Monday, August 29, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training: Week 13

After my return from the funk last week, I knew I had to tone it back this week. I'm doing a half marathon next weekend and I worried about upping my mileage too quickly.

I was dealing with some allergy issues all week, so I took Monday and Tuesday to relax and try to take the edge off. Monday was pretty rough, and I worked all day too. It was a really long two days. 

Wednesday I ran five miles with Kelsey. I love running with Kelsey because we can get move involved in conversations than a text message can. Plus, it didn't rain which made me happy. 

Thursday was a planned rest day so I wouldn't be running three days in a row. This ended up working out great because I had an insane day at work and really just wanted to go home and snuggle Dangle. 

I had some time between jobs on Friday and took advantage of the decent weather. By decent I mean not crazy humid. I ran five miles and really just enjoyed myself. It was great. I'm really hoping this is how fall will be. 

Saturday I did an easy mile and a half through my neighborhood. Just to shake out the leg. It wasn't as warm, which was nice. My good running continued from the day before. 

Sunday was rough. My allergies came back pretty bad Saturday. I woke up Sunday and couldn't breathe out of my nose. Let's also mention the humidity was out of control. I have never bailed on Carrie before, but today was the day. After five miles I tapped out. I had nothing  left. Between not being able to breathe out of my nose and the weather, it was too much. At least I got five miles in. Better than nothing!

Weekly Total: 16.5 miles
August Total: 57.9 miles

Next weekend is Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach. I'm really excited for a fun weekend, not so excited for the weather. Here's hoping it's not as warm as projected. If it is, I'll run/walk and treat it as a long run. I'm not concerned. I'm so ready to explore a new place with some awesome people. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

ShowerPill Review and Giveaway!

You guys know I love sharing awesome products with you. I think you NEED to know about ShowerPill. I was introduced to ShowerPill from my friend Kelsey. She raved so much about them I decided to try them myself.

ShowerPill is a body wipe that is individually packaged and super easy to use on the go. They kill 99.9% of germs and contain Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. ShowerPill dries quickly and has no sticky residue. 

They are great for midday workouts or trying to squeeze in a quick workout before you meet your friends. You can clean your whole body. 

ShowerPill comes individually packaged and is about the size of a paper towel when opened up. It's is super thick to make sure you can clean everywhere! I was so thrilled with the ShowerPill. It has become a staple in my running bag. I used one after I finished RnR Chicago before my massage and I know she was very happy that I did! I'm a fan for sure.

I wanted to be able to share ShowerPill with all of you, so why not a giveaway for a box! There are a few ways you can enter to win this giveaway. 

1. Leave a comment on this post of how you would benefit from using ShowerPill. 

2. Go to my Instagram and find this image. Follow the instructions. 

You can enter both ways for additional entries. The giveaway will run now through Sunday (August 28, 2016) at midnight eastern. I will announce the winner on Instagram Monday (August 29, 2016) around 8am. 

If you don't win and you still want to try ShowerPill, they have a great deal! You can get two ShowerPill's for $1 shipping! You can find that deal here

Good luck everyone. Hope you have a great weekend! 

So the question again, how would you benefit from using ShowerPill?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wisdom From The Running Store: Part Six

It's time for the August edition of Wisdom From The Running Store. If you are new to this series, let me fill you in. Each month I take one of your questions that you might not feel comfortable asking someone at your local running store and answer it here. If you have any question you want answered, you can email me or tweet me!

This months question come from Lindsay. 

"I'm coming back from injury and I know I'm suppose to take it slow coming back but it's really hard. Any advice for starting back training after injury?"

Great question! I want to start this with I am not a running coach, but I get the question asked so much at the store. I can only give advice from what worked for me in the past. 

The biggest thing I did was start using intervals. I did a lot of research while I was injured and a lot of people used interval training to build back up mileage slowly and safely. 

I found that a 4:1 interval worked best for me. My body loves the break in that one minute. I feel great overall. I felt so great I have added it into my usual training routine for easy days. Here is where I found which interval would work best for me.

Something else I also did was make sure I took an extra day off. Instead of running four to five days a week I would run two or three. Then on that extra rest day I would focus on recovery. Maybe an ice bath or adding in so extra stretching. Something so little can add so much. 

The final thing I did when coming back was make sure I started in a fresh pair of shoes. After an injury the best thing you can do is start fresh. Having a fresh pair of shoes will help you move forward in recovery. If your injury came from wearing the wrong shoes and you go back in them, you will end up right back to where you were. 

Thank you Lindsay for the great question! If you are coming back from injury please listen to your medical professional first and foremost. Hopefully these tips can help ease back into training! 

Remember, if you have any questions you would like answered, just email me or tweet me! I would love to help out!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training: Week 12

So I got back at it this week. I wanted to ease back in so nothing fast and not my whole training plan. We don't need any injuries over here. 

Monday was a long work day so no running I did kinda map out how I wanted this week to go. I knew I was not running my whole scheduled mileage and I thought that three days would work the best. Good, I had a plan. 

Tuesday I headed out after work and knocked out five miles. I did my 4:1 interval and kept myself nice and slow. I felt pretty good despite the weather. When the sun was behind the clouds it's was perfect, but as soon as it came out I felt like my skin was melting off. 

Kelsey had texted me and really wanted to run on Wednesday. I told her I would go with her. Hubs ended up joining us as well. We did five miles in a downpour. I mean drenched. After, we ate pizza. It made things kinda better. 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday I rested. It stormed off and on most of those three days. Saturday was really hot and I was very happy with my decision to not run. My body was also really happy too. Nothing was hurting and I was focused on a long run on Sunday. 

Carrie and I decided we would run between 10-15 miles on Sunday. We did five miles together then picked up some of the Oiselle girls for the second five miles. We got rained on in the first five which requires a full outfit change for the second loop. I was pretty excited with how I felt and very happy to say I was only running 10 miles. 

We had some post run food together and watched some of the men's marathon together. It was a really nice morning. 

Weekly Total: 20 Miles
August Total: 41.3 Miles

Overall, it was a pretty good week. This upcoming week I should be able to hit all four of my runs. I'm feeling much better about running. It doesn't feel much like a struggle. That time off really helped. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Lack Of Five Things Friday

I've been such a bad blogger the past couple weeks. I'm usually super good with coming up with original topics, but I've been lacking in the Five Things Friday department. I'm getting out of my routine. I don't like it. 

To keep myself accountable, aka the whole reason I started this blog, I needed to publicly post this promise. I will be posting at least three times a week from now until at least the end of 2016. This is a promise I am making to you. Between weekly recaps, original posts, reviews and giveaways and some Five Things Friday posts. 

It's a weird thing. I have people who actually read my blog! Not just my mom and my husband. I love when people reach out and not only comment but ask why I didn't post as much in a week. To be honest, I'm really not that interesting of a person. While in the running funk I didn't have much to share with you guys, unless you wanted to hear me ramble about my dislike of Justin Gatlin and why I don't care about the NFL. 

In short, that's been the reason for the lack of Five Things Friday. I'm working on being more interesting for you all. Thanks for keeping me accountable. I really appreciate it! 

Be honest, how interesting are you outside of running?