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Monday, October 17, 2016

Get Lucky

You may have noticed I'm married when I run lately. At least that is how Grace puts it. And she diligently checks to see if I am "married" each time I get ready to go run.

I've never worn my wedding ring when I run because it is annoying and top heavy and gets sweaty underneath. And when I wear gloves to keep my hands warm, I am so paranoid about my ring coming off and getting lost when I remove my gloves. 

So I'm very happy to have found Lucky Rings!

Here's a little proof:

Yes, I even wore one during my last marathon!

Lucky Rings sent me their 7-pack of women's silicone wedding rings, and I LOVE them! They are lightweight and fit perfectly, and I don't even notice I have a ring on when I'm working out or running. They also sent Scott some rings, which is great because he rarely wears his wedding ring to work because of the nature of his job, so he can now wear his Lucky Rings and be married too!

You can receive 20% your own order of Lucky Rings order with the code: ihaverun20

I know you'll love them as much as I do!

Friday, September 23, 2016

I cut my finger. (My week in a nutshell.)

It's been a rough week at our house. Our mornings have not been pretty. Yesterday, I thought it was as bad as it was going to get when I managed to cut myself on the glass jar of queso dip that was knocked on to the pantry floor and took most of my time before school to clean up.

Yet this morning decided to prove me wrong. There were even tears this morning, for which I blame school picture day (and myself a little). I think the fact that I've had a miserable cold all week and haven't felt great has added to our unhappy mornings.

But I'm holding out hope that we can end the week on a high note. And maybe I can get in my first run of the week.

When my cold moved into my chest, I knew I needed to take a few days off. Which was especially disappointing because I was actually excited to get up and run the next morning when I went to bed Sunday night.

So there hasn't been running, but there has been yummy food. And I'm not (just) talking about the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I made over the weekend. I actually attempt to eat healthy most of the time, and this is one of my favorite combinations.

 A guy Scott works with has kept us stocked up with homemade salsa lately, so I'm always looking for things to put it on. What is it about salsa that makes eggs even more delicious??

Before I go, here's one of my favorite running quotes, which couldn't apply more to my Big Cottonwood Marathon experience last month...

...and of course some funny stuff. Because it's Friday!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

My new gig and a marathon

So about that other gig I started. I am now teaching elementary school PE part time. It is not at my girls' school, so adding that to my plate three days a week has been interesting. But we're adjusting, and things are starting to fall into a routine.

I do feel busier, but it is manageable. I'm even getting my workouts and runs in, although some days it definitely takes more planning than it used to.

Speaking of runs. I had a little 26.2 adventure this past Saturday, running the Big Cottonwood Marathon. I felt pretty good mentally, but a week before the race my plantar fasciitis on my left foot really flared up and I could hardly put pressure on my foot. After a few days of icing, stretching and resting, I decided to try an oral steroid to see if that would get it to the point where I felt comfortable attempting a marathon; by Friday it felt quite a bit better.

Little did I know that while it was helping my foot, it would completely destroy my stomach during the race. I felt really good the first eight miles and walked through the first few aid stations to drink water. At mile eight, I took some salt tablets to stay ahead of any dehydration issues.

Within a few minutes of taking them, my stomach started cramping and feeling nauseous. I still tried to drink at least a little water at the aid stations, but my stomach didn't want anything in it and got progressively worse. I didn't even attempt any GU or more salt tabs.

Within a few miles of where I would see my family for the first time, I tried a little Powerade but threw it right up. The other two times I tried Powerade later, I puked it right back up as well.

About mile 18, I saw my family and broke down. I told Scott I felt so sick and didn't know what to do. But I had already told myself that if Grace would run with me for a bit, I would keep going. She quickly agreed, and we headed off on the out and back, which is about four miles.

We walked whenever she needed a break, but she was a little trooper. There were times I knew she was struggling, but I could tell she was pushing herself to go further than her little body wanted to go. She would pick a spot and we would run until we got there before taking a walk break. I couldn't have made it through that stretch without her.

When we got back to where Scott and Ellie were, I told them I would get myself to the finish and would see them there. I tried running as much as I could, but there was a lot of walking. At one point a pacer talked me into running with their group, so I did for a bit. But my stomach and body were fighting every step.

By that point I was dehydrated, getting the chills and not sweating at all, so I just focused on moving as fast (or slow) as my body would let me. A mile or so before the finish, I saw Megan Dinsdale, which gave me the boost I needed to get to that finish line. If you ever have a friend like Megan, you are very lucky indeed. I literally pray in gratitude for her on the regular. She got me through that last mile and then darted off to the side as I headed into the finishing chute.

Apparently my brain was working about as well as my body at that point and I didn't get any pictures of me with my family or with Megan. Double lame.

I spent the rest of Saturday on the couch and my bed, and I was finally able to eat food without my stomach completely rebelling and cramping up on Tuesday.

It was a rough race, but I am glad I finished. I gave it all my body had and a little bit more. Now I am focused on being healthy physically and mentally and am looking forward to whatever I decide to do next in my little running life...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Return of Things I Love Thursday

It's been a while (yes a looooong while) since my last Things I Love post, so it is clearly time.
Summer brought several new things into my life that I am loving.

First are my new stability ball (pink of course) and jump rope from DynaPro Direct. I had an old gray stability ball that was ready for an upgrade. I love doing my core work on a ball and have a goal to eventually master this move on my awesome new pink ball:

Then there's the jump rope. I've tried to add jump rope intervals to my workouts in the past, but it has always been a short-lived effort because I never had a decent jump rope. I love the one from DynaPro because it is adjustable and the handles rotate well and are lightweight. The fact that it is also pink is just a bonus. 

I was totally bummed when I had to take four weeks off, basically the whole month of July, from doing anything high impact. But now that I'm back in commission, the jump rope is back in use. I usually do my jump rope intervals on my back patio, and I have to wonder what my neighbors think when they see me out there.

Something both my girls and I enjoyed this summer were headphones from CozyPhones.

My girls fight over a pair of purple soft fleece headphones they share. And I have a pair of mesh-lined headphones. In both pairs, there is a set of thin, adjustable speakers within the band. The speakers are also removable so you can wash the headband. Nice for kids because: kids = messy. Nice for me because: Candice exercising = sweaty.

One of my favorite things about both sets of our CozyPhones is the cords. I was probably too excited about them the first time I used my headphones, but the cord is a fabric, braided cable that won't kink or break. 

What were some new things that made you smile this summer?

Happy Friday Eve!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

And just like that...

And just like that, summer is over.

I can't for the life of me remember how we filled our summer days now that my girls have been in school for a week and I have begun working again.

One of my favorite things we did over the summer was hike. My girls were able to go a little farther each time we went, and even though we hiked the same trail each time, the surroundings were so incredibly beautiful and changed so much, even from one week to another, that it was like hiking a different trail each time.

At the start of the summer, Mazama sent me a Sidestream pack to try, and it ended up being perfect for our hikes.

It kept my hands free and was easy for my girls to grab a sip from, often without either of us stopping. It has an awesome retractable straw, so it easily extends and then slides back in without any effort or thought. This is good for me because my brain can't focus on too many things at once.

I also received a 70 ounce Windigo reservoir, which Grace decided would be fun to use to challenge herself to drink 70 ounces of water in a day. She succeeded several days in a row. She also went to the bathroom A LOT several days in a row.

I'm crossing my fingers that we make it up for at least one more hike. It's crazy how busy things already are. Scott and I were talking about how we already have something on the calendar every weekend for the next three weeks. Birthdays. Races. And more.

On top of that, I've added a new gig to my life. But shorter is sweeter when it comes to blogging, so more on that later...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happy National Running Day (better late than never)

I haven't posted in a while.

I only post every few days on Instagram. I even went a whole week between posts recently (gasp).

I didn't run yesterday. And it was even National Running Day (double gasp).

Why? Because when I look back on this time in my life, I won't wish I had blogged more or spent more time on social media or had run matter how much time I spend doing those things.

What I could look back and wish is that I had spent more time with my girls. Spent time focused on my girls. I already feel like time is going way too fast, so I'm trying to make the most of every moment so I won't look back with any regrets.

So if I'm a little less present on here during the coming summer months, it's because I'm being a lot more present where it matters most.

Hope your summer is going amazing. Ours has been a whirlwind of fun already!

And Happy National Running Day (a day late)!

Monday, May 2, 2016

I'm expecting my superpowers and new cape any day now!

I was reminded of two important things recently. The first is running related. The second is a life lesson.

Reminder #1 - Be careful what you eat before a long run. I've heard it is important to start fueling with a long run or race in mind several days ahead of time and that what you eat two nights before may actually affect your run more than what you eat the night before.

I have also heard that runners who struggle with stomach/GI issues should cut back on dairy in the days leading up to a race or long run.

I found these things to be very true on my long run last week. Two nights before, I ate a lot of ice cream. Like a ridiculous amount of ice cream. I regularly battle stomach issues after I run, especially after my long runs, but I have found things that minimize my tummy troubles, such as figuring out when and what to eat the morning of my run and that I need to get something in my stomach pretty soon after I finish. I followed my regular long run morning routine and felt ok when I began, but my stomach began to cramp off and on about eight miles into my 14. The only thing that stood out as being different from past long runs was the amount of dairy that was still working its way through my system.

I felt so sick afterward that I couldn't drink my usual chocolate milk for almost an hour after I finished. And I had to take a break and lie on my bed every few minutes after I showered, while trying to get ready. I even blew my hair dry sitting on the floor because I was feeling so lousy.

I will be much more careful about what I eat in the days leading up to my long runs from now on!

Reminder #2 - If you think something nice about a person, say it out loud.

Last Thursday, a woman I had just met and was doing some work with told me I was pretty. I didn't grow up being told I was pretty and it is not something I've heard a lot in my life (other than from my husband who is ridiculously a good way), so it caught me a little off guard but made me feel really good.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think girls and women should base their self worth on their outward appearance, and how pretty someone is doesn't affect their value as a person, especially since everyone's idea of what is beautiful is different. But I do think it is important to compliment others and recognize positive things about them.

I try to focus on all the wonderful things about my girls. I tell them they are pretty because I truly think they are both beautiful. But I also tell them they are smart, creative, thoughtful, kind, hard working, talented and so many other things.

If someone never hears something positive, sadly it makes it harder to believe it about ourselves. So the next time you think someone is smart or funny or pretty, tell them. You'll both be glad you did.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Important realizations.

I had three important realizations recently.

First: True friends are the ones you have two completely unrelated conversations with at the same time. Next time I'll have to try to add a third On Voxer.

Second: I clearly have a love of chocolate and peanut butter when Pinterest begins suggesting chocolate peanut pins and nothing else. 

Third: Injury prevention is my latest jam. I was super excited to try out the new SLS3 Plantar Fasciitis Compression Foot Sleeves because I wake up almost every morning with tight, sore plantar fascia on both feet. These have definitely helped. I also keep a hard rubber ball next to my bed for days when they are especially bad.

I have also been adding more epsom salt baths to my routine, don't skip stretching after my strength workouts, and take the hubs up on his almost nightly offers to massage my legs.

And here are some other realizations that are more relevant to the general population:

Waffles FTW.

I already knew I have no self-control. Especially where ice cream is concerned.

Or Instagram.

Truth. Snoopy always knows.

 And then there's that.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Race with me!!! It will be INCREDIBLE!

Today is the last day to register for The Incredible Virtual Run! Join me in the fun and save 10% off with the coupon code: SAVE10

And all participants receive this incredible medal (I'm so clever)!

Find out more and register HERE.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Getting down to business.

I'll just get right down to business. The winner of the Spartan Race entry giveaway is:

Greg Pochron

Email me at to claim your entry!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

You is broke. You is tired. You is a parent (recovering from spring break).

Last week was spring break, so that means this week is recover-from-spring-break week. Mostly, it just means this week will go as slowly as last week went quickly.

In other words, how is it only Tuesday? One good thing about it being Tuesday is that you still have time to enter to win a race entry to the Spartan Race of your choice in the United States! Head on over to THIS POST to enter!

And to help you get through the week, here are some funny things because Friday is just too far away...

Friday, April 1, 2016

Life in pictures. Friday funnies. And a GIVEAWAY.

It's funny how our phones become a photo journal of our lives. As I looked for the funny pictures I had saved for today's post, I found several others that documented the past week...

We took the girls to Zootopia on Friday night. No one warned us that it would scare them so much they would both want to sleep in Scott's and my room that night. And need to have the hall light on every night since.  

We did all things Easter. The Easter bunny came. We hunted for eggs. We colored eggs. We ate eggs of every kind: boiled, Robin, Reeses, jelly, Snickers and more.

Including these. Which are interesting. They are two of my favorite candies in one. They are good (except the yellow ones, which are so sour I can barely eat them), but nothing compares to the original Brach's jelly beans and good old fashioned Smarties. 

There was a brand new baby horse when Ellie went to riding lessons on Monday. She was born on Easter. So they are calling her Bunny.

Another running wardrobe fail. I changed into my running clothes at the school to run after work one day last week, and my bra strap completely snapped. So I found a safety pin and crossed my fingers that it would hold for seven miles. It did. So you can stop holding your breath.

The only way to eat a Peep.

Now for some funny stuff to kick off the weekend...

Hilarious. Because of its truth.

Also funny. Because it's sadly true.

If I didn't drive, my stress, annoyance and frustration levels would be highly minimized. True story.


Last but not least, to celebrate the upcoming release of Joe DeSena's new book Spartan Fit!, I'm giving away a free race entry good for any Spartan Race in the United States. 

Here's how to enter to win the race entry giveaway (you can enter as many ways as you want):
  1. Comment on this post telling me which race you want to do.
  2. Follow Spartan Race on Facebook. Let me know (in a comment) you did.
  3. Follow Spartan Race on Twitter. Let me know (in a comment) you did.
  4. Comment on any of my Instagram posts about the giveaway in the next week and let me know you want to win.
  5. Repost about the giveaway on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to tag me (@ihaverun) and link to the post. This will get you an additional three entries for each place you post!!
You can also use the code SPARTANBLOGGER now to get 10 percent off any race!

Be sure to check out the four different Spartan Endurance races: Hurricane Heat, Hurricane Heat 12 Hour, Ultra Beast and the new Agoge!

Winner will be announced Wednesday, April 13th.  

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