I am #richmondbound with about a couple hundred of my run buddies from around the US. I’m so excited.. This was my goal race last year but after the fiasco at Divas DC that didn’t happen. I was so happy that I was able to defer my registration and am able to RUN it this year. It’s bittersweet though because my homie Cheryl is no longer with us and won’t see me cross the finish line… Well not physically in the flesh but she is there with me in spirit.
I will be honest my training for this hasn’t been 100%.. maybe about 70% and then add in the factor of me being 3 weeks post surgery… my goal is to just finish upright. My doctors gave me the OK to go ahead and run/walk and that is my plan. I’ve changed my intervals to incorporate more walk time and my training partner promised to keep me honest.. She says I like to take off like a bat out of hell when I’m feeling good lol..
This race will TRULY be emotional for me though.. I don’t even know how to explain it.. the last couple of weeks leading up to it I have been nothing but a ball of emotions.. whew.. and as I sit here and write this post my allergies are acting up and my eyes are starting to leak.
Running can be such an emotional journey for some and for others it’s like another day at the mill..
My bags are packed and I’m ready to go.. *read that as ret to go* LOL
My girls and I carb loaded last night with a great pasta dinner and fellowship!!! Tonight we will have another great meal just not as heavy and Saturday we shall charge the streets of Richmond along with thousands of others taking on the various distances.. 8K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. I have runboos running all of the distances and I am so excited to see a few of them cross the line as FIRST TIME marathoners!!!!
One of my trainees asked Coach when are YOU going to run a marathon.. my response.. LET ME STAY HEALTHY, NO INJURIES AND I MAY CONSIDER IT.. This is sooooooo different of a response from a few years ago when I stated I was only HALF-CRAZY but over time, things change…..I don’t know when.. but I’m just NOT ruling it out.
Race Recap when I return…. but in the meantime.. I’M RICHMOND BOUND and this will be mine….
I received the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to be reviewed. This arrived in the mail and I was VERY curious as my training partner and friend talked so much about them.
I’ve seen these before at my local MOMs but I NEVER thought to try them.. Well these nutty little seeds are packed with protein and Omega 3s, and taste delicious sprinkled on just about everything, from salads to smoothies to oatmeal. I’m not an oatmeal fan but my first time out I tried it on my yogurt.
I WAS IMPRESSED!!!!! They didn’t have an overpowering flavor and provided a little “chew”. I continued to sprinkle on my yogurt and on top of fruit. My friend Toni suggested I also try on my salad and in my smoothie. My first time at trying in a smoothie.. EPIC FAIL lol I believe it was the flavors.. JUST DIDN’T WORK.. Then FINALLY.. I got it right.. don’t mix it in.. sprinkle on top of my favorite smoothie.. and voila a winning combo was born!!!
I actually finished the package that I was sent and went to MOMs and purchased another. I completely forgot about being able to order online!!! This is a kid friendly topper.. Princess J likes it and I was shocked that Bruce Leroy even enjoyed.. He just pours some in his hand and throws them back for a little power snack.
I was shocked to find out so many people in my circles have tried and enjoyed the Hemp Hearts because nobody said anything. I posted the images on my instagram and FB and got tons of love them use them all the time.. I’m like AND WHY HAVEN’T YOU SHARED YOUR EXPERIENCES????? I would have probably found my love of these a long time ago LOL
I am happy to say this is now a part of my daily and I will be placing an order online so it will be here before the bag I purchased disappears as well! If you would like to try this out you can visit Manitoba Harvest and use my special 20% discount code HHSweatPink14 which expires November 30, 2014.
Have you tried the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts? What are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: I received the package of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest to review. All opinions, photos are MY OWN.
Army Ten Miler has always been one of my favorite races since moving to the area. It’s my favorite distance (10 mile) and it’s absolutely great environment!!!
I had an amazing time with my training partner. Originally we set a goal to run 2 hours or less.. in the week leading up to the race, some really crazy things happened and we agreed we would take it easy and just finish. Long Run NOT race it.. We could have probably made our 2 hour time goal if I didn’t take a potty break at mile 2.. LOL Moving on..
It was a big race for me but I treated it as my long run. I was scheduled to run 10 miles as my long run anyway as I prepare for the Richmond Half. So to do this with 35K run buds was awesome. I ran without my watch and I didn’t turn on any apps from my phone. I ran solely off of my body and how I felt. A few times she said to me SLOW DOWN this is supposed to be easy LOL but my body was feeling good! BUT I listened.. this was an easy long run so I did that and slowed down the pace. We reviewed some splits and yup.. after that potty break at mile 2 the next 3 miles I really did push the pace.. OOOPS She wore her watch and I didn’t so I had no idea we were clearing sub 11 min miles my bad.. We went back to running 12-13 min miles and we finished, upright without injury.
Mentally I got over a huge hump. After being injured and not really being able to run I couldn’t believe that I did the 10 miles without injury. Soreness yes.. but no injuries. *DOES A PRAISE DANCE* Emotionally I was torn a few different ways in this race. It was the first race my homie Cheryl & I ran together as a team back in 2010.. Her birthday is also on Wednesday of this week and had she been with us.. she probably would have run it. I’m going thru a major personal turmoil and this run helped to settle a few things in my spirit. that’s a lot of alone time for 10 miles and well a lot of clarity can come from it.
I got to see a lot of folks who I respect in the running community and a few of my friends complete their longest race to date. Just an overall awesome time and experience and despite it being crowded VERY WELL ORGANIZED.
If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter I posted a few pics there.. Today I will rest, ice & stretch some more. Tuesday I will do a shake out run or rest depending upon what my body says.. Training continues.. I’m RICHMOND BOUND.
It’s Fall.. the weather is changing.. the mornings are brisk and perfect for a run but WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
I normally don’t run with music. If I do it’s usually during a solo run and without headphones. I just let the speaker from my phone play the music.. it’s not loud because I still need to be able to hear my surroundings..
There has been a lot of new music released.. I’m an oldie but goodie type of gal and hate to switch up my playlists.. but I’m starting to get bored.. So please share your favorite songs that provide you inspiration on that run or sweat session in the gym!
So as a Sweat Pink Ambassador I was given the opportunity to try out a new app called The Fitness Games
It’s taken me a while to write this review because I did not like this app. Initially it took a while for my account to be upgraded to use the challenge features. Then it wouldn’t run in the background so it always had to be open which for me if I’m working out sucks. Especially if I’m trying to use 2 apps simultaneously. I.E running apps
I wasn’t successful with challenges with other participants. I don’t know maybe I didn’t set up the challenge correctly or they just didn’t want to accept. Not sure but my level of frustration probably won and I have up on trying.
In a workout app I want something pretty simple and to the point but will get the job done. It would be nice if it interfaced with other health & fitness apps like MFP or Runkeeper etc so if you tracked in one it will sync and you get credit for it there.
I can’t see myself using this app as my stand alone go to for fitness.
Today is Active Nation Day so I want you ALL to join me in MOVING SOMETHING
I don’t care if you walk, run, hop in place move something for just 20 mins!!!
For the last few weeks I’ve been testing the Lorna Jane Active App and I love the inspiration it provided daily. Move, Nourish, Believe yes.. it provided inspiration to not make an excuse and do my workouts, a few tasty recipes and inspiration/motivational quotes. If you follow me on IG you have seen the inspirational quotes because I’ve posted a few
Sunday is my normal day to do my long run & teach my Strength class. Today I didn’t want to move out of my bed.. then it hit me.. I scrolled thru my Lorna Jane app and as always the motivation was provided.
I did a quick 20 min workout right in my bedroom to get my blood flowing and creative juices going. I earned the Active Living Badge and now I’m ready to start my day!
Things I like about the app..
positive images & motivational messages displayed
a variety of workouts listed
Things I don’t like about the app…
It doesn’t run in the background
Here are a few images from the app to help you get familiar
Check out this video from Lorna Jane and join in on the movement. If this doesn’t get you out of bed and not hitting snooze I don’t know what will!