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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Almost famous (again) and sweet gummy goodness

It's been busy around here. Since I last checked in...



 (Can you find me? Hint: white shirt.)

We went to the zoo with lots of cousins and aunts.


Grandma came, so she got to join in on the fun of The Princess's summer camp field trip to the landfill and copper mine. Yes, the speed limit at the landfill really is 23 1/2 mph.



An article I was interviewed for several weeks ago appeared in The Wall Street Journal. You can read the article HERE.



We took a little trip to Park City. This has become an annual thing, during which we do some serious school shopping and there is a LOT of swimming. 


Last but not least, I finished off my bag of Haribo Gold-Bears. And they were yummy! Haribo sent me a bag to try, calling them a "sweat-approved sweet." I have to agree; they tasted extra good after my runs! I have always liked gummy bears because they aren't TOO sweet. Don't believe me? My bag may be all gone, but I have some to share with you! Haribo has provided TEN free bags (in the form of coupons) to share with my readers.

Here's how you can enter to get one of the bags of Haribo Gold-Bears:

  • Like the Haribo Facebook page HERE. Tell them Candice @ I Have Run sent you. Leave me a comment on this post telling me you liked their page.  
  • If you don't do Facebook, tell me what your favorite post-run sweet treat is in a comment.
  • For an extra entry, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter and/or your blog. Let me know in a separate comment where it was shared. 
Winners will be selected by Random.org. on Wednesday, August 1.


 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I puked in my race bag (Glow in the Dark Half Marathon Race Report)

Worst. Race. Ever. At least MY worst race ever. The Glow in the Dark Half is not a race I will repeat. 
First there were the issues with the race itself: a late start; a race official who rambled to the racers for more than five minutes about his credentials and the amazing feat that a marathon is (no one was running a marathon; it was a half and 5K); unorganized to the point that people didn't know they were supposed to be wearing timing chips because they had to be picked up just before the race started; no clear distance markers along the course; aid stations in the dark, which were unmarked and unlit; running in complete darkness, alone, in the middle of nowhere, for long stretches at a time; only pizza and water after the race. 

Then there were my personal issues: stomach cramps the last half of the race; pulling over mid-puke on the way home (luckily the bag that my race bib and stack of race fliers came in was sitting on the passenger's seat); an incredibly sore back around mile 10 (which has never happened before); my Garmin lost signal about two miles in; feeling like we should have been halfway when we were only about 4 miles into the race; personal worst time for a half marathon.

It wasn't ALL bad though. I ran most of the race with Julia! It was one of her last Utah races and one of the last times I'll see her before she moves, so it was fun to see her and run with her. And before the race, Julia and I were interviewed by a writer for the local newspaper. 


I just don't think night races are for me. I don't know if I overdo it physically during the day and can't figure out how to fuel and hydrate in the hours leading up or what exactly the problem is, but even as often as I run in the evening at home, I've had two miserable FAILS at my night races.

I'm just putting this one in the past and moving on because they all can't be great. And if I was going to have a bad one, I'm glad this was it.

Friday, July 13, 2012

And the FlipBelt winner is...

The winner of the FlipBelt, as chosen by Random.org, is.......


Congratulations Frazledmom5!! Please email your final size and color choice and your shipping address to ihaverun@hotmail.com.

If you didn't win, you can still get a FlipBelt of your own HERE. And come back next week because I have some exciting things happening on the blog!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Things I Love Thursday - Basking in the Glow of Running

It's Thursday, which means tomorrow is Friday. Which not only means it's the weekend, but it's the last day to enter my giveaway for a FlipBelt!! If you haven't entered yet, click HERE for more details and to enter. I will announce the winner tomorrow afternoon, so I will be taking entries until 12:00 pm (aka noon) MST.

Now that the giveaway reminder is out of the way, I have to tell you about my running. This is a running blog after all.

Tomorrow I will finish up the fourth week of my St. George Marathon training with a little 13.1 run at night. I am very excited for this race because I have no goals or expectations, other than to have fun. I will be treating it as a training run because I have another half marathon on the 28th that I am taking more seriously. Julia is also running the Glow in the Dark Half tomorrow, which pretty much guarantees it will be fun.

I have a few glowing accessories to run with tomorrow night (the race begins at 9pm!), but I'm a little worried they will be annoying. Luckily they were all pretty cheap, so I won't hesitate to rid myself of my glowiness if chaffing becomes a problem.

Other than enjoying some great runs, I've just been making the most of the summer with my girls. Sometimes those two thing go hand in hand, like this morning when I had this cute little view during my run:


Friday, July 6, 2012

Flipping for my FlipBelt (and a giveaway!)

I don't think I mentioned it in my Utah Valley Half Marathon race report (yes, I'm aware I could go back and read it to find out, but I'm just too lazy), but I purchased a FlipBelt at the expo the day before the race. I really don't like carrying things in my hands while I run, so I was hoping a FlipBelt might be the answer to my problem.

I have a SpiBelt, but it never stays where it starts out. It either slides up to my waist (annoying!) or bounces against my hipsm(also annoying!) if there is anything heavier than chapstick in the pockets. I also have a hydration belt with a handy little pocket, but the bottles leave bruises (seriously, bruises!) where they bounce against my body during my runs.

Here's why I thought the FlipBelt might be different:
  • It sits flat against my body. No bouncing!
  • I chose the size based on my body measurements, so it fits snug against my hips.
  • The "pocket" is as big as my waist, so I can spread things out and fit more stuff.
Some other awesome things that made it appealing:
  • It comes in sweat-wicking material.
  • It comes in a number of colors.
  • It can be flipped over to "lock" things in place.
I have worn my FlipBelt on several runs, and I love it! It stays in place, it doesn't bounce, it is the perfect size for my phone, key, nutrition essentials, Kleenex, chapstick and whatever else I decide to take on my run. Here is what the web site says the FlipBelt has to offer:

o Multi-access pocket openings throughout belt

o Turn items & pocket access up/down/inside as convenient
o Flip to lock in items
o Reflective logo - stretch non-crack 3M Quality Reflective
o Non-Bounce, Even Design
o No buckles to cause uncomfortable chafing
o Machine washable
o EPA Certified, Odor Resistant, Pilling Resistant, Anti-Bacterial High Tech Poly Spandex Fabric
o Available in colors, accent your workout wardrobe

Level Terrain Apparel has graciously agreed to give a FlipBelt to one of my awesome readers. Here's how you can enter to win a FlipBelt of your own (please leave a separate comment for each item):
  • Required: Follow my blog. Let me know you do!
  • Required: Like The FlipBelt on Facebook. (If you don't "do" Facebook, let me know in a comment.)
  • Optional: Visit The FlipBelt web site and tell me what color and size you would choose if you win.
  • Optional: Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook, please like my I Have Run page and include @I Have Run and @FlipBelt within your post. On Twitter, please include @IHaveRun in your post. 
Winner will be chosen using Random.org on Friday, July 13th.

*The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I purchased my FlipBelt. Level Terrain Apparel generously provided a FlipBelt for one of my readers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dare to (Not) Compare

Did you hear Nora Ephron died last week? Nora Ephron, writer of Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally. If you still aren't sad, then that's just sad. Because those are some of the best movies ever. Ever! And if you haven't seen them, well that just might be even sadder.


The amazing Nora also wrote a book called I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman.  I don't feel bad about my neck (yet), but I'm sure I'll get there because I obsessively lather neck cream on every night. However, a DJ on the radio was talking about Ms. Ephron's passing and the incredible body of work she left behind, and when the DJ said the title of the book, my thought was, "Well, I feel bad about my whole body."

Last week was a rough week as far as my body image goes. I pretty much wanted to wear sweats and hide in my house all week. But I didn't, because even when I feel like my fat rolls have multiplied over night, life still goes on.

This week I am feeling a little better, although I am far from loving my body. But I decided to make a little extra effort toward liking myself more this week. I decided to stop comparing myself to others for ONE week. I started Saturday, so that means I am on day four.

Trust me, a week is a looooong time for me to make this commitment. I am TERRIBLE about comparing myself to other people. Making comparisons is pretty much automatic, so this is a big challenge for me. I even critically compare myself to others to feel better about myself. I was going to list some examples, but then I realized how truly pathetic they sound.

I do a lot better about not comparing myself if I focus on the positives in my life or of other people when I would normally be comparing myself negatively or acknowledging their weaknesses.


So when I sat across from the girl my friend and I call "the girl with perfect hair" at church on Sunday, I thought about how cute her skirt was and wondered how she gets her hair so smooth instead of thinking about how tiny she is and that far more than just her hair is perfect. It has been hard. And church was especially tough because there are a lot of tiny, fit, beautiful girls there for some reason. But I made it out the doors feeling good about myself, which hasn't happened in a long time. 

My fat rolls haven't shrunk overnight, but how I feel about myself has changed this week. And that is important, because how can I teach my girls to love themselves and see their own beauty if I can't practice what I preach. So each day is a new day when I'll commit to trying to love myself a little more in spite of my flaws and all the things I would like to change about myself. I know it won't happen overnight and some days will be harder than others, but I'm not going to stop trying.



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