Monday, December 8, 2014

Product Review: Gone for a Run

Hey everyone! Long time no talk, huh?! Today I have a great post for you…a (very belated) product review for a running shirt from Gone for a Run. They contacted me a couple months ago to see if I would do a review of one of the products and gave me a list from which to choose. I decided to go with this adorable shirt:

It comes in six different color combos, all of which are gorgeous! I had a hard time just choosing which color I wanted. I love the saying on the shirt too – what girl doesn’t enjoy a delicious glass of wine in the evenings (especially if we earned it with a run that day)?!

Since I received the shirt, I have run in it multiple times, and I have to say it is fantastic. It is light and airy which is perfect for those hot and humid runs here in Texas. The material is soft, sweat wicking, and very breathable. One thing you may want to consider, though, is size. In general I wear a small so that is what I ordered, and while it fits very comfortably, I noticed it runs just slightly smaller than some other running brands I have tried in the past. So if you like your running shirts a bit looser, maybe order one size up.


Now that you’ve heard about the shirt, I want to just let you all know how awesome Gone for a Run is in general. If you are a runner yourself, or have family and friends who are runners, this website is the only one you need to visit for Christmas presents and stocking stuffers! They have everything running you could think of that is running-themed…from decorative pillows, to jewelry, to bib-folios, medal hangars, phone cases, and more. In fact, I actually have one of their phone cases, and I LOVE it! Also make sure to check out their Holiday Shop section if you haven’t yet!


When it comes to ordering from Gone for a Run, not only are their products great, but their customer service is as well. I am someone who usually likes to buy things in person because I can see it/touch it and know exactly what I am getting, but all my experiences with Gone for a Run have been top-notch! I very highly recommend their products to you all.

*Disclaimer: I was provided 1 (one) free product from Gone for a Run, but was not compensated in any way for this post. All opinions are my own.

QOTD: Do you own any products from Gone for a Run?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Randomness

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the silence most of the week, but I have awesome news – I have decided to re-enter the oil field, and accepted a new position with my old company! The past few months of doing sales full-time have been fun, but when it came down to it, my career passion is supply chain management. I love it more than anything else! I started my new job earlier this week so life has been majorly busy, and blogging took a bit of a back seat, but hey, I’m here now, right?! :0)

I’m sure most of you have seen by now that runDisney posted the Wine & Dine half marathon corrals and waivers – I’ll be in Corral E! Anyone going to be joining me?


In other VERY exciting news,  my awesome friend Courtney is running her VERY FIRST FULL MARATHON this Sunday!! Everyone should go to her blog and wish her the very best of luck (not that she needs it though because she is going to do great no matter what)!! GO COURTNEY!

Also happening this weekend – I have two races! It’s my first weekend of racing since April. That is a long time people…darn ITBS! Robert and I decided to register the other day for the Monster Mash 10K (I figure we both have long runs this weekend, so why not dress up, have fun, and get a medal for it?). Then on Sunday we are doing the Oktoberfest Triathlon. My goal for both races is to take it slow, stay strong and pain-free, and just enjoy myself!

Monster Mash medal!

QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Recap 9/29/14 – 10/5/14

Dopey Challenge Countdown: 4 Weeks Down/14 Weeks To Go

Happy Monday all! When I wrote my Dopey Challenge countdown at the top of my post last night, I was shocked when I saw 4 weeks down already. I have a feeling this training cycle is going to go by fast! In fact, Robert and I leave for the runDisney Wine & Dine half marathon weekend in just under a month…I can’t wait! I still have to get park tickets for Disney World and Universal Studios, which I plan on doing sometime today.

Training this week had its ups and downs, but it was mostly good. I had my third Airrosti physical therapy appointment, with my fourth coming up this Wednesday. I think it could potentially be my last one, too, but only time can tell!

I did 4 miles on Tuesday (3/1 intervals) which went overall really well…a little discomfort but nothing major. On Wednesday (the day after my Airrosti appointment) I was really sore, but felt ready to tackle my scheduled 3-miler. My PT had asked me to attempt to run one of these miles in its entirety to see how my leg handled it; my plan was to do the first mile as 2/1 intervals for a warm-up followed by running all of mile 2 and doing the final mile based on how I felt. Well, my leg was in horrible pain for the first 1.5 miles. In fact, there were a couple times where I couldn’t even finish my 2 minute intervals of running due to the pain. Then something just kind of clicked and the pain lessened to just a slight discomfort and I was able to run the entire final mile without trouble! A very strange run that day, haha, but at least it ended on a positive note.

Friday was my long run; I had 7 miles scheduled. I ran the first 2 miles in 3/1 intervals and then started to try and run the entire next mile. After about 0.4 miles after I tried this, it felt like someone took a sledge hammer tipped with a poison-laced arrow to my knee and I had to walk the next half mile. It was painful. After my walk break, I started to run again, and just like the run a couple of days before, the pain lessened to merely a slight discomfort and I ran the entire next 2 miles with no pain at all! After that I took a short walk break for some electrolytes and then ran the next 1.5 miles pain free! As you can see by Garmin below, my mile paces were all over the place that day!


By the end of that run, I felt on top of the world because I really feel like I am beating this ITBS quickly! I can’t wait until I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Robert and I also had a kickball game on Thursday, which we won 9-2! As previously promised, I took a few photos to share with y’all!




This weekend was so much fun as well! Saturday I worked the Bondi Band booth at the Houston Original Mud Run, and then on Sunday we celebrated Leilani’s 4th birthday! I’ve been so blessed to have had her since she was just a puppy – she’s brought such happiness to my life! We made a special puppy pancake breakfast, and then got her a “pup cake” as well.


My workouts this week:

Monday: Foam Rolling + Stretching

 Tuesday: 4 Mile Run + Airrosti Appointment #3 + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Wednesday: 3 Mile Run + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Thursday: Kickball Game + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Friday: 7 Mile Run + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Saturday: Worked Mud Run + Foam Rolling

Sunday: Foam Rolling + Stretching

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QOTD:  Have you ever had a run where your mile paces were extremely varied?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Five: All Things Pumpkin

Who here loves Fall?! I know I do! As much as I enjoy summer fun, the mild weather, colors, smells, and tastes of this season are my favorite and I look forward to them all year. Since we are now a few days into October and the wonderful Fall season, I thought I would list a few of my favorite pumpkin-flavored products/recipes!

1. Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili: This is hands down one of my favorite Fall recipes on Skinny Taste! I make it multiple times every year during Fall and Winter!

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2. Skinny Pumpkin Mousse: This is my favorite pumpkin dessert dish…not only is it only 100 calories per serving, but it is absolutely delicious! If you want to add a little something extra, I like to eat 1 or 2 ginger snap cookies along with the mousse!

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3. Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer: It’s like adding a little bit of Heaven to every coffee cup (2nd only to the caffeine itself, haha)!

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4. Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Tea: This is actually new to my taste buds this year. I saw it in my parents’ pantry while in Dallas last weekend and decided to give it a try…so yummy! It is a perfect way to relax in the evening at the end of a busy day!

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5. Pumpkin Butter: Another recipe from Skinny Taste (and for a good reason…Gina has the best recipes). This pumpkin butter tastes great on toast, pancakes, muffins, and more!

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Have a great weekend y’all!

QOTD: What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe/product?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

“Would you Rather?” Running Edition

A few weeks ago, Lauren at Breathe Deeply and Smile did a fun “would you rather?” blog post for runners, and I have decided to share my answers today! I’d love to see you all answer these questions on your blog, too!

1. Would you rather run a 5K or a marathon?

This is pretty tough. I love how many fun 5K’s there are out there, but the sense of accomplishment after a full marathon is truly amazing. My answer? A marathon! Plus, the ‘bling’ is unbeatable!


2. Would you rather run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?

While it certainly wouldn’t be a PR, I’d choose a flat race in the heat. While I am fully aware I need to train more hills, they still suck since they are the ultimate cause of my ITBS! Plus, this Texas girl is used to running in a warmer climate.

3. Would you rather get new running shoes or a new running outfit?

New shoes! I always feel as though I am walking on clouds when I put on a new pair of running shoes!


4. Would you rather run a race without headphones or without a Garmin?

Definitely without headphones. I actually rarely run with headphones anyway so this wouldn’t be a problem. I enjoy getting lost in my thoughts while I run!

5. Would you rather run on the treadmill for an hour or in a circle around the same street for an hour?

Circle around the same street. After recently learning from my Airrosti provider that treadmills are actually pretty bad for runners who train for races, I’ll take pretty much anything over a treadmill run!

6. Would you rather run a Ragnar Relay or a marathon relay?

Both are on my running bucket list, however, I’ll choose a Ragnar race! They really look like a blast. Besides, who doesn’t want to spend two days in a van with your 8 closest friends while taking turns running legs of a 200 mile journey? :0)

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7. Would you rather come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st in the New York City Marathon?

I would choose 4th in the Olympics. While coming in first in one of the biggest races in the world would be truly incredible, the Olympics are on a whole different level. Placing 4th on an international scale of competition would be crazy awesome!

8. Would you rather give up running for 1 year to get a BQ (Boston Marathon qualifying time) or never BQ but run as much as you want?

Getting a BQ would be really cool, but one thing I’ve learned this year during my injury is that I do NOT enjoy being sidelined from running. I would choose being able to run as much as I want. If a BQ is in my future, awesome, but if not, that’s ok too!

9. Would you rather run in an urban area or on a trail?

Urban area – hands down. Someday I may give trail running another chance, but my one experience with it so far was no fun….a lot of ankle rolling and you really have to concentrate on exactly where you take your next step. Plus, the idea of seeing snakes during a run scares the daylights out of me!


10. Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?

I’ve had both during a run before, and a headache is much easier to handle for me. Side stitches make me feel very nauseous.

11. Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?

Thunderstorm for sure – I love them! Plus, like many southerners, I am a wimp when it comes to severely cold weather, haha!

12. Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?

Definitely a work day. You just never know how busy you’ll be during the work week, so it makes more sense!

13. Would you rather run just because or train for a race?

I LOVE racing and I love following a training plan! It keeps me motivated!


QOTD: Pick a question from above and answer it in the comments section below!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Recap 9/22/14 – 9/28/14

Dopey Challenge Countdown: 3 Weeks Down/15 Weeks To Go

Hey y’all! How was everyone’s weekend? I hope filled with great workouts and fun! Robert and I took a quick trip up to Dallas to visit family and had a great time! I actually finished the final DIY touch to my Wine & Dine half marathon costume…and by ‘I finished’ I definitely mean I watched my mom make it, haha! I am so excited about it. Robert and I will probably do his DIY costume stuff in the next couple weeks so I can show y’all pictures soon!

Before I talk about workouts,  did anyone watched the season premiere of Once Upon a Time last night? It was seriously perfection. I have a feeling this is absolutely going to be my favorite season yet! I don’t want to put any spoilers so I’ll dance around it, but is anyone else ridiculously excited about that object Rumple opened near the end of the episode? Robert and I are thrilled to see where the writers go with that!

Ok, now on to training…as I mentioned on Friday, my 2-mile Airrosti recovery run went really well! It was needed, too, after my runs on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ll spare you the major details, but they.were.miserable. SO much pain the entire time. Now having two Airrosti appointments under my belt, and my third one scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday I am feeling a lot more optimistic for recovery.

My 6-mile long run on Saturday was up and down, but mostly up. Since we were in Dallas, the weather was an amazing Fall running temperature, and with low humidity! I did 2/1 intervals (run two minutes/walk 1 minute) for the entire time. The bad news is that I felt a lot of discomfort for the majority of the run, but the good news is that is never got to the point of pain where I had to stop an interval. This is a huge improvement from my earlier week’s runs! And while I feel as though I have a better outlook on running intervals than I used to, I still look forward to the day when I can just run without looking at my watch for when to stop and walk!

In addition to my running and Airrosti appointments, I am doing a TON of foam rolling, daily icing (and actual ice baths on appointment days), and stretching as well. Here’s to a very speedy and full recovery!

My workouts this week:

Monday: Yoga + IT Band Stretches + Airrosti Appointment #1 + Foam Rolling

Tuesday: 4.2 Mile Run + IT Band Stretches & Strength Exercises + Foam Rolling

Wednesday: 3.2 Mile Run + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Thursday: Airrosti Appointment #2 + Foam Rolling + Evening walk

Friday: 2 Mile Run + 1 Mile Walk + Foam Rolling & Stretching

Saturday: 6 Mile Run + Foam Rolling & Stretching

Sunday: Rest Day/Foam Rolling & Stretching

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QOTD:  Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Getting my running ‘Mojo’ Back

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the bit of silence this week. I found that company I was looking for earlier this week – it is called Airrosti! I had my first session on Monday and my second one yesterday. Usually Friday’s are my long run days, but since I had my appointment yesterday, my doctor advised that I do a 2-mile recovery run today instead, and move my scheduled 6-miler to tomorrow. His advice for today’s run was to do intervals – 1 minute walk + 1 minute run at a normal pace + 45 seconds at a quicker pace. Since it was easier to keep track of intervals and time at the top of each minute, I added 15 seconds of normal pace running to each 45 second quick pace interval. This essentially made it 2/1 intervals for the duration of my run.

Today’s run went incredibly well – it gave me a ‘win’ that I desperately needed, and I feel like my running ‘mojo’ is starting to make its way back! I went over to The Woodlands Waterway path for my run today, and it was just gorgeous outside! The sun was out and the temperature was about 75 degrees. Perfection.

My view during the runimage

I also noticed the leaves on the trees starting to turn colors…hints of Fall are in Houston! image

Doing intervals this new way actually made me realize that intervals aren’t so bad. I have talked before about how it keeps me from getting in my zone, but I felt strong mentally and physically today. My runs earlier in the week were miserably painful, but today I never passed discomfort. Definitely a win in my world right now! My first mile pace was 10:58 and my second was 10:15 – I was ecstatic when I saw those times!


Since my training schedule is a bit off this weekend, and I will be doing my long run tomorrow, today’s run was essentially replacing my 3-miler scheduled for Sunday. So after my 2 miles, I decided to just walk one extra mile for the books. Usually I really dislike walking – I always want to go FAST (if my husband or parents are reading this right now they are probably laughing because of how true it is)! Fortunately a few minutes into my walk, my brother video Skyped me from South Korea and kept me company for about 15 minutes while I got that last  mile done! Must have been that awesome brother/sister connection since he called at the perfect time - Thanks Brad!

Awesome motivational sign I saw on the path!image

Wish  me luck on my long run tomorrow! Those miles are getting DONE whether I need to run, walk, or crawl!

QOTD: Have you had a personal ‘win’ this week yet?