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Do Your Clothes Smell Before You Even Start Your Workout?

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I have super sensitive skin when it comes to laundry detergent. In fact, I use Dreft (yes the detergent you usually use for babies) for all of my clothes. I have used it for years, and if I use anything different I usually suffer the consequences. I will refrain from the TMI that it causes me.

But with all of the tech shirts that I seem to keep collecting from races, some better quality than others, I've found that well... I smell. I mean I smell before my workout even begins. Lil Man has commented 'stinky' when he would hug me bye as I was leaving for my run. Well if a 3 year old can pick up on the fact that I'm 'stinky', and I haven't even worked out yet then I really must smell.

I tried washing my workout clothes immediately after I wore them. I tried washing them twice. I tried rinsing them numerous times, but they still smelled. And because of my sensitivities, I was afraid to try the sports laundry detergent.

But while we were at SAMs the other day, I…

Oh Fascia, Why Now?

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So, I'm recovering from the chest cold plague that seemed to hang on forever. And I am amazed at how much fitness it feels like I have lost in 10 days. I did have a decent run at the beginning of this week.Today's



I was planning on running 5 miles today. It was a very humid morning, but I ran 2 miles (flat) before I hit the hills. I've been practicing some downhills since my next marathon has a net downhill. Well, as I was going down the 2nd downhill, I felt 'it' pull - the fascia that I supposedly tore with my calf injury. It wasn't pain to the point that it changed my gait or made me stop. But I could definitely tell that it was there. 
So, I took it easy on the rest of the run. But the biggest hills were yet to come, and by the time I had finished the hilly section, my leg was definitely letting me know it wasn't happy. So I stopped the run at 4.5 miles. Trust me, my OCD self had a hard time with that one (ha). But I had to remind myself that stopping a…

Dietary Changes?

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Seeing myself in a sports bra today re-enforced the thought that I need to make some changes... dietary changes that is. And getting a little 'nudge', ok more like a  straight-up text from my trainer this past week saying that I needed to make some dietary changes also got me to thinking. Can my nutrition (or lack there of) really make that much difference when it comes to my training performance? And according to my trainer, the answer is yes, it really can.

And I have to say, I didn't immediately jump on board. Because the truth is, I've tried in the past with very little success. So 'getting a plan' and 'following a plan' are two different things. And I was talking it over with Hubby and he said something that stuck with me "How committed are you?"

Wow, a little light bulb went on. How committed are you? And even then I still didn't jump on board, because truthfully, I'm afraid of failure. But after a night's sleep, some more qu…

Snackeez! Review - The Better Way To Snack?

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Is it just me, or does it seems like we are always on-the-go? And the older Lil Man gets, it feels like we are even more on the more on-the-go. And most of you know, I'm a snacker. And Lil Man is too. And I don't usually leave the house without packing us a snack (or two). So check this out - it's the Snackeez!


It's a drink cup, and snack cup, all in one. The drink cup is 16 oz, and the snack cup is 4oz. It's top rack dishwasher safe. It's easy to assemble. It's easy to clean. I would like to mention that it's not for hot items; so keep that in mind. Also, the packaging states for ages 8+.

But this is perfect for in the car. I can now utilize one cup holder in the car for my snack and my drink. And also it's great for the stroller because my snack and drink are right there. The snack cup is roomy enough to hold nuts, fruit, veggies, or my favorite chocolate. If you are so inclined, you can have your cookies and your milk too all in one cup. ha. But…

Decision Made

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Well, the official results showed at this point that I do not have pneumonia. But I'm sick, really sick. At times, just trying to walk across the room, I can't make it and have to stop and cough. 

Although it isn't something that I want to do and I'm very disappointed, but I think the best decision for me is to defer to next year for the Half next weekend. 
I've put a lot of training in for this race, but we have family plans two days after the race. And honestly, I think it would be best for my health not to run. I need to rest and fully recover. It would not be smart for me to run. And I need to be smart. 
Disappointed, not what I planned, but it is what it is. I can't let it get me down. It's time to rest, get well, regroup and refocus cause I'm registered for my 3rd marathon. Yep! A couple of weeks ago, I made the commitment and registered for a fall marathon. Guess I'm marathon training once I can walk without wheezing! :) 



I Crossed The Line

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There's a fine line between pushing yourself and listening to your body. I crossed that line.

I knew better. But I didn't want to miss anything else that was on my training plan. So I ran when that little voice in the back of my head was saying this probably isn't a good idea.
We all know the neck check. You know if you're sick and you don't have a fever and your symptoms are above the neck usually it's okay to run. But if your symptoms are below the neck, as mine was in this case, you're supposed to give your body rest and not push it.
Well I pushed it. 10 days into this chest cold, I got a fever. I'm currently waiting on test results to see if I have pneumonia. The doctor wasn't sure if it's a severe severe case of bronchitis or if it's pneumonia. It is also not sure if maybe the infection hasn't spread throughout my entire body. So I'm waiting on blood work and x-rays to give us the diagnosis.
Regardless of the official diagnosis …