Thursday, August 28, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. Tuesday was the first day of school.  Hard to believe my babies are so big!   I still remember Avery being a baby and thinking it felt like forever until they were both in school and now it is the second year they have both been in school.
Makes the house seem so quiet on my days off.  Gymnastics and flag football both start up soon so we will be busy with that and these quiet days will let me get things like laundry done. and runs too of course.

2. I couldn't resist when I saw this yoga DVD.
although the main program in 82 minutes long!  I made it through the first 36 last night and will try for the whole things again this afternoon.  It does have a shorter program for when you don't have 122 minutes (that is a lot of time!) It is an intermediate program and I did find it more challenging than I am used to so I really like that.  I can see how it will help build strength.

3.  I am really missing this view on runs

I haven't run here since I had a run in with a bear.  The bear(s) have been seen multiple times since then so I have to assume they are still around.  I am going to wait until hibernation time (December) until I attempt this run again.  Sad.  This is my favorite place to run. Just looking at me makes me crave a run...
yup better go!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last Long Run and a Flipbelt Review and Discount Code

Disclaimer:  I received a Flipbelt for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way and was not required to give a good review,  all opinions expressed are my own.
Due to the rainy rainy weekend and knowing that I would have today off work while the kids went to school I decided to save my long run for today.  The weather was nice and cool for it and it felt pretty good until about 9 miles in and then it was rough. My legs were tired and crampy.    Maybe I should have fueled better. I had planned to do 15, but decided it wasn't my day. Still not a bad run and only 11 days and 18 hours until the Bozeman Half Marathon!  YAY
One of the things I have used on my runs lately has been a Flipbelt. 

What is a
you ask?
Flipbelt is a tubular band designed to wear around your waist or hips. 

It has four opening you can use to tuck your essentials into the Flipbelt, including a clip to hook keys to. 

What do I put in mine?
My phone, chapstick, toilet paper, gels, and sometimes bear spray.

Worried about things falling out?  Just flip it so that the openings are against you. 

How do I like running with it?
Very well.  I was using an armband for my iPhone and a belt for my water and gels, and toilet paper.  I didn't want to wear two belt type things so I used my Camelback to hydrate with on the long runs I wore my Flipbelt for.  I didn't have to adjust the Flipbelt while running, which is a huge plus in my book.

Easy and comfortable to use
Machine washable
Super stretchy
I can fit a lot of things in it easily

Not waterproof, so if you are worried about getting your phone, ipod, whatever wet you need to protect it with a plastic bag, which is no big deal.

I can't put my water in it.

Want to try one for yourself?  Use the code sweat33 to get 33% off your entire purchase at Flipbelt 
They have lots of pretty colors to pick from.

 What are you currently using to put all your things in while you run?
Have you tried a Flipbelt yet?

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Renegade Ways

1. My husband and a friend of his used to own this beautiful horse who is gracing the cover of Range Magazine and sold him to a guy who raises bucking horses.  He now is the stud horse for a band of mares and is a cover model.
Renegade Ways on the cover of Range Magazine
I love this magazine for it's tell the truth stories and defense of those living in the west maintaining a western legacy.

2. The kids and I were expecting a box from and it came some time over the weekend and the 4 inches of rain we got. Lucky for us all of our things were wrapped in cellophane because by the time we found the box on the front steps it had nearly disintegrated in the rain.

This was what I got much the disgust of my yoga skeptic family.
They might all make fun of my yoga but it has made a world of difference for me. I can't wait to try this one out!

Did I mention it did nothing but rain this weekend? We played a lot of cards, and I got in a few great workout, but admittedly no runs.  I am not ready for being cold and wet and I don't want to risk getting sick or injured so close to my next half marathon.
I did do yoga, the elliptical and a HIIT workout both days though so it isn't like I didn't do anything.

Do you tend to be more cautious as a big race gets closer?  I DO!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Three Things Thursday!

1. I haven't said too much about it, but I am training for a half marathon, which is now 17 days away.  Woohoo!!  I am thinking that instead of doing a long run this weekend I am going to stretch it out until Tuesday, run 14 or 15 miles and then the Sunday before the race (which will be 5 days later) I will do a long run of 8 miles and call it a taper.  My biggest reason for doing that is so that my runs this weekend will be shorter and will include a good tempo run and I will have more time to spend with the kids before they start school on Tuesday.  I will be putting them on the bus and heading out for a run!

2. I am going to be doing the Bozeman half marathon.  It will be my first time for this race so I am excited about that, but I am also excited about this, check out the elevation profile.
Should be a fast race! I will be meeting a friend up there the same friend I went and ran the Missoula half marathon with.

3. Tuesday while driving my kids to a 4-H meeting on a narrow two lane road with little to no shoulder I encountered two people walking a dog, which in itself is great.  My problem with them is that we were on a narrow two lane road and with the dog they were essentially three people across the road, easily halfway into the road.  This meant I had to swerve around them, which would have been fine except I was cresting a hill.  I could not see far into the other lane.  If someone else had come along they would have crashed into my car. 

Apparently I didn't swerve far enough around the people because the man glared at me and my children.  I am sorry if I worried him, but here is my thing.  I am not going to do more than I have to in order to go around them when I am putting myself and more importantly my children at risk.  They should certainly have been more mindful of the situation and been walking single file once they saw me coming.  As it was they made no effort to move over.  I hate to say it, but had a car come along at that point, I probably would have had to swerve into the walkers to protect my children from a head on collision.

What would you have done?
When is your next race?
What do you think of my long run plan?
Ps check out this car we saw in town yesterday, the kids were most impressed with the phone on the dash and once again my son was appalled that I would take a picture of someone else's car

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Apparently I have some crazy jump rope skills

I apparently have some mad jump rope skills as I participated in Sweat A Day  hosted by Shauna Harrison and Under Armour Women in July on Instagram and there was a week of jump rope.  I was one of the winners that week and was delighted when I finally got my prize yesterday.  When I opened it, I admit I was a bit disappointed. 

I was expecting at least some cool Under Armour clothes.  The duffel is alright, just ugly, the shoes aren't running shoes, though they are comfy and the hat will be awesome this winter. I decided that since it was free it wasn't worth whining about and since I love the hat, it could all be considered a win. The duffel I will probably donate to a 4-H raffle our club does in the spring.

When I got home from my run today I had another package from FedEx waiting for me.  YAY!

I adore the capris and the socks are super bright. 

I am delighted I won since after that week I ended up quitting the challenge due to some back pain.  I think I shall have to rejoin.  It was a lot of fun and the prize is sweet and would have cost me over $330 if I had to buy it (according to the tags).

I could show you my mad skills, but it seems a lot of work to get it on here.  You can check it out here if you want, but I don't think it's that exciting.

Have you done any Instagram challenges? won any?  This is my first win!  YAY. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quality of Life 2 mile Race Report

I got up early this morning and headed out for a quick 4 mile run, came home and helped the kids get ready for their 2 mile race.  They were so excited!

We got to the race with about 12 minutes to spare!  Just enough time to snap a few pictures

practice some cartwheels while standing in line for the port a potty
and then it was GO TIME!

My son took off and I stayed with my daughter.  I had given the kids instructions that whoever got to the finish line first was to stay there and wait close by until the others came in.  Cade was thrilled he didn't have to stay with us and ended up running part way with another kid from school.

I stayed with Avery and she started really strong, about a mile in she started run walking the rest of the way.  The last half mile was a bit of a struggle for her as she had a sideache, just then a boy from her kindergarten class and his mom passed us.  I leaned over to her and said "you aren't going to let Colter beat you are you?" and she was off!   It might have helped that the whole last quarter of a mile I told her mantra after mantra

Finally!  She has her own medal!  She kept asking me to give her one of mine, but I told her she had to earn it. 1st place in her age group! 
My son ended up 3rd in his, and was thrilled with his medal too, so I took them both out for some frozen yogurt.

Good stuff.

I ended up 4th in my age group, which was funny to me since I ran with Avery and out time was 21:14 which is more like a good 5k time for me, but I missed out on the awards, which the kids thought was pretty funny.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Three Things Thursday with only a small rant

1. I was in Instagram last when when I saw someone post something along the lines of "yay I just became an ambassador for product ABC!! It just came in the mail and I am so excited to try out ABC tomorrow on my run!!"

Anyone else have any issues here? if you don't read it again.

I wanted to clarify so I asked if she had tried ABC before and she said  "no, they contacted me and sent me the product."

A: what kind of company asks someone to be an ambassador for their product when the person doesn't even use it 

B: what kind I person agrees to be an ambassador and then brags about being an ambassador before they even try the product? 

I know I would be skeptical of any review they would give. It all reeks of desperation or something.

2. My garden is starting to turn out zucchini and cucumbers like nobody's business so I am busy finding new zucchini recipes to try out.  Stuffed zucchini boats and zucchini Parmesan fries were both winners in my book, although the kids weren't so impressed.  I am going to try the boats with bacon.  Bacon after all makes everything better.

I would love any suggestions for zucchini,  for cucumbers for the matter.

3. Running.  I am having a fabulous running week.  Everything is feeling strong and I am feeling good.  I feel like my motivation is coming back and I am hitting 30+ mile weeks easily.   I am doing a two mile run with the kids this weekend.  A little sad I won't be racing the 5 mile portion of the run, but I promised the kids a run with me this summer and here it is.

They were pretty excited about picking up our t-shirts and bibs this morning, all we had to do was go to the dentist first. They both hated the numb cheeks.

Lucky for them it was an okay race swag bag with some fun things inside like mints, chapstick, a pen and a notepad.  There were tech tees, but I registered one day too late to get one so we got cotton.

So.. do you have any ideas for me with the zucchini and cucumbers?