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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

18 turned into 20. Heat exhaustion.

Hubby and I ran 10 miles on Saturday and had 18 planned for Sunday.  With a kid-free weekend upon us, we opted to sleep in.  We both needed it.  Unfortunately, that meant that after coffee and breakfast, we didn't get to the Glacial Drumlin trailhead in Cottage Grove until 10:30.  A little too late for a Sunday morning run in August.  The sun was warm, but not too intense.  And the path has quite a bit of shade after you get over a mile into your route.  The only water and restrooms are at the trailhead and in Deerfield at mile seven.  We packed a cooler and planned on doing seven miles out, seven miles back and then heading back out to do the final six miles.

We started our Garmins in sync and headed out for our long run.  I was kind of dreading it and had some sort of pre-race jitters.  I get all hyped up about a long run almost like I do about a race.  A mile in I was already comfortable and fine.  We were clocking in around 10 minute miles for the first part of our excursion.  I had my headphones cranked and he opted not to bring his.  He says he gets too warm with his headphones in, when the temps are high.  This was nice, because I ran along the right side of the trail and he ran in the middle and could be aware and listen for bikes coming up from behind and tuck in behind me on the trail, to let them pass.  2.5 miles in, we were discussing our next long run our next kid-free weekend - 20 miles.  I suggested that we add two miles to our run and he laughed at me, saying, "We are only 2.5 miles in, my dear".  I was feeling great.  So was he.


At mile 7, we had reached Deerfield and stopped at a local park to use the restroom and refill our empty handheld water bottles.  I also enjoyed a mint chocolate energy gel.  I also splashed cold water over my arms, neck and forehead.  He then took me up on my offer to run twenty miles with him.
We headed further out on the trail, trying to reach the mile 10 marker.  We had a great mixture of sun and (mostly) shade.  We were both still feeling great and we turned around right at mile 10.  We were still clocking in around 10 minute miles.  I couldn't believe it.
 
 
My legs weren't chaffing too badly for once, but my upper arms were getting red.  I kept soaking up the sweat from my face into my shirt.  I was grateful that I opted for a tank top instead of a tee.  And it was nice to be running sans makeup, so that I could get all of the salt off of my face and out of my eyes.  When we got back to mile 7 marker in Deerfield (fourteen miles), we stopped again to use the restroom, refill our empty water bottles and I took another energy gel.  Hubby sipped on one energy gel during miles 10-14.  I was grateful I had a second one.  Then we headed back out for our final seven miles towards Cottage Grove. 
 
 
We continued to be pretty consistent with our pace, only starting to slow down around mile 16.  I told hubby that I was at the good part of my playlist and was feeling pretty strong.  I felt like I still had some bounce to my step.  He was starting to slow down and I could tell he wanted to run solo.  I picked up my pace and ran ahead.  About five or six times, I would run ahead to some shade and then run back to him.  He was walking and out of water.  I would then run ahead and continue to look back.  He was running again.  Walking again.  Running again.  I could tell the final two miles were a death march.  My hip flexers started to hurt the final two miles, but I wasn't feeling terrible.  I wasn't trying to push it any longer - just finish.  My pace slowed to 11-12 minute miles the last few, but I was still feeling ok.  I only felt nauseous during the last mile when we ended back up together.  We finished in under 3.5 hours.
 
 
We walked about a half mile together to cool down, each downed a large Powerade Zero, stretched in the shade, took some photos, reflected on our run and thanked each other for having the experience together.  It's amazing all the ups and downs you can go through in 3.5 hrs.  Overall, it was a great experience.  I felt like we were really smart about it (other than getting out so late in the day).  We stopped, we hydrated, fueled up, cooled ourselves down, hydrated again and he walked when needed.


 
After our run, we opted to drive to Monona to Bourbon Street Grill for an outdoor lunch, while watching the boats drive by.  We were stinky, sweaty and hungry.  I was craving salt.  The service was bad, our salty fries didn't come out early like I asked.  Orders were wrong and I must have been a little disillusioned, because I asked for blackened chicken on my salad.  I thought it smelt fishy, but didn't say anything.  It wasn't until later, when my hubby mentioned the bill said blackened tuna, that I confirmed my suspicions. 
 
We got back in the car to head home and I could tell I wasn't feeling right after eating.  I pulled out my sweat towel to cover my mouth.  And, I quickly asked him to pull over.  He did so quickly - into the parking lot of a church playground.  He found me a picnic bench and rubbed my back - as my body got chilled, my legs filled with goosebumps, my eyes teared up, my nose dripped uncontrollably and eventually I vomited over and over again.  After two minutes, it was over and I suddenly felt better.  A van with a family inside pulled up next to us to play at the park.  I was mortified.  We went home and I continued to hydrate, showered, rested and went out for a nice, cool walk in the evening.
 
I felt like we were smart with our run, and I felt great during the run.  But, obviously it was just too much for my body that day.  Heat exhaustion is seriously no joke.  And if I am more prone to it now, I will need to be even more conscious of the conditions, when planning future runs and races.
 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ten today. Eighteen tomorrow.

Well, big news!  I signed up for Madison Marathon, scheduled for November 9.  That's exactly three months from today.  I declared after the New Year that I would NOT commit to training for another 26.2 mile event this year.  But, I am.  As some of my training groups have come to a close, I really have felt that I need something for me.  Something to commit to.  Something to force me to run longer than nine or ten miles.  My husband is running two marathons this fall (his third and fourth marathons since he was bit by the running bug in 2012).  I have been doing most of his longer runs with him anyway, so we might as well wrap-it-up with a 26.2 mile run together on a kid-free weekend in November. 
 
I am looking forward to it.  And so is he.
 
He ran a boatload of miles in Dallas, while he was out of town for work the past two weeks.  I have been slacking a bit and running minimally, other than my coaching miles (once or twice almost daily).  This weekend, was going to kick-start my running for fall and we have ten miles on tap for Saturday and eighteen planned for Sunday morning.  This is really going to test my commitment to MYSELF.  The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Madison the past few weeks.  Beautiful mornings.  Beautiful days.  Beautiful nights. 
 
We planned to run ten miles this morning after Little Dude's final baseball game.  We headed back home for a few last-minute adjustments prior to our run, including having me change from a technical tee into a tank top.  I am really glad that I did.  We filled up our handheld water bottles and were off.
 
Around 10:30, we ran from our home on a ten mile route across town.  It was already getting pretty warm and there were a lot of other runners on foot this morning.  I had ran this route on my own a few weeks back and had one of my slowest runs - EVER.  It took me 1:45 to run ten miles.  I followed the next day with a 1:30 ten mile race.  Every run is different.  What would today bring?
 
 
The sun was warm and we had minimal shade on our route.  On the way back, we stopped at the library to towel off and refuel our empty handheld water bottles.  Hubby tried out his new Saucony's, which he regretted and will not be using tomorrow on such a long run.  I felt great.  I felt a little slow at first and my watch definitely reflected those sporadic miles where I felt zapped with energy.  But a few sips of water, a great running tune with a consistent beat, and a positive attitude kept me going and helped me increase my footwork.
 
 
We stopped at ten miles about two blocks from our home, enjoyed a cool down walk, some stretching on our deck and a Diet Mountain Dew, Powerade Zero and a plate of chips, guac and raspberry salsa.  I am always craving my DMD and some salt after a good, hot run.
 
Ten today.  Eighteen tomorrow.





Friday, August 8, 2014

Girl on Fire - Running Playlist

 
 

Girl on Fire Running Playlist
 
Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys - 3:45
Break the Fall - Laura Welsh - 2:53
All About that Base - Meghan Trainor - 3:09
Human - Christina Perri - 4:11
Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson - 3:41
Empire - Shakira - 3:59
Stronger - Kelly Clarkson - 3:42
Run the World - Beyonce - 3:56
Team - Lorde - 3:13
Timber - Ke$ha/Pitbull - 3:24
Roar - Katy Perry - 3:43
Next to Me - Emeli Sande - 3:17
I Love It - Icona Pop - 2:37
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding - 4:46
Catch my Breath - Kelly Clarkson - 4:10
Where Have You Been - Rhianna - 4:03
 
Duration:  approx 1 hr

Running with Style

I was so thrilled to be interviewed by Abigail Becker of The Star recently.  Her full article, Running with Style, was recently featured in our local newspaper in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
 
 
Running with Style: Local mom’s blog aims to inspire others to a more active lifestyle
By Abigail Becker
 
 
Despite her complete Running Diva Mom persona—from her brightly colored tennis shoes to running classes and her running blog—Jamie Adcock was not always a runner.
         
Adcock started running about nine years ago and said moms can relate to her story because she does not fit the mold of a stereotypical runner.
 
“I think that’s why people have identified with me because I’m not the typical runner,” Adcock said. “I didn’t run track and cross country in school; I don’t look like the typical runner.”
 
Adcock may be more well-known as the author of the Running Diva Mom blog, which has “exploded” since she started the site five years ago as a way to document her own personal training history.
 
On the blog, Adcock writes about her own experiences with running, reviews running courses and races in addition to rating products. National advertisers have also taken notice of the site, and companies often send her products geared toward active families to review.
 
Adcock said keeping up with her blog is a great way to stay up-to-date on the running industry and connect with other runners, moms and those interested in pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle.
 
“It’s been really amazing at trying new things and [letting] my kids have new experiences,” Adcock said. “Meeting like-minded individuals is a key point.”
 
One of her goals is to help other moms carve out time for themselves each day and help them realize it is not selfish to take personal time to exercise and be fit. She leads running classes and has coached more than 500 women in the Madison area.
 
“It’s an unintimidating atmosphere for people to try something new,” Adcock said.
 
Three local groups have taken advantage of Adcock’s coaching and will be put to the test in the upcoming Book’n It Run for Literacy that will take place Aug. 2 in Sheehan Park. Adcock is coaching three separate teams: a group of women, a group of young girls and a Mom & Me group
 
She is also planning a Women’s Running Retreat scheduled for Nov. 1 to provide resources to women in the area as well as provide a forum for networking.
 
Although Adcock primarily works with women, men are welcome to attend classes such as one focused on stroller pushing, which is designed for the parent with young children still in strollers.
 
Adcock said her own personal running goals, routines and priorities have transformed her family.

“My kids really think it’s normal to work out every day,” Adcock said. “It’s nice to get them unplugged once in a while.”
 
She has even influenced her husband to become a multi-marathon runner.
 
“My husband wasn’t a runner, but I told him if we’re going to hang out, you’ve got to do something or we’ll never see each other,” Adcock said. “Now he’s running his third marathon this fall.”
 
While running has not always been Adcock’s passion, she has embraced all aspects of the sport: the health benefits, coaching, blogging and lifestyle.
 
“I wasn’t involved in extracurriculars or sports because I was super shy and intimidated, so running has been a whole new outlet for me,” Adcock said.
 
Running has provided an outlet for exercising and building community that has affected all aspects of Adcock’s life.
 
“I’ve really transformed as a person,” Adcock said. “I think I’ve found myself and it’s helped me … gain confidence.”
 
Check out Adcock’s blog at runningdivamom.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Little Diva's Dash - Fundraiser - Aug 17

Hi, I'm Paige (aka Little Diva on my mom's blog, Running Diva Mom). My family made a summer bucket list. And I've been wanting to raise money for something important to me this summer.


I hope you can come and help me raise money and be fit at the same time. I am raising money for the American Family Children's Hospital and for Girls on the Run of Dane County.

Please join my family for a 30 minute fun run/walk at Orfan Park on Sunday August 17th at 9:00 am. The address is 2050 St. Albert the Great dr in Sun Prairie. 
 
See the event on Facebook (HERE).
 
Beginners and Walkers welcome. This is not a timed run, but if you would like you could bring a stop watch and keep track of your own time.

This fun run/walk is $10 dollars per person and children are free. All profits go to these organizations. But please bring cash or check payable to my mom Jamie Adcock so that we can split between the 2 organizations.

There will be give aways after the run.

Thank You for considering joining us.  If you cannot attend and would like to donate, please contact my mom at runningdivamom@yahoo.com
 

 Sincerely, Little Diva

 
RSVP ON FACEBOOK !!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Woolite Everyday Laundry Detergent Review

Woolite sent along some samples of their Woolite Everyday Laundry Detergent.
  It can be used for hand washing or machine washing your everyday laundry.  I tried it on bed sheets, delicates and my running gear to check out the versatility of the detergent.  I tried it on a hot cycle with the bed sheets and on a cold water cycle with my delicates and my running gear.
 
 
Woolite Everyday claims to give all your clothes the right balance of cleaning and caring. It doesn't contain harsh ingredients, so it won't cause stretching, shrinking or fading. With Woolite Everyday, you can keep all your clothes looking like new!

 
The wicking fabrics in my gear often remain stinky - it's REALLY hard to get that soaked in sweat out.  Especially if your running gear sits in the laundry hamper for a few days after your workout.  Woolite made my running gear smell fresh.  I'm not sure if it was any better than my other laundry detergent, but it definitely did the job.  I also enjoyed the sparkling falls scent.  If you are worried about the fading color of your clothing, also checkout Woolite Darks.

 
Want to try it out yourself?  Check out the Woolite website for a $1 off coupon.
 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Giveaway Winners ....


I was recently given the opportunity to review several products for active families.  You can read all about my fabulous experiences at the link below.  Please visit their websites below and start shopping.

 

One winner was chose at random to receive the following items.  Random.org chose ……..

 

Honest Tea Lemonade
RDM Review:  HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  Beth HERE

Enso EvoFit Muscle Roller
RDM Review:  HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  Kathy Howe HERE
 

Congratulations!!!  Please email me at ( runningdivamom at yahoo dot com ) with your name, email and mailing address.  And, I will get you your prize!

 

Thank you for following my journey!!

 

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Waunafest 10 Miler 2014 Race Report

On Friday I went out for one of those "longish runs".  I was targeting anywhere between six to fifteen miles.  Wanted to see how I felt.  I felt slow and sluggish and actually got passed by two runners on my route - including one lady speeding past with a jogging stroller.  Ugh.  I just wasn't feeling it.  After each mile clocked in at around 10:30 I decided to head back home and finish with ten miles.  The clouds were dark and the rain started at mile 9 and I was blessed with some light sprinkles during my final 10:30 mins.  I finished the ten miles in 1:45 - which is tragically slow for me.  The watch reflected even slower times than I was feeling out there. 
 
Oh well, a run is a run and it's done and I didn't regret it.  I had a ten mile race on tap for Saturday.  I was glad I didn't run more on Friday and totally trash my legs - and my mental game.   I wasn't sure what to expect for Saturday's race and really went into the event with no expectations.  This would be my sixth or seventh time competing in the Waunafest 10 miler (HERE)  and I have crossed that finish line anywhere from 1:25 - 1:35 in years past.  Who knew where I would end up this time.  Hopefully just with a smile on my face.
 
 
Hubby and I grabbed our packets on Friday afternoon, as we were heading through the only Waunakee in the World on our way to a tour at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac.  We set the alarm for 6:15 on Saturday morning, so that we could squeak into the start line at 7:30 am.  I love close, small town races!  I ate some Honey Nut Cheerios, greek yogurt and downed an energy shot.
 
We parked nearby and used the restroom at the park, since we didn't have to go inside for our packets.  I had my handheld water bottle, filled with water and stashed a mint chocolate Gu inside to consume during the race.
 
With the shot of the cannon we were off on our ten mile route.  The route was pretty similar to year's past, but was altered a bit as well.  The first couple of miles would meander through an industrial park and then head out into a really nice, new neighborhood, a second neighborhood and then out past Waunakee high school.  The route had been a little different every year I ran it, but was always spotted with a lot of hills.  I loved the course this year - probably my favorite of all of the year's I've ran this event.
 
At mile two, I spotted a gentleman that I have seen at almost every small local race I've ran in.  We always end up running together at some point and he passes me and finishes ahead of me.  I lowered my music and told him that I recognized him from so many events.  We chatted awhile.  Turns out his name is Sam and his daughter's name is Jamie.  I was glad I finally introduced myself and hope to see him at another event.  I never saw him again after mile 2.  I also lost site of Hubby at mile .1!
 
My watch was clocking in much faster than my ten miler the day prior.  8:50-9:15.  I was ecstatic and feeling great.  The hills pushed me and I got stronger with each one.  I enjoyed all of the hometown race support and the small groups cheering along the entire course.  There were a ton of water stations, but I was disappointed when I asked at each one if there was sports drink and the reply was always no.  I downed my entire bottle of water over ten miles and never grabbed a cup of water.  I could have used a boost from sports drink at some point (or two).  I sipped on my energy gel around mile five and that gave me a good boost.
 
I saw hubby at the turnaround loop, around midway through the course.  He said he could tell I had some bounce in my step.  I turned on the my strongest running songs on my workout playlist and repeated a few of them.  I could feel my pace increasing.  I played Katy Perry's "Roar" and Mumford and Sons' "Roll Away Your Stone" a few times.  It kept me going.
 
With two miles left to go, I could see a familiar face up ahead.  Kristin and I always run a similar pace and end up finishing marathons together.  Coincidentally, I was approaching her again.  I ended up passing her and game her a thumb's up as I continued to gain some speed with "Roar".  I looked at my watch and thought I may just have an outside of shot of finishing under 1:31 or 1:30.  Holy buckets!  I started counting backwards in my head, tried to "focus on my breathing; not on my legs" and charged ahead.  I knew that extra push was in me for the finish line.  We headed down around the track and around the baseball diamond to the finish line.  I passed everyone down the hill and around the track.  I had my tunes CRANKED, but could hear strangers cheering as I pushed it into the finish and I could hear Hubby say "Good job, Babe!" near the finish line.  I plowed past the finish - and further.  And I looked down at my watch and it read 1:30:04 - just a smidge over 90 mins.  Not to shabby. 
 
It's amazing how this run built my confidence back up.  The run the day prior kind of broke it down, but it took just one strong finish to build it back up.  20 miles in two days, with minimal training.  I was happy.
 
The sweat from my brow started pouring into my eyes.  As I was reminiscing with other runners and family, I suddenly couldn't see.  I hate when this happens.  It's miserable and doesn't go away.  With my diva-like makeup on for race day, I had to be careful and headed to the restroom to douse my face with cold water.  The lack of papertowels forced me to be patient.
 
We then watched the dozens and dozens of awesome little kids run in the kids race events, went out for a comical breakfast and some bloody Mary's and headed home for a shower and a nice afternoon nap. 




 
 
187/ 322 overall
10/21 age group
66/158 gender

Ten Miles:  1:30:04
Pace:  9:01 min/mile

Friday, July 25, 2014

Register Now - WOMENS RUNNING RETREAT



WOMENS RUNNING RETREAT
November 1, 2014
Madison, WI
 
Meet other active women from the Madison-area at the second annual Womens Running Retreat.  You and your running buddies will enjoy motivational speakers, a group run, yoga for runners, cupcake party, mini expo, giveaways for everyone!
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Honest Tea Lemonade Review & Giveaway

My family was able to try some of the refreshing lemonades from Honest Tea (HERE) - also called Summer Refreshers (HERE).  I always love working with Honest Tea and trying their products.  I have enjoyed sharing their products with my running groups as well to keep them hydrated and refreshed after a good workout outdoors.  Honest Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, truly healthy, organic beverages. They have also strived to create their business with the same honesty and integrity they use to craft our products, with sustainability and great taste for all.    
 
 
  
 
My family  has tried many of the Honest Tea products, but these lemonades have been -by far - our favorite.  Sometimes the kids don't like the after taste of some of the Honest Tea products (They LOVE the Honest Kids pouches!), but they really liked these lemonade flavors.  Little Dude really liked the Berry Hibiscus Lemonade and Little Diva was a fan of the Classic Half & Half, lemonade and tea combo. 
 
 
 
The Summer Refreshers Lemonade lineup by Honest Tea looks like this .....
 
·         Classic Lemonade: Water, Lemons, Fair Trade sugar... and that's about it. The sipping is simple and easy.
·         Berry Hibiscus Lemonade: You don't need to see the world through hibiscus-colored glasses to enjoy this fruity brew.
·         Mint Limeade: Summerlime enjoymint.
·         Mango Lemonade: The mouthwatering mango flavor will have your taste buds celebrating like it's Carnival!
·         Classic Half & Half: Take a refreshing dive into this tasty lemonade and tea combo.
 
Honest Tea made a twist on the original product and used organic lemons and sweetened it with Fair Trade sugar to help farmers invest in their communities.  Enjoy these great Honest flavors at your next family BBQ or picnic at the park.  We also enjoyed trying these out in our very own Host Tea mason jars. 
 



 
 
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Five Bottle Sample Pack of
Honest Tea Lemonades
(US ONLY)
 
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Enso EvoFit Muscle Roller Review & Giveaway

EvoFit (HERE) introduced me to their Enso Roller (muscle roller) earlier this spring.  I had used a few different foam rollers in the past at gyms and liked using them.  I love that love/hate relationship you have with a muscle roller.  It feels so good - it hurts so bad - but it's so good for you and aids in muscle recovery. 
 
When I got the Enso Muscle Roller out of the box, I was intrigued by the design.  It wasn't just a "foam roller".  This thing was heavy duty.  I've used it on and off and found it really simple to use.  I like the size, too.  Some foam rollers can be too large and difficult to store and transport.  This roller is heavier than most, but small enough to be mobile.  I loved the designed and enjoyed the ease and versatility of the roller.   It truly is easy to get a custom fit and target the area you are looking to hit.
 
 
The ensō roller increases your performance and enhances your recovery by incorporating multi-use functionality into its design. By doing away with uniform pressure, ensō roller provides you with both deep-tissue and low-impact massage in order to meet your fitness needs. Unlike any other product, with ensō you can configure the disc layout to attack trigger points, and to effectively engage in Self Myofacial Release (SMFR).
 

Versatile and customizable

ensō is designed for versatility. It is effective on broad areas like your back and is equally useful in massaging smaller isolated muscles with their own complex conditions.  With a quick and easy adjustment of the discs, ensō conforms to all body types and training and recovery needs.  In addition to the easy positioning of the discs, you can also push them together or individually remove them in order to utilize ensō as a hand-held massaging device.
 

 
Features
  • Elongates muscles, relaxes tight muscles and aids in breaking up scar tissue, increases circulation and flexibility
  • Customizable design supports and works targeted areas without pressure to surrounding muscles and bones
  • 8-disc design can create a one-of-a-kind fit for your body shape and training needs
  • 13in proves to be the most versatile length for most body types
  • Rollers are constructed with a lightweight EVA foam and are supported by durable molded plastic discs and an anodized aluminum core
  • Grooved notches on tube position rollers to not slip out but adjust without friction for a micro-tuned disc arrangement
  • Weighs 2.13lbs


 
The Enso roller retails for $89 on the EvoFit website.  They also offer a smaller version in "travel size" for $69. This would be great for packing in you luggage and taking to destination races for post-race recovery.

 
Not sure how to reach the desired area or how to use the roller in general?  Watch the great videos on the EvoFit website.  Roll out your hip, your back, your hamstrings, IT band, quads, calves and more.
 
The roller worked great on hard, flat surfaces (wood floor) as well as carpeted areas.  Little Dude also has enjoyed playing around with the EvoFit Muscle Roller for all of his "aches and pains".  He especially likes using it on the bottoms of his feet.  Being an active six-year-old is so rough.



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fit Family Fun + Run

http://tinyurl.com/pdcpnvh
 
 
FIT FAMILY FUN + RUN
A unique outdoor experience for the whole family!

30 min intervals/run/walk (one min each) - followed by 30 min of family/partner stretching & Full Deck Fitness workout (www.fulldeckfitness.net) at the playground.
 
 
Each family that registers for all three sessions will receive a hard copy of
We Are Girls Who Love to Run by Brianna Grant.
 
 
Families of 2-4 persons; children ages 5-18 yrs; strollers welcome

Register for one session or all three sessions at a discounted rate.
$49 three week session / $20 class

Tuesdays - Aug 12, 19, 26 at 6 - 7 pm
August 12, 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Orfan Park, Sun Prairie
August 19, 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Sheehan Park-West, Sun Prairie
August 26, 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Burke Park, Burke

Online registration -
http://tinyurl.com/pdcpnvh
Please email Jamie at runningdivamom@yahoo.com to pay by check.
 


Friday, June 20, 2014

Running Lake Monona

If you've ever been to Madison, you know that we are blessed with so many great running routes and paths.  I really try to take advantage of most of them - especially on the central to east side of the Mad City.

A couple of weeks ago, I coached a 5K on Willow Island.  Willow Island tends to 5K events almost every weekend during the summer months now.  It's quite a popular place to hold races.  Most likely because parking is easy and it's located centrally. 
 
After coaching the new ladies at their first 5K, hubby and I headed across the street to Olin Turville Park for our own run.
 
 
I have run the Lake Monona 20K previously, which is held annually in May at Winnequah Park and the route takes you around Lake Monona.  However, I've always wanted to run the lake on my own time.  We were going to head out for six-ish miles over some of the "lake loop".  There were a lot of cyclists out, but not many runners.  It was hot - and it was crazy humid.  We were armed with handheld water bottles, but quickly ran out.  We stopped about 3-4 miles in at Winnequah Park to hydrate some more.  We figured that since we had come this far, that we could run the remaining seven-ish miles back to our starting point, and continue around the lake.  We started back out towards Monona Drive and our pace was slowing from 9:30/10:00 min miles to closer to 11:00.  It was hot and we were out in the open on the busy Monona Drive near Lake Monona. 
 
We stopped again at Olbrich Gardens to enjoy the air conditioning and hydrate some more and fill up water bottles and use the restrooms.  I also enjoyed a more-than-warm energy gel.  After some motivation from the volunteers at Olbrich Gardens, we headed back out through the Atwood Ave neighborhood and along the Monona Terrace.  We hydrated again at a park and stopped and walked a bit and then ran back to Olin Turville Park - eventually. 
 
It took a long time.  Probably longer than we'd like to admit.  It probably wasn't the smarted decision we've made together.  We did finish together and we finished smart -by including stops, walk breaks and hydrating continuously and slowing our pace.  It wasn't the most enjoyable run.  But, as I always say - you never regret a run. 
 

Asics Electro33 Running Shoe Review

Asics (HERE) contacted me this spring to try out their new Asics Electro33 Running Shoes.  I had worked in a running shoe store and fit several customers with the new Electro33's.  Customers really liked the open, mesh toe box.  People also liked the Gel cushionining, as that was a really popular selling point.  And, I was eager to try them out myself. 
 
This shoe is suitable for the neutral to slightly over pronator.  Pronation is how a runner's foot rolls medially between footfall and toe-off. Overpronation is when it rolls inwards, and a neutral pattern is when little rolling occurs.  I fall into this category.  I have tried a variety of stability shoes across many brands. 
 
 
Shoe Details:
 
The GEL-Electro33™ debuts as the newest introduction of the Natural33™ by ASICS, constructed with FluidAxis™ aligned for the mild to moderate overpronator. Engineered mesh and Seamless Construction combine with the Natural33™ Specific Last for a slipper-like fit and feel. The Solyte® Midsole and Ortholite Lasting create the lightweight ride and underfoot comfort needed to electrify any run.
 
The Electro33 retails online for $110 which is quite comparable to other running shoes.  The shoe is available in three color schemes for both men and women and I (of course) choose the  pink pair.  The color was even brighter in person - more towards a neon pink, than a hot pink or fuschia.  The other color schemes are quite unique and fun.

 
Shoe Stats: weight 7.1 oz / heel height: 19 mm / forefoot height: 9 mm   
 
  • Anatomically correct deep flex grooves have been aligned to the joints of the foot. This innovative construction enables the shoe to recognize, adapt, and respond to the athlete's exact load and positional change from first impact to toe-off.
  • Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • ASICS lightest midsole compound has been reengineered to reduce weight while providing enhanced cushioning and exceptional durability.
  • The use of seamless materials reduces the potential for irritation and friction caused by traditional stitches and seams.

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    I love the seamless construction in these shoes.  I suffer from toe problems and bunions and anything that has seems, tends to really bother my feet and cause my bunions to throb and sore for days after a long run.  The seamless construction and mesh overlay really allow my feet to breathe and move around and my toes aren't restricted.  I felt like my ankle was cinched comfortably, yet my toes could move around.  Loved that about these.
     
    I liked wearing these for mid-distance runs or when I coached shorter distance.  I loved the gel cushioning.  However, I'm just not that use to as light of a shoe for my longer distance runs.  My other running shoes have more stability and I'm use to a slightly heavier sole for my longer runs.  These were awesome for 3-9 miles.  I just am not ready to break them out for anything longer than 90 minutes right now.  It's unbelievable how light these babies are.  If you like lighter shoes, then I would really suggest giving the Electro33 a try.
     
     
    The sole worked just fine for pavement or crushed gravel.  It's not an overly aggressive sole.
     
    The laces were great at staying tied, too.  I sometimes find that some of my laces aren't staying tied, even when double-knotted these days.  These stayed put.
     
    I also took them hiking and geocaching with the kids.  They were great for summer and super light and "not clunky".  They got dirty and cleaned up really well and easily after our outings at local parks and state parks.




     
     

    Have you checked out the ASICS Race the Sun challenge??  On June 21st, two teams of ASICS trail runners will be working in relay to run 162 kilometers through 3 countries before the sun goes down—giving them 15 hours and 41 minutes to complete the route. It will be a groundbreaking event! Check out the course sneak peek (HERE).  Be prepared to be motivated by this epic video.  Makes me look forward to my trail half marathon later this summer.

     
    Disclaimer:  I received a pair of Asics Electro33 for free in exchange for my review.  I was not paid for my comments/feedback.