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Getting ready to run the Freihofer’s 5K…in 90 degree weather

31 May

Tomorrow is the 35th Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K, a very popular and internationally known race. There will be over 5,000 women, from elite professionals to recreational runners. And the forecast is 90F with about 60% humidity and very little wind or cloud cover. Yikes.

First, I’m keeping my expectations relatively low. Since humidity and I are the opposite of friends, I know it’s going to be challenging for me to maintain a fast pace. I’m definitely not trying to PR tomorrow. I would just like to run a strong race without passing out or melting into a puddle.

As soon as the weather report made it pretty clear that this weekend would be a scorcher, I started searching for a light, moisture-wicking tank top to wear with a running skirt. (If I was a bit more comfortable with my body, I’d be rocking a sports bra and racing briefs, but that’s not going to happen.) Here’s what I ended up with:


I’m also being careful to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This might be the first 5K I’ve ever run where I’ll take in water mid-race. I’ve got plenty of nuun to replenish electrolytes because I know I’ll be sweating like crazy. Other essentials for my race pack are a mini spray sunscreen, a pack of wipes, and lip balm.

20130531-215439.jpgI joined my BFF Vicki for a trip to the expo to pick up our bibs (mine is blue) and race swag. Olympic marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson, who is running the race tomorrow, was signing autographs and I was able to say hi just before she was done!

20130531-220909.jpgIt was pretty cool to meet someone so inspirational to women’s running! She signed, “May the many miles of life be good to you.” Love that!

20130531-215503.jpgSince the run is sponsored by major baking company Freihofer’s, the race swag includes a loaf of bread and a box of chocolate chip cookies! Any race that hands out free cookies is a winner in my opinion.

20130531-215514.jpgWhen I got home, Mark was busy grilling an amazing dinner of grilled BBQ chicken, grilled avocados, grilled sweet potatoes, and fresh caprese salad. It was delicious and filling! Perfect for a hot summer night.

20130531-215451.jpgNow it’s time to get some rest and be ready to go in the morning!


Run. Lunch. Hair. Shop.

18 Jan


Today was very cold, yet sunny. My favorite winter running weather! I lot of my friends thought I was nuts for running outside this morning, but I stayed pretty warm with all of this gear on:

I have to say, the Under Armour tights are pretty amazing! I wore them by themselves and they stood up to the cold pretty well (until I stopped moving). My upper body was actually quite toasty, so I’m thinking that shirt and jacket combo is a solid choice throughout the rest of the cold weather. The neck gaiter worked out well and kept my neck and lower face warm, I’m glad I bought it! The rest of my face was a little cold until I approached the first mile, but I don’t think I’m going to be sporting a ski mask any time soon. Maybe a beanie (hmm…more SmartWool?).


The workout: 2.4 miles | 20:03 total time | 8:25 avg pace

20130118-184607.jpgEllie guarding my (dirty) running clothes


I met up with my best friend for a little lunch and some (much needed) girl talk. It was a great day for soup, so I got a cup of white chicken chili. The seasonal bagel was cranberry walnut, so I couldn’t pass that up. To get my caffeine fix, I had a nonfat sugar-free hazelnut latte.  20130118-183441.jpg


After lunch, I headed to the salon for a long overdue haircut. It had been over 3 months since my last one, so my hair was getting a little ragged un-fabulous. Since I’m pretty much famous for my hair, I had a responsibility to take care of that mess. I feel like a new woman now! I promise promise to stick to my 8 week appointment next time. Cross my heart.20130118-183450.jpg


The next stop was my weekly trip to Target (obsessed?). They are having a super clearance on women’s clothes and activewear, but I didn’t find anything I wanted in my size. Bummer. I did find other fun clearance items to try – TRESemme Fresh Start dry shampoo, Suave Keratin hair serum, Yes to Carrots body butter, and an e.l.f. eye shadow brush.


The artwork was very much not on sale, but I had to buy it. My husband is really into photography and he collects vintage cameras. We even used them as props for our engagement shoot and incorporated them into our wedding theme.     AND today is our 8 monthiversary. See…it was meant to be!

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Friday! 🙂

There’s a Gaiter in my Post!

9 Jan

First things first. I have this policy of not weighing myself regularly because it encourages too much focus on a number rather than overall fitness. I’ve always preferred to judge success based on changes in my body shape, how I feel, and other goals met. That said, I had a routine doctor’s appointment this morning and had to step on the dreaded scale. Dun dun DUNNN! My suspicions were correct…the eat-every-cookie-in-sight-even-though-you’re-not-running diet I was on has resulted in a little extra weight. Womp womp. Guess it’s a good thing I was given the green light to run again, eh?

Speaking of dieting food, I whipped up this “Italian Style” Spanish rice for dinner the other night. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it was a pretty tasty and relatively healthy dish

20130109-204257.jpgIt’s brown rice, Italian seasoned ground turkey, tomato sauce, orange and yellow peppers and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top. Yum!

In other news, I came home to a little package from Running Warehouse. How exciting! I knew it was coming, though, so let’s not get too worked up…

Inside the box: Buff multifunctional headwear and Spenco orthotic arch inserts. And they arrived with free 2 day shipping!20130109-204317.jpgI was looking for a neck gaiter to wear on the colder runs and the description on RunningWarehouse.com cited this Buff product as one that is meant for hot or cold weather. Wellllll…..this one is definitely NOT meant for cold weather. It’s super thin and more of a decoration. I probably should have done a little more research on it before choosing it, but there’s free return shipping so it’s only a minor inconvenience.

The Spenco orthotic inserts were among the top two or three options I had narrowed down based on some online research for alternatives to extraordinarily expensive custom ones. I ultimately chose to go the cheaper route because of articles like this. So I plan to try out a couple of non-custom orthotics to deal with my overpronation before spending a small fortune on custom foot levelers. I popped the Spenco inserts into my running shoes and immediately felt a difference. I wore them when we went out to grab dinner and I can honestly say I had no pain in my foot whatsoever…so I am hopeful that they might be a good match! We will see when I test them out on my next run this week.

While we were out, we stopped at EMS because they’re having a super sale on outdoor winter stuff and I was still looking for something that would actually keep my neck warm.  I found this simple SmartWool one just waiting for me to buy it:

20130109-204324.jpgAnd thanks to the super sale, it was 40% off! I LOVE SmartWool products and I’m pretty confident this is going to work perfectly. They have underpants too and I would be lying if I said I’m not considering buying them…