Apr 1, 2015

My fave running gear

I'm no running expert, but I do love to run (well, not when I'm actually running, but that's besides the point). I have been getting a lot of questions lately on getting started with running, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite running gear.

(P.S. I'm in no way affiliated with these brands, I just really like them!)


Shoes
First you gotta get the shoes. It really is all about the shoes. My best advice is to go to a running store and get fitted! I know you don't want to, but just go and do it. They will be able to tell you what the best shoe is for your specific foot and the way you run. I tend to pronate, so I use a stability shoe. The first time I was fitted the Brooks Adrenaline was what felt best to me, and it's become my go-to running shoe. Some find Asics or Mizunos to be the best for them, but trust me, get fitted at your local running store. You'll get a great shoe probably meet some great people too. And after you find your soul-mate shoe, you can look online and find them on sale.

Sports Bra
Obviously, this one is for the ladies. A good sports bra that can keep the girls in check is second to the shoes in my opinion. You gotta find what works for you, but what I like is something that keeps the girls tight and in check. I really like Old Navy Active sports bras (the padded ones will keep you smooth!) and I just tried the VS Sport bras (I like the Incredible and the Standout). They are good for support and not flattening it all out.



Tops
The name of the game here is sweat wicking! No regular cotton tees, these tend to weigh tons when they are wet and won't really keep you dry anyways. I love dri-fit/tech tops (cute, snarky, and inspirational sayings are my faves!), and I also have a few long sleeved tops (gotta stay warm and dry when it's cold out!).

Bottoms
Because in real life there is no thigh gap, I like to keep mine covered. I'm also kind short, so I have a lot of capris. Most of my capris are from Old Navy Active. They are cute, inexpensive, and good quality. I always look for ones with a pocket for my key. I also have a few pairs of running shorts, cause Miami can get steamy hot. I need my shorts to be at least 6 inches long, to keep my thighs covered and happy. My faves are from Lululemon, they have TONS of pockets, and don't ride up (and I got them on sale!). Unfortunately, I don't think they make them anymore. I also have 1 pair of running tights for those really cold days. Luckily I had some this year, cause I've had quite a few cold races this year.

 
Socks
I'm a PRO Compression sock girl all the way now. I love their low trainers for when I'm in capris or tights and on super hot days, and their marathon (to-the-knee) socks are great for recovery and on runs too! I started out using some great Mizuno socks that I found at TJ Maxx. You gotta get a sock that works for you, and once you find it, you'll be comfy and blister-free.


Extras
I always take my phone on my runs. My phone acts as my entertainment, my timer and my GPS. The apps that I use on my runs are Nike+ Running and IntervalTimer. I also listen to podcasts or books on my runs, I find they keep me more entertained (and not as concentrated on the fact that I don't want to run) than music.

To keep my phone on me during my runs, I had been using an armband, but it started to chafe, and another one I have was just too big for my arm. Now I'm kinda addicted to my Fitletic running belt. It keeps my phone handy, plus I can keep chews in there too. I have one with a bib holder, which is perfect for races.

And I don't know what I did before I discovered Yurbuds. These earbuds are great and don't slip out, even when you're all sweaty, which is key during those long runs.

I'm also a bit of a gadget hog. I have a Fitbit, which I love to keep track of my activity all day. And I also have a Polar Heart Rate Monitor (I have the FT4), to let me know how much I'm really burning on my runs and workouts.

I also like a visor for daytime runs to keep the sun out of my face. I got this one at Target. And I really love the one I got from Sparkle Athletic too.

And that's my favorite running gear for now. I try to keep it all reasonably priced and I know I have way too much of it right now. I feel like I have more running and workout clothes than regular clothes some days.

Do you have running gear you absolutely love? Anything I might have missed?

Mar 29, 2015

Weekly Workouts 3.23.15 - 3.29.15

I got in some good workouts this week. I brought Turbo Fire into the mix, and it's just what I needed to get my upper body working without needing weights or push-ups.

Monday, 3.23.15: Turbo Fire Fire 30


Tuesday, 3.24.15: 21 Day Fix Lower Fix

Wednesday, 3.25.15: 3.75 miles with the Kendall Run Club


Thursday, 3.26.15: Turbo Fire Fire 30

Friday, 3.27.15: REST (travel day)

Saturday, 3.28.15: Massage and walking around Animal Kingdom & Epcot

Sunday, 3.29.15: REST (travel day)

I did take a few days off over the weekend, since I was going to Orlando to hit up the parks and hang with my bestie and her little ones, but I needed a few days off physically and mentally to get back on my game. I'm getting amped up for the 15k in two short weeks!

Mar 23, 2015

Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Part 2

Forgive my lateness in this post, but the wrist situation has made recreational typing not a very appealing option after typing all day at work.

I left off after breakfast. Let me tell you I was so happy they were still making omelettes at the hotel. It hit the spot! We chilled in the room for a bit and I grabbed a shower. The kids and Eddie headed to the house, since they had some Cub Scout event that night, and Kris and I lounged around for a while. Then the hunger hit and we decided to get moving and head to Epcot for dinner. And Pluto welcomed us in.


We had stopped by Italy to get pizza a few months back, and never did, since it was a whole pie, and not just a slice you could order. But we were hungry and needed some carbs, so we headed right there to get our pizza. The pizza was amazing, we ordered the Capricciossa pizza with ham, eggplant, artichokes, and mushrooms. OMG, it was soooo good.


We walked back to Mexico to grab a margarita (we had to!), and then headed back to the hotel to get some shut eye before our 3am wakeup call. The 2nd 3am wakeup for me! We got dressed, and I even managed a half decent Jasmine-esque hairdo.


Then we headed to the buses and saw the HUGE line to get on. The line was long, but we figured, hey everyone else was waiting too. We finally boarded our bus only to get stuck in traffic. It took us about 45 minutes to get the 15 minutes up the road we needed to reach Epcot. By the time we entered, we went to check our bags and then had to rush off to the corrals. Here is the point where I swore off of the Princess Half and declared the Wine & Dine as my favorite half ever. We walked, and walked, and walked, and walked (I'm thinking a mile, if not more) to get to the corrals. It was complete insanity. We weren't even in our corral when the first one went off.

We finally got to our corral, K, and waited for our fireworks. Unfortunately, the Fairy Godmother only sent off the first few corrals. But they gave us the go and we were off on the long road to the Magic Kingdom. We brushed off the craziness of the morning and the lateness, and set out for our goal, pictures! We never really stop for many pics, but we wanted to get a lot this time. And the first one was the biggie, the princes! Aladdin even asked if I trusted him!--just like he asked Jasmine in the movie. The princes were awesome. We got to see John Smith, my guy, Aladdin, Hercules, Flynn Rider, Prince Eric, and Phoebus. I was so happy to see most of the modern princes!


Then we passed the sign and were on our way to the Magic Kingdom. We managed to see another personal fave, Wreck-It Ralph with Vanellope Von Schweetz! We love Ralph, since he was our first Disney race character pic ever, so we had to stop and grab a pic with them.


We ran up and down some killer, steep ramps and finally circled around the back of Space Mountain and headed into the Magic Kingdom.


We came around the back and before we knew it, we were on Main Street, USA. And it was crowded. Like major traffic, but you could see the castle. And that was goal #2 of us doing this race, running through the castle.


Before we got to the castle there was a detour through Tomorrowland, and we met the Space Ranger himself, Buzz Lightyear.


Then it was time. We headed towards Fantasyland and around the back of the castle. This is where the word FAIL doesn't even begin to explain things. The traffic jam that was Main Street was laughable now. It was a terrible slow trudge. They put Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff at the back of the castle welcoming everyone. Now, I love the Frozen peeps, but to put your most popular characters at the most photo-worthy part of the course was a huge mistake. (I was standing still, and not by choice.)


Then we got to walk, well is there something slower than walking?--cause that's what it was, through the castle. I LOVE the inside of the castle. The Cinderella mosaics have always been so magical and wonderful to me. But it was so jam-packed... words just can't explain.

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That was as fast as it got. We were pissed that our "running through the castle" experience was that. The official pics of us, are of me and Kris scowling... so not what I imagined. But we managed to get a castle selfie before heading into the hoard.


Next we headed to Frontierland, for a quick bathroom stop (since we didn't get one pre-race), and then we saw Woody. Had to say hi to him, since we already saw Buzz.


As we headed out around the back of the Magic Kingdom, Aurora and Prince Phillip were there waiting by the castle float from the parade. Kris's costume was supposed to be "Aurora-inspired" so we stopped to see her. She was stunning.


Then, we saw them, and they passed us as we waited for Aurora... the dreaded balloon ladies. I gotta say I started freaking out. We got our pic with Aurora and booked it. But there was a problem, this part of the course was super narrow, and there were a lot of walkers, so it was proving really hard to get more distance between us and the balloon ladies.

We ran where we could and picked up the pace on the walking otherwise. It was also getting hot, and we were in sleeves from the cold morning. We both started feeling it. I think we might have needed some more nutrition, since we were out there for 4 1/2 hours before we finished. But we made the trek back to Epcot, taking water and Powerade and shot blocks along the way.

The part of the run through Epcot was very short, but we were glad it was almost over. I was so happy to see another marching band along the way back. Those kids were great and really kept it going! (Plus, it was Kris's HS band rivals, so extra cool for her.) We came around the back of Epcot, which I know full well means the finish line is less than 1 mile away. And right near the end was a gospel choir. They were amazing and hearing that gorgeous music gave that final push.


And there it was at long last, the finish line! It was finally done. We got our character pics, trudged through the castle and made it another 13.1 miles! I couldn't have done it without Kris by my side. My bestie and racing buddy always helps me make it through the races! We got our medals, got pixie dusted and then I was able to pick up my glass slipper! Loved that it was blue. :)


We finished up with our medals, and headed to France in Epcot to get some quiches and croissant. We were tired and hungry and it was so delicious to sit and eat! We also might have had a croissant donut on our way back to the buses, but hey we just had just done a half marathon, we deserved it!


Each race is a totally different experience and I have to say that I was a princess, got my glass slipper, and I'm done. I love the Princess Enchanted 10k, but the half was not my favorite. This is one race that I won't be signing up for again. I was glad I did it and got my slipper, but the experience left much to be desired. I know each year the race is different and you can have so many different experiences, but I'm so glad to have my glass slipper, and now onto other races for me.

And since finishing this race, I've already signed up for 3 more races... a 15k in April, Wine & Dine in November, and the Sarasota Half next March!

Mar 22, 2015

Weekly workouts 3.2.15-3.22.15

My weekly workout posts are back, I managed to break my wrist a few weeks ago, and I've been wearing a splint to help it heal. Thankfully, my wrist is feeling better, but typing is a chore (especially after typing all day at work), and workouts have been a bit all over the place.

I messed up my wrist on 3.3.15, so here are the workouts I was able to get in with that going on:

Monday, 3.2.15: 21 Day Fix Total Cardio Fix

Tuesday, 3.3.15: BROKEN WRIST :(

Thursday, 3.5.15: Shaun T 4 min. Tabata workout (just needed to get the blood moving!)

Sunday, 3.8.15: 5k run

Monday, 3.9.15: 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio Fix

Tuesday, 3.10.15: 21 Day Fix Lower Fix & Ab Fix

Wednesday, 3.11.15: 3 mile run

Sunday, 3.15.15: 10k run


I feel a little more with it this week, so here's what I was able to get in:

Monday, 3.16.15: 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio Fix

Tuesday, 3.17.15: 21 Day Fix Lower Fix

Wednesday 3.18.15: 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix


Thursday, 3.19.15: 2.5 mile run

Friday, 3.20.15: 21 Day Fix Pilates Fix

Saturday, 3.21.15: REST


Sunday, 3.22.15: 5 mile run

I've been attempting the 21 Day Fix workouts, cause they are a new challenge (and I want to get my 21 Day Fix shirt!). I have been doing them without weights, and also skipping any moves that require me to rest on my hands. I really want to do the Upper Fix, but that one is really off limits. I think I'm gonna have to mix it up with my hand being still splinted for a few more weeks, and bring some other workouts into the mix.

Mar 2, 2015

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Recap: Part 1

It all came too quickly and before I knew it, Friday morning had arrived and it was time to head to Orlando for the Princess Half Marathon weekend.

Now, the costumes (which I totally started early!) ran a little late, so that had me going a bit crazy on Thursday night and Friday morning. But I got in my mani, and a few last minute errands, and finally packed up my car and was off. Disney World here I come.


I got to the hotel, Pop Century, and headed to my room. I bought my stuff into the room, and as I was waiting for Kris, was able to relax a bit and grab a snack. Then she arrived and we headed to the expo. I think this is the earliest we've ever been able to head to the expo, and it was great to be able to shop calmly.



We got our bibs and shirts, and then headed to the Run Disney booth for the official merchandise. Grabbed my magnet and was about to get my "I Did It" shirt, but I saw that there were NO "I Did It" shirts for the Glass Slipper?! I asked and they told me that these had sold out the day before, the first day of the expo. I was so sad, I wanted my shirt so bad. Ever since seeing the one from last year with both maps on the back. I got another glass slipper shirt, and we went on to shop some more. Thankfully, we had a little bubbly, which helped a bit.


Kris and I headed to get some last minute costume supplies and then had some dinner. Eddie and the kids met up with us. The kids were running the next morning, so we all headed back to the hotel so we could get some sleep. Well, mostly me, since I was the only one with a 3am wakeup call!

I woke up in the dark and then quietly got ready as the kids and Kris & Ed slept. It was a cold morning, so I didn't don my wings, cause I had no idea how to get them on. Plus, I figured if it did get warmer, it would be hard to get off my jacket and the wings.


The bus line wasn't too bad, and before I knew it I was getting walking towards the bag check. It was really cold, so I huddled with some people by the heaters, and then it was time to get in the corrals. I headed to my corral, and knew I was in for a long wait.


For some reason the 10k corrals at Disney have about a 15 minute wait between each. It takes forever to get started. Since I was in corral D, it was about an hour after the start of the race. Then finally, I was off.


Anna and Elsa made the first appearance, as usual, and the snow seemed so much more real with the cold! Right after the first mile marker, I saw Tinkerbelle! I knew I had to stop to get a pic. She was one of the first, I think maybe the second, character stop, so her line was a little long, but I needed a picture with her.


Finally, it was time to go back into Epcot and through the World Showcase. I love this part of the course, cause you get to run through so many countries.


I took a few mid-race selfies too. Here I am with Spaceship Earth in the background.


And I couldn't resist a "Parisian" selfie.


Then a jaunt through the Boardwalk and Beach Club and we were back in Future World and the finish line was just around the corner. I crossed, and part 1 of the Glass Slipper Challenge was done.


And I managed to finish a whole 5 minutes faster than the year before at the Enchanted 10k. My best RunDisney 10k time to date. Plus, some very pretty bling!


After the race, I waited to get a pic with Cinderella, but by the time I got to the front of the line, they swapped her out for Snow White. Oh well, I'll take it anyway.


Then it was off to watch Veronica and Xander in the kid's races. They both rocked it in their Vanellope Von Schweetz and Wreck-It Ralph costumes. But, they are so used to doing 5ks already, that they said the dashes were too short. I guess they'll be doing the 1 mile next time!


After a morning full of races, we headed back to the hotel to grab some breakfast and rest a bit.

... I'll post part 2, the half marathon soon!

Feb 22, 2015

Weekly Workouts 2.16.15-2.22.15

Since I wasn't able to get my runs in the week before, I was lucky that I had President's Day off and was able to get in 5 miles on Monday morning. The week got nuts with me finishing up my prep for the Princess Half Marathon weekend, so I didn't get workouts in on Thursday or Friday, but I figured it was ok, since I had 19.3 miles to run on the weekend.

Monday, 2.16.15: 5 mile run



Tuesday, 2.17.15: 21 Day Fix Upper Fix

Wednesday, 2.18.15: 21 Day Fix Lower Fix

Thursday, 2.19.15: Rest

Friday, 2.20.15: Rest

Saturday, 2.21.15: Princess Enchanted 10k


Sunday, 2.22.15: Princess Half Marathon

I made it through the Glass Slipper Challenge with only a little soreness when it was done, but 3 medals! I still am in shock. I'll have a full recap coming up soon.

Feb 15, 2015

Weekly Workouts 2.9.15-2.15.15

My runs were a little off this week, but I figured it was ok, since I finished Insanity Max :30!

Monday I did my workout at night, since I had run 8 miles the Sunday before. And the rest of the Insanity workouts took a LOT of convincing to get my butt out of bed, but I got them all in before work. I feel like my day starts out so much better when I know I already got my workout in. Especially on Thursdays, I know if I get my workout in early, I can watch my Shondaland shows without worrying about squeezing in a workout. It's all about seeing what works with your schedule.

Monday, 2.9.15: Insanity Max :30 Max Out Cardio


Tuesday, 2.10.15: Insanity Max :30 Max Out Power

Wednesday, 2.11.15: Insanity Max :30 Max Out Sweat


Thursday, 2.12.15: Insanity Max :30 Max Out Strength

Friday, 2.13.15: Insanity Max :30 Friday Fight Round 2


Saturday, 2.14.15: 6 3ish mile run

Sunday, 2.15.15: REST!

I was only going to be able to get in one run this weekend, so I figured I would do 6 miles, instead of the 5 I was planning on. But, I guess the universe had another plan for me. At about mile 2.6, my phone completely died. Like really dead. That meant no GPS, no mileage, no time, and no phone in case of an emergency. It was also about 46 degrees that morning (which is SUPER cold for Miami), so I guesstimated my mileage and called it a day.

I'm still in shock about finishing Insanity Max :30, I'll have a post with my thoughts and all the details on the program soon. Now, I'm getting ready for the Glass Slipper Challenge next weekend. Lots of costumes to finish up!