Let’s Catch up!

Well, hello there! It’s been a busy month since we last chatted, which has been filled with travel, friends and  celebrations.

The first weekend in June, I took my pink hat to Toronto! I had never been out of the country and my passport was begging for a stamp (which by the way, I didn’t get one!). Let’s rewind to April when I messaged Carmy about our coach’s birthday. Being a bit further away and having to ship it through customs, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get a fabulous birthday gift to Michelle. Well, before you knew it, I was going to be her gift and a surprise party was in the works. Here is Michelle’s recap of the weekend! I have to say, it was one of the best girls’ weekends hands down that I’ve had! Getting to see her, meet the other girls in person and just have fun was really what it was about.

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The Sunday after her surprise party, we took a little 5K stroll on a highway in Toronto! So much fun and the city is beautiful. The weekend reminded me that there are so many fun times to be had, memories to be made and amazing people to share them with. The Toronto crew is top notch, these girls not only support and love each other, they lift them up and remind them just how bad ass each one of them is. My kind of crew! Thank you for letting me crash the party!

When I got back, there was more celebrating! My best friend, Ginger had a birthday, too! All of these fabulous women in my life, remind me just how lucky my pink hat is.

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Now, don’t think it’s been all jet setting, birthday partying and surprising! I’ve been out there pounding the pavement and getting it done. Marathon training is happening and I’m trying to work on the less is more approach, Coach and Dr. B think it’s a good idea. I know that it is, but I love to work out, especially when it involves friends. Seriously, the gym is like Cheers to me, it’s very much social and hard work rolled into one. I’ve been logging o’dark30 miles on my own and with Sarah, pool time, spin and strength work.

Are you on Instagram? You can check out what I’ve been up to, in between blog posts!

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Through out my recovery and reentry to running, I’m learning how to embrace each run for what it is at the moment and what it gives me. Not every run is stellar like this morning’s but I’m trying to take something good from each one.  Between the trips, running and enjoying life, I’m learning to take more chances, no regrets and the journey is shaping up to be one of the best yet.

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XO,

thepinkhatrunner

Makin’ a Comeback

Hello out there!! I’ve been putting off a new blog until I was able to get back out on the road and pound some pavement. Well, that day finally came and boy was I happy!

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Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t moving at the speed of light or logging double digits. The point is that I did it and that’s what matters.  If you remember the last time I tried running around the block, I hobbled back to the car. Thanks but no thanks, Compartment Syndrome. Then I proceeded to cry as I updated Michelle that I was going to stop running and hang up my pink hat forever.  My fear was that I would still have pain, even though I can tell a tremendous difference in my leg. There isn’t pain going up or down stairs, I can cross my leg without pain, walk without pain or a limp and generally feeling a lot better.

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As the story usually goes, after recovering from injury and listening to both my doctor and coach, I did just fine. Sarah went with me and we did a 3:1 interval plan so that I wasn’t too aggressive, per Coach’s orders. She is awesome and stuck it out with me. We chatted the miles away and I didn’t focus on my leg.  All of that cross training has paid off for keeping up my endurance, guess Dr. B was right, again! My pink hat logged a pain free 3.6 miles that included a cool down. I felt strong, and ready for this next training cycle to start. This week I’ll have a couple more run/walks on the calendar added into my cross training, which is exciting!

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In other news, I visited the Oiselle Flagship Store last weekend! It was pretty neat and I picked up a couple of tops and socks that were on sale. My pink hat loves a good sale, especially for running/workout gear! Have you been there?

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O’dark30 workouts are on track as well, although Monday mornings tend to be more difficult to peel myself out of a warm bed. To be honest, I’m not sure why Mondays are my tough days when I’m raring to go otherwise.  I get lots of good workouts in and if Monday morning is my hall pass, then that’s ok.

Look at this cute mug I found on Etsy!

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Now that I’m feeling back on track and more like myself, I’m excited for the summer! It’s been a rough start to the year, but it’s definitely getting better on all fronts and there is so much in store for me.

What are you up to this summer?

How is your training going?

Tell me, how do you come back from injury?

 

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

Make Your Shine Count!

We put out the energy and light that we want to get back, so make it fancy and positive!

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Since my last blog post, I visited Sonoma, CA. It was my first time there and it was gorgeous! It amazes me that there are so many beautiful and fun places to visit not far from me. Pretty sure I need to make a list and starting checking them off, like Santa! The reason I headed north, was to see Lisa, she was there celebrating the wedding of her step daughter. Lisa and I have known each other for 28 years and it all started in after school honors band. Oh the memories we have! If life has something to celebrate, we do. If life has something that we need a shoulder to get through, we do. It’s never a doubt that we’re there for each other, friendships like ours are rare and I’m so fortunate to have her.

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Sonoma, CA – The  General’s Daughter

The wedding was super small and took place at The General’s Daughter. If you’re looking for an elegant and intimate venue, this is it! The wedding looked like it came out of a magazine, everything from start to finish was gorgeous. The next day we headed out for a wine tour and I have to be honest, I’m such a light weight when it comes to drinking. There were three wineries on the list – Roche, Silver Oak and Chandon. Chandon was my favorite, because it specializes in sparkling and this Pink Hat loves her bubbles.

 

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Silver Oak Winery – Napa, CA

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Bubbly at Chandon – Napa, CA

It was a short but fabulous visit, spending time with friends recharges my batteries. Do you have any long standing friendships?

Over this past weekend, I had a bit of self care going on in the form of a mud wrap. It exceeded my expectations. Not being a stranger to spa services, I thought this would be fun. The last time I did something like the mud wrap was probably 6 years ago? Long overdue that’s for sure.

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Mud Wrap at Monterey Day Spa

It was an hour and a half of bliss and started with dry brushing. I really didn’t know much about this, but it’s really quite interesting. Dry Brushing helps with circulation, your lymphatic system, detoxing and so much  more. They sent me home with the brush, so I can keep up this good practice. After the brushing, I was painted with warm mud, wrapped up in the foil you see above and had a cranial massage. The massage put me in a zone where I’m sure I fell asleep. It was so relaxing! After rinsing off, a layer of moisturizer was applied and I walked out feeling refreshed and so good! Briana who was getting a pedicure at the time, said I was glowing. Pretty sure she was right! The other stop I made was to Lush in Carmel. It’s a candy store for my girly side, they are well stocked with everything to pamper and take care of your skin. This visit, I picked up a bath bomb which I’ve had many but always love to find a different scent/flavor. The new to me items were Mmmmelting Marshmallow bath meltPorridge Soap , King of Skin lotion bar and a Cosmetic Warrior mask. The girls that work at the Carmel location are so friendly and fun!

With all of this fun, I’ve also made sure to get quality cross training sessions in. As a matter of fact, I came across the Peleton app on my phone to stream spin classes. I like it, because I don’t have to stick to a certain time each day if a class doesn’t work with my schedule at the gym. To say I’ve become addicted is an understatement! They have so many choices of ride type, duration and instructor. If you like to spin, check it out, I’m using a free 14 day trial and it’s $12.99 a month if you choose to subscribe. That’s not a bad price for spin on demand! They also have live classes you can jump into if you like. Besides spinning my wheels, I’ve been to kettle bell, in the pool, using the elliptical and staying focused on getting back out on the road next month to log miles.

As you can see life has  been moving ahead with a lot of fun and hard work to get back in my Mizunos. April has a few more adventures up her sleeve, which are exciting and I’ll be sure to share them with you.

 

Have you tried any Lush products? What are your favorites?

What is your go to cross training?

Any fun vacation plans this summer?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

Focus on the Good

Truth be told, I haven’t felt much like blogging, chatting, etc. lately because life has had a lot of ups and downs. Lo and behold here I am, ready to get back to it!

You’ve probably been wondering about this pesky calf. I now have a diagnosis since my last post (February is Outta here!) about training. It’s not a fracture, blood clot or strain, I have compartment syndrome. Yup, that’s a new one for me to. Evidently it’s not all that uncommon for runners and it’s nothing that was training related which coach assured me of that and it was good to hear. My doctor thinks the onset was when I was hiking back in December and twisted my foot. If you’re curious about this ailment, you can read more here.  Dr. Barkalow, is amazing and keeps me going. He has me in for physical therapy twice a week, sporting my compression socks and cross training to keep up my endurance.

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I’m looking at YOU, compartment syndrome. Yes, YOU!

This translates to no running for at least six weeks, if you’re doing the math, you are correct, that rules out Big Sur Marathon. Which in all honesty, I had a feeling that was going to be the result and I am fine with it. It just means that I get to cheer and see my fabulous friends cross the finish line! My training up until February was going well and I have no doubt I will run strong again.

The one draw back of this injury and taking me off the road is that the timing wasn’t optimal personally. I’ve been going through a rough patch and running/working out is my go to stress relief. My personal life has had a change and I’m taking a good look at where I thought life was taking me versus where it actually will. Instead of logging miles and reflecting, I’m grinding it out on a spin bike, in the pool, Pilates, modifying barre and kettle bell classes. Pretty much anything that I can do, that will help me take care of myself and not get into a dark place emotionally. In the last week, I’ve  been trying to shift my thoughts to what I want to accomplish, what I want in a relationship and setting new goals. Goals are essential and I’m going to focus on the good in my life, rather than the what could have been. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Plus, I’m crewing at American River 50 in a couple of weeks, have trips planned and lots of visits with friends to look forward to!

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Spinning like it’s my full time j-o-b

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First one in the pool at 5:30 am

Set backs are really come backs and I know this summer once I’m back on the road, my pink hat will be going strong! If you know me I always find a plan B, C, D….whatever it takes to get it done.

Who is running a fall marathon? Any good ones that I need to check out? How do you rally yourself to get back up and running full steam ahead when life gets you down?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

SmartyPants Vitamins Review & Giveaway!

I was compensated for my review of SmartyPants Vitamins, all thoughts and impression of the product are mine. 

Everyone that takes their vitamins, please raise your hand! *Raises hand* I’m a vitamin taker and in all honesty, love gummy vitamins. Most likely, because they remind me of the penny candy I used to buy when I was little. Who didn’t love Swedish Fish? I sure did!

Not long ago I was given the opportunity to review SmartPants Vitamins and I was super excited! I was sent a large bottle of the Women’s Complete, plus samples of the Kids and Mens (which I took, even though I’m neither of those).  I like what the company stands for and their core values of Transparency, Excellence and Transformation.

The Transformation really struck a cord with me,

“For every bottle you buy, we make a 1•for•1 matching nutrient grant to a child in need through Vitamin Angels. With one act, you give yourself key nutrients helpful in reaching optimum health, and give the same to someone else. You get and you give. And to date, you’ve given to over 1,300,000 children. Each bottle then, is a little act of transformation – helping transform not only yourself into a healthy, happy person but also into someone who can extend that same gift to countless others.”

How awesome is that? By taking are of yourself, they take care of children through the Vitamin Angels.

Let’s get to the vitamins, shall we? SmartyPants targets the nutrients we can’t get from food – Omega3s, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12, plus a long list of other key vitamins we need. Their nutrient guide gives you the skinny on what is packed into the gumdrops of goodness! The vitamins are easily, maybe too easily eaten and are great for people on the go. I took them with me in my gym bag, so that I had no reason not to take them. Even as busy as I am, workouts I’m doing, I have to remember that health comes first. If I’m not fueling properly, then training won’t be as successful.

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#thegoodgummy at the pool

The flavor of the Women’s Complete was sweet but not too sweet and there were red and orange drops. I’m not sure if they were supposed to taste differently, but they seemed the same to me. The Men’s and Kid’s Complete both had a sugar like outer layer, which I’m wondering why they got it, but not the Women’s? But they were equally as tasty and easy to take along with me.

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Gummies go to barre

It’s important to me to maintain a healthy lifestyle and find ways to keep myself up to date with key nutrients. SmartyPants without a doubt lends itself to helping me keep that goal focused.  How do you keep yourself running full speed ahead? Do you have a vitamin that’s your go to? You can head on over to thepinkhatrunner on Instagram for a chance to win your own bottle.

This is what you need to do to enter and a lucky winner will be announced on March 9th on Instagram!

To Enter:

  • Following SmartyPants on Instagram
  • Sharing the giveaway on Instagram, tagging SmartyPants and thepinhatrunner, using #thegoodgummy
  • Tagging a friend in my IG post

P.S. I had my first Turmeric, Ginger and Lime shot on Friday. It was great and Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory agent. Try it!

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Shots!

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

February is Outta here!

Happy Leap Year! We get an extra 24 hours in our month and year. How are you using them? As my best friend text me this morning, she is becoming Little Miss Positive Thought of the Day, it’s a free 24 hours for a fresh start. I made Ginger promise to create a blinged out daily calendar that she can sell with all of her wisdom. She’s been stuck with me for a little over 15 years and we’re sister-friends. We’ve been through it all and still cracking each other up. Here she is in all of her fabulousness!

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Enter a cIaption

The high lite of my weekend was  going up to Morgan Hill, which is about a 45 minute drive from me, to try The Daily Method for the first time. Having been to the local barre studio, classes at the gym and Pure Barre, I was game! It was a great class, fast paced and kept me on my toes. I really enjoyed it and would love to go back. I was looking around at schedules and saw that Pure Barre is offering a platform class, that looks like a fun challenge. Has anyone tried that yet? It’s still fairly  new!

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In all fairness and honesty, I have to say that February sucked. It really was not a great month for me personally, running or otherwise.  My calf really isn’t cooperating and I’m revisiting my calendar for the next few months and debating on how to get through this. Training was going so well and then….BOOM! not so well. I had to have an ultra sound done of both legs to rule out a blood clot, which thankfully, I don’t have and am trying to get into my doctor to see how we’re going to attack this. In the mean time, I tried running last week, it was so so and Sunday left me frustrated. I made it around the block and called it quits because of the pain. I found a magnesium gel at Whole Foods, that I’m using on a daily basis. Magnesium seems to be a wonder supplement and really hoping it works some magic.  For now, I’m back to cross training and patience, but if you know me, I’m not good at being patient.

Add that to every day stress, ups and downs, and life has been a roller coaster for me.

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I did get in the kitchen last night and bake, which is always therapeutic. One of my favorite websites to check out for tasty and pretty healthy treats is The Ambitious Kitchen, she never disappoints!  What caught  my eye was the Chocolate chip coconut flour Paleo banana bread (check out the photo below). I doubled the recipe, which made a large loaf and two small mini loaves to share. It was super easy, as all of her recipes are and I used a non dairy/soy/nut/vegan chocolate chip in it.  It was a nice treat and still kept me on track! Have you used coconut flour before? I love it and it packs in a lot of fiber in a small amount.

My eating post Whole30 has gone well. I feel like I’m back in a good rhythm with food choices and not reverting to where I was in the fall. Not to say, it wasn’t yummy, but I needed to reign it in again.

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I’m hoping that March is kinder to me and I can try logging some miles. In the mean time, I’m going to keep my chin up, cross train and not let myself get too down.

How do you deal with slumps and bumps in the road?

 

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

Cardio Pilates and a Springboard

Good morning and TGIF!

This has been my thought process for the last few weeks, anyone else in need of a vacation?

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One of the bright spots was an email that I received from Maddy, the owner of Physique Exercise Salon. She has seen my blog (how cool is that?!) and wanted to invite me to one of her Group Reformer and Cardio classes to try with a friend. The studio offers Barre, Pilates and TRX classes, check out their schedule to see what they have coming up!

(*I received a free class for myself and a friend from Physique. All of the opinions are solely mine*) 

The studio was bright, inviting and tucked away in Carmel. If you’re in the area or visiting, I highly recommend you check it out!

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Physique Exercise Salon

Briana is always down for a class or to try something new so I enlisted her to join me. As it turns out she had been before and enjoyed it so much she was game to go again. If you’ve read my blog or visited me over on Instagram, you know I’ve been to a reformer class a few times.  This studio uses a springboard version, which mixes cardio with Pilates – it was a complete body workout, from head to toe with core work as well. The beginning of the class was the springboard portion and I felt like a flying turtle. It was pretty cool and challenging, taking regular Pilates foot work and upping the ante. Our legs literally sprung off of the board, sending us backward.  Once again, I was surprised at what a workout it was! It wasn’t just my legs bouncing off of the platform, but my core was engaged as well. We worked through both upper and lower body exercises with the reformer, and also used light hand weights at the end. It was as if barre and Pilates came together and made the time fly by! I’m pretty sure the lady to my right and Briana to my left, heard some moans and groans coming from me, even though there was upbeat and fun music in the background. Please accept my apologies!

I love how trying new things or classes gives me not only a way to shake up my routine, but works different muscles. No matter how many weights I lift, reps I do, there is always a new way to engage and get stronger, this class definitely did that. Do you look for ways to change things up, keep your work outs interesting and new? Physique will see my pink hat again in the future, it was a lot of fun and good energy!

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Please excuse the post Pilates hair! Maddy the owner of Physique and I after class. What a workout she put us through! Thank you!

 

Tell me what you’ve been up to! How is training? Any great race recaps? Trying anything new?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

 

Whole30, Volunteering and Training

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I made it!! What did I do, you ask? My Whole30 Challenge is complete, it was from January 11 – February 11th. When I returned from my road trip, I had my pink hat determined to get back on the good eating habits wagon. I had pretty much fallen off, with the exception of a few one or two things and was hanging on for dear life.

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Remember I talked a little while ago about It Starts with Food ? I was reading it on the trip from California to Missouri to break up listening to the same three songs over and over. I’m not a fan of eliminating an entire food group or telling people what to eat. It’s an individual choice and there isn’t something that works for everyone. For me, I feel better when I’m not eating a lot of dairy, processed carbs, etc. After reading the book, it made sense and to be honest, it was really close to how I was eating until that derailed wagon happened.  In the nutshell, the Whole30 is an elimination plan that addresses inflammation, digestion and allergies. Which boils down to no grains (including rice, corn, quinoa, flours), processed foods, legumes (meaning peanut butter was off limits. I’m a PB lover, it’s a food group in my world), dairy, added sugar (reading labels, I was amazed at the amount of sugar added to basic ingredients. Beef broth and bacon have it!) artificial sweetners and soy (no lattes, NONE). For the first time, I drank black coffee and didn’t add Splenda to it or tea. This got me back into reading labels, taking stock of what needed to be tossed and reevaluating my daily intake. Since I’m a planner and meal prepper, I didn’t have a lot of trouble getting into the groove with that. Planning is key to this! The old saying, “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” is very true when embarking on this for thirty days. I had to be a little more on top of my game, which was fine. The one thing that concerned me, was running and how this would effect it. I learned that fueling with whole foods – Larabars, figs, etc. was ok, even noticing I wasn’t taking in as much fuel during a long run. After a little research, I found a Whole30 for Runners Facebook group and joined. The group is full of information, answers questions and is really supportive. Gotta love the running community.

The plan says not to weigh yourself or count calories, which I loved! The scale is the enemy. I hate that thing! It doesn’t do anything more than spit out a number, which then reeks havoc on my self esteem and how I view myself. Who needs that pressure?!

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There were a few noticeable changes that I experienced, which I was very happy about. I didn’t feel as bloated, my afternoon energy slump went away and my clothes are looser on me. I got back in the routine of looking at the menu online before the couple of times I went out to eat and having an idea of what to order, which felt more secure than winging it in a restaurant. All positives! However, I did notice I got into the habit of eating pretty much the same things, and had to start being more active in looking for new recipes or ideas. If there is another sweet potato any time soon, I may scream! I had to stop buying them, my initial reaction after a couple of weeks was to gag, that’s not fun.

What’s next? I’m going to keep cruising on this path and periodically have quinoa, maybe a little dairy, a bite of dessert,  but not going to revert back to where I was. More of a Paleo lifestyle again.

In other news, I also volunteered at Inside Trail Racing‘s Ft. Ord race last weekend! My shift was from 5-10 am, but I stayed an hour later waiting for Briana to finish. At the start, I was Ms. RunNerd when the Ginger Runner asked me a question. Ethan was so nice and let me take a picture with him, which promptly was posted to Thepinkhatrunner  on Instagram.

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Sarah was running the 50K as a training run for her 50 miler in April and Briana did the 25K. Both ladies were amazing out on the course! Sarah brought home a 30 minute PR! That girl has determination, grit and doesn’t stop till she gets it done!

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As always, I’m still out there pounding the pavement and training for Big Sur! This week, I was happy to get a couple of o’dark 30 runs in, great speed work, pool, spin and tonight is Pilates.

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That’s what I’ve been up to, now tell me all about your adventures and what’s going on with you!

Have you tried an elimination diet before? How did it go? Training?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

PHR, Checking In!

Hello, it’s me!! Your favorite Pinkhatrunner. It’s been a busy but quiet couple of weeks since we last chatted and can you believe it’s already February?! How does the time fly by so fast? What have you all been up to?

This is more of a rambling, how ya doin’, what’s new with you post since there isn’t really anything new with me. I had jury duty on Monday, that lasted a couple of hours and we were sent home with a “thank you, see you again in two years” as we bolted for the door.

Training is humming along, long runs are gaining distance and my mid week runs are getting both longer and more intense. We’re talking threshold runs, hills and speed! I love how Coach has me working, pushing myself and getting comfy being uncomfy. This has been a great training cycle so far. Oh, did I mention that Michelle broke the Canadian W40 Indoor 5000M track record last weekend? Now, that’s what I call a big deal! You can read all about it here. She is truly inspirational and gives 1000% to everything, including the athletes she coaches. Bravo!!!

While Coach is out crushing records and taking names, I’m putting in my work too!

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The week of January 25th

Last weekend, it was pouring when my alarm went off at 5:30 to get ready for my long run. High winds and downpour put me back to sleep until the gym opened and I spent the time I would have been running, on the elliptical. It’s no joke, 2:15 going on that and I had my figs/Lemon Larabar and hydration on hand. It was a long time, but I’m happy I got it done!

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Have you come across a food that you can’t get enough of? That’s been me and kale. Seriously, I’m shocked I’m not green at this point, I’ve had it every day and most often twice a day. Yesterday’s lunch was roasted kale and a chicken breast, it was heaven!

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Besides being delicious, it was good pre run fuel for my threshold intervals last night. I’m getting better about running after work, the dark doesn’t bother me as much. It’s odd that I will run at o’dark30, but after work is a challenge, which I’ve been diligently working on. Can you see me in the dark?!

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Oh, did I mention I’ve signed up for two races after Big Sur? I have a half the end of June and then this guy on October 1st. I even signed up the boy to run it with me. It’s bonding time, right? Meaning he’ll run and come back to find me on the course😉 I’m really looking forward to running the Frog Hill Half. It’s going to be a bit of a leap frog up that first hill!

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Guess what else? I’m excited that I was chosen to review Smarty Pants Vitamins in the next couple of weeks, plus they are going to offer a giveaway! The one thing that I look for in review opportunities, are products that I would normally use and vitamins are on that list. Smart Pants Vitamins are an all-in-one once a day that pack a punch! Stay tuned for more information and how I like them!

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I may have worn my SLS3 compression sleeves to work today, don’t you? No? I can’t be the only one!

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Well that’s a bit of rambling and pictures on my part! Now, dish it, what has everyone else been up to?  Do you have a favorite veggie? Vitamin?

 

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

 

 

Learning to be Comfortable being Uncomfortable

Happy Monday Tuesday! It was a great long weekend in Pinkhat land, how was yours? I spent time catching up with my best friend, brunched, coffee’d, food prep, errands and running, pretty much all of the good things!

I’ve heard great things about Pilates, especially the reformer class and I did a little research about where I can find them in my area. Lo and behold, there was a Groupon for a studio not far from me and I decided to try it out. Ahhhhmazing! I loved it! The teacher, Jonathan was super nice and patient, class size was small (5 total) and the workout was harder than I anticipated. Joseph Pilates is the guy we get to thank for this, he got the ball rolling and it took off. Pilates is controlled movements that improve flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Plus, when Coach Michelle found out I went, I got two thumbs up, even better! I attended a class both Saturday and Monday at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy in Pacific Grove. They will see my pink hat smiling face again!

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The reformer I’ve been using

Sunday was my long run and this is where I reminded myself of Coach’s words, “Get Comfortable with being UNCOMFORTABLE”. I was looking forward to my 10 miles all week, I’m not really sure why, but I was. Maybe it was because the run was going to be my first double digit in a while. I was also excited about fueling with real food, something I haven’t done before. I think it’s the change and something new that I was looking forward to. My plan was to run in the opposite direction I normally do because I wanted a change of scenery.

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My change of scenery in the fog

Tootling along, I felt good and the hills which at one time were challenging, were not that bad. I took each one as they came. It felt good to maintain a consistent pace over them and cruise along. At the halfway point, I stopped to fuel, have a drink of water and gaze at that foggy landscape in the photo above. My fuel was Larabar’s Lemon Bar and figs. I wasn’t sure how fueling with non gel/chews would go, but it was good. I had the bar cut into pieces with the figs in a baggie for easy access.

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Heading back the way I came, I felt a twinge in my leg by  my knee and knew that I needed to err on the side of caution. Not that I was worried, but a little hitch in my giddy up could turn into something more if I wasn’t smart about this. I’ve been on the bench/injured list too many times and this girl’s got goals to meet! This is where the uncomfortable part came in. I had two options:  Walk back or run/walk to ensure whatever this was, wasn’t serious.  My option was run/walk, with the back up plan of walking if it really got painful. I’d rather work through the discomfort rather than throwing in the towel completely and that’s what walking would have been to me at that point. I’m not saying that walking is bad, heck, I’ve done my fair share. But I knew it was more of a mental vs physical decision. If my body wasn’t stopping, neither was my mind. Besides, twinges, aches, etc are part of the process.

At the end of the run, I was happy with my run/walk decision. My pace wasn’t too terrible and I took some Aleve at the car.

finish

First double digit run in a while, done!

Plus, I saw my chiropractor yesterday and he agreed, while training things like this come up and I was smart to back off a tad.

When I got home, I used my 93,000 Miles bath jelly for the first time from Lush. They recommend keeping it in the freezer and it felt so good! This particular jelly is good for tired muscles and incorporates mint, cinnamon and eucalyptus into the mix to sooth and recover. Just like the other products I have from there, it was love at first bath! Have you been to Lush, do you have a favorite product?

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93,000 Miles

Well, that’s the scoop on what I’ve been up to, now it’s your turn!

Leave me a comment and let me know….

How your weekend was?

Do you have any favorite bath products?

Have you tried fueling your runs with real food?

XO,

thepinkhatrunner

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