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Thursday, December 20, 2012

I Couldn't Feel My Face

When I don't blog for a week, I have lots of random things on my mind. Here are a few...
  • I got shingles several years ago and was one of the rare cases that resulted in postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN, which causes severe nerve pain that can last for months or years. In my case, it has been years. And it seems to get worse when I am stressed or getting sick. Basically when my immune system is working harder than normal, my shingles pain kicks in to high gear. Apparently my immune system is on overdrive today because my back is on fire. And itches. But it hurts too much to scratch it.
  • It is cold here. I tried to run outside yesterday but only made it two miles because I couldn't feel my face. Today will be a treadmill day.
  • Parenting is an adventure. After the Bean used a purple Sharpie to write on the glider, I made her help me clean it to teach her it is not OK. Apparently it didn't do what I hoped because while helping she enthusiastically told me, "This is fun!!"

  • When I wear my hair in a ponytail all day, I am cold all day. I'm snuggled under my electric blanket as I write this.
  • He's not a present, but he certainly is a gift.
 

  • I am ready for Christmas. The shopping is done. Presents have been delivered. My house is clean. And the laundry is washed, dried and folded.
  • I need a nap.
  • My Photo-A-Day runnerds are fading. Where have you gone? Here are a few of the latest pics:
Favorite
 
 
Joy

 
List

 
 
Tinsel
 


Friday, December 14, 2012

Instagram: Not All Bad

 
I was going to rant write about the reasons Instagram is bad when I'm already having a bad day, even if only a few people are posting pictures of their six pack abs, model-skinny legs and 15 mile runs. About how I get jealous when my gorgeous friends get comments about how pretty they are. About feeling guilty for craving peppermint milkshakes when everyone is posting pics of their amazing meals with 10 different healthy eat clean hashtags.




And about how I might petition for a "No Love" button if I see one more cat picture. I swear there are at least two felines for every canine on there.


But instead of that post, I decided to show you some of the (#runnerdphotoaday) Instagram posts that do I love:


Ribbon
 

 
Magic


 
Elf

 
Santa
 



 Happy Friday all my ab-alicious, fast and far running friends!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Let It Snow

Because I'm a sucker for all things Christmas, when you throw in a way to combine it with being a little healthier, I'm in. Today I began participating in the Elf for Health challenge!! I have been partnered with another awesome elf, and I am excited to get to know her better while we cheer each other on through the daily challenges.

nutritionella

Each day there is a new challenge. Today's is to drink my body weight in ounces of water. I don't normally drink over 100 ounces of water in a day, so this will be really good for me. 44 ounces down...

You can find out more about the challenge HERE. And it isn't too late to sign up to participate. Elves are reassigned every two weeks, so you can join in for Round 3!

This morning I worked up my thirst by running 6.25 miles outside in the snow. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this run. I absolutely love running in the snow. I don't mind that it takes a mile for my face to stop stinging or two miles for my hands to warm up.

I love how quiet the world gets when it snows. How peaceful it is. How even the ugliest neighborhood can look beautiful.

At every stop light during my run, I would look at the tiny snowflakes that would land on my gloves. Snowflakes are amazing. Seriously. You can forget about stopping to smell the roses. Next time stop and look at the snowflakes.




Thursday, December 6, 2012

They can't all be good days

I've been sitting here trying to figure out what to blog about without being a complete downer. Today is just one of those days.

I'm tired.

I woke up with a headache.

I feel like I look old.

And tired.

I feel fat.

And ugly.

Work is stressful.

I haven't run today.

Yep, one of those days.

Do guys have those days? Other than the obvious work stress, of course. Some days I wish I was a guy. Some days. But not most days.

I did get one smile out of the day when I looked down at my littlest bestie holding my hand as we walked into the grocery store this morning. Just looking at her makes me smile. How could it not?

Then the store was out of avocados. Figures. Seriously though, what kind of grocery store runs out of avocados?!?

Are you depressed yet?

Then tonight I saw this...



That pretty much says it all. I'll let you know how it goes!

 The Classic Wink Smiley

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Red, Bells and Holly - Runnerd Style

I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm loving the Runnerd Photo-A-Day posts!! You are some seriously creative and festive runnerds.

It not too late to participate! Here's what is coming up for the rest of the week:
  • Today, December 4 - Peace
  • Tomorrow, December 5 - Santa
  • Thursday, December 6 - Elf
  • Friday, December 7 - Snow
  • Saturday , December 8 - Magic
  • Sunday, December 9 - Merry
If you haven't left a comment on the original post about the Challenge (HERE) letting me know you are participating, please do. It will help me get better prizes for the giveaway!!

Yesterday I realized some of these topics are TOUGH. I looked for "holly" during all 7.25 miles of my run yesterday with no luck. Not one house had one decoration with any type of holly on it. And with the incredible amount of decorations in my house, there is a serious lack of holly.

I was at a loss. And even my friend named Holli spells it with an "i" and isn't a runnerd. Then as pulled out a cup for my post-run chocolate milk, I decided to warm it up into hot chocolate and reached for a mug instead. And I saw this mug...



You never know where you will find your the inspiration!

I didn't have any ideas for my own Runnerd Photo-A-Day posts when I made the list, so I'm right there with you as we come up with ideas.

Here are some of the great things you have come up with:

RED
 



BELLS
 
 

HOLLY



Yes, I was on my phone, had a voicemail waiting, took multiple screenshots, using my headset, muted, with an alarm set to go off soon, and the ringer silenced when I was posting this. 

Keep the holiday runnerdness coming!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday



Yesterday, The Princess asked why I always run. I said it is to keep my heart healthy and it makes me happy. Then my Bean added, "And so you are not fat. You're flat." Love that kid.

I am thankful for all the things running does for me, including keeping me more flat than fat. And before this month of gratitude comes to a close, here are a few more things I am thankful for:
  • That my little Bean still wants me to carry her sometimes. Since my baby-making days are over, I want to hold on to the little bit of baby left in her as long as I can!
  • That I have the luxury of running while my girls are at school. I realize how lucky I am each and every time I head out on a run during those few hours.
  • That The Princess is so sensitive to the world around her. It makes me sad to think that the world will eventually toughen her up.
  • For my body. Some days I like it more than others, but I love it every day for it's strength and for everything it allows me to do.
  • For prayer.
  • To live now. In this time. With the amazing conveniences and opportunities we have.
  • For my education. Intelligence. The gift of reading. And a job that allows me to use all those things.
  • For the patience and support the people I love most have for this running thing I do. Even when they don't understand it completely. And when I can't explain it. They are still there cheering me on.

What are you most thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Runnerd Photo-A-Day Challenge: Holiday Edition

Runnerd Photo-A-Day Challenge
Holiday Edition
Dec. 1 – Red            
Dec. 2 – Bells       
Dec. 3 – Holly           
Dec. 4 – Peace        
Dec. 5 – Santa        
Dec. 6 – Elf            
Dec. 7 – Snow          
Dec. 8 – Magic         
Dec. 9 – Merry          
Dec. 10 – Believe         
Dec. 11 – Tradition        
Dec. 12 – Ribbon           
Dec. 13 – Green           
Dec. 14 – Lights
Dec. 15 – List 
Dec. 16 – Favorite
Dec. 17 – Jolly
Dec. 18 – Tinsel
Dec. 19 – Joy
Dec. 20 – Stocking
Dec. 21 – Meaning
Dec. 22 – Winter Wonderland
Dec. 23 – Toy
Dec. 24 – Star
Dec. 25 – Miracle
Dec. 26 –Gift  
Dec. 27 – Vacation
Dec. 28 – Family
Dec. 29 –Smile
Dec. 30 –Treat 
Dec. 31 –New

Please leave a comment letting me know you are participating. Include your Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook name in the comment so I can follow you.

Photos can be posted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. On Instagram and Twitter, please include #runnerdphotoaday and/or @ihaverun in your post. On Facebook, please like the I Have Run page and tag or link your photo to the page.
 
Each photo you post will be one entry into the prize giveaway. Photos should be a combination of runnerdness and holiday awesomeness that reflect the word of the day. You can earn up to four extra entries for sharing the challenge on your blog, Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. I will also be awarding extra entries for photos that are the perfect runnerd/holiday mix.

I’m still working on gathering the prizes, so I will post them as soon as I have them all.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Would you do it?

 
Are you interested in doing a
Runnerd Photo-a-Day Challenge:
Holiday Edition?

I've seen a couple of other photo-a-day lists going around on Instagram, and just wondered if there are enough runnerds out there who want to do our own version? Please leave a comment and let me know! I'll post the list tomorrow if we have enough interested...

Happy Tuesday!!
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 26, 2012

A winner, a PR and things to come

Nothing like drawing things out. Yep, I'm finally announcing the winner of the Thermos Water Bottle Giveaway!!

And the winner (chosen by Random.org) is...


Laurel, send your mailing info to me at ihaverun@hotmail.com, and I'll make sure you get your bottle!

Other than that excitement, here is a summary of the latest in my world:
  • I ran a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I set a new PR with a 22:55 finish.
  • My girls ran the kids 1/2 mile loop on Thanksgiving. The Princess tore it up; however my little Bean wanted me to carry her most of the time and told me about halfway that she doesn't like races. She was pretty excited about the medal though, so that may have softened her a little for future races. The kids got the same medal as the runners who finished the half marathon. It is more than twice as big as mine. Can't say that I blame her for being so excited about it.
  • Friday I met some awesome friends/blogging runners at Yogurtland (of course). Jen, Ash, Pam (Ash's darling, crazy fast running mom), Rachelle and Janae, who was here from California with her darling little Brooke, were all there. It was so fun to see them, get caught up on each other's lives and, of course, talk about all things running.
  • Saturday I bought some new running clothes. Always worth mentioning. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen my cute new blue shirt this morning (I got one in pink too)!
  • On the way home from shopping, I changed into my running clothes and had the fam drop me off. I wasn't sure how far from home I was; I was guessing about 7 miles. About 1.5 miles in, the hubs called to let me know it was 10.75 miles to our house from where he dropped me off. I was actually excited to have a reason to add a little extra.
  • This morning I got in a quick 5.5 miles. No better way to start a Monday or to finish off a long weekend of lots of pie!
And last but not least, I'll be hosting another Runnerd Photo-a-Day Challenge starting on December 1st. I'll post the list on Wednesday, so keep an eye out. And there will be prizes again. The rules will be a little different, but the biggest difference between this one and the last challenge will be extra entries for photos that combine running and Christmas!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Color me a runner? Mud not included.

I'm starting to feel like I'm the only runner out there who hasn't done a Dirty Dash/Mud Run or a Color Run. And I feel like I may be banned from the running community for admitting that I have no desire to run either type of race.

Here's my why.

As far as crawling through mud and jumping over and around obstacles...I could do it. But I don't really love being covered in mud. And more importantly, I worry about getting injured. Twisting an ankle. Tweaking a knee. Breaking my tailbone. Just not worth the risk in my book. It would mean no running. Have I mentioned I love running?



Then there's getting chalk or whatever it is thrown at me while I run. In general, I don't like having things thrown at me. I don't think I'd love being covered in it either. While I'm sweating. Ewww. And I typically prefer fresh air while running.



That's just my two cents on this lovely Monday afternoon.

Don't forget to enter to win an awesome Thermos water bottle HERE. The giveaway ends tomorrow night!!





Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Vacuum, Hydration and Giveaway...all in one place

I'm not gonna lie. I have failed at my resolution to be a better blogger in 2012. Luckily there's always next year.
 
I have, however, done a little better on my resolution to drink more water. And with that lead-in...
 
BAM
 
A giveaway announcement!!
 
But first you have to look at what I'm giving away in various spots throughout my house/life.
 
There it is with my lunch one day last week (which also happens to be what I had for lunch today).
 
There it is on Millie. Just hanging out while I went for a little run.
 
There it is on my desk, keeping me company while I worked. Chilling on a completely unnecessary SF Giants coaster.
 
And last but not least, cheesy proof that I take it everywhere these days.
 
 

The IT in all the pics happens to be a hydration bottle with Thermos brand vacuum insulation technology. This bottle rocks. It is my new favorite. I usually have a cup of water sitting next to the sink in the kitchen and usually keep one nearby when I work. But since I've been using my new Thermos bottle, I have water with me everywhere I go.

The best part is the temperature of the water. I don't like my water super cold, but I don't like it once it's room temperature either. So I'm a little picky. Whatever. I can fill my Thermos bottle from the fridge water dispenser, add four ice cubes, and it stays the perfect temperature all day. I actually let it sit overnight after filling it once just to verify this claim.

Now that you've heard (read) my two cents, here's some information from a study that will make you want a bottle like mine even more!!


It’s easy to hit a plateau during your run, but the key to improving your overall workout might be as simple as cold water. The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition published a recent study conducted by Athletes’ Performance, an elite professional and Olympic athlete training facility in Phoenix, Arizona, to determine the effect of continuous hydration with cold water during exercise.  Using hydration bottles from Thermos with vacuum insulation technology,  the results of the study showed that drinking cold water (40° F) significantly mediates and delays the increase in core body temperature during exercise, which could impede performance.

Some other highlights from the study:
  • A rise in body temperature was delayed 45 minutes while drinking cold water as opposed to just 15 minutes for those drinking room temperature water (75° F)
  • Nearly 50% of participants improved in the broad jump test and 51% in the bicycle time to exhaustion test with cold water consumption
  • The longer you work out, the more important drinking cold water becomes. The study results strongly demonstrate that the benefits of cold water hydration for core temperature increase as the length of the workout session increases (reaching its highest difference at 60 minutes). 
To keep water at the recommended 40°F during workouts, start with cold water from the refrigerator (or tap water with ice) and keep it cold in a hydration bottle with Thermos brand vacuum insulation technology, which will keep drinks cold for up to 12 hours.  The vacuum insulation technology provides cold water hydration during workouts to keep your core temperature down, potentially relieving heat-related stress on the body that leads to fatigue and other negative effects on performance.

Here's what you can get:

  • 18 oz. Stainless Steel Thermos® Hydration Bottle with double wall vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention. (Really stays cold for 12 hours!)
  • Hygienic push button sipper lid with locking ring. (It is awesome. In a runnerdy way, I admit.)
  • Comfortable rubber grip.
  • Sweat proof design won't leave water rings. (No SF Giants coaster necessary. Although a Runnerd one would just look cool.)
  • Fits most automotive cup holders. (It fits mine, which is what really matters.)
  • You get to save 20 bones by winning it instead of buying it. (But if you don't win it, I still suggest you fork out the 20 bucks to get one. It is TOTALLY worth it. You can buy one HERE.)

Here's how to (potentially) win it:
  • Like my blog. Leave a comment to let me know you are a faithful reader and one of my biggest fans. (Can you tell I'm in a good mood today?)
  • Tell me why you really, really want this awesome bottle for an additional giveaway entry.
  • Share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Leave me a comment with a link to your sharing of the giveaway love. Each place you share is worth another giveaway entry. But if you don't leave a comment letting me know, I might not keep track of it even if I happen to see it and love it, like it or even retweet it. I'm just lazy that way.
Giveaway winner will be selected by Random.org on Tuesday, November 20th.


*I was provided a Thermos Hydration Bottle in exchange for my review of the product. Another bottle is being provided for one giveaway winner at no charge to me.





Monday, November 5, 2012

All about the outfit (and giveaway winners)

After taking the week off from running because my calves were so sore after my half marathon, I finally went for an easy six mile run on Saturday morning. And although my calves were still a little tight, I loved every second.

I tried out some new shoes (more on those in another post), which felt great and were a nice change for my feet and calves. And I finally got to wear the new shirt and capris I bought at the expo before last Saturday's race.


Someday I'll figure out how to get a picture of my body and my face at the same time. This is the best I can seem to do. But it's all about the outfit anyway. The capris have stitching that matches the shirt. Luckily I have a lot of pink running clothes that will also match them. I just wish I'd bought the shirt in a few other colors too. I am really short on long sleeved running shirts, and after the 60% expo discount, this one was only $14. And I love it!

How were your weekend runs??

I officially ended the Huggies Movers giveaway on Friday, but I had a fun-filled family weekend after my run. I'm sorry I kept you in suspense all weekend. The winners of four packs of Huggies Little Movers diapers are:

&
 
 
Please send your shipping information to ihaverun@hotmail.com. Thank you to Huggies and to everyone who entered the giveaway.
 
And I have some awesome RUNNING-related giveaways coming soon, so stick around. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Parenting...even harder than running

Being a parent is a tough job. Being a parent in the digital age of social media doesn't make it any easier to feel like you aren't completely failing.

We are bombarded with pictures like this:

 Not so many like this:

Whether you are a mom or dad, stay at home or work outside the home, being responsible for raising a child is an enormous undertaking. This innocent, trusting person is completely in your care. You are responsible for another person's physical, mental and emotional well-being. It can be overwhelming.

I have good kids. Great kids, really. I realize I am very blessed. They are beautiful, healthy, active little girls. My Bean is incredibly funny and surprisingly polite for a 4-year-old. The Princess is brilliant and has the most tender heart.

Yet my Bean is as stubborn and hard-headed as they come. And the Princess is sooo emotional and can be incredibly irrational.

They are not perfect. They are human, just like their parents. Being a kid isn't easy.

And parenting is a trial-and-error kind of job. Because there are no hard and fast rules. And there is no guidebook. Every parent is different. Every kid is different.

These are the things I need to remind myself today. And I figured if I could use the reminder, I can't be alone. In spite of the perfect picture of parenthood I see on blogs, Facebook, etc., I know I can't be alone. Sometimes knowing that is all I need to get through a rough day.

That and a run.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happiness and the Halloween Half Marathon

 
This happened yesterday. Made me happy. I like to be happy.
 

This happened Saturday. I ran the Halloween Half Marathon. I mentioned in Friday's post that I didn't feel like running it and wasn't excited at all. That didn't change before or most of the race.

Losing a glove on my way to the bus didn't help. And waiting in line for the bus for an hour in the cold also didn't help. But I found a random glove on the ground just as I was starting the race. And a friend ran the entire race with me and put up with my grumpiness and the miles when I turned my music on and refused to talk. And helped me get my second best half marathon time in spite of not wanting to push myself at all (I really didn't think I was pushing myself, to be honest). So I finished in 1:50:15.

Of course now I'm glad I ran it.

However, I'm on the fence about my Sparkle Skirt. I don't love it in the pics. And the hubs said it looks like I'm wearing shorts that are too big for me over my capris. Not good.
 

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's Friday. Time for Running and Diapers!?!

So this is a first, as far as I can remember. I don't feel like running the Halloween Half Marathon tomorrow. At all. But I will. Because I paid for it and hate the thought of wasting that money. Races aren't cheap.

Instead of dwelling on that though, I have a giveaway for my awesome readers. It is Friday after all. So let's celebrate....



WITH DIAPERS!!

This isn't one of my typical running related giveaways. But a lot of my readers are also moms and dads. Active moms and dads. Chasing around little ones who are just as active. So Huggies has graciously offered to give two lucky readers 4 packs of Little Movers diapers to try on their busy little babies!

Here's why you and your little one will love them:

Product Details:

Huggies Little Movers Diapers help active moms like you keep their babies active, too, with the SnugFit Waistband that keeps the diaper in place on your little one's bottom while he/she moves and plays all day. Paired with the Huggies Leak Lock protection, you can maintain a healthy, energetic and fun lifestyle that you and your family love.
 
Here's how you can enter to win 4 packs of Huggies Little Movers diapers:
  • Leave a comment telling me about your active little guy or girl and why he/she needs Huggies Little Movers. (Required)
Optional entries:
  • Like Huggies on Facebook HERE. (Leave a comment letting me know!)
  • Share this giveaway on FB, Twitter, your blog or Instagram. (One entry for each place you post. Leave a comment letting me know where you posted.) 
Two giveaway winners will be selected by Random. org on Friday, November 2.

Happy Friday!!
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Evening News - Runnerd Style

Someone tell me how it is already Wednesday. Sadly though, I'm ready for Thursday. Today has been a long day. But at least I get to finish off the day with game one of the World Series.

We are pretty big Giants fans around here. My girls even recognize Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey and Brian Wilson when they see them. Need more proof?


Our bookshelf, filing cabinet and the top of my desk

So needless to say, Go Giants!

Now that sports is over, lets move onto weather. The weather has turned cold and rainy here. I had an amazing 6-mile run on Monday and enjoyed every minute of the gray, overcast morning. Then I ran at 4 pm yesterday. 4 PM people!! And I had to wear my gloves.

I couldn't be happier. I LOVE running in the cold. However, it's making my decision whether or not to wear a costume for the Halloween Half Marathon on Saturday more difficult .

And last but not least, we have politics. I stole this from Emz on Instagram.


If you haven't read her Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim race recap, go now. It is worth every word, mile and emotion within it.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Birthday Weeks are the Best

It's my birthday week. I am not shamelessly trying to get happy birthdays thrown at me. Otherwise I would have posted yesterday on my actual birthday. I'm telling you because I decided a new year of my life is a better time to set new fitness goals than at the beginning of a new calendar year.

So I set some new goals yesterday. Goals with an October 2013 deadline. However, a few things have been standing in the way of the eating healthier part of my goals. Things like....

 
this cake (German Chocolate - my favorite) the hubs brought home,
 
 
these cupcakes my amazing neighbor (and friend) and her kids brought over,
 
 
 and this Snickers caramel apple (Snickers and caramel apples are two of my favoritest things) another incredible friend dropped off tonight.
 
 
Maybe my goals should officially start when my birthday week is over...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Remembering the 2012 St. George Marathon


I'm still basking in my post-marathon glow. And I want to get some things down before I forget so I can remember what I did differently this time that seemed to work a little better than what I have done in the past. And there are just some other things I want to remember. So bullets points it is...
  • I walked through almost every aid station. I usually took two cups of water. One to drink, one to pour down the front or back of my shirt.
  • I stopped twice to pee. In other words, I stayed hydrated. I didn't, however, wait in the port-a-potty lines. If you want to know my quick, discreet method for potty stops, let me know.
  • I carried my hand-held filled with Powerade. I can't stomach yellow Gatorade, which is what they have on the St. George course. I also took two electrolyte tablets about every six miles.
  • I ate a banana about an hour before the start. I didn't GU or put anything other than liquid in my body during the race. My body was very grateful.
  • I took a sinus tablet and my anti-nausea medicine when I ate my banana before the race. Both did their jobs.
  • I wore my new Active Bands headband. I'm thinking they might be good luck charms. Just sayin'.
  • This is the second race where my watch has malfunctioned (in this case it was a user malfunction) and I have gotten a surprising PR. I really think there is something to listening to my body rather than constantly watching my pace and time on my watch!
  • I listened to music the entire race (other than the last 1/4 mile). And I ran the entire thing alone. I seem to do better when I run alone because I'm not trying to make conversation and I don't pressure myself to go at someone else's pace. I love seeing people I know before and after races though!! 
  • So much really is mental. I didn't believe that before this race proved it. And now looking back, I can see how much my attitude affected past races. I went into this knowing I had trained and was physically prepared. I was excited and had a plan if it was really hot again. I psyched myself up all week before the race. I made an extra effort during the race to focus on my music or think about something else when I started hurting.
I told you in my last post, I couldn't stop smiling.
 
Even when I was getting a little stiff and went back to run the hubs in, I was smiling!!
Then I got the proofs for my race photos yesterday. Apparently the smiling began when I crossed the starting line. I am smiling in every. single. one. These are just two of 11 smiley photos.
 

And if I was smiling this big when I crossed the finish, knowing my chip/actual time was even faster, you can just imagine my smile when I saw that it was really 4:02:44!!

 

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