It’s Global-Running-Day

What are your running must haves

Today is “Global Running Day”! How are you planning on celebrating? Will you hit the road or the dreaded treadmill AKA deadmill? Which do you prefer? Me? The road! Hands down.

I’m not sure yet what I will do today. Today is leg day with, Jeff, my trainer. I usually warm up by walking on the treadmill at the gym. Maybe I will get there early and get a mile in outside (if it isn’t raining again) before we start. He will yell about that though. He says I shouldn’t do cardio before a strength work out…..It will be 8pm though when we finish and after leg day. Run? Who? Only if he runs with me, lol!!!

Since its Global Running Day, I thought I would share some of my running “must haves”; besides (what I think is) the obvious, running shoes!

Disclaimer: All items pictured below are my own personal items, purchased by me. I have not been compensated in any way for them. My opinions are my own, based on my own use.

Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Phone–This is a necessity, for a couple of reasons. 1-I use it for music and the MapMyRun app which tracks distance, time, and is my interval timer. 2. For emergencies! You just never know.


2. RoadID–This should speak for itself. You never know when something could happen and you are not be to contact someone or tell emergency personnel who to contact. I ordered my RoadID after falling during training for my last marathon and have worn it for every run since, no matter how short. This one I wear on my wrist, but they have a variety of selections from wrist to shoe tags or you can even just get a “plate” that will fit on your running watch, etc. When I ordered mine and it came, I found that I had entered a phone number incorrectly. I knew that I had entered a number wrong, but thought I “fixed” it before submitting my order. Apparently not. When I called to have it remade, they did it at no charge and didn’t charge for shipping either. I highly recommend them.


3. Headphones–It’s kind of hard to listen to music without them, lol, unless you want to share with those around you. I actually only use one so that I can hear what is going on around me. I put it in my left ear only. I run towards traffic so my right ear is facing the road and I can hear what’s coming up behind me. For years I could not wear “headphones/earbuds” they all hurt my ears on the inside. When Apple came out with their “EarPods” they were better, but not great. “The Man” talked me into trying Bose (for sound). I resisted. Who needs to spend that kind of money on something that wouldn’t make a difference (this was before Bose had a wireless option). The comfort level, because of the design was like night and day!!!! So I left with my Bose “wired headphones”. After a while though running with wires became annoying. At that time Bose didn’t have a wireless option, so the quest began to find a pair that would work. I found Plantronics BackBeat Fit. They “hook” over your ear and are somewhat soft. They worked but I didn’t love them. Then I found the Samsung Gear Circle. They were ok, but I didn’t love them either. During this time I kept checking with Bose because I knew they were working on a wireless design. Finally, they were released last year, just a few days before my birthday! Happy Birthday to ME!!!!! They fit my ears just like the wired version, and they are easy to use and make and receive calls. They say they should last for 6 hours of continual use. I haven’t tested that yet, but we will see come October when it’s marathon time. That will definitely put them to the test.

  1. Running Pants/Shorts with pockets–I put my phone and fuel in the pockets. I tried using an arm band for my phone, but I didn’t like it. I like being able to just grab it from my pocket as I’m running if I need to. My favorite workout clothes are from Lululemon. I find they fit me better, and the compression is bar none. They are pricey, but no more so than some other brands, and if you hit it just right you can often find them marked down almost 50%. And lets face it, I don’t care if they are last years print!!! They will also hem long tights to whatever length you want free of charge. I even had a pair that I had cut off “re-hemmed” after my fall because they got a hole in the knee.
  2. FitBit Surge–although I also use MapMyRun to track my runs and distance, I like to be able to glance down and see where I’m at. There are many “running” watches you can get, but since I already had a FitBit and liked participating in challenges, this was what I picked.


6. Water–I always take water with me, if I plan to run more than four miles or the weather is hot and humid. If I’m going for a short run I just use a hand-held water bottle. If it isn’t too hot or humid I can usually make it through a five-mile run ok. This one is great because you just slip it on your hand. You don’t have to “hang on to it” and worry about dropping it. It also has a little pouch for your, ID, money, and a key.


But I use a hydration pack for longer runs and races. This one is a CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. and holds 1.5 liters. I have a larger one that hold 2.0 liters that I will use on marathon day.


Although the races have water stops I make sure to have my own. There’s worse than needing to hydrate and the next water stop is a mile away! I learned that two years ago when I didn’t take water for a 5K. I had been running without it at home, and knew they would have two water stops; so I thought I would be ok. I was, all in all, but I found because of the heat and humidity I wanted water when it wasn’t available. I tend to take a sip of water on odd intervals and practice that in training. If I need it more often I will drink more. I use the water stops, on the course, to grab a sip of Gatorade at those that offer it.

The next items are things I use, but not every time I run.

  1. Lighting Source–I only use this if I’m going to be running in low light. But since I run on the road vs sidewalks I make sure to have it when I know I will need it! This is another item “The Man” talked me into. It’s the Tracer 360 by Noxgear. You can order it directly from them or Amazon. This is very lightweight, and has a variety of color options for the light. That’s good because it you make sure it doesn’t blend in with your clothing. It will flash or stay static. I use it on static. I know flashing lights can bother some drivers and I want to be safe…..They even make them for your pets! I will use this even though it’s summer. As I ramp up training miles, and the heat and humidity kick up, I will have to leave earlier in the morning and it will still be dark or too dark to run without making sure you are visible.

  1. Running Buddy Pouch–This is a great pouch, again thanks to “The Man”. It has strong magnets and can hook to the waist band of your pants to hold your phone and other necessities. He thought it would be good for pants without pockets. I will use it during the marathon to hold extra fuel for the run. I will hook over the strap of my hydration pack and put the fuel that won’t fit in my pockets in it. They have a variety of sizes and products. There are plenty of pockets in the hydration pack, and I will make sure to have extra supplies there in case (I’m a woman after all), but they can be hard to get to and since I run mainly alone there’s usually no one to help get it out while continuing to run. When you’re slow already, you don’t want to waste precious seconds playing around.

  2. Fuel–There are many types of gels, goos, etc available to add carbohydrates to your body for fuel. These are the ones I use. I have tried the gels and they are just straight up nasty IMO!!! These Honey Stinger Chews have worked well for me since the beginning. They come in a variety of flavors and you can get them at many of your local running stores, health food stores, and of course Amazon. I don’t use them until I get up to around 6-8 miles. When I get to that point I eat 2-3 every 5-6 intervals or 20-30 minutes on average.

What are your running must haves? Are there things you absolutely do not leave home with out, or do just go out the door and hit the ground running! Take a minute and let me know. Do you use something not on my list? Let me know what it is and why!

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Until the next time

Janet

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Struggling

What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”

March was an extremely busy month. There was the style challenge, March madness with Plunder, entering the Marine Corps Marathon lottery and getting selected (I’m still in shock over that) and trying to get things going and growing here with the blog. Trying to grow the Facebook page, and getting Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest all set-up. There is so much more to learn than I ever thought. It’s fun, but crazy, and very time-consuming.

Many days I was burning the candle at both ends. In doing so I put “me” on the back burner. Oh I’m sure it sounds like I was doing plenty for “me”. But I wasn’t taking proper care of myself.  I didn’t eat right, I didn’t exercise right,  I didn’t always get enough sleep, it seems I just ran on auto-pilot some days. So of course, I didn’t always make good choices. I would find myself grazing instead of eating a meal, or preparing the quickest thing I could get away with. Reaching for snacks. Snacks in and of themselves aren’t always bad, but when I don’t pay attention to the amount I consume, well, that is where the problem lies, and that can set me up on a slippery slope, to slide backwards and I feel like crap, I don’t sleep well, and I’m cross!

So I’m back to pulling my head out of my backside. Or at least trying. I’ve said this more than once over the past few months, but…. After all I now have a race to get ready for, and it won’t be time to start carb loading for a while, but you can bet come race week; carb load I will, hahaha!

In the meantime though, today, I switched myself to the Weight Watchers “simply filling plan”. I have to find a way to cut out the junk and this is what usually forces me to do that. I eliminate virtually all processed foods, which is what has got me going to far off the ledge. I have had a need, want, desire, obsession, craving (?) call it what you will, but salt and sugar have been my friends, lately. I’ve been able to stay with in my goal weight range, but by the skin of my teeth, and I’m certainly not doing my body any favors. I cannot train properly if I don’t fuel properly either.

If I make through this week, with ALL the littles home all day, since it’s spring break; I might be ok.


What do you do when that happens? What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions? If so, lay them on me! I need them all.

Wish me luck and send good vibes!

Until the next time.

Janet

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Bunnies, Bunnies Everywhere

For this event I set myself up for success

Saturday we made our annual trek to our local chocolatiers for Easter bunnies for the grand littles baskets. Well, not just for the grand littles, the grown-up littles always get one too. We have been going there to get bunnies for many years.

It really is a bit of a “hole in the wall” place, but they make excellent chocolates. I first learned of them many years ago after receiving a box of assorted chocolates as a thank you gift, from the PTA president of my children’s high school for helping on a forum.  Every since then we have gone there for Easter confections. Although, I consider it local; it’s about twenty miles from our house, in the next county. What’s even funnier about that, is our local pharmacy (which is very reminiscent of an old apothecary), less than a mile away, actually carries their bunnies in the store for Easter.

I wish there was such a thing as “smell a picture”, lol! Just walking up to the door is pure heaven, if you are a chocoholic, haha! Once inside you are doomed!

We go to the store itself though because there is a much better variety.  They have traditional bunnies, (which all the pharmacy carries) but also other animals and “special” bunnies; i.e. a jogging bunnies, soccer playing bunnies, dogs, chickens, crosses, etc… white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate; whatever your chocolate loving heart desires!

By the time we made it there it was close to lunch time. I am happy to say; I did not get myself any chocolate. That could have been hard but I had taken food with me to eat, when I left in the morning, so I wouldn’t be tempted. I had not been home since I left at a little after 6am for my meeting at the #saturday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. I went to my regular session with my trainer, Jeff, and then left to meet “The Man”, the kids, and grand littles at church for an Easter Egg hunt. The Man and I left and went bunny shopping and grocery shopping from there. I always take some breakfast type food with me to the meeting, since I go to the gym afterward. It would not be good to try working out on an empty stomach. Since I know we were going there, I took extra food to eat after my workout, so I wouldn’t be hungry. For this event I sent myself for success, not failure. I don’t always do that.

This is going to be a crazy week. It’s spring break, so all of the grand littles will be here all day, everyday. Hopefully, I can keep my sanity and not eat my way through the week. I must say it wasn’t looking good this morning! If you don’t hear from me in a couple of days; send in the Calvary, LOL!!!

In other news; the Mother’s Day specials have just gone live on the Plunder site. There are some darling “Mommy & Me” pieces as well as some special pieces for your mom. Here is a little preview.

Go over to the website and check them out at www.plunderdesig.com/party/janete2 These are pre-sale and will be shipping on 5/1.

Wow, kind of crazy Easter and Mother’s Day all in one post! But I know these special items tend to sell out fast and I want to be able to get yours before the do.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Please continue to share the site, and send your friends. The Facebook blog page is almost up to 400 followers. Thank you for helping to get it there.

Until the next time

Janet

 

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Spring Style Challenge Week 2-Day-8

I went wild and tried some print mixing

“Hump Day”. We are coming up on the end of this style exercise. It’s been fun, interesting,  enlightening, and exhausting! I will be glad for a bit of a break. It will give me time to go over all that I’ve done, learned, and I’ll be able to sit down and digest it.

Below is the outfit inspiration for todays look. I bet you know I still have not jumped on that wide-legged pants bandwagon. I haven’t gone out to explore that option anymore either. I’m not saying I won’t, but……


Here is my LOTD-look of the day. Finally, a true cold shoulder top/blouse and flowers combined.  This is my first ever cold shoulder top. For a long time I wouldn’t even consider them, then when I got the nerve to try one; I didn’t like it. It was a sweater though and I think it may have been one reason. Sweater for winter and cold shoulder together doesn’t quite make much sense to me, especially living in the Mid-Atlantic-Maryland the most northern-southern state, lol! Maybe I still have some work to do and a way to go!

I don’t know that I feel completely comfortable in this yet, but I also haven’t been able to actually wear it out. At times I think I look like a linebacker. I’ve recently looked at pictures of others wearing this look; young and older (?) alike and think the same thing, so it’s not just me. Right now I think, I feel more comfortable in sleeveless tops. I have read that many 50+ ladies and bloggers don’t. They feel they have too much back of the arm “waddle”. I do have some, but I also think through exercise it has improved and will continue to improve somewhat. Oh wouldn’t my trainer, Jeff, love for me to want more exercise?  Unfortunately it’s one of those things that comes with maturity though.

I decided to try to dress this look up a bit and tried some different shoes. I even went wild and tried some print mixing. I think I like it! It seems I may have gotten some days assignments confused, LOL. That’s the beauty though, there is no real right or wrong. If it makes  you comfortable and you feel good when you walk out the door, that’s ok by me. I also tried the half tuck which you might be able to see in the photo at the top right. I’m starting to like that look a bit. I find it helps to camouflage some of those “lumps and bumps”.

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The cold shoulder blouse is new and the one I showed one day last week from my shopping trip to find the wide leg crops. I could have used this as yesterday’s floral top, but saved it for today since it was cold shoulder day. It would have been perfect for both. The khaki cargo type pants are the same ones from yesterday, that I chose to get instead. What do you think of this look? Is it hit or miss? Do you think this top looks better with the skinny pants over the wide leg crops?

A close up of the accessories.

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The top and pants are both from White House Black Market. The bag is the same cross-body Dooney & Bourke that I showed you last week. I shortened the strap for this look. I felt that would be better with the cold shoulder top. Do you agree? The necklace, earrings, and bracelet are all Plunder. The necklace and earrings are the March Plunder Posse and for the next couple of days you can still get the necklace and earrings here; www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete1/ just look for Posse. The bracelet, called Veda, has sold out. The patterned shoes are a couple of years old and came from PayLess, the burgundy/maroon shoes are a couple of years old also and came from DSW (see I do shop somewhere other HSN, lol).

Have you had a chance to check out Sylvia’s website at www.40plusstyle.com or get on the waiting list for the course? If you’ve thought about updating your style or wondering if you have one, it’s a good place to start. She is also part of the Fierce 50 Movement and bloggers. I will tell you a bit more about that in a few days.

I have been busy this week trying to learn more about this blogging stuff. It seems the more I study, I find more and more I don’t know. I hope I’m learning something.

Please take a minute and let me hear from you. I’d like to know your thoughts on the posts from this challenge. I’m trying to grow my subscriber list on the blog so if you haven’t signed up to follow, you can do so at the bottom of your screen, just click the follow button and enter your email. Easy Peasy.

Until the next time

Janet

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