Tuesday, December 27, 2011

EPIC FAIL

Okay, I really do fail as a blogger. I'm so sorry for disappearing for so long. I got completely overwhelmed with school and life in general, so running and blogging took a backseat (as in it didn't happen at all). I'm back now and hopefully for good, but here's what you missed while I was gone:

  • I graduated college with a BS in Computer Science (anyone in OKC who is hiring, I'm your girl). 
  • My best friend got engaged! And I'm her maid of honor!
  • I've become addicted to pinterest and now I want to craft everything
  • That's about it. I seriously just had my head in the books for a while. 
Did I mention I didn't run AT ALL? And I've got a 5k and a half marathon in less than two weeks....yea.......

I've spent the last week alternating between sheer terror of the thought of over 16 miles running and who knows how many miles walking (we will be at disney world) in less than 48 hours without training, and daydreaming about how fun it will be and what I'm going to wear. This is the only "productive" thing I've done in preparation for this race:

It's not even finished

At least I'll look good while they carry me away in a stretcher.

I've missed everyone! Tell me what you have been up to while I've been a total blogger slacker!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spirit of Survival Superhero 5k

This post is super overdue, but I was waiting on race pics so don't hate me!

Saturday, Mom and I drove to Lawton for packet pick-up and to check in to our hotel room. I am VERY lucky that my amazing bf has connections at hotels, because having the room was wonderful. It's so nice not to have to wake up, drive, and feel rushed getting to the race. Plus, it gives my mom and me time to catch up.

The first thing we did after arriving in Lawton was head to the park ,where the race was held, for packet pick-up. We found this race online at the last minute and knew very little about it, so we didn't really know what to expect. From what we heard online we thought there was going to be some sort of expo on Saturday, however packet pick-up was pretty typical with the addition of some race merchandise for sale. (Tip: If you are considering running the race, everything available Saturday is also available Sunday, so it isn't necessary to go Saturday.) We grabbed our packets and checked out the area and finally went to the hotel to check in.

Saturday was a big game day for my school (OSU) and my mom is absolutely freaking insane a little crazy when it comes to football. So, we spent the next few hours in the hotel room screaming at the tv. In case you can't tell, I could care less about football (sorry I'm awful) and so I spent the time reading and checking out the great swag we scored at packet pick-up.

Here's what we got in our packet:
  1. Race bib and timing tag
  2. Tech tee
  3. Pen
  4. Magic towels in a tube
  5. Three water bottles
  6. A bag
  7. Some coupons and flyers
Pretty sweet if you ask me! Once Mom was done ensuring the Cowboys won by rendering me deaf, we went out for a pre-race dinner. Generally we only travel for half marathons, so our normal traveling pre-race tradition is to "carbo-load" (read eat crappy-for-us food in huge quantities) and "hydrate" (read drink some frozen alcoholic beverage). We decided to keep the tradition alive even though it was only a 5k and we had some pasta and cocktails.

The next morning was race day and we woke up and got all dressed up. The theme of the race is all about superheros, so you know I had to dress up. We ended up leaving later than we planned and I was really on edge. I'm always on edge before races for some unknown reason and being late and sick (I had pneumonia!) was enough to make my normal nerves turn into crazy b%#$@ mode. Let's just say, I had some apologizing to do before the race started. I seriously need to work on that. I don't even know why I get so crazy. 

After we got to the race and I realized what a pain I was, Mom and I took some pre-race pics together. Mom and I had some pretty rockin costumes if I do say so myself! I made mine by myself completely from scratch!
My Wonder Woman costume
Batman (mom)  and Wonder Woman near the finish line

I forced her to take this pic, but she makes a great hero!

Soon it was time to line up for the start. I feel like every race I've been to has had something that really stood out to me and this time it was definitely the people. And more specifically the kids! There were people of all ages (Up to 77!) participating in the 5k, but there were so many young kids running. While we were waiting for the race to start we met a 12-year-old running her first ever 5k. I asked her what her plans were and she said, "I don't want to win, I just want to finish. Which is kind of like winning anyways!". So cute!

After chit-chatting with her and her mom, the race started. The half-marathoners started a few minutes ahead of the 5k runners, but we finished and started in the same place so there was some overlap. Mom and I planned on walking the entire race because of my pneumonia, but got caught up in the moment and agreed to run/walk at an easy pace instead. The course had a water stop and was fairly flat. We ran some through the streets of Lawton and then back into park to finish the last half.

Honestly, I didn't pay much attention to the course because I was too busy saying "Aw!!!" about every three seconds. Here's the sappy moments that totally made this race:

  • A couple was pushing their toddler in a stroller next to us. At certain points he would say, "me too" and they would let him run a few feet so he could feel included. It was adorable! I love that his parents are already inspiring him to want to participate in healthy activities. 
  • A dad was running with his 6-year-old son. Here's the convo they had:
    • Son: "I wanna run faster!"
    • Dad: "Careful what you wish for buddy! We've got 2 miles ahead of us still"
    • Son: "You know what I wish for Dad? I wish we could run together forever because you're the best dad in the whole world!"
  • Another stroller couple had a stereo attached to their stroller playing music out loud. The dad said he was getting tired and the toddler said, "Dad play Rocky!". Even toddlers know the power of a cheesy song like that one! haha
  • A cancer survivor ,still bald from her chemo, was rounding the corner to finish and her kids were there waiting to run to the finish alongside her. 
There were so many more adorable moments I wish I could remember, but trust me: the cutest kids in Oklahoma must have decided to get together for this race.

Mom and I finished with smiles on our faces. Once we crossed the finish line we were handed a really nice medal.
Crossing the finish

The medal
At the finish line there were some refreshments for the runners, a place to get your time printed out (for the back of your medal), free massages, and stands to cheer for the other runners coming in. Mom and I sat and watched some of the half marathoners for a while and then drove home.

Overall, I loved this event. The atmosphere was great. On top of all the adorable kids, there was also a great attitude from all of the runners. This event clearly had a lot of first-timers and the vibe was all about doing something good for yourself while helping a good cause. The swag was also pretty amazing. The tech tee is super comfy and the medal is awesome. It's actually much bigger than some of my half marathon medals! haha. There was one water stop (that I remember) during the 5k and the volunteers were very friendly and cheered everyone on.

Was there anything I would change? I wish I had run the half. By the time we found out about the race we felt like we didn't have enough time to ramp back up to half marathon distance, which is why we chose to do the 5k. I'm kind of glad because of my pneumonia, however it felt kind of wrong to finish so early when all the half runners were still out there! Also, the race website talked about an expo. The expo was more like a few tables selling shirts. I definitely wouldn't expect more (in fact much less) from a small race, but I thought it was weird that they advertised it differently. 

Would I run it again? Absolutely! Except the half next time!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Displaying Your Bling

I survived my 5k this weekend, and had a great time! I promise to post a full report as soon as they post the official race pics. Until then, I've got a review for you!

As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of running bling. It's a physical reminder of the miles you put in and the fun experience you had. Every time I see my medals I feel a little sense of pride remembering what they mean. So, obviously you need a great place to store your bling where you can really put your accomplishments on display, right??

I won a huge giveaway at Running With Sass, and one of the awesome prizes was a Sport Hooks medal display. I had been looking for a display like this anyways, so I couldn't wait to get my prize in the mail. Sport Hooks displays were created by a marathon runner who wanted a cute functional way to display her bling. The displays come in various sizes (1 hook, 5 hook, and 10 hook) and styles, so that you are sure to find one that fits you're personality. If not, they also make custom displays! One of my mantras is "Breathe and Believe" so I chose a display that says "BELIEVE". Here's what it looks like:

This pic doesn't do it justice at all, but trust me it's really cute. And once I get my bf to hang it for real and get rid of the tacky push pins I'm using instead it will be even cuter! haha. What I like most about the display (vs other options) is that you can expand it as well. Sport Hooks sells extra bars to put underneath with extra hooks. That'll be great since I've already managed to fill this one. Seriously, go check out their site, because I love my display and I know you will too!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What would you do for race bling?

Apparently, I'd enter a 5k with pneumonia for some bling. Pathetic.

So a couple weeks ago, I was on the hunt for some fun races to do this fall and found the Spirit of Survival. The race is super-hero themed and has a "Hulkin' Half Marathon"and a"Super Twins Half Marathon Relay"and a "Superhero 5k". By the time I found out about it, I felt like I didn't have enough time to prepare for a half marathon, so I instantly signed up for the 5k.

There are a few things I look for when I'm trying to pick a race. The most important one is the cause. I love running races that benefit others. One of my favorites from this year was definitely high on the list because of the cause. The Superhero 5k benefits cancer research, so that's one requirement down! After the cause, I'll be honest: I love the swag. The Superhero 5k not only gives out medals to all finishers, they also give out tech tees to all participants. Yes please!! Finally a fun atmosphere is high up on my list of reasons to love a race. All races are fun, because runners are just awesome people. However, some have a little extra "fun factor" going on, and that's a huge perk in my book. The superhero 5k "strongly encourages" dressing up as your favorite superhero. Yay!!

Well there you have it. Even though I'm still recovering, I can't NOT run this race. I've been really excited for it for a while. Should I probably be at home? Yea, but I plan on taking it easy and making the weekend about fun and supporting other runners.

Saturday I'm driving there and going to the packet pick-up and pre-race pasta party at the park. My bf has some awesome connections, and scored me and my madre (who is also running) a hotel room in town for that night. Then sunday I'll be waking up early to "run" (more likely cough/walk) the 5k. After the race there is a post-race expo with vendors and I'll also be hanging around to support the half marathoners (because we all know I wont be finishing after any of the 5k people).

In other news, I finally got my hair cut and it feels great! My hair has been in need of serious help since 2010. Like for real, if you cut off my dead ends, I would be bald. Who knows why I put off hair cuts, because I always love the way I feel after. Yay for soft hair! 5+ inches gone and I feel so much better. Ah!


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QOTD:


Am I the only one that puts off hair cuts for a year for NO reason at all? probably.

What are you're three things you look for when picking out races? Fun atmosphere, swag, and a great cause! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hydration Tips and a review

Just like with exercise, hydration is vital when you're trying to get better. Luckily for me, I got sent some amazing tips and (even samples!) from Crystal Light Pure recently helping me to stay hydrated and I thought I'd share them with you:


Hydration Tips from Crystal Light Pure Spokesperson Molly Kimball, RD

1.       Keep a Tally
We can’t actually tell how well we’re hydrated by how thirsty we feel. For many of us, by the time we start to feel thirsty, we’re already dehydrated, but just how much water is enough when it comes to staying hydrated? Keep a running tally of how much fluid you’re getting and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluid per day, plus an extra 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise or work in the heat. 

2.       Flavor Up to Drink Up
Want to drink water to stay hydrated, but hate the boring taste? Add the flavor you want and none of what you don’t by sipping on naturally sweetened Crystal Light Pure. It’s got no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives and is sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. It’ll give your water light, refreshing flavor with just 15 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving. And the Grape and Strawberry Kiwi flavors have the added bonus of electrolytes!

3.       Don’t Forget about Food
Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, preventing muscle cramping and headaches, and more serious issues like heatstroke. But that doesn’t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks. Any type of alcohol-free beverage can count toward your fluid intake – and even some foods! Some of the top electrolyte-rich, hydrating foods include all types of fresh fruit, soups like gazpacho and Greek yogurt.

4.       Watch the Caffeine
For years, the widely-held belief was that caffeinated beverages were dehydrating. An abundance of research has proven otherwise, however. The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee, and soft drinks appears to have no diuretic effect, meaning that these beverages don’t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide. But remember that you don’t want the majority of your fluids to come from caffeinated drinks since most health organizations recommend we limit our caffeine intake. Instead, try to vary what you’re drinking. 


**Everything in italics is directly quoted from an email I received from a representative on behalf of Crystal Light Pure.

In addition to the awesome tips, which I think we all can incorporate into our lives to get the best out of our hydration, they also offered to send me samples of the (new to me) Crystal Light Pure drink packets. I immediately said yes and was totally excited to try it all out.
My samples :)

I'll be honest with you guys. I always thought Crystal Light products were yummy, but never considered them for exercise. I'm beyond attached to my Gatorade. Despite the unnecessary calories in Gatorade, I never found anything that made me feel a difference while working out (or coughing up a lung) like sports drinks did. Enter my new love affair for Crystal Light Pure.

You just mix a packet in a water bottle, and go. They have very few calories(30 calories per packet), lots of flavor, and still have the electrolytes you need. On top of that they are made without preservatives and are naturally flavored. They get a 100% thumbs up in my opinion. My favorite is the Strawberry-Kiwi flavor. It's definitely a more health-conscious and diet-friendly option than sports drinks.

*Note* I recieved a sample of Crystal Light Pure from Kraft Foods, however the opinions expressed here are purely my own. 


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QOTD:
What's your favorite hydration tip??

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm not dead...sort of

Sorry for disappearing AGAIN. If you're new to the blog I promise this doesn't happen often. I've been really sick and haven't done much besides lay in bed coughing lately (I have pneumonia we think). I know how excited you are about that, so I didn't have much to post.

I do have some great reviews coming up though! Recently I've received some awesome products, some from a giveaway I won ( thanks again heather!), that I thought I'd review for you. So please don't give up on life's a wheeze, I will be back with great stuff once I'm healthy enough to write something everyone who isn't on drugs can understand.

Now back to my codene-induced stupor. Bleh.

Monday, October 3, 2011

a great weekend with blah workouts

Sorry for disappearing off the face of the earth last week. I had a lot going on, and none of it was very exciting in the workout department. Most of last week I spent studying for exams. My running shoes got very lonely and Champ got very restless.



Sorry guys, my professor doesn't take "But my dog was REALLY bored" excuses for failed exams.

After pulling a few all-nighters and high pollen levels, I ended up sick (of course).  Running pretty much became off limits after that, so I ended up trying out some yoga. Hey guess what? I'm not bendy at all. I've got zero flexibility, and it was pretty hilarious, to me and my sister at least, trying to watch me do even the most basic moves. I tried for like 15 minutes to properly get into a downward dog pose. FAIL.
Like I said, FAIL.

Then my bf Cam came up to visit me. I've talked about it before, but we are currently living in separate towns (about an hour apart). It's really hard on us sometimes because we care about each other so much, but we make it work. We spent the weekend catching up with each other's lives and spoiling our dog together.

Cam was the one who bought Champ completely out of the blue. Cameron is super spontaneous and carefree, so when he saw him he couldn't walk away. When I first found out about Champ it went like this: "Hey babe, come over to my place I've got something to tell you." I drive over there and a dog greats me at the door. "So I bought us a dog. Will you be his mommy?". I'm a super planner and type a personality to the point where I kind of believe Claire Dunphy's personality was based off of me. I immediately jumped to thinking about "how can we afford this?", "where will we keep him?", "how will this work?" type thoughts and panicked. Now it's a different story. I think getting Champ was the best idea Cam ever had. It really brought us closer together, and has helped both of us grow even more. I'm a little less psycho-planner and he's a little more think-it-over now.

After playing with puppy all day, Cam took me out to dinner. I rarely go out because I'm always so busy with school work, so it was really nice to just have time for us. We talked and I laughed (that boy can make anyone giggle) all throughout dinner. I love romantic nights out with my guy. I don't talk about him enough on here, but I really should because he's such a huge part of my life and my happiness. Cam isn't a runner because he has a bum knee and prefers his workouts manly ie hard core weight lifting, p90x, basketball, or football. Even though he's not a runner, he has always been very supportive of me in everything I do, and is trying to make it to my next race! I can't wait to have him at the finish line.

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QOTD:
Have you ever tried yoga? Are you as awful as me?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Warrior Dash '11

Saturday I ran the Oklahoma Warrior Dash and it was an absolute blast! I learned a lot and gained a whole new level of appreciation for trail runners, but let's back up and start from the beginning.

The race was my sister Ashley's first race ever, so I forced lovingly encouraged her to get to the race extra early, take a lot of pics, and soak in the race atmosphere on her big day. Mom also came to be our personal paparazzi (thanks again mom!) since she wasn't running. We got there about three hours early and wandered around taking pre-race pics in our camo tutus.

After our snapshots, we headed to packet pick-up and got all of our goodies. With registration you get a furry viking helmet and cute tee (plus a medal at the finish line). We got our bibs put on and then had to take another goofy picture.
My bib
Viking Helmets!
After that we explored the area. The atmosphere was amazing. There were live bands playing, live video of the mud pit broadcasted on a jumbotron, beer and turkey leg tents, and tons of fun. You also could see a glimpse of the course and we, especially me, started getting really nervous. Those are some major hills!!

The food tents

They're joking right?!
Soon after that, we were lining up at the start line! The warrior dash has their own version of pyrotechnics to start the race (like disney's fireworks) and they shoot off giant balls of fire. We took of and headed out for an awesome race.
running right along
I don't have very many pics from the actual course because the photographers were only at the last couple of obstacles and a camera wouldn't have done well in that mess. The course was definitely a trail race. I don't know why, but I expected it to be more of a road race with random obstacles built it (how would that even work?!) but the terrain was very rough and you had to be careful where you stepped. I'd say the most dangerous part of the race, was the possibility of twisting your ankle in a whole rather than any of the crazy obstacles! It was also incredibly steep, so we ended up walking a good chunk of it. My asthma has never done well with hills and munchkin was new to running, so we didn't want to push ourselves to injury. Instead our goal was to just have fun and finish.

The first obstacle didn't come until about .75 miles in, and when we could finally see it, everyone cheered. There were tons of obstacles and I wish I could remember them all. There were tires to hop through, hanging tires to dodge, junkyard cars to climb over, walls to climb, nets to climb, muddy ditches to crawl through, low walls to jump over, tons of walls/nets/barbed wire to climb under, ponds to swim through with logs to throw yourself over, and of course the infamous fire to leap through. All of the obstacles were spread throughout the course. I thought that they would make the race much harder, but actually they made it go faster because we had something fun to look forward to. I didn't feel like any of the obstacles were too physically demanding, so if you're worried you can't do one of them don't be. They also had a way around each one if you felt like you couldn't complete that obstacle for some reason, but Ashley and I wanted to do everything!

Awkwardly leaving the mud pit
While the obstacles we're physically demanding, some were very nerve-racking. The walls that you had to climb were very tall and the tops were narrow (about 3 inches wide) so it made it difficult to get over the wall without feeling like you were about to fall big time. There were also some walls that you had a sort of ladder on the opposite side to get down, but the rungs were so far apart you were basically jumping from rung to rung. Because of this, while they weren't too hard on your muscles, it was pretty hard to go through them fast. The last wall you climbed was only about 10ft tall and you had to just jump off the top! But the obstacle I feared the most (for weeks before!) was the fire jump!

In case you haven't noticed, I'm an awkward and klutzy, born without any grace, complete white girl. I CAN'T jump to save my life. Like for real, I can get about 3 inches off the ground on a good day. If there was going to be one person at that race to not make it over the fire, fall, and go up in a flaming ball of tulle, it was going to be me. I was terrified, but I really wanted to do it. Ashley on the other hand is a pyromaniac and couldn't wait for the fire leap, so she offered to hold my hand help me face my fears. (I know I'm like 5). As we rounded the corner and saw the fire I was petrified, but Ashley just grabbed my hand and said, "Here we go!". 
Here we go!
And then I took the world's best race pic. This should keep you laughing for a while. Enjoy!

But at least we made it!

After that it was time for some post-race celebratory pics of course!


my signature pose

love the bling!
One of the nice things about the race was that they had showers after the race so that you didn't have to go home completely disgusting. Near the showers they also have a giant pile where you can donate your used shoes to charity. We both showered off and added our shoes to the pile. 



All in all it was a great race! I loved the atmosphere, the support from other runners, race staff, and spectators, and the fun obstacles of the course. You can't help but leave feeling a little more B.A. after a race like that. I also learned how hard trail running is! I knew it was harder and never had a desire to run trail runs, but it is sooo much harder. You have to constantly watch the ground to keep yourself from tripping. It was challenging, but it was also a blast. I'm so glad I did this race and highly recommend the Warrior Dash series to runners of all abilities! 



Sorry about the picture overload, but I'm obviously pumped about this race :)

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QOTD:
Have you ever run a trail race before? What did you thing? What about a mud run?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm a warrior!

Yesterday I ran the Oklahoma Warrior Dash and it was an absolute blast! It was not only a fun race for me, it was also my sister Ashley's first ever race! She totally rocked it and I'm so proud of her. I can't wait to tell everyone about it, but I want to wait until I've got all of the pictures to post the details. I can definitely say, if you're considering running one of these, do it! I'm obviously obsessed with bling, so here's a pic of the awesome Viking helmet medal:

Now, to what you really are reading for,the giveaway winner:

Entry number 3: Morgan from Back off I'm starving! Morgan just email me(ros@lifesawheeze.com) with your shirt size, the color you want, and your address and I'll get it sent to you asap! Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. You guys rock!
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QOTD:
What do you think of races with obstacles? Fun or would you rather stick with classic races? I loved the race because it made the race feel much shorter and finishing feel like more of an accomplishment, but I also wouldn't give up regular racing either.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Warrior dress rehearsal

Warriors need dress rehearsals too! Tomorrow I'm running the Oklahoma Warrior Dash and I'm soooooo excited! I decided early on that I needed to wear something ridiculous, so here's what I came up with:
Camo tutu, black tank (and shorts underneath), camo bandana, and tomorrow I'll have on some eye black of course! I couldn't decide what shoes I wanted to wear at first, but Champ's recent run in with my running shoes, made that decision easy. Half-eaten shoes are definitely mud-run approved!

Now I am meticulously packing my race day gear and determined not to forget anything this time (it would be a first!).

Mud races, like the Warrior Dash, are obviously very different than regular road races so I'm having to pack a little differently. Some things I normally never run without will not be with me because I don't want them to get ruined in the mud, like my garmin and my road id. Other things I don't normally need, are a must, like a change of clothes and a towel. It feels so weird to leave my road id and garmin behind!

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QOTD: 

What's one running essential you feel naked without? My road id :/


Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Tonight is the last night to enter!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fitblogger

Just a quick post to announce some exciting stuff!

Lately I've been learning about all of the wonderful blogging communities out there, and one of my favorites by far is Fitblogger. Today a featured blogger on Fitblogger and I'm so excited!! Please go check it out!

Thanks to everyone who has entered my giveaway so far! You guys are wonderful! If haven't entered yet please enter now! You can enter until Friday at midnight and I'll announce the winner this weekend.

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QOTD:
What are your brags this week so far? Featured Fitblogger and I finished making the tutus for warrior dash! Woohoo!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Giveaway!!

I don't know if you've noticed, but I got a new look for my blog recently and I'm really excited about it! I hired Jackie from DualIllusions to help me design a new look for my blog and she did an amazing job, then I got inspired and added some of my own too. I hope everyone likes it!

So, to celebrate the much needed blog-over, I've decided to host a giveaway! The winner of the giveaway will receive:

  • One Life's a Wheeze tech shirt of their choice from my spreadshirt shop. PS: I have men's versions too!
  • And a $10 iTunes gift card to download some new running music. Special bonus if you use it to add some of this to your next workout:


Yay! You know you wanna win now right?! So heres how to enter:
Please leave a separate comment for each one! Good Luck Everyone!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why do we run?

It's been almost a year since I first began running. When I first started, I didn't have any desire to do it, couldn't understand why people loved it, and thought for sure I'd give it up in less than a week. Then, in an effort to get some inspiration, I went online to google for some running articles and found the huge and amazing world of running/health bloggers. I read page after page after page of amazing people and their stories and was incredibly motivated by it all. (That's when I made the decision to start blogging, sign up for a half marathon, and give myself a chance to love running.) There were so many bloggers that I looked up to and whose advice I followed.

One of those runners and bloggers was Healthy Ashley. Ashley is the kind of person I always wanted to be. She is a bad-ass runner, strong both physically and in her character, and is an all-around inspiration to me. Recently Ashley was in a really bad biking accident and has been in the hospital struggling to sit up on her own for a few minutes and hobble a few painful steps every day. Despite her intense physical pain and emotional trauma, she's been sharing her experience on her blog and trying to keep a positive attitude to keep working hard so that she can one day be an athlete again and inspire others along the way.
Ashley after her fall
Champ hopes she has a speedy recovery
Tuesday I wrote a post about that morning's great run that made me "fall in love with running all over again". In order to support Ashley through her recovery, several of her friends in the blogging community have come up with ideas to help her make it through the road ahead. One of the things set up was Miles for Ashley, where they are collecting miles run dedicated to Ashley. I ran that run for Ashley and kept her in my thought the entire time. Now that running has become a part of my life and a part of who I am, I can't imagine having that taken away for me (even if only for a while). The run got me thinking, "Why do I run?". In the beginning it was pretty much because I didn't want to spend my life in a hospital (asthma story here), but it soon became about so much more. I run for many reasons; some are superficial and trivial while others are much more powerful.

Why do I run?

  • I run to breathe.
  • I run because it makes me feel strong and confident.
  • I run because I love me some bling!
  • I run because runners are the nicest people on earth and I love being around them.
  • I run because it makes me feel like I can do anything.
  • I run because "it's kind of fun to do the impossible"(Walt Disney).
  • I run because there is no better feeling of accomplishment than crossing a finish line.
  • I run because I want to be healthy.
  • I run because I like to support local causes through races. 
  • I run because I can. 

Hearing why other people, including Ashley, love running so much is what really made me start. I think it's important to share our own reasons with others so that we can inspire each other, and others who haven't made that first step to run. So leave a comment and tell me,
 WHY DO YOU RUN? 

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PS: If you'd like to help Ashley in her journey please follow her blog, donate here, or dedicate your miles here. She didn't ask me to write any of this, I just feel that it's important to support each other when we need it. 


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shopping!

Last week Champ ate my running shoes.


I still have my Vibrams, but my training plan for my next half marathon is supposed to kick into high gear, and I never really wanted to run a half "barefoot" despite the benefits because I'm a wimp. I like cushion. Plus I like new running shoes way too much.

So, Sunday I went shopping at one of my favorite places: Red Coyote Running! I was born without the girl gene that loves shopping, clothes and I just don't get along, but I absolutely love shopping for running stuff. I'm like me a kid in a candy store!

Red Coyote is an awesome store if you like running at all. The staff really knows what they are talking about, they do free video gate analysis, and the store also offers some cool workshops and running groups. I don't live close enough that I could be a part of the running group, but I will definitely be joining in if that changes.


I drooled over all the cute new gear that's out for the fall and day-dreamed about winning the lottery so I could buy everything I wanted before getting serious about trying on some shoes. One of the staff helped me pick out a great pair of Newtons after I talked to him about my current shoe situation. I ended up getting the Lady Isaac and they are absolutely wonderful. I'm planning on doing a full review soon, but if you haven't heard about them check it out.

I also got some new socks and a logo tee from the store that matched my new shoes! Monday morning I woke up bright and early at 5 am for a seven-miler in my new gear. I don't think I've ever been so excited to wake up early and sweat.



Could I have made a goofier excited face?! I ran the seven miles at a trail by the lake and it felt amazing. It was the kind of run that makes me fall in love with running all over again. The weather was great, I felt like I was flying through the miles, and all the other runners were super friendly. I think I definitely need to do more morning runs, even if it means losing some sleep.

On a totally random note, My blogs been getting a new look (as you can probably tell)! Once It' totally done I'll be posting info about the wonderful designer and hosting an awesome giveaway to celebrate!
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QOTD:
Do you have a favorite place to get your running gear? Red Coyote and online at Running Warehouse! 

Are you a morning, afternoon or evening runner?  I used to be an evening runner, because it fit my schedule better, and I'm better at doing homework in the morning. Now I'm starting to love the idea of morning runs. 


Thanks guys! And don't forget to check back soon for a giveaway