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Yoga Design Lab - Premium Yoga Mat w/ Strap Review.

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. I'm happy to report that I'm coming out of my running funk ( Enough Is Enough Is Enough ), and I'm mixing my workouts up a little. What does this mean? Well, I'm lowering the mileage. My goal is to hit between 20-25 miles per week. This may or may not include a long run. I plan to do a longer run once a week, but that longish run might be in the 6-8 mile range. I'm going to play it by ear. But it also means I'm adding cross training to my workout routines. I plan to add spin once a week, maybe a pool workout, strength training 2-3 times per week, and yoga at least once or twice a week. So you can imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to test out the Yoga Design Lab - Premium Yoga Mat. Image Source Amazon My first thought was that it was super durable. Lil Man got it it before I did, a

iArrow Armband Review

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. I'm one of those people who still uses an ipod when I run. I know. I know. I need to get with the times. I use my iPhone when I'm on the treadmill, but I don't normally run with mine because I don't have a holder. Well, I had the opportunity to review the iArrow - iPhone 5 Armband . I was anxious to give it a try. Upon my first inspection, it seemed easy enough to use. Basically you put your iPhone into the holder, put the holder into the case and strap it to your arm. However, I have a hard cover case on my iPhone. I have the case that you can drop it in water, drop it down stairs or on concrete and it will supposedly still work. I've dropped my phone numerous times, and with Lil Man's use of my phone, it requires a heavy duty case. So I was disappointed that I would have to remove the case to use the i

Enough Of This Guilt Trip

Well, after getting all of this off of my chest, I realized that I had posted this on the wrong blog.. LOL.. maybe I really really am tired... So here it is on my other blog A Day In The Life Of Mrs. Glass , but I will post it here also. Enough is enough is enough is enough - what am I ranting about? Guilt over 'failed' runs, missed runs, or just running in general. No one is holding a gun to my head and saying - run or else?!? My life, my career, nothing in my life depends or hinges upon my running. For pete's sake, it used to be for  FUN! So why in the world have I allowed myself to get to this point? I have felt substantial guilt for missing today's long run. I feel the need to disclose that I missed my run, then some type of justification is needed (I am super tired, sore, not motivated to do it, and have slept most of the afternoon). But after seeing a post today on someone's social media, I realized that my personal feeling about missed runs, failed runs

NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Product Review

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. I know that some of you use supplements - some of you don't. I'm on the fence. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't. I'm not real opinionated about either view. I guess you could say that I have the take it or leave it approach as I have used supplements and other times haven't. I'm talking about protein powder or recovery drinks. I had the opportunity to try the  NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery . Although  these statements have been not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, NeoCell Collagen Sports Ultimate Recovery claims that the collagen  reorganizes  new collagen fibers and helps build connective tissue while strengthening the  extra-cellular  matrix. To my knowledge, the other protein supplements that I have tried have not contained a collagen supplement.  This protein powde

Argan Oil Hair Mask And InstaNatural Youth Express Age-defying Moisturizer

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. Not too long ago, I turned my hair green. Yeah, I know right?!? And I've been trying to let it grow while trimming off the dead green damaged ends. I chose not to re-color it and do any damage to my hair. Instead, I'm just going through the process of trying to get it back natural and healthy - even if natural means some gray. Anyway, during this process, you can imagine how damaged the ends are. And I've tried various products to try to 'help' with the frizz along the way. But I was given a chance to try Argan Oil Hair Mask My first thought was - I love the smell! It smelled amazing. And the texture was thick (which is what I'm hoping for in a hair mask). Since it was so thick, I was curious how it would rinse out. After leaving it on 5 minutes, I found out that rinsing it out wasn't really a pr

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 othe

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

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 m

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 si