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Running in the Heat

Today’s Workout

  • 7.1 miles outside – hot, humid, and windy

It’s amazing how much the heat and humidity affect my running. I had 8 miles on my training plan for today, but I knew there was no way that was happening, so I ran 7 miles and will run 8 next week instead.

Last week, I ran 7 miles on the treadmill and was perfectly fine. On Sunday, I ran 5 miles outside in cooler/drizzling weather and was fine. Today with the heat, humidity, and wind, it was like I had never run a day in my life.

This was the hardest run that I have ever had. I knew as soon as I started running that the heat and humidity were going to be killer.

I brought my hand-held water bottle and honey stinger chews (and my Garmin and iPod).

Of course, I ended up picking a trail with absolutely no shade. The only relief I got from the sun was the 15 seconds it took me to run through the creepy under the road tunnel. I really wanted to run back and forth in the tunnel for the whole 7 miles.

Creepy tunnel picture from last week:

I ate my chews at 3.5 miles and had to stop and walk for awhile because I was so hot. I finished all the water in my bottle by mile 4. At mile 5, I came across a water fountain and made the mistake of drinking large amounts of water.

I knew when I was drinking it that it was a bad idea, but I was so darn thirsty. Needless to say, I got a cramp, and had to walk/run the rest of the way. The heat really got to me and it was a terrible run (with lots of walking).

I knew it would be hot out so I tried to plan accordingly. I wore my Zensah calf sleeves and a lightweight mesh Under Armour shirt.

I put on sunscreen and lip balm with SPF.

I am really like this new Neutrogena clear face sunscreen. I have sensitive skin, so it’s great. I also am in love with the EOS lip balms.

It looks like an egg:

I just bought the lemon flavor, and I love it because it smells good and has SPF 15.

I also had to show you guys the new Vaseline moisturizer that Danny got me for my birthday. It’s a spray lotion. I was fascinated with it when I saw it in a magazine.

I use it after I run and shower because the aloe is great for skin that’s been in the sun a little too long.

It’s runs like the one today that really make me question my ability to be able to run a 15k and half marathon. But these kind of runs are also great learning experiences. From now on, I will try to wake up early when it’s cooler outside to run and I will work on hydrating a bit better.

I should have been happy that I finished 7 miles, but it was such a hard and long run that I just felt disappointed. But I won’t let that get me down! A new day, a new run!

My legs hurt a lot afterwards, so after I took a shower, I put on my Aspaeris compression shorts and my Pro Compression socks.

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In happy news, I got my new Under Armour tank top from my dad and stepmom in the mail today!

It fits perfect and I love it!

I always get a little worried about ordering clothes online because I always need to try things on before I buy them because a lot of stuff doesn’t fit me right, but this shirt fits me perfect!

Today was a good mail day because I also got the Keurig Vue cups that I ordered.

Can’t wait to try them out!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you ever have “bad” running days? Any advice?
  • Do you order clothes online? Or do you need to try them on first?
  • What was the last fun thing that you got in the mail?
  • Favorite coffee?

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Seven Miles

Good afternoon!

Last night, we went to see The Great Gatsby at a restaurant movie theater. It was a lot of fun, and I really liked the movie. I haven’t read the book and wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the movie, but I thought it was great. I’ll probably end up reading the book now :)

Today’s Workout

  • 7 miles treadmill, slow and steady

I had a 7 mile run on my training plan for this week, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to fit it in unless I ran on the treadmill.

Getting ready to run:

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I have been trying really hard to do all my runs outside lately, especially because my runs used to be done solely on a treadmill. But I figured that a treadmill run was better than no run. Thanks to my handy dandy exercise log I can see that my last treadmill run was April 12th.

I ran seven miles slow and steady. I was very proud of myself for not taking any walking breaks at all, which is funny because I feel like if I had ran outside, I would have taken a walk break.

I knew that 7 miles would take me well over an hour, so I brought the Honey Stinger pink lemonade chews and ate them at mile 4.

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I loved them – I thought they tasted great and were easy to chew while running. I had half a package (5 chews).

Running 7 miles was hard for me today. By mile 5, my calves and quads were so painful. By mile 6, I wanted to quit. I almost did when I almost fell off the treadmill a couple of times. But I told myself that I would be so disappointed in myself if I gave up. So, I really lowered my pace for about half a mile and then finished strong.

I know that running is a lot of mind over matter. My mind usually quits before my body is ready to quit, but at the same time running can be very painful for my legs. I never run totally pain-free, and it’s hard to determine whether I can push through it or whether I should stop to avoid injury. It’s all trail and error.

I wore my Aspaeris compression shorts and Zensah calf sleeves to run. When I was done running, I had no plans of taking them off. I think they are the only things keeping my legs from exploding right now.

I now also see why people take ice baths. I only ran 7 miles, but by the end, I would have loved to find the biggest, coldest, iciest bathtub I could find and sit in in forever. I am hoping that by working on my endurance, it will help with the calf and quad pain.

Post run, I treated myself to a McDonald’s coffee because I figured that I deserved it.

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After the gym, I went to Target to grab a few things.

How cute is my niece?!

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Zola Coconut Water

I was recently sent some Zola coconut water and acai juice through the Sweat Pink Ambassador program.

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I’m not usually a huge fan of drinking plain coconut water, but I tasted these and was surprised that I actually liked them. I think it’s because the flavor is mild. I much prefer the pulp-free coconut water. I’m not a big fan of pulp in juices.

While I probably won’t be drinking these on their own, they are awesome in smoothies. I like adding the coconut water to a strawberry and pineapple smoothie for that tropical taste.

Coconut water is actually really good to drink after running because keeps you hydrated and has electrolytes, and 8 oz. has only about 55 calories. Coconut water also has about 280mg of potassium per 8 oz. That’s more than a banana! That’s good news for me because I am not a banana fan. I think it’s the only fruit that I don’t like.

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The best part of the coconut water package? The sunglasses!!

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I admit that I am a huge sucker for anything neon or 80’s looking :)

Crappy Race Picture

If you guys ever read Skinny Runner’s blog (love her!) then you know people send in their crappy race pictures to her. I figured I’d just show you my crappy race picture here. This picture is from the JustPlay 5k this past weekend. It’s terrible.

What’s wrong with me? I look like I’m taking a nap. For some weird reason, my head always goes sideways when I’m running and get tired.

Of course, Danny looks all good and perfect and fast.

A big Happy Birthday to my stepbrother, Jake!! He is 18 today!!

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We’re going to Olive Garden tonight to celebrate! I can’t wait – Yum!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Treadmill running: yes or no?
  • Ever take an ice bath?
  • Do you like coconut water? Favorite/least favorite fruit?

 

 

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Aspaeris Pivot Compression Shorts

Happy Friday!

I’m so glad that it’s Friday. It’s been a long week!

Today’s Workout

  • 6.2 miles outside, drizzling, slightly windy

Yesterday, I mentioned that I ordered some compression gear to try out. Well, I ended up getting my Aspaeris Pivot Compression shorts in the mail yesterday.

About the shorts:

Dual Sensory Compression Bands™

Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are actually two pairs of shorts bonded together. The Outer Short is a high performance compression short designed to support your muscles. The Inner Short features our breakthrough, Dual Sensory Compression Bands™. These cross-knit bands guide your muscles into the proper position, thereby improving your pivot performance which helps prevent ACL and hip injuries.

Hi-Performance Compression  Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are made of very fine, completely seamless, two-way stretch nylon and Spandex. Wicking properties keep moisture away regardless of how hot it gets while Microban® technology virtually eliminates odor-causing bacteria.  

Signaling Your Body

Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are designed to keep signaling for your body to maintain proper position during repetitive motion. It helps adjust your legs and hips to avoid injury. Patent-pending targeted compression zones guide your knees into the proper position. Acting as a guide, two layers of cross-knit compression create muscle memory that gives you confidence in your motion. The Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ lead to proper joint “loading,” to help you improve performance and avoid injury. 

The note that came with the shorts said that they would look small when you took them out of the package, but not to worry because they would fit.

Even though the note warned me, I about died laughing when I took the shorts out of the package. They were tiny. Tiny! I could have put them on my niece!

They look even smaller in person. Trust me. I figured that there was no way that they would fit.

They did.

Even though they look small, they are super stretchy and you put them on like tights. When I looked at the sizing chart on the website, my hips fell into the large category but my waist fell into the medium category. Aspaeris recommends ordering a size up if you fall in between so I ordered a size large.

I ran in the shorts this morning, and while I really like them, I think that I actually need a size medium. I had to hike them up and adjust them quite a few times. One of the times, I’m pretty sure that I looked slightly inappropriate fixing them. Sorry to the cars that were driving by :)

I liked that my quads didn’t hurt as much as usual while wearing them, and I kept them on a few hours after I ran to help with recovery. I am running a Mother’s Day 5k on Sunday so I don’t want to be too sore.

The shorts are a little pricy, but I had a 40% off coupon code that I found online, so that made the price a lot better.

I woke up at 5:30 am this morning to run outside. Usually, I run on the paved trail by my gym, but today I had to be back home before Danny left for work, so I just ran three miles from my front door and then ran three miles back. I don’t really like the route because it’s on a busier street, it’s really close to cars, and there’s a few stoplights.

At the last minute, I decided to bring my hand-held water bottle with me. I was glad because I haven’t ran six miles outside in quite a while, so I was grateful for the few sips of water.

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It was also a little chilly and drizzling this morning. I was going to wear a long-sleeve dri-fit shirt, but I decided against it. By the time I turned back and was running against the wind, I would have loved those long sleeves.

I debated going to BodyPump this morning, but by 8 am I was exhausted. I’m not sure if it was from getting up earlier than I’m used to or running six miles, or a combination of both, but I decided not to go. My quads were very sore just walking up the stairs, so I thought that it would be best not to go.

Instead, the kids and I worked on some secret crafts :)

Butterflies

Jaden got a butterfly kit for Christmas and a few weeks ago, we ordered the caterpillars in the mail. I was a little skeptical, but I shouldn’t have been because Jaden had five caterpillars turn into butterflies!

We let them go last night.

Jaden wanted to make sure that all of us were there before he let them go.

 

Have a great Friday!

  • Any plans for this weekend?
  • What do you wear while running outside in mild weather?
  • What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you while running or exercising?

 

 

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