Friday Five

I am so glad it’s Friday, we are gearing up for our family vacation, and I am so ready for the sun! 

It just so happens that our Arizona vacation falls perfectly inline with he Phoenix marathon, while I am only doing the half, I am excited to mark off my first international race, and what better place to do it! I LOVE Phoenix, and have been lucky enough to travel there once a year for the past 7 years! 

Typically I am a procrastinator, and guess what, I still hace some packing to do before we leave tomorrow. However, I have made sure to pack my essential race, and running items!

1. Hydration and pre-race snack  

  I can always count on nuun energy to hydrate me, especially race morning, it gives me the caffeine boost I need, without the same bodily effects coffee and running have on me (TMI sorry). Recently during a training run I tried honey stinger waffles, and not only did it taste amazing, but it was a great fuel source for me, I plan to eat it while waiting for the race to start. 

2. Race day Gu’s

  I opted for salted watermelon and espresso. I don’t plan on using all of them for the half, but no harm in packing all of them just in case! 

3. Race Hygiene ( wasn’t sure what else to call it)  

  I try not to wash my hair more then once a week, and usually only have to dry shampoo once a week as well! But it is a must use post race, it really helps just to freshen up. I love the sent of Pantene as well it works great for dark hair, I find it doesn’t leave white residue like other brands. My go to deodorant is from a Toronto brand called Love Fresh, it’s amazing! 

4. Race Gear 

Not shown, clearly my outfit/shoes. Love my Garmin, even though it’s the most basic watch, it does the job! It tracks my pace, and I haven’t got my km to mile conversion down so this will help! I got these yourbuds before the Nike Toronto race, I was in desperate need of new ones, and we grabbed these at the expo, I was uncertain how I felt about them at first, but they were a great investment! And of course my flipbelt! My hubby got me this for Christmas, and I have only used it a couple times, but am looking forward to carrying all my essentials in it race day, as well as my phone. Normally I shove that down my sports bra but it’s called for record heat race day, and I’d rathe it not be a sweaty mess! 

5. Post race care 

  I know my knees and hips will be hurting post-race, and “VoltarenĀ® Gel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the relief of joint pain of osteoarthritis in the knees, ankles, feet, elbows, wrists, and hands.” While studies haven’t been done for hips, it works for me. ( as I am not a medical professional, please speak to your doctor or healthcare provider before using this product.  These are my personal options and the product may not be right for you) I will probably use it just before heading home post race, and again before we fly out on Sunday! 

I wish I had room to bring my foam roller with us, but I don’t! This foot ball is amazing, and I use it daily already, it can be used for legs and back too, it just is a little trickier! 

And those my friends are my 5 picks for travel race day! I am counting down the days to phxmarathon, I am hopeful to PR but I really just want to run it happy! 

When you need a little motivation

Fitness goals and running goals can be hard! There are some days when I know you just. Don’t.want. To. But friends keep with it! Soon you will be into the swing of things and look forward to those moments of endorphin pumping, sweaty sessions! 

In case you need a bit more motivation, pick out a new workout outfit, like this shirt; it was a custom make from the super talented Fancyitpretty . I find when you have new workout gear, you want to break it in, and use it for its intended purpose! Nothing like having a drawer full of gear crying to be used! Put it on, and get sweaty! 

  
Or find a new tasty drink to have pre/post / during workout might I suggest this pretty in pink strawberry lemonade 

  
I had been eyeing a fitness tracker for a while, and hummed and hawed about getting one, I thought to myself, I’m active, I don’t need to track my steps! But my dear hubby surprised me with a Garmin Vivofit 2, and I’ve been wearing it everyday since! It really does keep me motivated to keep moving. And the nerd in me loves knowing how many steps equal how many Kms! It also shows calories burned, and gave me a kick in the pants to eat more food! If you are on the fence about getting a tracker I say jump over and get it!  

 

The biggest thing I can say for motivation is set that race goal! If you have a purpose in mind, like let’s say running your first 5km race, or your first half marathon, it will keep you motivated to get to that day! Training days can be hard, and excuses can come so easily, but showing up on race day unprepared can turn out much worse than if you just put the time in before! When you cross that finish line, there are few words to explain the emotions you feel! And trust me, you will feel ALL the emotions!! Nothing is better than crossing the finishing line knowing that you put in so much hard work, time and energy! 

Know that you can do it! And when you do do it, you will wonder why you were afraid to try in the first place! 

Happy Monday!Ā 

Yes Monday may almost be over, but there is still some time to share some love today! 

Last week I decided I need to get refocused and dedicated to my training. Our youngest had be battling an infection, so with Doctor trips, limited sleep and a crabby girl I didn’t get a run in until Wednesday. 

Turned out to be a beautiful “spring” like day and I put on my shorts and jacket and had a great stiller pushing, Doberman paced run! It felt so good, really it was a run that my soul needed! 

  
I may have picked our 4 year old up from school in my gear, and she was less than impressed! 

Thursday I did a HITT workout during nap time.  

Friday I was feeling good, after lunch and putting the little down for a nap I got ready to tackle a treadmill run. It had dawned on me that Phoenix is 3 ish weeks away and I was not running the distance o needed to be! So I found a documentary I had been wanting to watch (I’m a docu sucker, lame I know) and got my nuun ready, as well as my Gu’s.

My plan was to run at a comfortable pace and just get in the zone. I ended up feeling so good and focused, that by 1 hour mark, I decided to work on speed for my last half hour! 

I ended up clocking 15kms! My personal best for a treadmill run, my pace was slower than I want to race, but I was amped that I got it done. 

  
Saturday I did a 3km run to get my legs loose. And finished the week with a 5km run! 

I am so happy with my mental progress this week, I’m just going to build on it and get ready for my half marathon on he 27!! 

Now for the fun part!! As you may know, I am an ambassador for nuun hydration! I started using these tabs while training for my very first race, and have been swearing by them ever since! So it’s not only a privledge to be part of their team, it’s a product I stand behind! 

They have just release a discount code for us to share! Hopefully you will give them a try, and love the drinks as much as I do! 

Head on over too nuun.com and after shopping enter promo code: sharethenuun  

  
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January recap

I’m not even certain I want to post about January! Haha the month started out with so much hope and determination! But than real life hit. I had initially planned to follow a 16 week intermediate marathon training plan, and had kept pace the first week and a bit, but then all our activities started up again, winter finally hit and I found it hard to get my long runs in, and even harder to get them on the treadmill! 

While I know this sounds like a lot of excuses ( because it is) but it really gave me a mental kick to be better, do better, push harder to reach the goals I have set out to do! 

My body has always had a hard time when I hit more than four running days a week, and I really want to push past that, but at the same time I don’t want to make it feel as though I have to do it, that’s where I loose motivation. My plan is to hit minimum 3 days of running, one being speed training and one being a long run, and then listen to how my body is feeling for run 3, and potential a run 4 too. In between I am going to start lifting and swimming two days a week. I will have a total of 5 training days and two off days. I am hopeful that this is exactly what I need to keep me motived and focused on that marathon goal! 

My April marathon is not going to be about speed at all, but more about just finishing and getting an idea of racing this distance, come the fall I will focus on speed. 

Phoenix marathon is just 22 days away, and I am so excited! I won’t really be running for speed, obviously I would be thrilled to PR it, but I am really excited to have fun running it and enjoy the pure beauty of Arizona! There is just something about the blue sky and ranges there that fill my heart! I am also stepping way out of my comfort zone and planning to go to the #werunsocial meet up! I am terribly awkward in new situations, but think it will be so awesome to meet up with some amazing runners I follow on IG! Running may be a solo sport, but there is such a supportive community that comes with it, whichever is really amazing! 

I am looking forward to what February brings, with a renewed focus and relalistic goals I’m ready to bring it!!