5 Things Friday II

Happy Friday! Today is a very happy Friday indeed. We have lots of stuff going on this weekend, but it’s going to be a lot of fun. Let’s dive right in to 5 things Friday:

1.) My parents are coming in town tomorrow because…Saturday is Emma Kate’s first birthday party! Oh. my. gosh. This year yall, it’s just flown by. How do I have an almost one year old? I can’t even. but whether I like it or not, it’s coming, as are a lot of people to our house tomorrow! My guest bedroom has been the “staging area” for the past few weeks and I am hoping to get everything set up today while EK is at daycare. I will be glad to have this room back to normal and not looking like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse threw up in it.

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2.) KT tape is hosting a photo challenge through September 21st at 11:59 PM PST. All you have to do is use a sharpie to write a motivational saying or doodle on your tape, post it on Instagram and hashtag #KTtape and #MYkttape to win some tape of your own! I sported my “finish strong” tape on my run on Wednesday.

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3.) Now that EK is almost walking, we have a lot more fun at the park than we used to. We met a friend and her daughter there yesterday and the girls had so much fun! I see a lot more park visits in our future. I also got to run 5 miles with another friend and I pushed EK in her stroller. Man my calves were burning! Oh, we also took the babies to Orange Leaf. Emma Kate was not prepared for how cold the froyo was going to be.

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4.) I am playing in my churches’ kickball league, and my life group (Sunday school class) has it’s own team. We are having a BLAST! We played a group of high schoolers on Monday night who called us OLD TIMERS! Oh, we ended up beating them. Ah, sweet victory! I have been bringing Builder’s bars to the games as a team snack and everyone loves them.

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5.) We still have some hot days ahead of us (in the mid 90’s tomorrow for the party OF COURSE) but it is slowly starting to cool off in a general sense. I busted out my pumpkin Yankee Candle and bought a couple pumpkins for the front door. That plus football has me so excited for fall. Now, if Kroger would just get it’s act together and put out some pumpkin spice coffee creamer I would be a happy girl. Speaking of pumpkin spice, I just got some Advocare meal replacement shakes, they are SO GOOD! You can order some of your own HERE. Tastes like fall!

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QOTD: Do you like pumpkin spice coffee creamer? Do you use KT tape? any exciting weekend plans?

Gear for Race Day

I have had several people ask me what they should bring to or run with at a shorter distance local race. I have done packing lists for destination races but don’t think I have done anything about local or shorter distance races, so I wanted to share some gear for race day that I use.

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I feel like as the years go by I carry less and less with me when I race. Also keep in mind that things change depending on weather, so for the purpose of this let’s assume it’s not freezing cold and it’s not raining. I am breaking this into three parts: things I do the night before, things I bring to the race, and then things I actually carry with me when I run a local 5k or 10k.

The night before:

I like my sleep, so laying everything out the night before helps make race morning go way more smoothly. I put out the proper clothing/socks/shoes that I plan to wear based on the weather forecast, and make sure my GPS watch is fully charged.

Also, be sure you do your research on the race course. For instance, if they have adequate water stops, you shouldn’t have to carry your own for a 5k or 10k.

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Bring to the race:

I have a mesh drawstring bag that I bring in the car with me to the race. It’s easy for me to just throw everything in there and not have it thrown all over my car. (I also keep safety pins in the zippered pouch just in case). As you can see in the photo below, these are items that pretty much stay in my bag at all times.

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  • KT tape
  • GPS watch
  • – hand towel
  • – sunscreen
  • – some form of fuel (clif shot, GU, etc)
  • – Yurbuds
  • BIC band and/or visor (love ASICS visors!)
  • – friction defense like Gold Bond
  • Shower Pill body wipe
  • -Photo ID for packet pickup

Carry while racing:

Things that I ACTUALLY take with me on my run, well that is a much shorter list.

  • – GU/Clif shot if it’s a 10k or longer
  • – headphones/Yurbuds
  • -GPS watch
  • – phone
  • -tissue if it’s windy or chilly
  • -sunglasses/headband/visor

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If I am at a big race that has a post race party after that I want to hang out at, I will sometimes bring a change of clothes and shoes or a jacket depending on the weather and if there is a bag check or easy access to my car. Also I may bring a water bottle or bottle of Gatorade with me in my car in case I am extra thirsty on my way home, or I want something to sip on when I am driving to the race.

Be sure not to overthink things and end up looking like a pack mule. Learn from your past experiences and don’t bring unnecessary things with you. If you didn’t train with it, then you don’t need it on race day! Above all else have fun and enjoy your race.

Don’t forget tomorrow is National Running day! Look for discounts from the Rock ‘n Roll Series, and don’t forget about the ASICS giveaway!

*I would love your vote for the Runner’s World cover search.

QOTD: What gear for race day must you have?

2014 Christmas Gift Guide for Runners

It’s almost Christmas! I can’t believe how fast this holiday season is flying by. If you are like me, you haven’t finished all of your shopping left. Maybe you have a runner to buy for and aren’t sure what to give them. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite products in hopes that it helps you in your gift search!

2014 Christmas Gift Guide for Runners:

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1.) KT Tape

I have been using KT Tape for a few years, and it has really helped me to be able to run while dealing with minor aches and pains. I struggle with knee problems a good bit, and when I wear KT Tape, I can pretty much run pain free* so I am super thankful for this product! It’s a great stocking stuffer.

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2.) Workout apparel from Fabletics

This is my second time getting apparel from Fabletics, and I am REALLY happy with this outfit! Here I am wearing the Heather Grey Long sleeve and the Salar capri. The capri’s are thick and sturdy with a really fun print at the bottom, I love the fabric. I am really impressed with the top, too. I usually struggle with long sleeve tops being to short in arm length, but this one fit perfect and is a soft snuggly material with a really flattering neckline. I ran in this outfit yesterday and everything stayed in place with no rubbing, chafing, riding up or falling down. I would also feel comfortable wearing this out to the store as well.

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I am aware this is a very dorky pose, but I wanted to show the arm sleeve length!

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3.) Clothes from Janji

Janji is a great company that does a lot of good for the world! When you purchase clothing from their site, money goes to different people in other parts of the world who are not as fortunate as us to have clean drinking water. For example, the blue long sleeve shirt in the second picture, if you purchase it, a person in Peru will get four months of clean drinking water. How awesome it that? Both shirts are made of a very soft thin material that is very comfortable. I have been sleeping in the long sleeve top on cold nights! Janji makes clothing for men and women, and they are great for workouts and include a wicking fabric. The blue top is 65% polyester, 35% cotton. be sure to go to their site to read about their story.

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4.) BIC bands

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a lot of hair. I cannot stand for the wind to blow my hair in my face/eyes, especially when I am running. These headbands have become a near daily essential for me, and there are some adorable colors and prints! BIC bands also gives to a different charity every month from the sale of their bands.

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5.) Gone for a RUN medal hanger display

Every runner should be proud of their race achievements, and have somewhere to display all of their shiny, well deserved bling. I have several different medal hangers, but I must say I love the color options and prints available at Gone for a RUN. There are a ton of options to customize and personalize your hanger display, go check it out!

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6.) Garmin 15

I was sent this GPS watch to test out back in July, and I prefer it to my Garmin 10 for a few reasons. I really like the step counter option, and the battery life is much longer. It’s small enough to wear every day but simple enough that you don’t have to be a tech geek to figure out.

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7.) Runner’s World Subscription

I have had a subscription to Runner’s World magazine for years, and it all started with a gift subscription for Christmas! This makes a great stocking stuffer, just make sure the runner you are buying for doesn’t already subscribe. :0)

8.) Running Skirts.com compression socks

If you know me at all you know I am a huge fan of Running Skirts and even used to work for them. One of my favorite items of theirs is the selection of compression socks. I wear them during and after races, and I can really feel a difference in my legs when I do so. I don’t get nearly as sore, and if I am sore, it goes away much more quickly in these comfy and cute socks. (Use code SKIRTSASS at checkout for 15% off your order!)

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9.) iTunes Giftcard

Most runners love to listen to music when we run, and the same songs can get really boring over and over again on long training runs. An iTunes giftcard would be a great stocking stuffer!

10.) Race entry

This is THE ultimate gift. Most runners love to race, so gifting an entry fee to a race is a great gift! Between all the clothing and gear, expensive race entry fees can add up, making runners have to plan out their race calendar very carefully. My two favorite race series? runDisney and Rock ‘n’ Roll. I will be running the runDisney Princess half in February, but first I will be making my comeback with the Run Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans half marathon in January. I cannot wait to get back out there! If you want to buy for a runner and they aren’t ready to run a half, that’s ok, you can gift them entry into a 5k or 10k! (If you use code LOOKINGGLASS at checkout you will get $10 off the entry into the half or full marathon, and LOOKINGGLASS10K gets you $5 off entry into the 10k for Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans.)

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QOTD: Which of these gift ideas would YOU most like to receive? Anything else on your list I didn’t mention?

#KTTape Twitter Chat

 

Good morning everyone! Tonight I get to do something really cool. I am helping KT Tape host their first Twitter chat! This is one you won’t want to miss. Not only is it going to involve chatting with your friends about the awesomeness that is KT Tape, but there will be experts on hand to answer your questions. Since I have become a KT Tape sponsored athlete, I have gotten a ton of questions about the product, it’s uses, application, etc. so this chat is the answer to those!

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Oh, I almost forgot the best part…PRIZES! Here’s the scoop. TEN yes ten of the participants will win a roll of KT Tape Pro, their choice of color. There will also be ONE grand prize winner who will receive this:

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Six rolls, a KT Tape branded polo shirt, and a bottle of adhesive spray.

So your chances of winning something are pretty good with that many prizes. Here are the details:

-When?: TONIGHT! Wednesday, March 13th at 8:00 EST/7:00 CST.

-Hashtag: #KTTape (use in ALL your tweets so we can make sure you have an opportunity to win prizes!)

-Be sure to follow:

@HeathersLG I will be hosting

@KTTape Official KT Tape Twitter handle will be on hand to help answer questions

@ergasiaPT Dr. Joseph McCaleb, who will be answering your questions!

– 11 total WINNERS! 10 winners get a roll of their choice, one lucky winner wins the grand prize, 6 rolls plus other goodies.

 

Be sure to share this post with your friends so they know to come too, and anyone else that you know is interested in KT Tape. We will have some time were I ask you quesitons, then the experts will answer the questions you have. Winners will be notified via Twitter Direct message Thursday morning, so be sure you are following me so I can DM you! Also you may want to follow KT Tape on Facebook as well!

 

QOTD: DO you use KT Tape? If not, are you interested in learning about it? Will you be at the Twitter chat?

Run for Relief 5k Race Recap

I haven’t run a 5k in a year, and I haven’t PR’ed in a 5k in almost two years. I have been focusing on distance and not speed for many many months, so I was curious as to how I would do. Bobby has been doing a lot of speed workouts since he wasn’t training for the Princess half like I was so I KNEW he would PR, but me….not so sure. We drove down to the race Saturday morning on a beautiful sunny day. The weather was nice but it was rapidly getting warm for the 9:00 start time. We picked up our bibs and race shirts and did about .6 miles of a warm up run before the start. There was a time years ago that I would NEVER dream of warming up for a 5k. I mean, why drain your energy before the race starts, duh! Oh, how much I have learned!

 

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We lined up at the start (Bobby was up ahead of me with the fast folks!) and then we were off and running. I wanted to stat slow and run negative splits, and I am still struggling with not getting caught up in the excitement and starting off too fast. I calmed down after about 4 tenths, but those first tenths were too fast. I was glad we warmed up a bit before the start, I think that helped me as well. I kept my garmin on pace instead of distance or time, and tried to stay around 9. The first mile evened out with y fast start and slower second half, and I was on to mile two. I picked up the pace, finally warmed up, and was running in the 8’s. I saw Bobby going back the other way and gave him a high five. I was surprised at how good I felt, and was happy to make it to the turn around.

 

Mile 1.5-2.5 felt pretty good. I passed the water stop without stopping, and kept cruising along, glancing at my pace which was going anywhere between an 8:20 and an 8:50. I hit 2.5 and started to get very warm. I was ready for this to be over, so I switched my Garmin over to distance so I could count down the tenths. I think this was my mistake because although I told myself pace didn’t matter because I was giving it all I had, I don’t think that was the case. I think I accidentally slowed down in that last half mile, but what can you do. I made it to the final turn/three mile marker and saw the finish line. I kicked it in and went pretty fast, further solidifying the fact that I wasn’t going fast enough that last half mile. I crossed in 27:52, a new PR! I was happy to PR, but mad at myself for slowing down at the end.

 

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I grabbed some Powerade and met up with Bobby, who also PRed, running a 23:19! He has worked really hard to improve his speed, I was super proud of him.

 

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Thanks to my KT Tape I didn’t have any calf issues. Hooray! Yes, yes I like to match my tape to my outfits. Sassy, I know!

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After everyone finished, we headed over to the awards ceremony. Apparently I got 5th in my age group out of 18, not too shabby. This was a military race so there were a LOT of very fit and in shape guys and gals running this one.

 

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I enjoyed this race, it went through a quiet neighborhood so lots of houses to look at to keep my mind occupied. They had volunteers giving directions at all the turns, and had a water stop at the halfway point. The awards were nice, and they had donuts, bananas, and water/PowerAde after the race. It started on time and I would definitely run it again! I even really like the race shirt, very neutral and nice.

 

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I can’t believe I have PR’ed in three different distances in 3 months. Now I think I need to find a 10k so I can make it 4 in four months!

 

QOTD: runners, did you race this weekend? If you didn’t or aren’t a runner, how was the weather where you live this weekend?

How KT Tape Gave Me Pain Free Running

I had worn KT TAPE a couple times years ago, but it wasn’t until a few months ago when my chiropractor explained the benefits of it to me and how it worked that everything really clicked. He explained to me that KT Tape can be used to treat and prevent injuries, especially common running ones like knee pain, shin splits, and the like. The tape relieves pressure and also helps with circulation so that you can recover faster from an injury.

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Think of it like a brace, except without all the bulk! It can provide joint support and the best part is it’s water proof and can be work for several days. It can also reduce inflammation and help prevent muscle cramping.  Remember the calf issues I was having with cramping? Yeah. Wearing the KT TAPE, I have only had slight tightness, but no cramping, wahoo! I am so thankful it has been a great tool for aiding in my being able to continue with a sport I love. I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to run without calf cramping ever again.

Why do I use KT TAPE? Not only for injuries I already have, but also for prevention. It really works and I am so glad I discovered it! Funny story…the first time I ever saw KT Tape was when my idol, Kerri Walsh, was wearing some in a volleyball tournament. I thought she was a little crazy, so I did some research, and come to find out it’s pretty awesome. My girl knows what she’s talking about (and now I kind of pretend like we are BFF’s since we both use and promote KT Tape…totally legit, right?)

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A while back I went to an orthopedist to see about the medial side of my knee, and why it was hurting so badly. Apparently overuse and bursitis are most likely the culprit, and KT Tape has been so helpful there as well. I was able to run the Disney Marathon and Goofy’s Challenge without any knee pain during the race. I am so thankful!

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You may have seen KT Tape being advertised at a race or expo, and may have even gotten a product sample and tossed it to the side. I encourage you to try it out and see what it can do to help with whatever sport you participate in. You won’t regret it.

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QOTD: Do you use KT Tape? How has it helped you to train?