I cannot believe it is already Friday! And to think that we are halfway through the month. I am kind of excited and looking forward to another school.
I had an exciting week filled with good news and some fun and new running products.
I woke up Monday morning to find out I wa selected to be a BibRave Pro Ambassador.
2. As an Ambassador, I have the chance to run the Chicago Half Marathon and 5k on September 24th (I signed up for the 5k). I would have signed up for the half marathon but I am running on marathon on September 3rd and I don’t think I’ll be ready for a half marathon.
3. Do you cringe when you see your running photos? I knew I was an underpronator but seeing pictures is just something else. I was worried that I was wearing the wrong shoes but my friends at Fleet Feet confirmed that I have the right shoes.
4. I love my Oiselle tops and purchased 8 new tops (and some new shorts). They’re gorgeous! And I love running shoes so I bought the new Revel from Brooks. I am supposed to get them today and can’t wait to run in them. I’ve read that they’re similar to the Launch which are the shoes I use.
5. Do you want to get paid to be healthy! Join Achievemint, connect apps, and start earning money. Use THIS LINKto join and we both get 250 points. For every 10,000 points you accumulate, you get $10. I’ve connected it to FitBit, Strava, and Garmin accounts and already made $10. Seriously, you have NOTHING to lose.
This morning I ran the Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th. This was my 5th year running it. It is also one of my favorite races.
I woke up early, made coffee and ate a Clif Bar and left my house around 6am. The race started at 7:15. I like to get there early so I can find parking. So far I’ve been able to park in the same spot/area as in previous years. I got my bib and tshirt. The shirt is actually nice!
I met up with a few of the Oiselle crew for a picture.
Finally it was time to run. The course is not flat. It isn’t horrible but any little incline tires me out. 🙂
As usual, I started too fast. When will I ever learn? My first mile was my fastest and then it went downhill. However, I surprised myself because my last mile was my second fastest.
It wasn’t too hot but it was very sunny. I remember at one point I just got very hot and had to stop for a bit. There was plenty of water stations and I drank water at every single one. There weren’t too many people out there but those that were there were WONDERFUL. They cheered and encouraged us throughout the way.
With less than a quarter mile to go I could see the finish line. However, there was an incline. I did my best to run instead of walk. Nothing wrong with that but I wanted to see if I could do it. And I did! I was running next to a woman and I somehow got a burst of energy and ended up passing her up.
My official time is 42:37. I knew I was not going to PR and I did have fun running this race.
I was looking at my pictures from previous races and I have worn the same socks. Also, I have worn running clothes in the same colors to go with the 4th of July theme.
This day is extra special to me. It was in 1978 that my mother along with my siblings arrived here from Mexico. I’ve been living in this country for 39 years.
How will you be celebrating today? My two sisters and I will be heading over to my cousin’s house to eat, laugh, and have a great time.
I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.
Hoping everyone had a good week!
Hello! I have been neglecting this blog for too long. Thanks to Wendy’s post on Tuesday, I was motivated to start writing again. Lately I have not had anything interesting to write. I haven’t been running much like I usually do. Well, that is about to change. My knee feels much better! I ran the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on Sunday and managed to finish it under an hour. My goal was to enjoy the race and finish it (my longest run had been only 3 miles) but secretly I was hoping to finish it in less than an hour and I did it!
I’ve been running again using the Hansons Marathon Method (Beginner’s Plan). I stayed up late one day going over the book again and decided to start off with the 5:00 marathon finish time. I updated my spreadsheet with the dates, runs, and paces. I also did one for 4:45, 4:30, 4:15, 4:00, 3:50, 3:45, and 3:40 (I had coffee late in the evening and could not sleep and all I had to change were the various speeds/paces).
For now (until November) I need a 3:45 to BQ. Next year I need a 3:55 finish time. Do I know when I will BQ? No. But I would like for it to happen in a few years. I also added my runs and paces to the calendar feature in Garmin Connect. For now I’ve been doing easy runs with paces between 12:57-13:57 and I am liking it. My first speed workout isn’t till May 2nd (12×400) so I have plenty of time to build my endurance and then maybe I’ll leave it at 5:00 or change it to 4:45. We’ll see.
I have two new and beautiful pairs of running shoes from Brooks – the Launch 4 and some new Oiselle capris. I like the capris but love it when I can wear shorts (which I did today).
I also purchased a cute Oiselle tshirt for inspiration.
During last year’s marathon training, I did not take care of myself like I was supposed to. I hardly stretched and did not foam rolled on a regular basis. I learned my lesson. I will not make that mistake again. Eating wise I am doing much better. I rarely ate fruits and vegetables. Now I eat fruit every single day and make a shake with spinach. I also have been enjoying eating tofu, quinoa, and recently made cauliflower fried rice. Slowly making progress.
Work is going well. Next week is Spring Break and I am excited about it. After that I have about 7 weeks to go till summer break. In July I will be going to Alaska on The Great Alaskan Running Cruise. Just the other day I booked a glacier tour in Juneau and a kayak adventure. Should be fun!!
Now let’s talk about the giveaway. The winner will receive a NUUN container (I have various flavors), a Momentum Wrap, a pair of Lock Laces, and Headsweats Visor.
To enter, click on the image below where you will be directed to Gleam and enter several different ways such as leaving a blog post comment, following me on Instagram, commenting on any of my Instagram posts, or tweeting about the giveaway.
This giveaway will run for seven days (until April 16th at 11:59 pm). The winner will be selected on the eighth day. The giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be contacted via the email address associated with their Gleam account and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. All entries are verified, so please be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected.
I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.
Hoping everyone had a good week!
I got my results from my MRI on Tuesday and it turns out I have a grade 1 muscle strain in my left calf muscle. If you see the image below, you’ll get an idea of what it is and the seriousness as compared to the others. It isn’t as serious as Grade 2 or 3 but yet enough that it painful and I cannot run. I knew that from that Monday evening when I was out running and felt something pull in my calf.
I’ve been icing my calf and wearing compression socks mostly everyday. I walk with a limp and going up and down the stairs isn’t too horrible. I just take it easy when doing that task.
I have an appointment with my chiropractor (he also deals with running injuries) and a sports doctor in 3 weeks. I cannot wait 3 weeks and am hoping someone cancels so I can go sooner or I may have to find another doctor.
I will be honest and say that this injury sucks. Yesterday was a gorgeous day (60 degrees) and you bet I wanted to be out there running a few miles along the lakefront.
On a positive note I know it will heal quickly and I will be out there running again. I can still walk and go to work. I have my days in which I am OK with it but also when I get angry. Just like every runner there is, I’ve had hip issues, IT band, etc., but never serious enough to not run at all. Oh well, I guess it was bound to happen eventually?
Well, enough with negative stuff and let’s focus on some positive news. Monday evening I found out I was selected to be a Nuun ambassador. I’ve known about Nuun for a couple of years but it was last year that I used it as I trained for my races.
In July I will be on The Great Alaskan Running Cruise and I am excited about it! I have my plane tickets to Seattle and to Anchorage and train tickets to Seward. The cruise leaves from Seward and ends in British Columbia. There is a half marathon on this cruise so you bet this will count as one of my 50 states+1 goal.
Retail therapy always makes one feel better, right? I ordered the following Oiselle items. Aren’t they beautiful?
I am a huge fan of the Long Roga. They’re my favorite shorts and have them in many colors. They’re now available in a new color, Plum, and I can’t wait to run in them.
My closet is full of Oiselle items and I love that they’re not only for running but also for everyday work. This is my newest top. Gorgeous! It’s on sale and I am tempted to also get this in white and in black.
I want to get the newest Brooks Launch 4. I was a big fan of the 2 but not so much the 3. And the 4 are supposed to be even better!
Come on calf injury, heal fast so I can run in them.
How did your week go? Any running injuries you’ve had? How long did it take to heal?
Now that I am halfway through my Chicago Marathon training, there are a few items that I reach for help me power through each run.
Brooks PureFlow 4 and Brooks Launch 3
I love Brooks shoes. I’ve also worn Asics, Newtons, and Mizuno but always come back to Brooks. I’ve run in Pure Connect (discontinued), Ghost, and Glycerin but now alternate between PureFlow and Launch. They don’t feel heavy and are very comfortable.
SmartWool and ProCompression Socks
The right socks are important. Definitely no cotton socks. I usually wear compression socks on runs longer than 6 miles. I love the different colors and my legs/calves feel great during and after each run. I also wear SmartWool (ultra light or light elite) and even though my feet have been completely wet after a few sweaty runs, I’ve had NO blisters which in my book is definitely a winner.
Oiselle Long Roga Shorts and Tops
I love running in shorts! I wear them as long as I can before it gets too cold. These shorts are long enough and for the most part do not ride up. I’ve had them ride up only when I’ve worn a Sparkly Athletic skirt (weird). I have a few pairs and love wearing them with a Oiselle top.
I have more pairs than shown in the picture.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I began running in a tank top. I’ve always worn a short sleeve shirt. But now I LOVE and do each run in a Oiselle top. They fit well and no chafing.
You definitely need to stock up on this item. I apply this between my thighs, under my arms, and in the back of my running bra. I did chafe big time between my thighs at the 2015 Chicago Marathon that it hurt to walk. That was the only time I’ve chafed in that area. It must have been the shorts with the combination of the sweat (I did not reapply at all) that caused it. You bet I will make sure to reapply at this year’s marathon.
Victoria Secret The Player Sports Bra
I am not well endowed in the chest area but it is comfortable when my boobs are bouncing around during my runs. My favorite VS bra is the open back version. Unfortunately it has been discontinued which makes me sad. I love this bra because it provides the right amount of support. I have 6 pairs and have worn them for over a year and they’re beginning to smell bad. I know I need to replace them but have not found something equivalent. I’ve also worn bras by Champions 9 (not enough support) and Moving Comfort (ALWAYS chafe in the same area).
I add these tablets to my water bottle and drink this all day and at every run. I am not a big fan of the Nuun Energy; so I am stocking up on the previous version.
Garmin 225 Watch and Fitletic 16oz Hydration Belt
I use my watch mostly to get the basic information (lap pace, average pace, mile splits, and distance). It comes in handy during my weekly runs as a pacer because I am responsible (with another pacer) to make sure we meet that 11:00 minute pace. I like that it syncs with my Nike +Running App. I know I could get more usage out of it (like heart rate) but for now it works just fine for me.
I wear my belt low on my hips and I swear it does not bounce, chafe, or ride up. It has two 8 oz bottles and a pouch which fits my iPhone 6.
Thanks to Marcia’s code (TEAMARCIA for 25% OFF) I ordered two visors and hat. I love that they’re light, comfortable, so many options to choose from, and keeps the sweat off my face. Plus, it washes really easy. I add it to my weekly load of running clothes and air dry it along with the rest of my clothes.
I have an extra visor and you have a chance to win it! To enter, click on the image below where you will be directed to Gleam and enter several different ways such as leaving a blog post comment, commenting on any of my Instagram posts, or tweeting about the giveaway. I will also include a tube of Nuun (I have various flavors you can choose from).
This giveaway will run until September 6 at 11:59 pm). The winner will be selected on September 7th. The giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be contacted via the email address associated with their Gleam account and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. All entries are verified, so please be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected.
Best of luck to everyone who enters!
What are your running must haves? Anything else I can add to my list?
I am linking up with Erica and Smitha for this giveaway!