Monday, July 26, 2010

Rest Day...MONDAY!

I must say, when Monday was chosen as a rest day, I was a little skeptical. If you start out the week sitting on your tush...isn't that how you will finish? Well, I've been sorely mistaken. Monday is a hard day to get up and get going, especially when Monday is the only day off from work that my husband gets. So, Monday is my rest day and the day that I get to spend with my wonderful and loving husband, Jeremiah.

I have a long week of training planned and hopefully all will go according to schedule, except that there is already a kink in the schedule. I just bought a bike, which you can read about below, and planned on doing quite a bit of riding this week. But, all bikes need to be looked at after they've been purchased, just to make sure there are no issues. So, I took my bike to my wonderful cousin, Scott. He used to work at Danville Bike and Footwear and has always been an avid rider. He has my bike until Thursday, just to look it over and fix anything that he comes across that may need to be fixed. Nothing major, just a safety check! So, no bike riding until Thursday night.
So, to make up for not having my bike, I'm either going to have to log in some more miles on my feet or suck it up and go to a spin class at the gym! We'll see!
Well, I'm off to spend more time with my hubby...
Next run...3.1 miles tomorrow night, CROSS COUNTRY! All in the grass! Here we go!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Run for Independence - Stanford, Kentucky - UGH!

Let's just say this: my running buddy must be my sanity! This race was miserable...and I'm pretty sure it was because I had her in my sights the entire time and was in pain because we weren't running together! My time was 30:46. It isn't really that bad, but I've done this course in a lot less before. But then I have to look at the bright side: at least I can get out and do it! God gives me the strength everyday to be able to keep myself healthy! For that I am grateful!

Not only was it VERY, VERY humid during the race, but the hills were excruciating. I've run this course several times, and I honestly can say that I don't remember the hills being as long and grueling as they were this past Saturday. What a task!!!

At the end of the day, several of us won medals in our age groups. I got 3rd in my age group, Renita got 2nd, and Twila got 1st. We dominated our age group! Katrina also got 3rd in her age group! Way to go girls! All in all, a very productive day! (Not to mention, when I got home, I rode six miles on the bike!)

Keep an eye out this week...several product reviews coming and a Ryders Eyewear giveaway!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thorlo Experia Multi-Sport Sock Review

These are my new Thorlo Experia Multi-Sport Socks that were sent over by Susan Graham and Jeff Lawson at Thorlo Customer Relations. As you can tell by the picture above, the tops of the socks are made of a thin, breathable material that is great for any sport. In the picture below, you see that on the bottom of the sock, there is a thicker pad at the toe and at the heel of the sock, with the breathable material in the arch.

Now, for my opinion/review. I am one of those runners who has looked and looked for the perfect sock. Is it too thick? Is it too thin? Well, this sock is the perfect blend between a supporting sock and a sock that breathes. My feet feel 'golden' after a five mile run when wearing these socks! I absolutely love them! After discovering the love I have for these socks, I went out and bought another pair, GREEN! They come in a plethora of colors for every personality! Way to go Thorlo! I'm very impressed! Thank you for letting me try your product!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Great Run Tonight Guys!

Short post...but I have to say, I LOVE MY RUNNING CREW! We ran 4 miles tonight and it was absolutely a GREAT RUN! I have discovered that sometimes, running without music is OKAY! I used to go for a run and flip out if I didn't have my music. But, this past Sunday and tonight, I went without my music...and it was a blessing! You are able to talk to your buddies and take in everything around you. This past weekend, I was honestly having some bad feelings towards running, but tonight and Sunday put me back on track! I'm so thankful for all of my running buddies...thank you for being a great support!!! You know who you are! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

"There's a bike in the kitchen!" - Jeremiah Satterly

Well, it's been a few days, so let's start with Saturday. We ran a 5K in Lancaster on Saturday. Katrina, Bobbie, and Twila all placed first in their age groups! YAY! My time was 29:12 which was to be expected due to the extreme number of hills along the course. We have another race this coming Saturday in Stanford. I love the course for this race, so hoping for a better time! :) Sunday began with a five mile run with Bobbie. It was hard to get up and do it after those hills on Saturday, but we were strong and made it through. I also was able to try out my new Running Chics tank and my new Thorlo Experia Multi-Sport socks (sock review coming soon)!
One thing I've been really wanting to do lately is to start cycling on my days off from running just to have some variety to my workout, so I've been looking at bikes. While at the mall on Sunday with my friend Jessica, I found one I liked at Dicks, so I put it on hold until I could call my very knowledgeable cousin, Scott. I called him on the way home and he gave me the 'thumbs up' seal of approval, so Jeremiah and I went back and picked it up that night. I'm so excited, but a little scared. I seriously don't think I've been on a bike since the age of 13, but I'm going to try my best! I guess I just have to get used to it. One of Jeremiah's questions on the way home was, "Where are you going to keep it?". Hmmm...."In the building" was my response. Well, the building is the man cave, so it can't go there. So now Jeremiah's favorite thing to say is, "There's a bike in the kitchen!" And I guess that's where it will stay! :) I love my husband! Enjoy the pics!

Running Chics Review

Just this week, I received an Alo tank in the mail from Running Chics (visit website here). The tank is white and has their logo centered on the front of the tank and on the back at the very bottom of the shirt. It is absolutely adorable!

I wore the shirt on Sunday, for a five mile run with my running buddy, Bobbie (visit her blog here). Bobbie was the one who gave me the inspiration to try products and review them on my blog. I'm loving every minute of it! Anyhoo...wore the tank on a five mile run in 85 degree heat with sun beating down on us almost the entire time. We were grateful for any tree that directed it's shade onto the road! It was warm. As for the tank, WOW! Compared to all of my current running shirts, (no need to disclose the brand), there is no comparison! I've never worn a shirt so comfortable and so cool! Of course we were hot...we were running! But, I was nowhere near as hot as I've been on cooler days,
wearing a different shirt. It is honestly above and beyond any of the other big name brand shirts that I own. If it's clean, I'll be wearing it! Bobbie will probably get tired of looking at it! A big thank you to Andrea over at Running Chics! Once again, click here to visit their site!

Andrea also sent me one of their logo t-shirts and a bag with their logo. Thanks Andrea!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bondi Band Review!

I was recently sent three Bondi Bands from the Bondi Band company to try and review on my blog. My favorite thing about them: they are so cute! The designs are adorable! I usually don't wear anything like what I have on in the picture, but I thought I would try this one instead of the plain purple one they sent, and I love it now! I never thought I'd feel comfortable wearing something that flashy, but I really do like it! Not only are they cute, but they are comfortable also. They are very lightweight and don't feel heavy on your head, which is exactly what you need when running. I had a little trouble keeping it on my head today, but when I wore it two nights ago, I didn't have that problem. My guess: I stretched it out a little bit. It was a very hot run with lots of hills, so sweat was definitely present. Not to mention, it was running down my face as you can tell. I don't think the Bondi Band could have kept the sweat from running down my face today. I also think they would be good for running in cold weather due to the fact that you can pull it down over your ears. I know it's not very thick, but I don't like running with something thick on my ears anyway, so this would be perfect!

Overall, VERY PLEASED with my new Bondi Bands! Thank you Bondi Band!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Whew! It's HOT!

The past two nights have been HOT! Last night, we ran four miles and tonight we ran almost four miles. Last night, GREAT! Tonight, MISERABLE! Last night, didn't have to stop and walk. Tonight, stopped and walked A LOT! It's amazing how some days you can have great runs and then some days it's like you've never run a day in your life. So to those of you who are just starting running, even when you've been running a long time, you still have THOSE DAYS! But, in our defense, it was stinkin' HOT out there!

What started as a three person running date last night...turned out to be a six person running date! AWESOME! Bobbie, Katrina, and I had planned on meeting at the Hub at 9:00 (trying to beat the heat) and run four miles. Lo and behold, it ended up being Bobbie, Katrina, Me, Gerard, Twila, and Angela. What a crew!

Although it was hot, we had a great run! Now...the most important person that was present...wasn't even running. Bobbie's mother, Ruby, was there waiting on us at the start and the finish, with nice, COLD, ice water! What a blessing!

Tonight, it was just myself, Bobbie, Gerard, and Twila. And I think we were all feeling the pain a little bit. We all at some point felt a stitch in our sides from the heat and we all at some point ended up walking. HOT! HOT! HOT! (Do you think the fact that I drank NO water today had anything to do with it?) My advice: ALWAYS DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! Enjoy the pics of our running crew!

Sweaty Band Review!

Well, I received my first free running product in the mail over the holiday weekend and have been able to try it out twice since then. It's called a Sweaty Band. And ladies, I have to tell you...not only are they adorably cute, but they are extremely comfortable! I've always had short hair until last year. I grew my hair out for my wedding, but before that, always needed something to hold my short hair back. I could never find anything that didn't let the sweat run in my face, didn't hold my hair back, or didn't give me a headache by the time I was finished with my run. Well, the Sweaty Band is a miracle! It does all three! It keeps the sweat from rolling down into my eyes, keeps my hair out of my face, and the best part, I don't have a headache from wearing it! Oh, did I mention how cute they are??? They are absolutely adorable! For those of you that know me, you know I would tell you how I really feel about something...and Sweaty Bands are awesome! Thank you Lesley Folan and Donna Browning of Sweaty Bands for allowing me to try one! For those of you who live in the Lexington, Kentucky area, you can purchase them at John's Run Walk Shop in Lexington or online, CLICK HERE. I am wearing my new sweaty band in both pictures! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sorry so long...

Alright bloggies, sorry it's been so long! It was a hectic weekend and a hectic start to the week. The worst injury! But don't worry, it's not one that keeps me out of the loop completely. I just have to take it easy. I have strained a muscle close to my groin and the doctor told me I didn't have to stop running, but not to add on any mileage or any speed work until it doesn't hurt anymore. I'm okay with that!

On the flip side, I am receiving tons of sample stuff from different companies to try out while I'm training. Be looking for reviews for all the products that I will be trying out! I'm so excited!

On another note, anyone else watching the Tour? What do you think? Do you think Lance can pull one out of his hat? Let's hope so!!! USA! He had some trouble today on the cobblestones, but he's hanging in there!

Well, it's been a long day and it's time for bed! A four mile run tomorrow! Nighty night all!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Loooooong Day...

WOW! It started at 5:45, and it hasn't stopped! What a day...and a great one at that! It started with the Liberty Bell 5K in Liberty, Ky. My time was somewhere around 29:45...but the race was about 3.25 miles instead of 3.1, so I could probably shave a minute off of my time if I wanted to. After the race, Bobbie, Gerard, Mama Ruby, Katrina, and I had a wonderful breakfast at Cracker Barrel. So much for shedding calories during the race! Bacon...YUM!

Once at home, it was time for some much needed nap time! Got up, took a shower, went to a 4th of July cookout with Jeremiah's family, and came home and spent some much needed quality time with the hubby! :) We haven't seen each other all week! And tonight, we were blessed with some beautiful fireworks at Jason and Katrina's. All in all...a great day! We are so blessed!

What a face! Myself with Bobbie, my much loved running buddy!

Bobbie, myself, and Katrina before the race begins!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lazy Day...for the most part!

Well, today was a lazy day, for the most part. Bobbie and I ran 10K this morning, which wasn't lazy of us at all. But, lazy happened when I got home.

For some reason, I freeze after I've finished running. So, I came home, put on some pajamas with long sleeves and posted up on the couch, with no intention of falling asleep. The problem was...after being outside for that long, my allergies were unbearable! (My sister keeps telling me that I've needed to see an allergist since I was one, but I don't know how I feel about that many needles in my back!) When my head hit the pillow on the couch, I was gone. The next thing I knew, it was one in the afternoon! They say when you sleep like that, you really need it!

Anyhoo...6.2 miles down today, 4 more tomorrow, and then the Liberty Bell 5K in Liberty, KY on Saturday...aiming for under 27 minutes...let's see what happens!

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