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Friday, January 23, 2015

Yaktrax Review & Giveaway

Winter is here.  Which means cold, snowy runs for many runners.  And for many of us it also means dark runs outdoors - before or after work.  Sidewalks aren't necessarily shoveled and roads aren't always clear.  Dark skies can make for deceiving conditions.  Even if you think the ground is safe or clear, there may be hidden patches of ice.

Yaktrax (HERE) makes running outdoors during the long, winter months easier.


Yaktrax are available in several different styles and sizes.  I was sent the Yaktrax RUN in a size Small (for US Women's Sizes 6.5-10).  They fit perfectly over my size 10 Saucony Mirages.

Yaktrax RUN:
The Yaktrax RUN is the only traction device anatomically designed to meet the needs of runners braving the winter elements. Run naturally on packed snow and ice with the Yaktrax Run's combination of removable spikes and steel coils, providing 360° of unbeatable traction. Continue your training during the winter with the same stability you are accustomed to on dry surfaces. The Yaktrax Run can be worn in temperatures as low as ‑41° Fahrenheit.


You may pull these out of the package and think "How the heck do I put these on my running shoes?".  However, each park of Yaktrax comes with really helpful directions inside.  And each pair is market with "toe" and "heel" for easy assembly.  Unlike other generic versions I've used in the past, Yaktrax RUN also come with a handy strap to place over the top of your foot.  This helps keep your Yaktrax in place and I found it very helpful - and comfortable, too!



When wearing them for the first time, they may feel a little awkward.  You can feel the coils underneath your foot.  They don't fit and don't rub and aren't annoying.  They just cause you to change your stride a bit at first.  Once you get into your groove (just like any run), you will find your stride and be comfortable running in them.  They are perfect for small amounts of snow and ice.  I do find them pretty annoying to run on patches of clear sidewalk or road.



After falling a few times on hidden ice over the years, and hitting my head or landing on my back, I wish I would have always worn these for cold, snowy runs.  When the temperatures are at or below freezing, you never know what could happen.  I find that Yaktrax really help me gain traction.

I tend to keep my Yaktrax on an old pair of running shoes and keep my newest pair(s) of running shoes designated to indoor running during the winter months.  It's easier than taking the Yaktrax on and off.  And you aren't ruining your new pair of kicks.


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One lucky winner will win
a Pair of Yaktrax
Size S (Womens 6.5-10)
(US ONLY)

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Enter now though January 31.

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New Additions to my Running Playlist

Delirious (Boneless) [feat. Kid Ink] - Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo - 3:44

I'm an Albatraoz - AronChupa -2:47

Get Low - Dillon Francis & DJ Snake -3:33

Dearly Departed (feat. Esmé Patterson) - Shakey Graves - 3:33

Beat It - Michael Jackson - 4:18



Couch to 5K Classes

Couch to 5K Classes in the Madison, Wisconsin area

Classes start with one minute intervals of running/walking for 20 minutes.  After nine weeks, participants are running a 5K (3.1 mi) in 30-45 mins.



Sun Prairie:

Ladies Only - Starts April 8 - Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Mom and Me - Starts April 8 - Wednesdays at 5:00 PM
Mom and Me Stroller Edition - Starts April 10 - Fridays at 9:00 AM
Introduction to Speedwork - Starts May 7 - Thursdays at 6:00 PM


DeForest:


Ladies Only - Starts July 15 - Wednesdays at 5:30 PM

Spring into Action Running Group - Starts March 5

SPRING INTO ACTION RUNNING GROUP
Sun Prairie - Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Madison, Wisconsin Running Group


Ready to get back into running and get back outside?  This outdoor running group will meet at Orfan Park each Thursday evening in March at 6:00-6:45 PM - March 5, 12, 19, 26.

March 5 - (4) 5 minute intervals
March 12 - (3) 10 minute intervals
March 19 -  (2) 15 minute intervals
March 26 - 30 minute run

Cost is $35 for all four weeks.

Please wear reflective gear and bring a headlamp/flashlight to the first class. Daylight savings begins March 8.

After the last class, we will meet for a post-run dinner/drinks at Monk's in Sun Prairie (optional).

REGISTER NOW!

Motivational Running Quotes



I may not look like a runner.
But this body carries me mile after mile.
And my mind knows that I can do it.


I'm not training to be skinny.
I'm training to show myself what I am capable of,
to be a good role model for my family,
and to clear my mind.
Blessed with curves, a beautiful life, and a strong mind.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book #2 of 2015 - Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

This non-reader actually enjoyed a nightly reading session in 2014.  After being challenged by my daughter to read a Fault in Our Stars with her, followed by a viewing of the movie, I became hooked.  I read seven books from July-December in 2014 and am looking forward to reading twelve books in 2015.  I'm enjoying sharing my daughter's passion and carving out a different kind of "me time" after my workouts are complete.  Running has relaxed me and is also helping me sleep better.
 
 
Book #2 completed in 2015:
 
This book hit close to home.  It's amazing how we don't realize what our mothers do for us and how they shape us, until we have children of our own and are shaping the lives of others.  This book follows Kelly's journey, as she travels the world and realizes what she already had back home.  Her opinions, reactions and knowledge change further once she has two daughters of her own and confronts that various stages of life.
 
Do you have a favorite book that should be added to my reading list?

Friday, January 16, 2015

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 ……..

 

D Belt
Company Website:  HERE
RDM Review:  HERE
Winner:  ERIN ELLIS HERE

Taste of Nature Bars
Company Website:  HERE
RDM Review:  HERE
Winner:  KATIE M 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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2015 Book Log

Have a new year's resolution or a goal for 2015 to read more this year?  Use this handy book log to track your latest reads.  Enjoy getting lost in your next adventure ...
 
 
What book is your nose currently in?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book #1 of 2015 - Flip-Flopped by Jill Smolinski

This non-reader actually enjoyed a nightly reading session in 2014.  After being challenged by my daughter to read a Fault in Our Stars with her, followed by a viewing of the movie, I became hooked.  I read seven books from July-December in 2014 and am looking forward to reading twelve books in 2015.  I'm enjoying sharing my daughter's passion and carving out a different kind of "me time" after my workouts are complete.  Running has relaxed me and is also helping me sleep better.
 
http://www.jillsmolinski.com/my-books/
 
First book completed in 2015:
 
Flip-Flopped by Jill Smolinski

(Last year, I also read Jill's Object of my Affection and The Next Thing on my List.  Both very good reads!)
 
Do you have a favorite book that should be added to my reading list?
 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

D Belt Review & Giveaway

D Belt is a fashion fitness solution - especially for runners.  We carry so many things with us.  I know that I have so many necessary running essentials, that it can be difficult to keep track of it all.  And storing it is a whole other dilemma.  D Belts are designed to make you be fit, be free and be fashionable.  


I have tried many waist belts over the past decade and really enjoyed this one, because it had a velcro closure.  It made it easier to put on and was more adjustable than others I tried.  I tried the Medium/Large and typically wear a size 8 dress pant or size medium to large running skirt.  These belts are incredibly available in five different sizes.

I don't typically like anything around my midsection, but this was okay for a run of an hour or less in duration. I don't know if I would personally wear it for a extremely long run, because I just don't like that extra weight around my stomach.  If you are familiar with hydration packs and other waist belts, I think you would enjoy this and all of the compartments.


I didn't find that it moved or shifted too much.  I was able to store my ID and some energy gels in one pocket as well as my car key, when I ran from a park.  It would hold more, but I didn't want to add extra bulk and weight.


These retail for just under $40 and would make a great USABLE gift for your Valentine.  Stuff it with a few energy gels or chews and skip the chocolate and flowers this year!  I just wish they offered more colors.  But, the black does mix and match with every running outfit in your designated drawer or running gear!




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Enter now though January 15.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Plan for 2015

As I was running my six miles on the treadmill last night, I was surrounded by other runners and walkers at the gym.  Every treadmill was taken.  The place was filled with people sweating and trying to get a fresh-start after the New Year.  People have set new goals and resolutions.   I workout all year long, but still like to have an blank page to start a new chapter every 365 days.  I am a very goal-oriented person.  However this year, many of the items placed on my attainable list aren't running-related.
  • Learn to say "No"
  • Spend more time with my mom
  • "Play more" with the kids
  • Visit two new state parks
  • Go tent camping
  • Volunteer twice (races or otherwise)
  • Stay off of soda (been soda-free since 11/3/14!)
  • Freelance five articles 
  • Continue to save for our set down payment amount on our home by September 1
  • Log 1,200 miles
  • Get a raise/promotion
  • Read twelve books
  • Reach my pre-holiday weight by my marathon on January 25
  • Reach my comfortable weight by Valentine's Day on February 14
  • Reach my goal weight by my husband's 40th birthday on March 8
What goals have you set for yourself in 2015??

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Weight Gain

Well, the holidays are over.  I have this love-hate relationship with the holidays.  I love the opportunity to see more of family and friends.  I love the heart-warming moments and the traditions.  I love seeing the kids' faces light up when they open a gift.  I love the random acts of kindness that aren't completed during the other eleven months of the year.  I love the good food, sweets and drinks. 
 
 
Oh yeah - about that - I gained 8.5 lbs between Thanksgiving and December 26.  Yup - I said it.  Even with running about 15-20 miles per week.  We had family in town after Thanksgiving for almost two weeks and the celebrations continued all month long through Christmas Day.  I am not typically a consumer of alcoholic beverages, but this Wisconsin Girl can't resist a good ol' Brandy Old Fashioned (or two or three or four) at a family gathering.  I ate way too many sweets and treats.  What's one more when you've already had a half dozen??
 
 
I'm headed back to journaling, cleaned out the pantry and refrigerator, meal planning, and eliminating alcoholic beverages from my diet.  I'm also starting my next round of the Advocare Ten Day Cleanse

I'm finding that balance again - between healthy eating and working out.  I can't just run and run and run - and expect to eat and eat and eat.
 
I headed out for six miles the day after Christmas and felt so weighted down.  My legs felt heavy and I felt slow.  My stomach turned and resisted.  My legs and tummy jiggled with each step.  My running gear was tight.  It was only a month and a half since I ran an awesome marathon and I was now struggling to log a few miles.  I thought about calling it a day after my routine 5K around my neighborhood.

But the weather was beautiful.  So, I stuck with it.  I pushed myself.  I enjoyed the fresh air and the clean streets.  I had missed the sunshine over the past couple of weeks and the sun shining down on me lifted my spirits.  So did my music.  I got my feet in sync with the rhythm of my playlist and just went with it.  Eventually my six miles turned into ten and then a half marathon was completed at sunset.

 
 
I felt better.  Of course I did.  I've kicked my booty back into gear.  My run got me out of my rut.  And I can still go out and run a half marathon - just like that.
 

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Year's Eve Printable Worksheet

Being a very goal-oriented person, I love to reflect on the past year and set goals for myself around the time of the New Year.  Some are running goals for the next step of my running journey.  Some are personal goals.  Some are financial pursuits. 

I love to get my family involved, too.  For the past few years, my family of four sits around the dinner table and completes this New Year's Eve printable worksheet during this time of reflection.  It is fun to review the existing worksheets and the answers given one year prior.  The kids grow.  We all change.  It's enjoyable to not only set personal goals as individuals, but also goals as a family.


Running Motivation for the Holidays

 
 
 


Running Day Trip to Milwaukee - Run Indoors - January 10


Running Day Trip to Milwaukee
{{ RUN INDOORS }}
Saturday, January 10 - Depart Sun Prairie at 8:30 AM
Register Now ($12):
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/running-day-trip-to-milwaukee-tickets-14195395811

Start your New Year off right! Take the opportunity to get off of the treadmill this winter - and run with friends in a fun and encouraging atmosphere!!

Enjoy the 443-meter indoor track at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee. This is the same location as the Icebreaker Indoor Half Marathon and Marathon events two weeks later. Enjoy the distraction of figure skaters and speed skaters on the ice rink. The US National Speedskating competition will be taking place center rink.
http://www.thepettit.com/runwalk/run-walk-track.htm

We will meet in the Sun Prairie Woodman's parking lot at 8:30 AM and travel to Milwaukee for an indoor run/walk at your own pace. (track admission included)

We will follow with lunch at Pewaukee's Thunder Bay Grille, featuring the best salad bar around! (lunch not included). We will return to Sun Prairie by 3:00 PM.
http://www.thunderbaygrille.com/pewaukee/

SPACE IS LIMITED!
What you will receive:
•Admission to the Pettit Center Ice Arena track ($4 value)
•Transportation
•Cupcake
•Lots of motivation and time with great running buddies!

An Indoor Running Group - Limited to 15 Spots!!!


AN INDOOR RUNNING GROUP!!!
REGISTRATION LIMITED TO 15 SPOTS!!!

Register now!


Interested in staying motivated this winter? Want to keep up with your running and your new year's resolutions? Hate the cold? But, love the encouraging atmosphere of a group run?

If you answered YES to any of these questions - this group is for you! This class is perfect for existing runners to train for a spring 5K or the Crazylegs Classic (5 mi). Participants will run/walk at their own pace. A training program will be provided to keep runners motivated this winter.

$35 for four sessions. Register separately for January and February sessions.

Each monthly program includes four sessions. Sessions will take place indoors at the Waunakee Village Center track on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Participants will also need to purchase a 10 pass punch card for the indoor track. Non-residents - $12 for ten visits to the track. Punch card may be used to run other days/times during the week.

There is a suspended track above the gymnasium. The track is 1/16th of a mile and is a great place to walk or run. There are a limited number of strollers available to use while using the track. They are available on a first come, first serve basis. Personal strollers will not be allowed.

Feeling a little bloated? Try a 10 Day Cleanse



FEELING A LITTLE BLOATED AFTER THE HOLIDAYS??!!
Ask me about my Advocare Herbal Cleanse experience!

Purchase your 10-day cleanse and start your New Year off right!! I follow the Herbal Clea...nse once every four months and it helps keep me on track, eases bloat, keeps me full and makes me conscious of my eating habits. The best part .... it doesn't interfere with my running routine. I prefer the taste of Peaches and Cream, however the Citrus flavor has been said to be more effective.

Give it a try!  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Taste of Nature Bars Review & Giveaway

I am in love with these small and scrumptious bars by Taste of Nature (HERE) . I can't say enough about them.  They are 100% certified organic and gluten-free.  And just like advertised - they taste as good as they look - REALLY!



I loved the California Almond Valley bar the BEST (HERE).    With wholesome ingredients like almonds, raisins, sesame seeds, agave nectar, sunflower seeds, brown rice syrup, pumpkin seeds and whole grain brown rice crisps with a sunflower oil blend, you can't go wrong.  I was admittedly a little hesitant to try "another organic" bar.  But these transportable bars are super tasty, healthy and delicious.  I love the sweet and salty taste of each of the bars I tried and the mixture of chewy and crunchiness in each bit.  They were NOT bland and the goodness that held the wholesome ingredients together was sweet and chewy (almost like a marshmallow consistency in rice crispy bars).   

The Quebec Cranberry Carnival Bar (HERE) was next on my list.  Peanut butter lovers will enjoy the Argentina Peanut Plains bar.  You can purchase one of their six standard flavors or try something new (HERE).

One bar has about 180 calories and 5g of protein of greatness.  Great for an addition to your breakfast or lunch or a great mid afternoon snack.  These bars are tiny and light, but filling and have a satisfying crunch.  The light and weight would be perfect to slip into your purse or gym bag.



Want to purchase some Taste of Nature bars for you and your family?  Head on over to their website or check for a retailer near you (HERE).  

Or, you can win a sampler pack! ....
 
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One lucky winner will win
a sampler pack from
Taste of Nature Bars
(US ONLY)
 
PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY!!!
 
1 – Become a follower of my blog or already are?!  LEAVE ME A COMMENT
 
2 – Follow Running Diva Mom on Facebook HERE.  LEAVE ME A COMMENT
 
3 – Visit the Taste of Nature Bars website HERE and tell me what you think is fabulous.  LEAVE ME A COMMENT
 
4 – Become a fan of Taste of Nature Bars on Facebook HERE (and let them know Running Diva Mom sent you!).  LEAVE ME A COMMENT
 
5 – Post about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or Twitter (@RunningDivaMom #RunningDivaMom) account. LEAVE ME A COMMENT FOR EACH.
 
Enter now though December 28.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Indoor Running Group

WINTER
INDOOR RUNNING GROUP!!!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - LIMITED TO 15 SPOTS!

Register now!


Interested in staying motivated this winter? Want to keep up with your running and your new year's resolutions? Hate the cold? But, love the encouraging atmosphere of a group run?

If you answered YES to any of these questions - this group is for you! This class is perfect for existing runners to train for a spring 5K or the Crazylegs Classic (5 mi). Participants will run/walk at their own pace. A training program will be provided to keep runners motivated this winter.

Each monthly program includes four sessions. Sessions will take place indoors at the Waunakee Village Center track on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thinking Out Loud

A friend once told me over a run that when he found love again, he wanted to have that kind of deep love where you would greet each other each evening with a hug, a kiss and then a slow dance.  Taking a break from the craziness of life ... together.  I thought it was kind of a crazy thought at the time.  But, I've held that concept with me for the past three years.  Since that run, my friend and I have both been lucky enough to find love in the best of partners.  The best kind of love.
 
I love music.  I love quotes.  I love lyrics.  I love words.  Dozens and dozens of itunes got me through a difficult time in my life four years ago.  Upbeat music got me through tough workouts that I needed for my version of therapy.  Emotional tunes got me through emotional times.  Endearing lyrics gave me hope.
 
When I met my husband three years ago, we took my friend's suggestion.  We would slow dance in the living room of my apartment.  We would embrace each other and take a pause in our day to enjoy each other.  Fast forward three years and the slow dances still exist - but they have become more infrequent over time.  Life gets busy.  Life gets in the way.  Being an adult is exhausting.  And, with the holidays here, life is busier than ever.
 

 
The other day I fell in love with Ed Sheeran's new song, Thinking Out Loud.  The lyrics reminded me why I fell in love with my husband.  Why he fell in love with us.  Not just me, but my two children, too.  It reminded me to be present.  To live in the moment.  I am such a planner and am always thinking ahead. Sometimes, all it takes is five minutes of slowing-down ... and dancing.
 
A slow dance, lit by the lights of the Christmas tree, steps instructed by Ed Sheeran's lyrics, was just what I needed.  What we needed.
 
And, just like Ed Sheeran ... it's causing me to Think Out Loud ...
 

I feel so blessed for this life.  This life we are creating together is more than happy, smiling faces posted on social media.  We are more than finish line photos with great big smiles.  We are more than posed family photos in color coordinated outfits.  It's the "good stuff" behind the scenes that makes me blessed.  The uncaptured moments.

 
It's about the everyday things we share together.  It's about the great moments we share as a family.  And the struggles that we embrace and discuss.  The blending of families.  The struggles with raising two children - two children that are not your own. 
 
 
I am always amazed by your touch.  The kissing of my hand or on my forehead when you know that I need it.  The way we look in each other's eyes and my eyes fill with tears.  How you embrace me and breathe in the moment.  I didn't know that love like this existed.
 
I love how we don't raise our voices.  How the kids express and observe that we don't raise our voices.  How they see you hug me and want to be a part of it.
 
How we talk about things.  How we react.  And when we don't react well, that we talk about it again and make things right. 
 
 
The financial struggles.  The financial triumphs.  The good choices.  The bad decisions. 
 
I love how you help me navigate parenting, while realizing that you are not their father.  How you are involved, but realize your boundaries.  How you suggest, but don't enforce.  How you praise, redirect and love.
 
I truly believe that I've found a partner.  Not just a husband.  We are a team.  I didn't just find you.  I chose you.  And you chose me.  You chose us.
 




 
 
I've told you that I wish I'd found you sooner in life.  But you remind me that everywhere we've been has led us to each other.  To this point in our lives.  We weren't ready for this amazingly, wonderful life together.  That's why you ended up back here.  Maybe we both had to endure the struggles and hardships to make us appreciate this life we are creating together. 
 
As Ron Pope's lyrics sang during our wedding ceremony, "Even after all this time, there's nothing else I'll ever find in this whole wide world that can shake me like you do.  There's truth of something so sublime, that there aren't words yet to describe, the beauty of this life I've made with you.".
 
I'm so appreciative for the past three years together.  I am overly excited about the possibility that our future holds together.
 
But, most importantly, I'm thankful for the present.
For today.
With you.
 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

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 ……..

 

Frontier Bites
RDM Review - HERE
Company Website - HERE
Winner - Running in Boise - 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!!

 

[If you would like YOUR product, event or website featured on Running Diva Mom, please email me at ( runningdivamom at yahoo dot com ) ]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 Womens Running Retreat - Madison, Wisconsin

The 2014 Womens Running Retreat was held at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 1.  Participation doubled from the first annual event in 2013.  The event was also shortened to take place during the morning only, so that participants could still enjoy the afternoon with their families.
 




 
The day started off with registration and shopping at the mini expo, with tables from Catalyst Activewear and various home-based business owned by local women and mothers.


 
 
After an introduction from myself, we started the day with our keynote speaker, Krissy Schintgen from Not Fast Just Fabulous.  She is a two time stroke survivor who started running recently after her daughter completed the local Girls on the Run Program.  Krissy recently completed her first full marathon this past weekend.



 
 
The morning went on to include a fun session on balancing  your personal energy, from Dusty Rogers, a Madison-area blogger from All Things G&D.

 
The program also included a session on nutrition and weightloss for runners, given by Jean Reiche, a dietitian from UW Hospitals and Clinics.  This was a topic that 2013 participants requested.

 
And, why not follow up a discussion on nutrition with a cupcake party!  The cupcake party also featured light refreshments and healthy snacks.  During the cupcake party, each participant each one a giveaway prize.  Prizes included free race entries, headbands, running apparel and gear, gift certificates and much more.  Participants had another chance to shop the mini expo and enter to win prizes that the business were raffling off.  This hour also gave ladies the chance to mingle with friends and meet other active women from the Madison-area.  I'm told that several new friendships and running buddies were formed during this time.






 
We ended the morning with an introductory yoga for runner's class, given by Gail Konop.  Gail and I have led classes together previously and she was the perfect addition to the morning's agenda - since many of the runners don't regularly practice yoga and were a little intimidated.  Gail made this class fun and provided several modifications.


 
And what Running Retreat would be complete without a group run on the bike path.  This was my favorite part of the day.  I was not only in my element - I was able to get to know the other women while we put in a few miles.