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Sunday, July 15, 2018

IG Giveaway Ends 7/21/2018

I am pleased to partner with Betterworkouts for an instagram giveaway. Enter to win a set of (5) exercise loop flexbands + carry bag & instructions. You can enter on instagram here or click pic.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tuesday July 3, 2018

On Monday, the schedule called for 30-40 minutes of easy running and some balance and foot exercises.

I had time for a short hike which gave me an opportunity to try out my new knee brace. It is a Sleeve Star. Usually when you buy a knee brace you have to pick a size, but this one only came in one size. I was skeptical about that. I thought that it would be very large, but it didn't seem big and was easy to tighten up. It will be great for my jump roping and short hikes.

Sleeve Star Knee Brace
The brace is plenty supportive, and it is comfortable; but, like most braces, it is bulky. If I press, I can feel hard strips that provide support. Those strips are covered with a soft, cushiony material. They aren't uncomfortable, but I imagine the brace would get hot if I wore it a long time. I wear a knee brace, mainly, when I jump rope and sometimes when I hike.  It is perfect for my needs, but I don't know how it would do for running. #sponsored #ad

Today, intervals were on the schedule. Coach Matt scheduled (3) 8-minute intervals at 7:23 with minute recoveries. I was also supposed to do 10-15 minutes of easy running before and after. I decided to do them on the track. Who in the word runs mile intervals on the track, but it is impossible to get away from hills, so I figured that it was my best chance at hitting my paces. I didn't warm up long enough, but I was too nervous. I had to get started.  The first interval was terrible. I felt like I was giving it my all, but I could barely make the pace. Actually, I only ran a mile and I was a second slow. The utter failure probably helped me, because it took the pressure off. I figured that this was going to be terrible. I was going to get slower and slower and it just had to be endured. I went out like gangbusters on the second one and was way too fast-6:59. I was really royally screwing up, but at least I was going too fast rather than too slow.  They last one was 7:11--Still too fast, and I cut my cool down short. I really wanted to perform well for my Coach, but today wasn't too impressive. I know I can work out the kinks though and get this LT thing down.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Today was my first day of exercises from runbetteracademy. There were (7) exercises related to general fitness. I did each for 45 seconds.

Overall Thoughts:  I was pretty familiar with all the exercises, and I do them sometimes, but I have no consistency in the way I approach them. I'm sure that having Matt to hold me accountable will motivate me to be consistent with whatever he gives me.

  • I'm no fan of jumping jacks and the jumping jacks hurt my knee. I've got a new knee brace.  Maybe I'll give it a try.
  • I learned a new exercise: bridge walkouts. I'll probably post a video of it tomorrow. I liked that one a lot.
  • Mountain climbers suck, but we all know that.
  • I love my slide disks, so I used them for the side lunges
I added a few exercises:
  • My usual five hip exercises,
  • (3) sets of 20 leg raises (10 fast/10 hold for three seconds), &
  • (1) 1-minute plank.
I was a little sore from yesterday's run, so I'm glad that today was a rest day. I'm scared of Tuesday. It is my first serious run. I haven't run fast in a looong time.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018

It is time to stop feeling sorry for myself and start training again.  I am doing something different this time. I have an online coach through Run Better Academy. It is going to be really strange giving someone else control, but I am excited about working with Coach Matt DeBole.

Here is a snapshot from their webpage:

To begin with, I filled out a pretty detailed questionnaire that also had an open ended portion that allowed me to express any concerns. In just a couple of days, Matt contacted me and added me to a training portal. I can see my daily workouts, input what I actually did and communicate with Matt.  It will be great having someone hold me accountable when it comes to doing specific exercises. Matt is a physical therapist and an accomplished runner, so I am going to hand over the reigns.

Today was my first workout. It called for 80 minutes of running. I usually do a trail run on Saturdays and that would have worked out for the 80 minutes, but I just didn't have time to drive to the trail. I have a nine mile route where I run to a water fountain & back. I don't carry any water.  My first question for Matt is can I keep doing that route or should I concentrate on not stopping at all? I did a tabata at the end, so I guess that I will have to get approval for the that.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mountains 2 the Beach Marathon May 2018

Well, the marathon is said and done. I finished, but it really was agony. I had a great race until about mile ten.

The pain came on me pretty suddenly and just didn’t let up. I started walking around mile 12. I borrowed a phone and called my husband at an aid station to tell him that I was walking and that they could go back to the hotel. The desire to DNF was strong, but I just couldn’t DNF as long as I was capable of propelling myself forward, but the idea of walking for three more hours was overwhelming. I just put one foot in front of the other, but I was so disgusted that I couldn’t listen to music or an audiobook.I tried the run walk approach, but I couldn’t run even 20 feet. I started walking slower and slower.

Luckily another walker passed me and said something to me as he passed. He, too, was injured, and was on the long walk to the finish. We talked briefly, but when we passed a porta pottie, I had to stop. In addition to the pain in my leg, my guts were turning inside out. When I got out, I could see the guy in the distance. I figured that teaming up with this guy was my best hope, so I decided to run to catch up. The pain was immense, and I was practically holding my breath. Just as I was about to catch up, he started running. I figured that was it, but he stopped after about 20 feet. I did catch up, and we walked together the rest of the way. He was very tall with a long stride. I had to struggle to keep up, but left to my own devices I was truly walking a thirty minute mile. Three hours later with a 6:05 finish, it was all over.

I was so happy to be done that I got teary eyed. We went to the official after party restaurant so the kids could eat, but they band was packing up. We were too early for the night festivities and too late for the “after marathon” festivities. I really sort of fell apart at the restaurant. I couldn’t walk anymore. I couldn’t eat. I got dizzy. By the time we left, I was done.

I took an ice bath at the hotel, but after I got in the bed, I couldn’t get out.  I had dinner in bed and just slept off and on till morning.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Penetrex Anti-inflammatory Discount

For a limited time, I am partnering with Penetrex to offer a 15% discount on all Penetrex products. I am thrilled to be able to partner with Penetrex, because I use the anti-inflammatory cream, daily. It is a great product for pain relief and recovery.

For a discount, use code SIGNAL at 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wednesday Skirt Sports Mother's Day Sale, 5/9/2018

What does a runner do that is injured? Obviously

Skirt Sports launched a Mother's Day sale with current season Holiday prints 30% off sitewide & up to 60% off other items. No additional discounts can be applied to the sale items.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Update Tuesday 5/8/2018

I know that I haven't been posting, but it is so difficult to post when I don't have anything positive to say. I've trained for months and I know that this marathon is going to be a very difficult to even finish, much less sub 3:30. My upper quad hurts. It seems to include my hip flexor, inner thigh and the middle quad muscle. I'm taking time off entirely, but I have hardly been running at all. It is what it is. I will try to post more,

Skirt Sports Peek-a-Boo Review Part 1

The Peek-a-Boo is easily one of my favorite Skirt Sports skirts. I like nearly everything about it.

  • It is the perfect length.
  • The skirt is as light as a feather.
  • The shorts underneath are super comfortable.
  • The print is sassy and cute.
  • There are pockets on both sides.
  • The skirt stays put. It isn’t too tight, but it doesn’t move.

If I have to think of something to criticize, I guess it is a little tight in the tummy area. I’ve got some flab around the middle, and this skirt, definitely, gives me a muffin top. For some reason, my muffin top bothers me less these days, but that isn’t the point. Honestly, I’d rather have a muffin-top and not need a drawstring, then no muffin top and a draw string. Of course, just tight enough to not need a drawstring and no muffin-top at all would be ideal.

If you want a fun, short, summer skirt, this is a great choice.

This skirt is going fast. It is at a great price point right now, but sizes are limited. Check it out here. The peek-a-boo is on sale, but use my discount code (825Sign) if you would like to a try a full priced item.

Skirt Sports Peek-a-Boo Skirt Review Part 2

This skirt is going fast. It is a great price right now, but sizes are limited. Check it out here. The peek-a-boo is on sale, but use my discount code (825Sign) if you would like to a try a full priced item.