Showing posts from August, 2016

Rechargeable Knuckle Lights

Full Disclosure: I received a free pair of knuckle lights free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. BUT I also purchased another pair during the kickstarter campaign. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

It's that time of the year where the sun rises a little later in the day. Which for me means that I often run in the dark or at least start my run in the dark. Did I mention that I'm scared to run in the dark!! ha.

But, if I want to run before Hubby goes to work, that often means, yep, running in the dark.

I've been using (affiliate link)  Knuckle Lights for years. My one big complaint was the battery life (or lack thereof) In fact, I took my batteries out after each run to try to conserve the battery life. It wasn't a big deal to have to put them in every time before a run. But that did require me to remember to grab the batteries with the lights, in addition to just taking the time to do it.

So when I heard that (affiliate linkKnuck…

I've Missed it

I've missed it - writing - but it's been a busy week with Lil Man starting school next week (Twas The Week Before School). So I've been a little preoccupied.

But I've also missed the trail and believe it or not speed work. I love speed work. I know right?!? Well, let's say I like 400's. When it gets more than that I tend to not enjoy it. ha. But I love 400's. And this week I joined a friend at the gym (because she is following a program, needed speed work and is faster than me - we decided to meet at the gym and use the treadmills that way we could 'run' together but run at the paces that we needed).

I didn't have a real goal in mind other than try to beat my 12 minute miles that I've been pulling lately. So I started off with 9 something... and kept getting faster.

Before it was said and done, I did 7 400's with half of them mid to lower 8's. I was one happy lady. It felt great to feel some speed again - even for just a short distanc…

#TuesdayTidbit - Compression Gear

I do not have a medical degree, and I don't claim to have medical knowledge. I'm speaking from my personal experience only.

I honestly don't remember when it was... I think it was maybe marathon training? Or when I was running half marathons and longer distances? But I began to suffer with calf cramps. I mean severe calf cramps. I had friends suggest that I try calf sleeves. I ignored their advice for a couple of weeks, and then I tried a pair.

When Pictures Don't Lie

I told you previously that I was struggling with some things (I Have A Confession To Make About My Weight) so when I saw the race pic from the Rothrock 10K (Recap of the race here) - I really shouldn't have been surprised to see the harsh reality.

But the reality was a little too real if you know what I mean. And it also explains why running and working out is so much harder for me lately (the added weight gain).

So, I decided I had to do something. I felt desperate and I decided that I had to diet. No, I mean I have to cut calories or something. I have to do something. I have to see results and fast.

So, I logged into my old trusty MyFitnessPal. (Now, let me say. Tracking works for thousands of people I'm sure (if not more). I do believe the calories in / calories out can work. So if this method works for you, by all means keep on keeping on. I think the reality is that everyone has to find what works for them. And we are all uniquely different.)

Day 1 went so-soish. Day 2 I…

Rothrock 10K Trail Race Recap

Let me say, that because of my recent setbacks  since early June, my training hasn't been as consistent as I would like it to be. So I knew going into the Rothrock 10K that it would be a challenge.

And I knew there was a big climb in the beginning. What I didn't expect was it to be SOOOOOOO painful. Yes, I don't remember being in that much pain (maybe in one of my marathons when I cramped up) But during the climb my achilles and calves were hurting so bad I was near tears. I would make it 15-20 steps or so, and I would have to step over to the side and take a breather and try to stretch. And then continue again for another 15-20 steps before I would have to stop again.

Had this been a road race, and a way 'out', I'm pretty sure that at this point I would have taken it. Yes, for me personally, it was that tough, and I was in that much pain.

But here I was. halfway up this mountain,

The Skirt Sports Lioness And Me

FYI - all links in the body of this post are affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using the affiliate link.

By now you should know my love of the Jette, but it's not the only Skirt Sports skirt that I have a major crush on.

The Lioness is another one of my faves.

(The basic stats are Skirt length (med): 12″ front, 13″ back with built-in shorties: 4″ inseam). It also has a pocket on each leg AND a zippered pocket on the back.

I love

#TuesdayTidbit - Schedule Your Workouts

When life is super hectic, I have found that scheduling my workouts actually helps keep me more accountable to staying with a fitness routine. I also found that when I put my workouts into the calendar I can see what other obligations that I have that week. It helps me rearrange certain things that need to be rearranged so that I can get the majority of the things done that week.

The reality is no not every workout that I have planned actually happens. Kids get sick. I get sick. My husband's schedule changes at work. Other obligations and complications happen. So the reality is no not every workout that I intend to do actually happens.

However, I have found that if I schedule my workouts - basically an appointment with myself - that I am more likely to keep the appointment. It basically really helps me just to try to plan my week as best as I can.

So today's #TuesdayTidbit is

Forward Is A Pace

Forward is a pace. No, really, forward is a pace. I sometimes have to remind myself of that little phrase. Yes, there was a time that I pulled paces in the 8's and 9's were easy. Lately, 12 minute miles are sometimes a struggle.

I felt like I was flying, glanced at my garmin, and I was hovering around an 11 minute mile.

At first I felt myself starting to get discouraged, but I immediately stopped that negativity. Regardless of the pace or the distance, I was moving forward.

And the important thing was that I was MOVING.

With Hubby's work schedule, and Lil Man