Two weekends ago Kitty and I trekked up to Annapolis, Maryland to run in the ZOOMA Annapolis race weekend. I completed the 1/2 marathon and Kitty ran the 5k. We had a great time racing together, meeting new runners, and for me finally meeting the other amazing ambassadors who run with ZOOMA.
[NOTE: As of February 2017, I have been selected to be a brand ambassador for Medi-Dyne. I have done my best to provide an unbiased opinion of this product. With that said, as an ambassador I have been given a discount code to share. For 20% off your Medi-Dyne purchase, use code ARM20 at checkout.]
Blisters, nobody likes them, yet everyone seems to get them at some point in their running journey. Many have written them off as a necessary evil with nothing to be done except suffer through them until they callous over. With the weather warming up and the sweat pouring down, wet feet are almost a given. Wet feet are a haven for blisters as the skin dampens and creates a prime area for blisters to form. The logical solution is to try and find a way to keep your feet dry. But dry feet aren’t enough to prevent all blisters. In fact, dry unprotected feet can be just as bad as they create a friction zone where the shoe rubs the skin and forms a blister. So what are we runners to do about this conundrum? Get our feet wet and we get blisters. Keep our feet dry and we get blisters. Enter 2Toms Blister Shield, a product that can help keep your feet dry and simultaneously reduce friction, keeping hot spots at bay.
In the past month or so I have gone on multiple runs which resulted in Robert saying, “You have to take me there!” After thinking about it for a bit I realized that my schedule and current training plan are allowing me to step off MY beaten path and try someone else’s much more often then I used to do. Oftentimes Robert and I will run one of the same five routes that we cycle through although there are countless options of different places around us to run. However as I have recently been trying lots of new places I have come home excited about a four mile run simply because I get to tell him about the new place I traversed as we check the elevation profile, comparing it to other routes of similar distances in the area. I realized how monotonous running becomes and how quickly that can happen for people who then lose sight of the joy running can bring. However exploring new places on foot is one of the amazing benefits of running and breaking out of the normal routine is a great way to spice up your workout, bring some enjoyment/excitement back to it, and help you explore where you live. Continue reading
I have been LOVING on new running gear a lot lately and just wanted to share some of my new finds with y’all with the hope that they can change your workout as much as they have changed mine! The three articles of gear I’m gushing on: Sweaty Bands, Goodr Sunglasses, and my Orange Mud Gear Quiver. Continue reading
I am finally through my first trimester of my pregnancy! Robert and I were so excited to share the news that we are expecting. Obviously though being pregnant and running long distances on trails do not always go hand in hand. Here are the top five realities I have been dealing with as a runner in the past three months.
I was finally able to get my first (hopefully of many) trail ultra marathon finishes in Pikeville, Tennessee at the Fall Creek Falls 50k. I’m very happy to say that it went amazingly well.
*Disclaimer: Robert was right and I am openly admitting that into cyberspace where I know he can cite this for eternity.
I have never been a huge fan of running with headphones in. When Robert and I run together we talk or just enjoy being together and on my daily runs I never really found the need to listen to music. With our move to Tennessee and our work schedules changing most of our daily runs have switched to being completed on our own because the timing just doesn’t work out for us to put in miles together. So in order to get himself through the void of my rousing conversation at 4:30 AM Robert started listening to podcasts when he ran.