Friday, September 28, 2018

Goodbye and Goodnight

This post has been coming for awhile, but it wasn’t until I received an email that said “your domain name will expire in 30 days” that it became real. This will be the last blog post for Run Steff Run. 

I started this blog five years ago to help me stay honest with my training and share some things that have helped me and could help others. It became much more than that. I developed amazing relationship, got to work with so many fantastic people and most of all - stayed true to myself of being real and honest. 

You all were with me through the good and bad times. From PRs to injuries and everything in between, I am grateful for all of those special moments. 

While I won’t be blogging, and I will be shutting down my Facebook page, I will still be active on Twitter and Instagram. To be honest, I don’t have much more to say that hasn’t been said. I’m not sure how many new and different races I will get to run, and to be completely honest, I haven’t had the time to dedicate to my little corner of the internet anymore. 

I cannot thank every single person enough who ever stopped by, shared a post, left a comment or contributed to this small corner of the internet. It has truly been an amazing five years but all good things must come to an end. 

I hope our paths cross again down the road. I love you all. Goodbye and goodnight...

Monday, July 30, 2018

Buffalo Creek Half Marathon Training - Week Three

So sorry for no update last week, it was a little crazy! I'll have my Rock 'n' Roll Chicago race recap up soon. Spoiler alert, it rained!

This week was my last base building week. I knew I had a tough tempo workout on tap, but I think i did pretty well!

Five miles, easy

A little over five miles, easy

Tempo: 2 mile warm up, 10 minutes at 8:00 pace (8:05),
5 minute recovery, 10 minutes at 8:00 pace (8:05), 1 mile cool down

Eight miles, long run
I went to the gym twice this week as well. This routine is really starting to sink in. I love that feeling. I have been getting stronger with each workout and really getting in to a good head space. My workouts will be changing a little in the next few weeks because I'm shifting in to full on training.

We are three weeks away from our puppy joining our family! We got our weekly video of the litter and it's so precious! I can't believe we are adding a puppy to our family. It's becoming very real as we add things to our house.

August is almost here. I can't believe it. It honestly feels like it was just the 4th. I really want to make sure I am taking advantage of summer things while they are still here. Things like more daylight and spending time outside.

Weekly Total: 24 miles
July Total: 94.7 miles
2018 Total: 527.2 miles

What is your favorite part of your weekly routine? What works best for you?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Groove Life Review

Ever since I got my first silicone ring I have been in love. I'm not a big jewelry person but I felt bad not wearing any rings. So, I decided to surprise my husband at Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas during our Run Thru Wedding with our first set of silicone rings. Since this was a few years ago there weren't a lot of options. Now there are tons.

I was contacted by Groove Life about doing a product review and I was quickly interested. I checked out their website and was even more excited when I saw the different styles of their silicone rings. They had the normal solid colors, but also team logos, metallic styles and a ton others. I knew people would love these options.

I picked the copper band because I am trying to replace out a lot of my jewelry with rose gold or copper. It complements my skin tone really well and it's different, which I like. When the package came I was so excited that it came in a travel case.

The little metal tin has a padding on the inside and a cutout for your ring. This is great for me so when I travel and have to take my real rings, I can place them inside and not have to worry about it!

I also noticed very quickly that the ring was a lot thinner and lighter than my other rings. I didn't think that was possible, but see!

I put the ring on and haven't taken it off since. Literally. I have not taken it off. I have gotten so many compliments and I get asked all the time about my new ring. I make sure I tell everyone about Groove Life and all of the fun options they have.

I have had a lot of people ask about sizing. My other silicone rings are all a size 5 so that is what I ordered and it fits perfect. Not too tight and doesn't fall off. Like I said, I haven't taken it off. Groove Life has a great sizing chart on their website to figure out your size if you don't know. There is actually a size on the inside of the ring if you forget!

Plus! No matter what happens, they will you cover your Groove Ring with a NO BS Warranty! If your ring gets damaged, cut, stretched, stuck in nuclear waste, eaten by a fish, or even LOST they will replace it! You can't go wrong at all!

You can check out the different collections and women's style. There are so many to pick from!

I'm so happy I can share this awesome product with you all. My new friends at Groove Ring want to share the love with one of you! Check out my Instagram this weekend for a chance to win your own Groove Ring!

What Groove Ring is your favorite? Share below!

Disclaimer: I was provided with my Groove Ring in return for this review. All options are my own.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Buffalo Creek Half Marathon Training - Week One

It's time to start! This week was my first week of training for my fall goal half marathon. I haven't followed a training plan in months. I haven't been running for a goal in months. I felt ready. I have the tools. It's just time to do it.

This week I ran four times and cross trained twice. I really wanted to set a good base for this training. I want to keep up the mindset that the easy days are easy and you have to work on your tempo days.

Five miles, easy

Tempo - 1 mile warm up, 6 minutes at 8:00 pace - 3 minutes recovery (three times), 1 mile cool down

Four miles, easy

Long run - eight miles

I also went to 6am class once this week and I really enjoyed it. I am going to try to make a 6am class again this week. I like having a little more time after work. Especially with the puppy coming!

Puppy update! We have a date! He will be joining our family on August 18. We are almost one month away! It is so nice having the date so we can make sure we have everything ready. Give me some of your puppy must haves!

This weekend we will be traveling to Chicago for Rock 'n' Roll Chicago. This will be my 30th half marathon. It's amazing to think about. I can vividly remember my first half marathon. I am such a different person. I love this journey and the fun adventures I have been on!

In some blogging news, my little corner of the internet has been named one of the Top 30 Personal Running Blogs of 2018! I'm very humbled and appreciate that even after a little break, the support from everyone is amazing.

Weekly Total - 22.3 miles
July Total - 49.3 miles
2018 Total - 481.8 miles

When do you start training for your goal race? Will we see you in Chicago?

I'm linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap Linkup.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thumbs Up...

When I was running yesterday I had something happen that really made me think. I was running some easy paced miles and a man was running in the other direction. He was running shirtless and I was in a sports bra. He gave me a thumbs up and I gave a nod.

I literally spent the next three miles thinking about this. Was he checking me out? Was this just his normal runner acknowledgment? Was he just agreeing with my outfit of choice? Why am I thinking so much about this?!

For the past few years I have really be focusing on being comfortable in my own skin. It's hard, but when you train in the summer, less is more and you cannot worry about letting it all hang out. I know I am not built the way I use to be. I put on some weight from the medication I was on last year and a general love of beer and pizza. Nothing drastic, all of my clothes still fit, but enough for me to notice.

Even at my smallest I never had a six pack. My thighs have always touched, even when I was under 100 pounds. I've always been self conscious, but when I'm running I don't think about any of that. It is one of the few times I am completely comfortable in my own skin.

That's the great thing about running. Running doesn't care if you like beer or drink a green drink every day. Running won't give you strange looks if you are wearing less or more clothes than everyone else. Running really just appreciates you taking the time for yourself and being the best version of you.

There comes a time in your life where you have to love yourself and your journey. If you are doing something everyday that you love and enjoy then you truly are lucky. You need to focus on those moments and not a small think like not being "beach body ready" or "not as fast as everyone else". Be excited that you maybe went that extra distance or you answered all of your emails. Those are some pretty great accomplishments.

So thank you guy for the thumbs up. I appreciate the support.