missing out.  Bestowed is a monthly subscription box that gets delivered to your mailbox or door filled with hand selected items by Heather Bauer.  



The March box was focused on immune-strengthening ingredients - like lemon, ginger, honey, tea, and oats - which was perfect because March seems to be the month of illness.  It seems like everyone in my house has been sick this month.  I'm definitely looking forward to warmer weather so I can do a huge spring cleaning and open the windows and rid my house of all the germs.  But until then, I'll just continue to load us up with immunity-boosting foods and drinks.  





I have got to be super honest with you.  I'm not a fan of ginger.  I used to love it.  However, when I was pregnant with Izzy, I had horrible morning sickness and ate a lot of ginger to keep it away.  Perhaps too much, because now ginger makes me cringe.  I was a little nervous when I opened my orange Bestowed box and I saw many products with ginger in them.  

However, I'm always willing to try out new things.  So I gave these times a try.  

To my surprise and liking, I LOVED the Nothin' But Lemon Ginger Cashew Premium Snack Bar.  While ginger was in the name and a major ingredient, it didn't have an over powering ginger flavor.  This was especially tasty snacking on this before lunch.  



I was also a little nervous about Stash Tea: Organic Lemon Ginger Tea.  At first I sniffed the package and it had a ginger smell.  But after letting it steep in hot water for a few minutes and after I added my honey, it was only a slight ginger smell/taste.  There was more of a lemon taste with a hint of ginger.  Stash has a great product line, so I was pretty sure I was going to like it.  I was just a little nervous about the ginger.  So glad I tried it because it's a great beverage to drink just before bed!  



Last weekend I ran 8 miles on the treadmill at the gym and then worked at the gym.  I needed something filling and easily portable to eat after my run.  The Vigilant Eat Superfood Cereal filled my needs perfect.  This organic, gluten free, non-GMO cereal in a cup had a very natural yet delicious taste and it filled me up.  I loved that it came with it's own little spoon so I didn't have to go without breakfast if I forgot to grab a spoon.  



I'm a huge fan of Omega-3s.  After Tucker was diagnosed with ADHD, we were told to add more Oemga-3s to his diet to improve his focus.  I started taking them as well and have noticed a huge difference.  The only thing I'm not a fan of is the fishy flavor I get sometimes.  But the Coromega Omega3 Squeeze Orange takes care of the fishy flavor.  They come in a small squeeze packets that taste like an orange creamcicle.    Each packet has 650 mg of omega-3 fatty acid and are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free.  



It's not a secret.  I have a huge weakness for Peanut Butter.  Justin's makes a high quality, great tasting product and has outdone themselves with the Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Pack.  Not only does it taste delicious - especially with an apple, it's easy to travel with.  




The one product I couldn't bring myself to try was Reed's Ginger Chews.  I'm sorry.  I tried.  Ginger chews is what I ate too much of during those pregnancy days and I cannot get past it.  I do love the description of it - sweet, spicy, and chewy.  However, I have the perfect person in my life to give this little gift to and she will definitely love.  

In the box was also a $40 gift card for HelloFresh.  I just placed my order and I cannot wait to see what I get!  HelloFresh delivers farm-fresh ingredients with easy-to-follow recipes directly to your house.  I am so excited!  

Use HELLOYUM42 to get your FIRST Bestowed box for $10 (one heck of a deal!)....but hurry!  This code expires 4/15!!!!   Interested in buying an item from the March box?  Purchase here


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A #Spandits Photo Shoot?

A few weeks ago I received an invite on Facebook.  I accepted the invitation just as fast as the invitation popped up on my phone and squealed with excitement.  You would have thought I won the lottery at the way I reacted.  Seriously.  

As a matter of fact, I won, big time.  I was invited to attend a Wine and Dine and Photo Shoot with the ladies of Spandits.  Being the only Spandits Ambassador living close enough to be able to attend, I felt quite lucky to be invited.  This was a great opportunity to get to see Kelley and Sarah, their awesome running group, and check out their new prints and products with the new stitching.  


I was so excited, but quite nervous as well!  Before I dropped the kids off at my inlaws, I had to send this picture off to Ward.    I only knew Kelley and Sarah and was feeling quite nervous about not knowing anyone else.  You wouldn't really know this about me, but I am rather shy in new situations.  




But after a few snacks, a little wine, and getting to know some of the Runnin' Ritas, I felt a lot more relaxed.  And then the fun began.  We started trying on the new Spandits line.  There was lots of "oohs" and "ahhhs" around the clothing rack.  Mostly from me.  I was having a very hard time restraining myself from buying everything.  I already have quite the Spandits collection, but one cannot have too many, and I do need more of the new flatlock stitching (stitching on the outside of the apparel).  


 I've always been a fan of pigeon pose, but taking pigeon to a new level felt fantastic!  

Here are some of the photos from the photo shoot.  Sadly they won't be used due to the shadows.  But they are still awesome!


I already have this print in shorts, but I think I need the capris too!  




Mostly I fell in love with this new print - Spirograph.  It's purple, which is my all time favorite color.

What's your favorite Spandits print?  

Have you seen their close out sale?


Still awesome Spandits quality at super low prices - 50% off now!  Just with the older stitching.  I've already purchased two pairs of the youth tights - Rumple Skullskins - a pair for my niece and a pair for Izzy.  They are going to look so freaking cute!!!  And if you buy anything, let Kelley and Sarah know Jen sent you.  


 





Monday, March 24, 2014

Move It Monday #BestFoot

Here we are...Monday!  But hey, only three more working Monday's until April break....which means 4 weeks until Boston!  I'm getting very excited to be taking the family down to Boston again to cheer Ward and some other friends on.  



Here's my week in review: 

Monday & Tuesday:  100% complete rest.  
Fever.  Horrible cold.  And I am very proud of myself.  I rested.   Even when I received a super awesome box in the mail on Monday.  I even stayed home from school on Tuesday.  I normally don't stay home for myself.  But I was that sick.  




Instead, I just put them on and admired them while sitting by the wood stove.  


Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:04 pace. 
After not running for a couple of days, I just wanted to run fast.  I tried to keep it in check, but my new Karhu's felt awesome and it was warm enough for my Spandits capris.  So I just went for it!




Thursday: 5 miles @ 8:12 pace. 
I was going to run outside, but Ward convinced me to run on the treadmill.  The best part of that was running next to him on the treadmill.  I wasn't going to push the pace at all this week, but he was running 7 min miles and I felt the need to speed it up a little.  



Friday: 3 miles @ 8:39 pace. 
Outside!  It actually wasn't so bad on Friday.  A little chilly but sunny.  



Saturday:  12 miles.  
I had to run early due to Ward's running schedule, and wasn't feeling the 22F degrees, so back to the treadmill again.   I also managed to get in 2 sub 7 minute miles in this run as well.  I definitely surprised myself.   1 @ 6:55 and 1 @ 6:56.  


And my Karhu's match my Moving Comfort shorts perfectly. 


Sunday:  5 miles @ 8:39 pace.  
It was supposed to be a recovery run.  It started out that way.  But I got bored and had to speed it up a bit.  



#FFMarch Miles to date: 119.33  Woohoo!  

I've just completed week 4 of the program.  This program has me focusing on arm movements, foot landing, and cadence and putting it all together.  It has an audio component as well as some video for some of the drills.  I'm loving these drills and workouts, but I will admit most of them have been on a treadmill lately.  Which is good and bad.  Good because my favorite treadmill has a mirror directly in front of it and I have been spending my time on the treadmill watching my heels kick up a bit more.  I'm trying to make that more natural so when I don't have a mirror in front of me, I'll still do it! 

Kinetic Revoloution

Last week I did a cadence test.  I usually don't pay attention to cadence at all and it shows.  My average cadence rate was 164.  Not exactly 180.  It gives me something to work towards.  Does anyone else pay attention to cadence?  

On a side note, I won a My Race Ragz giveaway from Dani @ Weight off My Shoulders a couple of weeks ago.  I was so excited but had to design a logo first.   So, with my limited design skills, I made something and showed Ward.  He said "ehhh....it's okay.  It just needs a little tweaking."  3 hours later, I had it.  Of course I had to give him a little incentive.  I told him I wouldn't order his running shoes until he finished my logo.  Bribery at it's finest!  



My shirt came in the mail on Saturday!  I am so excited!  I'm also quite happy I went with a long sleeve.  Given the temperatures we're experiencing in Maine, I'll be able to wear this shirt for quite a long time this spring.  And then I'll be able to enjoy it in the evenings this summer.   

How was your week?  Anything new in the mail for you?  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Product Review: Toilet Tree Rechargeable Toothbrush



You may be thinking, what in the world is a running blogger reviewing a toothbrush?  Well, first, let me tell you, I really like to emphasize overall health here on my blog.  Not just running, not just eating healthy, but overall health.  Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy is so important!  And second, this isn't just any toothbrush.  The Toilet Tree Rechargeable Toothbrush is a very high quality toothbrush that is far better than any other battery operated toothbrush I've tried before.  




My thoughts.  
My teeth feel super clean.  You know that really clean feeling you get after leaving the dentist's office after a cleaning?  Yep.  I get that feeling every single day now.   

The battery lasts an incredibly long time.  I don't know how long it lasts, yet.  But I'll tell you it's longer than 3 weeks.  When my new toothbrush came, I followed the directions and plugged it in for 24 hours.  After that, I unplugged it - mostly because I needed the outlet for my hair dryer.  But then I left it unplugged.  And now it's been over 3 weeks and my toothbrush is still going strong!  

Toilet Tree's Rechargeable Toothbrush normally retails for $79.95.  However, right now it's on sale for $49.95 and is available in black or white.  

Some rather great features about Toilet Tree's Rechargeable Toothbrush:
- 8,800 oscillations/minute 
- ergonomic handle
- illuminated display
- dual cleaning
- natural whitening
- ultimate plaque removal
- gentle on teeth and gums
- helps to keep your gums healthy 

My rechargeable toothbrush also came with a travel size sonic toothbrush.  


Which I haven't used yet.  But I now have a great toothbrush for when we travel.  First trip will be the Boston Marathon next month.  Of course, I am going as a spectator/supportive wife.  I will run that marathon someday.  

You can check out what this great toothbrush and the other Toilet Tree products available on their websitetwitter, Facebook, pinterest, and instagram





Monday, March 17, 2014

Move It Monday! #BestFoot

Another Monday is here.  But it's a special one.  The last Monday in this winter season.  Oh yes!  Now, if we'd get a major heat wave and melt all that snow and ice and I could get back on the rail trail.  A girl can dream, right?  



Regardless of the horrid weather, it didn't hold me back from my training.   

Monday - REST!  

Tuesday - 3.5 miles.  44 degrees, melting snow.  I even ran without a vest and gloves.  



Wednesday - 7 miles.  We had another (last??? please!) snowstorm come rolling in Wednesday. The forecast was calling for a pretty bad afternoon, which resulted in an early dismissal.  I took advantage of my "extra" time and hit the gym.  



Thursday - 6 miles.  No school today, but the gym didn't close.  I was scheduled to work so I went in a little early and got in my speed workout.  Nailed it.  Warm up/7:30/recovery/7:20/recovery/7:00/cooldown.  Felt fantastic!!!



Friday - 3.3 miles.  Easy after school miles.  No picture.   I'm a slacker.  



Saturday - 6 miles.  But today I had two pictures!  I ran 6 miles for Jaime, the young mom who was killed this past week.  It breaks my heart to think of her grieving family.  To think that there is always a chance that I could be struck and killed when out for a run is a scary thought, but a real one that races through my head quite a bit lately.  


To break up the treadmill run, I pulled out a 6:54 mile mid run for Happy Fit Mama's March Challenge.  

Sunday - 6.8 miles.   On the treadmill.  Again.  But the window beside me was wide open.  I do appreciate the treadmill and the ability to get in safe miles.  I just miss running on the rail trail.  Melt snow! Melt!  



Weekly Total: 32.1 miles

#ffmarchmiles total:  91.23 miles

I have a sneaky suspicion that today is going to be a rest day.  The last couple of days I've been battling a head cold.  I feel great when I'm running, but as soon as I stop, the head clouds up and nose starts running.  I'll see how I feel when I get out of work and make my decision then.  Rest days are a super important piece to training and in general.  

How's your training going?  

Friday, March 14, 2014

One down......

At 6:45 am, I got to school, got my laptop ready, pulled out my credit card and pulled up the website.  



I was ready to go.  And it was only 6:48.  12 more minutes!    I decided I would do a little planning/organizing on my desk.  And then I saw 6:58.   

Call Ward make sure he was up and ready to go.  Check.  
Now....  Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.  GO!  
Type as fast and accurately as I can.  
Wait for that confirmation screen and done.  
I'm in!


Then I sit back and watch Facebook light up with the "I'm in" status updates and some "I didn't make it" updates.  

Yes, this is what happens on the morning of Beach to Beacon registration.  This morning, 4000 people registered for this 10K in 4 minutes and 32 seconds.  




That's insane.  And this year, I'll be one of those crazy ass people.  Along with many of my friends, and Ward.  

Now, Monday morning we register for the LL Bean 10K.  That one isn't as stressful.  But it's still a fun race to do!  

Do you have a race that when registering for gets your heart pumping?  


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Snow Day Ramblings

Another snowstorm = another snow day.  
I have got to admit.  I really do enjoy seeing this text in the morning.  I seriously have lost count of how many times I've seen it.  4? 5?  It's been quite a bit this winter..  While I LOVE the day off, I'm not really looking forward to spending more time in school in June.  



The bonus of having today off?   Ward has the day off too!  I kept Izzy home from daycare so we'll hang out all day - and get the kids outside for some fun.  And of course I'll get in a run too.  I haven't decided if it will be an outside run or a treadmill run yet.  But I will run!  

Compression
I am really loving these compression sleeves.  Crazy Compression has created a super affordable compression sock/sleeve line that has some fun colors and designs.  I love that I can wear these all day long without experiencing tightness and make my calves happy.  



I am finding sleeves work best for me.  My feet only sometimes enjoy to be compressed.   I'm also finding that my calves really love to be compressed post runs.  

Do you enjoy compression?  When do you wear it?  

Ragnar!  
In less than 2 months I'll be running my 2nd 200-mile relay.  This time it will be Ragnar: Cape Cod.   We have a great team put together of some of my local friends and some fantastic bloggers.  Fancy Nancy is one of them and she blogged about it today.  I am positive we'll have a team reveal shortly.  



In the meantime, I am going to work at maintaining a strong running base, keep my body happy and injury free and get this EIA thing squared away.  I really don't want to have a reaction during a 1am leg in Cape Cod!  


Summer Races!  
In the next few days we have registration for two popular Maine 10Ks this summer.   The Beach to Beacon 10k and the LL Bean 10k.

Beach to Beacon registration is THIS FRIDAY at 7am and it will be closed by 7:02 am.  Seriously.  4000 people.  I'm not making this up.  It's when you get your computer up and ready no later than 6:50, get to the website and just hit refresh over and over again until you see that you can register.  Then you type as fast as you can, input your credit card information (that thankfully I have memorized) and hit submit. It's an adrenaline pumping 45 seconds.... Then for the next few minutes you see status updates all over Facebook "I'm in!!!" "I'm not in...booo".    

B2B posted this on fb yesterday!  Yep, get your fingers ready!


For a few weeks I've been on the fence about doing it.   I haven't done it for the past 2 years.  Last year it wasn't by choice.  I was registered.  I was ready.  Then a week before, my knee decided it hated me and forced me into my first 2 DNS.    Then I asked Ward if he was doing the races.  That was a silly question, of course he wanted to.   That's when I decided since he didn't really think about me and my doing it, so screw it.  I'm going to do it.  Well, if I get in.  



Then there's the LL Bean 10K.  I do love this one.  It was my first 10K years ago.  Back when I thought 6.2 miles was an incredibly long distance.  It's on the 4th of July in Freeport, ME.   This one is a favorite of mine but I sat it out last year so I could take photos of my dad completing his first 10K.  This year I'm back!  And of course, Ward is doing this one as well.  

and hopefully I'll have two kids doing the fun run again....  


Monday, March 10, 2014

Move It Monday! #BestFoot


Well hello, Monday.  You came awfully fast didn't you?  That's okay.  6 more weeks until April break.  Which means more weeks until Patriots Day and Ward's 3rd Boston Marathon.   Although I'm not the one running Boston, I'm still nervous and excited for Ward and what it's going to be like spectating this year.  


Last week was another spectacular training week.  So spectacular, my legs told me today they were TIRED.   I actually did something I don't do a lot.  I sat down and watched a movie with the kids.  I should do this more often.  It was glorious.  

Here's my week recap....
Monday -  6.6 miles


Tuesday - 7.03 miles


Wednesday - 5.79 miles

Thursday - 3 miles 



Friday - 4 miles



Saturday -11.01 miles



It wasn't enough that I ran 10 miles on the treadmill.  While I was making the kids lunch, I saw Happy Fit Mama post her 1 mile picture for her Happy Fit March challenge and I said "shit!" 

I HAD to go out for another run.  It was perfect that I was lazy and hadn't changed yet from the run earlier, so I took off my sweatshirt, slipped on my Crazy Compression calf sleeves and purple Brooks arm sleeves (given to me by my friend, Amy!) and went out for my purple 1 (really 1.01) mile run - with super low expectations in terms of speed.  But then I saw this time and I was pumped.  


Have you seen these fun compression sleeves?  First off, they are purple.  Automatic love.  But the compression is unlike the other compression sleeves I've tried and I've tried a lot.  They add support but they aren't too tight.  


and to finish off the purple love....I received the Pearl Izumi Flash shorts this week to review.  Saturday was my first day of running in them.  


And they were so nice I ran in them twice in one day!  The fabric is super silky.  No chaffing at all.  I love the way the hug my legs.  And the wide waist band is amazing.  


Sunday - 8 miles 

Too darn tired to take a picture today.....  

But I did do some push ups for Happy Fit Mama's #HappyFitMarch challenge!  37 to be exact, in 2 minutes.  And guess what....I was wearing my Gone for a Run sweatshirt again.  See! I told you I live in that shirt.  



Week's total - 45.43 miles

Month total - 58.43 miles 

I'm closing in on the 100 miles faster than I thought I would for #ffmarchmiles! Can you tell I love challenges?  

How has your training week gone?   

I still logged quite a bit of treadmill miles.  The mornings have been rather cold and sometimes I just need to go to the gym due to Ward's work schedule.  Seeing the snow melt the past couple of days has made me super excited for spring, but then I just saw on news this morning we have a chance for another significant snowstorm this Wednesday.   Just when I thought we were done.  

On another note, Tucker has lost 3 teeth this week!  The tooth fairy is broke and I don't think he has enough teeth to chew his food anymore.  Just kidding.  


There's one spot he's missing two in a row!  Craziness.