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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Parkinsons Half Marathon Race Report

Last Saturday, hubby and I competed in our first half marathon of the year.  We registered for the Parkinson's Half Marathon (HERE) in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.  We love driving out to the Glacial Drumlin Trailhead and running there, so I was excited to run a race on the beautiful, flat trail.

We drove out to Cottage Grove on Friday evening to pick up our packets and stopped for a short walk on the trail.  It was a beautiful evening.  We then made a stop at 1855 Saloon at the trailhead for a beer and fish fry.  With our marriage last fall, I moved way up in the alphabet and always receive #2 or #3 on race day ....
 
 
I saw a lot of familiar races on race day morning -seasoned and new runners.  I love small local races!  I even had a friend announcing the race - he was the one that inspired me to start running back in 2005.  So, Running Diva Mom received some special shout outs before and after the race. 
 
Instead of doing a simple out and back this year, they opted to start with a 1.5 mile loop around the neighborhood to help with congestion this year.  We were off and .1 miles into the race, I was pumping my arms and I heard a snap.  It wasn't my shoulder, or my ankle.  It was my sports bra.  The strap.  Dang it.  Good thing it was a pretty tight compression bra.  The one side was keeping me pretty supportive, but I continued to tug on the left side for the next thirteen miles.  Ugh.  It kept me distracted from other things though!
 
We ran out towards Deerfield and turned around about mile seven.  I love out and back courses.  I saw hubby and some friends before the turnaround and then several more friends and bloggers on the way back.  I gave a lot of high fives and friendly waves. 
 
I sling-shotted several girls throughout the entire race.  I consumed two gels and a few cups of Gatorade during the race.  I would get a boost of energy and pick up my pace and then slow down again.  They were doing the same.  The last three miles, I felt like I was almost home and started kicking it into gear.  I played some of my favorite tunes on my playlist and repeated a few of them several times.  Once I hit the twelve mile marker, I really got in the zone and pushed it through to the finish, passing several of the people that I previously had been jockeying position with.  I knew that there was a big hill at the trailhead, that I always dread.  The rest of the course was completely flat.  I used my momentum to get me up the hill and finished at the trailhead with a 1:58:02 according to my watch. 


Medal and broken bra strap

 
We hung out for quite awhile, enjoying the company of friends and cheering on fellow runners and had some great beer and post race refreshments.  The pizza was awesome.  Then we headed back to our vehicle where I luckily had a change of clothes - and a functional sports bra.  We headed to downtown Madison for the first outdoor farmers market of the year and an afternoon on State Street and grilling out at home.  What an amazing spring day.  One of those where you just love life - and running!



Unfortunately, I forgot to "practice what I preach" and forgot to stretch in all of the post-race festivities.  I am still sore, three days later.  Ouch.





 
After all of the running and walking around in downtown Madison, I cringed at taking off my Mirages when we got home.  I knew I had a nice blood blister, but had no clue how bad it was.
 
 
 
161 Overall
12/39 age group
59/200 females
1:58:23 chip time
(9:02 min/mile)
1:58:02 watch time

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Minerva Running Tote Bag Review & Giveaway

Minerva Running (HERE) sent me this super, fun tote bag a couple of months ago.  Isn't it cute??  I love how simple and neutral it is - but it makes a statement all at the same time.  I carried all of my treadmill essentials to the gym in this tote the past couple of months - a water bottle, a sweat towel, ipod, phone, water bottle, etc.


The Love Love to Run Tote is light yet durable and is extremely generous in size.  This has all of the space you need to head to the gym or to hold a quick change of clothes or your race day essentials.  And it fit nice and easy into the gym lockers during my workout.  There is a nice zippered top and the straps are super durable.  The bag retails for only $15 - what a steal.  It is made from 600 denier polyester and contains 50% recycled materials.

I wish that the tote came in other colors - like pink.  But, the basic black goes with everything.

Minerva Running also sells adorable running-themed tees, tanks and hoodies as well as other fun running accessories.


I look forward to hanging with Micaela and the Minerva Running peeps at the Women Run Pewaukee Half Marathon Weekend on May 10th!  Make sure you stop by the expotique and check out their booth!!

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(expires 9/30/14)

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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 ……..

Cool Relief Ice Wraps
RDM Review:  HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  Frickin Fabulous at 40

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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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cool Relief Ice Wraps Review & Giveaway

Cool Relief (HERE) knows the importance of fast recovery for athletes and runners.  As runners, we are trying to do something good for ourselves, that we enjoy - only to be sidelined by an annoying injury.  We want to get back out there - FAST!  In an effort to help athletes recover quickly - and at a decent price - they set out to provide many versatile ice wraps and ice packs at an affordable price.  They have also expanded their selection to ice pack accessories and coolers, which are great for summertime running.
 
 
I received two different wraps to test out and I also had the opportunity to share them with some of  my clients - new couch to 5k runners and runners training for 10K and half marathon distances. 
 
I received the Cool Relief Soft Shell Universal Wrap (HERE) to test out.  This wrap is available in three colors.  The University Wrap is great for the elbow, forearm, neck, back, thigh, knee, shin, calf and more.  My clients tried it on their knee and ankles.  The cold compression lasts for up to two hours.  There is a nice adjustable strap that is stretchy elastic and allows for a custom fit every time.  You can put the gel insert in your freezer or refrigerator.  Its made from non-toxic materials and is safe for kids, too!  Great for inuries from sports.
 
I liked that I could walk around with this wrap on and wasn't restricted to the bed or couch.  I could apply ice while folding laundry and emptying the dishwasher.  It also works great for driving if you want to ice on your way to work, after your morning run.  It was comfortable too.  A little heavy, but fine for wearing for an hour or so.
 
This wrap is also great for carpal tunnel, arthritis and tendinitis.  If you are sitting at a desk all day and having trouble with your hands, you may just want to check this out.
 
 
 
I was also sent the Flex Ice Ankle Wrap (HERE).  This wrap is great for sprains or ankle problems.  I tried this wrap out after having some trouble after trying out my new shoes too quickly.  I was having some ankle problems and this was an easy way to ease the pain and ice it.  My ankle is all better by the way.  There is a fitted boot and there are two sets of removable ice inserts.  It felt cold on my ankle by the wrap also eased some of the cold temps on my skin.  Nicer than wrapping a towel or paper towel around the typical ice pack. 
 
This wrap is also great for planter fasciitis, bursitis, Achilles Tendinitis and heel spurs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As I mentioned, some of my clients had the opportunity to test these out, too.  Here's the feedback I received from one runner:
The Cool Relief Soft Gel Ice knee wrap is definitely a necessary item if you are having knee troubles with any activity. The inside part of the wrap is a very soft and smooth and is comfortable directly on your skin or over a thin piece of clothing. There are two velcro bands to help strap on the wrap that allow you to put the wrap on as loosely or tightly as you want. This is a nice feature for those who have larger or smaller calves and thighs. The cooling gel is very easy to use with the instructions printed right onto the actual gel pad. The gel pad is a bit larger than you would think but is does get all areas of the knee if that is what you are looking for in a knee wrap. The specific directions call for the gel to be in the freezer a few hours before use. I have used knee wraps before and only placed mine in the freezer an hour before my run and when I was ready to use it, it was cool for over an hour on my knee.
Since the knee pad is so large the gel pack is actually comprised of two long rectangular gel pads in one, each placed horizontally on top of each other. My only complaint about this is that when I initially put this on my knee it cooled all the areas around my knee except the direct sides in which I was having pain. But if you turn the gel pad around before placing it in the cloth cover you can both of the outer sides of the knee and not the front and back. I would also recommend this product if you are planning to remain inactive while wearing this knee wrap as it is rather large and slightly heavy. You can remain active if you tighten up the velcro around your knee. This product was easy to use and did its job. My knee felt significantly better after each run after using this wrap. I have used smaller wraps before but this is nice to get all areas of your knee at once. I believe the directions say you can also warm the gel as well but this aspect of the wrap I did not try. If you have knee problems then this could be a great starting point to getting you back on the right foot! (Pun intended)
 
 
 
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Wisconsin wins with low fat chocolate milk

Did you know that a tall glass of white or chocolate milk contains 30% of your daily Calcium and 25% of your Vitamin D requirements.  Pair that up with Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Protein, Vitamin B-12, Potassium, Vitamin A, Niacin and Vitamin C, you have a glass full of nutrients for the entire family.  A glass of chocolate milk contains 135 calories.  While a glass of white milk contains just 85 calories.  Wisconsin Milk's nine essential nutrients can make your kids grow up healthy and strong - and you parents will benefit, too.  Why not set a good example at the dinner table tonight and serve up a glass of milk with your family's meal. 


Wisconsin chocolate milk is also a fantastic way to refuel after your workouts - with a perfect combination of protein and carbs to aid in muscle fiber recovery.  The electrolytes will also help refuel what sweat you lost during that fantastic workout.  Stock up on a couple of bottles of cold chocolate milk and keep them in the fridge for when you return home after your next long run.  Why not stash a few bottles in a small cooler the next time you meet your running buddies for a training run.  You can enjoy cold Wisconsin chocolate milk while you are doing your post-run stretching.  Your friends will appreciate the miles you shared together and the benefits from refueling with chocolate milk.

John Dettmann, Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Wisconsin, is just one of many athletic professionals who have seen the direct impact that chocolate milk can have on an athlete's performance. Check out the video
 
http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/wisconsin/other_dairy/milk/WinWithChocolateMilk.aspx


 


 
Little Dude and Little Diva have been all over the hype about Wisconsin Chocolate Milk (HERE).  Little Dude has always been a great milk drinker.  He loves his white milk with each meal.  Little Diva has not been as enthusiastic about it, but she is trying to learn to love it just as much as her little brother.  When comparing milk to the juice box, milk contains 30% of your daily calcium, while a juice box only contains 2% of the daily requirement.  Milk also contains double the amount of Vitamin C as that juice box in your refrigerator. 

I'm looking forward to wiping the sweat off of my face with these fun Refuel with Chocolate Milk towels.  The kids also are enjoying their Wisconsin Milk cows.  The pink glasses were a nice touch, too.
 


 
 
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No sleeping in.

Yesterday was Sunday.  The kids weren't with me this weekend.  I could've slept in and enjoyed my comfy bed.  But, I didn't.  We set the alarm for 7:00 am - heck, that's sleeping in anyway, right?!  I hopped out of bed, got dressed and enjoyed my morning cup of coffee and some oatmeal.  Then we headed out to the Glacial Drumlin Trailhead in Cottage Grove.  It's worth the 15 minute drive.  It's one of my top three places to run (I seem to change which trail is my favorite on a daily basis!).  We were on the trail by 8:00 am.
 
 
I ran with my tunes on low and hubby went sans tunes.   We ran out to the five mile marker and turned around and ran back to the trailhead.  We were pretty consistently clocking 9:40-9:50 pace and the temperature was in the low-40's with a slight breeze.  I was feeling comfortable.  We saw a lot of bikes.  But, we saw absolutely no runners until the last few miles.  I had a feeling the trail was going to be jam packed later in the day, as the temps rose.  I always feel like I am a part of something AMAZING, when I run into other runners and pairs of runners out on my routes.  There is something about that friendly wave and nod of the head that makes me feel like I am a part of something special ... because it is.
 
Last two miles were extremely fast - and emotional - for me.  They clocked in at more than a minute faster than the first eight miles.  I cranked my tunes and focused on my breathing and not my legs.  I got into a rhythm and "danced" to my tunes as I could see the trailhead over the horizon.  The last two miles clocked in at 8:43 and 8:37, even with that crazy hill at the end of the trail.  I felt emotional as tears came to my eyes a few times.  When I'm in the zone, I'm in the zone - and I feel it - everywhere ... mind, body, heart.
 
We got to the trailhead and I think I had a huge smile on my face.  I needed that run - for myself, my sanity and my confidence.  We will be running a half marathon at the same location in two weeks.  I can't wait.  After some stretching at the picnic table, we stopped at the cute coffee shop at the trailhead and enjoyed some coffee to go. I love me some non-fat chai latte.  Heck, my Garmin said that I burned close to 1,200 calories.

Friday, April 4, 2014

My own bobble head!

I got home from coaching the other night, and my wonderful husband surprised me with this custom Running Diva Mom bobble head.  I am still in shock.  He sent them some photos, color schemes - and BAM - there I am!  Unfortunately, Bondi Bands were not an option!!  I can't wait until the kids see her!



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 ……..
 

Running Luv Towel
RDM Review: 
HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  Breanna S HERE
 
Rocktape
RDM Review: 
HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  CL HERE

Thirty 48 Socks
RDM Review: 
HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  Katie M HERE

OrthoLite Insoles
RDM Review: 
HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  Darlene 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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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

50% off Custom Training Programs - TODAY ONLY

 
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Somewhere in the middle

When I started running nine years ago, I never knew where my size ten running shoes would take me.  I thought a couple of 5Ks, maybe a half.  But, I never imagined that I would be a seven time marathoner, completed more than 45 half marathons and am now coaching hundreds of others in my community to complete their first 5K. 
 
I think when people hear that I am a marathon runner and now a running coach (ahem!), that everyone automatically thinks I am fast - or am supposed to be fast.  I am not.  I am an average person.  I am an average runner.  I run an average pace.  But, I don't run an average race.  Every race course is a journey and a new experience for me.  I'm a runner with a big heart and a lot of determination.  I think that most of us in the middle of the pack would agree.
 
 
I never win races, nor do I aspire to do so.  I rarely win an age group award at a small local race.  I'm somewhere in the top 30-40% of most races I complete.  Sometimes further ahead.  Sometimes further behind.  Just like everyone, it depends on the day.
 
I run on a consistent basis.  But, I don't train on a consistent basis.  Make sense?  When I was introduced to running I never had an exercise routine under my belt.  Running has changed that for me and led me to knew activities too.  It's been an extreme constant in my life and for that I am grateful.
 
 
I like being a middle-of-the-packer.  I've met some of the most fabulous people out on the race course - smack dab in the middle of a race.  Feeling confident one minute and then struggling the next, pushing each other to get up another hill or around the corner to the finish line. 
 
 
It's not my speed that makes me a great runner.  It's my commitment and determination.  I'm not out there to win.  I'm out there to finish.  I run in the middle of the pack.
 
Run your race.  Run your pace.
 

Running Luv Towel Review & Giveaway

Running Luv (HERE) sent me one of their towels to review.  These handy dandy towels are a great idea for wiping sweat off of your brow or blotting your nose.  I've had so many clients carrying tissues with them on our cold, winter runs because everyone is sniffling.  These are also a great option for the running mama that has little ones in the jogging stroller, that may need an extra cleaning or two!
 
These hands-free towels are also hassle free.  Who hates dropping their energy gel or fumbling with untied shoe laces?  This towel will wrap around your hand and/or wrist - and you are good to go.  No fumbling for tissues in your waist pack or pocket.  And you aren't going to drop this, because it's wrapped around your wrist ... allowing you to mess with everything else - including your ipod!
 
 
 
The towel is made of a quick-drying fabric and is lightweight and moisture wicking.  It's stretchy too.  The towel is absorbent and perfect for on-the-go maintenance.  These towels are one fits most.  These would also be great for hiking trips and group exercise classes too.  I can think of so many uses for them.
 
Catch what runs.  It's a towel.  It's a tissue.  It solves the issue.

 
You can wear this towel around the palm of your hand or around your hand and wrist.  It makes you look like a super hero!  Well, we are after all ... aren't we?!?
 
These towels are MADE IN THE USA - yeah!  At only $12 these are a small investment and just think of all of those disposable tissues you won't be using!  Fun, functional and customizable to your personality.
 
 
 
I chose to review the Pink LUVs Polka Ditzy towel100% of the purchase of this towel will be donated towards the With a Will There is a Way Fund - a fund created by runningluv to help Melissa and Vicky from Two for One to purchase a new wheelchair.  For more information about With a Will There is a Way, please visit their Facebook page.


 
 
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Giveaway Winner ...

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 ……..
 

CyndiBands
RDM Review:  HERE
Company Website:  HERE
Winner:  Latanya T 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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Breaking in new shoes (and myself) for the season

On Friday, I headed out to my favorite trail, the Upper Yahara River Trail in DeForest.  It's not far from my house and the drive across town is worth avoiding another lap around the neighborhood.
 
The temperature read 50 degrees on the marathon mommy minivan and I was going to rock shorts and my compression socks. And a new pair of running shoes - comfy little pillows under my feet.  Yippy skippy!  I knew that I'd be the brightest one out on the trail, too.  Why blend in when you can stand out.
 
 
 
I got to the trailhead, and saw my friend, Dwight, turning around for the second four miles of his eight mile loop.  Great timing!
 
The first 2.5 miles of my five my loop went quickly, because we were chatting the entire time.  Dwight is training for an ultra - 100 miler and was starting ramp up his training that weekend, with three longer runs.  I was getting a little winded chatting with him with all of the hills on the path - monsters.  I have not been doing any hill work lately.  So, after he left to run home, I took the 2.5 miles back to the trailhead pretty darn easy.  I cranked my tunes and enjoyed the sunshine.
 
 
 
 
I ran out on this trail all winter last year and for some reason didn't venture out there at all this season.  Makes me a little sad.  I put in a lot more miles last year, as I was training for a spring full marathon.  And this year, I just did not have the dedication in me.  I ran outside with my running groups, and a few jaunts around my neighborhood.  Otherwise, it was running in place at the YMCA for me.  Treadmill running helps my speedwork, but I rarely mess with incline and cannot get past an hour or so on the machines right now.  My mental toughness is just not there indoors.
 
I would like to thank #SauconyPaul, my rep from Saucony for my newest pair of Mirage's.  Purple and neon yellow - fun!  I switched to Saucony Mirages last season and love them.  These have some breaking in to do, but I love how they fit me and my awkward size ten feet.  Thank you - they are going to carry me through hundreds of blissful miles this spring.