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Run DMT’s Mother Runner Holiday Gift Guide

Disclaimer:  Run DMT’s Mother Runner Fitness Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.   I received compensation as well as headphones for my honest review. 

The following fitness gift guide post also includes products from Feetures!, Mino, Lorna
Jane (in part with Sweat Approach), YumEarth, Dollar Shave Club and The Walking Company which I received in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions shared here are my own.

There’s only week left until Christmas!

Are you ready?

If you still need a few gift ideas, I have some of my favorite must-haves which would make perfect gifts for that special fit female in your life.

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Koss Headphones

I shared a review earlier this year about how much I loved the design of Koss headphones.  Six months later, I still really love them.  The Koss fitbuds and fitclips come in a variety of fun colors are perfect for petite female ears and the sound quality is superb.  These reasonably priced earbuds and over-the-ear clips retail for approximately as low as $14.99 and can be found online at Koss and can also be purchased at Amazon, Best Buy, Walgreens, WalMart and Kmart.

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Feetures! Socks

I have had an on-going love affair with Feetures! socks since I started running.  Theses fit like a glove socks fit like a glove never rub or cause blisters and come in a variety of colors and weight, depending on the thickness you prefer.  I prefer the Ultra Light Cushion in bright, fun girlie colors.

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I also love, love, love the plantar fasciitis sleeves.  If you have troublesome heels like me, these Feetures! compressoion sleeves are a miracle worker.  Stuff these sleeves in your favorite runner’s stocking and he/she will be yours for life.

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Mino    

Runners wear watches to gauge our pace and clock distances, but we often fail to watch the miles on running shoes.  Based on the runner rule of thumb for replacing shoes, tends to fall around 6 months or 300-500 miles depending on the runner.  However, Mino now offers a worry-free way to track the miles on running shoes.

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This thin device (only 2mm) sits sandwiched between the shoe heel and the shoe lining and counts the compressions rather than miles because each runner is different and wears through shoes at a different pace.   The LED lights display when it’s time to replace your running shoes.

Mino is a shoe-in for any runner!

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YumEarth Organic Gummy Bears

Made with natural fruit juices and natural colors, these little snack packs of YumEarth Organic Gummy Bears are perfect for marathon training.  The little snack pouch fits perfectly in an fuel belt or a small pocket in your shorts.  They gummy bears are small, easy to chew and won’t choke you while you run.  I prefer these gummy bears over any performance chews.

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Lorna Jane Fitness Apparel

I must confess.  I am a stunner because I like to look stylish while I run.  Comfort is key but I need to look good while being comfortable.  Lorna Jane offers cute, comfortable sports bras and running shorts that fit true to size.   I especially like the built-in cups in the sports bras that prevent headlights inspiring other while you perspire.

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ABEO Boots

Even though I live in my flip-flops most of my days here in Florida, occasionally the weather cools and my troublesome feet and tootsies will need to keep warm this winter.  Thankfully, The Walking Company offers a wonderful selection of supportive boots in a variety of comfort, color and styles.

The ABEO Black Honest Neutral boots offered my feet support and comfort just in time for our first Florida cold snap.  Plus, the boots look fabulous with jeans.

My ABEO boots warm my heart and my feet.

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Dollar Shave Club

This recommendation may seem a little out of place since it is not fitness related, but it’s still a great gift idea.  You’ve probably seen the bizarre ads on television and like me, wondered, “How good could it be?  What’s the catch?”

Since I prefer men’s razors over women’s razors, I requested to review their products and in return, I received the $6 a month blades from the Dollar Shave Club.  The quality is very similar to a Gillette Mach 3 and the ergonomic handle design of the $6 razor didn’t slip in the shower.  For $6 a month, you receive four replacement blades, which is far cheaper than the name brand sold in stores.

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Dollar Shave Club: now that is such a sharp idea!

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What’s on your running Christmas wish list?

 

Finding Serenity at Serendipity Salon & Spa

Disclaimer: I attended an evening of pampering hosted by Serendipity Salon & SpaMy Stylist Dean and the Tampa Bay Bloggers. I received a $25 gift certificate as compensation in exchange for my honest review and giveaway.  The opinions share are my own.

I love my Dean.

 Finding Serenity at Serendipity Salon & Spa

Actually, that should read, “I love My Stylist Dean”.

Dean has been running his fingers through my hair and styling my mane for years.  But it’s not all been a bed of roses.  I strayed and cheated on him once.  I had to do the walk of shame with my bad Pat Benatar hair cut.  I crawled back to him, asked for forgiveness and begged him to fix my sad, badly damaged hair.  Since then, I’ve never strayed again.  Although as penance, it’s taken months to grow out my poor chop job.

From that horrible, humbling hair experience, I learned two things.

1) Never, ever, ever cheat on your stylist.  He or she will sneer at your over their sheers.

2) Your friends will lie in an attempt to make you feel better about your bad hair, however, you will know the truth in your heart and your hairstylist will reaffirm it and remind you repeatedly.

This whole lesson could have been avoided had I been warned.  So this is me warning you.  If you love your stylist, never visit another stylist unless your stylist moves away, joins a covenant or decides to join the Peace Corps.

But in reality, hair stylists do move around as do their clients.  Therefore, if you are in the market for a new stylist, then you need to visit My Stylist Dean at Serendipity Salon & Spa.

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Dean and the other stylists and technicians at Serendipity Salon & Spa invited the Tampa Bay Bloggers to experience some pampering before the holidays.  That evening, our bloggers received such services as chemical peels, eyebrow waxing, haircuts and styling.

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Since I had only recently seen Dean, I opted for a blowout and a bit of tinsel in my hair for some festive glitz.  The other bloggers went all in and the results were beautiful!

 Finding Serenity at Serendipity Salon & Spa

Debbie of the Tampa Bay Moms Blog wanted a whole new look.  Her stylist trimmed her dead-ends and softened her look with some wisps.  The new layers in the back added dimension and texture to Debbie’s hair.  Although she always looks amazing, she looked stunning after her moment in the chair.

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Running Betty’s daughter, Alice, jumped at the chance for a new style.  Dean trimmed the length and then used a a flatiron to create ribbon curls for a softer look.

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 Finding Serenity at Serendipity Salon & Spa

 Finding Serenity at Serendipity Salon & Spa

My Stylist Dean and the stylists at Serendipity Salon & Spa want you to feel like a new person this holiday.  Find some time for you in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the season.  One lucky winner will win a $25 gift certificate for any services at Serendipity Salon & Spa.

To enter, visit Serendipity Salon & Spa and view all the services available.  Then, leave a comment below stating what service you would love to receive.

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Lorna Jane Sweat Pink Holiday Fit List

Disclaimer: As a Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassador, I was selected to participate in a #HolidayFitList campaign. I received fitness apparel from Lorna Jane and a copy of Move Over Sugar  as compensation for my participation.  All opinions shared are my own.

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good runner mother blogger this year.  I’ve ran hard. I’ve tried hardest to PR and hit that goal at one of the 5Ks this year and even earned a age group award.

I’m lifting weights for strength training and became stronger.  I’ve ran endless number of tracks to gain speed.

As you can see, I’ve worked hard this year and I would love for you to slip some fun running gifts under my tree this Christmas, please

I would love a Garmin 910,

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some caffeinated Cliff Shots,

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and some Brooks Trance running shoes, which are no longer being manufactured.  So, can you have your elf make me some stability running shoes with lots of cushion?

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Thank you.

Forever Yours,

Denise of Run DMT

 

I always tell my kids that you should only ask Santa for three items for Christmas.  That way, if money is ever tight, then my children would still find all the items on their Christmas lists under the tree on Christmas morning.  Santa could still deliver the toys and gifts they desired.

As a funny coincidence, the elves at Sweat Pink provided me with three gifts from Lorna Jane collection which have me very excited.  I haven’t received my gifts yet, but I just love the Lorna Jane styles.  I love the inspiration tanks.

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I’m also looking forward to some new shorts and sports bra stuffed in my stockings.

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For an added bonus stocking stuffer, I received a copy of Lorna Jane’s ebook, Move Over Sugar.  The book is a collaborative effort by the Move Nourish Believe sisterhood and offers great suggestions to eliminate refined sugar from your normal diet.  Instead of using artificial sweeteners, Lorna offers seven great natural sugar substitutes and nine steps to change your diet to reduce your sugar consumption.  As for natural sugar substitution, she suggests cooking with maple syrup, which I love.

All the recipes featured in the book will aid in reducing sugar consumption without losing flavor.  The recipes are so intriguing and interesting, and I especially can’t wait to test the cookies at a Christmas cookie exchange this season.

All of these Lorna Jane gift picks were present to a handful of the Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassadors.  I am honored to be part of this #HolidayFitList campaign along with some best fitness bloggers.

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Denise from Run DMT
Dani from Weight Off My Shoulders
Katie from Moms Little Running Buddy
Lindsey from Fit and Awesome
Kalee from Sorey Fitness
GiGi from GiGi Eats Celebrities
Rachel from Running Rachel 
Astrid from Better Believe Fit
Presley from Run Pretty 
Jill from Fitness Health and Happiness
Anglena from Happy Fit Mama
Katie from Katie Heddleston
Lea from Running With Ollie
Sarah from Fit Betty
Courtney from Journey of a Dreamer
Jennifer from LivWhole
Jennifer from Jennifer Cassetta
Jenny from Metamorfit 
Julie from Project Julie
Shannon from Badassfitness

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Join me and the other Sweat Pink #HolidayFitList Ambassadors at tomorrow Wednesday, December 4 at 5pm PST/8pm EST for a #HolidayFitList #SweatPink Twitter party sponsored by Fit Approach and Lorna Jane. RSVP on Facebook for a chance to win $100 gift card to Lorna Jane.

But if you can’t make the #HolidayFitList Twitter party, enter the Fit Approach and Lorna Jane #HolidayFitList Sweepstakes.  One lucky entrant will win a $250 gift card to Lorna Jane to revamp her fitness wardrobe this holiday season! The  #HolidayFitList Sweepstakes ends on December 13th at 3PM PST/6PM EST.  Enter here.

Get Grounded Footwear {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received two pairs of Get Grounded Footwear ladies sandals in exchange for my honest review and for the purpose of a giveaway.  The opinions shared are my own.

What if feeling better could be a simple as changing your shoes? 

Would you try it?

Get Grounded Footwear Logo 1024x477 Get Grounded Footwear {Giveaway}As runner, I was curious about Get Grounded Footwear and its promise to help aid in my recovery after long runs.  Since I also suffer from plantar fasciitis, I can never be barefoot as my heels need constant support which according to science behind grouding (also known as earthing) disconnects from  the Earth and contributes to chronic pain, fatigue, added stress and poor sleep.

With my plantar fasciitis heels, I often wake up with a stiffness and sore heels in the morning.  After a couple of days in the Get Grounded sandals, I noticed a huge difference.

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I also wore them after my Frankenfooter half marathon.  During that race, I experienced tightness in my hamstrings and an intense soreness in my legs.  During the recovery after the race, I wore the Get Grounded flip-flops and my pain quickly subsided.

More than just a means to a runner’s recovery, I was truly amazed by how quickly I noticed improvement in my sleep patterns and my allergies while wearing the Get Grounded shoes. There is a great deal of science behind the design of these shoes.

Get Grounded Footwear supports the ancient science called, Grounding, which connects your body to the natural energy radiating from the Earth. When the human body becomes grounded, it readjusts to its natural state, creating a physiological balance.  Those who practice grounding have noted better sleep patterns, feel better and have more energy.

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Understanding it’s not always possible (or safe) to walk barefoot outside, Get Grounded Footwear has created a trade-secret technology to ground you, while promoting a healthier lifestyle and providing effortless style, comfort and wellness.

Because the shoes are made of carbon patented material called TerraMater®, there is a bit of weight to the shoes, but it didn’t tire my feet.  In fact they did the opposite.  The Get Grounded flip-flops reenergized my shoes.

When I first began wearing the Get Grounded flip-flops, I did feel a tiny pinch on the top of my foot under the strap, but the strap loosened and it no longer pinched.  With each wear, I found the shoes more and more comfortable.

I also love how flattering the shoes are.  They’re casual enough for every day wear but the silver straps, offer a dressier appearance.  The shoes are versatile enough to wear with jeans, shorts and a skirt.  The beauty of Get Grounded flip-flops is I can wear them all year long in Florida which means I’m grounding all year round too.

Are you willing to Get Grounded?

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One lucky Run DMT reader will win a pair of ladies Get Grounded Footwear (a retail value of $49.95).  See the styles and specifications of the shoes here (Sizes 4.5-10; available in black, gold and silver) and comment below as to the style you would like if selected.

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Feetures! Giveaway

Next to your shoes, socks are the next most vital piece of equipment when it comes to running.  Any seasoned runner will tell you socks should…

  • wick.
  • stay put.
  • prevent blisters.

Those are three critical criteria when picking socks and for me, Feetures! delivers all three.

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Years ago, my friends at Suncoast Running turned me onto Feetures! socks and I love them. The light-weight, fit like a glove feel will make your fall in love with them too.

Don’t you feet deserve some love? Isn’t it about time show your feet some Feetures! love?

I think so.

One lucky Run DMT reader will win two pairs of Feetures!

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Celebrating Run DMT’s 5th Blogoversary and Mother Runners with BAMR Bands {Giveaway}

5thBlogoversary RunDMT Celebrating Run DMTs 5th Blogoversary and Mother Runners with BAMR Bands {Giveaway}I started this blog as a means to record my training and hold me accountable. Over the years and miles, I’ve shared many running stories and adventures with numerous running partners.  Some of them you can relate to and others you may not have had the pleasure to experience.  It has been quite a journey.

All those races and training adventures made for great blogging material.  The women I shared those miles, tears, laughs, struggles and pains were some of the most dedicated, passionate, driven women you will ever meet.  Like me, these strong women find time to fit in the miles while raising a family.

This post is dedicated to all the BAMRs (Bad A$$ Mother Runners) I have ever had the pleasure to pace with.

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Though these are only a handful of photos of my BAMR running partners over Run DMT’s five years, there are so many more and each one deserves to honored and celebrated.

BAMR Bands wants to honor these women and all the Bad A$$ Mother Runners out there and their accomplishments.  With the timing of Run DMT’s 5th Blogoversary, what better time to honor women than with BAMR Bands giveaway?

I recently reviewed a floral BAMR band and loved it.  I never wore bands before, but my BAMR band was so comfortable.  I wear it all the time now.

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One lucky winner will win TWO BAMR bands of your choice!  Visit BMAR bands online.  Then add a comment below stating which patterns you like.

Giveaway ends Monday, July 29 at 11:59 pm.

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Adios, my ABEO Sandals

What’s black, white and red all over?

My feet painted with tan lines from my favorite flip-flops.

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Last spring, The Walking Company sent me a pair of Red Reptile Sunrise ABEO B.IO. System Sandals and I wore them all the time.  The sandals complimented my casual Florida style, all my favorite sundresses and oodles of outfits and of course, I received incalculable amounts of compliments every time I stepped out in them.

Since these shoes are specifically designed for plantar fasciitis, I literally lived in these lovely, sunny sandals.  I walked everywhere in them, which made my feet very happy and my plantar fasciitis heels never complained.

My ABEO Red Reptile Sunrise Sandals escorted me to numerous parties and we danced the night away on more than one occasion.

I covered countless miles of amusement parks in them.

I explored the streets of New York City in these sandals.

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Sadly, a year later, there’s little life left in them now. My once super cushioned sandals now offer little support anymore.

So it seems the sunrise has set on my red reptile ABEO sandals.

We had a good run, my ABEO sandals and me.

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Soup du Jour: I’m Gonna Pop Some Tags

soupdujour blogbutton Soup du Jour: Im Gonna Pop Some TagsI love thrift stores.  Some of my favorite clothing items were purchased at my local Goodwill and in today’s vlog post, I show you a few of them.

Truthfully, I find some strange pleasure when someone compliments me on my blouse and I tell them I bought it at a thrift store.  Their reaction is priceless and almost as rewarding as my $3 blouse.

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Random Thoughts about Sweating Pink, a Cool Point and Track Tuesday

The other day, I received my Sweat Pink shirt from my SPA sisters at Fit Approach.  It’s so soft and comfy and fits perfectly.  I couldn’t wait to wear it and when I did, lots of people commented on it.

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I almost love the shirt as much as my SPA sisters!  Between the races, their fitness achievements and healthy lifestyles, these women are so inspiring!

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Last week, I mentioned how I bought two pairs of shoes and needed to test them out on the treadmill.  Well, the Asics GT-2170 won. I ran one mile in the shoes and they felt great.  Then, I tried the Nike shoes and couldn’t even run 30 seconds in them before I felt a weird pain across the toes.  So, the Nike were returned to The Running Center.

A while back, in the midst of our Florida summer heat and triathlon season, Trigger Point Performance Therapy sent me a Cool Point, the Original Hand Cooler to test and review.

“Ideal for this summer’s triathlon season, Cool Point from Trigger Point Performance Therapy could become a runner’s best friend.

Triathlons often demand peak performance, pace setting and dealing with fatigue, yet finding a balance between the three is a runner’s biggest challenge. Cool Point utilizes thermoregulation signals sent from the hand to the brain and keeps athletes feeling refreshed and performing at their best. Being durable and reusable, runners or cyclists now have the ability to control their performance and delay fatigue using Cool Point’s Stay Cool Technology. Just freeze the cooling gel and fit to your palm and see how Cool Point can take advantage of the hand being the body’s natural radiator.”

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I actually used my Cool Point at the Tarpon Triathlon.  With the adjustable Velcro straps, I could fit it perfectly in the palm of my hand.

I’ve also used my Cool Point when I’ve missed my 5:00 a.m. run and found myself running a little later in the morning.  By 9:00 a.m., the Florida sun radiates some serious heat, but with the Cool Point, I combated the heat and avoided the fatigue brought on by summer sun.  Since the 90 degree temperatures are holding strong here in Florida, I’m still using my Cool Point into October.  It’s perfect for those short training runs.

Cool Point, the Original Hand Cooler is available at Trigger Point Performance Therapy for only $19.99.

As for my training runs, I ran 6 miles last Thursday and felt pretty good about my performance at Race for the Cure.  It looks like I may actually finish under an hour.

6.2 miles
Time 1:01
Ave Pace 9:52
Max Pace 7:02

On Saturday, Chrissy and I ran 13.1 miles but that was a horrible run and nothing like last week’s 12 miles.  It was hot and humid and I just couldn’t shake how tired I felt.  Thank goodness, Faith came along to finish the last 5 miles with us.

13.1 miles
Time 2:36
Ave Pace 11:17
Max Pace 7:37

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On Sunday, my 7 year old woke up around 7:30 asking to ride her bike.  “Can we ride to Publix and get donuts for breakfast?”  Sure. Why not? I needed to do a recovery run anyway.  So, Emmalynn rode her bike 3.1 miles while I ran beside her.  Let’s just say she helped maintain an easy pace for me, but the run was truly a win-win (even though I passed on the donuts).  Emmalynn loved riding her bike with mom and I enjoyed my time alone with her.  Plus, I’m really enjoying the benefits of recovery runs.

3.1 miles
Time 40:21
Ave Pace 13:28
Max Pace 8:11

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Monday I rested, but there was no resting today because it’s Track Tuesday, and boy it was another hot and humid morning.  UGH!  Once the weather cools, I’d like to up my quarter mile sprints to 6 quarter sprints or half mile sprints, but until then, I’m still struggling with these.  It’s obvious that the humidity is dragging me down because I couldn’t finished under 1:54 until the last sprint.

 In the last 1 mile lap, a toad or frog or something slimy hit my leg and it totally toad-ally freaked me out.  I thought it was the Frogalypse all over again.

1 mile
9:39

Lap 1 – 0.25
Time 1:48
Ave Pace 7:23

Lap 2 – 0.25
Time 1:56
Ave Pace 7:37

Lap 3 – 0.25
Time 1:52
Ave Pace 7:29

Lap 4 – 0.25
Time 1:54
Ave Pace 7:39

1.1   mile
Time 11:06
Ave Pace 10:07

So how did you do this week?  Link up and tell me all about it.


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To join our Track Tuesday linky party, do your speed work (at least 4 quarter mile sprints) on Tuesday or any day you that works best for you, blog about your times and remember to add our cool Track Tuesday button to your post.  Then, link up your post at either Ricole Runs or Run DMT to share Track Tuesday Speed Work Sessions.  To show support for our other virtual running partners on the Track Tuesday Team, be sure to visit the other blogs listed in the linky party.  Give them a virtual high-five and leave some comment love too.

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Random Thoughts about Fall, Candy Corn, New Kicks and Track Tuesday

 Random Thoughts about Fall, Candy Corn, New Kicks and Track TuesdayLast week, I broke down and bought some candy corn, because honestly, nothing says fall like striped triangle shapes full of corn syrup and Yellow 6.  But then, I ate so much of it that I got stomach pains.  See, these are the unfortunate happenings of a somewhat health-minded person when she falls off the healthy eating wagon and shovels down copious amounts of candy corn.  My body revolts with horrible pains.  So, now I must get these candy children-of-the-corn spawn OUT OF MY HOUSE especially before the start of Unprocessed Challenge next week.

Like a loving kiss from Gaia, it felt like fall on Monday, so the kids and I decorated the house for Halloween.  When the temperatures drop just a little, it actually feels like a new season and we have more to go on other than a date on the calendar telling us so.

The cooler weather makes me start to crave pumpkin.  I’m sure there is a scientific study somewhere that proves cooler weather creates a pumpkin craving and works the salivary glands into overdrive.  Starbucks and its pumpkin spice latte are not helping either.

Speaking of pumpkin and the Unprocessed Challenge…out of curiosity…Is canned pumpkin considered processed?  If I make anything during the Unprocessed Challenge, would I have to make it from a real pumpkin?  For the simple fact that I’m saying “real pumpkin” and “canned pumpkin” means I’ve probably answered my own question.  But what if I use organic canned pumpkin?  Is that acceptable?

According to the rules of the Unprocessed Challenge,

“Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.  It doesn’t mean that you have to be able to make the food — but that the food could be made in a home kitchen by someone who knows what they’re doing.  If it needs high-powered, industrial equipment, or could only be made in a laboratory, then it’s out.”

Man, canned pumpkin is out.  There’s one way to curb a pumpkin craving.

Last Saturday, my running partners and I did 12 miles and I was so impressed with our time. I even took photos to celebrate our achievement.

12 miles

Time 2:03:54

Ave Pace 10:20

Max Pace 8:12

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Although the end results were great, getting there had its challenges.  My t-bands and knees started bothering me around mile 10.  Then around mile 11, my left heel started to bother me.  Actually, I felt a sharp pain which stopped me dead in my tracks.  It felt like my plantar fasciitis acting up again which forced me to walk a little bit.  Once again, I cursed myself for putting off buying new shoes because it was obvious my heels had enough of those old dogs.  Nonetheless, I pushed through the 12 miles and I could still walk at the end.

On Sunday, I did my first ever recovery run.  My blogger friend, Jill, mentioned recovery runs over at her blog, Fitness, Health & Happiness.  Since I woke up Sunday with sore hamstrings and feeling just generally tight overall, I decided to give a recovery run a try.  A nice slow, easy run really did help loosen everything up and I felt great.

3.1 miles

Time32:23

Ave Pace 10:27

Max Pace 7:58

I rested Monday to be ready for my weekly Track Tuesday tricks. I did my usual 4 x 0.25 sprints.  I honestly thought the cooler weather would make a little faster, but my legs thought differently.

1 mile
9:47

Lap 1 – 0.25
Time 1:47
Ave Pace 7:06

Lap 2 – 0.25
Time 1:56
Ave Pace 7:37

Lap 3 – 0.25
Time 1:52
Ave Pace 7:27

Lap 4 – 0.25
Time 1:56
Ave Pace 7:37 

1.1 mile
Time 11:02
Ave Pace 10:01

With only the last mile lap left to do, my left heel started acting up again.  No doubt about it, I need new shoes.  With all the issue I’ve had with my feet, plantar fasciitis, bunions and etc., I think I need to revaluate my shoe options.

So, this morning, I visited two different running stores to see what shoes they recommended. Both agree that I’ve moved into the ranks of a wider shoe.

Bill at The Running Center recommended Nike Zoom Structure and Asics GT 2170.  He suggested that I test them out a treadmill and bring back the one I didn’t want.  So, we’ll see how it goes tomorrow when I test out both shoes on my friend’s treadmill.  I plan to run a mile in each shoe on the treadmill and decide which shoe to keep. Stay tuned for a full follow-up report.

With this fabulous return policy, Bill gave me this fabulous hot pink Running Center tech shirt, which will coordinate quite nicely with my Race for the Cure attire.

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Along with the shirt, Bill also gave me some great advice for my plantar fasciitis.  With the weather cooling down, he suggested I sit in my community pool after a long run.  The cold water would simulate an ice bath.  Good thinking!  Bill also suggested that I run in more than one pair of shoe.  He said it was good to change shoes.

After The Running Center, I stopped by Suncoast Running and Tracey fitted me in some other shoes.  She observed me running on the treadmill.  From the video playback, it was obvious that something is happening with my right foot, but “I really like the look of your left leg,” she said.

Don’t tell anyone.  They’ll all want a left leg like mine.

Tracey fitted me in the Brooks Trance 11 and Saucony Omni.   Although the new Brooks Trance has changed slightly, I still really like that shoe, however, I do need a wider fit.  So, Tracey ordered some shoes for me and I will give those a try when they come in, which I’m so excited to do.  With all these shoe trials, I feel like an investigative reporter!

Do you run in more than one pair of shoes?  Do use your shoes for different runs, like speedwork, short distances or long distances?

By the way, today is my husband’s birthday and I’m a horrible wife.  I forgot to buy him a card and I barely remembered to buy him beer and a cake.  Instead, I bought myself some running shoes because after all, that’s where my priorities are.


 Random Thoughts about Fall, Candy Corn, New Kicks and Track Tuesday

 Random Thoughts about Fall, Candy Corn, New Kicks and Track Tuesday

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