Archives for August 2012

Weekly Recap: August Week 2

 

This past week has been quite interesting. I went to the doctor for my foot, ran 1.5 miles semi successfully (still having slight pain), and did more of Tina’s best body bootcamp workouts.

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That photo cracks me up. Ok, so here is my week, summarized:

Sunday: rest

Monday: weights only

Tuesday: off. foot was hurting from the shot

Wednesday: strength training and 30 min bike

Thursday: strength training

Friday: strength and 30 min bike

Saturday: strength and 1.5 mile run

Not bad, I am am hoping I can run this week. I am getting really antsy about the Disneyland half at the beginning of September. This next week will be a bit crazy for me, I head to Boston on Thursday for the Healthy Living Summit! If you want to follow along with the fun be sure to check out #HLS12 on Twitter to keep up!

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Have a great Sunday everyone! I am going to relax with my hubby and de-stress before the crazy begins!

QOTD: What is the next race on your calendar?

RWS Features #36

 

Good morning! Thank you all for your comments on yesterday’s Lolo Jones post. Whether I agreed or not, I love a good conversation! Speaking of Olympians, who plans to watch the gold medal women’s volleyball match?  As a former player and coach, I cannot wait for this game! Oh how I wish I could play professionally. Sigh.

So I am running low on RWS Features! If you would like to be featured please e mail me at [email protected] with your answers to the five questions below. (Also it really helps if you write out the questions in the e mail so i can just copy and paste!) I do have a couple more in my arsenal, so today let’s meet the next blogger,  Jennifer from Running With the Girls. Jennifer has a super cute blog (and wears running skirts) so she is definitely a winner in my book! Check it out:

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

Emilie at One Mom In Maine was the inspiration behind my starting my blog.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences:

Running With The Girls is my place to share my running experiences I share with my running girls and to continually challenge myself.

3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I hope to continue to make new connections with other runners and healthy living bloggers.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

When I was pregnant with kiddo #1, the scale read over 200 pounds. I never want to go back there again. Since then, I’ve made quite a few changes in my life – by making eating well and fitness part of our everyday lives.

5.) What is your blog URL and twitter handle

http://www.runningwiththegirls.com

@runningwtg

Everyone be sure to go check out Jennifer’s blog, say hello, and show her some support! Thanks Jennifer!

WINNER of the Ancient Grains cereal and tote bag giveaway is: Brittany from Go the Xtra Mile!
Please e mail me at [email protected] to get your prize

QOTD: Would you rather never have to do laundry again or never have to do dishes again?

Lolo Wins in My Book

 

I have been a fan of Lolo Jones since I was in High school. She ran track at LSU, which is “my team” so I followed her before she was the huge star she is today. I not only looked up to her for her amazing running skills (I ran the 100m in school just not hurdles), but also because of her faith and values. Even though it may be unpopular, Lolo stands up for her faith. She is a great role model, especially for athletes, but for some reason people have felt the need to criticize her.

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Lolo has gotten a lot of media attention for her looks, her faith, her openness, and her running story. After clipping the 9th hurdle at Beijing and going from gold medal position to 8th place, many people wrote her off. Then, last year, she had spinal cord surgery, and everyone thought for sure she was done. However, she came back with a vengeance and made the US Olympic team and headed to London. She made it to the final heat, and got 4th place by the snap of a finger. Two other American women came in 2nd and 3rd, which I was of course so happy about,  and very proud of them, but my heart broke for Lolo. It only got worse after, when I watched her on the Today show and then watched an interview with the other two Americans who claimed medals. I went from heartbroken for Lolo, to saddened by these two women, Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper, for their poor attitudes.

Adults on television, complaining in a jealous tantrum that their story wasn’t as popular as Lolo’s. Then, saying that the “people who worked hard” and “earned it” were on the medal stand. While I am sure they DID work hard, so did everyone else in that stadium. Should these two women be highlighted for their accomplishments? Absolutely. But don’t hate on Lolo for your lack of fame.

Please note I am very happy we captured two of the three medals, and was happy for Harper and Wells…excited for their victories. However, you can tell from the interview they are acting smug and arrogant. I think they could have handled it differently for Lolo, and for the USA.

I think we should celebrate everyone who makes it to the Olympics, from the first place to last place. These athletes work their butts off for years and years to get to the Olympics to even get the chance to toe the line. It’s such a huge accomplishment that I think we (and the media) sometimes forgets. We expect such greatness from these athletes we forget that they are people, just like us, who mess up, who have feelings, who have fears.

I think all three of our hurdlers have great and inspiring back stories, and I realize Lolo has gotten more attention, but how is that her fault? She is just living her life. These ladies should be acting as a team not like cliquey high schoolers.

Bottom line, our athletes should be supporting each other and not tearing each other down. Lolo is far from perfect, as we all are, but they are all a part of the same team, team USA.

I feel the same way about healthy living bloggers, like we are all one big team and need to support and encourage each other. Let’s all be sure not to lose sight of the fact that we are all trying to help people become more healthy and be the best version of themselves they can be.

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As if I haven’t posted enough videos for the day, here is one more. runDisney released the new half marathon medal last night! Cute video!

QOTD: What are your thoughts on supporting your fellow teammates?

runDisney Surprises

 

If you are a runDisney fan, you probably already heard about the new(ish) runDisney Twitter account. But, what you may not know is runDisney now has it’s very own YouTube channel. Sweet! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the fun. So what got all this started? You might remember my post about the Great Medal Caper, and me saying something about unlocking fun runDisney surprises along the way. Well, the next level was unlocked and the surprise was a runDisney YouTube channel, fun!

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They have a bunch of different “sections” on the channel such as travel tips, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, and Disneyland half marathon weekend to name a few. I was scrolling through today, and there is actually a section for “runDisney fan videos” and what do you know, a familiar face!

After going through some of the videos, I picked out a couple favorites to show you. First of all, the recap of last year’s Disneyland half marathon got me really excited/anxious/nervous for this year’s race. It’s going to be amazing!

Next, I found this video, the course reveal for the 20th anniversary Walt Disney World marathon weekend. Disney loves to celebrate anniversary years, and I can’t wait to run this special course as part of Goofy’s race and a half challenge, and of course get my special 20th anniversary medal. Of course, I would be lying if I didn’t also say I am way nervous to run Goofy!

While the Disneyland half marathon in California is sold out for this year, you can still register for Disney’s marathon weekend races!

  • Full marathon– 81% Full
  • Half Marathon – 70% Full
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – 88% Full

Also, those of you participating in the Tinkerbell half marathon in California in January, have you seen the new logo design for this year, it’s so cute!

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I just love the green color. One of these years I WILL make it out there in January to run this race, it’s certainly on my bucket list!

One more thing…I may or may not have done this:

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I wasn’t going to, I REALLY wasn’t. It’s hard to justify two trips so close together, so I was just going to run the Rock n Roll New Orleans full which is on the same day. Them, my mom informs me she really wants to run Princess again, and offered to pay for my race registration and we are going to share a room! Obviously, I am not going to turn that down, so…yeah….I will be back for the anniversary medal!!!

QOTD: What is your favorite color for a race shirt? Short of long sleeves? Tech fabric or no?

*Today is the last day to enter my giveaway! 

August Lookback & Getting Over Your fear

 

A year ago today things were very different than what I am doing this week! A year ago yesterday, I ran the Rock n Roll Providence half marathon. It was my first expo working for Running Skirts. I had never been to Rhode Island, so I couldn’t wait to get there and work and run. A year ago today, to the day, I had a small detour to Charlotte, and got to visit my very dear friend, Jen!

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You see, my flight was delayed out of Providence, and then I had a layover in Charlotte. Originally, Jen was going to pick me up so we could hang out, but with the detour, I would only have minutes between flights. Turns out my flight out of Charlotte kept getting delay after delay. After waiting around an hour and an “update” saying it would be at least 2 more hours before takeoff, I did something kind of out of character. I got up from my spot on the airport floor, went to the counter, told them this was unacceptable and I wanted a flight for the next day. No questions asked they gave me a ticket for the following day, and I called Jen to come pick me up so I could spend the night at her house.

So, something yucky turned into something great, I got to spend time with my buddy, and not have to wait around in an airport for a flight that would put me getting back home very late at night.

It was quite the whirlwind weekend between the expo, race, flights and detour, but also a lot of fun. Looking back, I can honestly say I am amazed at how much I have grown. Three years ago I never would have gotten on a plane by myself to work and run in a new unfamiliar place, then make decisions for myself regarding a flight delay and take matters into my own hands. growth my friends, it’s an amazing thing. I am a believer in a psychology term called flooding. (Hey, I do have a psychology degree!) Sometimes exposing someone to a fear and just “throwing them in” can be a great way to learn, grow, and get over fears. I understand this is not for everyone but it definitely works for me.

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After running the half in the pouring rain!

So, now, when there is something I am afraid of or not sure I can do, I make myself do it anyway, knowing that in the end, I will be so happy I did!

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QOTD: Do you believe in throwing yourself in towards your fears to conquer them? When is the last time you have done this?

Ok, Hold Still!

 

Mornin! We are back in Mississippi after a long weekend away and I got some semi-decent news at the doctor yesterday about my foot. Bobby went with me, so we were able to document the fun for you. First, they took x-rays even though I was pretty sure they weren’t going to show anything. We were brought back into a room to wait for the doctor, and Bobby and I took this time to brush up on our X-ray reading skills…yeah…..

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Ok, I see the problem….no, no not really.

I told the doctor all my symptoms, and he told me my X-ray was clean. He did tell me however I have very high arches which are working against me and I need to be in something other than the neutral/more minimalist shoe I was wearing. I also pronate terrible (I brought an old worn down on the insides pair of flip flops to show him).

He told me I most likely have morton’s neuroma, which is a thickening of the tissue around the nerve running down in between two of my toes. You CAN have the nerve removed with a simple surgery, but we both agreed it was best to try first wearing shoes with better arch supports, metatarsal pads to help spread my toes out, and a cortisone shot. He said if I am still having pain then it is something else entirely and to come back and see him…so fingers crossed this is it and I can avoid the pain with a few footwear modifications.

So, then came the shot. I don’t LOVE shots, but I don’t really mind them either..in my arm. I have never had a shot in the foot and m feet are ticklish. Not gonna lie, the anticipation was pretty bad. Don’t I look excited?

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The nurse prepped my foot then pulled out a nice long needle. Yikes!

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The doctor came back in and he, Bobby and the nurse HELD ME DOWN so I wouldn’t kick the doctor in the face. Then the nurse said “ok, hold still!” Um…ok sure, if you tell him to back off with the needle! Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. Pinch when it went in, but when he pushed the meds through all the way down to the bottom of my foot, it was kind of painful but not just for a couple of seconds. This was right before:

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aaahhh! I freaked out all my friends by sending them this photo in a text. At least I got to have some fun with it!

A huge thank you to everyone’s thoughts and prayers while I was at the doctor. He told me it will take a couple days for the medicine to fully work and I shouldn’t run for several days. No problem, my foot is very sore and tender from the shot!

QOTD: Hate shots or don’t mind them? Ever had a cortisone shot?

*Going to Healthy Living Summit? Check out the session highlights for my session! Hope to see you there!

*Don’t forget to enter my Cascadian Farm giveaway!

Brilliant Run

 

Good morning! Catching up from the weekend?

Friday Favorites: Ancient Grains  <——- Giveaway!

RWS Features #35

Weekly Recap

I have been reading all over the internet about the Mizuno mezamashii run project. So I so stoked when I found out I would be getting a new and shiny pair of running shoes in the mail! In case you aren’t familiar you should go check out the Mizuno website.

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Mezamashii means “brilliant” or “eye opening”  and is Mizuno’s genius way of marketing their shoes. Instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising, why not put running shoes in our hands and let us do the work.

I was sent the invitation to join, and I immediately went to the website, filled in my special code, an was brought to a page where I answered some deep and thorough questions about my feet, gate, stride, etc. to be sure I got the right pair of shoes for me. I was excited about this because I was going to buy new (more supportive) shoes anyway to see if it helped my feet, so it was perfect timing!

I ended up getting the Wave Inspire’s, and although I haven’t run in them yet, I have walked around in them and am loving them! I think the stability is just what I need. Also, I love brightly colored shoes, these babies were right up my alley.

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Be sure to go to the website and sign up for your change to win your own shoes and receive special offers from Mizuno.

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Be sure to enter my Cascadian Farm giveaway!

QOTD: What does a brilliant run mean to you? Have one lately?

Weekly Recap: August Week 1

 

Hola! Who has been watching the Olympics this weekend? I watched the USA sadly lose in men’s indoor volleyball, but then win in beach volleyball, as well as some track and field events. Who got up to watch the marathon early this morning? Tonight preseason football starts, with the Saints playing in the hall of fame game. I know it’s just preseason, but I am so stoked football season is starting!

Today is church and then hanging out with the fam, and tomorrow morning is my doctor’s appointment and then we will head back home to relieve our house sitters. Fingers crossed I get good news at the doctor tomorrow morning! I want to get back to this:

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Ok, so let’s recap this past week of workouts. It was week two of Best Body Bootcamp, and I am still enjoying the workouts.

Sunday: rest

Monday: BBB workout A, 20 minutes stationary bike

Tuesday: BBB workout B

Wednesday: rest

Thursday:  BBB workout C and 20 minutes stationary bike

Friday: chest, tri’s abs and 20 minutes elliptical

Saturday: rest

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Not my best, I prefer to get 5-6 days of workouts as opposed to four, but you can’t win them all. I am hoping after my dr. appointment I can get back to running and this coming week will look a bit different as far as workouts go. Trying to stay strong and not let it get me down.

QOTD: What has been your favorite Olympic moment so far?

RWS Features #35

 

Happy Saturday! We are hanging at my parents house this weekend since my doctor appointment is in my hometown on Monday morning for my foot. I trust you are all having a great weekend so far! Two things. First, I have another RWS feature for you, and second, I have the Good Gear giveaway winner to announce!

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Bella is sad she never wins giveaways. Ok, moving on!

Meet Tamara from FitKnitChick.com

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1) Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a way to stay connected with my personal training clients and group fitness participants on the days they didn’t see me in the gym or the aerobics studio. I hoped that by giving them motivational tips and nutritional advice they’d be more likely to stick with their programs between classes and training sessions.

2) Describe your blog in a couple of sentences:

I blog about fitness, food, family and fiber (knitting fiber!), inspiring my readers to eat healthily, exercise daily and make time for creative pursuits!

3)  What do you wish to accomplish by blogging?

Over the last year, blogging has allowed me to re-discover my love of writing. I see blogging as an entry point to other writing opportunities, including writing for magazines and newspaper and perhaps even (someday) a book!

4)  What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My biggest healthy living accomplishment has been kicking the processed sugar habit. I no longer add sugar to coffee or tea and limit my sugar intake to the occasional home made dessert or glass of wine. It’s amazing how quickly that little tummy roll disappears when you drop sugar from your diet!

5) Please check out my blog at www.fitknitchick.com and follow me on Twitter @fitknitchick_1

Thanks Tamara! You are so so strong for kicking your sugar habit. I am still working on that one! Everyone be sure to click on over to her blog and say hello!

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Good Gear Giveaway winner is Sara from Stories and Sweet Potatoes! Congrats! Please e mail me at [email protected] so I can get you your free top and shorts!

QOTD: What is a habit you would like to kick for the second half of 2012?

Friday Favorites: Ancient Grains

 

I know I haven’t been very consistent with my Friday Favorites posts, but we are back today! Have you heard the news? My beloved Cascadian Farm has come out with a new Granola called Ancient Grains, and it is de-licious!

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Here is what they have to say about this new product: “We didn’t discover them, we uncovered them and mixed them with whole grain oats, crisp rice, a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon to create our delicious NEW variety of granola. Made with a touch of quinoa, spelt and KAMUT khorasan® wheat, ourAncient Grains Granola is an excellent source of fiber while also packing in 35 grams of Whole Grains per serving and 5 grams of protein.”

I must say, this stuff is tasty. Eaten by itself, in some milk, or in a fruit and yogurt parfait, the light sweetness packed with good for you fiber and whole grains is really, really good. If you like their other stuff, you will LOVE this! My husband had nearly finished the first box before I realized it and was able to even get a taste. Seriously that good.

Cascadian Farm is spreading the granola love to a RWS reader as well! You can win two boxes of the new Ancient Grains granola, and a Cascadian farm tote bag. Here’s how to enter:

1.) Leave a comment telling me your favorite breakfast food

2.) Tweet the following: I “want to win Ancient Grains from @CascadianFarm and @runningwithsass http://runningwithsass.com/friday-favorites-ancient-grains” and leave a separate comment telling me you did so (with a link to the tweet or your twitter handle, please.)

You can enter until next Thursday, August 9th at 8:00 pm CST and I will announce a winner in my Friday blog post. Good luck! PS- be sure to check Cascadian Farm out on Facebook and Twitter!