Product Review – Science in Sport Immunity Hydration Tabs – Drink Up

Happy Friday! I spent this morning putting in a few miles on the treadmill and then lifting some things. One mile was on the manual treadmill. Those things are TOUGH. The next two miles were on a "regular" treadmill and by comparison, I felt like I was running on air. I ran a 6:40 last half mile like it was nothing. That's fun. 🙂 Well, I started writing this last Friday, but here we are. Let's see....Where was I? Oh yes! I was about to get into the fact that warmer runs are upon us and suddenly hydration is back to being pretty important. There are SO many options out there, and now I've tried another one and have plenty to say about it.

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Product Review – BUFF® DryFlx+ You Best Protect Ya Neck

Hey there! It's December, otherwise known as the time of year where I regret cursing the summer heat as I brave the cold temperatures of winter. Running (or just living) in the cold present a whole new set of challenges. It's a challenge just to leave my warm, soft, magical bed! I was given the opportunity to try out the BUFF® DryFlx+ collection and I jumped right on that! BUFF® and I go WAY back now. I've been running with them for years in both the hot and the cold. If they have a new product, I'm always interested.

Product Review – Knockaround Sport Sunglasses – A Bright Decision

Hello! I feel like it's been a long time since I wrote ANYTHING. Sorry for the slack. Summer is mostly gone, but we still have so many bright days ahead. Here I am to review some Knockaround shades! This isn't my first experience with Knockarounds (see here). I tested the Premiums a couple of years ago and was a pretty big fan. A LOT can happen in a couple of years and I'm happy to say that the Sports have a lot to offer.

Telling the world your goals… Yay or Nay?

I think setting goals is a big part of being a runner. Sometimes the goal is to not have a goal, but even that's a goal! Putting your self out there and telling people about them is something that not everyone wants to do. The accountability of letting others know what you're going for can be a useful tool in training right and giving your best, but it can also add to the pressure to create stress and anxiety that you otherwise may not have had to deal with.

What do you think? Keep the goals to yourself or share them with others?

The Shamrock Dolphin Challenge – Challenge…Accepted.

Hey there! It's Friday afternoon and I'm watching a movie with my family while also doing a little blogging. 🙂

I'm in the middle of marathon training week 2 and feeling a little dead legged. I have a 14 miler tomorrow, so I don't see that feeling getting any better. Coach Brooke says it's good for me, so I'll suck it up, Buttercup.

Some of my best races have been in the middle of marathon training, so lucky for me I was given the chance to sign up and be a part of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon weekend in Virginia Beach! I'll be running both the TowneBank Shamrock 8k AND the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, aka The Dolphin Challenge. The plan is to use the 8k for a casual stroll on Saturday and then break 1:30 on Sunday. That would be a PR.

Product Review – Nuun Rest, Runners…Rest Easy

Hello and happy Tempo Thursday to you, my friends. I'm in the middle of another summer-ish week of running that has had its good days and its bad ones, but they'll be more about that later. Today I'm focusing on a product review, because trying things is awesome.

Nuun Rest is a Nutrient-Rich, Relaxation & Recovery drink tablet (you get 10 per tube). It's enhanced with magnesium, tart cherry extract and potassium, which promote a more restful night of sleep. Mix with 4-6 oz. of hot or cold water and enjoy. I personally think it's meant to be hot.

Shamrock Half Marathon Race Recap – Catch Meb, or Blow up Trying

I'm back from a long weekend that involved not quite 2 hours of running, but involved over 7 hours of driving. Needless to say, I'm in need of a rest day. That was a lot of driving in a 24 hour period, but it's not all the time that I get an opportunity to run a race that I'd heard SO many great things about. It helped even more that some friends of mine were going to be there and so graciously allowed me to crash on their extra hotel room bed (you're the BEST, Clark and Abby).

I'd heard many great things about Shamrock and the legends are real. It's really not just the race though, it's the whole kitten kaboodle. There's an 8k on Saturday, which I unfortunately could not attend and of course they have an after party for that. Sunday is for the half/full marathons, which both start at the same time and the same place. I like that.

Shiny New (to me) Things – Runner’s World Half and Festival

Happy Friday, friends! It's been a dooooozy of a week, but the good times will soon begin. If you've been reading, you know that I'm in chill mode right now (does anybody say chill mode?) when it comes to running. I'm kinda sorta getting ready for my upcoming races in April, but running fast isn't all that appealing to me right now.

I've been content with my running, but sometimes there's a fine line between being content and being bored. Something new would probably help...enter the Runner's World Half and Festival!