Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skechers Breast Cancer Awareness Shoes

Recently I was asked to participate with Skechers Performance Division shoes and their Breast Cancer awareness campaign. I was sent a pair of GoRun3 to try.

These are designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to foster a barefoot running experience while offering impact protection. 
When I found out that they were minimalist shoes (4mm heel drop), for a moment I was very excited, because that's all I used to run in! But after my torn tendon, I came to the conclusion that it was probably that type of shoe that caused my injury, so I've decided not to wear minimalist anymore. 
 But wait... they come with custom fit insoles, that are removable, for those of us who need more cushioning! 
I went on a couple 3 mile runs, and they felt perfect! 

Another great thing about Skechers is that they are supporting Breast Cancer research through the American Cancer Association. 
If you are looking for a comfy, cute shoe, that supports a great cause, make sure you check out the Skechers Performance Division line!

Have you tried Skechers before?

Thank you to Skechers for sponsoring this discussion.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Good news!

Hey guys!

This week I really needed something good to happen, and it did, when I received this email.
After looking for over a month, I got a job! I went on so many interviews, and was offered a couple jobs, but there was nothing that I was very excited about, or that seemed to be a good fit. When I went on this interview, it was perfect and I knew THIS was the job I wanted. So of course I was ecstatic to get the offer! I will be a patient coordinator at a pediatric therapy office, and I start Monday.

After being at home for 8 years, this is going to be a huge adjustment. Of course I'm thinking when will I have time to work out, blog and read blogs, cook, clean, do laundry, take care of the family, etc? How do you work full time, plus do all that??
 I know MANY women do it, so I'll figure it out! But if you have any tips for me, do share!

 This is probably crazy, but I got my first foam roller this week!
 I probably never would've bought one, (crazy, I know) but I won this Valeo roller from Active. So I tried it for the first time after a 5 mile run and OUCH! It was very awkward and painful! How in the world are you supposed to balance on this thing? I'm glad no one was around, it was quite comical!
 My IG and FB friends said to just keep doing it, and it gets better. They say it's a good kind of pain!
I'll be going for a long run tomorrow, so will give it another try after that.

Do you foam roll after a run?
What are your weekend plans?


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back at the beginning. Again.

I haven't put this out there before because I guess I've been in denial.
I'm not in denial anymore.
I have gained back all but 5 lbs of the weight I lost last year.

This was me, exactly one year ago at the Chicago marathon.

I had lost 30 lbs., and for the first time in many years, I felt SO good. I was confidant, all of my clothes fit, I could even see a hint of abs, that used to be covered in fat. My running was going great, I felt light and my pace was getting quicker.
 I was constantly telling myself  "do NOT gain the weight back. Keep going, you're doing so good, only 20 more lbs.", etc.
The compliments were very nice too. It's nice to always hear "you're getting so skinny, everytime I see you, you've lost more weight", and so on.

Now I'm back to where I started. How?
Well, life as I knew it came crashing down- of my own doing. My husband and I started marriage counseling at the beginning of the year, we went through a lot of things with my stepson, life just became pretty dang miserable. So ever since January, I've just put on a couple pounds a month, until now, I've gained it all back.

I'm not going to post a pic of what I really look like now, because it's just embarrassing.  It's been easy to hide the weight gain in pics by just covering up or even the angle of the camera. But I know the truth.

So, here we go again! I hate the term "getting back on the wagon", because I'm not doing that. I'm just getting back to eating healthy and small portions and WAY less ice cream.

Now instead of 20 lbs left, I once again have 50. But I've done it before, so I know I can do it. I will do it.
My life may still be in shambles, I'm still drowning in a sea of uncertainty, and see no land in sight.
 But this I can control. This I can do.

I feel like I should apologize for letting anyone down. I know in a way, I feel let down when I was so encouraged by someone's weight loss, only to find out they gained it all back.

We all have our own struggles, don't we?

I'm going to update weekly on my weight loss, I need that accountability. So if you're just going to roll your eyes, you might not want to read that day. :)

Now I'm off to run 10 miles...

Have you ever had to start over?


Monday, October 6, 2014

Oh Chicago

On Saturday I met Michelle, from 3 Cheap Runners in Chicago and we got to spend the weekend together. I met her a year ago at the Chicago Marathon, but we didn't have much of a chance to talk then. We've kept in touch throughout the year, and made plans to meet up in Chicago this weekend!

After a very stressful drive into Chicago (I thought driving in downtown Louisville was stressful, but it doesn't even compare!!) I met Michelle at the hotel and we walked over to a Mexican restaurant for marg's. It was so good and MUCH needed!
After relaxing for awhile we walked around downtown, went into a few stores, and then went to Weber Grill for our dinner reservation. If you're ever in Chicago, go there!! It was delicious. (Make a reservation though, otherwise you'll have a long wait)
Parmesan crusted tilapia
After dinner we were planning on going to The Great Chicago Fire Festival. We walked down to the river, but it was PACKED. We crossed the bridge, trying to find a place where we could see, and could hardly even get across the bridge because of all the people. So, we decided to just head on back to the room. That ended up being a good decision, we we were tired, and later heard the festival was a bust anyway!

Sunday morning we walked down to the Navy Pier. It was awesome seeing everything 'in person', instead of only in pictures!
We rode the ferris wheel, which was AMAZING! It was a little scary at the top though...

What a view!

We saw LOTS of runners out. Probably most of whom will be running the marathon next weekend. I gotta say, it made me really wish I was running it! Maybe next year...

And of course we ended the trip with Pinkberry. It was heaven. Seriously.

I LOVE Chicago! This was my first time really getting to see the city. Of course I ran through it last year for the marathon, but I was so sick and miserable that I didn't even look around or enjoy it. Then I left when the race was over, so didn't do any sight seeing.

I can't wait to go back! Although next time I think I'll fly, rather than drive. ;)
And hanging out with Michelle was a blast. Getting to spend time with her confirmed what I already knew, she is a precious, sweet girl, who is an incredible friend. I wish Canada wasn't so far from Kentucky. Can't wait to plan our next adventure!

Have you been to Chicago?
Did you run or race this weekend?


Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Things Friday

Happy Friday and Happy October! (I know, we're already 3 days in.)
Today I'm linking up with Clare for 5 Things Friday!
1. This Banana Bread. I've made quite a bit of banana bread in my life, but I have now found my new fave recipe. It's so simple too! Seriously delicious.

2. One of my runs this week. I promise I won't talk about every single run I go on. I'm just so happy to be running again, and I can't stop myself from talking about it!

3. I am still unemployed. I could get used to this! Actually, no I couldn't. It sucks not being able to sign up for any races or being able to buy all the cute clothes and shoes.
 I had a few interviews this week, and I'm 99% sure one of them is a sure thing. I'll know early next week, I am hoping this is it! Hopefully I am done with interviews. I think I could do them in my sleep now.

4. One thing I love about Fall is birthdays! As you know, I have a huge family, and 8 out of all 11 of us (including parents) have Fall birthdays. (Mine is in 15 days!! Please stop time!)
We like to do birthdays big in our fam.
Handsome brother
 My gorgeous oldest sis

5. And what I've been looking forward to most this week...
 Visiting this pretty city with this pretty lady! I was in Chicago last year for the marathon and met Michelle then. Over the year we've kept in touch and our friendship has grown and I'm so excited about hanging out with her again this weekend!

Tell me a highlight (or two) from your week!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Giveaway winner and finally a long run!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. Congrats to the winner, Christie!!

Saturday morning I did my first long run in months! Oh, it was amazing.
Peanut butter jelly time! (A pre-long run ritual)
I got a little bit of a late start, so by mile 6 the sun was out and was brutal. I did the last few miles on a trail, so I could run in the shade.I was definitely exhausted when it was over, but was so excited to be able to run 10 miles again.

Last night I went for a short, night run. I don't like running alone in the dark, so that's why I only did 2 miles. But I just HAD to do something!

The Twinnie and I, and my adorable nieces and nephew went to a concert over the weekend. SO much fun!
Yep, I wore an orange shirt, and she wore an orange and white shirt. It seems almost every time we get together, we are color coordinated or even wearing the very same colors. We always say we share a brain because we're SO alike!

What do you eat before a long run?
Do you like running at night?
 (I would if I was with a group!)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

If I'd gone to college

I am happy to report that I went on a 6 mile run a couple days ago. Pain free!
My Dr said I can ease back into running. 6 miles is easing back, right? Tomorrow I'm planning on 10 miles. Of course I'll be smart about it and if my ankle starts to hurt, I'll stop.

It's going to be amazing to run long again!! I can't put into words how much I miss my long runs.

Now that Fall is here (yay!) I packed up all my running tanks, and got out my winter running clothes. Sad to see summer go though.

Have you tried this gum yet? They are actually really good! Unfortunately, the flavor only lasts for about 5 minutes.
I am still looking for a job, and am just about interviewed out! I am now a pro at interview's. I have one more this morning.
 I've gotten a few offers, so hopefully next week I'll have a job.
One thing I've realized through all of this is that I really wish I had gone to college. If I could go back and live my life over, I would go to school either to be a TV news anchor, or an FBI agent. Yes I know, huge differences.
 I was one of those girls who just figured I would get married and have kids, so I didn't really even consider college. But life doesn't always go according to plan...
 But it is what it is and I can't wait to see what's in store!

Did you go to college?
Packed up your summer clothes yet?